In the distance: the waters of Lake Pontchartrain. In the air: warmth, and maybe the fragrant smell of red beans and rice cooking. Your senses tell you you're in Cajun country, and they’re right. Parlez-vous français? Then you know the suburb of Metairie is named for the 18th-century French sharecroppers. Farms and wildlife preserves give you the rural getaway you crave, but the lure of the French Quarter and the thrills of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street beckon from just a few miles away.
The crisp notes of a trumpet’s song may hit your ears as you head to one of the hotels in Metairie, conveniently located minutes from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Soon your face will be covered in the sugary powder of a beignet and your feet will be navigating the trickery of cobblestone streets. Mind those delicious hurricane drinks or the stones might feel a bit more uneven than normal! Something we’re certain of is that staying at one of the cheap hotels in New Orleans will keep your money grounded in your pocket, where it belongs.
Leave the beads at home if you're staying in Metairie, and instead get in touch with your nature-loving self at Lafreniere Park, where floral scents compete with the sounds of local anglers hauling in their daily catch. At sunset, catch the best light at Veterans Boulevard and dine on Southern fare as the sky bursts into reds and oranges. Then rest your weary head at one of the cheap hotels in Metairie at night. Eager to feel the lake breezes as you get around? Snag Metairie car rentals to feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, and the sounds of the bayou around you.
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