NOLA; a hot pot of people, food, drinks and live music. The perfect setting for the high energy team at Stage and Screen to get together over the weekend to strategize, catch up and of course have a good time.
How to get there?
Plane: Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) is served by a number of major airlines. The airport is around a 20 minute drive outside of New Orleans and there are a number of cabs available to take you into the city. There is also the more economical option (if travelling alone) which is the airport shuttle, a shared passenger van service. It is highly probable though that your hotel will arrange your trip to and from the airport.
Train: Amtrak has a station located very close to downtown right near the Superdome, which is about a 20 minute walk to the French Quarter.
Where to stay?
Sheraton New Orleans
Just steps from the French Quarter, this grand hotel is in the ideal location to experience the best of what the Big Easy has to offer, for both work or play. If you are coming for work or a conference then is offering of more than 100, 000 square feet of event space is perfect. There is also a business center, the Link@Sheraton tech hub, complete with computers, printers and free Internet access. If you plan to keep active while indulging on the many tastes of New Orleans, there is an on-site fitness center, rooftop pool and relaxation deck to chill out during the warmer months. The Sheraton is also a Starwood hotel meaning that Starwood Preferred Guest can collect and use points here.
What to do?
What isn’t there to do in New Orleans?! The city has an eclectic choice of things to do from swamp tours to cocktail tours, guaranteeing something for everyone.
Tours, Tours and more Tours: Cemetery Tours, Swamp Tours, Plantation and Foodie Tours are just a few to mention! The cemetery tours are surprisingly popular due to their spooky history, the unique, ornate tombs, some of which date back to the late 1700s while the plantation tours offer a look back in time at the beautiful antebellum architecture and the stories that go along with it. Foodie tours will take you through the city’s rich history of dining and drinking.
Old New Orleans Rum Distillery: Sip rum-spiked Cajun iced tea while you ramble through the Old New Orleans Rum distillery, a unique local company producing award-winning rum inside an old cotton warehouse.
The National WWII Museum: Witness a different side of New Orleans’s history with a visit to the dynamic National WWII Museum. While away the hours exploring wartime artifacts and discovering fascinating facts and histories at this world-class museum — considered one of the top museums in the nation!
Live Music on Frenchman Street: Frenchmen Street is a New Orleans live music and entertainment district in the Marigny neighborhood at the edge of the French Quarter. The street’s music venues feature the best live music New Orleans has to offer. You can also find some of the cities premiere restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries all within a 3 block area. Inside the 20+ bars and clubs on the street you will find just about every style of music imaginable played by musicians local and from all over the world. Jazz, brass bands, Latin, funk, electronic, rock, blues, Americana, zydeco, EDM, hip hop, DJs. There is something for everyone on Frenchmen.
St. Louis Cathedral: The St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans' most notable landmarks and is the oldest Cathedral in North America, founded as a Catholic Parish in 1720!
Where to eat?
You’ll be hard pressed to find a bad meal in New Orleans. There is also so much choice, it is hard to narrow down the must visits but here are the top ten courtesy of Zagat that won’t disappoint.
1. Commander's Palace
Location: Garden District
What to order: Turtle soup, Pecan-crusted Gulf fish, Creole bread pudding soufflé
Insider tip: In the summer, the restaurant sells off inventory from their wine cellar at half price. There's one catch: You have to mention the phrase "GrapeNutes" when making a reservation, then you'll receive the discounted wine list.
2. Gautreau's Restaurant
What to order: Duck confit, Seared sea scallops, Caramelized banana split
Insider tip: There is a dress code, so leave the flip-flops, shorts and men’s sandals at home.
3. Sal And Judy's Restaurant
What to order: Crab claws , Soft-shell crab Nicholas, Seafood cannelloni
Insider tip: Don’t plan your visit within the first two weeks of August, when the restaurant normally takes a summer hiatus.
4. Toups Meatery
What to order: Meatery board, Deviled eggs, Salted caramel Doberge cake
Insider tip: Refreshing cocktails, like Pimm's Cups and mint juleps, are available by the pitcher.
5. GW Fins
Location: French Quarter
What to order: Lobster dumplings, The "Scalibut", Apple pie with cheddar-cheese crust
Insider tip: The restaurant offers free parking (up to three hours) in Central Garage nearby.
6. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
Location: French Quarter
What to order: Seared crab cake, Prime rib-eye, Bananas Foster bread pudding
Insider tip: Every time the Saints have a home game, the steakhouse offers a special “Game-Day Menu” featuring a handful of casual dishes like cheeseburgers or fries topped with gravy and cheese — all of them priced at $15 or under.
7. Irene's Cuisine
Location: French Quarter
What to order: Crabmeat gratin, Soft-shell crabs, Bananas Foster bread pudding
Insider tip: Even though you might have reservations, still plan on waiting a bit on busy nights. Without a reservation, expect on sitting tight for at least an hour.
8. Rue 127
What to order: Gumbo, Diver scallops, Deep-fried cupcakes
Insider tip: The vegetable dishes are especially good, since much of the produce comes from Chef Ray Gruezke’s family farm in Bay St. Louis, MS.
9. Mr. John's Steakhouse
Location: Central City
What to order: Fried green tomatoes with crabmeat, Filet mignon, Tiramisu
Insider tip: Though it's only open for lunch on Fridays, Mr. John's sister restaurant, Desi Vega's Steakhouse, opens at 11:30 AM daily.
10. Bistro Daisy
Style: Southern American
What to order: Pan-fried Louisiana oysters, Porcini-dusted chicken breast, Creamsicle baked Alaska
Insider tip: It’s easy to BYO here: the first two bottles opened are free of a corkage fee, and it's $15 per bottle after that.