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Find Romance in New Orleans

January 30th, 2012 by bbnola

Sometimes there is nothing more romantic than staying in when everyone else is out.

SMiLE!

New Orleans is romantic. Come see.

February in New Orleans means Mardi Gras. Parades and celebrations take place all over the city. Throngs of people participate because it’s rowdy and it’s fun.

While they’re dancing in the streets, curl up with your sweetie at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. While they’re partying in a club, find an intimate corner in a quiet restaurant. While they’re sleeping in, sneak out to watch the sun rise over the city.

New Orleans is infused with romance. It’s in the beautiful old homes, the intimate courtyards, the dark jazz clubs. It’s a city that awakens the lover in us all.

Bring your lover to a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast this February, and give yourself over to romance.

Papa Noel is Still in New Orleans

December 21st, 2011 by bbnola

Why does the gator on the left have eyelashes?

See fantastically fun lights at New Orleans' Celebration in the Oaks.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are still offering Papa Noel rates through the end of the month. In other words, now is a good time to drop everything and head to New Orleans.

There’s no place like New Orleans during the holidays. We like to celebrate in this town, with feasts and music and lights and more. It’s hard not to get  caught up in the mood once you’re here.

  • The Victory Belles are still ringing in the  holidays at the Stage Door Canteen, where you’ll experience the best of the 1940s.
  • You can still tuck into a Reveillon dinner.
  • You can still experience a Creole Christmas in the French Quarter on December 26 and 27, 2011.
  • And it isn’t too late to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style!

You may just want to get away from home this holiday season. You may want to spend a romantic first Christmas with your sweetie, or rediscover your spouse now that the kids have grown. Whatever your reasons, be spontaneous, and come to New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts. Take advantage of special Papa Noel rates in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, and enjoy yourselves.

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.

 

Visit New Orleans Because You Can

October 28th, 2011 by bbnola

There is really no better reason to visit New Orleans. It’s a fascinating city, unlike any other in the country. It pulses with music and history and food. It’s romantic, it’s creative, it’s mysterious.

Come discover New Orleans. Poke around its neighborhoods, taste its food, and admire its architecture. Stay at one of the many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts scattered throughout the city and explore at your leisure.

Stay up past your bed time, sleep in, eat well, dance…. that’s what visiting New Orleans is all about.

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New Orleans - a city filled with mystery and delight.

 

 

 

The Street Performers of New Orleans

October 4th, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the United States. Music infuses nearly every inch of the city and every special occasion. Weddings, births, deaths – all merit music, and possibly a parade as well.

With a reputation for acceptance, tolerance, and creativity, street performers flock to New Orleans. Some are born and bred here, to be sure, but others are lured here by the promise of relaxed and generous crowds. Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are sure to see at least a few buskers during their stay.

Watch a few of the performers who grace the streets of New Orleans. Imagine yourself there, laughing or swaying to the beat. Then find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast that’s to your liking, and be on your way.

Uncle Louis

Stumps the Clown

Cool Band

 

 

 

 

 

Stomp in New Orleans

September 6th, 2011 by bbnola

The 10th annual Ponderosa Stomp takes place the weekend of September 15 – 17,  2011. Festivities will be held at the Howlin Wolf, at 907 South Peters Street, located in the Central Business District. If you like American roots music, book a room at your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

Come to New Orleans for the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp.

Since its inception, the Ponderosa Stomp has paid tribute to the architects of Louisiana and Southern music: swamp pop, jazz, blues, rock & roll, soul, and more. The highlight in 2011 will be “The Memphis Sound”, music released on the Stax/Bolt and Excello record labels between the mid 1950s and the mid 1960s. Think Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave.

Stomp goers will have the opportunity to hear:

  • Eddie Floyd
  • William Bell
  • Dave Bartholomew
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Lazy Lester

and many more great artists.

The Ponderosa Stomp celebrates “the unsung heroes and heroines” of the music industry. These artists were extremely influential, but often overlooked by the general public. Take this opportunity to learn about the industry and listen to some of the finest musicians alive.

In addition to great music, the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp will include the 4th Annual Music History Conference, the Clandestine Celluloid Film Series, and an exhibit at the Cabildo on “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock N’ Roll.

This promises to be a great weekend to visit New Orleans. Don’t miss it. Please visit New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of inns.

For the complete line-up, tickets, and additional festival information, please visit Ponderosa Stomp.

Simply Experience New Orleans

August 30th, 2011 by bbnola

Living the Blues

Experience New Orleans to the fullest extent.

New Orleans is a city of festivals, food, and fun. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries, museums, and historic sites abound. You can run yourself ragged while in New Orleans, trying to see and do and taste as much as possible. That’s not a bad thing, but there is another way.

Simply experience New Orleans. Find a spot to sit, and watch the city as it moves and breathes around you. Find a place to sip a cup of coffee and nibble a beignet as you listen to the locals and tourists come and go. Find a place to listen to music, inside or outside, professional or busker, and let the rhythm flow through you.

The innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast should be able to help you find such spots. They’ll know where to find the best buskers, the strongest coffee and most mouthwatering beignets. They’ll know the best people-watching spots in the city. Ask them, then head out for a day of doing not much at all – but experiencing everything – in New Orleans.

 

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.

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.