7 of the Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

You’ll enjoy a wide range of memorable vacation experiences with Bluegreen Resorts, from attending a luau in Hawaii to relaxing on a beach in the Florida Keys. But for a truly unique adventure, try a stay at Bluegreen Club La Pension™ in New Orleans. You can discover New Orleans’ history, culture, and energy while touring plantations along River Road, wandering through the French Quarter, and enjoying the party on Bourbon Street.

While New Orleans is famous for its whimsical charm, it might be even more renowned for its internationally-recognized culinary scene. Exceptional cuisine has been at the core of New Orleans for more than a century, and the city continues to attract many of the best chefs in the world. From Southern soul food to French-Creole creations, New Orleans is a paradise that will please even the most fastidious foodie. Here are just seven of the many celebrated restaurants in New Orleans:

1. Commander’s Palace

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A culinary landmark in New Orleans since 1880, Commander’s Palace serves up award-winning haute Creole cuisine at a historic home nestled in the Garden District. Over the years, the restaurant has hosted renowned guests such as Mark Twain, and has featured famous chefs including Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Shannon.

Currently under the leadership of Executive Chef Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace offers innovative dishes like Jamaican jerk cabrito empanadas and classic Creole favorites like Louisiana Gulf shrimp. Well-known food critics and magazines have recognized Commander’s Palace as one of the best restaurants both in New Orleans and the United States. The restaurant has also earned awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation and the Culinary Institute of America.

2. Domilise’s Po-Boys and Bar

A family-owned and operated eatery founded in 1918, Domilise’s is the quintessential po-boy venue in New Orleans. The shop has stuck with its signature recipes over the years and still serves shrimp, sausage, roast beef, and oysters on fresh Leidenheimer bread.

Located in a small yellow house on the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle Streets, Domilise’s often boasts lines out the door, but critics agree that the food is worth the wait. The restaurant has been featured in Southern Living and on the Food Network.

3. Galatoire’s

The epitome of fine dining on Bourbon Street, Galatoire’s was founded by Jean Galatoire, who emigrated from a village in France to establish the restaurant in New Orleans in 1905. Several Galatoire descendants still partially own and operate the famous restaurant, which serves a variety of French-Creole classics, such as trout amandine and crabmeat ravigote.

Galatoire’s delicious cuisine and Parisian atmosphere have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and a number of top publications, including Saveur magazine and The New York Times.

4. GW Fins

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Featuring a menu that is “simple yet sophisticated,” GW Fins serves high quality seafood from around the world, and its menu changes frequently, based on the season. The restaurant focuses on enhancing rather than masking seafood flavors, so sauces are minimal and heavy sauces are a rarity.

Centrally located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, GW Fins is known for serving dishes like New Bedford sea scallops, Gulf flounder, and red grouper. The seafood is often complemented by local produce, such as long grain rice and sweet potatoes. Zagat describes the restaurant’s biscuits as “addictive.”

5. Cochon

Specializing in classic Cajun Southern cuisine, Cochon uses fresh produce, locally sourced pork, Louisiana-caught seafood, and traditional methods to create authentic Cajun flavors. Pork hock served in a cast-iron skillet is one of Cochon’s most popular dishes, but the restaurant also serves distinctive creations like catfish court bouillon and fried alligator with chili garlic mayonnaise.

Located in a renovated New Orleans warehouse, Cochon is under the direction of Executive Chef Donald Link and Chef and Co-owner Stephen Stryjewski. The restaurant has earned numerous accolades since it opened in 2006, including a James Beard Foundation award. Bon Appétit also included Cochon on its list of the “20 Most Important Restaurants in America.”

6. Arnaud’s

Established by a French wine dealer named Arnaud Cazenave, Arnaud’s has been dedicated to serving Creole cuisine for nearly a century. The menu features both classic and creative dishes, with the option to dine from the three-course prix fixe Table D’Hôte Menu, or select dishes à la carté. Serving a wide range of meats and seafood, Arnaud’s was deemed one of the best New Orleans restaurants by Southern Living magazine. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include speckled trout meunière, frog legs provencale, and veal wohl.

Located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Arnaud’s allows guests to choose between the energetic Jazz Bistro dining room and the intimate main dining room.

7. Café du Monde

Café du Monde is a traditional coffee shop that originally started as a coffee stand in 1862. A staple of the French Quarter for more than 150 years, Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year except Christmas, so it’s the perfect place to stop for a late night treat. The shop is known for its café au lait and mouth-watering beignets, which are French-style doughnuts topped with powdered sugar.

5 Historical Attractions in the White Mountains Region

When you stay at Bluegreen Vacations’ South Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire, you can experience the scenic landscapes, engaging outdoor activities, and rich history that have made the White Mountains region famous. This part of upper New England is full of beauty and entertainment all year round, with hiking and water activities in the warmer months and snow sports in the winter.

In every season, you can also explore the numerous historical attractions. The following are some of the most popular historical sites in the White Mountains region:

The Frost Place

A museum and educational center located in Robert Frost’s historical homestead, The Frost Place has long been a hub for poetry and the arts in Franconia, New Hampshire. Since 1976, the town has owned and managed the home where the famous poet spent 19 summers and lived full-time for five years starting in 1915. The carefully maintained homestead was built in the 1860s and provides stunning views of the White Mountains that inspired Frost’s work.

Visitors can wander through the small home and walk along a nature trail adorned with plaques showcasing the poems Frost wrote while living in Franconia. In addition to the museum, The Frost Place organization runs numerous programs for poets and scholars. In 1977, the nonprofit established an annual fellowship for emerging American poets that allows the winner to reside and write at The Frost Place over the summer months. The Frost Place also hosts an advanced poetry seminar and a teacher’s poetry conference every year.

Besaw Iron Furnace

The 200-year-old Besaw Iron Furnace is the sole blast furnace still intact in New Hampshire. It was constructed by the New Hampshire Iron Factory Company using local granite on the exterior and firebrick on the interior. In 1840, the furnace was rebuilt to include a hot blast, achieving its current height of 32 feet.

When the trees and ore in the area dwindled in the 1860s, the furnace was abandoned. Visitors today can examine a scale model of the furnace and view equipment that was used to make iron. While the actual stone stack is secured for safety reasons, visitors can still view the structure from across the Gale River.

Canterbury Shaker Village

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Shaker Village Shop – Image courtesy user Liz on Flickr.

A National Historic Landmark, Canterbury Shaker Village features 25 restored original Shaker buildings as well as four reconstructed structures. The community is one of the best-preserved Shaker Villages, with the original Meetinghouse from 1792 and the first Dwelling House from 1793 still intact.

In addition to the preserved Shaker buildings, Canterbury Shaker Village includes 649 acres of land under permanent conservation easement. The charming Shaker structures, fields, forests, and ponds combine to create one of northern New England’s most scenic locations. Visitors can tour the historical buildings and grounds before exploring the fine dining and distinctive shopping available in the Village.

Museum of the White Mountains

Founded in 2013 at Plymouth State University, the Museum of the White Mountains is dedicated to preserving and sharing the cultural and environmental history of the White Mountains region. The free museum offers on-site and virtual exhibitions to make its materials accessible to more people.

Among the exhibitions it has hosted are an art show inspired by the region’s natural beauty and a show on the geological forms that facilitate outdoor activities in the area. At the gift shop, visitors can also discover items created from sustainable materials by local artisans.

Covered Bridges

In the White Mountains, some of the most popular historical landmarks are the covered bridges scattered across the region. Many of these structures were constructed between the early 1800s and the early 1900s, and they remain an iconic part of the White Mountains landscape.

From a covered bridge, you can watch a powerful river flow past, savor a quiet moment, or take refuge during a summer shower. Each bridge is distinct, so it’s worth stopping at a few to observe the different features and surrounding landscapes. Some of the oldest covered bridges in the White Mountains region are the Bartlett Covered Bridge (1851), the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge (1829), and the Bath Covered Bridge (1832).

Historically, covered bridges were referred to as “courting bridges,” but the original purpose of covered bridges is unclear. Some people posit that covered bridges were built because covered timbers last longer, while others suggest that horses were better at crossing enclosed passages. In many cases, covered bridges offered financial returns for owners who charged tolls.

7 Family Friendly Activities around Big Sky, Montana

If your family loves the outdoors, Bluegreen Vacations has a number of perfect vacation destinations for your next adventure, including Lake Condominiums at Big Sky, Montana, which is surrounded by beautiful and pristine mountains, lakes, and rivers. From the resort, you can easily explore nature while enjoying a wide range of family friendly activities, including the following:

Horseback Riding

For many families, the best way to experience Montana’s alpine scenery is from the back of a horse. Area outfitters and tour groups offer rides for people of all skill levels, with tours led by expert wranglers. Many organizations offer trail rides in any season, with outings ranging from one hour to all day long. One company even offers a dinner excursion consisting of a two-hour ride and a steak fry in the woods.

On a trail ride, visitors trek through secluded forests and often see a variety of wildlife, including elk and moose. Most outfitters have gentle horses that are perfect for the casual rider, as well as horses better suited to experienced equestrians.

Ziplining

Zipline tours are another fun way to take in the forests and rivers around Big Sky. At the Yellowstone Zipline Adventure Park, you can feel the wind on your face and soar over gorgeous vistas on the park’s four zipline courses, which enable guests to “fly” for 1,000 feet.

Another firm, Yellowstone Zipline & Canopy Tours, allows you to soar down mountainsides and across the Gallatin River. If kids don’t meet weight requirements, they can still zipline with an experienced guide for maximum safety.

River Rafting

white water rafting montanaTo explore the clear rivers around Big Sky, you can book a river rafting trip with one of the many rafting organizations in the area. Groups like Geyser Whitewater Expeditions and River Source Rafting carry out trips based on experience levels along the smooth waters and exciting rapids of the Yellowstone River’s Yankee Jim Canyon and the Gallatin River.

Novice rafters can enjoy a gentle cruise through the Gallatin River’s upper canyon or experience class III rapids on the mid-level cruise, while more adventurous rafters can plunge through well-known rapids, such as Screaming Left and the Mad Mile. In Yankee Jim Canyon, rafters can take in the scenery during calm stretches, traverse class II and class III rapids, and play rafting games.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling tours allow families to easily speed through deep powder to explore large expanses of snow-covered forests and valleys. From the seat of your snowmobile, you can enjoy spectacular views as you journey through Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin Canyon, and Gallatin National Forest. Tours include stops at local attractions, such as Midway Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pot, where visitors can take pictures.

Exploring Palisade Falls

In the summer and fall, Palisade Falls is a popular destination for those staying in the Big Sky area. The stunning 80-foot waterfall flows over hexagonal, moss-flecked basalt columns that were created by prehistoric lava flow.

To access Palisade Falls, take the scenic Hyalite Canyon Road to Forrest Road, and then head west for one mile to reach the picnic grounds and trailhead. The half-mile paved trail to the falls, which is surrounded by Red Fir and Engelmann Spruce, has a maximum grade of just 11 percent, making it suitable for all family members.

Dog Sledding

dog sledding montanaIf your family loves dogs, sled dog trips are the ideal way to discover the winter wonderland around Big Sky. These excursions are suitable for visitors of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, and experienced guides ensure the safety of each rider.

During a trip, you get to learn how to drive a sled, guide the dogs, and “mush.” Sled dog outings explore some of Montana’s most beautiful areas, including the Spanish Peaks and Lone Mountain.

Fishing

In addition to their beauty, Montana’s lakes and rivers are renowned for offering plenty of trout and hundreds of miles of prime fishing spots. River guide companies in the area conduct fishing trips in all seasons along the various rivers near Big Sky, including the Yellowstone, Bighorn, Missouri, and Madison Rivers. Anglers of all skills levels can catch trout with the help of expert guides who know the local waters.

You can choose from a number of trips that allow you to fish from the shore, wade in the water, or fish from a boat. There are streamside clinics that can be tailored to your needs, whether it’s teaching a first-time fisher or helping an angler find the best fishing spot. For a fishing trip that is even more family oriented, some groups host kid trips to a stocked pond and family trips with lake-side instruction and fishing on the Gallatin River.