If you don’t live in New Orleans, it is hard to describe what it’s like to live in our unique New Orleans neighborhood.  You’re gonna have to discover that for yourself firsthand, in the round.  I envy you the chance to experience the real New Orleans for the first time.  It’ll be magical.

Our unique New Orleans neighborhood is off the usual tourist radar.  The people who live here like it that way.  What’s it like?  It’s the difference between visiting New Orleans like a tourist and visiting it like a New Orleanian.  We are located close to the tourist action, but we are in a world apart, in the real New Orleans.  We don’t eat tourist food in our part of New Orleans.  We eat delicious meals like we mean them, like we want to remember them for the rest of our lives—and we do remember them for the rest of our lives.

Good memories are made on our street.

Every sky is a brand new day in our quintessential New Orleans neighborhood.
Every day is a beautiful day in our quintessential New Orleans neighborhood.

 

OUR UNIQUE NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD.

Esplanade Avenue is the boundary between the 6th Ward, also known as Tremé, and the 7th Ward.  Depending on who you ask, where we live is part of the Treme/Lafitte Neighborhood, it’s part of Mid-City, or it’s the middle of Esplanade Ridge.  When New Orleanians ask which neighborhood we live in, we just say we live on Esplanade Avenue.  Esplanade Avenue is a world of its own, distinct from the surrounding streets, but it is the spine that connects them all.  The 91 bus runs down Esplanade Avenue, taking people to work every day.

THIS IS THE REAL NEW ORLEANS.

We recently made a list of restaurants that are within a mile of our inn.  There are more than 60.  Some of them won’t interest you, but the people who live here eat there.  There are four small independent museums within a half mile of our tiny, personalized hotel, not counting our lobby, which should be the HQ for your New Orleans adventures.

Esplanade Avenue is a beautiful street.  Yes, it is safe to walk on Esplanade Avenue.  New Orleans is a real city, though it doesn’t always look like one.  Most people you’ll bump into will be super-friendly and willing to share their stories and offer assistance, but, as in any other city, travelers are advised to keep their wits about them.  We’ve never had any problems, nor have any of our guests.  Esplanade Avenue is safe.

 

Ask your New Orleans goodwill ambassador, who happens to be one of the people who run this tiny, personalized hotel for your enjoyment of all things good about New Orleans:

Have breakfast with this gent and learn some of New Orleans' secrets.
New Orleans is a city of characters. Here is Exhibit A.

 

OUR UNIQUE NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD IS A NICE PLACE TO BE.

There is a local pharmacy, owned, operated, and run by two local pharmacists.  They are the nicest pharmacists you’ll ever meet.  There are also the usual national chains pharmacies, too.  There are several local coffee shops, small grocers, a wine bar, nationally famous restaurants, a couple of gas stations, auto mechanics, a used car dealership, a bookshop, a Creole buffet (all-you-can-eat for $6.99 at lunchtime), churches, nightclubs, fried chicken, an optometrist, a dentist, a gynecologist, and several public schools all within a fifteen minute stroll.  Ours is a neighborhood in which people live as well as visit.  Bus tours and bicycle tours stop in front of our house all day long to take pictures.  Esplanade Avenue is shadily lined with beautifully gothic ancient live oak trees.

There is the Kitchen Witch, about three blocks from our inn.  Even if you aren’t particularly interested in used cookbooks, we’ll always tell you to pop into the Kitchen Witch.  They have more than used cookbooks and you’ll get yourself a real New Orleans experience.

We have a four-screen cinema in our neighborhood.  We know you don’t come to New Orleans to go to the movies but, on a rainy day, it’s a nice option.  They have a full bar at the movie theater.  Welcome to New Orleans.  We also have a  Whole Foods Market that opened on North Broad Avenue in 2016.  There is a lot going on where we live.  The Southern Repertory Theater is set to move into our unique New Orleans neighborhood soon.  You can catch a play during your stay.

New Orleans is a city of sentiments.
You never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner in New Orleans.

 

WELCOME TO OUR UNIQUE NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD.  YOU’LL LOVE IT.

We are not in the heart of the touristic film-flam you’ll find in the French Quarter, but we are a 20-minute walk away.  It is exactly one mile from our house to the Esplanade Avenue end of Bourbon Street.  In the other direction, you can walk to City Park, which is home to the art museum, the botanical gardens, a small amusement park, a miniature golf course, and a gondola ride, should you choose to partake of these pleasures.  We go to City Park more often than we go to the French Quarter.

We have nothing against the French Quarter.  You should go.  There is, however, a whole big and interesting city outside the French Quarter.  Welcome to New Orleans.  Welcome to our neighborhood.  You’ll love it here.  Good memories are made on our street.  Welcome to the New Orleans State of Mind.

We look forward to meeting you.