I know what you’re thinking. That’s not our inn. You’re right. It’s not. Wanna know how to win in New Orleans? First thing you should know is: be a winner and not a beginner.
This is our inn:
We have plenty of people who stay at La Belle Esplanade for their first visit to our fair city, and I have to doff my hat to them. Nice choice. You’ll see a part of the city that most people don’t on their first visit to the Big Easy. More power to you. You will fall in love with New Orleans. How do I know that? Because I see it happen every day in every way.
We also have people stay with us on their second or third or fourth or fifth visit to New Orleans. Wanna know what they say at the end of their stay at La Belle Esplanade? They say: “We never knew New Orleans was this good.” That is high and accurate praise.
There is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter. There is more to New Orleans than the Garden District. There is more to New Orleans than what you’ve been pre-programmed to expect after reading the guidebooks and watching the travel channels. We live here. We don’t live in the tourist New Orleans. We live in the city in the round, warts and all, all glory and gorgeousity around every corner where the people are engaged and alive and not so much interested in the fact that you are visiting so much as they are interested in living their lives and basking in New Orleans culture while building it ever-fresh and vital.
New Orleans culture is thick and densely woven along every sidewalk and front porch. It’s in the corner bars and in the corner grocery stores. People who live in New Orleans are proud of where they live. They are proud of the city they inhabit and are building it (rebuilding, post-Katrina?) one important and pregnant moment at a time. If you don’t love New Orleans, no worries. New Orleans will love you.
It’s not an A or B choice. You can be both a beginner and a winner in New Orleans. Some people will be reading this post to learn how to be a winner in New Orleans at Harrah’s casino, or at the horse track. I don’t know how to be a winner in New Orleans in those places. It isn’t by playing the slot machines, to that much I can reliably attest. When you spend enough time in New Orleans though, you’ll leave feeling like you should have spent more time here.
That’s a fact, Jack. When you leave New Orleans, you’ll be both light- and heavy-hearted. If only the good times could roll on forever.
If La Belle Esplanade is fully booked when you are looking to enjoy a few days and nights in our fair city, I’ve got a place I can recommend to you. I’m a professional innkeeper. Making recommendations based on people’s preferences is what I do every day. I haven’t met you, but if you are reading this blog and you are interested in staying at La Belle Esplanade and we’re full, here’s a tip from the hip:
Be a winner in New Orleans and stay at Chimes Bed and Breakfast, Uptown, on Constantinople Street. It isn’t La Belle Esplanade, but it’ll do. Tell Jill we sent ya. Chimes has been open for much, much longer than Frau Schmitt and your humble narrator have even lived in New Orleans. We could learn a thing or three from Jill. Tell her I said that, too.
Uptown is a different neighborhood from where we live, but all of New Orleans is an enchanting kaleidoscope of delightful experiences. We have chimes in our part of town, too. They’re in City Park.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every day is a fresh wonder and a fresh inspiration to try something new.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016: I had a nice chat with Jill from the Chimes this afternoon. I wouldn’t say we’re chums, but we’re close enough for me to feel comfortable in her company. You will, too. Double check that we don’t have any vacancy first, though, before making a reservation there.