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Bring Your GLBT Valentine to New Orleans

January 31st, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans is one of the most tolerant cities in the country. People from all walks of life have been living together here since the city was born, generally accepting one another as they are. Maybe it’s the music – it infuses the very core of New Orleans and encourages people to forget their differences.

Feel free to hold hands in New Orleans.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts continue to reflect that spirit of open acceptance and tolerance – you’ll find a good number go out of their way to welcome gay couples.

This year, treat your Valentine to something really special: a romantic getaway at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans. Stay in a cozy cabin or a grand historic home. If you’re unfamiliar with New Orleans, feel free to ask your innkeepers for recommendations about restaurants, bars, and night clubs. You are sure to feel welcome wherever you go in New Orleans.

Unique New Orleans Walking Tour

January 23rd, 2011 by bbnola

If you enjoy the occasional cocktail, you may be interested in a unique New Orleans walking tour offered by Gray Line: the New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour. This tour is a wonderful way to orient yourself to the city and some of its most prominent restaurants and bars. By the end of the tour, you’ll know which establishments you want to visit again during your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation.

Every cocktail has a history – who first created it, where it was first consumed, when it became popular. Mixologists such as Dale DeGroff and Gary Regan have devoted their careers not only to preparing the finest cocktails, but to uncovering their fascinating histories. You can read about the New Orleans’ cocktails, or you can experience them first hand: the News Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour brings the history of certain cocktails to life.

Pimm’s Cup, the Hurricane, the Sazerac, and the Hand Grenade – visit the bars where they were first concocted and hear entertaining stories about their origins. The New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour will bring you behind the scenes and into the wine cellars of some of the oldest and most respected establishments in the city.

More information about the New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour is available at  Gray Line Tours. It’s a fun way to launch a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast getaway.

True cocktail aficionados may want to attend Tales of the Cocktail 2011, July 20 – 24; it’s not too early to book rooms in Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans for this event.

National World War II Museum

January 13th, 2011 by bbnola

Folks in New Orleans know to be prepared for any type of weather in January; it can be cool and rainy or sunny and downright balmy. It’s wise to have a variety of activities planned during your next New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation, some indoors and some out of doors.

Don’t fret about cool, rainy, days, because New Orleans has several magnificent museums. One of the most unique is the National World War II Museum, which opened it’s doors on the anniversary of D-Day in 2000. There is nothing like this museum anywhere else in the country, or indeed the world.

Visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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The King of Cakes

January 6th, 2011 by bbnola

Carnival season officially starts today, January 6, 2011, with the Feast of Epiphany. That means now is the time to make your New Orleans travel plans and book a room at your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. One of the most compelling reasons to come is the food.

Mardi Gras King Cake

A colorful New Orleans King Cake.

The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally celebrated on the twelfth day after Christmas, and marks the Biblical Magis’ visit to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. For centuries, many cultures have celebrated the Feast of Epiphany with a King Cake, known as Galette des Rois in France. These cakes hold a treasure inside – historically a gold coin among the wealthy and a fava bean among the poor today often a ceramic or plastic charm; the lucky person who bites into the treasure has the honor of hosting the next King Cake Party.

The tradition of King Cakes in New Orleans extends back to the eighteenth century, brought by the French and Spanish who settled here. Not surprisingly, New Orleans has made the King Cake its own.

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