With love from NOLA

New Orleans Has Something.

New Orleans is The City That Care Forgot.  It is the city time forgot, too.  New Orleans is called the Big Easy for good reasons.

I was talking about this with Yana, today.  She said, “Every day seems to be the same here.  New Orleans is a place where we make good memories every day, and, then, we make them again and again.”   We’ve perfected the process.  Why don’t we try something new?  New Orleans has something good going, already.  Why mess it up?  Wanna make some good memories?  New Orleans is here for you.

When a city is good at making good memories, what else can it export?  It is far, far better to be good than it is to be bad.  New Orleans is very, very good.  I know.  I live here.  When you Visit New Orleans, you don’t need to visit like a tourist.  You should visit like you live here, too.  Welcome.  It is nice to meet you and share our part of authentic New Orleans with you.  La Belle Esplanade has been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans since April 2014.


New Orleans has something you won’t find anywhere else.

With love from NOLA
Real New Orleans is calling you. Real New Orleans loves you.

NOLA:  New Orleans LouisianA.

When you visit New Orleans, you’ll be tempted to say Nola, as in, “Oh, I love Nola!” or, “We’re getting our Nola groove on tonight!” or, “We had some real Nola jambalaya for lunch!” or, “Our Uber driver was born in Nola.  He told us to go to Joey-K’s.”  —That’s nice.

Unlike your Uber driver, I don’t know anyone who lives here who goes to Joey-K’s for a good meal.  Maybe I hang with the wrong crowd.  Also, unlike your Uber driver, I don’t know anyone who refers to New Orleans as Nola.  Unless we are talking about nola.com, nobody who lives here says Nola when they are talking about New Orleans.  We just say, “New Orleans.”  We love this city.  We don’t need to be clever.  You cannot abbreviate love and respect.  When you abbreviate your roots you are left with nothing.  Nothing from nothing leaves nothing and New Orleans is more than just something.  New Orleans is a way of life.

Keep yourself in a New Orleans state of mind and you will be happy the rest of your days.  Trust me.  I live here.  New Orleans has something that can be contagious, like a lover’s flu, or a hummingbirds song.  When you are in a New Orleans state of mind, you’ll dream sweet dreams, even when you are awake.  I know.  I do it all the time.

Who Dat? Dat’s in my DNA.

Spend enough time in New Orleans and you’ll be spoiled to live anywhere else.  New Orleans moves to its own rhythm, its own clock, its own calendar.  New Orleans is what it is.  New Orleans abides.  No one ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  It is always too short.  The longer you stay, the more you’ll realize how much more there is to discover and explore in this wonderful city we call home.  I know.  I live here.  I can tell you all about it.


Authentic New Orleans is better than good.  You have your tourist New Orleans, where all the tourists are, and, then, you have real New Orleans, where we live.  I’ll bet good money that you’ll love our part of New Orleans better than Bourbon Street.  How do I know?  Because it see it happen every day.  I live here.  I am the proprietor of La Belle Esplanade, along with Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation.

Your New Orleans goodwill ambassador is waiting to meet you.

When you are ready to experience New Orleans like you should, not like a tourist but like a New Orleanian, La Belle Esplanade is here for you.  You’re on the right website.  You have two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors standing by to assist when you’re ready to visit New Orleans like you mean it.

January 16, 2020:  Plan ahead and make a reservation early at La Belle Esplande.  We only have five suites and we’ve been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans on TripAdvisor since April 2014.  Only ten people on any given day can experience authentic New Orleans the La Belle Esplanade way.  Be one of the lucky few.

You should definitely follow the blog on this website.  There are good reasons it is called The Best-Written Blog in New Orleans.  La Belle Esplanade also sponsors a sister blog.  It’s called A New Orleans State of Mind You should read that one and follow it, too.  It’s a hoot.

You should follow La Belle Esplanade on Facebook and on Instagram if you want to to.  We post 2,3,4,5 times a day to keep people in a New Orleans state of mind.  La Belle Esplanade also has a YouTube channel.

When you are ready to visit New Orleans like you mean it, La Belle Esplanade is here for you.  Make a reservation today. Get off the typical tourist treadmill.  You belong in the real New Orleans.  You belong at La Belle Esplanade.  We know where to eat when you visit New Orleans.  Stay at La Belle Esplanade and you’ll know where to eat in New Orleans, too.