Country Roads contributor Beth D’Addono can usually be found in the back pages of the mag, sharing the fruits of her adventurous spirit in our Escapes section. This month, she extends her reach with a book of her own titled 100 Things To Do in New Orleans Before You Die.
D’Addono was born in New York and spent most of her life in Philadelphia. But when she first visited New Orleans on assignment in 1991, “It was immediately clear to me that I felt at home,” she wrote. “I started writing more and more about the city—coming to Jazz Fest every year and other festivals—until I finally moved here almost five years ago.”
Choosing just one hundred things was tough for the adopted New Orleanian, who discovered, as many have before, that the “beauty and inspiration in the aesthetics, culture, people, traditions, art, music [of New Orleans]—it’s unlike any other place in the world.”
From recommendations that span from quirky (“Visit a Washateria Music Shrine” or “Try on Wigs at Fifi’s”) to quintessential (“Order a Sno-Ball from Hansen’s Sno-Blitz”), D’Addono chose one hundred excursions that she loves to share with friends and visitors. And she’s got first hand experience at all of them … except one: “I’ve never gone to the Fair Grounds on Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday, and I’m always making turkey at home! But I know it’s a much loved and unique-to-New-Orleans tradition, and I will do it for sure one of these years.”
The book, published by Reedy Press, will be released at the end of November 2016.