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Welcome 2012 in New Orleans

November 27th, 2011 by bbnola

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is not for early birds.

Fireworks

Watch fireworks over the Mississippi on New Year's Eve in New Orleans.

The party starts a few hours before midnight in Jackson Square. Folks pass the time dancing to live music until “Baby Bacchus” drops from the roof of the nearby Jax Brewery. After that exciting moment, fireworks light the sky.

In some cities, this is the beginning of the end. People drift homewards, to bed. Not so in New Orleans.

It’s always a bit hard for this city to go to sleep. There is always good food to eat, good drinks to consume, and good music to enjoy. Some of the most exciting jam sessions take place in intimate bars, where the musicians congregate after their nightly gigs. Folks who can stay up late are in for a treat.

This wonderful mood is amplified on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants, bars and cafés all over the city host spectacular parties, most of which require advance tickets. These can be fun, but there is really no need to leave the outdoor party on Bourbon Street.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to make your New Orleans New Year’s plans. Book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and let the party begin.

Please visit Find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast to locate the B&B of your dreams.

Papa Noël, a New Orleans Christmas

November 20th, 2011 by bbnola

Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts and hotels give travelers a fabulous gift for Christmas each year–special Papa Noël rates on lodging. In other words, the holiday season is one of the most affordable times to travel to New Orleans. So go ahead–give yourself a New Orleans holiday.

St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, New Orleans, USA

Enjoy caroling by candlelight in New Orlean's Jackson Square this December.

In addition to deeply discounted rates on lodging, the holiday season in New Orleans offers wonderful Réveillon Dinners, Cathedral Concerts , festively decorated neighborhoods, street bands, a Festival of Trees, holiday house tours, Singing Santa and the Riverwalk Jazz Band, and much, much, more. The sheer volume of events would be overwhelming were it not for the fact that holiday fun is around every corner; it isn’t necessary to follow a strict itinerary, just go where your heart takes you.

Many holiday events take place in public spaces and are free to the public. Others require reservations, and therefore a bit of planning.

“Be Spontaneous” Events:

  • Singing Santa and the Riverwalk Jazz Band. Follow Santa and his band as they stroll through the New Orleans Riverwalk, playing Dixieland jazz and holiday tunes as they go.
  • Holiday Movies on the Mississippi, December 2 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. Sip hot chocolate, nibble on tasty treats, and watch a free holiday classic on a 26-foot outdoor screen in Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza.
  • Refresh yourself with live jazz, delicious food, and drinks on the patio at Cafe Beignet throughout December.
  • St. Louis Cathedral Christmas Concerts take place several times a week throughout the month of December. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. except the December 18 Annual Christmas Concert, which starts at 5 p.m. A complete schedule is available at St. Louis Cathedral.
  • Caroling in Jackson Square. Join other residents and visitors for a moving evening of song and candlelight. Song sheets and candles provided.

 

“Advance Planning” Events:

  • 36th Annual Holiday Home Tour, Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, 2011. A self guided tour through seven distinctive homes in the Garden District.
  • Celebration in the Oaks, evenings, November 25, 2011 through January 1, 2012. See the Botanical Gardens transformed into a magical world of color and music. Outdoor ice skating, Carousel Gardens, and thousands upon thousands of lights.
  • Holiday Tea at Longue Vue House and Gardens, Tuesdays and Thursdays from December 8 to December 29. Details at Long Vue House.
  • Running of the Santas, December 17 from noon to midnight.  A pub crawl for the holidays. Don’t forget to wear your Santa suit.

 

The lists go on and on; suffice to say there will be no shortage of holiday fun in New Orleans between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Reserve a room at one of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, pack your bags, and treat yourself to Christmas in New Orleans this year.

 

2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 14th, 2011 by bbnola

Shrimp Po-Boy and Crawfish Étouffée at Felix´s

A Shrimp Po-Boy, served with style at Felix's Restaurant.

If you’re considering spending Thanksgiving in New Orleans, consider arriving a little early. People who travel for food will want not want to miss the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, on November 20.

Po-Boys aren’t elegant and they can be messy, but they are oh-so-satisfying. They are comfort food at its finest. There’s a reason the Po-Boy has such a following. There’s a reason it has its own festival.

Po-Boys came into being during a 1929 New Orleans Transit Strike. Bennie and Clovis Martin, owners of the Martin Brothers’ Coffee Stand and Restaurant in the French Market, had worked as streetcar conductors and were sympathetic to the cause of the transit workers. In the words of Bennie Martin, “We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended. Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.’” They lengthened the traditional French loaf, and their bigger sandwiches sometimes fed whole families. Read more about the history of Po-Boys.

Nowadays, Po-Boys are a New Orleans staple and they’re enjoyed throughout the Southeast. You can put just about anything inside a loaf of French bread, and people do.

More than forty vendors will be at the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, and there is a good chance more than 40 types of Po-Boys will be served. There will also be plenty of live music. Bring an appetite and wear dancing shoes.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts welcome Po-Boy enthusiasts. Choose a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast near the Oak Street Po-Boy  Festival, in the Carrollton District, or stay in one a bit farther away and burn off calories when traveling to and from the festival.

 

 

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

November 7th, 2011 by bbnola

Good food draws people to New Orleans. Thanksgiving is the penultimate harvest festival. It therefore stands to reason that Thanksgiving dinner in New Orleans is an experience worth having.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts should have no problem finding restaurants that serve some version of a Thanksgiving dinner. The problem will be deciding where to eat. While you probably can’t go wrong, what follows is a list of places that will certainly get the Thanksgiving feast right.

  • The Bombay Club. Start with Fried Oysters Rockefeller or Crawfish & Mirliton Chowder. Continue with Roasted Turkey with oyster & tasso cornbread stuffing or try something less traditional, like Broiled Pompano with sunchoke and crabmeat gratin. The atmosphere is elegant, and the martinis sublime.
  • Arnaud’s will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Creole twist. Start with Butternut Squash Soup or Shrimp Arnaud. Continue with Roasted Turkey with cornbread or oyster stuffing, Braised Pork Short Ribs, or Gulf Fish Amandine. Then comes the difficult choice between Old Fashioned Pecan Pie or Praline Pot de Creme.
  • Broussard’s is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3p.m. and from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Begue’s Restaurant. Those who know it, cherish it. Dine in the lush courtyard or the elegant dining room.
  • Commander’s Palace. A Grande Dame of New Orleans. Dress elegantly for dinner in this Victorian home in the Garden District.

Many New Orleans restaurants are already accepting reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. Book your room at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and start looking ahead to what may be the most enjoyable Thanksgiving meal you’ll ever have.