New Orleanians by Choice

New Orleanians by Choice

Today’s episode is all about the experiences of people that have chosen to make New Orleans their home.

Questions about moving here are among the most frequent I get, so I thought we’d talk to three people who’ve done just that, and have been here long enough to share their experiences.


Sunset Chasers

Need help planning a trip to New Orleans? Mallory and Allison, two New Orleans locals, are the travel advisors behind Sunset Chasers and they can help you plan the perfect vacation to New Orleans. Let them help you make those vacations dreams a reality by scheduling a 30-min consultation call. behind bourbon street listeners save 15% with code BEYOND15.

I used to offer travel planning services, but had to stop as the podcast grew and my kids got more involved in extracurriculars. I’ve been looking for a partner with a similar view on New Orleans, and I think I’ve found them in Mallory and Allison. There prices are actually lower than mine were for a similar service, and they are able to offer a wider range of help if you want a done-for-you experience.

Check them out and let me know how it goes. You can find them at

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space.

In addition to their permanent collection, there are two temporary exhibits right now.

One is an interactive exhibit about the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is an incredible exhibit where you are given a tablet and are immersed in Notre Dame. You can time travel through the 850 year history of the cathedral, up to and including the repairs being made today.

The exhibit is updated in near real time, so it changes every couple of days. The exhibit has been extended through March 19, 2023.

The second temporary exhibit is titled, French Quarter: Life, People and Places in the Vieux Carré. Through 22 individual pieces, this exhibition features artists from around the world who have worked to capture and share their impressions of New Orleans’s most iconic and historic neighborhood. Runs through April 17, 2023.

Liz Wood Realty

The most frequent questions I get are about moving to New Orleans. If you are ready to make the move, you need a good realtor.

That’s where Liz Wood comes in.

Let Liz and her team over at Liz Wood Realty help you find the right place. They can help whether you plan to rent or purchase

New Orleans is a terrific city, but choosing the neighborhood that’s the best fit for you can be overwhelming.

Liz makes the process fun and easy. Reach out to Liz at and make your dream of living in New Orleans a reality. Several members of our community have done just that and are thrilled with their new homes You will be, too!

The other thing that sets Liz apart is what she does after she helps you find a home. Liz does a great job at building community and helping you get connected with people in your new area. When you’re ready to make New Orleans home, reach out to Liz.

Tommy Manzella At Gulf Coast Mortgage

While you are working with Liz you need to secure financing. Reach out to Tommy Manzella at Gulf Coast Mortgage and let him help you get everything in place. 


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My Book

I have a book! The Beyond Bourbon Street Insider’s Guide to New Orleans officially released on May1st.

You can find it online at major retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes and Noble and more.

In New Orleans, Octavia Books, Blue Cypress have it, as well as The OW, a store located at 2850 Magazine, Fleurty Girl in the French Quarter has it, as does NOLA T-Shirt Club on Magazine.

NOLA T-Shirt Club also has copies available in their online shop, and those are autographed by me. Some are signed by my girls as well, who played a big part in bringing the book to life.

If you love the show, the, podcast, and New Orleans, please consider picking up a copy. For more on the book, check out episode 157.

Thank You

Thanks to Kyran Pittman, and Jennifer and Chris Marshall for joining me on the podcast today. Thanks to my wife, Marie, for the idea to do this episode. Finally, thank you to Joel Sharpton of Pro Podcasting Services for editing the podcast and making it the finished product it is.

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