Fun, Friendship and Sightseeing in New Orleans

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Monday, November 11, 2019

New Orleans, LA – or NOLA – is loved by all for its hospitality, culture, and atmosphere. With its delectable cuisine, historic architecture, and joie de vivre, New Orleans is famous for the unique experience it provides visitors. NOLA has been part of four kingdoms and nations and has been enriched by those who left their imprints on the city’s food, music, and language.

Marian Tompson, LLL co-Founder, plans to join us on the Friends trip. Your donations to help cover her expenses are appreciated even if you are unable to attend.


Thursday, November 7

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Hotel check-in available at the Astor Crowne Plaza.
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friends Suite check-in.
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Dinner at Deanie’s, 841 Iberville Street, a one block walk from hotel.

Friday, November 8

Saturday, November 9

Sunday, November 10

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Club Lounge, coffee and pastries with Friends of LLL Board members.
  • 10:45 a.m.
  • Enjoy the Calliope concert while waiting to board the Steamboat Natchez.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Jazz cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Creole brunch included (cash bar).
  • Afternoon.
  • Free to explore.
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Club Lounge for light snacks and entertainment, conversation.

Monday, November 11

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Club Lounge wrap up, evaluations and future planning.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Hotel check-out.

Keep checking this website page for fresh info. Last updated May 2019.

Hotel Accommodation

Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans French Quarter
A room block is reserved for Friends registrants at Astor Crowne Plaza online reservations, 739 Canal Street, at Bourbon, New Orleans, LA. Astor Crowne (In the dropdown Make Your Selection, click ATTENDEE.) Plaza is a smoke free hotel.
Call (877) 408-9661 to reserve your room. Use group name “Friends of La Leche League.” For more assistance, the hotel has offered their in house reservations department at 504-962-0500 for reservations.

Hotel rate: Friends room rate is $109 per night Thursday and Sunday and $189 per night Friday and Saturday, plus applicable state and local taxes of 15.2% and $2.00 per night (king or two queen beds). Deluxe two queen bed suites with a sleeper sofa in the parlour room are $185 per night Thursday and Sunday and $275 for Friday and Saturday plus applicable taxes as above. (Please note if you register Thurs-Sun, the hotel will average the $109 and $189 rates to $149.)

Can't get enough of New Orleans and environs? If you wish to stay before or after trip dates, the discounted Friend rate is available three days prior and three days after the event. Reservations are subject to availability after the deadline.

Deadline to reserve rooms at Friends rate: Oct. 15, 2019, 5 p.m. CST.
Reservations are subject to availability after the deadline. For cancellations or room changes, call hotel. There is no cancellation penalty if cancellation is received by the hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained. Cancellations made within 72 hours will be subject to one night's room and tax cancellation charge. Avoid an early departure fee by advising the hotel at or before check-in.

Airport Shuttle: Available from 3:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Reservations required; book online through the hotel website. Look for (504) 522-3500 on the side of the shuttle bus.

The Friends of LLL has checked lodging, transportation, and venues for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility. New Orleans French Quarter has many old, uneven slate sidewalks. Some historic sites may have elevated pathways, uneven surfaces, or stairs as well as steps for boarding buses and the boat. If you need special accommodation due to a disability or age-related limitation, please include details on the registration form. Notify the hotel in advance for ADA-related requests. If you need to bring a helper to assist you with needs, we ask that you inform us well in advance. Since the Friends trips are usually filled to capacity, we cannot provide free transportation or registration for a helper. For ADA accessibility questions, contact Janet.

Friends of LLL does not carry liability insurance to cover accidents or injuries that may occur on this trip.


Visit New Orleans The official website for New Orleans tourism.

For general questions and sharing info, click "interested" or "going" on the Facebook event page.
If you need a roommate, contact Carroll.
For itinerary or dietary questions, contact Evy.
Flight delayed? Contact Evy.

Any other questions? Please contact Evy. Do not hesitate to ask! We want you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

We hope you can join us for this enchanting four-day weekend overflowing with fun and friends!
Friends of La Leche League Board