Discover New Orleans!
Engage 2019 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Please use this link to book your reservation at the Acquia Engage group rate.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
+1 504 561-1234
The Engage Guide to New Orleans
The Crescent City. The Big Easy. NOLA. Whatever you choose to call it, we’re so glad you’re able to join us for Engage 2019. While there’s plenty of exciting stuff in store for you within the conference, you won’t want to miss the chance to get to know our host city while you’re here.
Whether it’s your first visit or not, there’s always something incredible, delicious, weird, beautiful or thrilling to discover here. To get you going, we’ve cooked up this quick rundown of informative tidbits, and some ways to spend your non-Engage hours. Keep in mind, this is only a tiny taste of what the city has to offer. Once you start exploring, you’ll understand why New Orleans is a place like no other in the world.
The city’s official motto is “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” which translates as “Let the good times roll.” (Take a walk down Bourbon Street and you’ll find out just how appropriate that statement can be.)
Things to Experience
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - A wide range of tour providers (you can’t get in without a licensed guide) will take you through the city’s most famous and oldest graveyard. You’ll see the tomb of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, along with those of many other local luminaries and legends. Is it haunted? Find out for yourself!
The National WWII Museum - The number one attraction in the city is a true can’t-miss experience. Expect immersive exhibits, multimedia features, and a jaw-dropping collection of artifacts and oral histories that take you deep into the story of WWII.
Preservation Hall - For over fifty years, this simple, soulful spot has served as the cornerstone of New Orleans jazz. Each night, they offer an intimate, all-acoustic jazz experience featuring the best of local masters. The venue is small, so buy tickets in advance. (If you find you can’t get in, no problem. Just stroll down nearby Frenchmen Street and pop into one of the nearly countless music venues to catch whatever’s on.)
The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum - Discover the history, the mystery, and the ritual behind this rich tradition. You’ll see relics, paintings, artifacts, and more. And, if you’re feeling curious, the staff can assist with arranging special services, such as readings, consultations, and ceremonies.
Things to Eat
New Orleanians love food. And that’s especially true when it comes to their traditional dishes. Be sure to try some of the native foods you can’t leave the city without sampling such as beignets, po-boys, jambalaya, gumbo, and crawfish étouffée!
Famous Dining Spots
New Orleans boasts so many legendary restaurants, it might just be impossible to try them all. Here are just a few of the most revered.
Commander’s Palace - Opened in the late 1800s, this James Beard Award-winning spot serves up classic cuisine in an elegant setting. Don’t miss: bread putting soufflé.
Dooky Chase Restaurant - Known for its authentic Creole cooking and place in the Civil Rights movement, this Treme-based institution is truly beloved. Don’t miss: fried chicken
Galatoire’s - Their Friday lunch is legendary, if you can get in. For more than a century, they’ve been serving up classic cuisine in jackets-required atmosphere. Don’t miss: fried soft shell crab with brown butter (in season).
K-Paul’s - Opened in 1979 by Paul Prudhomme, the father of the Cajun food revolution, this is where the world learned about blackening as a cooking technique. Don’t miss: some of the best gumbo you’ll find in town.
Antoine’s Restaurant - The oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city, Antoine’s is a maze of dining rooms staffed by waiters who look like they might have been born there. Don’t miss: oysters Rockefeller (they invented it).
We hope you’ll take advantage of your time here at Engage to get out and about and get to know New Orleans. It’s fascinating, engaging, exciting, and never - ever - boring.