Meet The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans

I haven’t taken any scientific polls or anything.  This news flash is based solely on anecdotal evidence from the people I talk to as I go about my daily rounds out and about in New Orleans.  I’ve recently been asking people who they think is the most interesting man in New Orleans.  You’ll never guess who’s name always comes up time and again, as regularly as sunshine and good times.  It’s this joker:


The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans at New Orleans most unique hotel: La Belle Esplanade
The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans—your humble narrator


The good, gentle, and informed people of New Orleans have spoken.  I’m not going to argue with popular acclaim.  I’m blushing.  There is no point in hiding my light under a fedora.  I may as well let it shine.  It’ll be good for business.


I Know The Most Interesting Man In New Orleans.

I should know this guy.  We share both a closet and a wardrobe.  The most interesting man in New Orleans is me, yours truly, the humble narrator of this blog and one half of the innkeeping staff of La Belle Esplanade, a small unique boutique New Orleans hotel that is unlike any other hotel you have ever stayed in.  Welcome to the New Orleans state of mind.

I will be the first person to tell you that Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.  She is the nicest person you’ll ever meet.  She is the nicest person that I have ever met.  That’s why I married her.  I bet you’ll like her, too.

I’ve learned a lot about being nice from Frau Schmitt.  We make a good team.

I asked Frau Schmitt who is the most interesting man in New Orleans.  She lives with me.  “It certainly isn’t you,” she said.

Frau Schmitt is usually right about these things.

If you had to live with me 24 hours a day for the rest of your life, you wouldn’t find me all that interesting, either.  I’ve lived with me for 52 years, and, while I have shared all my adventures and escapades with my self, I have to admit that most of my days are usually as dull as dishwater, at least from my perspective.  Then again, I live in New Orleans, where every day is like uncovering a cache of diamonds.

A day spent in New Orleans, no matter what happens, is always better than even the bestest day of fishing. New Orleans, like the most interesting man in New Orleans, has a magic all its own.  Come find out what it is.  You’ll recognize it when you see it but you won’t be able to put your finger on it.  Like MC Hammer, you can’t touch this.

New Orleans magic is ineffable.


The most interesting man in New Orleans
Well dressed and well spoken, this gentleman is happy to share everything he knows about New Orleans over the breakfast table every day of your stay.


Can the Most Interesting Man in New Orleans Be Boring?

Stop.  New Orleans time.  Go.

I’m not saying that I will bore you.  Indeed, I claim the opposite.  People who know me say that New Orleans is the perfect city for a pie-in-the-sky, slap-happy chap such as me.  Go with what you know.  I always say that if you are bored in New Orleans you must have a hole in your imagination.  I’m a daydream believer.  If you are, too, this is probably the most best place for you.

I am never bored in New Orleans.  If you are bored in New Orleans, I figure you have something missing in your elemental makeup.  Maybe your parents didn’t love you as much as you wanted.  I’m not here to judge.  There is so much happening in this magical city every day that even when nothing is happening, officially, something is happening informally and spontaneously on the street in front of our address.  Good things happen during every minute and every moment in New Orleans for those with the good sense to take advantage of what’s around them.  Stop to smell the oleander.

Follow your nose.  It will lead you to an exciting escapade.  My nose always does.  I know the lay of the cityscape, though.  I know a lot about New Orleans.  Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, usually accompanies me wherever I go.  We both have gone everywhere in New Orleans.  Nobody ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  The longer they talk with us, the more they realize how much they have yet to discover.  Come find out what it means to fall in love with New Orleans.  I’m not lying to you.  There is always more to discover about New Orleans—and about yourself in New Orleans.


New Orleans sky at dawn
Every day on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, LA starts and ends with a tint of gilding.  Just ask the most interesting man in New Orleans.


New Orleans is more than the French Quarter.

As innkeepers, our job is to be New Orleans goodwill ambassadors for the whole city in the round.  New Orleans is more than the French Quarter, a whole heckuva lot more.  As professional New Orleans innkeepers, we live here.  We know better.  If you want to experience the real New Orleans, the way it is lived by New Orleanians who call this magical city home, don’t stay in the French Quarter.  Think about staying a few days on Esplanade Avenue.  Good memories that will last a lifetime are made on our street.

Let’s say you live in Hinton, WV.  I know you probably don’t. It could be anywhere, wherever you live, but, where you live, is the first question your waiter asks you at your local Applebee’s, “Where are you folks from?”  You won’t find an Applebee’s outlet in New Orleans (sorry, folks!) but you’ll find plenty of places in the French Quarter where the waitress uses the “where are you from” gambit to start a conversation.  Frau Schmitt (who is the better half of this operation) and I don’t normally go to places where the first question is “So, where are you folks from?”  I don’t know anyone who lives In New Orleans who goes to these places.

New Orleanians eat plenty of gumbo but we don’t usually eat anything out of a can.  If you want a reliable, familiar product, go to a chain hotel like the Marriott or the Hilton.  If you want a reliable, familiar product, eat a chain restaurant like McDonalds or Panera.  If you want a reliable, familiar New Orleans experience, follow the recommendations in the guidebooks and on the travel websites.  You can’t get a good roast beef po’ boy at Panera.


The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans Knows A Lot.

I’ve stopped reading the top 10 lists of things to do in New Orleans.  The lists are pretty much all the same.  Nobody who is writing these lists has really spent time in New Orleans like a New Orleanian.  The writers just copy whatever they’ve read from other websites.  If you want a virtual experience of New Orleans, stay in the French Quarter and talk to your chain hotel concierge.  If you want to experience New Orleans the way it is lived by the good and gentle people who call this wonderful city home, stay at a small boutique inn or B&B.  You know where I’m talking about.

La Belle Esplanade is a boutique experience inn.  Our humble and colorful establishment is more hotel than bed and breakfast, but it combines the best of all possible worlds, the way New Orleans is the best of all possible worlds.  What other hotel can you stay in where you can talk to the most interesting man in New Orleans to get recommendations to plan out your. day?  There is only one La Belle Esplanade.  The hotel’s owner cares that you enjoy not just the clean towels and sheets, but the whole New Orleans experience.  The whole shebang.  We live in a city like no other in America, may unlike any other in the whole world.  I like to think that New Orleans is unique.  I’m not the only one who thinks this way.  Ask anyone.

New Orleans is an enchanting world of its own for those with the eyes to see it, the taste buds to savor it, and the ears to hear its beguiling song.  Happy Mardi Gras!

If you are interested in discovering the real New Orleans, to experience this wonderful and enchanting city like someone who lives here, well, then, live in a real New Orleans neighborhood for awhile.  Nobody ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  As long as you’re here you may as well have breakfast with the most interesting man in New Orleans and get his recommendations of what to do, where to eat, and what’s important to pay attention to while you’re walking down the street.

La Belle Esplanade.  You are on the right website.  To make a reservation, click the light blue “Check Availability” button at the top of this screen.  The only way to make a reservation for one of our five suites is through our website.  10.5 million people visited New Orleans last year.  We only have five luxurious and authentic suites. Each suite only sleeps two.  Only the lucky few got to meet the most interesting man in New Orleans. They were also lucky enough to meet Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation.   We love to share what we know about New Orleans.  You’ll love learning about it over a curated breakfast of local delicacies we pick up fresh every morning.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

Sunday, January 7, 2018: It was 58 degrees today (Fahrenheit).  Every day in New Orleans is balmy and pleasantly full of delightful surprises from sunup until long after the sun goes down.  We look forward to meeting you.


La Belle Esplanade---a unique New Orleans hotel
The most interesting man in New Orleans—your humble narrator

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