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New Orleans by Bike

March 27th, 2012 by bbnola

There are many ways to explore New Orleans: on foot, by car, by boat, and by bus. A favorite way is to explore New Orleans by Bike.

Try a bike tour during a New Orleans B&B vacation.

A fun way to see New Orleans.

Confederacy of Cruisers offers relaxing, slow-paced bike tours of the city. Tours last 3 hours and cover six miles — you may not even break a sweat. Cycle through the scenic Creole neighborhoods of Faubourg Marigny and Treme, and discover the colorful community of Bywater.

Tour guides will talk of the history of New Orleans, her architecture, and her culture. You’ll see places you probably wouldn’t find on your own, and visit spots other tours overlook. The beauty of the bike is that you go where no bus would fit.

Consider taking a bike tour of the city the next time you’re staying at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. The cruisers are comfy, the fresh air feels good, and the stories you’ll hear are interesting.

Be Like a Local in New Orleans

March 20th, 2012 by bbnola

The folks who live and work in New Orleans are like folks everywhere. We’re busy with our work, our families, our friends. We like to go out as much as the next person, but, like most, we watch our wallets. That’s why you’ll see so many of us Wednesday at the Square.

live music New Orleans, spring 2012.

Big Sam's Funky Nation plays Lafayette Square Wednesday, March 28. Photo: Andy Goetz.

Each Wednesday evening from now through May 30, 2012, Lafayette Square will be filled with music, food, and a lot of happy people. Each week, a band will take the stage and play for the crowd. It’s a chance to be outside and hear great music and maybe see some old friends. It’s a chance to enjoy the spring weather and maybe dance a bit. Locals will be there. Tourists will be there. We’ll all be happy.

The Wednesday at the Square line-up includes:

  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • The Wise Guys
  • Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam
  • Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Hot 8 Brass Band

For a complete line-up, please visit Wendesday at the Square.

The music starts at 5 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m., rain or shine. Stop by before heading out to dinner, or stay all evening and dine from the food booths.

Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are located close to Lafayette Square.

New Orleans Business Travel

March 13th, 2012 by bbnola

Business travel New Orleans

Bring your laptop and get down to work at your New Orleans B&B.

So many people travel to New Orleans for fun that it’s easy to forget people travel here for work, too. New Orleans business travelers are a lucky lot; during their off hours, they can explore one of the most exciting cities in the country.

Many of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are located in the heart of the city, near the Central Business District. This allows for short commutes to business meetings by day, and convenient access to restaurants and entertainment by night. In addition, innkeepers are a great source of information; they can help you come up with a short list of sites and activities you shouldn’t miss during your business trip.

The best way to start of day of work is with a gourmet breakfast in a New Orleans Inn. A great way to wrap up a hard day of work is with a drink in your inn, something many B&Bs offer. Business travel can be lonely, and the relaxed and homey atmosphere of many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts is a welcome respite from larger, less personal hotels.

Please visit New Orleans Business Travel for a list of Inns that cater to business travelers. May your next work trip be a success.

Roadfood Arrives in New Orleans

March 6th, 2012 by bbnola

One of the best and worst aspects of a road trip is the road food. The annual Roadfood Festival in New Orleans focuses on the best. Come see for yourself, March 23-25, 2012.

Oysters at the New Orleans Roadfood Festival

Oysters at the 2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival.

Tucked away in the far-flung corners of this country are innumerable road food finds. Just ask Jane and Michael Stern about it. They’ve been eating their way around the country for year, and they can tell you the best places to find a slice of pie, a reuben sandwich, and just about any other food you might fancy. Jane and Michael Stern will be at the Roadfood Festival. If you’re familiar with their work, you know they wouldn’t miss it.

The New Orleans Roadfood Festival brings plate after plate of fine food to the French Quarter. More than 30 restaurants will serve the dishes that brought them fame. What fun to eat New Jersey savory panzarotti and Tucson tamales in New Orleans.

Additional festivities include a Saturday night crawfish boil and Cajun fais-do-do, where you can dance to live music and feast on crawfish and whole hog barbecue. Also not to be missed is the Beignet Eating Contest on Sunday, March 25.

The Roadfood Festival is not about fancy, high-priced restaurants. It’s not about gourmet. It’s about everyday food, simple and tasty. It’s about roadside diners and small, independent restaurants from anywhere, U.S.A. What better place to get a taste of that than New Orleans?

Stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast while in town for the Roadfood Festival. Don’t forget to bring your appetite.

Please see Roadfood.com for more information about Roadfood.