New Orleans is justly renowned for its talented mixologists. And its innumerable bars range from the sophisticated to the downright raucous. Here are a few of my favorite cocktails and watering holes.
Indeed, the 22-story Windsor Court Hotel positively gleams after a $22 million renovation, which brightened public spaces as well as guest quarters. The color scheme of cream and powder blue feels fresh and inviting, but the atmosphere of traditional luxury remains intact.
Fascinating though other New Orleans neighborhoods may be, travelers tend to spend a majority of their time in the French Quarter, the historic heart of the city. The easy- to-navigate grid of streets lined with townhouses never fails to charm, particularly away from the tourist kitsch of the French Market and the excesses of Bourbon Street.
Walking through the vibrant New Orleans of today, it is easy to forget that just a few years ago, many people wondered whether the city was even salvageable. After Hurricane Katrina, there were serious calls to transform New Orleans into a Colonial Williamsburg-style theme park.
It would be easy to spend every night in New Orleans at The Ritz-Carlton’s elegant Davenport Lounge, but it would be a shame to miss out on the myriad other fine jazz clubs in the city.
As ever, we dined exceedingly well on our trip to New Orleans. Each day, we promised ourselves that we would exercise restraint, but this is one place where self-denial is almost impossible.
While Mardi Gras tends to grab the headlines, New Orleans is home to another unique and wonderful festival that I’ve been fortunate to experience several times. In 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival drew a crowd of about 350 people. Two years later, Jazz Fest (as it became affectionately known) had to be held in the infield of the Fair Grounds Race Course. This year,...
Over the years, Commander's Palace in New Orleans has proven to be among those rare establishments where the combination of food, service and ambience never falters and more than justifies repeat visits. It is a very special place.
The American South is such a distinctive region of the country — with its own cultural heritage of dialects, accents, customs, cooking, manners, mores and music — that, for many, a visit can seem as rich as a journey to another land.