We agree with the BBC Travel Section article New Orleans Outside the French Quarter that the best places to experience the city go past the usual tourist boundaries. The writer features neighborhoods such as Faubourg Marigny, Frenchman Street, Bywater, Warehouse District, Treme and our own Garden District…
Hop on the historic St Charles Avenue Street Car, which threads through the centre of the Warehouse District, and stay on the line until you reach the elegant Garden District, a neighbourhood that emerged largely unscathed from the storm.
Set up in the 1830s as a residential area for those who did not want to associate with the Europeans living in the French Quarter, the land parcels were large, the money used to fund the buildings was new, and each white-columned mansion was built to outdo the one before it. Framed by pristine gardens, a picture-perfect Southern neighbourhood was created.
So, take their advice, hop on the historic St. Charles Avenue Street Car and head to the Grand Victorian for your elegant weekend in the Garden District.