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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.