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Milwaukee’s Frontdesk among fastest-growing U.S. firms: See local businesses on Inc. 5000

Vacation rental startup Frontdesk Inc. is among America’s fastest-growing private companies, according to the annual Inc. 5000 list published Tuesday.

Milwaukee-based Frontdesk ranked 136 on the list, representing 3,012% revenue growth between 2017 and 2020. The company was founded in 2017 and has raised $18 million to date, including a recent $7 million raise.

Get Away in August

Whether you’re going on a road trip or flying across the country, you’ll need good quality luggage. Here at Frontdesk, we are big fans of the Away suitcase. The Large is the biggest suitcase offered by Away and is perfect for a long getaway. 

Why We Love Away

The Away suitcase has a stylish, sleek hard outer shell to not only look great, but also protect your belongings! The Large is currently offered in 6 different colors.  

Features

  • 360° spinner wheels to ensure a smooth ride
  • TSA-approved lock for extra security
  • The interior features 2 compartments- one for clothes and one for harder items such as shoes or toiletries
  • Hidden laundry bag to separate dirty clothes

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Frontdesk Raises $7 Million in Venture Round Funding

Frontdesk is excited to announce our most recent $7 million venture funding round, led by Stormbreaker Ventures!

“Not only has Frontdesk succeeded in achieving rapid scale, but they have done so in a way that is five to ten times more capital-efficient than their peers, showing vastly superior underlying unit economics,” says Said Mia, Stormbreaker Ventures’ managing partner.

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Frontdesk Guide to Fall Music Festivals

Late summer into early fall is peak music festival season for 2021. With all of the fun events happening across the country, we’ve rounded up the top music festivals across all genres in Frontdesk cities. Whether you are planning a visit to one of the festivals for one day or one week, Frontdesk has suites for your stay!

Festivals by Date

August 6-7, 2021

What? Music Festival

📍 Columbus, OH
🎶 EDM

This unique art and music festival is for inspiring attendees by providing an inclusive and supportive space for self-expression. Music lineup includes Charlesthefirst, Black Carl, Mersiv, Yheti, and more.
August 6-7, 2021
August 6-8, 2021

Hinterland Music Festival

📍 Des Moines, IA
🎶 Indie/Bluegrass/Country

The annual 3-day festival features a blend of music, camping, art, craft vendors, family events, and more. This year's music lineup includes Tyler Childers, Leon Bridges, Yola, The Avett Brothers, and more!
August 6-8, 2021
August 7, 2021

HoagieNation

📍 Philadelphia, PA
🎶 Rock

A celebration of Philly food, music, and culture with live music on two stages including Daryl Hall & John Oates, Squeeze, Kool & The Gang, The Wailers, and more!
August 7, 2021
August 13-15, 2021

Interstellar Festival

📍 Cincinnati, OH
🎶 EDM

Become a part of Cincinnati history by attending Cincy's first electronic festival! Artists include Adventure Club, Herobust, Boombox Cartel, and more.
August 13-15, 2021
August 27-28, 2021

Deep Tropics

📍 Nashville, TN
🎶 EDM

A boutique festival produced by forward-thinking, dance music enthusiasts. The festival is a music, art, & style experience at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville's beloved Germantown neighborhood.
August 27-28, 2021
August 27-28, 2021

Kosmic Kingdom

📍 Des Moines, IA
🎶 EDM

Growing out of Kosmos Music Festival, Kosmic Kingdom maintains that festival's dedication to bass music, dubstep, and beyond. This 2-day festival uses castles and over 35 functioning Renaissance builds as its backdrop.
August 27-28, 2021
August 28-29, 2021

Wonderbus Festival

📍 Columbus, OH
🎶 Multi-Genre

Wonderbus Festival presents some of music’s top hitmakers including Kesha; AJR; The Band CAMINO and more! This is an all-ages festival featuring great music, a wide variety of culinary options, a robust artisan village and so much more.
August 28-29, 2021
September 2-18, 2021

Summerfest

📍 Milwaukee, WI
🎶 Multi-Genre

The world's largest music festival! Summerfest hosts over 800 bands and 900k fans over 3-weekends on 11 different stages. Bands and performers span across all genres so there is something for everyone!
September 2-18, 2021
September 4-5, 2021

Made in America Festival

📍 Philadelphia, PA
🎶 Hip Hop

The Made in America music festival is a massive musical celebration curated by Jay-Z that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia each Labor Day weekend. The headliners for 2021 include Justin Bieber and Lil Baby.
September 4-5, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Dancefestopia

Dancefestopia

📍 Kansas City, KS
🎶 EDM
🗓 September 9-12, 2021

Dancefestopia features party-starting DJs in a scenic, rural setting. The festival features four musical areas, each with their own sound.
Photo Courtesy of Dancefestopia
September 10-11, 2021

Candler Park Music Festival

📍 Atlanta, GA
🎶 Multi-Genre

Galactic, The Infamous Stringdusters, Spafford and more are among the 2021 lineup over the 2-day festival.
September 10-11, 2021
September 10-11, 2021

Basilica Block Party

📍 Minneapolis, MN
🎶 Rock

Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the 2-day rock festival benefit the Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores, and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary.
September 10-11, 2021
September 10-11, 2021

Blended Festival

📍 Austin, TX (coming soon!)
🎶 Multi-Genre

Blended festival is the experience like no other - combining some of the world's most recognized artists, culinary stages, wine beer and liquor. Festival goers can expect live shows by some of the biggest names in Country, Pop, and EDM music.
September 10-11, 2021
September 17, 2021

Illfest

📍 Austin, TX (coming soon!)
🎶 EDM

ILLfest brings some of the world's best electronic musicians to the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. Art installations and trippy sights are around every corner at this two-day festival.
September 17, 2021
September 17-19, 2021

Imagine Music Festival

📍 Atlanta, GA
🎶 EDM

Starting as a smaller two-day downtown event, Imagine Festival has become Atlanta's largest EDM camping festival. The festival takes displays electronic royalty across six stages at the Atlanta Motor Speedway each fall.
September 17-19, 2021
September 18-19, 2021

Music Midtown

📍 Atlanta, GA
🎶 Pop

Music Midtown is a large music festival dating back to 1994. The festival features a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages.
September 18-19, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Americana Music Association

Americanafest

📍 Nashville, TN
🎶 Country
🗓 September 22-25, 2021

Each year, Americanafest brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for multiple days of music.
Photo Courtesy of Americana Music Association
September 23-26, 2021

Louder Than Life

📍 Louisville, KY
🎶 Rock

Louder Than Life is America's largest rock music festival and this year they've added a Thursday night celebration event to kick-off the weekend! Headliners include Metalica, Nine Inch Nails, and Korn.
September 23-26, 2021
September 25-26, 2021

Metal and Beer Fest

📍 Philadelphia, PA
🎶 Metal

The loudest, heaviest, 2-Day craft beer and metal festival in the world! The line-up includes Converge, Napalm Death, Midnight, Municipal Waste, and many more!
September 25-26, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Breakaway Music Festival

Breakaway Festival

📍 Charlotte, NC
🎶 Multi-Genre
🗓 October 1-2, 2021

Breakaway is the fastest growing multi-city music festival with events in the mid west including Ohio, Michigan, The Carolinas and Tennessee. If you are ready to breakaway from reality and enjoy a rad weekend filled with great music, this is the festival for you!
Photo Courtesy of Breakaway Music Festival
October 1-10, 2021

Austin City Limits

📍 Austin, TX (coming soon!)
🎶 Multi-Genre

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas on two consecutive three-day weekends. ACL Festival features a diverse lineup of acts every year with 8 stages, 100+ performances, and the most delicious food, drinks, and sweets!
October 1-10, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Gasparilla Music Festival

Gasparilla Music Festival

📍 Tampa, FL
🎶 Indie/Folk/Bluegrass
🗓 October 1-3, 2021

Gasparilla Music Festival offers feel good music and great food along Tampa's waterfront! Over 40 bands perform across 5 stages over the 2-day festival.
Photo Courtesy of Gasparilla Music Festival
October 2, 2021

98Rockfest

📍 Tampa Bay, FL
🎶 Rock

98ROCKFEST is Tampa Bay's biggest rock show! Headliners include Shinedown, Seether, Candlebox, Fozzy, Dirty Honey, Ayron Jones, and more!
October 2, 2021
October 8-17, 2021

New Orleans Jazz Festival

📍 New Orleans, LA
🎶 Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of local music, art, and culture of New Orleans held at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
October 8-17, 2021
October 9-10, 2021

One Musicfest

📍 Atlanta, GA
🎶 Hip Hop

ONE Musicfest is the Southeast's largest 2 day, urban progressive music festival. The festival features multiple stages of non-stop music, the best Food Trucks from around the globe, arts and craft Merch Village, and an interactive Visual Artist Village.
October 9-10, 2021
October 21-24, 2021

Reggae Rise Up

📍 St. Petersburg, FL
🎶 Reggae

Reggae Rise Up Florida is undeniably one of the largest and most-recognized reggae festivals in the country. Featuring multiple stages, world-class production, interactive activities and large art installations, over one-hundred craft, beverage, and food vendors, space to layout and relax, and, of course, the biggest names in reggae music, Reggae Rise Up continues to set the standard year after year.
October 21-24, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Shaky Knees Music Festival

Shaky Knees Festival

📍 Atlanta, GA
🎶 Rock
🗓 October 22-24, 2021

With over 60 bands each year Shaky Knees is a rock-lover’s dream. Since its inception in 2013, Shaky Knees has featured a diverse lineup ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists.
Photo Courtesy of Shaky Knees Music Festival
October 22-24, 2021

A3C Hip Hop Festival

📍 Atlanta, GA
🎶 Hip Hop

A3C Festival has become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year since it started in 2005. During the day, industry professionals participate at the A3C conference with panels, live interviews, and special speakers, while at night the three stages at the festival grounds are lit up with talent.
October 22-24, 2021

Need a place to stay this festival season?

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Meet Frontdesk: Senior Project Manager

For this edition of Meet Frontdesk, we sat down with Carolina Martinez, Senior Project Manager and Designer. Carolina began at Frontdesk 2.5 years ago and during that time, has taken on various job duties and truly exemplifying our core values of “clean the toilets” and “own it”. Prior to Frontdesk, Carolina worked in various fields including Amazon photographer and ophthalmic technician. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new cities and different restaurants, cooking, hiking, biking, shopping, and spending time with her dog.

Tell me about your role and what you do here at Frontdesk?

From As a Senior Project Manager and Designer, I go to different markets and build out the cities to get it started up for the city manager. This covers everything from design documents, making sure city managers know what to order, handling the logistics for the moving company, organizing furniture in storage, and making sure all supplies and furniture needed are ordered. Once the units are staged, I also work with the photographers to ensure they know what to shoot and shoot it correctly.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Getting to visit different cities and explore new places.

Favorite Frontdesk city?

Phoenix or Scottsdale

What has been your biggest learning experience since starting at Frontdesk?

Being adaptable, sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do or that aren’t in your job description. Being a team player and adapting to any change possible.

What advice would you give to others in your role?

Always be ready for anything! Especially for project managers, you never know where you’re going to live next. You could be in a city for a few weeks or a few months so it’s good to always be ready to go!

Bucket list place to visit?

Ireland or Iceland- just to explore the landscapes. They are so beautiful!

Welcome to Detroit!

Frontdesk is excited to show you around one of our newest cities: Detroit, Michigan! Known as Motor City, Detroit is where the American auto industry came alive with Henry Ford. Detroit is a rising star of a city that is continuing to build and grow each year. This city is filled with art, history, and culture. There is so much to explore around every corner!

Neighborhoods

Corktown

This historic district is located just west of downtown Detroit. Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood dating back to 1834. This part of town is famous for having great dining and drinking options as well as entertainment venues.

Downtown

Downtown Detroit is full of history, art, architecture, shopping, music, sports, dining, and nightlife. As the part of the city that has been the most heavily invested in during recent years, Downtown Detroit has a lot to offer!

Eastern Market

Located approximately 1 mile northeast from downtown, Eastern Market is a historic commercial district in Detroit. Not only is this the city’s favorite market, but it’s also one of the oldest in the US. The Eastern Market features fresh food, restaurants, local jewelers and artists, and so much more!

What to Do

Photo Courtesy of City Year Detroit Facebook Page

Monroe Street Midway

Monroe Street Midway is the perfect place to enjoy family fun and outdoor activities. The park features a roller skating rink, basketball courts, local DJs, food trucks, and more! The park is open from late May through late September.

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts is a staple attraction of Detroit, showcasing one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. The Institute features over 65,000 works of art ranging from classic to contemporary pieces. There is something to offer every visitor!

Photo Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of Visit Detroit Facebook Page

Belle Isle

It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring Belle Isle– a 982-acre island park! The park is a popular destination for picnics, barbecues, spending time at the beach, and enjoying walks on various nature trails. Within the park, you can also find the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory with 13 acres of botanical gardens and Belle Island Golf Range.

Eats

Breakfast/Brunch

One of our favorite spots for breakfast or brunch in Detroit is The Hudson Cafe. The Hudson Cafe is located in the heart of downtown and puts a modern twist on a classic brunch menu. The dishes range from sweet to savory and the menu is sure to have something that appeals to everyone!

Lunch

One of the best spots to grab a burger in Detroit is the Basement Burger Bar because of their easy build-your-own menu. Their menu offers over a trillion different burger combinations including 10+ proteins and vegan options. Not a fan of burgers? They also offer a build-your-own salad option along with several appetizers.

Dinner

We recommend SavannahBlue for a nice dinner downtown Detroit. The restaurant features northern soul food- southern cuisine with a Detroit twist. SavannahBlue offers a formal dining room if you’re looking for a sit-down dinner, as well as a casual living room to enjoy tasty cocktails and appetizers.

Drinks

Detroit is an eclectic city with many different bar options to cater to everyone’s taste! A few of our favorites in the city include Tin Roof for live music, Delmar for a rooftop bar, and La Casa for an elegant cocktail and cigar lounge. If you’re a beer fan, we recommend checking out Founders Brewing.

Photo Courtesy of Delmar Detroit Facebook Page

Best Way to Get Around

Downtown Detroit has no shortage of transportation options. Mogo, Detroit’s bike share system, has 3 stations only blocks away from our Frontdesk suites. Qline is Detroit’s circulating streetcar that runs 3.3 miles along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard. The Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system, is a quick and easy way to get from one part of the city to another. I-75 and I-375 are also easily accessible. Rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft are also available and make for a convenient way to get around the city.

Discover St. Pete: The Sunshine City

With a nickname like the “Sunshine City”, it’s no wonder St. Petersburg is such a popular vacation destination. With award-winning beaches, dozens of popular attractions, and endless dining options, there is no shortage of fun in the sun. We’re showing you the perfect way to spend a weekend in St. Petersburg!

Best Time to Visit

Average temperatures in St. Petersburg vary throughout the year. Based on average temperatures, average rainfall, and humidity, the best months to visit St. Pete are March, April, and November. During the summer months of July and August, you can expect high temperatures in the 90’s and the greatest chance for rain. Winter months have the lowest chance of precipitation with high temperatures near 70 degrees and lows in the 50s. St. Petersburg, much like the rest of Florida, has above average humidity throughout the year.

What to Pack

Summer Clothing: If you’re coming during the summer months, be prepared for hot weather! Pack swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, and sandals. Since summer is also the rainy season, be prepared with a rain jacket and waterproof shoes.


Winter Clothing: Winter weather can vary from day to day so it’s best to bring a wide variety of clothing options. Packing outfits with layers will help ensure that you are comfortable at any temperature. When traveling to St. Pete in winter, always plan to bring pants and a jacket.


Other Items to Pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • SPF chapstick
  • Mosquito repellent during warmer months
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

What to Do

Spend Time at the Beach

During warm days, spending time at the beach is a must when in St. Petersburg! There are several beautiful, white sand beaches in the area that you can choose from including St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, or Upham Beach.

Photo Courtesy of St. Pete Beach, Florida Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of St. Pete Pier - TM Facebook Page

St. Pete Pier

The new St. Pete Pier offers fun for everyone! Its 26 acres extend from St. Petersburg to Tampa Bay making it a great place to walk, run, or bike. The pier also has several options for dining, drinking, shopping, swimming, and a concert venue. There is something here for the whole family to enjoy!

Art and Mural Biking Tour

St. Petersburg is known for being a colorful, vibrant city with art around every corner. You will see many just by walking the streets of downtown, but if you’re looking to experience all of the murals the city has to offer, consider doing an Art and Mural Biking Tour. A local guide will lead the way and tell you everything you need to know about each mural and piece of art! This is a great way to get some exercise and see the city!

Photo Courtesy of St Pete Biking Tours Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of The Dalí Museum Facebook Page

Salvador Dali Museum

Located in downtown St. Petersburg on the waterfront, the Salvador Dali Museum is dedicated to the works of famous artist Salvador Dali. It has the largest collection of Dali’s works outside of Europe with 96 oil paintings, 200 watercolors and drawings, and more than 2,100 prints, photographs, posters, textiles, sculptures, and more.

Our Favorite Eats

Brunch

There are many great brunch options in the area but one of our favorites is Cassis. Cassis is open Tuesday-Sunday and serves American classics with a subtle French twist. Cassis is a great option for both quick bites or a leisurely meal.

Lunch

With a menu ranging from salads, sandwiches, tacos, sushi, and more, The Lure is the perfect spot for lunch in St. Pete. The Lure has delicious, fresh seafood options and is known for having some of the best fish tacos in the city.

Dinner

For the only waterfront dining experience located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, head to Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro. You’ll enjoy craft cocktails and a wide variety of dinner options all while having gorgeous views of the marina. 

Drinks

Fans of craft beer can end the night with drinks at 3 Daughters Brewing, which has over 40 beers on tap. Wine lovers will enjoy a glass at Sola Bistro and Wine Bar, while those who prefer to unwind with a cocktail should try Mandarin Hide, a vintage-style cocktail lounge.

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Meet Frontdesk: City Manager

For our very first Meet Frontdesk, we spoke with Chantal Doxon, Tampa and St. Petersburg City Manager. Chantal began at Frontdesk 2.5 years ago as a cleaner after moving to Tampa, FL. Since then, she has transitioned into a City Manager role after showing she embodies all of Frontdesk’s core values. Prior to Frontdesk, Chantal was getting her degree in Interior Architecture. In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles, boxing, and being on the water. 

What do you do in your role as a City Manager?

I make sure units are clean and that maintenance and cleaners are doing what they are supposed to so we can prevent any issues with guests. I also work with property managers to make sure there are no issues with guests before or during their stay. In summary, I am there to help with the day to day issues and being there for guests for whatever they need assistance with. 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy being able to contribute to our guest’s stays. I know how important vacationing is, so if there is any way I can make it better for a guest, I’m happy to help!

What has been your biggest learning experience since starting at Frontdesk?

Personally, since starting at Frontdesk, I’ve learned how to adapt and adapt quickly. Problem solving in a timely manner is key in everyday operations to make sure things get done and done well.

What advice would you give to others in your role?

I would tell others, that if you find yourself confused or feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what to do, reach out. Everyone is willing to help and more likely than not, we have been in the same situation and can guide you through it.

Bucket list place to visit?

I have so many! But the next place on my list to go to go is Thailand!

What is one must-do or must-try place if someone visits Tampa or St. Petersburg?

There are so many! The St. Pete Pier is a must! Or 7th Ave in Ybor City if you’re looking for a good night on the town.

Explore Savannah: Welcome to Our New City

Frontdesk is excited to show you around one of our newest cities: Savannah, GA! Savannah has endless sights to see and things to do. To help in planning your visit to this beautiful and historic city, we’ve put together a guide with all of our top recommendations!

Neighborhoods

Historic District

The Historic District is the hub of downtown and has historic landmarks around every corner. The streets are filled with museums, monuments, parks, restored 18th-century homes, shops, and dining. Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets and soak up all of the history and beauty.

Starland District

This artsy, hip district was established in the late 1990s by two Savannah College of Art and Design students. The neighborhood is rooted in creativity and collaboration. The streets are bustling with galleries, boutiques, and entertainment venues. Stop into the Starland District if you’re interested in shopping for vintage clothes, vinyl records, or original art.

Tybee Island

Located only 20 minutes from downtown, many refer to Tybee Island as Savannah’s beach. This neighborhood is filled with pastel homes and oceanfront condos. Tybee Island is the place to go if you’re looking to spend time at the beach, kayak, or paddleboard.

What to Do

Forsyth Park

Dating back to the 1940s, Forsyth Park spans across 30 acres of the Historic District of Savannah. The fountain at the center of the park is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. The park is home to Farmer’s markets, a concert venue, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and a coffee shop.

Photo Courtesy of Old Town Trolley Tours (Savannah) Facebook Page

Trolley Tours

Trolley tours in Savannah offer a complete overview of everything there is to know about the city! There are several tour options offered daily including Old Town Trolley Tours and Comedy Tours. Being America’s most haunted city, they also have Ghost Tours. These “hop-on, hop-off” tours allow you to learn the history of Savannah while seeing all the city has to offer!

Photo Courtesy of Davenport House Museum Facebook Page

House Museum Tours

With all the history behind this city, it’s no surprise that house museums are a staple for visitors. There are nearly 20 house museums that all offer something different. Some are designed to show art, while others show a look into the past. A few of the top house museums in the city include Mercer-Williams House, Davenport House, and Sorrel-Weed House.

Eats

Breakfast/Brunch

Breakfast and Brunch options in Savannah are endless. One of our favorites is Debi’s Restaurant for southern, home-style cooking. This historic restaurant has something on the menu for everyone and is open 8 am-2:30 pm daily!

Lunch

With a line waiting at the door each day, it’s no secret that lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is one of the best in town! Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room offers a unique dining experience by serving family-style meals at communal tables. This historic Southern diner has been family-owned since 1943 and continues to be a popular lunch spot.

Dinner

We recommend Alligator Soul for an upscale, intimate dinner. Once a basement grain warehouse, this Southern eatery offers organic and local ingredients for a fresh, delicious menu.

Savannah Specialty: Oysters

Savannah is a city that loves oysters, so it’s no surprise that they are served at nearly every restaurant in the city. One of our favorite stops for oysters is Sorry Charlie’s. This casual seafood spot features a raw bar, southern specialties, and craft cocktails.

Drinks

Savannah, Georgia is a lively city home to many bars great for drinking, dancing, and live music. A few of our favorites in the city include Wet Willies, Alley Cat Lounge, and the Artillery Bar. Each bar has its own story and personality but they are all filled with unique cocktails and wide beer selections.

Photo Courtesy of Wet Willie’s Savannah, GA River Street Facebook Page

Best Way to Get Around

Transportation in Savannah couldn’t be easier! The DOT offers a fare-free service to get around downtown Savannah. The shuttles run every 10 minutes through 24 stops. Hop on the Savannah Belles Ferry and get a unique perspective offshore. The ferry provides transportation from downtown’s riverwalk and Hutchinson Island. Uber and Lyft are also easily accessible.

Discover New Orleans: Explore The Big Easy!

Frontdesk welcomes you to one of our newest cities: New Orleans, LA! New Orleans is a small but bustling city known for cajun and creole dishes, jazz music, history, and mysterious stories. Although it’s best known for the Mardi Gras festivities, there are plenty of things to do and see around the city year-long! We’ve gathered all of our top recommendations of what to do and where to eat to explore all this city has to offer!

Neighborhoods

French Quarter

The French Quarter is the city’s historic heart, known for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings with balconies overlooking the busy city. Here you will find the famous Bourbon Street, offering jazz music, cajun food, and fun cocktails.

Tremé

Tremé is the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States. Located just across Rampart Street from the French Quarter, this soulful neighborhood dates back to 1783. Tremé is renowned as the birthplace of Jazz in New Orleans and is home to many of the city’s best musicians.

Mid-City

If you’re looking for a little more low-key and laid-back vibe than the other popular areas, check out Mid-City! This part of the city is the best area to watch sporting events in the neighborhood bars.

Things to Do

Steamboat Cruise

One of the unique experiences in New Orleans is the steamboat tours. There is no better way to cruise the Mississippi River than by steamboat. The current S.S. Natchez boat offers several tours throughout the day including an evening jazz tour with dinner, a day jazz cruise, or a Sunday brunch jazz cruise. The steamboat cruises are a perfect way to take in the beauty of New Orleans from the water.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is rated one of the top aquariums in the US. The aquarium is located along the Mississippi River and features 10,000 creatures. It’s divided into 4 different areas including the Amazon rainforest, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Maya Reef gallery, and includes an IMAX theater.

Photo Courtesy of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Facebook Page

Jackson Square

Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter and is also considered the heart of the city. The park was declared a National Historic Landmark for its role in history as the site where Louisiana became United States territory in 1803. The site is now a place to view famous architectural works and attend street art events.

Eats

Breakfast/Brunch

There are several delicious breakfast and brunch options in NOLA but one of our favorites is Ruby Slipper. The eatery offers all-day brunch and eye-opening cocktails while preparing meals from scratch and using local ingredients when possible. The menu offers American, Cajun, and Creole dishes but is sure to have something for everyone.

Lunch

Napoleon House is located in the heart of the historical French Quarter in the heart of New Orleans. If you’re looking for a true Louisianan lunch, this is the place! They offer muffalettas, po’boys, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, and other Creole staples.

Dinner

We recommend Herbsaint, an upscale French and American restaurant with views of historic St. Charles Avenue, for a nice dinner. Herbsaint offers local and sustainably sourced seafood and meats and has an extensive wine list.

Libations

New Orleans has one of the highest bars per capita in the US so there is no shortage of bars in the city. NOLA is also the birthplace of several cocktails including the hurricane, the grasshopper, the sazerac, and more! Bourbon street is packed with lively, eclectic bars. A few of our favorites are Tropical Isle, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, and The Swamp on Bourbon Street. Not only is the city known for its bar scene, but New Orleans is also famous for its drive-thru daiquiris.

Best Way to Get Around

New Orleans has various methods of transportation that make getting around the city easy! Streetcars are a fun way to explore and they are a staple to NoLa. Uber and Lyft are also both active in the city. The flat terrain makes biking a fun way to explore. Bike rentals are available through Blue Bikes.