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New Orleans’ Audubon Park

May 29th, 2011 by bbnola

If you feel the need to sit on the grass in the shade of an enormous live oak tree during your stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, head to Audubon Park. Bring a picnic and a blanket, and spend a leisurely afternoon feasting and watching people.

Audubon Park Golf Course

Get in a round of golf while in New Orleans at the Audubon Park Golf Course.

Audubon Park is large. It sits across from both Loyola and Tulane Universities, stretching from St. Charles Avenue to the Mississippi River. If you are a jogger, this is the place to run. A few laps around the 1.75 mile paved (but traffic-free) road that circles the lagoon and golf course will stimulate a healthy appetite for the first meal of the day, served at your Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

Old Algiers in New Orleans

May 20th, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans - Algiers: Welcome to Old Algiers

Visit Old Algiers in New Orleans

Old Algiers, or Algiers Point, sits across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest sections of New Orleans, offered as a gift by the King of France to Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville, the city’s founder, in 1719.

There are several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts in Algiers Point, and the neighborhood is connected to the French Quarter by ferry. The Canal Street Ferry runs between 6 a.m. and midnight every day, carrying both pedestrians and cars across the Mississippi River. Pedestrians ride for free, and cars must pay only $1 round trip. That’s right, 1 dollar. The views of New Orleans alone are worth more than that!

Once in Algiers Point, notice the architecture. The Arts and Crafts style dominates, but there are still fine examples of other styles: single and double Shotgun, Creole Cottage, Greek Revival, Victorian, Cambleback, and French Colonial Plantation. Many an architecture buff travel to Algiers Point to stroll the streets and admire the homes.

There is also abundant green space in Algiers Point. Both the Bike Path to Gretna and the land along the levee afford fantastic views of the city of New Orleans, and are good spots to walk and bike. Confetti and Delcazal Parks are great for people-watching.

There are several good spots to grab a bite to each and enjoy a drink in Old Algiers. Crown and Anchor English Pub is a great spot for a pint, and the Old Point Bar offers live music. Have lunch at Aunt Leni’s or Tout de Suite, and dinner at the Dry Dock Bar and Café.

Old Algiers is a little off the beaten path. Visitors come in April for the Old Algiers RiverFest, but often forget about it the rest of the year. Whether staying in an Old Algiers New Orleans Bed and Breakfast or at an inn in a different part of the city, take time to take the ferry to Old Algiers.

Girlfriend Getaways New Orleans

May 11th, 2011 by bbnola

Share a plate of Barbecued Prawns in New Orleans.

New Orleans is a great city for Girlfriend Getaways, and New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are a superb lodging choice for such occasions. Many inns host numerous Girlfriend Getaways each year, and some host the same groups year after year.

Women from all over the world gather with good friends in New Orleans, for countless reasons. Sorority Sisters host reunions here; high school friends relive fond memories here; groups of moms come here for a few days of R&R; book groups meet here to discover the land of Anne Rice and Tennessee Williams; music fans meet here during festivals; and so on.

Whether you are itching to get away or simply pining for good friends who live across the country, consider gathering a group of ladies together for a Girlfriend Getaway in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. The inns listed under this category are in safe locations close to top New Orleans attractions. Some offer massage and spa packages, others include wine and cheese, while still other inns provide gift certificates for restaurants or carriage rides. Lodge in several rooms, a suite, or find an inn with separate cottages – there are many such options in New Orleans.

It is downright fun to experience New Orleans with good friends. Stay up late talking over drinks or listening to live music in local bars. Dance like you danced in college. Explore the city together by day, finding eclectic shops and amazing eateries. Share a Po-Boy or a plate of oysters. Drink coffee and eat beignets. Dance some more.

New Orleans is a festive place, which is why there is no better city for Girlfriend Getaways.

Visit The Cabildo

May 5th, 2011 by bbnola

The contemporary culture of New Orleans is well-known. Travelers dreams of savoring coffee and beignets, of biting into their first Po-Boy, and of late nights saturated in live music. It is easy to turn these dreams into reality when visiting New Orleans.

Yet there is more to New Orleans than food and music. New Orleans has a rich history that is reflected in its beautiful architecture and told in its many museums. History and architecture enthusiasts should plan lengthy or frequent stays in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, in order to fully explore the history and architecture of this great city.

Indeed, the collection of the Louisiana State Museum is so large it cannot be housed in one building alone. Instead, the collection is spread throughout five properties in the French Quarter of New Orleans. One such property is The Cabildo.

New Orleans - French Quarter: Jackson Square, Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Presbytère

Remarkable architecture of the French Quarter: Jackson Square, The Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Presbytère.

Built between 1795 and 1799, The Cabildo first served as the seat of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans; members of the “Illustrious Cabildo”, or city council, met there for years. In later years this beautiful building was home to the Louisiana Supreme Court, and since 1911, it has been part of the Louisiana State Museum. Exhibitions focus on the early history of the state of Louisiana.

The Cabildo is generally recognized as the most significant historical building in Louisiana. It was here, in 1803, that the American government signed the Louisiana Purchase and acquired more than 800,000 square miles of land from the French. The new land stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, sparked the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and enabled citizens of the young country to move west.

See where this historic document was signed when next you stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. The Cabildo is located at 701 Chartres St., in the French Quarter. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for all legal holidays. For more information, please see The Cabildo.