Whitney has a really spacious, comfy, and truly one of a kind living space, and I'm so glad I stayed with her during the Jazzfest. It was literally 2 min walk from the Jazzfest, and if you've been to one of them, you will realize how awesome it is, because you will not be fighting with 50 thousand people on the way out.
Upon arrival, Whitney gave me lots of info regarding how to get around, points of interest, etc. As a fitness enthusiast, she also gave me the option of using her bike, although in the end I chose to just walk. The house is of perfect temperature, very tidy and clean, and you have all the amenity you would need to get ready for your day. Her adorable cat Cheddar is a huge bonus too. If I wasn't being a tourist I'd certainly spend more time playing with him.
Whitney provided a few travel guide books in the guest room, which turned out to be hugely helpful for someone who is a little rebellious and curious. The New Orleans Underground guide and the Lonely Planet guide made me change my entire itinerary. I had a chance to understand New Orleans not as French Quarter vs. the rest, but rather, many unique regions that have different functions and characteristics, and when explored altogether, tell you a story that you would not find in night clubs and cocktails.
To summarize, if you want to avoid the crazy drunken cliche of Bourbon street, and stay somewhere where you can truly energize, learn where the locals hang, learn about New Orleans as a city where the culture is rich and ever changing, and the different regions that together make such a unique ensemble, then you won't go wrong with staying here. I highly recommend the place and Whitney as a host, and shall I return I'd do the same.