Kay Visits New Orleans: Central Business District & French Quarter
By Kay George
While I have visited New Orleans in the past, it seems like each visit brings something new, along with the old of what I love from my past.
Here are the highlights from my most recent trip!
New Orleans Destinations We Visited
It’s always a new adventure in New Orleans, and I still have so much to see! This time my travel companion and I divided our time between the Central Business District and French Quarter.
Central Business District
The New Orleans Central Business District (CBD) offers a blend of the modern buildings and amenities you’d expect to find in a downtown area, mixed with some preserved 19th century architecture. The broad neighborhood includes the main avenues Canal Street, Poydras Street, Loyola Ave, and St. Charles Ave.
Unlike my last visit, the CBD was flourishing and seemed to have even survived COVID restrictions – restaurants, hotels, and revitalization were in full swing.
Needing no introduction, the Crown Jewel of New Orleans simply can’t be missed. This neighborhood is, in fact, a designated National Historic Landmark.
The French Quarter is still rebounding from the pandemic, with many storefronts closed, but the streets are full of visitors still having a wonderful time just being out and about.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Drury Plaza in the beautiful Cumberland Telephone Building from 1917 on Poydras Street. From the hotel’s rooftop pool, we noticed a rooftop bar across the street at the Alto that we had to check out.
As is common when one is on a search, we ended up making yet another fabulous new discovery when we came across the Maison de la Luz. This will be my next stay when visiting New Orleans!
What We Did
We joined a tour to visit Oak Alley Plantation for the day, and at $69.00 per ticket, this was well worth the price.
Just to sit on the grounds and sip on a Mint Julep is something I will always remember.
Halfway through our stay, we packed up and moved to the French Quarter to stay at the W New Orleans. Rooms here are quintessential W – modern, even a bit quirky, with ours having an Alice in Wonderland vibe.
The center courtyard here is amazing and you can easily escape from the noise outside the hotel as you sit by the fountain with twinkling lights above.
We took an evening ghost tour to walk the streets of the French Quarter and hear the ghostly stories that have evolved over the years. The flea market is gone, this makes me sad, as it has been a favorite stop of mine to shop and visit with the artisans.
Where We Dined & Drank
Check out my favorite places for food and drink in New Orleans!
This city with its charm will always keep me returning for more. If you feel the same, contact me to book your New Orleans trip!
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