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New Orleanians Take A Yelp Staycation



After sticking out the hot, hot summer here in New Orleans, what local doesn't deserve a Staycation?! From August 17-27, Yelp invited locals to strap on the
fabulous fanny packs and get to exploring *our* Big Easy
.

We took tours… Even the most in-the-know local could learn something new via the special outings we set up with French Quarter Phantoms and Confederacy of Cruisers… and took advantage of special Staycation hotel rates. We pretended it was Mardi Gras at the wrong time of
year and partied like there was no tomorrow. Read on for the recap!

To kick off this affair, we relived the halcyon days of Storyville at May Baily's – our opening night  reception was housed in this former brothel, where we were privvy to special cocktails and refreshments.

Photos courtesy of Aine Branch

Other highlights included our French Quarter Bar Crawl,
where participating bars like Vive! gave us drink specials, created unique
cocktails and others served up some delicious bites
, from Killer Po-boys to
deep fried okra to keep the drinks going down easier at Evangeline.

Wednesday's Explore and Imbibe at the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery drew out yelpers to learn all about what goes into the making of the distillery's 4 different rums (endless samples, sweet potato pie and rum cake were much appreciated) and Friday's kayaking expedition with Bayou Kayaks brought out kids and grown ups alike to peacefully glide down the city's most scenic body of water.

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 Although Sunday was to be the final night of our Staycation, we had to cancel the fun thanks to an impending visit from Hurricane Isaac, but don't be sad, because there's we'll be rescheduled the bash at Bourbon O!

Yelpers wanting to be near all the action (or 'away from it all'), took advantage of special Yelper discounts at these participating hotels: Windsor Court, Westin, W, Wyndham Riverfront, Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Le Marais, Hotel Mazarin, and Audubon Cottages.

Thanks to all of our participating sponsors.

Staycation may be over, but we'll be forever yelping!

Joi B

Yelp NOLA Community Manager

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