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SUM 2016

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 47 By Kandia Johnson T he best vacations should in- clude a touch of everything—culture, adventure, and relaxation. Te city of New Orleans delivers on all fronts. Te Big Easy promises a spectacular combi- nation of beautiful architecture, mouth- watering Creole cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and luxury hotel spas that ofer you more than just a place to rest your head. Food From fve-star gourmet restaurants to street food– inspired eateries, the city's culinary scene is a force to be reckoned with. With infuences from France, Spain, Africa, Ger- many, and the Caribbean, every dish tells a story. A visit to New Orleans is not complete without tasting beignets at Café du Monde, king cake at Sucré, gum- bo at Commander's Palace, a mufuletta sandwich at Cochon Butcher, and rabbit and sausage jambalaya at Coop's Place. For some down-home fried chicken, visit Willie Mae's Scotch House. Head to the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Montele- one or the Sazerac Bar in Te Roosevelt New Orleans for a Sazerac (purportedly invented here in the 1830s by a Creole apothecary) or a potent Hurricane, an- other classic New Orleans cocktail. Culture Many cultural attractions can be seen by simply wandering about. Among the ar- ray of architectural styles are cottages, grand mansions, and plantations dat- ing to the 1700s. Make sure to hop on a streetcar to check out a few popular neighborhoods farther afeld. Te must- see Garden District is a step back in time, with its stately houses epitomizing 19th- century elegance. Spend part of your stay exploring Jackson Square and Frenchmen Street, known for local art and live music. Te world-famous French Quarter is the place to discover rich southern history, vibrant nightlife, and upscale shopping. St. Louis Cathedral, steps from Jackson Square, boasts beautiful stained glass windows and breathtaking statues, murals, and wood- work. Art lovers can head to the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, which displays art from the African diaspora by both emerging artists and established masters. Nightlife From live jazz to R&B and soul music, New Orleans is a center for year-round festivals, concerts, and round-the-clock music venues. Trow on your party dress and wedges (the streets of New Orleans will wreak havoc on high heels) and head to the Blue Nile, Irvin Mayfeld's Jazz Playhouse, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, or Preservation Hall. Shopping At the Shops at Canal Place, you'll fnd specialty boutiques and upscale re- tail chains such as Saks Fifth Avenue, L'Occitane, Tifany & Co., and White House Black Market. If you like the thrill of searching for a good deal on high-end fashion, check out the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, a destination with wonder- ful views of the Mississippi River. Relaxation Perhaps the most under-the-radar attrac- tions in New Orleans are its spa resorts. Several hotels ofer a range of facilities, from ultraluxury spas to cozy retreats, for everyone, including travelers sufer- ing from jetlag. Try the intimate Spa Aria at the Hotel Monteleone, or for all-out pampering, Te Waldorf Astoria Spa at Te Roosevelt hotel. DW Brass band in front of St. Ouis Cathedral; French Quarter balcony, crabcake with shrimp New Orleans Stepping Out DW Life >

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