Things to do in New Orleans!
The French Quarter
The SACES Conference Hotel borders the French Quarter.
- Jackson Square is on Decatur Street. Across the street from the Square is Cafe Du Monde (<http://www.cafedumonde.com>), known for its beignets and cafe au lait. If
you head toward downtown on Decatur St., you will
pass Cafe Maspero (for "muffaletta" and "po-boy" sandwiches), Tipitina's
French Quarter, and the House of Blues.
- A few doors down is Aunt Sally's Pralines and the open-air French Market is close by. Jimmy Buffet’s Margueritaville is close by and you can get an original “muffaletta” at Central Grocery.
- The Shops at Canal Place (http://www.theshopsatcanalplace.com/shops) are a few blocks from the hotel on Canal Street toward the river.
- The Natchez riverboat is docked close to Decatur St. You can also take the free ferry across the river to the quaint village of Algier’s Point on the West Bank (the entrance is in the Poydras/Canal Street area). The Aquarium is in this area too.
- Past Canal Street and the Hilton hotel is the Riverwalk Shopping Development (outlet stores and great river views). If you want to lose some money gambling, you can play slots or Blackjack at Harrah’s Casino.
- For a great roast beef or “debris” po-boy sandwich, try Mother's (401 Poydras).
- If you would like to visit uptown New Orleans, you can get on the streetcar (there is a streetcar stop across the street from the hotel) and ride round-trip for a couple of dollars each way. You'll get to see great architecture, Loyola University, Tulane University, and Audubon Park. The Audubon Zoo is on the river side of Audubon Park. If you want to plan a meal along the way, Camellia Grill, located in the Riverbend area (626 S. Carrollton, where St. Charles meets Carrolton), is a legendary diner -- No reservations, inexpensive, great omelettes, hamburgers, sandwiches, and its famous chocolate freeze.
- For fine dining, visit Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Avenue, <http://www.commanderspalace.com>)—reservations at least a week or two in advance are required! This is a beautiful restaurant with the kind of food and service you'd expect from a jewel of southern restaurants. Jackets (but no ties) are required for gentlemen in the evening.
- Should you wish to venture north of the Quarter some 30-40 minutes, you can find the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park (reachable now by the Canal Streetcar line).
- Lake Pontchartrain is north of City Park.
The Music Scene
Best New Orleans Jazz in a French Quarter club setting
- Maison Bourbon - 641 Bourbon Street
There is Dixieland jazz all afternoon and evening in a street-corner room with lots of New Orleans ambience.
- Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse - Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street
- Preservation Hall - 726 St. Peter
It's a historic spot for jazz, but no frills! (Right next door is the legendary Pat O'Brien's, with the powerful "hurricane" drinks.)
- The Palm Court Jazz Café – 1204 Decatur Street.
Enjoy a meal and listen to first class jazz and big band music in an old-fashioned dinner club atmosphere.
- Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro - 626 Frenchman Street, on the edge of the French Quarter. Their calendar is at their web site at <http://www.snugjazz.com>. Frequently appearing is the Ellis Marsalis Trio.
All Kinds of Music
- Tipitina's French Quarter - 233 N. Peters St.
- Tune in to WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM: it's the musical voice of the city! And if you want to get in the spirit prior to your travels, simply visit <http://www.wwoz.org>.
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