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Nellie Blue #54399

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Some non-CAS friends from work are traveling to the New Orleans area and they're trying to find someplace to play tourist between Baton Rouge and New Orleans...here's the message they sent me...

 

I am trying to find someone who is very familiar with New Orleans to find out where a safe, affordable, clean and centrally located area would be to stay – and we are flying blind! We don’t want to stay on Bourbon Street and, in fact, we're really preferring to stay in a small town somewhere between New Orleans and Baton Rouge that would feel more small town - like Natchitoches felt…..somewhere where we’d feel safe if we walked from our hotel in the evening to a restaurant for dinner. Do you know anything about that area or do you know anyone we could talk to that is really familiar with the area?

 

Anyone have any great ideas?

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Two years ago my wife and I stayed at the Hyatt Place in Baton Rouge just off of I-55 on Bluebonnet Blvd. It was, at the time, a nice economical place to stay - nothing fancy but safe and within walking distance of several restaurants. We would stay there again.

 

Ralph & Kacoo's is right next door and was great. A little pricey but more than satisfying.

 

Hope this helps.

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Ponchatoula is on I-12 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans where I-55 and I-12 intersect. Its an interesting little town with anitique stores and local charm. My in-laws live there and we always enjoy that area.

 

If you HAVE to do the New Orleans tourist thing you might try staying in one of the burbs closeby and driving into town every day.

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Hi Nellie,

Tell them to look at Donaldsonville just south of IH 10 and not that far from N.O. or where IH 55 hits IH 10. If they go touring south of Donaldsonville they can make the Plantations along the river road.

 

Nate, I was wondering about Donaldsonville...but I didn't know how it was these days...I haven't been there in over 30 years. :D :D :D

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My Dad used to buy all his Fords there cuz my cousin was married the the dealer! :D We used to go for lunch to a Plantation and drank our (sweet) tea out of Mason jars (before that was cool)! :D

 

I think that'll be my recommendation to them. Thanks! See ya! Maybe not til next March, but I'll sure see ya somewhere! :D

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OK...one more time for a little extra info...I got this from them today after I passed this info along...

 

...most of the hotels for Madisonville and Mandeville are in Covington. Is that a nice town?

 

When I shot in Covington 6 years ago, I stayed at a RV park out in the boonies so I don't really remember the town...does anyone have any favorite hotels they stay at in Covington?

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Nellie, I stayed at a hotel just outside of covington when i was down there after Katrina, the cool thin was that it was like halfway between the highway and the little old town area.

 

I am pretty sure it was a Days Inn.

 

It was nice clean and had inside doors.

 

I need to get down that way one of these days soon it has been too long...

 

Poney Racer

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My in-laws live in the Hammond, Ponchatoula, and Covington area. The Covington clan says if they were visiting Covington, they would stay at the Country Inn & Suites, FWIW. The Hammond bunch say they'd only stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Hammond. The Ponchatoula gang said there is only one B&B worth staying in, but it is usually booked ahead of time.

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My in-laws live in the Hammond, Ponchatoula, and Covington area. The Covington clan says if they were visiting Covington, they would stay at the Country Inn & Suites, FWIW. The Hammond bunch say they'd only stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Hammond. The Ponchatoula gang said there is only one B&B worth staying in, but it is usually booked ahead of time.

 

Thank Okie! My friends are going in November...would the B&B already be booked for then? Do you know the name of that one for future reference? :D

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Thank Okie! My friends are going in November...would the B&B already be booked for then? Do you know the name of that one for future reference? :D

 

Had to wait for an email. Here is a link you can give them. http://www.bandbla.com/

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Tell them to stay in the Covington, Mandeville,Madisonville areas. They will love the walks along the lake on this side. They only have to take the Toll Causeway to go into the City. The areas that I just named are much safer than any place in the city at night.They will find several antique shops and if they chose the Abita Beer Company is close at Abita Springs. About a 1 hour drive East will put you on the Mississippi coast Casino Boats with Las Vegas type acts.From some one who lives here and has enjoyed the life for many years.

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