New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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    2011 will mark my 24th consecutive year at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This thread will be for us to share our tips and experiences and to answer questions. (I'm sure swag will discover this board and thread soon enough and will join in. I also encourage you to read his JazzFest website.)
     
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    Here I am!

    Most of my tips on on my website, but I'm happy to answer any questions here.
     
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    Just canceled my tix down to NOLA. Our group just couldn't put it together this year... the first time it's happened in 9 years. [​IMG] Don't know what to do with myself the first weekend of May.
     
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    Jazzfest posted the stage schedules ("cubes") on their website today, plus the craft artist and food listings. Gates open in 30 days.
     
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    If you need a hotel, reserve your room early.
     
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    Any suggestions for New Orleans on a weekend other than Jazz Fest weekends?
     
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    Sure. What are you looking for? Hotels? Food? Music? Attractions? Luxury or budget? Interests?
     
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    Family of 5 going. All adults. Staying at the Residence Inn with no further plan than that! J.ust thought it'd be a fun place to rendezvous for a long weekend. Young adults in 20's to Mr. & Mrs. noname in early 50's. Thought French quarter, river boat casino and..... Little cajun food and of course I have to have beignets!
    Thanks much for suggestions.
     
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    Don't miss the Garden District. You can take the historic streetcar.

    There's also an arts area closer to downtown, roughly starting several blocks beyond Canal Street on the side opposite to the French Quarter.

    Be sure to get away from the touristic part of the French Quarter that's filled with bars. There are quiet streets with beautiful restored homes. A good place to look for this is the streets behind the Ritz Carleton or generally the part of the French Quarter that's farthest from the river.
     
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    Thanks much. Great ideas. I really look forward to seeing some of the restored homes. Am I correct, I read " Angie & Brad" purchased and restored at least one in the area?
     
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    I don't know.

    If you like restored historic houses, look for restaurants in such locations. I love Bayona (award winning, located in a restored cottage in a quiet side street in the French Quarter) and Commander's Palace (in the Garden District) is a New Orleans institution as is Sunday lunch at one of the traditional places such as Galois (spelling?).
     
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    Brad & Angie's house is in the French Quarter, and doesn't really stand out when viewed from the street.
    http://www.bittenandbound.com/2009/03/05/angelina-jolie-and-brad-pitts-new-orleans-house-photos/

    Make sure to get up to Frenchmen St (just past the far edge of the Quarter) for an evening of live music. Lots of clubs with low or no cover makes it easy to club-hop and follow your ears. It's arguably the best 2-3 block stretch of music clubs anywhere in the country.

    Harrah's casino is fine, but not a whole lot different than casinos elsewhere. Unless you're really jonesing to gamble, I'd skip it and spend my time on stuff that is special to New Orleans.
     
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    Two other excellent restaurants in converted houses are Upperline and Brigtsen's.
     
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    The name of the restaurant that I botched above is Galatoires. The other one I was trying to remember is Arnauds. Both are traditional New Orleans icons in historic buildings.
     
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    Thank you both! I'm really excited about going now. Looking forward to all the suggestions. Not really into Harrah's other than the "kids" may think it's cool, as I understand it is a river boat casino. I've been craving a beignet and mint julep since we started talking about this excursion. One of the guys is a architecture buff so will love the restored homes. Thanks for the musical suggestions too. I'll have to be sure and do a trip report when we return.
     
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    IIRC Harrah's has both a bricks and mortar casino in an interesting building on a triangular block at the bottom of Canal Street (almost kitty-cornered from the Hilton) and a riverboat casino docked behind the Hilton. I think the latter has an admission fee which is waived for guests who can show a Hilton keycard. (Could this be a Hilton casino instead of Harrah's?) The riverboat has some areas with interesting river views. When I last stayed in the Hilton, I entered the riverboat several times to enjoy the view and quickly glance at the gamblers in smoke-filled rooms.

    Harrah's has a new hotel across the street from the casino, but the young people in your group will probably be more interested in the W which is also very close.
     

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