Where to stayThe Bienville House:
Recently renovated, this hotel has the feel of a French Quarter manor house but offers contemporary amenities. 320 Decatur Street; (504) 529-2345
How to get around
On Foot: Bring comfortable shoes for the cobblestone streets.
By Streetcar: The vintage streetcars run three lines along Canal Street, St. Charles Avenue, and the riverfront. norta.com
When to visit
October brings cooler temps and blue skies to the area (perfect for walking!), as well as the New Orleans Film Festival (October 8-15) and the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (October 17-18).