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New Orleans on a Budget

April 18th, 2011 by bbnola

Travel to New Orleans doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many ways to save on everything from lodging to activities. One thing is true – the more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the easier it is to save.

Start by looking for New Orleans Bed and Breakfast lodging specials, where you’ll find a variety of ways to get more for less. B&Bs New Orleans offer such specials as Stay 4 nights and get the 5th night free and Last Minute Discounts; they are worth investigating.

Admire the art and architecture of Lafayette Square

Once installed in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, cast about for free or inexpensive activities. New Orleans has long been a welcoming city. Music pours out of bars and parades pass by hourly (or so it sometimes seems). Visitors need do little more than walk about the city to experience its culture.

Inexpensive New Orleans Activities:

  • Wednesdays at the Square: from April to June 15, 2011, Lafayette Square is the place to be. Established New Orleans and Louisiana musicians offer free outdoor concerts, playing everything from jazz to funk and swamp pop. Bring a blanket for lounging or dance. Food booths will be set up around the square – an inexpensive way to dine in New Orleans. Concerts run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See Wednesday at the Square for the line-up.

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Valentine’s Day in New Orleans

February 10th, 2011 by bbnola

Cozy restaurants, intimate nightclubs, and plenty of live music help make New Orleans a fantastic city in which to spend Valentine’s Day. Consider a last minute romantic getaway in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day s/he’ll never forget.

There are dozens of supremely romantic restaurants in New Orleans, many of which are housed in lovingly restored old buildings. Dine in a 150 year old Creole cottage in the French Quarter, at Bayona. Share martinis at the French Quarter’s Bombay Club, where Nouveau Creole cuisine is served with class. Sip wine or cocktails while savoring small plates at Bouligny Tavern, a mid-century modern locale in the Uptown / Garden District

Dance with your sweetie during a romantic getaway in New Orleans.

After dinner, walk through the French Quarter until you hear music that appeals to you drifting out of a bar. Cuddle together while listening to jazz or dance until the wee hours of the morning to a more lively beat. Dixieland, Cajun, Rock n Roll, the Blues; whatever you like, you’re sure to find it playing at some venue in New Orleans.

Start your evening with a walk, hand-in-hand, through the French Quarter, or a scenic ride through the city in a horse drawn carriage. Stroll through the Sculpture Garden in City Park; share a kiss by the fountain at Audubon Park.

Several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer last-minute specials or romantic getaway packages: add a bottle of wine or chocolates to a special occasion such as an anniversary or Valentine’s Day romantic retreat, and make travel more affordable. You’re spouse, lover, or special friend will be delighted with a trip to a romantic Bed and Breakfast 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.

Thanksgiving, New Orleans Style

November 18th, 2010 by bbnola

Every person should experience a New Orleans Thanksgiving. Be a bon vivant at least once in your life.

Turducken

The incomparable turducken

Southern, Creole, and Cajun influences run deep in the cuisine of New Orleans. You may think you’ve eaten turkey before, but have you ever had it like it’s prepared in this town? Deep fried? Oh yes. Crispy skin gives way to moist, tender meat. Stuffing? Add cornbread, Creole pork, oyster, shrimp, crawfish, or all of the above. My, that’s good.

The penultimate New Orleans Thanksgiving dish is the turducken. Imagine a whole chicken cooked inside a duck that’s cooked inside a turkey. The unique blend of these three flavors is unforgettable. After tasting it, you may never tolerate just plain turkey again.

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