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Discover the Essence of New Orleans

May 18th, 2012 by bbnola

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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.

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 Roadfood.com for more information about Roadfood.

Find Romance in New Orleans

January 30th, 2012 by bbnola

Sometimes there is nothing more romantic than staying in when everyone else is out.

SMiLE!

New Orleans is romantic. Come see.

February in New Orleans means Mardi Gras. Parades and celebrations take place all over the city. Throngs of people participate because it’s rowdy and it’s fun.

While they’re dancing in the streets, curl up with your sweetie at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. While they’re partying in a club, find an intimate corner in a quiet restaurant. While they’re sleeping in, sneak out to watch the sun rise over the city.

New Orleans is infused with romance. It’s in the beautiful old homes, the intimate courtyards, the dark jazz clubs. It’s a city that awakens the lover in us all.

Bring your lover to a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast this February, and give yourself over to romance.

Reveillon 2011

December 14th, 2011 by bbnola

Reveillon dinners make Christmas in New Orleans wonderfully unique.

“Un réveillon” is a meal that takes place late, during the night. The word can be used to describe such a meal at any time of year, although it is now primarily associated with the celebratory meal enjoyed late on Christmas Eve. Many people traditionally sit down to Reveillon after Christmas Eve mass.

It should be no surprise that Reveillon is so widely celebrated in New Orleans. The town is, after all, inclined towards nocturnal activity and gustatory excellence. Reveillon is a natural extension of both.

While Reveillon traditionally takes place late on Christmas Eve, many New Orleans restaurants serve it throughout the month of December, at more reasonable hours. It is served as a prix fixe meal, with prices ranging from under $40 to more than $90 per person. Some restaurants offer choices within the menu, while others do not. It is worth researching such details before reserving a table.

Chefs go all out for the Reveillon. They serve such delights as Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Turtle Soup, and Brouillade aux Truffles. They serve Sautéed Frog Legs and Pan Roasted Quail. They serve Smoked Duck Salad, Bouillabaisse, and Braised Rabbit. If you like to stretch the limits of your palate, you’ll like Reveillon.

Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer Papa Noël specials during December, which provide deep discounts on lodging. Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of these inns. And remember–the more you save on lodging, the more you can spend on your Reveillon.

Please see Reveillon for a complete list of New Orleans restaurants serving this fantastically celebratory meal.

Welcome 2012 in New Orleans

November 27th, 2011 by bbnola

New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is not for early birds.

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Watch fireworks over the Mississippi on New Year's Eve in New Orleans.

The party starts a few hours before midnight in Jackson Square. Folks pass the time dancing to live music until “Baby Bacchus” drops from the roof of the nearby Jax Brewery. After that exciting moment, fireworks light the sky.

In some cities, this is the beginning of the end. People drift homewards, to bed. Not so in New Orleans.

It’s always a bit hard for this city to go to sleep. There is always good food to eat, good drinks to consume, and good music to enjoy. Some of the most exciting jam sessions take place in intimate bars, where the musicians congregate after their nightly gigs. Folks who can stay up late are in for a treat.

This wonderful mood is amplified on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants, bars and cafés all over the city host spectacular parties, most of which require advance tickets. These can be fun, but there is really no need to leave the outdoor party on Bourbon Street.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to make your New Orleans New Year’s plans. Book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and let the party begin.

Please visit Find a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast to locate the B&B of your dreams.

The Running of the Bulls, New Orleans

June 28th, 2011 by bbnola

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Run with the bulls in New Orleans - it's more safe and fun than in Spain.

Something extraordinary happens in New Orleans every July – something even more unusual and wonderful than you might expect. It is the annual Running of the Bulls. And it is remarkable.

Instead of flying to Pamplona, Spain, book a room in your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast for the weekend of July 9, 2011. New Orleans “bulls” aren’t as dangerous as the horned beasts who draw crowds in Spain. In New Orleans, the bulls are members of the New Orleans-based flat-track derby team known as the Big Easy Rollergirls.

If you dare to run, you may be “gored” by one of these bulls. Don’t worry – the wiffle ball bats they use to thwack slow runners haven’t sent anyone to the hospital yet. But they have caused a fair amount of fun and hilarity.

In typical New Orleans fashion, what began as a one day event has mushroomed into a three day event. Enjoy Spanish food and wine at The Chicory on Friday, July 8, and La Fiesta de Pantalones (The Pants Party) at 12 Bar on Fulton at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone may participate in this free event. So pack a white shirt, white pants or shorts, and a red scarf, and head to New Orleans on July 8, 2011, for the Running of the Bulls.

Additional information is available at Nolabulls. Visit New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of inns.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 7th, 2011 by bbnola

2011 is the 100th anniversary of Tennessee William’s birth and the 25th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans French Quarter. As such the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival will include birthday cake for many on top of its usual fun and interesting events. Writers, playwrights, actors, and fans will all be on hand to celebrate the life and works of one of New Orlean’s most renowned citizens. You could be here, too, staying in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans during the 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.

Speakers will touch on a great variety of topics, from the life and work of Tennessee Williams to food, music, and more. Hear Armistead Maupin discuss the most recent installation of Tales of the City, and learn about John Mariani’s new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. Learn about such varied topics as Forrest Gump, the Civil War and the glory of the University of Alabama’s football team (by Winston Groom) and join in a discussion about writing about New Orleans music with journalist and jazz clarinetist Tom Sancton. There will also be more than two dozen literary panel discussions.

Poetry readings and art, live music, cocktails and movies – the French Quarter will be infused with special events. And of course, the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival would not be complete without the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

The 25th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival runs March 23 – 27, 2011 in the New Orleans French Quarter. For more information, please visit the festival website, and book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

Soul Fest 2011

February 28th, 2011 by bbnola

American Alligator

Good in a kabob.

Mardi Gras parades are still filling the streets, but soon the masks will be removed and the floats stored or dismantled. Fortunately, there are still be plenty of reasons to visit New Orleans after Mardi Gras. Come to enjoy the city with fewer crowds, and come to relish the food. Another good reason to book a room in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast is Soul Fest.

Soul Fest takes place each year at the Audubon Zoo. It’s a celebration of Soul food and Soul music, as well as greater African American culture, music, food and crafts. This year, Soul Fest follows on the heals of Mardi Gras, on March 12 and 13, 2011. Book a room in an Uptown New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and walk to Soul Fest.

Soul Fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and is free with Audubon Zoo admission. Stop by for lunch of fried Louisiana alligator kabob or an early dinner oft sausage po-boy and a slice of sweet potato pie.

Visit Soul Fest for more information about the 2011 festival.

Mardi Gras 2011 is Under Way

February 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

If you’re staying in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast these days, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras parades take place morning, noon and night throughout the city during Carnival, from the French Quarter to the Metairie to Uptown. For example, this Saturday, February 26, 2011, catch a parade from Pontchartrain to Uptown at 1 p.m., or Pegasus to Uptown at 6:45 p.m..

This year, Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) falls on March 8, and to celebrate it there will be parades all over the city. Some parades feature people walking in fine attire, others feature elaborate floats that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to create. All will have music, and lots of it. Parade schedules can change at any time, so visit Mardi Gras 2011 for up-to-date information.

Mardi Gras and Carnival is celebrated in many predominantly Catholic societies each year before Lent, a period of fasting and piousness. In preparation for forty days with little or no rich foods and drink, people consume their rich foods and drink. In preparation for a lengthy period without parties or celebrations, people enjoy themselves to the fullest. So if you plan to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, plan to have some fun.

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is celebrated with masquerade balls, colorful parades, and the consumption of King Cakes. New Orleans was one of the first cities to celebrate Mardi Gras in this country, and it remains the penultimate Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Experience it in 2011. Stay in a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans while you’re here.

New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Marathon

February 8th, 2011 by bbnola

Marathon runners are a dedicated bunch. They train for months in order to be able to run 26 miles with with thousands of other people. Marathoners are rewarded by the great sense of accomplishment that comes from setting their hearts and minds on a goal and achieving it. Thousands of marathons runners are due to arrive in New Orleans this weekend, for the February 13, 2011 New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Marathon. Many of them will stay in New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Yet there is one other perk: travel. Many marathon runners set their sights on races located all over the world. If you’re a runner, to run along the Champs Elysees and through the Place de la Concorde in Paris with thousands of your running peers is thrilling. There are marathons in the Polar Circle, marathons along the Great Wall of China, and marathons in Petra, an ancient city carved into the sandstone mountains of Jordan.

The New Orleans Marathon may not be quite as awe-inspiring as a run on the Great Wall of China, but it is certainly a beautiful course and a fun race. Runners will race through the Lower and Upper Garden Districts, past antique shops and lovely old mansions; they’ll run around Audubon Park and down the historic St. Charles Avenue; they’ll run beside Lake Pontchartrain before heading back to the finish line at City Park.

After the race, they’ll party. In the true spirit of the city, musicians stand on street corners and serenade the runners as they past. Bowling for Soup will play at City Park, along with as yet to be announced Opening and Closing Acts. Dancing in the park, great food and drinks make the post-marathon party in New Orleans unforgettable.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts welcome marathon runners to their hometown. Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans are a wonderful lodging choice for runners and spectators alike. You’ll want hearty breakfasts while in town, sinfully comfortable beds, and, ideally, a Jacuzzi. You’ll also want to be able to stretch out in common areas and parlors after the race, when you’re too tired to sightsee but too restless to stay in your room.

Course for the New Orleans Marathon.

Online advance registration for the 2011 New Orleans marathon is closed, but registration is still possible in New Orleans prior to race day, Sunday  February 13. For more details, please see New Orleans Marathon.