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Faubourg Marigny

July 30th, 2011 by bbnola

Faubourg Marigny is the new Vieux Carré in New Orleans. It isn’t actually new; Faubourg Marigny was created in 1805, and there are plenty of beautiful old buildings in the district to verify its pedigree as the oldest suburb south of the Vieux Carré. Long quiet and mostly residential, Faubourg Marigny is now a destination unto itself, with restaurants, music, and many excellent New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Faubourg Marigny has a less “touristy” feel than some parts of New Orleans. Instead of frozen daiquiri stands, you’ll find stalls with used books. Instead of shops lined with Mardi Gras beads and t-shirts, you’ll see cafés with good, strong coffee. It’s a district worth exploring in depth.

Dozens of restaurants offer Thai food, Middle Eastern food, and of course, local specialties like oyster po-boys. The Praline Connection serves amazing Southern soul food, La Peniche has New Orleans standbys, and Marigny Brasserie serves modern Creole cuisine with elegance.

Live music abounds in Faubourg Marigny. Dance the night away in Café Brasil, listen to jazz in Snug Harbor, and enjoy a reggae jam while dining at Café Negril. A few places are open until the wee hours of the morning, so if music makes your soul sing, stay in a Faubourg Marigny New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

Satchmo SummerFest, 2011

July 21st, 2011 by bbnola

The 2011 Satchmo Summer Fest takes place in less than 2 weeks; jazz fans from all around the country and world are preparing to travel to New Orleans for this grand celebration of jazz in general and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong in particular. Many will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Satchmo SummerFest will be held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, August 6 – 7, 2011.

Two stages mean a variety of music can be heard in two days. Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage is to host such greats as the Jason Marsalis Quartet, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, and Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints. The Coronet Chop Suet Stage will showcase the likes of the Bone Tone Brass Band, Will Smith & the Jazz Cats, and Leon ‘Kid Chocolate’ Brown. Performances begin at noon and run until 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to music, Satchmo SummerFest presents free seminars and discussions on Friday August 5, Saturday August 6, and Sunday August 7. All are welcome to attend discussions lead by the Satchmo of Japan, Yoshio Toyoma, recording industry icon Geroge Avakian, and Armstrong scholar and musician Dan Morgenstern, among others.

It wouldn’t be Satchmo SummerFest without a Birthday Party for Louis Armstrong, a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church in Treme, and a traditional second line parade. Many New Orleans restaurants will highlight some of Satchmo’s favorite dishes. There will be a host of activities for folks of all ages.

Be spontaneous. Head to New Orleans for Satchmo SummerFest in early August. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts will, as always, welcome jazz fans.

For additional festival information, please see Satchmo SummerFest.

Red Dresses and White Linen

July 18th, 2011 by bbnola

Folks just don’t dress up enough any more. Sure, movie stars look dazzling on the red carpet, philanthropists attend New York balls in style, and the fabulously wealthy wear high fashion because they can. But the rest of us – those who go to work and cook meals and hang out with our children – we rarely have occasion to dress to the nines.

That’s why it’s so much fun to visit New Orleans.

The citizens of New Orleans love any excuse to dress up and to dress zany. Call it what you will: inexhaustible joie de vivre, exhibitionism, or a gimmick. The fact remains that it’s fun.

Two upcoming occasions in New Orleans demonstrate this fashion fun perfectly: Whitney White Linen Night, and Red Dress Run. Spend a couple of weeks at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and attend both.

White Linen Night

Whitney White Linen Night takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011. It’s a block party and an art stroll, it’s free, and it’s fabulously fun. Dress in your finest White Linen and head to Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District. Duck in and out of art galleries as you walk down the street with hundreds of other folks stylishly clad in white linen. All are welcome to end the evening at grand gala held at the Contemporary Arts Center ($10 admission). You may prefer to find a more intimate spot to dine or enjoy a drink.

The Red Dress Run on August 13, 2011, is an entirely different sort of event -sweaty, but still glamorous. It’s a fund raiser and a fun run sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, known around town as “a drinking club with a running problem.” All runners must wear a red dress – bring your own or borrow one from the Hash House Harriers. Anyone 21 or older may participate, and all participants will be awarded “Beer, Food, Music, Giveaways, and stories to tell your kids.” Additional information is available at Red Dress.

Whether you visit New Orleans for a weekend or a few weeks, consider staying in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. Let it be your home base and live like a local in the fabulous city of New Orleans.

Metairie Cemetery

July 12th, 2011 by bbnola

Visiting a cemetery may not be the first thing that jumps to mind when planning a trip, but if you’re traveling to New Orleans, cemeteries should be on your itinerary.

Metairie Cemetery is unlike any other cemetery in the country. Architectural tombs are at turns elegant, grandiose, and touching. Some have the rich detail and refined sensuality of a Bernini. Others appear to want to “one-up” their neighbors.

Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans

Visit Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.

Self-guided tour maps, recorded cassettes, and tape players are available at the funeral home (free of charge). Follow the “Soldier, Statesmen, Patriots, Rebels” tour or the “Great Families and Captains of Commerce” tour, or both. Since the cemetery spans 150-acres, many people tour it in automobiles, descending when something catches their eye. Not to be missed are the Estelle Theleman Hyams monument, the Moriarty monument, and the Brunswig mausoleum.

It’s easy to wander among the dead for several hours, and to fully appreciate the art and artistry, consider returning to Metairie Cemetery several times during a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation. If you intend to make Metairie Cemetery a major part of your trip, consider staying at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast in Mid-City or Parkview.

Ask your innkeepers about the best times to visit Metairie Cemetery, or consider taking a New Orleans Cemetery tour.