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Jazz legend Louis Armstrong once sang — "Way down yonder in New Orleans, in the land of the dreamy scenes, there's a garden of Eden, you know what I mean."

We do know what he meant, and you can too with this week's escape to the lush courtyard of the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans in the heart of the Big Easy.

Scat with a plus one to the French Quarter and stay for two nights in a standard guest room on the R-Club level of the hotel ($399). Known for having the best balconies in the city, the AAA Four Diamond award-winner blends European touches with Southern charm. A hotel within a hotel, the private access R-Club features daily breakfast, afternoon coffee, and cocktails with hors d'oeuvres from 5 pm to 8 pm every evening. The R-Club accommodations feature complimentary Wi-Fi, nightly turndown service, plush bathrobes and an exclusive concierge.

Breakfast in the R-Club Lounge is the perfect intro to an exciting day of sightseeing and be-bopping around town. Compose the perfect N'awlins day: stroll through the historic Garden District, ride the St. Charles streetcar, visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or Audubon Zoo and take a brief interlude at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

To keep your tempo up, grab lunch at Desire Bistro and Oyster Bar and use your $50 credit towards a variety of specialties—like Creole jambalaya, shrimp and grits, po' boys, fried green tomatoes and fried oysters served with the house barbecue sauce. Afterward, explore the street markets and antique stores in the bumping French Quarter.

"A promenade along Canal Street — the dividing line between the French and American districts — is a must: it boasts some of the best shopping in the United States," says BBC Travel.

When you return to the hotel, pop your included bottle of champagne and take five in the courtyard. Then, enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the R-Club Lounge before heading to your VIP table at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse. Order drinks and food with your included $40 credit, sit back and listen to the Grammy and Billboard award-winning trumpeter or other local musicians perform. You can even do double time and swing by one of the clubs on Frenchmen Street before turning in for the night.

The next morning after breakfast, take a dip in the pool before grabbing a cappuccino and some goodies for the road from PJ's Coffee Cafe, using your included $20 credit. Blow the horn on this week's escape and you'll get your rhythm back in the birthplace of jazz.

Escape kit

  • A two-night stay for two in a standard guest room on the R-Club level
  • Daily breakfast, afternoon coffee, and evening cocktails with hors d'oeuvres in the R-Club Lounge
  • VIP table with $40 credit at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
  • $50 credit for Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar
  • $20 credit for PJ's Coffee Cafe
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Purchase by 30 October

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