Member Monday: In the Heart of the French Quarter

Global Discovery Vacations member Ron K. had a recent visit to New Orleans, in the heart of the eclectic French Quarter. Any visit to the bayou is bound to come with an array of cultural experiences, and Ron found his fair share while staying at the Maison St. Charles Quality Inn and Suites in this week’s Member Monday.

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to…
Eat
There were several fast food restaurants in walking distance and Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Restaurant right across the street. We especially liked the VooDoo BBQ restaurant. They had sandwich specials on Tuesday and Thursday with great sides.

Don’t miss the famous Café Du Monde, serving beignets and café au lait.

Shop
The streetcar took you right to the edge of the French Quarter with the French Market, where there were many street vendors and antique shops.

Have fun/attractions
Jackson Square is beautiful and is faced by the wonderful St. Louis Cathedral. There are horse-drawn carriage rides available on the square.

View of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral.

View of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral.

Other great attractions were the The National WWII Museum, within walking distance of our hotel, and Mardi Gras World. If gambling is your thing, Harrah’s has a big casino right at the edge of the French Quarter.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity:
The Maison St. Charles is based on remodeled 1842 townhouses and new structures of matching architecture all centered around several courtyards with tropical vegetation. The daily breakfast bar was wonderful, with lots of variety, and was located in one of the 1842 buildings. There was also a pool and hot tub, so be sure to pack a bathing suit!

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
We were ready for a late winter vacation. We had an unused Vacation Week and had enjoyed previous trips to New Orleans.

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What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
Our favorite memory from this visit was the street cars. We rode them everywhere – we never took our car out of the hotel parking lot. The over-65 fare is only 40 cents, including free transfers. Take it to the end of Canal Street to visit some of the famous above-ground cemeteries.

About you 

How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
We have been members since 2000.

Why did you join the club?
We joined after retirement because we had lots of time to travel, Global had many good destinations and the value was great.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
We have been on over 30 Global vacations to Florida, Hawaii, New Orleans, Gatlinburg, Colorado, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, the Poconos, Wisconsin Dells and Williamsburg.

Why do you think traveling is important?
We travel to escape the humdrum of daily life and to experience different places and give you a lot to discuss with other travelers.

Photos courtesy of member Ron K. See Ron’s previous Member Monday about Port Clinton, Ohio!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.