Around town

Around town

ACCOMMODATIONS

* The Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St.; 504-523-6000) offers English decor and ambience and excellent business amenities, such as specially arranged golf, hunting, and fishing outings, The Grill Room is popular for business lunches and dinners. There are also public settings throughout the hotel suitable for client meetings.

* For a more intimate experience, check into Hubbard Mansion Bed & Breakfast (3535 St. Charles Ave.; 504-897-3535), an exquisite African American-owned bed and breakfast, with your choice of suite or executive apartments for long-term stays.

DINING

* Brennan’s Restaurant (417 Royal St.; 504- 525-9711), located In the heart of the French Quarter, houses a world-class wine cellar with 3,000 varieties. A must try is their Bananas Foster, a dish that is served for breakfast as well as dessert. Be careful not to get this restaurant confused with Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (716 Iberville St.; 504-522-2467)–there’s a long-standing family feud involved. Aside from great food, Dickie Brennan’s offers an impressive cigar list.

* “If you’re in the mood for some greens and red beans ado fried chicken, then stop by the Praline Connection (542 Frenchmen St.; 504-943-3934) In the French Quarter,” advises Webber.

TRANSPORTATION

* The downtown business district and the French Quarter are Path about 13 miles from Louis Armstrong airport. “Cabs are readily available,” Webber notes.

* Once downtown you might also enjoy taking horse-drawn carriages. Says Webber, “That’s always a really informative way to travel. The guys who drive the buggies owe you the history of the buildings, the architecture, and the culture.”

* There’s also a streetcar that travels up and down St. 2harles Avenue. Webber explains, “That’s where all the beautiful homes are and where the garden district is located. [The streetcar] gives you the opportunity to look at some or the architecture.” There’s also a streetcar downtown.

NIGHTLIFE

* “Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St.; 504-949-0696) is great for live jazz,” says Webber. Only a few blocks from the Mississippi River, it also offers a full dinner menu.

* A great, low key place to hear New Orleans jazz by local artists is Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St.; 504-522-2841) “That’s really popular,” says Webber, “especially with the tourists who come into town.”

SPAS

* The Spa at the Ritz Carlton (921 Canal St.; 504-524-1331) is a full-service spa that provides several signature treatments, such as the Magnolia Sugar Scrub.

* Belladonna (2900 Magazine St.; 504-691-4393) is a unisex, Indonesian-style day spa in the lower garden district. It uses products made from traditional recipes and indigeneous ingredients.

* For more information on the city and a copy of Textures, Louisiana’s African American travel directory, cal 800-945-7929.

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