LOS ANGELES -- Louisiana was well-represented in a recent survey of
editors at online portal Citysearch
, headquartered here. New Orleans
placed fifth -- behind Key West, Fla.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; and
Miami -- among the top travel destinations by Citysearch in its
Spring Travel Guide.
The survey highlighted some of the more interesting options in
the state for motorcoach groups, or for individuals with free times
"These editors are verifying a product and that's as close as
you can get to a guarantee of a really fine travel experience for
motorcoach groups," said Bruce Morgan, director of communications
at the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Placing number eight nationally under the Best Jazz Clubs
category was Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro at 626 Frenchmen St. in New
Orleans. The club is divided into three areas -- a candlelit
restaurant serving burgers and oysters, a bar area and a
performance area where the sets are at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. every
night. The phone number is (504) 949-0696.
Outside the Big Easy, CitySearch named Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras
World in nearby Algiers as the winner in the Bizarre Museum
category. The museum is an extension of a warehouse where many of
the floats that appear in the Mardi Gras parade are created. It is
reachable from New Orleans by a short ferry ride.
Visitors are allowed into the work areas where the craftsmen
construct the giant heads and bodies. Guests also can try on
costumes and take photographs. Admission is $13.50 for adults, $10
for students and $6.50 for children under 11. The phone number is
Topping the national list of restaurants worth the drive was
Artesia, located in Abita Springs. It's housed in an old building
that used to be the Long Branch Inn in the 19th century.
The menu is contemporary French, with prices in the $30 to $40
range. For information, call (985) 892-1662.
Citysearch is located on the Web at www.citysearch.com.