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Enjoy A New Orleans Christmas Getaway

November 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Christmas Celebration In the OaksThere’s always something to do in New Orleans, and once Christmas rolls around, there’s almost too much to do! If you’re hoping to enjoy a New Orleans Christmas getaway, here’s a short guide of just a few New Orleans Christmas traditions you may not want to miss.

Celebration in the Oaks – You really haven’t enjoyed a New Orleans Christmas unless you’ve taken in the beloved, traditional Celebration In The Oaks: a month-long event in City Park including thousands of colorful lights, Storyland, amusement rides, displays, activities, even a two-mile long, miniature train you can take a ride in!

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A New Orleans Halloween!

October 8th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Halloween - Jack o' lanterns

Halloween and New Orleans seem made for each other and, sure enough, when the spooky, autumn holiday rolls around, the Crescent City comes to life with a number of crazy and fun ways to enjoy a New Orleans Halloween!

A New Orleans Halloween is second only to Mardi Gras when it comes to turning the city upside-down with celebrations, wild costumes, good music, delicious food, and flowing drink. Halloween revelers of all ages and tastes will find something fun to do, N’awlins style – here are just a few of our suggestions for your New Orleans Halloween adventures:

New Orleans Halloween Street Parties
Let’s start at the beginning – you’re in New Orleans: how about a street party! There will be many to choose from but one of the biggest celebrations during a New Orleans Halloween is held on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood: costumed revelers will take over the street to celebrate in outrageous and elaborate costumes – and yes: you can (and should!) be one of them.

Costume – Dress For Excess
Speaking of costumes, you’ll probably want one if you didn’t pack one – but hey, no worries. You’re in N’awlins: we got this. As you may imagine, New Orleans has a costume shop or two – just a few – and they can help to outfit you no matter whether you’re looking to be something typical, like a clown, or something atypical, like a three-legged, cross-dressing, French-Victorian, vampire clown.

Krewe of Boo and the New Orleans Halloween ParadeNew Orleans Halloween Parade
A New Orleans Halloween would not be complete without … a parade! Held Saturday October 24th at 6:30pm, the Krewe of Boo’s official New Orleans Halloween Parade will frighten and excite with masks, costumes, and massive, eye-popping papier mâché and fiberglass creations. Starting off from Elysian Fields in the Marigny, the parade will progress through the French Quarter, on through North Peters and Decatur to Jackson Square, and then make its long way to the Convention Center. Read more about the New Orleans Halloween Parade here.

Take a Haunted New Orleans Tour!
They call New Orleans “The Most Haunted City in America” – so why not enjoy a haunted tour? “Haunted” houses, buildings, streets, and cemeteries abound – as do New Orleans tour companies eager to tell you the city’s hair-raising tales as they guide you from one spooktacular destination to the next. Here’s a link to some haunted tours around the Big Easy this Halloween!

New Orleans HalloweenVisit a New Orleans Haunted House!
As you can imagine, N’awlins will gain a large and temporary population of haunted houses around Halloween, attractions organized by both private groups and community organizations. It’s a little early (as of this writing) to point you in the direction of any specific haunted houses but local listings will begin to appear in the newspapers as the date approaches. Remember: unless otherwise noted, these private haunted houses can be very effective and are not for the faint of heart. You have been warned – mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

What Kind of Voodoo Do You Do?
The French Quarter has quite a few Voodoo shops that can be both fun and interesting to peruse, whether you’re looking for a little something to spice up your New Orleans Halloween or if you’re just interested in the practice. There are shops for vampires, too – no, really. Around Halloween, of course, many of these shops host special events or sales to celebrate.

Speaking of Voodoo – the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is timed to coincide with the nearest Halloween weekend (Friday, Oct. 30th through Sunday, Nov. 1st, this year). The second most popular music festival in the city, Voodoo Music & Arts Experience brings in some big names and is always a rocking good time – you can read more about it here.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what a New Orleans Halloween can be – but we hope, at the same time, you can see just how much there is to do – now all you need …

New Orleans Halloween Lodging
Once your witching hour is over, why not crawl back to accommodations that are truly welcoming – a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn should fit the bill nicely: locally owned and operated by folks who live and love N’awlins, so they can help you to maximize your time in the city.

What Makes a New Orleans New Year’s Eve?

December 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans New Year's EveThere’s no better place to be than New Orleans, no matter the day or time, but a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is not only a great idea, it isn’t to be missed!

A new Orleans New Year’s Eve can take many shapes because there’s just so much to do. Whether your end of the year New Orleans vacation sees you at one event or many, we felt a quick overview of some of the more popular New Orleans New Year’s Eve celebrations was in order

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A New Orleans Christmas – Part 2

December 6th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans ChristmasLast time around, we listed some of the many ways you can celebrate a New Orleans Christmas. In the second half of this two-part series, we’ll continue the theme, beginning with … dinner! Reveillon dinner, to be exact …

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Christmas in New Orleans – Part 1

November 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas in New Orleans - Holiday Home ToursIt goes without saying that there are myriad ways to celebrate Christmas in New Orleans – this city is famous for its seemingly endless festivities, after all. In the next two posts, we’ll investigate a few of the ways to celebrate Christmas in New Orleans.

New Orleans Holiday Home Tours
No one decorates a home for the holidays like a New Orleanian: colorful, tasteful, imaginative and often imbued with both local and family tradition. Thanks to two different, self-guided, holiday home tours, now you can tour decorated homes in the New Orleans Garden District and the French Quarter.

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Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, 2014

February 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Saint Patrick's Day in New Orleans, 2014The Irish brought Saint Patrick’s Day to our shores in 1737. By 1809 we were celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, where we promptly put our own spin on it. Erin go Big Easy!

According to a number of sources, the first record of a Saint Patrick’s Day parade ever being held is 1762 in, not Ireland or even Boston but New York city – and it was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. How’s that for a head shaker?

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A New Year’s Eve Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

December 20th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans!Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do this New Year’s Eve? You’re in New Orleans so the options are endless … How about a New Year’s Eve cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez?

The Steamboat Natchez is New Orleans’ only steamboat and one of only two steam-powered sternwheelers still plying the waters of the Mississippi. This steamboat is the ninth to bear the name Natchez and has never been beaten in a steamboat race.

A proud member of a long line of steamboats that have sailed their way up and down the Mississippi and, thus, into American history, the Natchez achieves that perfect balance of modern safety and luxury combined with authentic, classic style.

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A New Orleans New Year’s Eve 2013

December 17th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

A New Orleans New Year's Eve 2013

A New Orleans New Year’s – is there any other city more fit for ringing in the new year? Heck, our city shares its first name with the holiday – could it be any more fitting?

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Celebration in the Oaks – A New Orleans Christmas

November 26th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas New Orleans’ style means a lot of different and wonderful things – but one thing it has meant since the late 80’s is the Celebration in the Oaks.

Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing through New Years’ Day, Celebration in the Oaks is a glittering extravaganza of light and color in City Park.

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Valentine’s Day in New Orleans

January 28th, 2013 by insideout

As one of the oldest cities in the nation, it is easy to kindle romance along the picturesque streets of our historic city.

In fact, a night or two in a New Orleans bed and breakfast would be the ultimate way to celebrate the lover’s holiday. Make sure to book your room as soon as possible, as this holiday fills up our B&B’s early!

Romantic Dining in New Orleans

One of the traditional activities for Valentine’s Day, a romantic dinner, is also easily accomplished in this gourmet city. One of the best ways to find just the right restaurant for your taste, price range and mood is to ask your innkeeper.

Here are some recommendations innkeepers have shared:

Coquette: Modern, oysters, daily menu changes, small bistro-style. (Washington and Magazine Street)
Jacques-Imo Cafe: More of a party atmosphere (Uptown on Oak)

romantic new orleans dining

Have an authentic and fun New Orleans meal at Jacques-Imo Cafe

Windsor Court Grill Room : In the French Quarter. Upscale and more pricey.
Lilette: French-style cuisine (Magazine St.)
Iris: Good drinks, lighter food and pretty. Warning: bad parking.
Sylvain: Down home bar and food (French Quarter)
Room 27: 2nd generation modern creole style cuisine

Take a Romantic Carriage Ride

Mule-drawn carriages can be boarded on the Decatur Street side of Jackson Square at almost any hour of the day. Or charter a carriage to pick you up from your B&B (if available) or after dinner. They are a scenic and rustic way to tour the French Quarter while being entertained and enlightened by a knowledgeable driver. Click here for carriage tours that you can charter.

Have a Picnic in the Park

With the balmy year-round weather in New Orleans, you can have a lovely picnic, even in February! Bring a bottle of wine (that’s right, it’s legal to drink in New Orleans parks!) and some of your favorite bites to Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park or Washington Square near Frenchman Street.

We hope you will decide to spend the lover’s holiday in the Crescent city!