Never been to New Orleans...

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    Nov 07, 2014 3:25 AM GMT
    ...but it looks like I'll have next Saturday afternoon and evening to kill there waiting for a conference to start bright and early the next morning. Considering that I'm far too boring and budget-conscious for any sort of crazy debauchery (and need to be alert Sunday morning), does anyone have any relatively chill hangouts, sights, and/or circuits to recommend? What about places to stay?
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    Nov 10, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    yetanotherphil said...but it looks like I'll have next Saturday afternoon and evening to kill there waiting for a conference to start bright and early the next morning. Considering that I'm far too boring and budget-conscious for any sort of crazy debauchery (and need to be alert Sunday morning), does anyone have any relatively chill hangouts, sights, and/or circuits to recommend? What about places to stay?


    I like the Omni in the French Quarter.

    New Orleans is a truly unique city. Hope you get some time to wander around (and not just the French Quarter).


    Just my luck -- looks like the Omni is full. Too bad, because the location would have been perfect. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    Nov 10, 2014 2:27 AM GMT
    I like the Roosevelt Hotel. Historic, well located. Try Galatoire's for dinner or their new bar next door for drinks. Or both. Just down Boubon from the Roosevelt. Make reservations. That hotel and that restaurant is classic New Orleans. Do it right for your first taste.
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    Nov 20, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    The weekend was great. I won't bore anyone with the conference itself.

    I managed to screw up my flight tickets with Google and United's help, so I had to fly into Gulfport at the last minute and catch a greyhound bus, but I ended up at the convention center in time to register Saturday night and then get lost on the Riverwalk.

    Finally found a streetcar station and made it to my room at the Aaron Ingram Haus (http://www.ingramhaus.com/), a nice, affordable, gay-friendly little apartment suite in the Marigny triangle run by a self-professed "dirty old man" with apparently excellent taste in stained glass:

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    Scott gave me lots of tips for seeing the area on short notice; Frenchmen street has a lot of nice little shops, bars, restaurants, and art which have overflowed out of the French Quarter into the Marigny neighborhood. Had some wonderful coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde on his recommendation, and a delicious fried catfish po'boy at the Market Cafe nearby.

    Next night, also on his recommendation (and that of a local here in Des Moines), I checked out the Good Friends Bar and Cafe Lafitte in Exile (so named, apparently, because a past owners apparently kicked the bar out of Lafitte's blacksmith shop when they found out it catered to a gay crowd). In between the two I couldn't help but stop at the Bourbon Pub & Parade, where they have *gorgeous* men dancing on the bar in their skivvies off and on throughout the night.

    And somehow, after the napkin toss at Cafe Lafitte, I ended up unexpectedly getting close enough to a wonderful older man to be more than a little hurt when he didn't return my text or answer my call the next night. icon_sad.gif

    I couldn't recommend New Orleans more strongly; I really hope to go back soon and often if possible.
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    Dec 09, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! New Orleans is a great city with a lot to offer!
    Next time you're down try to visit some of the areas outside of the French Quarter. There are a lot really great places to see all over the city. Some of my favorites are City Park and Mid-City as well as the Garden District and Uptown.
    As for hotels....it all depends on what you like. If you like historic and classic...Le Pavillon (pb&j sandwiches with milk and hot chocolate served in the lobby every night from 9pm to 11pm to guests) and Hotel Monteleone (home of the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge) are favorites of mine. If you're looking for more modern and contemporary...The Saint is great and so is Loews New Orleans hotel.
    As for restaurants...there are literally hundreds to choose from. Everything from fine dining (i.e. Commander's Palace or Restaurant August) to a hole in the wall like Parasol's on Third and Constance.