After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans hotels, restaurants, jazz clubs and watering holes of all types are almost as famous for their resolve as for their colorful, free-spirited vibes. Almost, that is. New Orleans is a state-of-mind more than a location, filled with joyful jazz in Jackson Square and carefree souls mingling along Bourbon Street at all hours.
The disaster is now a part of the city’s mythology, making visitors and locals treasure the city even more. Using one of our Marriott hotels in New Orleans as a base, you can sip café au lait from French Quarter landmark Café du Monde, dine on Cajun delicacies at Brigtsen's and then experience a true jazz institution at Preservation Hall.
Downing a few drinks in “the Big Easy” involves about as much effort as taking a step outside your hotel room in New Orleans. Tradition dictates that you visit establishments like Pat O’Brien’s or the Funky Pirate for at least one sazerac (traditional New Orleans drink), but don’t overlook venues like Rock 'N' Bowl or Maple Leaf outside of the French Quarter. After a rest at your hotel, New Orleans can revive you with picturesque walks through the Garden District or Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
I took this shot from the plane as we were getting ready to land in New... --razorbackfan