New Orleans, there is no other city in the world quite like it. A mix of French, Spanish and Afro-Caribbean influences; some of the world’s best food, and a lively music scene have helped create one of the most distinct cities in the US. While one can never fully know New Orleans, you can certainly get a taste of this vibrant city over the course of a weekend. New Orleans is the kind of place that stays with you, once you’ve experienced her joie de vive you’ll be longing to return again. Now as they say “laissez les bon temps rouler!”, or let the good times roll!
I always knew I’d like New Orleans. This is a city with a long and fascinating history, music running through its veins and some of the best food on the planet. What’s not to like? That was great and all, but there was a little something else, something I can’t quite put my finger on that made me fall hard and fast for New Orleans. There is a general laid back, easy-going vibe and a joie de vivre here that makes the Big Easy quite easy to love. So while Frank Sinatra may have left his heart in San Francisco, here are a few reasons New Orleans will always have a piece of mine.
The city of New Orleans has a lot going for it- the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter, a vibrant music culture, some of the best food in the U.S. and the easy going grandeur of the Garden District attract millions of visitors each year. Just beyond the city limits lies a completely different but equally fascinating world, where gnarled cypress laced with Spanish moss frame the silent waters and where the gator is king.
Set back within the residential Vieux Carre section of the French Quarter, the Maison DuPuy is a historic hotel with a casually gracious sense of hospitality. Located on the corner of Rue Toulouse and Rue Burgundy (pronounced “bur-GUN-dy” as any New Orleans native will quickly point out), the Maison DuPuy is located only 2 blocks from Bourbon Street, making it close enough to party (if that’s your thing) while being just enough out of the way to be quiet and relaxed. As with the French Quarter itself, the buildings that harbor the Maison DuPuy have seen many changes. Originally an industrial area these buildings once housed the nation’s first cotton press and later a number of sheet metal shops. After years as a historic residential area in 1973 the DuPuy brothers combined five large ornate townhouses and opened the doors to the Maison DuPuy Hotel.
To say that New Orleans is an eater’s kind of town is a huge understatement. With a long history as a cultural melting pot French,Spanish and German influences mixed with Afro-Caribbean elements to create a cuisine that is wholly unique to New Orleans. This is the city that invented the cocktail (thank you by the way) and where brunch is a spectator sport. Tradition is rooted strongly here with several restaurants being in operation for over a century but the past few years have also seen a new breed of chef stretching New Orleans’ culinary boundaries with delicious result. Grab your fork, these are my picks of where to eat in New Orleans. Read More