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Bring Your GLBT Valentine to New Orleans

January 31st, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans is one of the most tolerant cities in the country. People from all walks of life have been living together here since the city was born, generally accepting one another as they are. Maybe it’s the music – it infuses the very core of New Orleans and encourages people to forget their differences.

Feel free to hold hands in New Orleans.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts continue to reflect that spirit of open acceptance and tolerance – you’ll find a good number go out of their way to welcome gay couples.

This year, treat your Valentine to something really special: a romantic getaway at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans. Stay in a cozy cabin or a grand historic home. If you’re unfamiliar with New Orleans, feel free to ask your innkeepers for recommendations about restaurants, bars, and night clubs. You are sure to feel welcome wherever you go in New Orleans.

Unique New Orleans Walking Tour

January 23rd, 2011 by bbnola

If you enjoy the occasional cocktail, you may be interested in a unique New Orleans walking tour offered by Gray Line: the New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour. This tour is a wonderful way to orient yourself to the city and some of its most prominent restaurants and bars. By the end of the tour, you’ll know which establishments you want to visit again during your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation.

Every cocktail has a history – who first created it, where it was first consumed, when it became popular. Mixologists such as Dale DeGroff and Gary Regan have devoted their careers not only to preparing the finest cocktails, but to uncovering their fascinating histories. You can read about the New Orleans’ cocktails, or you can experience them first hand: the News Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour brings the history of certain cocktails to life.

Pimm’s Cup, the Hurricane, the Sazerac, and the Hand Grenade – visit the bars where they were first concocted and hear entertaining stories about their origins. The New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour will bring you behind the scenes and into the wine cellars of some of the oldest and most respected establishments in the city.

More information about the New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour is available at  Gray Line Tours. It’s a fun way to launch a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast getaway.

True cocktail aficionados may want to attend Tales of the Cocktail 2011, July 20 – 24; it’s not too early to book rooms in Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans for this event.

National World War II Museum

January 13th, 2011 by bbnola

Folks in New Orleans know to be prepared for any type of weather in January; it can be cool and rainy or sunny and downright balmy. It’s wise to have a variety of activities planned during your next New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation, some indoors and some out of doors.

Don’t fret about cool, rainy, days, because New Orleans has several magnificent museums. One of the most unique is the National World War II Museum, which opened it’s doors on the anniversary of D-Day in 2000. There is nothing like this museum anywhere else in the country, or indeed the world.

Visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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Louisiana Swamp Festival

November 5th, 2010 by bbnola

Louisiana Morning

Celebrate the Louisiana Swamp.

Many people travel to New Orleans and Louisiana specifically to experience Cajun culture first hand through food and music. If this sounds like you, head to a New Orleans bed and breakfast this weekend, November 6 and 7, 2010, and attend the Louisiana Swamp Festival. This is a great opportunity to learn about the traditions, food and music of the Acadian people who came to Louisiana in the 18th century.

Historically, Cajun culture was predominant in what is now called the Acadiana region of Louisiana, where the Acadians settled after being expunged from the Canadian Acadia. This area west of New Orleans is still home to a large Francophone population today. The north section of Acadiana consists of dry prairies and rolling hills, but the south gives way to the marshes and bayous typically associated with Cajun culture.

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Visit New Orleans Cemeteries on the Day of the Dead

October 26th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans - Iberville: St. Louis Cemetery #1

St. Louis Cemetery #1, in New Orleans.

The end of October seems a fitting time to visit the Cities of the Dead in New Orleans.

Tradition holds that the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead is thin during All Hallow’s Eve; spirits may cross more easily into the world of the living at this time. Scary costumes most likely originated in order to scare those spirits – it’s best not to take chances.

When Europeans first settled New Orleans, they struggled over what to do with their dead. Traditional burials didn’t stick. Due to the high water table, air-tight caskets would sometimes push up through the earth when it rained heavily. Just imagine that happening some evening at the end of October – people must have been terrified.

Eventually, New Orleans took up a tradition common in France and Spain – housing the dead in vaults above the ground. After centuries of this, the cemeteries of New Orleans today really do resemble cities of the dead. They have grand avenues, meandering alleys, and dead ends. There are wealthier parts of town and humble areas, for death claims everyone in time.

Ask the innkeepers of your New Orleans bed and breakfast about touring the Cities of the Dead. It is generally not recommended for people to visit them on their own (beware the living, not the dead). A number of tour agencies offer tours of Saint Louis Cemeteries #1 and #2, as well as other cemeteries throughout the city. Tours are a great way to learn about the famous and infamous people who now dwell in New Orleans’ cemeteries, such as Marie Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans”.

Take advantage of the many specials offered by New Orleans bed and breakfast innkeepers at this time of year, and come visit the Cities of the Dead this fall.

Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré

September 27th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans has many secrets. Uncover a few of them during the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré tour, October 16 and 17, 2010.

Europe boasts many a walled garden. Tall stone walls line the streets of old towns in France, England and Spain, and visitors rarely see beyond the gates. The Vieux Carré of New Orleans, settled primarily by the French, offers many fine examples of walled gardens. Chaos may be reigning outside those walls, but inside, there is tranquility and beauty. Most of the gardens are not large – they are in an urban area, after all – but they boast stunning designs. See where some of the elite of New Orleans went to escape the heat in well-preserved, historic gardens.

During the Secret Gardens Tour, six private walled gardens will open their mysterious gates between noon and 4pm each day (take the tour each day and see a total of twelve different gardens). This is a self-guided walking tour – participants are responsible for transporting themselves from one garden to the next.

Stay in a New Orleans bed and breakfast while in town for the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré tour. Many are located in historic homes and feature lovely gardens.

For more information about the Secret Gardens tour, please contact Patio Planters at news@patioplanters.org.

The Ponderosa Stomp

September 15th, 2010 by bbnola

You’ll want to book your New Orleans bed and breakfast for the Ponderosa Stomp as soon as possible. This American roots music festival has been shaking the House of Blues since 2001. Each year, the festival pays tribute to some of the finest “unsung heroes and heroines” of American soul, reggae, swamp, country, jazz, blues and rock-n-roll. The 2010 Ponderosa Stomp on September 24 and 25 will be no different.

The great Duane Eddy

Headlining the festival is “Guitar Man” Duane Eddy, the man  who helped the guitar become a lead instrument.  You may remember Rebel Rouser from 1958. During a career that has spanned more than half a century, Eddy has played alongside some of the finest musicians working.

Other musicians performing at the Ponderosa Stomp are Doug Ardoin and Bert Miller (two original Boogie Kings), Eve and the Exiles, Lil’ Buck Sinegal & the Top Cats with Stanley Durai (Buckwheat Zydeco), and Sugar Pie DeSanto.

One of the highlights of the weekend is sure to be the performance by Honeyboy Edwards. At 95, he is perhaps the last living link to the early 20th Century Mississippi Delta Blues.

There are many good reasons to travel to this city and lodge in a bed and breakfast New Orleans. One of them is the 2010 Ponderosa Stomp. Hope to see you there.