Travel Tour: An Insider’s Guide to New Orleans – Spring 2017

plus an exclusive side-trip to St. Francisville, LA

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 – Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Total cost:
Member double occupancy: $2,799
Non-member double occupancy: $3,099
Single supplement: $499
Triple discount: $125

Download the NOLA Tour Highlights for a summary of our exclusive destinations, and read below for more information.

You may call us to hold a space on the tour with a $500 nonrefundable deposit on your credit card, but all registration applications must be submitted in writing. Download the 2017 NOLA Registration Form, or call (585) 546-7029, ext. 11 and we will mail the forms to you. Spaces are going fast – register today!

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Did you know that The Landmark Society’s Associate Director of Preservation, Larry Francer, has been to New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) over a dozen times? Many of those have been during Mardi Gras, but Larry assures us that the best way to enjoy the authentic New Orleans is when there is NOT a big party festival in town. So along with Executive Director, Wayne Goodman, Larry and our travel consultant, Jerome Herron, will introduce you to the preservationists, musicians and artists they’ve become friends with and give you a rare, personal view of the city they have grown to love.

They’ve chosen the historic Le Richelieu hotel for its perfect location and beautiful salt water pool. Le Richelieu is one of the few privately-owned hotels left in the French Quarter. Situated on the edge of the Quarter and just blocks away from the Faubourg Marigny district, this hotel holds a myriad of exciting spots within an easy walk. Frenchman Street with its jazz clubs; the galleries, boutiques and antique shops of Royal Street; the bargains at the French Market; Jackson Square, not to mention Bourbon Street, are all at your fingertips. Most rooms have balconies and the hotel has a restaurant and bar adjacent to the pool. Relaxing by the pool with a refreshing cocktail will surely become part of your daily NOLA experience.

Le Richelieu will be our homebase in The Crescent City; beyond its luxurious amenities and historic charm, its location in the French Quarter can't be beat!

Le Richelieu will be our homebase in The Crescent City; beyond its luxurious amenities and historic charm, its location in the French Quarter can’t be beat! (expedia.com)

A partnership with the Preservation Resource Center will treat you to an Architecture Tour designed just for our group. You’ll get the lay of the land and view the different neighborhoods of NOLA in a bus tour with commentary from our preservation colleagues. Additional walking tours throughout the stay will take you to the Bywater, Marigny and Garden Districts. We’ll also be traveling on the streetcars and taking in the sights from this unique form of travel – from Audubon Park to Canal Street.

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No trip to the Big Easy would be complete without jazz… and we’ll have Big Shot seating here at Preservation Hall. (nola.com)

Highlights include a special welcome reception at the Pierre Coulon Guest House by the proprietor and local preservationist, Stephen Folkes; a jazz cruise on the Creole Queen; the Big Shot seating at Preservation Hall; lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking; jazz brunch at the Commander’s Palace and more. A very special stop will be dinner and the best traditional New Orleans jazz at the iconic Palm Court. This will include a private tour of their recording studio, led by Larry and Jerome’s dear friends, Kathy and Lars Edegran. If the stars are aligned you might get a dance with Nina Buck and a song by Larry.

St. Francisville is a historic community just past Baton Rouge that boasts one of Jerome’s favorite spots, the Myrtles Plantation, an 18th century antebellum home called “One of America’s Most Haunted Homes.” We’ll have lunch and a tour at the Myrtle’s, as well as a tour of the Rosedown Plantation then enjoy the quaint downtown with a recent restoration of a 1950s motel, historic synagogue, historic homes and Grandmother’s Buttons, a wonderful shop in an old bank.

We will visit Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville - one of the South's best preserved plantation complexes, and a National Historic Landmark since 2005

We will visit Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville – one of the South’s best preserved plantation complexes, and a National Historic Landmark since 2005. (flickriver.com)

You won’t want to miss this insider’s tour of one of America’s most iconic cities – sign up today!

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