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New Orleans Cooking Experience
Sunday, June 7, 2015 10:30am-1:30pm | Cost: $285 per person
The New Orleans Cooking Experience is dedicated to the wonders of the Louisiana kitchen and the pleasures of the table. The highly personalized classes, focusing on authentic Creole cooking, are taught on residential equipment so that students can reproduce the recipes at home. You will be able enjoy appetizers and desserts throughout the presentation.
Sugar & Shopping NOLA Style
Monday, June 8, 2015 10:00am-3:00pm | Cost: $199 per person
Depart the Sheraton in your favorite walking shoes and walk the eight fabulous blocks of Royal Street shopping which includes antiques, boutiques and galleries! Need some Sugar? A stop at Café du Monde for some famous powder sugar covered beignets will be just what you need to keep going. Then it is on to Magazine Street is the hottest shopping destination in town! This tour will not only be informative but, most assuredly, a fun-filled experience. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the many boutiques, antique stores, galleries, and specialty shops along this interesting and famous street also known as “New Orleans' Unique Street of Dreams." Your tour will include lunch at the Commander’s Palace Restaurant.
Mansions and Magnolias
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 10:00am-1:00pm | Cost: $85 per person
The Garden District boasts one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States. Its 19th century origins fashioned opulent estates built by wealthy newcomers who flocked to New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase, a time of huge prosperity in the city. Guests will experience a knowledgeable and entertaining tour through one of these lavishly restored Garden District homes. This impressive neighborhood, dating back to the 1830s, is well known for its luxurious mansions of Greek Revival style architecture, as well as the lush semi-tropical gardens that surround the homes. Guests will also travel along beautiful St. Charles Avenue and get a glimpse of this famous thoroughfare.
Mysteries of Louisiana Swamplands
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:30am-12:00pm | Cost: $75 per person
Tour Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
Join us for an incredible journey into the mysterious swamps and bayous of southern Louisiana. On today's swamp boat tour, you will be introduced to the interesting history of our Louisiana wetlands and the rich Cajun heritage of the people who inhabit this region. As your swamp boat travels into the depths of Cajun country, you will hear the tales of the Cajun folks and how they reap the bounty of their surroundings: they trap nutria, mink, otter, and muskrat; they hunt frogs, and alligators; and they fish for catfish and crabs. You will also soon discover the respect and knowledge the Cajun people have for the wildlife and vegetation indigenous to the swamp.