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Explore U.S. History At The Cabildo

July 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

The Cabildo on Jackson Square in New Orleans French QuarterThe Cabildo, in New Orleans’ French Quarter, is one of the most historically significant buildings in the country. It was the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period, the Louisiana Purchase was signed here, and the Louisiana Supreme Court called it home for almost 50 years.

New Orleans simply oozes with history. It’s one of the 20 oldest cities in the United States, after all. You can hardly walk the streets of the Big Easy without running across something of historical interest. If that’s why you’re visiting the city in the first place, you could do a lot worse than starting at The Cabildo on Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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A New Orleans New Year’s Eve!

December 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

a New Orleans New Year's Eve

It seems like, no matter the date, there’s always a reason to celebrate in New Orleans – but when a national holiday rolls around? Look out. The Big Easy knows how to do it right – and a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is no exception!

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New Orleans’ Dirty Linen Night

July 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Dirty Linen Night 2014 PosterDirty Linen Night is an arts, food, and drink block party held on the second Saturday night of every August on Royal Street in the French Quarter – and if you come looking a bit disheveled, you’ll fit right in!

A direct answer – perhaps even a rebuff – to the Whitney White Linen Night held on Julia Street, held the first Saturday night of every August, Dirty Linen Night is upwards of 40 to 50 Royal Street shop and gallery owners holding their own, opening night/block party. Similar to White Linen Night (which we discussed last post), Dirty Linen Night is a free party held to promote businesses in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans – sometimes also called the “Soho of the South.”

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2012 French Quarter Festival

April 3rd, 2012 by bbnola

French Quarter Festival.

Trombone Shorty. Photo by Derek Bridges.

2012 is the 29th Annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. It’s beginnings may have been modest, but it is now one of the largest festivals in the city. It’s also free. Make your plans to attend now; find a room at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

More than 800 musicians will take to 20 stages between April 12 and April 15. That means non-stop music. Jazz, Cajun, Funk, Gospel, Blues, Zydeco… if you like to listen to it, you’ll probably find it at the French Quarter Festival.

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Festival Fun in New Orleans

February 27th, 2012 by bbnola


One of many St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Orleans.

Festivals fill the March calendar in New Orleans. Pack your bags, book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and make your travel plans today.

Soul Fest, March 3-4, 2012. Celebrate the history and heritage of African Americans in New Orleans. Soul Fest celebrates with music, food, crafts, history and culture at the Audubon Zoo.

St. Patrick’s Day, March 11-18, 2012. Why limit St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to just one day? In New Orleans, we celebrate for a week. Four parades, numerous street parties, and plenty of fun await visitors during this time.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, March 21-25, 2012. Scream “Stella” in the streets like your life depends on finding her. Participate in lectures and special events with literary figures, actors and actresses. Live the dream.

Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tour, March 23 and April 1, 2012. Finally! Peek inside many of the historic homes you’ve long admired in the French Quarter, Uptown, and Garden District. Embrace the wonderful cultural heritage of New Orleans.

Visit The Cabildo

May 5th, 2011 by bbnola

The contemporary culture of New Orleans is well-known. Travelers dreams of savoring coffee and beignets, of biting into their first Po-Boy, and of late nights saturated in live music. It is easy to turn these dreams into reality when visiting New Orleans.

Yet there is more to New Orleans than food and music. New Orleans has a rich history that is reflected in its beautiful architecture and told in its many museums. History and architecture enthusiasts should plan lengthy or frequent stays in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, in order to fully explore the history and architecture of this great city.

Indeed, the collection of the Louisiana State Museum is so large it cannot be housed in one building alone. Instead, the collection is spread throughout five properties in the French Quarter of New Orleans. One such property is The Cabildo.

New Orleans - French Quarter: Jackson Square, Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Presbytère

Remarkable architecture of the French Quarter: Jackson Square, The Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Presbytère.

Built between 1795 and 1799, The Cabildo first served as the seat of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans; members of the “Illustrious Cabildo”, or city council, met there for years. In later years this beautiful building was home to the Louisiana Supreme Court, and since 1911, it has been part of the Louisiana State Museum. Exhibitions focus on the early history of the state of Louisiana.

The Cabildo is generally recognized as the most significant historical building in Louisiana. It was here, in 1803, that the American government signed the Louisiana Purchase and acquired more than 800,000 square miles of land from the French. The new land stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, sparked the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and enabled citizens of the young country to move west.

See where this historic document was signed when next you stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. The Cabildo is located at 701 Chartres St., in the French Quarter. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for all legal holidays. For more information, please see The Cabildo.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 7th, 2011 by bbnola

2011 is the 100th anniversary of Tennessee William’s birth and the 25th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans French Quarter. As such the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival will include birthday cake for many on top of its usual fun and interesting events. Writers, playwrights, actors, and fans will all be on hand to celebrate the life and works of one of New Orlean’s most renowned citizens. You could be here, too, staying in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans during the 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.

Speakers will touch on a great variety of topics, from the life and work of Tennessee Williams to food, music, and more. Hear Armistead Maupin discuss the most recent installation of Tales of the City, and learn about John Mariani’s new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. Learn about such varied topics as Forrest Gump, the Civil War and the glory of the University of Alabama’s football team (by Winston Groom) and join in a discussion about writing about New Orleans music with journalist and jazz clarinetist Tom Sancton. There will also be more than two dozen literary panel discussions.

Poetry readings and art, live music, cocktails and movies – the French Quarter will be infused with special events. And of course, the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival would not be complete without the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

The 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival runs March 23 – 27, 2011 in the New Orleans French Quarter. For more information, please visit the festival website, and book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

Valentine’s Day in New Orleans

February 10th, 2011 by bbnola

Cozy restaurants, intimate nightclubs, and plenty of live music help make New Orleans a fantastic city in which to spend Valentine’s Day. Consider a last minute romantic getaway in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day s/he’ll never forget.

There are dozens of supremely romantic restaurants in New Orleans, many of which are housed in lovingly restored old buildings. Dine in a 150 year old Creole cottage in the French Quarter, at Bayona. Share martinis at the French Quarter’s Bombay Club, where Nouveau Creole cuisine is served with class. Sip wine or cocktails while savoring small plates at Bouligny Tavern, a mid-century modern locale in the Uptown / Garden District

Dance with your sweetie during a romantic getaway in New Orleans.

After dinner, walk through the French Quarter until you hear music that appeals to you drifting out of a bar. Cuddle together while listening to jazz or dance until the wee hours of the morning to a more lively beat. Dixieland, Cajun, Rock n Roll, the Blues; whatever you like, you’re sure to find it playing at some venue in New Orleans.

Start your evening with a walk, hand-in-hand, through the French Quarter, or a scenic ride through the city in a horse drawn carriage. Stroll through the Sculpture Garden in City Park; share a kiss by the fountain at Audubon Park.

Several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer last-minute specials or romantic getaway packages: add a bottle of wine or chocolates to a special occasion such as an anniversary or Valentine’s Day romantic retreat, and make travel more affordable. You’re spouse, lover, or special friend will be delighted with a trip to a romantic Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

Royal Street

November 10th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans conjures images of Creole Townhouses with iron lace balconies. It calls to mind intimate courtyards and lush gardens. New Orleans means music and art and culture. That’s why people travel here. That’s why they stay in New Orleans bed and breakfasts.

Much of what defines New Orleans is found in the French Quarter on Royal Street, between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue. Historic buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries stand shoulder to shoulder – some private residences, some New Orleans bed and breakfasts, some shops and restaurants. Merely walking down the street can be an extraordinary experience for travelers, especially when musicians and performance artists are at work.

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The antique shops on Royal Street are among the best in the country.

If time permits, the shops and galleries of Royal Street have much to offer. Indeed, it is said that Royal Street is one of the best places in the country to shop for antiques. Visit the French Antique Shop, a New Orleans treasure since 1939. M.S. Rau Antiques has been landmark in the French Quarter for nearly a century, and Royal Antiques has been in the business since 1899. In short, if you are looking for well-regarded and well-established antique shops, head to Royal Street.

Ask the innkeepers of your New Orleans b&b about their favorite places to find treasures on Royal Street; the advice of a local is priceless.

Discovering the French Quarter

August 19th, 2010 by bbnola

Coffee with Beignet´s @ Cafe Du Monde

Coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde

Ah, le Vieux Carré – the old French Quarter of New Orleans. It is the geographic heart of the city, a neighborhood where people live, work, and play; many New Orleans bed and breakfasts are located in the French Quarter. The area between the Mississippi River and North Rampart Street, Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue, is a feast for the senses: ears, eyes, nose and taste buds. You’ll find beautiful historic architecture here, and numerous restaurants, clubs and shops.

After a delicious breakfast at your bed and breakfast New Orleans, stroll to Jackson Square and see if any artists have set up their easels. Admire St. Louis Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in continual use in the United States – with it’s triple steeples soaring high above the neighborhood. Nearby, the Old Ursuline Convent is open to visitation. It is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.

Before heading off to explore the rest of the French Quarter, grab coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. They’ll keep you nourished until you find the perfect spot for lunch, which can be a huge po-boy at the Quartermaster Deli, or a Verti Marte’s Philly Cheese Steak – a great adaptation of the classic. If you like the muffuletta sandwich, be sure to stop by Central Grocery, where it was first created. Or sit down with the locals at Coop’s Place, where you can savor smoked duck quesadilla or rabbit and sausage jambalaya.

An afternoon would be well spent enjoying a tour of the French Quarter; knowing something about the neighborhood’s rich history can really help travelers appreciate it. There are horse-drawn carriage tours, walking tours, tours that focus on architecture and tours that focus on cocktails and pubs. Riverboat Tours are a great way to take in the sites of the city while listening to Dixieland jazz, and cemetery tours help travelers understand the city’s interesting relationship with the dead.

You may want to dress for dinner in the French Quarter, but you’ll want to hide some dancing shoes in your purse. It is nearly impossible to listen to the music of New Orleans without moving your feet. You can find Zydeco on Thursday nights at the Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl, or hear the joyous trumpeting of Kermit Ruffins at Vaugn’s Lounge. The innkeepers of your bed and breakfast New Orleans may know whether or not Ellis Marsalis is in town and playing at Snug Harbor. Check out the bar at One Eyed Jacks, or see if folks are dancing in the street outside Cafe Brasil – just get out and have fun.

After a late night of music and reverie, feed the soul with one of the many street vendors. Then find the comfortable bed in your New Orleans bed and breakfast, and rest up for tomorrow.