Taking in the Sights of New Orleans, Home of SubOptic 2019

Blog Post
June 4, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana is the host city for SubOptic 2019….Recently one of our team members took a trip to visit this magnificent city and provided stories and  photos of her adventure.

We were so excited about the upcoming event – we wanted thought we’d share some of the amazing city sights you have to look forward to as an attendee at SubOptic 2019 next April.

The view from the hotel in the morning is simply breath taking! With 20+ floors, you are likely to have a room overlooking the French Quarter as the sun rises, glinting off the Mississippi River and covering the city in a warm rose hue.

Sunrise over New Orleans

After a leisurely breakfast and coffee at Café Du Monde, a New Orleans “must” experience, it was off to do some sight seeing. The location of the New Orleans Marriott hotel is perfect for a walking adventure.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is nearby and engulfs you in a colorful underwater world of Caribbean reefs and a 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit featuring gigantic sharks, tarpon and rays. For visitor information go to https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/aquarium

A little further on is the Lafayette Cemetery – the most filmed cemetery in New Orleans. Most recently it was featured on “The Originals” and “NCIS: New Orleans” The cemetery has been active since 1833 and still has burials occurring.  There are about 1,000 tombs and an estimated 7,000 people buried there.

Here’s a great view of Washington’s Artillery Park. Most people stop here to get a great photo of Jackson Square and the iconic horse. The cannon mounted in the center honors the local 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard that saw action from the Civil War through World War II.

And what walking adventure would be complete without a dining experience? Take in these delectable delights served at Commanders Palace Garden. The District Quail will make your mouth water but the sorbet is truly an artist’s creation. I’m told the 25 cent martini lunch special was also a hit!

Day two was partially dedicated to experiencing the unique shops that line Garden District.  If you or someone you know finds pleasure in fine milled soaps, enchanting perfumes, bath salts and the like – you’ll want to visit Hove Parfumeur Ltd. located on Chartres Street.

And for those of you looking to return home from New Orleans with a “Taste” of New Orleans, you’ll want to visit the New Orleans School of Cooking where you’ll find sauces, rubs, recipes and more!

To celebrate their last evening and sample the Gala food for SubOptic 2019 – dinner at Antoine’s was scheduled. Established in the 1840’s when cotton was king and gentlemen settled their differences with pistols, this French Quarter Restaurant quickly became famous for its French- Creole fine dining and hasn’t lost its popularity in over 175 years.

Jules, Antoine’s son, was also a genius in the kitchen, and invented the greatest culinary creation of all time – the Oysters Rockefeller [see photo], named for its rich sauce. To cap off the evening, Charles entertained our guest tableside with a dramatic presentation of the flaming dessert – Cherries Jubilee. Antoine’s is also famous for it’s presentation of a flaming cocktail  – Cafe Brulot Diabolique.

The SubOptic Gala is one party you won’t want to miss! We look forward to meeting each of you in New Oreleans. “Bring your +1 and your family to New Orleans to enjoy the award winning food, southern hospitality and beautiful sights and sounds of the city…they won’t be disappointed!” encourages Rebecca Khoury, STF Conference Sales Manager.

Register now for SubOptic 2019, 8-11 April, and start planning your adventure in New Orleans, Louisiana!