Here at Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, we seem to spend all our time trying to convince everyone exactly why they should plan a getaway at our Crescent City inn. Our amazing events, exceptional food, signature drinks, incredible history and architecture, and first rate shopping… we could go on and on. But if we haven’t yet convinced you, then take a hint from a national survey!
Each year, Travel & Leisure Magazine comes up with a list of 35 cities – presumably what they view as the most popular travel destinations in the United States, and invites the general public to rank each in a total of 66 detailed “favorites” between June and September. In the end, they are left with an overall look of what America considers to be their favorite cities for the year in the categories of Special Trips, People, Culture, Quality of Life and Visitor Experience, Shopping, Nightlife, Best Times to Visit, and Food/Drink/Restaurants. For the very first time in 2012, the question of Overall Favorite City was also asked outright of the participants.
New Orleans was pleased as punch to find out that we were officially selected as America’s Favorite City for 2012! Taking first place in 13 of the 67 total categories, and scoring within the top ten of another 13, NOLA also dominated the competition in the following (each category is followed by our overall placement):
- Favorite City (1)
- People-watching (1)
- Cafes (1)
- Best City to Visit on New Year’s Eve (1)
- Antique stores (1)
- Flea markets (1)
- Wild weekend (1)
- Girlfriend getaways (1)
- Street performers (1)
- Offbeat population (1)
- Proud of their city (1)
- Happy hour (1)
- Music scene (1)
- Singles scene (1)
- Fine-dining restaurants (2)
- City to Visit in the Fall (2)
- Gay-friendly (2)
- Free attractions (2)
- Cocktail lounges (2)
- Charming local accent (2)
- Lots of hotel options (3)
- Coffee (3)
- Best Independent boutiques (3)
- Diverse population (3)
- Architecture/Cool buildings (4)
- Ethnic food (4)
- City to Visit on Valentine’s Day (4)
- City to Visit for Spring Break (4)
- Romantic escape (5)
- Friendly people (5)
- Sports-crazed population (5)
- City to Visit in the Winter (6)
- Historical sites/monuments (7)
- Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness (8)
- Sports bars (8)
- Street food/Food trucks (9)
- Cultural getaway (9)
What does all this mean? Well besides being the best place to be in America, survey-takers also believe that we have the best music scene, wild weekend potential, happy hour, city pride, and people to watch overall. And we’re just fine with that!
In other, similar, news, the World Travel Market (WTM) has also bestowed upon NOLA the World Tourism Award! The WTM is actually an event hosted in London that gathers travel industry professionals in all sectors of travel and tourism. Each year, this elite organization selects a limited number of recipients for the World Tourism Award, based on commitment to tourism, its development, and overcoming challenges where tourism is concerned. And in the wake Katrina and the recent oil spill, hasn’t the Crescent City truly proven its ability to rebuild and continue to welcome the world to our beautiful city?
The country-wide and world-wide recognition truly makes the recognition a huge honor for our city. The fact that so many people believe in both our tenacity and our hospitality humbles us to the core. The city as a whole strives to be one of the best places for everyone to visit and enjoy, and we are glad to know that others believe we are doing such a good job!
In the spirit of true tourism and friendship, Bebe and I would like to cordially invite you to our Uptown bed and breakfast for atmosphere, comfort, privacy, and hospitality unlike anywhere else in New Orleans. Our inn is located right on Saint Charles Avenue, and you can catch the streetcar right out front to explore the city. We also have some great restaurants and shopping in the immediate area, making Avenue Inn the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown!