A couple months before Spring Break, Brian realized we had a few free Marriott hotel rooms earned. We felt like we wanted to go someplace driving distance and fun for the whole family – and if we could incorporate college visits that would be a bonus too. We picked New Orleans, by way of Mobile, AL, on the way there and Tallahassee, FL, on the way back.
I scheduled a college tour with Tulane, and emailed the girls’ college counselor at school about it. She suggested that if we are going there we should also visit Loyola because, “it’s right next door, offers a lot more financial aid, and has an unparalleled communications department.”
Due to the short amount of time we had, I did not schedule class visits, just campus tours.
Also in New Orleans that week was Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam show – an arena show with cheaper tickets than their Big Tent shows. DD2 LOVES Cirque, and we are Club members of theirs, so we got a discount on tickets.
Day 1: Tuesday
We were going to try to eat only in locally owned eateries the whole trip, but missed the suggested Highway exit and ended up at BJs for lunch.
Concierge level means there is a room of food next door open throughout the day. When we arrived there were giant pretzels, bacon wrapped shrimp, crudité and an honor alcohol bar. We had a tiny snack and I snagged a bag of jalapeno chips for Wendy because that is a rare treat for her, but left quickly for dinner.
We had dinner across the street from the hotel at The Royal Scam. Yelp helped us out with that one. It was a modern twist on bar favorites.
Then the girls went to the hotel cafe and we went to the bar. Unfortunately, the cafe was empty and the girls basically shared a couch texting for a couple hours. At the bar we enjoyed a guitarist and —
Before we went back up to the room, I downloaded a Catchphrase app on my phone and tested it out. Then we played kids against grown-ups for a while in bed(s).