Top 5 Things To Do While at IFA in New Orleans

February 12, 2014 Deb Griffith

IFA New Orleans

SproutLoud is headed to the International Franchise Association’s 54th annual conference in New Orleans the weekend of February 22nd.  We plan to be working hard to get the word out about some of the automated marketing programs that are components of our franchise marketing technology, but we’ll also be taking advantage of all the attractions New Orleans has to offer.  Below are some of our favorite places to go in New Orleans:

Streetcar to the Garden District – Take a Streetcar on the St. Charles line from the Central Business District (the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world) through some of the most visually spectacular parts of New Orleans.  When you get to the Garden District, hop out and walk.  A city within a city that looks as if it could be from a different time period, the Garden District is defined by unique and beautiful architecture that will make you say “I could live here.”  A good place to start is Prytania Street and Washington Avenue; you can end your walk at the Lafayette Cemetery.  Or, if timing permits, jump onto one of the sanctioned walking tours that runs from the Garden District Book Shop at 2727 Prytania Street to see former homes of Anne Rice, Nicolas Cage, Peyton Manning and old New Orleans royalty..

Café Du Monde – Established in 1862, Café Du Monde is old French coffee house that specializes dark roasted coffee, Chicory (a sort of tea), and beignets, the square shaped French-style donuts.  Café Du Monde is admittedly not an “off the beaten path” attraction so the ideal time to go is about 2am when there will little or no wait for a table, plus you'll see the city's most interesting characters.

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo – The mysterious traditions of bygone Afro-Caribbean history gave rise to a voodoo culture that’s part of New Orleans lore.  Marie Laveau's is an interesting place to go just to look around or pick your everyday spell-casting provisions, potions, voodoo dolls, or even get a psychic consultation.  Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned this, who needs marketing technology when you have voodoo.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at Hotel Monteleone – Above Royal Street and centrally located in the French Quarter, the Carousel Bar is just that – the only revolving bar in the city complete with a Merry-Go-Round.  The bar is built over 2,000 big steel rollers and makes a full rotation every 15 minutes.  It is known for its great cocktails and the bar’s uncanny ability to inspire creative ideas, produce epiphanies, and encourage profitable business alliances – so watch out for us. 

Live Music at the Maple Leaf – If you want off of Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street, and you want good live music, local crowds, and great food then try the Maple Leaf.  It has live music nightly, drinks are cheaper, and Oak Street is worth checking out.  Best place to go since the demise of The Funky Butt.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, and perhaps we will run into each other afterhours at one our favorite spots.  See you in New Orleans.    

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SproutLoud is headed to the IFA’s 54th annual conference in New Orleans, and we look forward to what this wonderful historic city has to offer.

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