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Girlfriend Getaways New Orleans

May 11th, 2011 by bbnola

Share a plate of Barbecued Prawns in New Orleans.

New Orleans is a great city for Girlfriend Getaways, and New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are a superb lodging choice for such occasions. Many inns host numerous Girlfriend Getaways each year, and some host the same groups year after year.

Women from all over the world gather with good friends in New Orleans, for countless reasons. Sorority Sisters host reunions here; high school friends relive fond memories here; groups of moms come here for a few days of R&R; book groups meet here to discover the land of Anne Rice and Tennessee Williams; music fans meet here during festivals; and so on.

Whether you are itching to get away or simply pining for good friends who live across the country, consider gathering a group of ladies together for a Girlfriend Getaway in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. The inns listed under this category are in safe locations close to top New Orleans attractions. Some offer massage and spa packages, others include wine and cheese, while still other inns provide gift certificates for restaurants or carriage rides. Lodge in several rooms, a suite, or find an inn with separate cottages – there are many such options in New Orleans.

It is downright fun to experience New Orleans with good friends. Stay up late talking over drinks or listening to live music in local bars. Dance like you danced in college. Explore the city together by day, finding eclectic shops and amazing eateries. Share a Po-Boy or a plate of oysters. Drink coffee and eat beignets. Dance some more.

New Orleans is a festive place, which is why there is no better city for Girlfriend Getaways.

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.

Soul Fest 2011

February 28th, 2011 by bbnola

American Alligator

Good in a kabob.

Mardi Gras parades are still filling the streets, but soon the masks will be removed and the floats stored or dismantled. Fortunately, there are still be plenty of reasons to visit New Orleans after Mardi Gras. Come to enjoy the city with fewer crowds, and come to relish the food. Another good reason to book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast is Soul Fest.

Soul Fest takes place each year at the Audubon Zoo. It’s a celebration of Soul food and Soul music, as well as greater African American culture, music, food and crafts. This year, Soul Fest follows on the heals of Mardi Gras, on March 12 and 13, 2011. Book a room in an Uptown New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and walk to Soul Fest.

Soul Fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and is free with Audubon Zoo admission. Stop by for lunch of fried Louisiana alligator kabob or an early dinner oft sausage po-boy and a slice of sweet potato pie.

Visit Soul Fest for more information about the 2011 festival.

Mardi Gras 2011 is Under Way

February 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

If you’re staying in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast these days, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras parades take place morning, noon and night throughout the city during Carnival, from the French Quarter to the Metairie to Uptown. For example, this Saturday, February 26, 2011, catch a parade from Pontchartrain to Uptown at 1 p.m., or Pegasus to Uptown at 6:45 p.m..

This year, Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) falls on March 8, and to celebrate it there will be parades all over the city. Some parades feature people walking in fine attire, others feature elaborate floats that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to create. All will have music, and lots of it. Parade schedules can change at any time, so visit Mardi Gras 2011 for up-to-date information.

Mardi Gras and Carnival is celebrated in many predominantly Catholic societies each year before Lent, a period of fasting and piousness. In preparation for forty days with little or no rich foods and drink, people consume their rich foods and drink. In preparation for a lengthy period without parties or celebrations, people enjoy themselves to the fullest. So if you plan to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, plan to have some fun.

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is celebrated with masquerade balls, colorful parades, and the consumption of King Cakes. New Orleans was one of the first cities to celebrate Mardi Gras in this country, and it remains the penultimate Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Experience it in 2011. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans while you’re here.

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.

New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Marathon

February 8th, 2011 by bbnola

Marathon runners are a dedicated bunch. They train for months in order to be able to run 26 miles with with thousands of other people. Marathoners are rewarded by the great sense of accomplishment that comes from setting their hearts and minds on a goal and achieving it. Thousands of marathons runners are due to arrive in New Orleans this weekend, for the February 13, 2011 New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Marathon. Many of them will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Yet there is one other perk: travel. Many marathon runners set their sights on races located all over the world. If you’re a runner, to run along the Champs Elysees and through the Place de la Concorde in Paris with thousands of your running peers is thrilling. There are marathons in the Polar Circle, marathons along the Great Wall of China, and marathons in Petra, an ancient city carved into the sandstone mountains of Jordan.

The New Orleans Marathon may not be quite as awe-inspiring as a run on the Great Wall of China, but it is certainly a beautiful course and a fun race. Runners will race through the Lower and Upper Garden Districts, past antique shops and lovely old mansions; they’ll run around Audubon Park and down the historic St. Charles Avenue; they’ll run beside Lake Pontchartrain before heading back to the finish line at City Park.

After the race, they’ll party. In the true spirit of the city, musicians stand on street corners and serenade the runners as they past. Bowling for Soup will play at City Park, along with as yet to be announced Opening and Closing Acts. Dancing in the park, great food and drinks make the post-marathon party in New Orleans unforgettable.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts welcome marathon runners to their hometown. Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans are a wonderful lodging choice for runners and spectators alike. You’ll want hearty breakfasts while in town, sinfully comfortable beds, and, ideally, a Jacuzzi. You’ll also want to be able to stretch out in common areas and parlors after the race, when you’re too tired to sightsee but too restless to stay in your room.

Course for the New Orleans Marathon.

Online advance registration for the 2011 New Orleans marathon is closed, but registration is still possible in New Orleans prior to race day, Sunday  February 13. For more details, please see New Orleans Marathon.

Bring Your GLBT Valentine to New Orleans

January 31st, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans is one of the most tolerant cities in the country. People from all walks of life have been living together here since the city was born, generally accepting one another as they are. Maybe it’s the music – it infuses the very core of New Orleans and encourages people to forget their differences.

Feel free to hold hands in New Orleans.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts continue to reflect that spirit of open acceptance and tolerance – you’ll find a good number go out of their way to welcome gay couples.

This year, treat your Valentine to something really special: a romantic getaway at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans. Stay in a cozy cabin or a grand historic home. If you’re unfamiliar with New Orleans, feel free to ask your innkeepers for recommendations about restaurants, bars, and night clubs. You are sure to feel welcome wherever you go in New Orleans.

National World War II Museum

January 13th, 2011 by bbnola

Folks in New Orleans know to be prepared for any type of weather in January; it can be cool and rainy or sunny and downright balmy. It’s wise to have a variety of activities planned during your next New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation, some indoors and some out of doors.

Don’t fret about cool, rainy, days, because New Orleans has several magnificent museums. One of the most unique is the National World War II Museum, which opened it’s doors on the anniversary of D-Day in 2000. There is nothing like this museum anywhere else in the country, or indeed the world.

Visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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