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New Orleans: Open for Business

April 1, 2006 By: Edward Fians Home-Based Travel Agent
 

Find out what's ready for your Crescent City clients


Visit www.neworleansonline.com (the "Open for Business" box on the righthand side) or www.lra.org to get up-to-date status on hundreds of local hotels, clubs and restaurants throughout the city.

Museums & Attractions

The New Orleans Museum of Art will be open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The real treat here is the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a great place to sit and enjoy some time outside after a rough night. Visit www.noma.org. The St. Charles streetcar line won't be running until December. But service on Canal Street, including along the riverfront, is fully operational. Visit www.norta.com.

Magazine Street—six miles of historic storefronts—went untouched. For antique hunters, Royal Street shops are also open. And Meyer the Hatter, the "Largest Hat Store in the South," at St. Charles and Canal for 110 years, survived.

Music

The 30th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 28-30 and May 5-7) could tickle the fancy of a last-minute client who balked at Mardi Gras. This year Fats Domino is the headliner; he's also the poster boy. The 2006 poster ($59, a nice gift for clients) is available at www.art4now. Tickets ($30, good for one day) are available at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-488-5252. The "Big Chief VIP Experience" for $600 per weekend includes three days of music plus parking and amenities. If your clients can't make Jazz Fest, there's Satchmo SummerFest (Aug. 3-6), and the VooDoo Music Experience (Oct. 28-29). Sadly, Preservation Hall is "closed indefinitely." For live music, check out Tipitina's, Snug Harbor or the Maple Leaf. Also, local all-star Kermit Ruffins is back at Vaughan's on Thursdays (the food is superb).

Food

Upperline, Emeril's and Nola, Tujague's, Jacques-Imo's Cafe, Broussard's, Galatoire's, Cafe du Monde, Antoine's, K-Paul's and Arnaud's are all open for business—to name a few.

Volunteer Vacations

Generations Touring Company partnered with Katrina Krewe to build a "clean-up" itinerary for Tulane alumni this spring. With the "tremendous response," GTC is tweaking the Tulane tour to make a "volun-tour" featuring: accommodations and touring plus work with Katrina Krewe. Visit www.generationstouringcompanycom/html/alumni-travel/neworleans.html.

The Windsor Court Hotel hooked up with Habitat for Humanity to make volunteer packages. "The Windsor Court Habitat Helpers," available Wednesdays through Saturdays, includes a one-night stay, breakfast and transport to the site ($260 double). "Samaritan Sojourn" includes a two-night stay, transfers, private tour, breakfast and dinner daily and a pass for three attractions; proceeds will be donated to charity ($995 double). Visit www.windsorcourthotel.com

Tauck has relaunched its Louisiana/ Mississippi tour with two May departures, adding Memphis and an optional half-day of volunteer work in New Orleans. Tauck is also putting together five more departures for the fall. Starting rate of $2,190 double includes seven nights' accommodations, admission fees, guides, motorcoach, entertainment, daily breakfast, five lunches and five dinners. Visit www.tauck.com.


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