Last year, a few of you helped me plan a trip for my parents to New Orleans and then from there home to MN. If you recall my parents are in their mid 80s, frail and with a small, also old, dog. With your help, it was a memorable trip and they want to do similar this year on their way back from their month on Alabama's gulf shore. I'm exhausted from the logistics already! ;)
My dad had a blast in New Orleans so it was worth the difficulties with the dog, bathrooms, etc. We did spend time at a favorite jazz bar (Fitzels) and spent a long time wandering on the streets, people watching and listening to street musicians. They have a favorite band, "Doreen the clarinetist" who often plays on Royal. Unless I find something within the French Quarter or less expensive, we will be staying at the same place, the Best Western just off Canal. Restaurants with the dog is still an issue. Last year, we ended up doing some take out and Cafe du Monde. This year, on "Bring Fido", I've found a few ideas. Anyone been to any of the following:
Creole House Restaurant and Oyster bar
Cafe lafitte in Exile
New Orleans Creole Cookery
The Joint (a few miles from the French Quarter, any parking here?)
Last year we came home thru Mississippi and found some things to do and pretty drives. (thanks for the suggestions!) This year, dad has promised mom a stop in Hamilton, Missouri, known for many quilt shops, I'm told. Hopefully they have antiques or wine or something. . . . So I'm looking for suggestions for SHORT detours, small museums, historic sites, scenic overlooks, pretty areas along the route from Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Hamilton, Missouri. I've been looking at possible areas in the Ozarks and haven't found much that seems viable for our circumstances, and I have very limited knowledge of Arkansas and Missouri outside of a two hour radius from St. Louis.
This all takes place approx. the first week in April.