In January, Jake & I got the itch to make a drive from Detroit to Austin via Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis. We love to travel, see the country. We don’t mind riding in the car too much. Guess it’s the gypsy musician in us.
We drove I-69 South from Nashville on through Birmingham, Alabama and then South on I-59 through Meridian, Mississipi and eventually across Lake Ponchatrain to the Big Easy. Now we should have been able to travel the whole distance between Nashvile and NOLA in what would have been about 8 hours… since our end goal was to get to there in time for dinner. However, we had a little incident in Northern Alabama at a truck stop. Someone lifted Jake’s cell phone and then Sprint sent us on a wild goose chase thinking we might actually be able to “locate” the phone. FYI: if you want to use the “gps locator” function on your phone, you actually have to approve a text message saying, turn on the locator service before you can actually locate the phone. (You would think the fine customer service folks at Sprint would know how their services actually work.) Yet I digress….
So, across the never ending bridges we cruised into a twinkling skyline of New Orleans. I know why they call it the Big Easy, cause it’s a big easy place to loose yourself in. 🙂
We found our hotel, the Place d’Armes, in no time. It is a ghost of a place with a traditional New Orleans style inner courtyard with a nice fountain and small pool. They have a great continental breakfast in the morning with fresh fruit, coffee and pastries. The rooms are a bit small, but nothing compared to some places we’ve stayed in Europe. Our room had a queen size bed, desk, lounge chair and a separated bath and sink area. The hotel was within walking distance of all the tourist spots in the French Quarter and off the corner of Jackson Square. I picked it because of it’s proximity to Cafe Du Monde. I had been dying for a Cafe Au Lait since I had my first one there in 1998.
We spend alot of time traveling around the Midwest and Chicago happens to be one of our favorite cities. Our most recent trip had us staying in Lincoln Park at the Days Inn on Diversey. It’s an excellent little hotel that has recently been remodeled. The staff was friendly and attentive. Included with your room is a free continental breakfast in the morning. Theirs starts nice and early around 6:30 and goes until 11 am… so plenty of time to sleep in and still get in on those free waffles.
We like the Lincoln Park neighborhood as there are lots of unique small shops and nice restaurants to eat at. The Days Inn is on the corner by a couple great shoe stores, a Starbucks and a Panara. About a mile away near Halstead and Armitage is the Cafe Babareeba tapas restaurant where we met up with our good friend Toya for a bite. We enjoyed a pitcher of the white sangria, some of the Calamaris ala plancha and laughed until the wee hours.
Last weekend, I spoke at the Beyond Social 101 Blogging Bootcamp. During the presentation, I walked a wide variety of people with varied skills through how to launch your very first blog on WordPress. As a part of the conference, they also hired Jake Tobias & I to provide the entertainment for the kick off tweet up. We really had a great time sharing our music with all the attendees.
In between the performance and the presentation, we needed a place to rest our head. Our hostess, Miss Tiffany Odutoye hooked us up with some of the other presenters at an amazing Bed and Breakfast in Granville, Ohio. Just about 30 minutes outside of Columbus, the Porch House is a lovely turn of the century home decorated in the period.
They have a lovely front porch just made for sitting and sipping when the weather allows. Our bed was warm and comfy full of soft sheets and a fluffy comfortor. Our host Bruce was amazing. I woke up to the most amazing smells coming from his kitchen. We sat down at the dining room table and grazed our way through a lovely fruit cup, quiche and roasted potatoes.
I sure wish we would have had more time there.
You can contact the Porch House at (740) 587-1995 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.