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Red Dresses and White Linen

July 18th, 2011 by bbnola

Folks just don’t dress up enough any more. Sure, movie stars look dazzling on the red carpet, philanthropists attend New York balls in style, and the fabulously wealthy wear high fashion because they can. But the rest of us – those who go to work and cook meals and hang out with our children – we rarely have occasion to dress to the nines.

That’s why it’s so much fun to visit New Orleans.

The citizens of New Orleans love any excuse to dress up and to dress zany. Call it what you will: inexhaustible joie de vivre, exhibitionism, or a gimmick. The fact remains that it’s fun.

Two upcoming occasions in New Orleans demonstrate this fashion fun perfectly: Whitney White Linen Night, and Red Dress Run. Spend a couple of weeks at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and attend both.

White Linen Night

Whitney White Linen Night takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011. It’s a block party and an art stroll, it’s free, and it’s fabulously fun. Dress in your finest White Linen and head to Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District. Duck in and out of art galleries as you walk down the street with hundreds of other folks stylishly clad in white linen. All are welcome to end the evening at grand gala held at the Contemporary Arts Center ($10 admission). You may prefer to find a more intimate spot to dine or enjoy a drink.

The Red Dress Run on August 13, 2011, is an entirely different sort of event -sweaty, but still glamorous. It’s a fund raiser and a fun run sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, known around town as “a drinking club with a running problem.” All runners must wear a red dress – bring your own or borrow one from the Hash House Harriers. Anyone 21 or older may participate, and all participants will be awarded “Beer, Food, Music, Giveaways, and stories to tell your kids.” Additional information is available at Red Dress.

Whether you visit New Orleans for a weekend or a few weeks, consider staying in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. Let it be your home base and live like a local in the fabulous city of New Orleans.

The Art of Julia Street, New Orleans

December 16th, 2010 by bbnola

Julia Street Streetcar Station

When you need to rest, hop on the Streetcar at Julia Street and see more of New Orleans.

Take advantage of the special Papa Noel rates offered by many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts during the month of December, and explore the arts of New Olreans.

The arts run strong and deep in New Orleans. Everyone expects to hear great music in the Big Easy, but not everyone realizes that the visual arts are worth a look, too. This month, as you struggle to find the perfect gifts for the people you love, consider a trip to the 600 block of Julia Street.

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Art for Arts’ Sake

September 20th, 2010 by bbnola

Art for Arts’ Sake opens the art season in New Orleans each fall. In 2010, it takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, October 2, throughout the city of New Orleans. While galleries everywhere in New Orleans are participating, you’ll find the bulk of them on Julia Street – in the historic Warehouse Arts District – and along the six miles of Magazine Street. Art galleries and shops will have extended hours, and many will have musicians and cash bars in front of their doors. The atmosphere during Art for Arts’ Sake is festive, and the festivity is contagious. Book a room in your favorite bed and breakfast New Orleans now!

October 2, 2010, marks the opening of the fall art season in New Orleans.

The heart of the Warehouse Arts District is Julia Street between Loyola Avenue and the New Orleans Convention Center. View it as a large, open-air museum, with each gallery showcasing a few outstanding painters, sculptors, or photographers – some of the finest artists in New Orleans will be represented. A large block party between the 300 and 600 blocks will be a good place to find refreshments between 6pm and 9pm. Remember to poke your head down side streets, where a number of galleries and shops are located.

Magazine Street stretches six miles through the heart of New Orleans. You’ll find everything here: art galleries, boutiques, eclectic shops, antiques, and of course, food. Travel along Magazine Street by bike, if you like, or walk it; buses run up and down the street on a regular basis, helping transport serious shoppers laden with their purchases.

All this art appreciation, browsing and shopping is bound to create an appetite. Be aware that many restaurants in the vicinity will fill early. If you have your heart set on dining in a particular place, make a reservation. If you aren’t sure where you want to eat, you may always ask the innkeeper of your bed and breakfast New Orleans for recommendations.

For more information, and to see a map of participating art galleries, please visit the CAC website.