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Tall Ships Coming to New Orleans in 2012

January 23rd, 2012 by bbnola

It’s worth taking a moment to pause Mardi Gras discussions and look ahead to a fantastic event that will take place this spring. Three vintage Tall Ships will dock in New Orleans from April 17-23, 2012. Mark your calendars and reserve your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

USCG Barque Eagle off San Francisco waterfront

The USCG Barque Eagle, in San Francisco.

This historic event is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, considered by some to be “America’s Second War for Independence.” Over the course of three years, celebrations will take place in many parts of the country.  Events will conclude in 2015 in New Orleans, where the last battle of the War of 1812 was fought.

Authentic, historic Tall Ships are magnificent. To see them make their way up the Mississippi River will be breathtaking. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in Boston, New York, and in other ports around the world to witness Tall Ships under sail. We are thrilled and honored to host them in New Orleans.

Blue Angels Fly-by

The Blue Angels.

The ships will be joined by the Blue Angels, incredible flyers from the U.S. Naval Air Division. What an interesting juxtaposition: historic ships gliding silently upriver, and modern jets screaming overhead.

April 17-23, 2012, will be filled with many interesting programs and events. Visitors will be able to tour the Tall Ships, see incredible air shows by the Blue Angels, watch parades of sail, and enjoy many other activities. More details is available at NOLA Navy Week.

As of this writing, three Tall Ships are scheduled to be in New Orleans in April: USCG Barque Eagle, Guayas of Ecuador, and Gloria of Columbia. It is hoped that additional ships will be able to join them. Regretfully, the only two extant ships that date back to the War of 1812 are permanently moored in Boston and Baltimore.

Witness history come to life. See the Tall Ships sail into New Orleans.

Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts to find an inn.

Mardi Gras Lite

January 12th, 2012 by bbnola

Court Jester

Mardi Gras; it's a good show.

We who live and work in New Orleans believe that every person should experience at least one New Orleans Mardi Gras Celebration in a lifetime. Call it prejudice or call it a heartfelt desire to share a good thing. As innkeepers of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, we can’t help but want to show off our hometown when it is dressed in its finest.

At the same time, we understand that not every person enjoys a crowd. In fact, some people simply can’t tolerate them. Mardi Gras Celebrations in New Orleans are a great deal of fun, but they can be crowded.

Folks interested in enjoying a taste of a New Orleans Mardi Gras without the crowds should consider arriving the week before Fat Tuesday itself. All y’all know how we love a parade, so it should be no surprise that many parades are scheduled in the weeks leading up to February 21, 2012.

As of this writing, there are two parades scheduled for Saturday, February 4, and two scheduled for Friday the 10th. There are to be three parades on the 11th and another four on Sunday the 12th. Linger in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast over Valentine’s Day, then enjoy the Krewe of the Ancient Druids parade on the 15th.

The truth is that New Orleans is a great city any time of year. Mardi Gras is fun. If you want to get a taste of Mardi Gras without being overwhelmed by it, come to town before it gets in full swing. All the restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries will still be here, as will your favorite Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans.

Mardi Gras 2012 Begins

January 4th, 2012 by bbnola

High Heel Shoe Float

This High Heel Shoe Float was featured in the Muses Parade.

The start of each new year means many things to many people. Here in New Orleans, it means Mardi Gras.

As of this writing, bakers throughout the city are pulling out their recipes for King Cakes. These colorful treats appear in stores, restaurants, bakeries and delis on January 6, and are happily consumed until Ash Wednesday. The King Cake is an old tradition, dating from the Middle Ages, and a fun one. Each cake contains a little plastic baby; the person who bites into the baby is supposed to buy the next King Cake, or host a party. It’s just one more way to ensure that the good times roll.

Fat Tuesday is on February 21 in 2012. That may seem a distant date, but celebrations begin well before then. The first parade will be held on Saturday, February 4 (that would be the adult-only Krewe du Vieux, in the French Quarter). More follow February 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and then daily from the 15th until the 21st. Parades are held Uptown, in the Metairie, and elsewhere. They celebrate King Arthur, Dionysus, Muses, Chaos, and more.

Now is an excellent time to make your Mardi Gras travel plans. Visit our “Find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast” and browse by neighborhood, by special, or by special interest. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts tend to fill during Mardi Gras, so book your room soon.

New Orleans in 2012

December 30th, 2011 by bbnola

Happy New Year from New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts!

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This is how we do the Rnning of the Bulls in New Orleans.

Thank you all for visiting our city in 2011. We hope you’ll come back in 2012. We’re already looking forward to:

  • The Sugar Bowl on January 3.
  • Mardi Gras in February.
  • Soul Festival, Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, St. Patrick’s Day, and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in March.
  • French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April.
  • The New Orleans Food and Wine Experience in May.
  • LA Cajun-Zydeco Festival in June.
  • Running of the Bulls in July.
  • Satchmo Summer Fest in August.
  • The New Orleans Seafood Festival and Ponderosa Stomp in September.
  • Oktoberfest and the New Orleans Film Festival in October.
  • Swamp Fest and the Po-Boy Festival in November.
  • And more Papa Noel fun in December.

All this and much, much more will take place in 2012 in New Orleans. Make a New Year’s Resolution to be a part of it.

Papa Noel is Still in New Orleans

December 21st, 2011 by bbnola

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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.

Reveillon 2011

December 14th, 2011 by bbnola

Reveillon dinners make Christmas in New Orleans wonderfully unique.

“Un réveillon” is a meal that takes place late, during the night. The word can be used to describe such a meal at any time of year, although it is now primarily associated with the celebratory meal enjoyed late on Christmas Eve. Many people traditionally sit down to Reveillon after Christmas Eve mass.

It should be no surprise that Reveillon is so widely celebrated in New Orleans. The town is, after all, inclined towards nocturnal activity and gustatory excellence. Reveillon is a natural extension of both.

While Reveillon traditionally takes place late on Christmas Eve, many New Orleans restaurants serve it throughout the month of December, at more reasonable hours. It is served as a prix fixe meal, with prices ranging from under $40 to more than $90 per person. Some restaurants offer choices within the menu, while others do not. It is worth researching such details before reserving a table.

Chefs go all out for the Reveillon. They serve such delights as Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Turtle Soup, and Brouillade aux Truffles. They serve Sautéed Frog Legs and Pan Roasted Quail. They serve Smoked Duck Salad, Bouillabaisse, and Braised Rabbit. If you like to stretch the limits of your palate, you’ll like Reveillon.

Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer Papa Noël specials during December, which provide deep discounts on lodging. Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of these inns. And remember–the more you save on lodging, the more you can spend on your Reveillon.

Please see Reveillon for a complete list of New Orleans restaurants serving this fantastically celebratory meal.

Football in New Orleans

December 6th, 2011 by bbnola

Serious fans of the New Orleans Saints have most likely been to more than one game in the Louisiana Superdrome. Those who have been know it to be a fantastic experience. The Superdrome is a great venue; it brings out the uber-fan in most spectators.

Utah Utes 2009 Sugar Bowl Champions

Utah fans came to New Orleans to support their team during the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

If you’ve never been to a football game in New Orleans, perhaps it’s time to go to one. Two upcoming events are well worth a trip to New Orleans: the New Orleans Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. These are popular events, so we recommend you find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

The New Orleans Bowl takes place December 17, 2011, at 8 p.m. in New Orleans. Be there if you can. Come support the Sun Belt Champion, and enjoy all New Orleans has to offer while you’re here.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl takes place January 3, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. It’s a fabulous excuse for football fans to spend New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. Arrive in time to see Baby Bacchus drop from the Jax Brewery, then linger until game day. This schedule allows plenty of time to explore New Orleans clubs and restaurants.

Football fans would do well to secure lodging in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts. This is especially true for fans whose spouses are not big football fans. If your spouse is happy, the whole experience will be that much better.

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.

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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.


Thanksgiving in New Orleans

November 7th, 2011 by bbnola

Good food draws people to New Orleans. Thanksgiving is the penultimate harvest festival. It therefore stands to reason that Thanksgiving dinner in New Orleans is an experience worth having.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts should have no problem finding restaurants that serve some version of a Thanksgiving dinner. The problem will be deciding where to eat. While you probably can’t go wrong, what follows is a list of places that will certainly get the Thanksgiving feast right.

  • The Bombay Club. Start with Fried Oysters Rockefeller or Crawfish & Mirliton Chowder. Continue with Roasted Turkey with oyster & tasso cornbread stuffing or try something less traditional, like Broiled Pompano with sunchoke and crabmeat gratin. The atmosphere is elegant, and the martinis sublime.
  • Arnaud’s will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Creole twist. Start with Butternut Squash Soup or Shrimp Arnaud. Continue with Roasted Turkey with cornbread or oyster stuffing, Braised Pork Short Ribs, or Gulf Fish Amandine. Then comes the difficult choice between Old Fashioned Pecan Pie or Praline Pot de Creme.
  • Broussard’s is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3p.m. and from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Begue’s Restaurant. Those who know it, cherish it. Dine in the lush courtyard or the elegant dining room.
  • Commander’s Palace. A Grande Dame of New Orleans. Dress elegantly for dinner in this Victorian home in the Garden District.

Many New Orleans restaurants are already accepting reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. Book your room at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and start looking ahead to what may be the most enjoyable Thanksgiving meal you’ll ever have.



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.