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Roadfood Arrives in New Orleans

March 6th, 2012 by bbnola

One of the best and worst aspects of a road trip is the road food. The annual Roadfood Festival in New Orleans focuses on the best. Come see for yourself, March 23-25, 2012.

Oysters at the New Orleans Roadfood Festival

Oysters at the 2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival.

Tucked away in the far-flung corners of this country are innumerable road food finds. Just ask Jane and Michael Stern about it. They’ve been eating their way around the country for year, and they can tell you the best places to find a slice of pie, a reuben sandwich, and just about any other food you might fancy. Jane and Michael Stern will be at the Roadfood Festival. If you’re familiar with their work, you know they wouldn’t miss it.

The New Orleans Roadfood Festival brings plate after plate of fine food to the French Quarter. More than 30 restaurants will serve the dishes that brought them fame. What fun to eat New Jersey savory panzarotti and Tucson tamales in New Orleans.

Additional festivities include a Saturday night crawfish boil and Cajun fais-do-do, where you can dance to live music and feast on crawfish and whole hog barbecue. Also not to be missed is the Beignet Eating Contest on Sunday, March 25.

The Roadfood Festival is not about fancy, high-priced restaurants. It’s not about gourmet. It’s about everyday food, simple and tasty. It’s about roadside diners and small, independent restaurants from anywhere, U.S.A. What better place to get a taste of that than New Orleans?

Stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast while in town for the Roadfood Festival. Don’t forget to bring your appetite.

Please see for more information about Roadfood.

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.

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.

2011 New Orleans Film Festival

September 26th, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans is gearing up for the New Orleans Film Festival, which takes place October 14-20. This is a festival that has blossomed since its inception in 1989. Cinephiles, New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are ready to welcome you.

Festival films will be screened at various venues throughout the city, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Prytania Theatre, the only single screen cinema in the state of Louisiana. Documentaries, comedies, dramas, foreign films – this is your chance to see hard-to-find films on the big screen.

The 2011 New Orleans Film Festival takes place October 14-20. Be there.

New Orleans Film Festival 2011 Highlights include:


Truly, all the films are spectacular, and all are worth seeing. Come to New Orleans to indulge in cinema for a week this fall. You deserve it.

A complete schedule of festival events and screenings is available at New Orleans Film Festival.

Please visit Find a New Orleans B&B for a list of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.


The Saints of New Orleans

September 16th, 2011 by bbnola

Eyes down field

Come to New Orleans this season, and support the Saints.

The Saints came into being in 1967 and showed their stuff right away by having the most wins for an expansion team in their first season. Yet victory was scarce those first years, as the team went through its inevitable growing pains. Things started to turn around as the Saints neared their 20th anniversary. In 1986, RB Bueben Mayes was named Rookie of the Year and went to the Pro Bowl along with LB Rickey Jackson and K Morten Anderson. In 1987, the Saints had nine consecutive wins, their first ever winning season, and they went to the playoffs. In 1988, their second consecutive winning season, they had their biggest win in history.

There have been many high points since then, including their first game in the Superdrome after Katrina, a 23-3 victory on Monday Night Football. The penultimate moment is undoubtedly their Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010.

What will this season hold? Come find out.

Fans, support the New Orleans Saints whenever you can, especially on their home turf. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts will welcome you. There is no better city to visit, and no better team to cheer. Have you seen the Saints pregame chants? They make you want to dance as much as win.

Yes, even football is infused with music in New Orleans.

Check out the New Orleans Saints Schedule. Then look through our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts. Come to New Orleans to support your team this season, as often as you can.

Visit The Cabildo

May 5th, 2011 by bbnola

The contemporary culture of New Orleans is well-known. Travelers dreams of savoring coffee and beignets, of biting into their first Po-Boy, and of late nights saturated in live music. It is easy to turn these dreams into reality when visiting New Orleans.

Yet there is more to New Orleans than food and music. New Orleans has a rich history that is reflected in its beautiful architecture and told in its many museums. History and architecture enthusiasts should plan lengthy or frequent stays in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, in order to fully explore the history and architecture of this great city.

Indeed, the collection of the Louisiana State Museum is so large it cannot be housed in one building alone. Instead, the collection is spread throughout five properties in the French Quarter of New Orleans. One such property is The Cabildo.

New Orleans - French Quarter: Jackson Square, Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Presbytère

Remarkable architecture of the French Quarter: Jackson Square, The Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Presbytère.

Built between 1795 and 1799, The Cabildo first served as the seat of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans; members of the “Illustrious Cabildo”, or city council, met there for years. In later years this beautiful building was home to the Louisiana Supreme Court, and since 1911, it has been part of the Louisiana State Museum. Exhibitions focus on the early history of the state of Louisiana.

The Cabildo is generally recognized as the most significant historical building in Louisiana. It was here, in 1803, that the American government signed the Louisiana Purchase and acquired more than 800,000 square miles of land from the French. The new land stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, sparked the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and enabled citizens of the young country to move west.

See where this historic document was signed when next you stay in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. The Cabildo is located at 701 Chartres St., in the French Quarter. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for all legal holidays. For more information, please see The Cabildo.

Irish and Italian Celebrations in New Orleans

March 14th, 2011 by bbnola

As we know, New Orleans loves any excuse for a party and a parade. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are already underway and will culminate on March 20, 2011. The purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras are replaced by the more traditional Irish green – seen on floats, clothing, and derby hats (a la leprechaun).

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts who line up for the various St. Patrick’s Day Parades in March, 2011, may well end up with cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, and seasonings in their arms. Not content to hand out green trinkets or flowers like some of the parade walkers, float riders hand out the ingredients for Irish Stew. Now that’s a good reason to go to a parade!

Mardi Gras may have the biggest reputation in New Orleans, but some of the biggest parties of the year take place now. Folks step out for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and St. Joseph’s Day on March 19 – a popular Italian celebration.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts this week may enjoy the following New Orleans Parades:

  • Downtown Irish Club Parade:                         Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.
  • St. Joseph’s Day Parade, French Quarter:    Saturday, March 19, at 6 p.m.
  • Louisiana Irish – Italian parade, Metairie:    Sunday, March 20, at noon.

Even the dogs dress for St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans.


The King of Cakes

January 6th, 2011 by bbnola

Carnival season officially starts today, January 6, 2011, with the Feast of Epiphany. That means now is the time to make your New Orleans travel plans and book a room at your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. One of the most compelling reasons to come is the food.

Mardi Gras King Cake

A colorful New Orleans King Cake.

The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally celebrated on the twelfth day after Christmas, and marks the Biblical Magis’ visit to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. For centuries, many cultures have celebrated the Feast of Epiphany with a King Cake, known as Galette des Rois in France. These cakes hold a treasure inside – historically a gold coin among the wealthy and a fava bean among the poor today often a ceramic or plastic charm; the lucky person who bites into the treasure has the honor of hosting the next King Cake Party.

The tradition of King Cakes in New Orleans extends back to the eighteenth century, brought by the French and Spanish who settled here. Not surprisingly, New Orleans has made the King Cake its own.

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Happy New Year from New Orleans B&Bs!

December 30th, 2010 by bbnola

The innkeepers of New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inns would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Happy 2011 from New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Innkeeepers.

Thank you for visiting us in 2010!

May 2011 bring you health, happiness, and travel to New Orleans!

Holiday Happenings in New Orleans

December 10th, 2010 by bbnola

Aerial view of Buche de Noel

Try a slice of Buche de Noel during a New Orleans Reveillon.

December is a glorious time to visit the city of New Orleans.

For starters, it’s a steal. Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer Papa Noel rates and specials through much of December. Some rooms are priced as low as $50 / night (top that!), while others offer deep discounts and complimentary bottles of wine. It’s hard to imagine such prices for luxurious inns. Merry Christmas, everyone!

As has been written before in these pages, New Orleans doesn’t need much of an excuse to party. Just about anything merits a celebration complete with food and music, and the Christmas season is no different. While the Christmas spirit spreads itself throughout the city, a couple of  “must see and do” ideas leap to mind.

One is Miracle on Fulton Street. The pedestrian plaza on Fulton Street between Lafayette and Poydras streets is transformed into a magical wonderland through January 2, 2011. Anchoring the decorations is Macy’s 30′ Tremendous Tree. No matter what the weather is doing in the rest of New Orleans, snow will fall at some point each day on Fulton Street in the illuminated tunnel. There really is nothing like this tunnel of light, ornaments and trees.

Another is Reveillon. Le réveillon is French for ‘awakening’. Creole families in the New Orleans of old had an interesting custom – one not unique to them but one embraced with their usual joie de vivre. After Midnight Mass (New Orleans was predominantly Catholic), Creole families would return home to feast until the light of dawn. Traditional Réveillons included rich foods like oysters, shellfish, and maybe turtle soup.

Today, New Orleans restaurants have a modern twist on the Réveillon. Throughout the month of December, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus at reduced prices. Réveillons are an opportunity for locals and visitors to try new restaurants for a fraction of the cost. In 2010, Galatoire’s is serving duck andouille gumbo; Brigtsen’s is serving Turtle soup and egg nog creme brulee; and Brennan’s is serving Eggs Hussarde.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts dress for the holidays, too. They’re a glorious place to spend part of December.