GAPNA + New Orleans + You: A Perfect Equation
Whether this is your first time to New Orleans or you’re a seasoned visitor, the city’s infectious spirit is sure to invigorate, captivate, and motivate you to jump in and see and do so much during GAPNA’s Annual Conference, September 24-26, 2020.
With so many options and many things to do all the time, narrowing the playing field can be a challenge. Think of it this way: divide how much time you have by what your priorities are – history, art, music, culture, etc. – and then add in a little time for the spontaneous joy that is the Crescent City’s calling card.
Subtract a few hours for sleep, multiply your dining pleasure by at least three times a day, and you have the perfect equation for an amazing New Orleans experience. Here is where to start making decisions.
There are so many ways to behold New Orleans, a city of infinite possibilities. Whether you want to explore history or haunts, shopping or swamps, food, or just have fun, there’s a tour for you with a locals’ perspective.
Pick your passion or simply get to know New Orleans from a new point of view. Either way, diving a little deeper into the city’s stories and culture will reveal so much more left to discover. Visit Tours.
New Orleans offers myriad ways to educate and amuse. From historic homes and streetcar rides to above-ground cemeteries and world-class museums like the National World War II Museum, the opportunities for exploration in New Orleans are truly endless.
Whether you’re an art aficionado, a history buff, or just looking to experience the city’s rich history and culture on a deeper level, you’ll find a variety of attractions that are sure to pique your interest. Visit Attractions.
The Vieux Carre
Explore the charms of New Orleans’ most famous neighborhood. Often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans, the French Quarter is one of NOLA’s most historic neighborhoods. But you’ll find plenty of new mixed in with the old.
There’s a reimagined French Market, modern boutiques and artisan cocktails mix with beloved antique stores and old restaurants. (Antoine’s. Arnaud’s. Galatoire’s. Brennan’s – the world would be far less flavorful without you!) View the Vieux Carre.
Like the Creole aristocrats lining the galleries of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the French Quarter is a timeless portrait – especially come dusk when swallows glide above the fortunetellers on Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral’s butter-crème-colored walls reflect the fiery sunset.
Ghost tours troop past mad Madame LaLaurie’s mansion while neon signs stutter to life on Bourbon Street where syrupy red Hurricanes slosh in famed “go cups.” Night falls. Horse hooves clop, music throbs, and gaslights flicker in a place full of long-told legends and those waiting to be born. Create one of your own.
NOLA is devoted to good eating and the city loves to share. Their cuisine is built on a tradition that stretches from Paris to Port au Prince and from Cadiz to the Congo. Every day, the city’s more than 1,000 eateries ready themselves to welcome guests with a gusto.
They spoon the gumbo, blacken the redfish, smoke the pork, and plate the dishes with a respect for the old flavors and a warm welcome to new trends. Visit Cuisine.
Here, you can peruse where to dine outdoors, learn the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine, and find your favorite spot(s). You can dine healthy, eat fried seafood, devour po-boys, and find out where they get their name. Hungry after the show?
There are late night cafes and bars that will feed your body as well as your soul. Take a class at one of the city’s cooking schools, explore ethnic cuisine at Vietnamese pho houses and Salvadoran pupuserias. Looking for vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free options? Yes, yes, and yes. The New Orleans dining scene is a brilliant reflection of the city’s diverse history, culture, and neighborhoods.
The sounds of New Orleans embrace and charm. Always, forever, the city’s music is its beating heart. The musical notes of jazz, brass, R&B, soul, and many mixes fill the air along with night-blooming jasmine and other fabulous tropical fragrances.
Walk down Frenchmen Street, the main artery of the Marigny neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter, and take in the vibrant blocks of cafes, music clubs, and restaurants including Snug Harbor, d.b.a., and the Spotted Cat. New Orleans has produced its share of musical giants, from greats like Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint to contemporary acts like Trombone Shorty, Big Freedia, and Hurray for the Riffraff.
Preservation Hall on Bourbon Street is always a hit but also visit the Mother-In-Law Lounge on Claiborne Avenue, Rock-N-Bowl in Mid-City, the Maple Leaf Uptown, and Vaughn’s in the Bywater. These local dives and music venues will keep you dancing all night. It’s all part of the magic, part of the brilliant je ne sais quoi that is found only in New Orleans. View Music.
Whatever your passion, find it in New Orleans during GAPNA’s 39th Annual Conference, September 24-26, 2020. Register today!