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Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré

September 27th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans has many secrets. Uncover a few of them during the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré tour, October 16 and 17, 2010.

Europe boasts many a walled garden. Tall stone walls line the streets of old towns in France, England and Spain, and visitors rarely see beyond the gates. The Vieux Carré of New Orleans, settled primarily by the French, offers many fine examples of walled gardens. Chaos may be reigning outside those walls, but inside, there is tranquility and beauty. Most of the gardens are not large – they are in an urban area, after all – but they boast stunning designs. See where some of the elite of New Orleans went to escape the heat in well-preserved, historic gardens.

During the Secret Gardens Tour, six private walled gardens will open their mysterious gates between noon and 4pm each day (take the tour each day and see a total of twelve different gardens). This is a self-guided walking tour – participants are responsible for transporting themselves from one garden to the next.

Stay in a New Orleans bed and breakfast while in town for the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré tour. Many are located in historic homes and feature lovely gardens.

For more information about the Secret Gardens tour, please contact Patio Planters at news@patioplanters.org.

Art for Arts’ Sake

September 20th, 2010 by bbnola

Art for Arts’ Sake opens the art season in New Orleans each fall. In 2010, it takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, October 2, throughout the city of New Orleans. While galleries everywhere in New Orleans are participating, you’ll find the bulk of them on Julia Street – in the historic Warehouse Arts District – and along the six miles of Magazine Street. Art galleries and shops will have extended hours, and many will have musicians and cash bars in front of their doors. The atmosphere during Art for Arts’ Sake is festive, and the festivity is contagious. Book a room in your favorite bed and breakfast New Orleans now!

October 2, 2010, marks the opening of the fall art season in New Orleans.

The heart of the Warehouse Arts District is Julia Street between Loyola Avenue and the New Orleans Convention Center. View it as a large, open-air museum, with each gallery showcasing a few outstanding painters, sculptors, or photographers – some of the finest artists in New Orleans will be represented. A large block party between the 300 and 600 blocks will be a good place to find refreshments between 6pm and 9pm. Remember to poke your head down side streets, where a number of galleries and shops are located.

Magazine Street stretches six miles through the heart of New Orleans. You’ll find everything here: art galleries, boutiques, eclectic shops, antiques, and of course, food. Travel along Magazine Street by bike, if you like, or walk it; buses run up and down the street on a regular basis, helping transport serious shoppers laden with their purchases.

All this art appreciation, browsing and shopping is bound to create an appetite. Be aware that many restaurants in the vicinity will fill early. If you have your heart set on dining in a particular place, make a reservation. If you aren’t sure where you want to eat, you may always ask the innkeeper of your bed and breakfast New Orleans for recommendations.

For more information, and to see a map of participating art galleries, please visit the CAC website.

The Ponderosa Stomp

September 15th, 2010 by bbnola

You’ll want to book your New Orleans bed and breakfast for the Ponderosa Stomp as soon as possible. This American roots music festival has been shaking the House of Blues since 2001. Each year, the festival pays tribute to some of the finest “unsung heroes and heroines” of American soul, reggae, swamp, country, jazz, blues and rock-n-roll. The 2010 Ponderosa Stomp on September 24 and 25 will be no different.

The great Duane Eddy

Headlining the festival is “Guitar Man” Duane Eddy, the man  who helped the guitar become a lead instrument.  You may remember Rebel Rouser from 1958. During a career that has spanned more than half a century, Eddy has played alongside some of the finest musicians working.

Other musicians performing at the Ponderosa Stomp are Doug Ardoin and Bert Miller (two original Boogie Kings), Eve and the Exiles, Lil’ Buck Sinegal & the Top Cats with Stanley Durai (Buckwheat Zydeco), and Sugar Pie DeSanto.

One of the highlights of the weekend is sure to be the performance by Honeyboy Edwards. At 95, he is perhaps the last living link to the early 20th Century Mississippi Delta Blues.

There are many good reasons to travel to this city and lodge in a bed and breakfast New Orleans. One of them is the 2010 Ponderosa Stomp. Hope to see you there.

New Orleans Seafood Festival

September 9th, 2010 by bbnola

CALAMARi

Indulge in a plate of calamari during the New Orleans Seafood Festival.

Mmmm, good food. That’s what you’ll find during the New Orleans Seafood Festival, which takes place this weekend, September 10 – 12, 2010. Your tastebuds will start salivating before you even get to Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans, for the fragrance of barbecued oysters, fried calamari, and sautéed crawfish will fill the air.

The Seafood Festival starts Friday, September 10, at 4pm. From that point on, Lafayette Square will be filled with live music, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, local arts and crafts, and of course, tasty New Orleans food from the finest local restaurants and caterers.

If this will be your first trip to the city and your first stay at a bed and breakfast New Orleans, it’s a great opportunity to sample food from a wide variety of restaurants. Read on for an incomplete list of restaurants participating in the 2010 Seafood Festival:

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