Rollin' On The River
New Orleans is a city of history and mystery.
Plantations and their stories of slavery haunt its history. Voodoo practitioners and cemeteries above the ground add a spooky mystery. Hurricane Katrina added another complex chapter to the story of the Crescent City. We will explore it all in the mild warmth of the southern spring.
Our hotel home has recently been renovated and awaits us with its heated salt-water pool and pool-side courtyard. And just outside the door are all the highlights of the city within an easy walk.
What NOLA visit is complete without a day visiting the grand plantation homes and examining the dichotomy of slavery that made them run? A cooking experience is a must, as is a swamp-boat ride and a roll down the Mighty Mississippi on a paddlewheel boat.
This full itinerary features the best of New Orleans, from the World War II Museum to a Gospel Brunch. A special treat to spend some time at former Portlander, Sue Preece’s artfully sophisticated shop, Evangeline.
Grab your parasol and let the saints go marchin’. . .
5 nights Bienville House Hotel
Daily continental breakfast
Private city tour with muffuletta sandwiches
Plantation tour with lunch
Swamp boat ride
World War II Museum and lunch
Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
Cooking class dinner
Mardi Gras Museum
Daily continental breakfast
Items of a personal nature
Your $500 nonrefundable deposit will hold your space. Travel insurance recommended to protect your investment. The itinerary is subject to change without notice. Equally valued substitutions will be made for any changes. There are no refunds for skipped or missed activities. Guests must be able to walk moderate distances. A 3.5% fee for credit card transactions. FINAL PAYMENT DUE December 31, 2019.
$1999 per person based on double
$600 single supplement
MAR 5-10, 2020
City tour and visit to the Mardi Gras Museum are the perfect introduction to NOLA. Lunch is a stop at Central Grocery for their classic muffuletta sandwich created in 1906 by its Sicilian founder.
The National World War II Museum is the #1 attraction of The Big Easy. Today we have plenty of time there and will enjoy lunch in their restaurant. Later this afternoon we are off to a cooking class in order to learn how some of those classic southern dishes are made.
Sunday morning means church in Louisiana. We will fulfill our obligation with a visit to the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. You’ll be dancing in the aisles by the end. From there it is a perfect walk to the dock where we’ll hop on the Creole Queen for a cruise down the Mighty Mississippi and with a call at the Chalmette battlefield. Upon our return we will pay a visit to Sue Preece at Evangeline. Sue has created a little gem for shoppers with her great eye for design.
The romance of plantations is tempered by the history of slavery in the South. A visit to two different plantations will give you some perspective on this complicated situation. Lunch at Madewood is a lovely, gentile way to pass a part of our afternoon.
Time to bid adieu to Louisiana and its French roots.