In planning this upcoming conference in New Orleans, it occurs to me that although I have NEVER been there myself, some of you might have. Generally we like to plan a group dinner on the Thursday night of our conference. You are on your own for any other nights we are there. If you have any suggestions of a place that is walking distance from the Drury Inn (address: 820 Poydras Street, New Orleans) and they can accommodate up to 20 people, DO let me know! Otherwise I will check with the hotel for suggestions and hit up Trip Advisor and Yelp and see what I come up with. When it is very busy (as it may be at this time of year), it can be hard to get reservations for a large group at the last minute). Hence, the desire to start doing some homework now. (As a comparison, when we were in San Antonio, I couldn't get a reservation for all of us at one place one MONTH before the conference!)
It might be fun to go see some live music while we are there if people are interested in that. I believe we will be within walking distance from the French Quarter and the Garden District, and I'm sure there are some jazz clubs and such that we could check into. I'm already preparing - just bought some clunky padded walking shoes that ought to help me get around as long as my knees hold out
If there are other sights to see there that you have visited, please share that information. Let's get a conversation going (here in the forum). I know that I would love to go visit the St. Louis Cathedral while I'm there. I read that it's the oldest Catholic Cathedral in continuous use in the United States and is spectacular. I love beautiful architecture! Note that if you'd like to come to New Orleans early or stay over for a day or two afterward for sightseeing, the hotel will honor our group rate for a couple of days before and after the conference.