POSTED: 01:51 PM Thursday, July 8, 2010
BY: The Associated Press
NEW YORK — New Orleans is back in Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 10 cities list for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and its tourism industry.
New Orleans took the No. 7 spot in the category of top cities in United States and Canada, part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards. The 2010 awards were announced today.
New Orleans was last named to the list in the No. 10 spot in July 2005. The city has steadily rebuilt and revitalized its tourism industry in the past few years.
New York took the No. 1 spot on the U.S. and Canada cities list, followed by San Francisco; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Santa Fe, N.M.; Vancouver, British Columbia; New Orleans; Quebec City, Quebec; Victoria, British Columbia; and Washington D.C.
The full World’s Best Awards list will appear in Travel + Leisure’s August issue, which is available on newsstands July 23. It can also be seen online at www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.
Winners for Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards were determined using results of a questionnaire made available to Travel + Leisure readers online, and through invitations in the January, February and March issues of the magazine. More than 16,000 readers participated.
Louisiana loves sports, and there’s no doubt about it. From the proud tradition of college athletics in the state, to our local baseball teams, professional basketball team, and World Champion professional football team, there is always something to look forward to! While football season may be out, many are still following the off-season goings on of the Saints as well as the draft. Blogs and message boards have been buzzing with the latest news, prospects, potential signings, and predictions as football’s off-season continues. Many in the southern Louisiana held crawfish boils and cook-outs to celebrate draft day, and armchair coaches are already giving detailed predictions as to who they think will go New Orleans’ way when the time comes. No doubt there is much to look forward to when the 2010 season rolls around!
While the Hornets had their playoff hopes dashed, the team seems to be in a rebuilding mode that sports fans in the greater New Orleans area can feel hopeful about. Ownership of the team will be switching hands, and a likely coaching and general manager change seem imminent as well. Team captains David West and Chris Paul recently stated they expect major changes to the team in the off season. While the shake-up of the team may seem like a bad thing at first, it will give the franchise a chance to rebuild and restructure itself as a powerful force in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, college baseball is in full swing and whether you’re a fan of Tulane or LSU, both clubs have solid teams that have the potential to go far this season. LSU’s baseball team won the national championship last year, and continues to be a dominant contender in the SEC. Tulane also has a long and storied baseball program and are hoping to boost their school’s morale from lackluster football and baseball seasons with wins on the diamond!
If greater New Orleans residents want to watch some semi-pro baseball action, there’s no better place to be than Zephyr Field in Jefferson Parish. The Zephyrs are starting up another exciting season of baseball, with affordable ticket prices and great action on the field, watching a game is great fun for the whole family. With many promotions going on throughout the season, Jefferson Parish residents can take a quick trip to Airline Drive and enjoy a night out at Zephyr Field, or enjoy a day game as well.
Whoever you pull for, wear their colors proud and cheer your Louisiana team to victory!
Most everyone who lives in the greater New Orleans area is aware of the wealth of festivals and events in the region. Many who have decided to settle here were drawn to the area due in great part to the festivities the region is famous for. With the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest having just passed, there are plenty of great events to still look forward to!
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the marquis events New Orleans area residents mark on their calendars. More commonly known as “Jazz Fest”, the festival brings a wide-ranging group of musicians to the area to play at the event. For multiple days, festival goers enjoyed fantastic music from nearly every genre, with artists both local, national, and international. There was plenty of local food as well as arts and crafts, so attendees can have fun with the whole family.
With the heat of summer comes a slew of festivals around the southern Louisiana region outside of New Orleans as well, including the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Cochon de Lait Festival, and Mandeville Seafood Festival. For those willing to make the drive, each event brings its own brand of fun, food, and entertainment!
Back in New Orleans, there are also several prominent events that are huge draws to people both local and non-local. On July 4th – 6th, Essence Music Festival is another multi-day musical event being held in the New Orleans Superdome this year. Many huge national acts will be performing live, and there will be inspirational empowerment seminars held at the event as well. Shortly afterward on August 5th – August 8th, Satchmo Summer Fest will be held in the French Quarter. Celebrating the life and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the event seems to grow bigger every year and offers plenty of food, music, and culture that is uniquely New Orleans.
The fun doesn’t stop in the fall. October 29th – October 31st, The Voodoo Music Experience takes place in New Orleans, featuring multiple stages and live acts from around the country. Showcasing widely varying genres, The Voodoo Music Experience has quickly cemented itself as a must-see event for many in the greater New Orleans region. With the event taking place on Halloween weekend, it has become a great way to get out and have some fun before Halloween night.
The events and festivals in southern Louisiana are almost too numerous to count, and there is never any shortage of things to do in greater New Orleans. Jefferson Parish residents at 1st Lake Properties are right around the bend from many of these exciting events!
Jefferson Parish residents have plenty of reasons to enjoy where they live! Recently, one more popped up when Business Weekly listed Jefferson Parish as the #1 suburb to live in Louisiana! Citing a high median income along with low home prices and unemployment rates, Jefferson Parish topped the list and also ranked as one of the most racially diverse suburbs on Business Weekly’s list. Jefferson Parish was also mentioned as not only a great place for families, but single people as well.
Jefferson Parish is the largest metropolitan area in the great state of Louisiana and offers many great amenities, as well as close access to neighboring New Orleans. Because of the parish’s close proximity to New Orleans, the area shares much of the same flare and cuisine, while offering a more family friendly environment and lower crime rate. The ability for the area to offer modern amenities and plenty of shopping options while still keeping home prices lower than many neighborhoods in New Orleans makes Jefferson Parish a very attractive option for young professionals and families alike!
This recent nod from Business Weekly along with the rapid pace of development in recent years makes Jefferson Parish all the more inviting for folks looking for greener pastures and new opportunities! 1st Lake is proud to offer many homes in Jefferson Parish in Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge.
To those of you who are already residents, as well as those looking to settle down in Jefferson Parish, welcome home! We think you’re going to like it here.
We’re sure you’ve noticed the artistic face lift Veterans Boulevard has received lately! Many Louisianians were already very familiar with George Rodrigue’s “Blue Dog” before seeing the large art installation at Veterans and Severn Avenue.
Now, they’re more acquainted than ever as many see it every day while running errands or driving to work. However, there are some lesser-known artists and installations cropping up along the median that are equally noteworthy and attention grabbing! From the flock of toucans near the Artists are hoping the move from galleries to the great outdoors will foster an appreciation for art from those who otherwise may not seek it out.Those worried about the cost of the pieces can rest easy. Some are on long-term loan by the New Orleans Museum of Art, others have been commissioned by private citizens of Jefferson Parish, and a coming batch of installations will be paid for by non-profit organizations using Commercial Overlay Zone money and additional funds from the Parkways Department budget.
There are more artistic landmarks coming in the near future, so keep your eyes open! The beautification won’t be reserved strictly for Veterans Boulevard, either. Installations by “Dr. Bob” Shaffer, Raine Bedsole, and Michael Cain will be placed elsewhere.
While many greater New Orleans commuters may not have been receptive to the median art at first, there seems to be a growing sentiment of warmth for them. Now you can appreciate art without having to get dressed up and spending a night at a stuffy art gallery. All you need to do now is simply look out your windows!