- Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Lafitte's Blacksmith ShopWe heard about Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop from a local and could not resist checking this place out. Lit by candlelight, this tavern holds a lot of character. If I lived in NOLA, this would be by ... read morehangout place.
- The Ruby Slipper Cafe139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119recommended The Ruby Slipper CafeThe French toast is a must eat!
- Spotted Cat Music Club623 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Spotted Cat Music Club
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, United Statesrecommended Ogden Museum of Southern ArtThe Odgen is a fabulous art museum holding the largest collection of Southern Art in the world; there are permanent galleries but also a few rooms with temporary exhibits. The last time I was there, ... read morethere was an exhibit on Hip Hop, which was just awesome--it was well thought out and really engaging. On Thursdays, the museum also hosts a music series from 6-8pm--a great way to browse the collections and enjoy the tunes. Located just a few minutes' walk from the French Quarter.
- Luke333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended LukeLüke is the "Hotel" restaurant for the Hilton, and what a cool and classy place it is. It has a grand old European feel, with nice hospitality, deep woods, and staff in jackets. I was here for ... read morebreakfast recently and received an extra bonus when an old work friend (who I hadn't seen in years) happened to wander in just after me. It was a great time and atmosphere to catch up and contrast my healthy choice with his full on Southern Breakfast. I'd love to come back and give this place a workout for Lunch or Dinner.
- Hilton New Orleans / St Charles Avenue333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Hilton New Orleans / St Charles AvenueThis Hilton building was originally the Masonic Temple, but was sold in 1992 and redeveloped as Hotel Monaco until Hurricane Katrina. Hotel Monaco did not reopen after Katrina in the hotel reopened in ... read more2007 as a Hilton. This Hilton is also located right next to my employer's NOLA HQ building and features Chef John Besh's Lüke restaurant on premises. It's a bit challenging to drive here, but at "only" $39 per night/valet parking it's worth it to ditch the car and walk the rest of the time that you are here. From here, it's all very pedestrian accessible to the French Quarter and beyond (via the St. Charles and Canal streetcar lines). My only complaint with the room was the streetcar noise, but like the BART line near my Albany California home, I'm sure that this would soon become a background comfort. The room itself was nicely appointed, with a comfortable bed, a nice chair to relax, and a hot strong shower. It has a classy European feel and if Gayle were here, I'm sure she would say as high praise: "This place will do".
- Bourbon StreetBourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Bourbon StreetI recently completed a busy and satisfying business trip near Baton Rouge that finished up on a late Thursday afternoon. My plane back to Oakland wasn't leaving until Friday morning, and my hosts ... read moresuggested that I drive down to New Orleans, and enjoy the evening there before heading out. Great Idea! I've been to Bourbon Street before, and whenever I find myself in NOLA, I visit this street fair again, albeit briefly. This place reminds me a lot of some combination of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco: touristy, ticky-tacky, and fake. There's actually a little bit of Folsom Street Fair here too, but with fewer plain sight surprises. What amused me the most was the fair number of old guy/sweet young thing combinations, which of course had me and a friend speculating on what was "the rest of the story". We did stop at Pat O'Brien's nice patio for Hurricanes and people watching. But once we checked the Bourbon Street "Box" we were off to wander classier parts of the French Quarter. I recommend a courtyard dinner at Café Amelie on Royal Street and lingering in that section of town for a spell.
- The French QuarterFrench Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended The French QuarterThe French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré (Old Square), is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. the city of New Orleans. When New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de ... read moreBienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter. Although called the "French" Quarter, most of the present day buildings were built under Spanish rule and show Spanish colonial tastes. The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark, and contains numerous individual historic buildings. The French Quarter has parallels to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. You definitely need to go, but after a short experience (at least on Bourbon Street) with all the shlock, it's time to quickly move on. In my case, I particularly like Royal (the next street over) for one particular restaurant, some nice art galleries, and a more quiet "colonial" experience.
- French Market400 Elysian Fieldsrecommended French MarketThe French Market is a market and series of commercial buildings spanning 6 blocks in the French Quarter. It was founded in 1791 as a Native American trading post, and the market is the oldest of its ... read morekind in the US. It began where "Cafe du Monde" currently stands and has been rebuilt and renovated multiple times since its original "meat market" purposes. I had the chance to walk through the French Market on a recent Sunday field trip to NOLA. There's both nice stuff and flea market choices here, which made me wonder about rents and what sort of lagniappe it takes to do business here. I particular liked the a couple of the photo vendors and one that sold stationary and journals. It was also a nice stroll on a beautiful day, a neat chance to watch some interesting people, and a chance have a cool commercial experience that was not too over-the-top.
- Cafe Du Monde800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Cafe Du Monde04/2014 UPDATE I was in NOLA last week and made it a point to take the long walk from my Hotel for a 6 AM helping of coffee and beignets. At this time of morning, there were no lines and almost all of ... read morethe outside chairs were neatly stacked up on their tables. There were about a dozen folks inside and fewer outside (including a couple harmless looking security guards). My sack of 3 beingnts were warm, tasty, and of course full of powdered sugar. Coffee was OK, but not tasty enough to buy a can to take home. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Café du Monde (since 1862) is for its café au lait and its French-style beignets. I try to make it a point to come here when I'm in town and will also visit one of the "drive ins" in greater NOLA if I'm on the road. My local friends tell me that there might be more adventurous alternatives, but you make sure you check this box first. The chicory-laced java and doughy pockets go well together, and all this being good for you is kind of besides the point in NOLA. And since they are open 24/7, any time is the right time, before or after my next stop down the French Quarter road. Certified Kosher too!
- St. Louis Cathedral615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234recommended St. Louis CathedralThe Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (aka St. Louis Cathedral), is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. It has the distinction of being the oldest continuously ... read moreoperating cathedral in the US (since 1794). I'm not Catholic, but I appreciate an excellent European-style Church, especially the calm opportunity to reflect and consider life's puzzles. The Jackson Square surroundings just adds to this spirit.
- Jackson SquareDecatur Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Jackson SquareJackson Square was originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson. This famous landmark French Quarter Landmark is ... read moresurrounded by historic buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral and with the Mississippi River close by. Besides a pretty walk inside the gates, there's also all cool artists on the outside to watch, learn, and consider if it will fit into the existing home decor.
- Cafe Amelie912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Cafe AmelieA work colleague and I were sitting at Pat O'Briens, enjoying our Hurricanes, relaxing after a long work week, being amused by the Bourbon Street people traffic, and wondering where we should go for ... read moreDinner. Jeff launched his Yelp App and I proceeded to look over the many options. I picked Café Amelie and with no disrespect towards my friend, wished that it was Gayle that I was going here for a nice evening out. Café Amelie is located away from the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street and features comfortable, quiet, and romantic seating either inside the historic (and air conditioned) Carriage House or outside within the lush 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard. We sat outside as the setting is gorgeous, but the oppressive Gulf Coast heat and humidity did result in some second thoughts. The food was fabulous and was only a little bit ahead of the excellent service. Jeff enjoyed a jerked pork tenderloin w/ mango pepper jelly, along with mashed potatoes and green beans. I couldn't finish a generously delicious sausage and pasta dish (in a bowl) which left no room for dessert and plenty of desire for a good long walk afterwards. Our timing was also fortuitous, as Café Amelie was participating that night in the "Pause 4 Dinner" fund raiser. 20 percent of their proceeds (and an extra Jackson on our part) were donated to the Louisiana SPCA.
recommended Maple Leaf BarA classic for live shows in N'awlins, the Maple Leaf looks and feels like it has been around for decades. A barn-sized venue, when local funk brass bands like Rebirth play, the whole place shakes with ... read morethe sound of the tuba, the crowd singling along, beer glasses clinking and everybody's feet tapping. Not too far a walk from the streetcar line, but definitely away from the city's touristy areas.
- Greenwich VillageGreenwich Village, 111 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014, USA
- Big Onion Walking Tours476 13th Street, Brooklyn, NYrecommended Big Onion Walking ToursIt's amazing how we admire New York City's current beauty and lose focus of how the city got there. Big Onion Walking Tours reminds us of the contributions to the city from history and ethnic cultures ... read morethat make the melting pot the delicacy of today. During some of the tours, prepare to be enlightened by the history of the Jewish neighborhood, Chinatown, and Little Italy and taste some of the edible treasures from the neighborhoods.
- High Line Park519 West 23rd Street New York, 10011recommended High Line ParkThis is one of my favorite places in the city. It's a park in the Meatpacking district up on old train trestles...it's the coolest thing built in NYC in decades. Great views, places to eat and drink, ... read moreetc..,Steve Hunter
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- Treasure Island Hotel & Casino3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- National September 11 Memorial & MuseumOne Liberty Plaza, NY 10006
- American Museum of Natural History200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
- Rockefeller CenterRockefeller Plz and E 49th Street, New York, NY 10020
- Vegas Indoor Skydiving200 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV, United States
- Yankee Stadium1 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY, United States
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
- Porto's Bakery315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
- Nickel Diner524 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
- It's A Wrap3315 W. Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA
- Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino3667 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, USA
- World of Coca-Cola 3785 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Grand Canyon National ParkCenter Loop Rd
- Fenway Park4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3409
- Madison Square Garden4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
- New York New York: The Roller Coaster 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
- Santa Monica Pier321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
- The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas SignLas Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Central Park14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1002
- Times Square43rd Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
- Golden Gate BridgeLincoln Boulevard & Doyle Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, United States
- Macy's Union Square170 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA
- Palms Casino Hotel4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103-3903
- Venice Beach1905 Ocean Front Walk, CA
- Hollywood Walk of Fame6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6101
- M&M's World3785 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
- Walt Disney World1800 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
- Brooklyn BridgeBrooklyn, NY, USA
- Statue of LibertyLiberty Island, New York, NY, United States
- Empire State Building350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118-0100
- The Eiffel Tower (Las Vegas)3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109-4345
- Fountains at Bellagio3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
- The Las Vegas StripSouth Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Meatpacking District, New York, NYMeatpacking District, New York, NYrecommended Meatpacking District, New York, NYOnce upon a time (early 1900s) this district was known for numerous slaughter houses and various cuts of meat. Now it's a swank neighborhood filled with some of NYC's best restaurants, lounges, and ... read moreclubs. On a nice evening, people have the option to dine outside restaurants along the side of the streets and then go to the rooftop lounge in the Gansevoort or Standard Hotel to enjoy a cocktail with a view.
recommended Back Lake New HampshireIt is a beautiful lake, located in northern New Hampshire. Only short drive away from Quebec, Canada. This area is well known for a summer getaway place for locals. Fishing, hiking, walking, nature ... read morewalking, kayaking are well known activities. You can see the moose if you are lucky!
- Guadalupe Mountains National ParkTexas, United Statesrecommended Guadalupe Mountains National ParkLocated in northern Texas. If you like hiking and dramatic landscape, this is a perfect place for you. The whole hiking trail was quite amazing, looking down the rocky landscape. A lot of wild plants, ... read moreanimals and lives. It is one of the not so well known national parks.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve11500 State Highway 150, Mosca, COrecommended Great Sand Dunes National Park and PreserveIt is one of my favourite places in the United States. It is a great national park that is not well known as it should be. There is the highest sand dunes in North America. Only a few hours drive from ... read moreDenver. You can camp there. Make sure to see sunrise and sunset over the sand dunes. It's magical!
- 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc.45-46 Davis Street, Long Island City, NYrecommended 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc.If you're into graffiti, this place is the bomb. It's a giant warehouse space that is continually being covered in fresh artwork--people come from all over the world to work on it. It's handily right ... read moreacross the street from PS1 in Queens--or you can take a quick peek at it when you go by on the 7 train! [As of 10/13, this place was slated to be torn down--go while you can!]Zora O'Neill
This is always in danger of being torn down. It's right across the street from PS 1.
- MoMA PS122-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NYrecommended MoMA PS1I hate to be one of those people who's like "Oh, this place was so much better before it _sold out_." I mean, it has been years since PS1 got folded into MoMA. But...it did feel a little cooler back ... read morethen. STILL, I am always pleasantly surprised when I popped in--there's usually something off in some odd corner that's totally thrilling, and some of my best NYC art memories are from there. Don't miss the James Turrell room on the top floor--it's open only at dusk, which means summer Saturdays, basically. *Note: admission is suggested donation!Zora O'Neill
Worth popping off Manhattan to PS 1, especially if you're here for one of the summer Saturday parties.
- Bateaux New YorkPier 61, Chelsea Piers, West 23rd Street, New York, NYrecommended Bateaux New YorkIf you are in New York, make sure to see NYC skyline from the water. Boat ride provides amazing views of NYC bridges, Statue of Liberty and New York harbor.