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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!

New Orleans on New Years is the Place to be!

December 18th, 2012 by insideout

If you live in Vermont, you may not know –

New Orleans is the ultimate New Year’s Eve destination! For everyone and anyone below the Mason-Dixon, New Orleans is the best city to ring in the New Year! Why be somewhere frigid and cold where the fun ends at midnight, maybe 2 a.m. if you’re lucky? Things are a little different here in New Orleans – Midnight on New Year’s Eve is just the beginning of an exciting night!

Jackson Square is the premiere public venue for New Years fun and excitement. Live entertainment starts several hours before midnight and continues until the dropping of the Gumbo Pot from the roof of Jax Brewery. Hey, it’s only five stories up, but who’s counting?

Immediately following the gumbo pot drop is a spectacular 15-minute fireworks display launched from twin barges on the Mississippi. Our pyrotechnic extravaganza is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation.

After Jackson Square festivities and fireworks, the party is far from over!

New Orleans for New Year's Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans 2010 at the Blue Nile on Frenchman Street. We were there to see trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. My head is in the crescent moon of the sign. What a night!

Time to head over to the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Frenchman Street or Mid-City for more celebrating. Find a fun bar or music club alive with New Orleans jazz or brass music. Order your favorite drink and Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll! Stroll the streets with your beverage – that’s legal here in New Orleans – and people watch. The party can go on till the wee hours, or longer, if the weather is warm. Which it usually is this time of year.

Live music, exotic drink specialties, great food, happy people celebrating in the streets and much more. Now how can New York – or anywhere else – top all that?

There are TONS of special party packages that provide everything you need to ring in the New Year creole style! We recommend you ask a New Orleans bed and breakfast innkeeper for some of their recommendations. They can give you insight on the right venues, music, transportation (that’s an important one!) and dining. We look forward to celebrating with you!


Reveillon Dinners – Restaurant Deals for Christmas New Orleans Style

November 26th, 2012 by insideout

If you come to New Orleans…you better EAT OUT!

While our historic city is famous for many things – music and Mardi Gras probably being numbers one and two, a close third is our food. Oh, Creole and Cajun cuisine, how I love thee.

For the holidays, have an exceptional dining experience unique to New Orleans. The Reveillon dinner is a reincarnation of an old Creole holiday custom. Reveillon dinners began as a family tradition; they are now enjoyed in an extravaganza of good food and festive spirits at two dozen local New Orleans restaurants.

Reveillon is derived from the French word for ‘awakening,’ and refers to the meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. According to, “early New Orleans was almost entirely Catholic, and virtually the entire community would participate in these ceremonies. Families would return from the late-night service famished and set upon a feast prepared in advance and laid out on the table or sideboard. A typical early reveillon menu looked very much like breakfast, with egg dishes, breads and puddings, but could also include turtle soup, oysters and grillades of veal. Naturally, the Creoles accompanied these rich repasts with wines, cordials and other fortified drinks. The dinners could last for many hours, and by some accounts even until dawn.”

Now the Reveillon dining tradition is found in restaurants all over the city. Sample dishes like Louisiana Oysters Poached in Herbsaint Cream with Caviar and Crispy Spinach, and Chocolate Truffle Brioche Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce.

Set menus start at an affordable $38 for a four-course meal at the Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter. Check out all the Reveillon restaurant deals in New Orleans this Christmas.

With all that great food and drink, you will need a lodging experience that can match. Many of our New Orleans bed and breakfasts are also offering specials for the holiday season. Stay somewhere that is as unique as the city you visit.