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Hi, I'm Stephen Young - photographer, filmmaker, and creator of ARRIVE SAVVY.

A couple of decades ago I took my first big-boy trip and learned the real secret of travel and of finding love in the world’s amazing places.

I had a couple of months to prepare for my visit to San Francisco and Napa. Every morning I began my day with coffee and another chapter from the stack of guidebooks on my desk.

By the time I boarded the flight I had become an expert on the Bay Area. I would have aced any trivia contest about hotels, restaurants, shops, museums, and wineries. But then, at 30,000 feet an interesting thing happened that opened my eyes to the real beauty of San Francisco and most every place I’ve lived or visited since.

A friend had given me a copy of a novel set in 1970’s San Francisco. Although the characters were fictional, I found myself falling in love with the people of the place. For the first time I realized the special uniqueness of the city through the unfamiliar yet beautiful way the people interacted...how they treated each other.
When I boarded the flight, I knew San Francisco.
By the time we landed, I knew San Franciscans.

And that is the secret. It really is about the people.

That’s why I - and select others came for a visit to New Orleans and fell crazy in love with the place and the people and the culture and the food and the music and the art and the traditions...and returned home long enough to pack a moving van and get back as fast as I could.

In New Orleans we love you for who you are - whatever that may be.

In her book, “Tiny Beautiful Things” author Cheryl Strayed gracefully describes what it means to be human...”We are all savages inside. We all want to be the chosen, the beloved, the esteemed.” Beneath our confident public personas most of us are pretty much raging messes.

We are all human, complex, imperfect, and beautiful.

For 300 years, in New Orleans, we have “Loved Savage” sharing our food, music, and culture with a passion as intense as our mid-Summer heat. We see every person as beautiful and fascinating and we have a genuine interest in who you are. You can find community here and all you have to do is fall into it. You don't have to prove anything to us. Just come along as we dance in our streets, costume every chance we get, and celebrate life every day.

Following is an introduction to my personal recommendation of 50 of the most beautiful people of our special place who I have come to know and love over the years living in my adopted home.

Every one of us believes Love is Love and Kindness is Everything. You will know it the moment you step inside their businesses. Every one of them will likely be there (or nearby) to personally welcome you to their special part of New Orleans.

Whether you’re here for 2 days or 2 weeks or longer be sure to seek out these special people and places first. You might just decide to go home long enough to pack a moving van and get back as fast as you can. - Stephen


Here's a sneak peak at the cover of the forthcoming ARRIVE SAVVY New Orleans Spring/Summer 2018.

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The 50 Businesses You Will LOVE in New Orleans

Adorn LLC + Le Jardin

Amanda Talley Studio

Antiques on Jackson

Archer Chiropractic

As You Like It Silver Shop

Audubon Dental

Blue Cypress Books

Blue Nile

Bookoo Bounce

Bourbon French Parfums

Café Minh

Callan Contemporary + David Borgerding, Sculptor

Chimes Bed & Breakfast

Company Burger

Country Club, The

Crystal Floral and Events Decor

Dirty Coast

Gae-Tana's

Gallery B Fos

Haase's Baby & Children's Clothing

High Hat Café

Island of Salvation Botanica

Jazz Playhouse + Brass-A-Holics

Kate Beck

Lanaux Mansion

Linen Registry

Lion's Inn

Loretta's Authentic Pralines

Lucullus Culinary Antiques

Maison de Cheveux

Maskarade

Melba's Old School Po Boys

Monrose Row Bed & Breakfast

NOLA (Motorcycle) Riding Academy

Norma Sweets Bakery

Park View Historic Hotel

Patrick's Bar Vin

Pelican Club Restaurant

Piccola Gelateria

Potsalot Pottery

Scott Edwards Gallery

Seed Vegetarian Restaurant

Shops at 2011

Sofas & Chairs Inc.

StarBike Cafe

Sterling Frame Studio

Terrance Osborne Gallery

TTRNO - European Motorbikes

Villa Vici - Magazine St.

Weinstein's