I tell people that we live on a magical street and they usually respond: “Ho-hum, you’re always talking about how much you love New Orleans. So what else is new?”
Nothing else is new. There is a mystery of Esplanade Avenue. It’s hung around our street for a long time, since around about the time New Orleans was founded. Esplanade Avenue is an old street, one of the original boundaries of the Vieux Carré (or, French Quarter, as you may prefer to call that Old Square). New Orleans is a magical city and Esplanade Avenue is a magical street. There is nothing ho-hum about it.
Regular readers know what picture we’re gonna feature next at this point, dontcha? Here it is:
There is nothing ho-hum about our neighborhood. Our part of New Orleans may be low-key and off the usual tourist radar, but there are interesting things happening within walking distance around our inn ever day. In fact, a new hair salon opened around the corner from us on N. Broad Avenue. It’s called Sweet Olive Salon, not to be confused with Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast. The B&B link doesn’t talk much about Auld Sweet Olive, but you’ll get a view of the main hallway in that exceptional competitor of ours. A tip of my top hat to Nancy, Auld Sweet Olive’s proprietor (not to be confused with Sweet Olive Salon).
I know you’re not visiting to get a haircut, but our part of New Orleans is where people live, as well as being a place where people from out of town visit. Frau Schmitt (who is the better half of this operation) got her hair cut at Sweet Olive Salon this morning. Guess who was also there getting her hair cut. Kelly!
You can see a picture of Kelly in that last link I just posted about Auld Sweet Olive (not the hair salon). She’s the innkeeper at The Lookout Inn. You can read my review of The Lookout Inn, here. I can’t remember if I decided if The Lookout is the grooviest B&B in New Orleans or if I decided it was La Belle Esplanade. Knowing me, it was La Belle Esplanade. I happen to think we run a pretty groovy boutique experience inn here on Esplanade Avenue.
Now guess what? Kelly, Nancy and Frau Schmitt and I are all having dinner tonight! For real. I don’t need to make anything up to find material for this blog. Life in New Orleans is full of serendipitous surprises. When she got home, Frau Schmitt told me, “Make sure you compliment Kelly’s haircut tonight.” Will do.
What’s nice about living in a real neighborhood, or making your vacation headquarters in a real neighborhood for that matter, is that we get to enjoy life as it’s lived in New Orleans. There’s never a dull moment here in this magical city, or on this mysterious street. We love where we live and we love to share what we know about it. Life is what you make of it.
If La Belle Esplanade happens to be full when you want to make a reservation, it happens, we only have five suites to serve the 10.5 million visitors who come to New Orleans, we’d like to recommend Auld Sweet Olive or The Lookout Inn. And, don’t forget The Chimes!
We hope we have room for when you plan to visit our fair city. Frau Schmitt and I, your humble narrator, enjoy being unofficial goodwill ambassadors for this fantastical city we call home. Come see for yourself why we love where we live. You’ll fall in love with our neighborhood, too.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every morning is a curated breakfast salon of good conversations and insights about New Orleans off the usual tourist radar.
Thursday, April 13, 2017: We had dinner at House of Blues last night. It was a pleasant surprise. We’re having dinner at Auld Sweet Olive tonight, that’s going to be even more pleasant. Good food, good company, good memories…these things are what New Orleans is all about. Good memories are made on our street. Vive la Nouvelle Orléans!