Spring is officially here, and compared to this time last year, there’s much more to do in and around New Orleans. From booking unique travel escapes like a beach weekend or luxurious resort getaway to dining out with loved ones, there are ways to soak up the good vibes and great weather that come with the season. Mix in a little fun with some charity, too—donating blood helps save lives and could lead to more antibody treatments for people with COVID-19. For fun, hit the links at a nearby golf course, set your kayak in glistening bay waters, or enjoy a glass of wine with a sunset and cool breeze. Perhaps a mimosa-filled brunch is in order to celebrate birthdays, graduations, or even vaccinations. Spring is happening—make the most of it here in 2021. 


Travel Destinations & Resources

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

Named one of America’s top historic hotels, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama, has been welcoming guests since 1847. Expect plenty of family activities, two beautifully renovated RTJ golf courses, and luxury accommodations perfect for couples, friends, or the entire family. With multiple glistening pools, a renewed 20,000 square foot spa, sandy beaches with available cabanas, and spectacular sunsets, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa offers countless incredible ways to spend relaxing days with loved ones.

Visiting golfers, see why the USGA selected the Grand for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in September. The B.Y.O.C. “Bring Your Own Clubs” Golf Package includes a deluxe room, two rounds of golf daily (one round for two people or two rounds for one person), and golf cart rental. For more details and Grand packages, visit grand1847.com.

Premier Island Management Group

This spring, upgrade your remote working and learning environment with a getaway to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of the Portofino Island Resort.

Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience, Portofino Island offers families the perfect location to work, learn and play. Step away from your laptop and enjoy a kayak or paddleboard adventure in the sound. At recess surf the emerald green waters, or take a parasail ride. Whether you choose to leave your work behind or bring it with you, there’s a Premier Island property that will be the perfect home away from home for you and your family.

More than just another getaway, this will be the one your family remembers for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com or call 866-935-7741.  

Holiday Isle Properties

Destin, Florida, offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in addition to exciting nightlife, abundant opportunities for family fun, and much more. Nobody knows this area as well as Holiday Isle Properties, whose exceptional rentals offer access to the softest, white sands, sparkling emerald waters, and breathtaking sunsets.

Located conveniently for vacationers along the Gulf Coast, the peninsula of Holiday Isle is prized property in the Destin area. Bordered by Destin Harbor on the north shore and the Gulf of Mexico on the south shore, Holiday Isle is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, beach bums, and nature lovers. Holiday Isle Properties offers a distinct array of vacation homes, condominiums, and townhomes along these prized shores. From one-bedroom condos to five-bedroom beach homes and well properties to accommodate your boating needs, you’ll find the perfect memory-making locale with Holiday Isle Properties.

Holiday Isle Properties takes pride in its impeccable customer service, small-business atmosphere, and ability to offer the best prices around. To book your stay, visit holidayisle.net or call 800-837-5102.

Benton Tree Service

Based in New Orleans and licensed by Louisiana, Mississippi, and the International Society of Arboriculture to care for your trees, Benton Tree Service covers both residential and commercial work in Greater New Orleans. Owner Tim Benton, a New Orleans native, has over 20 years of experience in arboriculture and has been operating Benton Tree Service for over 12 years.

Benton Tree Service can help you with fine pruning of trees and large hedges, removal of hazardous or declining trees, root pruning and root barrier installation, and protection of your trees from construction or other possible stresses. The company does not apply any harmful or petroleum-based chemicals. All of its remediation techniques are natural and organic-based, and Benton Tree Service enjoys great success with these practices.

Benton Tree Service invites you to compare its Google rating with your current tree care provider. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, visit BentonTreeService.com or call 504-523-5533.

Clandestine Events + Experiences

Details matter—Clandestine’s Experience Planning Team takes care of all your travel and concierge details, even those that are unique and unexpected. As a boutique destination management business, Clandestine’s services cover local New Orleans hosted experiences as well as those outside of Louisiana with deep-rooted contacts across the US and far beyond. 

The company specializes in private milestone celebrations such as destination weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and family reunions. Examples have included family reunions in the Dominican Republic as well as Discovery Bay, Jamaica, a destination wedding weekend in Wine Country, a milestone birthday Mardi Gras celebration, and VIP experiences at the Indy500 and Kentucky Derby. 

If you have an upcoming celebration and want it to be the experience of a lifetime, call Clandestine today at 504-766-3033 or visit clandestine-events.com. 

Clandestine Events & Experiences


Dining Out


Welcome the spring season—and now Sunday brunch—with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-to-find wines and spirits and recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list.

Bubbly Briquette Brunch started in March and features bottomless mimosas and rosé along with specialties like Crawfish Hash, Shrimp & Grits, Bananas Foster Waffles, Chicken & Waffles, and the Brunchin’ Burger. Eye openers like bourbon milk punch and Briquette Bloody Marys add to the Sunday flavor. For more info, call the restaurant or follow it on Facebook.

Briquette is currently open for dinner Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. until close, and for brunch on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. Book your table today by calling the restaurant at 504-302-7496 or via OpenTable. 

New Orleans Creole Cookery

Celebrate the arrival of spring this year with a return to New Orleans’ favorite traditions: weekend brunch and daily happy hour. Join friends and family in the heart of the French Quarter at New Orleans Creole Cookery, where you can enjoy the beautiful weather from its charming courtyard or settle into its traditional dining room.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant’s new weekend brunch features bottomless mimosas and rosé along with new brunch items. Highlights include excellent Bloody Mary selections, shrimp and grits, crispy chicken and waffles, and signature Gator Hash.           

New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Famous for its authentic Creole fare and the time-honored classics such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain, the restaurant is also perfect for a quick snack or a leisurely weekend feast.

Learn more at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Call 504-524-9632 for reservations.

New Orleans Creole Cookery


Blood Donation & Antibody Testing

The Blood Center

For a limited time, The Blood Center is screening all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. This free service informs the donor if they carry the COVID-19 antibody, which has been used via plasma transfusions to help critically ill patients battling the coronavirus. Scheduled donations are required to practice social distancing and insure a safe, stable blood supply. Results post three to five days after a completed blood donation. Following donation, donors need to visit TheBloodCenter.org and log into My Account for their results. Donors testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be eligible to donate COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP). 

“We’ve seen promising results from patients who’ve received CCP, but there’s only a few recovered patients eligible to give at this time,” says Dr. Tim Peterson, Medical Director for The Blood Center. “The scarcity of donors with the COVID antibody make this test extremely beneficial to patient care.”

Testing also provides statistics to the Louisiana Department of Health about what percentage of the population was exposed to COVID-19. To schedule your blood donation and help save lives, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 1-800-86-BLOOD.