We love it here.  Most people do.

If you can only stay for a weekend, do it.  It isn’t long enough, but even a taste of New Orleans is better than none at all.  Once bitten, not a bit shy.  You will want to come back for more.  Dance like nobody is watching.  New Orleans is red beans and rice on Mondays and it is stewed turkey necks on Thursdays.  It is turtle soup, jambalaya and more pounds of boiled crawfish than any one person can eat.  It is very hard to have a bad meal in this city.

The ideal stay is between 5-7 days, if you have the time.  You’ll get a real flavor of the city and what it has to offer.  You won’t see everything, but you will see enough to have a basic understanding of what it’s all about.  Maybe.  If you get bored, you can’t blame it on New Orleans.  Something is always happening if you have the curiosity to poke around and follow your nose.  If you can stay during the week, do it.  There are shorter lines.  People who stay during the weekend days ask us, “Is it always like this?’  It is.  Something is going on all the time.  It could be on a grand scale or it could be something tiny.  Good things happen to people in New Orleans when they have open eyes and an open heart.

It’s not just Mardi Gras.  It’s not just Jazz Fest.  It’s not just second line parades and jazz funerals.  It is these things, but it is so much more.  You will see things that break your heart because they are so beautiful and you will see things that will break your heart because they are tragic.  It is a city of extremes that hugs close to the bone of human experience.  Better 24 hours in New Orleans than a month in most places.  Everyone who visits New Orleans has a story to tell afterward.  Good memories are made on Esplanade Avenue.