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Best Golf Course

Best Place to Live Downtown Civic Lofts &

Penthouses (547 Baronne St., 522-2250; — Combining New Orleans’ Old World charm with the urbane sleekness of the Warehouse District, the Civic Lofts occupy a space forged from a 100-yearold warehouse. Exposed brick and pipes are balanced by the warmth of wood floors. Residents love the building’s amenities — which include a pool and roof deck — as well as the neighborhood, which boasts top bars and restaurants. 2. One River Place (3 Poydras St., 523-1300; 3. Cotton Mill Condos (920 Poeyfarre St., 5669700;

Best Food Festival

New Orleans Po-boy Preservation Festival (Oak Street; www. — Oak Street gets as clogged as your arteries might after a Mahony’s fried chicken liver po-boy, but that doesn’t stop locals

from sampling the city’s best indigenous sandwiches at the Po-boy Preservation Festival. The fest bestows winners in categories such as Best in Show, Best Roast Beef Po-Boy and People’s Choice. Judging from the crowds, however, it seems like they’re all winners. 2. Louisiana Seafood Festival (French Quarter; 3. Creole Tomato Festival (French Market;

Best Festival Outside of New Orleans

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival ( — Ponchatoula shows off its prized crop in a big way every April. You’ll find strawberries in just about every form at the annual festival: covered in chocolate, deep fried, in beignets (in case the fried strawberries weren’t enough),

pureed for daiquiris, and canned for pepper jelly and jams. And there’s plenty of small-town fun to be had with carnival rides, crafts for sale, twoheaded snakes on display and the crowning of the Strawberry Queen. 2. Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette ( 3. Gretna Heritage Festival (

Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

Louisiana Children’s Museum (420 Julia St., 523-1357; www.lcm. org) — Ask anyone who grew up in New Orleans: The smell of soap conjures memories of being inside a giant bubble at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Today’s kids still have a blast at the Julia Street spot, and the various party packages offered make it a great venue for a birthday. But good luck trying to get

your youngsters out the door in the end. 2. Storyland at City Park (City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 482-4888; 3. Monkey Room (1501 Religious St., 301-2695;

Best Local 5k/10k Race

Crescent City Classic ( — If you’re up for the challenge, the Crescent City Classic is the best occasion — that isn’t a parade — to spend the day in the streets. Readers raced to the polls to vote for the 10-kilometer race once again, which happens during Easter weekend and, because it’s New Orleans, finishes with a post-race celebration with food and music. Just start training again shortly after, to make up for the partying. 2. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (

Best Tennis Courts

City Park (1 Palm Drive, 483-9383; — City Park’s tennis courts aren’t only tops among readers, who voted for the facilities once again, the courts consistently rank high regionally and nationally. The courts at City Park host many tournaments and programs for adults and children, and are open to the public every day of the week. 2. Audubon Park Tennis Courts (6320 page 55

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(Palmer Park, corner of Claiborne and Carrollton avenues; — The normally sleepy Palmer Park explodes on the last Saturday of the month for the Arts Market. Locals love it because you can find just about everything: there’s homemade soap, original art and crafts in a variety of mediums, jewelry and some of the best fish tacos in the city. The market is also dogfriendly, and live music provides the soundtrack for one of the city’s best free weekend activities. 2. Bywater Arts Market (Markey Park, corner of Piety and Royal streets, php?topic=artsmarket) 3. Freret Market (Intersection of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue;

Audubon Golf Course (Audubon Park Clubhouse, 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute. org) — Readers voted again for the Audubon Golf Course, which is favored for its luscious landscaping that provides a glimpse of the facades of Loyola and Tulane universities between live oaks. There’s also picturesque lagoons and clubhouse dining, and the course plays host to a number of tournaments. 2. Timberlane Golf & Country Club (1 Timberlane Drive, 3675010; 3. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888


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