As I sit here writing this, we are — at so very long last — enjoying a nice cool day that actually feels like…dare I say it? Fall.
Fall has always been my favorite time of the year, even when I lived in Nebraska and I knew that it meant every day was just a step closer to months of stone grey bleak skies packed with snow and ice. During those years I learned to savor every fall day, reveling in the color changing leaves and mild temperatures to an extent I hoped would hold me through the months ahead.
Here, things are different. I recently saw someone in a t-shirt with an outline of Louisiana that said, “Winter Is Not Coming.” While I’m one of the rare few that has never seen “Game of Thrones,” I still recognized the reference and smiled because no, it is not coming. Not really, and that’s awesome.
What is coming is a calendar full of festivals, and parties, and holidays, and cozy sweaters and jeans, and cuddling up with a good cup of coffee, and thinking about plans for the new year, and maybe some spring travel.
Within this issue you’ll find articles relating to all these fall joys, including advice from catering superstar Joel Dondis Catering for your next get-together; a look at the story behind New Orleans’ latest luxury hotel, NOPSI; a chat with the women behind Damesly, a travel company just for women; and even a lovely photo of a perfect cup of coffee taken at the first and only coffee classes in the state, designed to help students reach the level of professional barista.
Ok, so there’s nothing about jeans and sweaters, but I’m definitely wearing them now, and couldn’t be happier.
Happy Reading and Happy Fall Y’all!