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Off To New Orleans!

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We blast off from Fairfax County, VA this Friday (Nov 18) for our annual Thanksgiving Week at Quarter House. (Gotta go see how the levees is doin'. The levees was just barely doin' when we were in N.O. for Memorial Day week last summer.)

We're driving but break up the 18 hour trip with a night at Wyndham Smoky Mountains each way. I don't drive 18 hours straight. I used to. We've also done AmTrak from Alexandria, VA to N.O. but it's about a toss-up between 18 hours on the road and 26 hours on a train. Big difference is if you nod off on the train, you don't end up in a field.

I know they have these things called airplanes but unless there's an ocean in the way, I'd just as soon not use them. Besides, with all the stuff we take (a big cooler in addition to regular luggage, computer bags, etc.), we'd need a second mortgage to cover airline baggage charges.

Haven't decided on where to have Thanksgiving dinner yet. We've done the Rib Room, Court of Two Sisters several times, and last year had a really nice buffet dinner at Cafe Giovanni on Decatur (adjacent to Club La Pension, which I have to check out because their renovations should be finishing up soon). Looking at Redfish Grill and a couple of others but would gladly take recommendations.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!
 

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The Redfish Grille is very nice. The best meals we had in New Orleans during our last trip in July 2011 was at Mr. B's Bistro. The food at The Roosevelt is also excellent.
 

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Looking forward to your observations on Club La Pension as we have an exchange there for next October. Have a safe drive and a great vacation in New Orleans.
Tom
 

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Looking forward to your observations on Club La Pension as we have an exchange there for next October. Have a safe drive and a great vacation in New Orleans.
Tom

Thank you!

We walked by CLP in June 2011 but couldn't see much. It was a hard hat area, scaffolding, etc. I'm hoping it is more accessible now. We stayed there one year right after Katrina. It was nice then from appearances but apparently it was falling apart structurally, hence the closing for over a year and major specal assessment ($1,800 per unit I think it was).

A year ago, we saw that Bluegreen had done a lot of good work in the lobby/reception area after they took over. Don't know anything about what they did or are doing to units.

Ron Parise posted a detailed update several months ago. Don't remember where it is on TUG.
 

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Blue Green has been posting regular updates on the renovation complete with pictures. The site is password protected and only owners have been given the password

The special assessment was just shy of $1600. or about $80000 a unit... When I saw the bill I couldn't imagine how they were going to spend that much money....Looking at the pictures; now I get it
 
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