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Get Out of Town – On A New Orleans Swamp Tour!

July 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Swamp Tour - Alligator sunning on a log

New Orleans’ reputation as a festival town is well deserved. We do have an awful lot of fun here! That’s not all New Orleans has to offer, however. After you’ve seen all the museums, shops, and parades, why not get back to nature with a New Orleans swamp tour!

It really can be difficult to see past the French Quarter and Bourbon Street when visiting New Orleans. What many people don’t realize is that the natural world is not that far away. If you’re not familiar with the bayou, visiting it can be just as vibrant and exciting as any Mardi Gras parade.

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New Orleans’ 2016 James Beard Award Winners!

May 20th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans’ 2016 James Beard Award WinnersThe 2016 James Beard Award Winners were announced earlier in May and New Orleans is proud to have had 14 local chefs/restaurants make it to the semi-finals and, in the end, 3 James Beard Award winners!

Anyone who has been to New Orleans knows how big cuisine is here. Few cities can boast as much food talent, history, and variety as New Orleans and local chefs and restaurants receiving awards for their ingenuity and expertise is nothing new – but these are the James Beard awards.

The James Beard Foundation ( is a national, non-profit, culinary arts organization based in New York City, and named after the “Dean of American Cookery,” legendary food writer, teacher, and cookbook author, James Beard. James Beard Awards are held annually to honor exceptional chefs and journalists and are considered by many the Oscars of the food world.

New Orleans’ 2016 James Beard Award Winners

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award – Chef Leah Chase
James Beard Award Winners - Chef Leah Chase Dooky Chase’s RestaurantLeah Chase is a living legend who has been cooking in New Orleans at Dooky Chase’s since 1946. She helped pioneer the “soul food” genre, was the inspiration for Princess Tiana in Disney’s “Princess and the Frog,” and has garnered numerous previous awards, including the Candace Award, the Freedom Foundation Award, and the NAACP Human Understanding, to name just a few. She was inducted into the James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who in Food & Beverage” in 2010, is the author of the Dooky Chase Cookbook, and was the subject of a biography by Carol Allen: “Leah Chase: Listen, I Say Like This.”
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant – 2301 Orleans Ave. – is known for its incredible array of creole and soul food in a restaurant filled with local art.

Best Chef, South – Justin Devillier
James Beard Award Winners - Chef Justin Devillier - La Petite GroceryNew Orleans Magazine’s 2014 “Chef of the Year,” 35 year-old Chef Justin Devillier is no stranger to accolades. Despite his relative youth, he’s been a finalist for the James Beard Award of “Best Chef: South” three times before, so it was no surprise to see him on the list again – but a real thrill to see him finally take James Beard Award Winners - Chef Justin Devillier - Baliseit home. Known for his lengthy involvement with La Petite Grocery, where he began his N’awlins career in 2003, Devillier has since gone on to own the establishment as well as open another: Balise.
La Petite Grocery – 4238 Magazine St. – is serves up made-from-scratch Louisiana fare in the quaint and intimate surroundings of what was an 1800’s grocery store.
Balise – 640 Carondelet – on the other hand, offers cocktails, wine, and Louisiana fare with a European accent in a warm townhouse setting.

Best New Restaurant- Shaya
New Orleans’ 2016 James Beard Award Winners - ShayaChef Alon Shaya, owner, head chef, and namesake of Shaya is an innovative chef who incorporates influences from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Greece into his modern Israeli dishes – falafel, kebabs, and baba ganoush. Shaya uses seasonal, locally-sourced and responsibly-grown and harvested ingredients from Louisiana’s abundant local farmers via the Crescent City Farmer’s Market. Like Chef Alon’s other N’awlins restaurants – Domenica and Pizza Domenica – Shaya’s centerpiece is a wood-fired oven. Chef Alon Shaya was the James Beard “Best Chef: South” in 2015 for his work through Domenica, among other honors.
Shaya – 4213 Magazine St

New Orleans Lodging
Food isn’t the only thing New Orleans does right – we also know lodging – and I’m not talking about those stale, impersonal hotels or motels. For real southern hospitality, great breakfasts, lush appointments, and tips on the local scene from someone who knows the area like the back of their hand, stay at an authentic, locally owned and operated New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Celebrate Summer with New Orleans June Festivals!

May 9th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans June Festivals

Known as the Festival Capital of the World for good reason, New Orleans always has a celebration of some kind just around the corner or going on right now! With dozens of festivals all year-long, it can be hard to decide which to attend. We’ve put together this guide to New Orleans June Festivals to help you make that decision.

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Don’t Miss Buku Music + Art Project 2016

February 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Buku Music + Art Project 2016New Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project, scheduled for March 11-12, 2016, takes its name from “beaucoup,” French for “plenty” – and that’s just what Buku Music + Art Project is: a two-day festival with plenty of live music, eye-popping art, amazing food, and much more.

Held on the New Orleans riverfront, Buku Music + Art Project celebrates pop culture and the New Orleans underground arts community. The festival features local and national acts performing EDM, hip-hop, and sub-genres of indie rock as well as visual artists from around the region and world, and outstanding New Orleans food vendors.

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Visit New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Museums

January 22nd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

So you’re in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and now you’re curious about the festival’s history – well, you’re in the right place: New Orleans has not just one but three Mardi Gras museums!

You have to realize that Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since the early 1700’s. Though Spanish rule repressed the holiday here in the mid 1700’s and Mardi Gras parades did not appear in New Orleans until 1857, we’re still looking at over 200 years of Mardi Gras balls and festivities in New Orleans!

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Gird Your Tastebuds for the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Crab Boil Louisiana Seafood Festival 2014

Oysters, crawfish, shrimp, and more, baked, steamed, simmered, and grilled Louisiana-style and served with music, dancing, and drinks: it must be the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival!

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Attend Whitney White Linen Night

July 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Whitney White Linen Night 2014Whitney White Linen Night, held the first Saturday night every August since 1994, is an opportunity to revive an old, Southern tradition while enjoying excellent food, quenching drink, and fine art.

So what has white linen got to do with August and art?

Well, back before air conditioning, one of the few ways you could really even attempt to stay cool during the summer months, in a subtropical zone like the Gulf Coast, was to don white linen, which reflects the sun’s harsher rays and breathes … a bit. Surely you can picture the stereotypical Southern gentleman in his white suite – Colonel Sanders, for example.

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Discover the Essence of New Orleans

May 18th, 2012 by bbnola

Melanie Fiona on Walmart Soundcheck

Melanie Fiona to perform at the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

Essence is defined as “the intrinsic nature of something” and “the most important ingredient; the crucial element”. Isn’t it time you discovered the essence of New Orleans?

The Essence Music Festival is the event in the United States that showcases African American musicians and talent. Some of the biggest names in the industry will be in New Orleans for Essence. Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, The Stylistics, and Charlie Wilson are just the beginning of the list.

Big Sam´s Funky Nation New Orleans

Big Sam's Funky Nation to perform at 2012 Essence Music Festival.

During the festival, New Orleans’ Central Business District will be transformed into a fabulous outdoor marketplace. Writers and artists will be there, as will chefs. It would be wise to bring your appetite. This is a unique opportunity to see a wide sampling of the culture and talent of the African Diaspora in one place.

The 2012 Essence Music Festival takes place at the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 6-8. That may seem like a long time from today, but it will be here sooner than you think. It’s worth preparing now: make travel plans, find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and get your tickets to the Essence Music Festival.

For a complete lineup and tickets, please visit Essence Festival.

Please use our Find a B&B page to locate a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

April 25th, 2012 by bbnola

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Alain Toussaint performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place April 27 through May 6, 2012. Don’t miss it; it’s a cultural and musical feast.

2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Headliners include: 

  • Bruce Springsteen and the E STreet Band
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Bon Iver
  • Ani DiFranco
  • The Eagles
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation

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New Orleans Business Travel

March 13th, 2012 by bbnola

Business travel New Orleans

Bring your laptop and get down to work at your New Orleans B&B.

So many people travel to New Orleans for fun that it’s easy to forget people travel here for work, too. New Orleans business travelers are a lucky lot; during their off hours, they can explore one of the most exciting cities in the country.

Many of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are located in the heart of the city, near the Central Business District. This allows for short commutes to business meetings by day, and convenient access to restaurants and entertainment by night. In addition, innkeepers are a great source of information; they can help you come up with a short list of sites and activities you shouldn’t miss during your business trip.

The best way to start of day of work is with a gourmet breakfast in a New Orleans Inn. A great way to wrap up a hard day of work is with a drink in your inn, something many B&Bs offer. Business travel can be lonely, and the relaxed and homey atmosphere of many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts is a welcome respite from larger, less personal hotels.

Please visit New Orleans Business Travel for a list of Inns that cater to business travelers. May your next work trip be a success.