in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous. "
― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
Madame Devalier can certainly be forgiven. My first arrival in New Orleans, more than 30 years ago, was memorable for two reasons: It was the day I made my home here, and the day I fell in love with this unfathomable city. There is much here to love: The agreeable climate, the teeming gardens, the ornate streetscapes, and above all, the most hospitable people in the world. In this "Paris of the South", the rich, fragrant essences of hospitality, authenticity and celebration infuse the very air, and inform every aspect of our lives, even in the face of adversity and loss.
Over the course of my long career in the hotel industry, my life's work has rewarded me with countless opportunities to welcome you, the intrepid and curious pilgrim, to the Creole City and to what my favorite singer/songwriter, Mr. John Boutte, intones as the "Eternal Now". It is, by any measure, a labor of love.
In my estimation, the difference between a tourist and an honored guest is the right host. It's an enormously satisfying role for me, and I hope you will think of me not only as your host, but as your faithful guide and friend.
This great city has much more to offer than space permits here, so check out my tour links. Want more? I am always happy to prepare a custom itinerary, based on your tastes and interests.
If you've read this far and you're still with me, say "Hi". I'm sure we'll pass a good time!
A Recent Review of this guide
Stephen was a wonderful guide for our tour of New Orleans and vicinity. We were a party of four with very little familiarity of the area. We were pleased with his knowledge, personality and helpfulness. Really a great day!
Licensed tour guide, City of New Orleans, License #17LTG-04231
Independent Hospitality Consultant, Occupational License #105017892
Member, Tour Guides Association of Greater New Orleans