April 2017

Reviewing Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World 1380 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 70130 GRADING – B Admission prices: Adult – $19.95 Child (2-11 years old) – $12.95 Seniors (65+) and students (with college ID) – $15.95 **Parking on site – $15 Touring Information: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the studio is open 7 days a week from 9:00am- 5:30pm, with the first tour beginning at 9:30am; the last tour begins at 4:30pm. Tours are given every half hour and are around an hour long. Mardi…

Reviewing the Holiday Inn French Quarter – Chateau LeMoyne

  Holiday Inn French Quarter-Chateau LeMoyne – New Orleans, LA GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: B Room: B Amenities: C Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: A solid mid-level hotel with good rooms that’s close to everything in the French Quarter. Hotel & Lobby At the corner of Dauphine and Bienville Streets in the French Quarter is the Holiday Inn French Quarter – Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. This five-story hotel is less like traditional Holiday Inns and more boutique in structure and design. When you pull up to the entrance, a valet will take your car. As with…

The Sights of the French Quarter

For Spring Break this year, my family and I opted for a trip to colorful New Orleans. Having never been there before, I was surprised at the vitality and spirit that this city had to offer. Our visit centered around the infamous French Quarter, a historic section of New Orleans. New Orleans was founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company and was later given to the Spanish in the  Treaty of Paris (1783). In 1803, Spain signed a secret treaty giving France control of the city again. Shortly thereafter, Napoleon sold the Louisiana territory to the United States through…

Reviewing La Playa Beach and Golf Resort – Naples, FL

  La Playa Beach and Golf Resort – Naples, FL GRADING Overall Score: A Staff: A Room: A Amenities: B Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: An upscale beach resort that’s best suited to couples or families with teenage children. ♦ Located on Gulf Shore Drive, along the beautiful beaches of northern Naples, is La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, an upscale hotel with deluxe accommodations in Florida. In 2015, La Playa Resort was ranked #9 for best family beach hotel by Travel + Leisure magazine. I’m not sure I would rank this hotel as a great family resort…