“I fell in love with New Year’s Eve a 10 years in the past, when a couple girlfriends and I spontaneously went to a area named the Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. I have under no circumstances been a major New Year’s person—I constantly obtain that it can be form of hit-or-miss out on. This celebration was seeking the same, specially because all the places to eat all over were being total. But then I got a random telephone connect with that a person had canceled their reservation and to occur by appropriate away.
We had pleasurable drinking wine and taking pleasure in Creole-inspired hors d’oeuvres, but what I will never ignore is what happened proper after we left. Some male was handing out these large bunches of silver balloons, significant more than enough that it nearly felt like they could carry us. We tied them to the handlebars of our bicycles and found ourselves, at two in the early morning, using down a road in the Yard District—past grand historic mansions with ornate iron railings and remarkable gardens—with these giant bunches of balloons bobbing in the wind. It was a entirely unplanned expertise that felt like a scene in a movie: a minute of bliss that I wish absolutely everyone could have.
And which is what New Orleans is all about, which is why I finished up shopping for a property there—you can not have a approach and conclude up undertaking one thing seriously attention-grabbing and entertaining. I’ve had nights where by a marriage celebration took more than the bar I was at through a rainstorm and we all finished up dancing, soaking moist and amongst strangers, into the night time with each other. Or where by a random person commenced actively playing the piano at a lounge and a different lady started out singing and it wound up remaining some of the finest audio I have at any time heard. I necessarily mean, look—I do not know a whole lot of towns the place I would instead be out on my bicycle on New Year’s Eve than at a magnificent celebration.” —As explained to to Scott Bay
Jennifer Coolidge stars in time 2 of The White Lotus, airing Oct 30 on HBO.
This report appeared in the November 2022 problem of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine here.