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Happy New Year from New Orleans B&Bs!

December 30th, 2010 by bbnola

The innkeepers of New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inns would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Happy 2011 from New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Innkeeepers.

Thank you for visiting us in 2010!

May 2011 bring you health, happiness, and travel to New Orleans!

A New Orleans New Year

December 27th, 2010 by bbnola

New Year's Eve in New Orleans

It is no surprise that New Orleans is a fantastic place to welcome the New Year, given the city’s propensity towards celebration. If you are looking to do something different this year on December 31, travel here and stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

The biggest party in the city takes place in Jackson Square, in front of the grand St. Louis Cathedral. Crowds can be dense, but the mood is festive and gay as folks await the dropping of Baby Bacchus from the top of nearby Jax Brewery. Once the baby bounces, fireworks fill the sky over the Mississippi River. Eventually the crowd breaks up: some folks heading to Bourbon Street to dine and dance until dawn, others heading to various spots around the city.

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The Art of Julia Street, New Orleans

December 16th, 2010 by bbnola

Julia Street Streetcar Station

When you need to rest, hop on the Streetcar at Julia Street and see more of New Orleans.

Take advantage of the special Papa Noel rates offered by many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts during the month of December, and explore the arts of New Olreans.

The arts run strong and deep in New Orleans. Everyone expects to hear great music in the Big Easy, but not everyone realizes that the visual arts are worth a look, too. This month, as you struggle to find the perfect gifts for the people you love, consider a trip to the 600 block of Julia Street.

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Holiday Happenings in New Orleans

December 10th, 2010 by bbnola

Aerial view of Buche de Noel

Try a slice of Buche de Noel during a New Orleans Reveillon.

December is a glorious time to visit the city of New Orleans.

For starters, it’s a steal. Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer Papa Noel rates and specials through much of December. Some rooms are priced as low as $50 / night (top that!), while others offer deep discounts and complimentary bottles of wine. It’s hard to imagine such prices for luxurious inns. Merry Christmas, everyone!

As has been written before in these pages, New Orleans doesn’t need much of an excuse to party. Just about anything merits a celebration complete with food and music, and the Christmas season is no different. While the Christmas spirit spreads itself throughout the city, a couple of  “must see and do” ideas leap to mind.

One is Miracle on Fulton Street. The pedestrian plaza on Fulton Street between Lafayette and Poydras streets is transformed into a magical wonderland through January 2, 2011. Anchoring the decorations is Macy’s 30′ Tremendous Tree. No matter what the weather is doing in the rest of New Orleans, snow will fall at some point each day on Fulton Street in the illuminated tunnel. There really is nothing like this tunnel of light, ornaments and trees.

Another is Reveillon. Le réveillon is French for ‘awakening’. Creole families in the New Orleans of old had an interesting custom – one not unique to them but one embraced with their usual joie de vivre. After Midnight Mass (New Orleans was predominantly Catholic), Creole families would return home to feast until the light of dawn. Traditional Réveillons included rich foods like oysters, shellfish, and maybe turtle soup.

Today, New Orleans restaurants have a modern twist on the Réveillon. Throughout the month of December, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus at reduced prices. Réveillons are an opportunity for locals and visitors to try new restaurants for a fraction of the cost. In 2010, Galatoire’s is serving duck andouille gumbo; Brigtsen’s is serving Turtle soup and egg nog creme brulee; and Brennan’s is serving Eggs Hussarde.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts dress for the holidays, too. They’re a glorious place to spend part of December.