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Soul Fest 2011

February 28th, 2011 by bbnola

American Alligator

Good in a kabob.

Mardi Gras parades are still filling the streets, but soon the masks will be removed and the floats stored or dismantled. Fortunately, there are still be plenty of reasons to visit New Orleans after Mardi Gras. Come to enjoy the city with fewer crowds, and come to relish the food. Another good reason to book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast is Soul Fest.

Soul Fest takes place each year at the Audubon Zoo. It’s a celebration of Soul food and Soul music, as well as greater African American culture, music, food and crafts. This year, Soul Fest follows on the heals of Mardi Gras, on March 12 and 13, 2011. Book a room in an Uptown New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and walk to Soul Fest.

Soul Fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and is free with Audubon Zoo admission. Stop by for lunch of fried Louisiana alligator kabob or an early dinner oft sausage po-boy and a slice of sweet potato pie.

Visit Soul Fest for more information about the 2011 festival.

Mardi Gras 2011 is Under Way

February 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

If you’re staying in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast these days, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras parades take place morning, noon and night throughout the city during Carnival, from the French Quarter to the Metairie to Uptown. For example, this Saturday, February 26, 2011, catch a parade from Pontchartrain to Uptown at 1 p.m., or Pegasus to Uptown at 6:45 p.m..

This year, Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) falls on March 8, and to celebrate it there will be parades all over the city. Some parades feature people walking in fine attire, others feature elaborate floats that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to create. All will have music, and lots of it. Parade schedules can change at any time, so visit Mardi Gras 2011 for up-to-date information.

Mardi Gras and Carnival is celebrated in many predominantly Catholic societies each year before Lent, a period of fasting and piousness. In preparation for forty days with little or no rich foods and drink, people consume their rich foods and drink. In preparation for a lengthy period without parties or celebrations, people enjoy themselves to the fullest. So if you plan to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, plan to have some fun.

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is celebrated with masquerade balls, colorful parades, and the consumption of King Cakes. New Orleans was one of the first cities to celebrate Mardi Gras in this country, and it remains the penultimate Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Experience it in 2011. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans while you’re here.

Valentine’s Day in New Orleans

February 10th, 2011 by bbnola

Cozy restaurants, intimate nightclubs, and plenty of live music help make New Orleans a fantastic city in which to spend Valentine’s Day. Consider a last minute romantic getaway in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day s/he’ll never forget.

There are dozens of supremely romantic restaurants in New Orleans, many of which are housed in lovingly restored old buildings. Dine in a 150 year old Creole cottage in the French Quarter, at Bayona. Share martinis at the French Quarter’s Bombay Club, where Nouveau Creole cuisine is served with class. Sip wine or cocktails while savoring small plates at Bouligny Tavern, a mid-century modern locale in the Uptown / Garden District

Dance with your sweetie during a romantic getaway in New Orleans.

After dinner, walk through the French Quarter until you hear music that appeals to you drifting out of a bar. Cuddle together while listening to jazz or dance until the wee hours of the morning to a more lively beat. Dixieland, Cajun, Rock n Roll, the Blues; whatever you like, you’re sure to find it playing at some venue in New Orleans.

Start your evening with a walk, hand-in-hand, through the French Quarter, or a scenic ride through the city in a horse drawn carriage. Stroll through the Sculpture Garden in City Park; share a kiss by the fountain at Audubon Park.

Several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer last-minute specials or romantic getaway packages: add a bottle of wine or chocolates to a special occasion such as an anniversary or Valentine’s Day romantic retreat, and make travel more affordable. You’re spouse, lover, or special friend will be delighted with a trip to a romantic Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Marathon

February 8th, 2011 by bbnola

Marathon runners are a dedicated bunch. They train for months in order to be able to run 26 miles with with thousands of other people. Marathoners are rewarded by the great sense of accomplishment that comes from setting their hearts and minds on a goal and achieving it. Thousands of marathons runners are due to arrive in New Orleans this weekend, for the February 13, 2011 New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Marathon. Many of them will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Yet there is one other perk: travel. Many marathon runners set their sights on races located all over the world. If you’re a runner, to run along the Champs Elysees and through the Place de la Concorde in Paris with thousands of your running peers is thrilling. There are marathons in the Polar Circle, marathons along the Great Wall of China, and marathons in Petra, an ancient city carved into the sandstone mountains of Jordan.

The New Orleans Marathon may not be quite as awe-inspiring as a run on the Great Wall of China, but it is certainly a beautiful course and a fun race. Runners will race through the Lower and Upper Garden Districts, past antique shops and lovely old mansions; they’ll run around Audubon Park and down the historic St. Charles Avenue; they’ll run beside Lake Pontchartrain before heading back to the finish line at City Park.

After the race, they’ll party. In the true spirit of the city, musicians stand on street corners and serenade the runners as they past. Bowling for Soup will play at City Park, along with as yet to be announced Opening and Closing Acts. Dancing in the park, great food and drinks make the post-marathon party in New Orleans unforgettable.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts welcome marathon runners to their hometown. Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans are a wonderful lodging choice for runners and spectators alike. You’ll want hearty breakfasts while in town, sinfully comfortable beds, and, ideally, a Jacuzzi. You’ll also want to be able to stretch out in common areas and parlors after the race, when you’re too tired to sightsee but too restless to stay in your room.

Course for the New Orleans Marathon.

Online advance registration for the 2011 New Orleans marathon is closed, but registration is still possible in New Orleans prior to race day, Sunday  February 13. For more details, please see New Orleans Marathon.