Great report and wonderful photo's!
Been looking for just this kind of trip after the 1st of the year!
Your choices in places to stay, dine, and relax are exactly like mine, and I may want to get more details on the trip including some "People recommendations" before booking certain activities!
Thanks for sharing, and please have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
jerrycoin - It was a lovely property (3 BR- huge floorplan) and it fits well with your style of living - you'd enjoy it, as it's right in the middle of things - safe, secure, and pretty quiet (330 Exchange Alley - next to police station, across street from La. Supreme Court) - VRBO #442078, there's several others there also - check it out. As far as Marriott, I sent you the name of the Guest Relations Manager who took such terrific care of us.
razorbackfan - Great hearing from you, hope all is well and you get back in the swing of things on Insiders. I actually mentioned you as we walked by the Convention Ctr. Marriott (nice looking property) and told the fam about how you hit the Superdome (Monday night football was going on), so you were on my mind. Your Hogs are coming back. foxglove and I need them to continue their hot streak and beat Missouri so Georgia can get into the Conference Championship - Go Hogs.
sg1974 - Yeah man, you're right about the food. Great food and because of the diversity of my guests, we went beyond just cajun, but we had excellent choices all throughout the week. Actually, the Marriott Concierge (on the 21st floor of the Quarter Tower - end of next year M Lounge will be on lower level) put on a fine spread - seafood gumbo, salads, nice desserts, and lobster mac and cheese (and they weren't stingy with the lobster - deeelicious). Good times had by all.
Millennials have most of the food shots, cajun, gator, rabbit etc (I just eat)
Squash soup and gumbo with smashed potatoes instead of rice - both hit the spot
Mrs. Erc said I should expand upon the art photos above and I do what I'm told. The first photo below is from Craig Tracy and is painted on three bodies (the trolley car I used was just to show the process, he then trims and frames).
This gives a better idea of what R. Ichter does in painting each level of resin to form a very 3D type finish.
The rocks are painted - not rocks, but even staring at them, you think they are real rocks.
Very impressive (and if the resin is not crystal clear, he must start all over)
Hey, erc. I'll get back into the swing of things on Insiders when I can really travel again and have something to report on. Because my knee replacement went so well in June, I decided to go ahead and have the other one done sooner rather than later. So three weeks ago, I had the left one done. Recuperation has been somewhat slower because my knee cap cracked during surgery and they had to build a wire cage around it. Thankfully, it is not any more painful, but PT was delayed. I'm already riding the exercise bike at PT and plan on being back on my real bike by summer. Sooooooo, our travel since June has been very limited. We did make it to a Saints game (before their home losing streak started) and saw the Hogs win at home for Homecoming and you could just tell they were on the brink of something great. I sure hope they beat Missouri today for all Razorback fans and will be okay with Georgia going to the conference championship so that you and foxglove will be happy. If we win, we will go to a better bowl game and our players definitely deserve that. WoooooooPigSooie!
Yet another in the fine works of erc with a wonderful report and equally lovely pictures of Nawlins'! Well done as usual, but I didn't see the rest of the dozen beauties on the half shell, or had you already consumed them over a few Dixie's Blackened Voodoo?
Great looking trip and VRBO is growing around the world due to your diligence, thank you for sharing it with us.
Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, social pressure kept me to a half dozen, I didn't want to hear the screaming mimi's wail. Back in the day (as The Boss would sing, "when I could throw that speedball by you") yours truly easily slurped down three dozen at a sitting. I love the fact that you make your own cocktail sauce (ketchup, tabasco, horseradish, and worcestershire) like a Japanese tea ceremony, when properly executed, a very mindfulness sort of gluttony .
Along with VRBO, I've had good luck of late with single or double night experiences with TravelZoo. The rooms are priced so attractively, that just about anything short of disastrous, makes for a good night. I haven't even come close to a bad outing yet (knock on wood), so that's where I go for variety and a walk on the wild side, counterbalancing it with the consistent performance of my good pals at Marriott.
vaboywnder - just got word from my travel buddies - Along with some Tampa and Bradenton Marriotts, we're staying at the Cypress Harbour (near SeaWorld) Vacation Club; but you just say the word and I'll head over to the Grande Vista (along with your $50 photo) and give those guys "What For" .
Sounds like a great get away. One of these days I'm going to try my luck with a VRBO rental. Have fun in Orlando...you don't have to make a special trip to the MVC Sales office for me but if for some reason you find yourself there you are welcome to give them hell on my behalf.
After Chicago, New Orleans is the best city for the Pained team. Thanks for the pics and running account, erc. It's been a few years and your thread has us planning.
Great rates (and airfares, gee, I wonder why ) in Chicago in the wonderful month of January. I'm headed there 1/7 to 1/12. Fairfield Inn on Ontario, $85 then switching over on the weekend to Residence Inn Chicago River North $102 (401 sq. ft) or if you prefer a 10 point per dollar room, the attached at the hip SpringHill Chicago River North $102 (330 sq. ft).
Come on up, we'll take a dip (or be one ).
Love me some January Lake Michigan - it's cool man, cool !
You will enjoy the FF on Ontario! Try to get an upgrade, as the rooms are very clean, but small! This lady may be able to help, she was very nice to my group: I just can't remember her name, she is the front desk manager, and she will remember me, she took great care of us. Likewise, the best place I have ever dined in Chicago, is right next door. Les Nomades, is a relaxing upscale place you will never forget.
Likewise, if you go, or even walk over to check it out, seek this lady to help you for a memorable time!
Mary Beth, seems to run things at Les Nomades, and is very pleasant to help her guests!
BTW, That RI, is a wonderful hotel, next to The Drake, and you can enjoy walking "The Miracle Mile" from there!
Have a wonderful trip!
This is good stuff jerrycoin thanks. I was actually originally staying at the RI on Dearborn, but like you, am also a big fan of the RI on Ontario (and it's easier for my daughter to get to - she's got three shows, thus the crazy time of travel; it seems like the more she makes, the more it costs me ), so I switched over after my one night at the Fairfield (where I'll tell 'em jerrycoin stories ), snagging an even more attractive $88 rate and will try to check out Les Nomades. As a dog lover, I actually enjoy the guests at the RI bringing their pets - so all is good (now, if the January weather holds up, I'm all set).
One place you will want to visit, if you have not been, is The John Hancock Building, and the wonderful place to dine on The 95th Floor. You can easily walk there from either hotel.
This is the kind of view you will get in Winter! The place is reasonably priced, good service, and good food! They have a wonderful lounge, and you can see a long way away from the JH, on a clear day. Do make a reservation for a window table if you decide to go!
erc, two other historic inexpensive places for lunch are:
Mr. Beef, a favorite of Jay Leno!
Perry's Deli, has been featured many times on The Food Channel, and is worth a visit!
Have a wonderful trip!
Thanks - good stuff.
Signature Room - John Hancock Building John Hancock Building Chicago Signature room restaurant 95th Floor - YouTube
been a couple of times, and had a good time (also went to the Lounge, which is a less expensive way to enjoy the impressive view - especially on a crisp, clear day in winter)
Les Nomades - all juiced up about hitting the spot....and then I read, jackets required - oops, don't pack jackets
Perry's Deli - lookin' good, depending on weather may give it a shot - thanks
Mr. Beef - Jay's hangout - looks like a doable stroll (weather permitting) down Ontario
And before Mr. Coin politely informs me that I can purchase a houndstooth blazer at Bloomies at the 900 North Michigan Shops, here's my obligatory erc beer sampler shot from Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur (across from Jax Brewery Shops) New Orleans
Decent food (not great, but not bad), decent beer (not as good as others), good music - live jazz trio, and fun people watching views on the outdoor balcony, make this a worthwhile drop by (but not a trip killer if missed).