Dreams come true on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.  Things are not always what they appear to be---they're usually better.

A day spent on Esplanade Avenue is better than a day spent fishing.  Wile away enough time on Esplanade Avenue and you'll have a smile on your kisser.

New Orleans Butterflies

New Orleans Butterflies

There are butterflies in New Orleans.  They flutter about like butterflies in your stomach or in your chest when you have to speak in public, but they aren’t a sign of anxiety or dehydration, or that something’s amiss.  Butterflies in New Orleans mean that all is well and good in New Orleans.  

Butterflies on Esplanade Avenue are a cue to put on your dance shoes and get fluttering around this amazing city.  There is never a dull moment in New Orleans.  Any butterfly can tell you that.  Dance like nobody is watching.  That’s how the butterflies fly.

New Orleans is full of flowers.  Walk up or down Esplanade Avenue, toward the Missippi River or toward Lake Pontchartrain, and you’ll get a snootful of pollen-laden perfume.  A bee is not a butterfly.  Butterflies sip nectar.

New Orleans smells pretty outside the French Quarter and the Central Business District.  On Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans smells better than pretty.  Esplanade Avenue is beautiful in every sense.  Esplanade Avenue is New Orleans at its most magically enchanting and spell-binding, show-stopping best.  Don’t expect fireworks.  Expect small scale New Orleans epiphanies every step you take.  

Alcee Fortier Park, Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street, New Orleans, LA

Alcee Fortier Park, Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street, New Orleans, LA

The flowers that bloom along Esplanade Avenue are a haven for New Orleans butterflies.  The air is a-flutter with pastel and neon powder-scaled gossamer wings that weigh as little as daydreams and flights of fancy.  The air along Esplanade Avenue is enchanted and tilt-a-whirl with light lilting breezes that toss a young girl’s bangs just so over her eyes.  The breezes that waft down Esplanade Avenue don’t disturb the routes or routines of the butterflies.  The parti-colored butterflies navigate Esplanade Avenue as if they were born to go from one end to the other and back again, and back again, and back again and back again, and again, and again, and again, to and fro, zigzagging from there to here, then to there and then to there, then to there, and then to here again.  

New Orleans is not adrift.  New Orleans is alit.  

A closer look at Our Lady of Mystery Street.

A closer look at Our Lady of Mystery Street.

The butterflies on Esplanade Avenue flutter by as if they were born on this street and for this street.  Who doesn’t love Esplanade Avenue?  

Esplanade Avenue is a beautiful street.  The people who call this neighborhood home thank their lucky stars for their addresses.  If you wish to live in New Orleans, ask any butterfly you happen by, “Where’s the nicest street in New Orleans?”

Every butterfly will tell you, “Esplanade Avenue.”  

To live on Esplanade Avenue, or a few blocks off Esplanade Avenue, this is what cherubs dream about and where MBAs fresh out of school scout for apartments so that they can set up their IPOs.  

Esplanade Avenue is a main street but it’s off the usual radar.  There is St. Charles Avenue.  There is Canal Street.  There is Magazine Street.  There is Bourbon Street.  There is Frenchmen Street.  What else has New Orleans got?

New Orleans has Esplanade Avenue.  It’s off the usual tourist radar.  It’s a world of its own the way New Orleans is a world of its own.  People who live in the neighborhood will tell you that Esplanade Avenue is the backbone of paradise.  You don’t need to be light in your loafers to fall in love with Esplanade Avenue.  Good memories are made every day on this street.  You don’t need to be a butterfly to make Esplanade Avenue your own.  All you have to do is spend time on this magnificent street, under the oak trees and amid the oleander and magnolia blooms.  Smell the flowers.

Find out what the butterflies know.

Here is a final word from our sponsor:

La Belle Esplanade is not another hotel.  La Belle Esplanade is better, located in the 2200 block of Esplanade Avenue.  When you visit New Orleans, you'll be tempted to stay in the French Quarter.  You can do that, but there is a whole wide, wonderful and interesting city outside the French Quarter.  It's the part of New Orleans where the city's culture is made and embellished.  If you want to explore the real New Orleans the way it's experienced by the people who live here, La Belle Esplanade is your best bet.  La Belle Esplanade's lobby is home to The New Orleans Odditarium, a real museum with its own website.  

The only way to make a reservation at La Belle Esplanade is through our website.  Investigate the pages to see if you think it will be a good fit for you.  If you have Esplanade dreams of your own, La Belle Esplanade will be a good fit.  Good memories are made on Esplanade Avenue, especially in the 2200 block.  

Dream on and dream well.  There is no place on earth like New Orleans.  There is no place else in New Orleans like Esplanade Avenue.  Come see for yourself.

Esplanade Avenue is Dreamland Central.

Esplanade Avenue is Dreamland Central.

Life on Esplanade Avenue

Life on Esplanade Avenue