Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival…Where Would Locals Stay?
The party really never ends in New Orleans, so no matter when you decide to visit the City, there is always some party, parade or festival happening. If you are new to the Crescent City, you want to stay in a spot where you are sure to experience everything the city has to offer. We want to make sure you don’t miss out. So, we spoke to some true New Orleanians and asked them where they would stay if they were to visit the city.
The French Quarter
“Staying in or near the French Quarter puts you close to all the excitement the city has to offer,” according to New Orleans native Real Estate Agent Robert Ripley. The historic French Quarter is the heart of the city. The French Quarter Festival takes place right here. Many of the Mardi Gras Parades roll through the Quarter, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is just about 2 miles away. In the French Quarter, you will find countless restaurants and bars not only along Bourbon Street. St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedrals in the United States, sits in the middle of the French Quarter on Jackson Square where you will always find artists and performers. The New Orleans Arts District and the World War II museum are just a couple of blocks away. On Frenchmen Street, you will always be able to listen to some great music. “The Quarter embodies the soul and spirit of the city,” Ripley adds. If you are staying here, you won’t need a car since everything is pretty much in walking distance and parking can be difficult to find.
If the French Quarter sounds a little too busy for you….you are correct there is always music in the air and the streets are always filled with crowds. If you are looking for a place to stay that’s a little less busy, the Mid-City area is the perfect spot. “I always loved Mid-City, here you can get the piece and quiet you would want for a relaxing vacation, but are still close enough to the French Quarter so you won’t miss out on any of the City’s excitement.” says Laura Kamenitz who has lived in the area for years and also owns Laurel Bed and Breakfast with her husband Eliot. Jazz Fest and and the Endymion Mardi Gras Parade are both a 10-minute walk away. The French Quarter and Central Business District are just a 10-minute drive away. There is a bus stop and the street car (trolly) line within walking distance which runs to both of these destinations. This residential neighborhood is only a 5-minute walk to City Park and The New Orleans Museum of Art. Off-street parking is available. There are a variety of recreational activities that are easily accessible from Mid-City. You could go canoeing or fishing in nearby Bayou St. John or explore the city via bicycle while taking a ride along the Lafitte Greenway , a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor that connects neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park.