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VOODOO 2011

October 11th, 2011 by bbnola

Halloween and New Orleans go together. The city that loves to dress for any occasion knows how to treat Halloween right. Indeed, the end of October is one of the most entertaining times to head to New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Since no celebration is complete in New Orleans without music, Halloween coincides with the VOODOO Music Experience. This year, VOODOO runs from October 28-30. For three days, City Park will be filled with great musicians, food booths, shop booths, and art.

VOODOO Music Experience 2011 is bringing some of the biggest name in entertainment to New Orleans:

The Raconteurs play VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE 2011

  • Soundgarden
  • Cassy
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Snoop Dog
  • Blink-182
  • Lee Burridge
  • The Raconteurs
  • Cheap Trick
  • Soul Clap
  • and The Original Meters

 

But VOODOO isn’t just about music. Large-scale interactive art installations will be placed throughout City Park. Curators Stefan Beese and Stephen Rehage are bringing the work of acclaimed international artists to New Orleans. The art is vibrant and celebrates technology, experimentation, and electronic media. It is also sustainable. Anticipate visceral reactions.

VOODOO Music Experience brings thousands of people to New Orleans each year. Don’t be caught without a room. There are many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts within walking distance to City Park. Find one today.

Additional information is available at VOODOO Music Experience.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

You Don’t Need a Festival to Eat Seafood in New Orleans

September 12th, 2011 by bbnola

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo - one of the best aspects of New Orleans.

The 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival was held this past weekend at Lafayette Square. Many New Orleans restaurants participated in this event, including Saltwater Grill, Mr. B’s Bistro, and Remoulade. Everyone was invited to kick back and enjoy free live music while noshing their way from one food booth to the next. Folks are already anticipating next year’s festival.

It’s important to remember that outstanding seafood is available twelve months a year in New Orleans, not only during the New Orleans Seafood Festival. Once here, visitors may dine in some of the best restaurants in the country. If your mouth has started to water as you read this, book a room in one of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, and get ready to eat.

A few favorite New Orleans restaurants:

  • Cafe Minh. The best of Vietnamese and Creole cuisines. Try the bouillabaisse with Vietnamese vermicelli.
  • Galatoire’s. You can’t call ahead for a reservation, but it’s worth standing in line to taste Crabmeat Sardou.
  • Vizard’s. Eat here while you can, for executive chef Kevin Vizard has a tendency to open and close restaurants the way most of us open and close doors. Try the Oysters Mancuso – fried oysters, toast, claw crabmeat, green onion, and oyster deem. Mmmm.
  • Commander’s Palace. A Garden District treasure, this restaurant has been a New Orleans favorite since 1880. These days, 90% of the ingredients come from within 100 miles of the restaurants. Try the Soft Shell Crab Bisque or Turtle Soup (technically not a seafood, but turtles do swim).
  • Mr. B’s Bistro. Try the dark, flavorful gumbo and the famous barbecued shrimp. The menu changes with the seasons.

This is far from an exhaustive list, and guests should not hesitate to ask innkeepers of their New Orleans Bed and Breakfast for dining suggestions. Bon appetit!

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.

 

Southern Decadence 2011

August 10th, 2011 by bbnola

Southern Decadence , New Orleans 2007

The 2007 Southern Decadence parade

Southern Decadence, also known as Gay Mardi Gras, takes place annually over Labor Day Weekend. This year, the event runs from Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5, 2011. Openings are still available at New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

New Orleans is known for its tolerance. From it’s inception, it has been a haven for folks of all backgrounds, cultures, and colors. Though tension has arisen over the years, in general the city has dealt with differences by celebrating them. Parades and festivals are inclusive, rather than exclusive, and it’s hard to frown when you’re dancing.

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Coolinary New Orleans

August 4th, 2011 by bbnola

Most everyone is thinking about household budgets this year, but that doesn’t mean that travel has to stop. It does mean that travelers are looking for more deals than ever before: lower airfare, discounted lodging, and other specials. That’s why August is such a good time to travel to New Orleans.

Several of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are currently offering specials. At Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast, guests who stay four nights pay for only three nights. At Oakview Bed and Breakfast, guests who stay for two nights get a third night free. B&W Courtyards is discounting two of their rooms for guests who stay at least 2 nights.

Try the grilled flank steak and special cocktail-du-jour at Mesón 923. Photo from Mesón 923.

There’s another good reason to travel to New Orleans this month: Coolinary New Orleans. Throughout the month of August, many of the city’s most famous and well-regarded restaurants offer deep discounts for lunch and dinner (perfect for guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, who enjoy the first meal of the day at their lodging). Participating restaurants offer two-course luncheons for $20 or less, and three-course dinners for 35$ or less.

This is a great time for experienced and novice foodies to visit New Orleans. It’s the ideal time to break old habits and try a new type of cuisine or a new dish. Bring your appetite and plan to eat your way through New Orleans this August!

A list of participating restaurants and their special menus is available at Coolinary New Orleans.

Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Specials for a list of B&Bs currently offering specials.

Photo from Mesón 923.

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.

Satchmo SummerFest, 2011

July 21st, 2011 by bbnola

The 2011 Satchmo Summer Fest takes place in less than 2 weeks; jazz fans from all around the country and world are preparing to travel to New Orleans for this grand celebration of jazz in general and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong in particular. Many will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Satchmo SummerFest will be held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, August 6 – 7, 2011.

Two stages mean a variety of music can be heard in two days. Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage is to host such greats as the Jason Marsalis Quartet, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, and Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints. The Coronet Chop Suet Stage will showcase the likes of the Bone Tone Brass Band, Will Smith & the Jazz Cats, and Leon ‘Kid Chocolate’ Brown. Performances begin at noon and run until 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to music, Satchmo SummerFest presents free seminars and discussions on Friday August 5, Saturday August 6, and Sunday August 7. All are welcome to attend discussions lead by the Satchmo of Japan, Yoshio Toyoma, recording industry icon Geroge Avakian, and Armstrong scholar and musician Dan Morgenstern, among others.

It wouldn’t be Satchmo SummerFest without a Birthday Party for Louis Armstrong, a Sunday morning Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church in Treme, and a traditional second line parade. Many New Orleans restaurants will highlight some of Satchmo’s favorite dishes. There will be a host of activities for folks of all ages.

Be spontaneous. Head to New Orleans for Satchmo SummerFest in early August. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts will, as always, welcome jazz fans.

For additional festival information, please see Satchmo SummerFest.

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.