New Orleans: The very name entreats images of narrow pastel-coloured streets in the French Quarter, hidden clubs with jazz music spilling from its open doors, and the kind of fine dining that really, really lets you appreciate Creole and Cajun food. The Big Easy is brilliantly diverse with a great deal of appeal for many different types of travellers – here are a few clients that will definitely agree:
THE LUXURY TRAVELLER
If you have a client with a taste for the finer things in life, New Orleans knows how to wine and dine even the most fussy luxe lover. Start them out with brunch at the legendary Brennan’s in the French Quarter, where the old-world inspired dining rooms provide the perfect setting for the restaurant’s authentic Creole cuisine. Otherwise, recommend dinner at the award-winning Commander’s Palace in the Garden District, which was named Restaurant of the Year for 2018. Suggest your clients pack an extra suitcase for all the shopping opportunities –they’ll want to spend time perusing vendors and boutiques for antiques, fashion, unique books and records, jewelry and art. Two must visits: M.S. Rau Antiques on Royal Street and Ashley Longshore Gallery on Magazine Street. To top off a busy shopping day, suggest heading to high tea and some spa time (aromatherapy massage, anyone?) at the Windsor Court Hotel.
THE TRAVELLING FAMILY
New Orleans isn’t just a giant playground for adults – this city has non-stop amusements for children, too. Beyond the carnival atmosphere of Mardi Gras, the city’s many museums, zoos and kid-friendly jazz clubs make for some precious family memories. Must-do: the Louisiana Children’s Museum, with 30,000-square-feet devoted to interactive play (and a little learning in the process). After spending a full day meeting the friendly giraffes and penguins (to name a few!) at the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, your family of happy travellers can pack a picnic and head over to Audubon Park or The Fly – a busy outdoor area where locals come to hang out, have barbecues and toss a frisbee. For more family fun for all ages, your clients can ride down St. Charles on a vintage streetcar, taking in the classic Louisiana homes in this affluent neighbourhood. Plus, a mule-drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter is always a hit with the young ones (and provides a bit of romance for the heads of the household).
FOR MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS
New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music, and there’s no finer place on the planet for music enthusiasts to experience the very best of this genre. After all, this is where greats like Louis Armstrong made their name. Beyond Jazz, there’s Zydeco, R&B and Soul, Brass Bands, Cajun and even other obscure genres (like Swamp Pop!). Live music can be found anytime, anyplace in New Orleans; visitors can literally stumble into an awe-inspiring performance at any moment, whether it’s in a hidden courtyard along the French Quarter or in a more discreet jazz club away from all the hubbub. Music lovers should be encouraged to visit Preservation Hall, which is dedicated to preserving the New Orleans Jazz tradition. There are live shows here every night, for all ages. For any music lover travelling to New Orleans during spring and summer, they’ll be interested to know about the French Quarter Festival (spring) and the Jazz and Heritage Festival (summer), two of the biggest music festivals in the city, drawing fans from around the world. Your clients will love walking along Frenchmen Street, the main area of the Marigny neighbourhood just beyond the French Quarter. It’s a sensory overload: street performers, art markets and fun-filled blocks of cafés, music clubs and restaurants. Snug Harbor and the Spotted Cat are two notorious stops for music lovers but, really, there’s plenty of entertainment to be discovered even in classic dive bars. New Orleans is full of surprises.
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