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New Orleans is your home for history and tradition this holiday season

The National Geographic Traveler lists New Orleans as one of the Best Trips of 2014.  They mention our hot summer months as the time to come for hotel deals in New Orleans, but we know that December is also a great time to visit our city for fun activities and holiday specials.

While we may not have snow in New Orleans, there are many places that twinkle with lights and fun activities to fill your December days and nights.  Our favorite  is Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.

New Orleans Holiday activities

Cajun Night Before Christmas light display at City Park Celebration in the Oaks

It opens November 29 and runs through the holiday season.   City Park’s oak trees are covered in hundreds of thousands of white lights amid extravagant, detailed light displays across 13 acres.  There are musical events and entertainment ranging from children’s choirs and bands to Irish dancing.

The new light display opening this year is Christmas in the District.  Launching November 30 along the Convention Center is an incredible ribbon of lights and spectacular displays synchronized to New Orleans Christmas music.

 

New Orleans holiday shopping

Modern Market on Magazine Street nominated as 2013 “Retail Star to Watch”

New Orleans consistently rates high among travel writers and travel magazine readers as a great city for shopping.  In and around the French Quarter you can find everything from original artwork and grand antiques to handcrafted voodoo dolls.  On the edge of the quarter, the French Market is the oldest public market in the country and is the best place to find regional food items, local music cds, and gifts for every family member back home.

Running through our Garden District neighborhood, where our New Orleans bed and breakfast is located, is  the world-renowned Magazine Street.  Six miles of some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and classy boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.  During the month of December, the stores have extended hours, holiday decorations, and hold special sales and events to celebrate the Merriment of the Holiday Season.

New Orleans holiday dining

“Wake up” to a holiday feast at your favorite restaurant!

Reveillon Dinners are a Creole tradition from the 1800’s to “wake up” with a dinner following midnight mass.   This holiday convention has been transformed in restaurants that serve sumptuous holiday feasts at incredible rates.

Currently 34 restaurants are offering 4-course meals starting at $34.00, including our neighborhood restaurants:  Commander’s Palace, Upperline, Brigtsen’s and Martinque Bistro.  Christmas New Orleans Style also lists which restaurants are open on Christmas and New Years.

 

Check with us next week for information on holiday home tours, Christmas concerts, bonfires to light the way and more.  Check out our New Orleans bed and breakfast special at our New Orleans bed and breakfast today for your chance to stay in this historic city this holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

New Orleans is the Number One City to Visit for New Year’s Eve

More National Travel Awards for our home town!

Holiday Oaks along historic St. Charles Avenue

Holiday Oaks on historic St. Charles Avenue

We are very excited to share that, in addition to the previous 21 awards presented to New Orleans from travelers in 2012, subscribers of Travel & Leisure magazine named us the number one city to visit for a New Year’s Eve vacation. Here in the historic Garden District, we couldn’t agree more.

It will also come as no surprise to anyone sitting in on our breakfast conversations, New Orleans was named as a top holiday getaway for foodies, citing our traditional Reveillon dinners and other Christmas in New Orleans events during the festive season.

CNN Travel listed New Orleans as one of the world’s eight most romantic cities in December; the only U.S. city listed along with other destinations such as Moscow, Barcelona, Havana and Amsterdam.

Yahoo! released their annual tally of top destination searches, and New Orleans was given a top ten spot on the list for 2012 alongside London, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Make New Orleans your destination vacation for 2013 at our award-winning bed and breakfast. Check out our new website and experience all the beauty and charm of this bed and breakfast in New Orleans for your next romantic or holiday getaway.

New Orleans Number 1 City for Singles

No one needed to tell us New Orleans is number one! This past week the Today Show announced, based on studies by Travel + Leisure, that New Orleans was voted the number one in three categories: for singles, for cocktails, and for fascinating people.

 

Based on numerous factors including boutique hotels, coffee bars, local music, mass transit, and bar scenes, it’s no wonder the Big Easy was titled the best place to live for singles. The city offers many opportunities for strangers to meet and interact. You’re guaranteed to make friends while singing karaoke at the Cat’s Meow on Bourbon Street or while riding on the streetcar along St. Charles.

 

In the city that never sleeps, the Grand Victorian offers a peaceful oasis to build strength while our guests make new friends all over the city.

 

Check out what the Today Show had to say about New Orleans.

The King of New Orleans Culinary

Raised in the south, John Besh attributes his success to his roots in Louisiana. New Orleans is lucky to host five of his six restaurants, including two-time Gourmet Magazine’s “Best Restaurant” August. He also owns La Provence, The American Sector, Besh Steak in Harrah’s Casino, and Domenica in the Roosevelt Hotel.

In 1999, Besh was first awarded for his talents as one of Food & Wine’s “Ten Best New Chefs in America.” After opening August in 2001, he won “2006 Best Chef in the Southeast” James Beard Foundation Award. Nationally, Besh is well-known for his title of Runner-Up in The Next Iron Chef and his frequent guest-chef appearances on NBC’s Today Show.

 

When visiting New Orleans, make your reservation at one of Besh’s restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening in the Central Business District at August or a break from gambling to dine at Besh Steak, enjoy one of Besh’s southern-Louisiana inspired dishes. Only two miles away from Besh’s New Orleans’ restaurants is the Grand Victorian and this B&B is the perfect location for your stay in the Big Easy.