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NBA All Star Game in New Orleans

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Are you looking for lodging near the 2014 NBA All-Star game? Don’t wait to find out who is on the team to get your reservations for the NBA All-Star Game events to be held in New Orleans, February 13-16.  Bring your sweetheart and celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend off the courts with us!

The fan voting results for the All-Star team are not official until January 20, but you can expect to see some of your favorite players and a few surprises taking part in this showcase of events, with top players competing from both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

The weekend activities also feature NBA and the Women’s NBA players and alumni competing in exhibition games including a shooting contest, obstacle course, 3 point competition, and the popular high-flying slam dunk contest.

Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross
(courtesy www.nba.com)

The All-Star Game is on Sunday night, and the halftime show features musical performances by popular artists such as Elton John, Beyoncé, and John Legend.

You can also get tickets to the world’s largest interactive basketball theme park (All Star Jam Session), held at the New Orleans Convention Center. Get your voluntourism experience with the NBA Cares events that give back to the Greater New Orleans community.

New Orleans knows how to do world class sporting events, and all of these experiences are just a streetcar ride away from the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast in the historic Garden District.  Join in on the excitement for Valentine’s Day weekend!

Holiday Home Tours, Concerts and More make New Orleans Your Place of Joy

The holiday events near our New Orleans bed and breakfast just keep rolling with 85 events listed, 50 of which are free, and many great specials still available to make your holiday a festive one.

Take a peek into quiet courtyards in the French Quarter, conveniently located near our bed and breakfast in the Garden District, and private homes in the Garden District with these holiday home tours:  The Preservation Resource Center hosts its eagerly awaited 38th annual Garden District Tours, December 14 and 15.  The Grand Victorian is proud to welcome the tour fans to our neighborhood each year.  The residents of the French Quarter open their garden gates on December 22 with the Patio Planters self-guided walking tour.

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Cathedral Concerts Holiday Series

St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, hosts free concerts until Christmas Eve, featuring New Orleans’ best in jazz, gospel and classical holiday music.  Just outside St. Louis Cathedral you’ll find a decades old tradition of Caroling in Jackson Square.  It is a truly moving holiday tradition beloved by locals and visitors held by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas.  December 22, 7pm.

Also moving, but in a slightly different way is the annual festival and pub crawl, Running of the Santas.  An anticipated 4,000 costumed revelers will jingle their way around the business district on December 14.

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Running of the Santas pub crawl on Dec 14

Finally, add a new tradition to your holiday experience.  On Christmas Eve, take a drive along the Mississippi River west of the city to view the bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our Papa Noel special at our New Orleans bed and breakfast for your last minute getaway to the city that helps you “Follow Your Joy” this holiday season!

Sleep Small with Us

November 30 is Small Business Saturday for American Express card owners. Small businesses are the building blocks of a neighborhood, and we have been a pillar Garden District lodging destination for 15 years.  Get $10 from American Express when you stay at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

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Shop small near our Garden District Lodging.

Make your reservation today for the November 30 weekend.  Then, starting November 24, you must register your American Express card  to take advantage of the offer.

Sleep small with the Grand Victorian, the best choice for Garden District Lodging. We help make the Garden District neighborhood your neighborhood.

 

 

Get Your Green on for St. Patrick’s Day in the Garden District!

In the city that celebrates, it won’t be too long before the beat of  drums and marching feet resonate on the streets with more parades and celebrations.

Guests enjoy front porch view of St. Patrick's Day

Guests enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Parade

There are several St. Patrick’s Day parades that feature walking groups dressed in costumes of green who give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.  The floats that follow the walkers throw beads plus the more infamous cabbages, carrots, onions…and moonpies!   The Irish Channel parade on Saturday, March 16 passes directly in front of the Grand Victorian.

One of the marching club members decked out in green

One of the marching club members decked out in green

New this year, the annual Parasol Block Party in the Irish Channel has been extended to a 3 day celebration!

On March 19, our city’s Sicilian heritage is celebrated on St.  Joseph’s Day with elaborate altars in Catholic churches and private homes in honor of this saint who provided relief during a famine in Sicily.

Altar at Innkeeper Bonnie's family's home

Altar at Innkeeper Bonnie’s family’s home

St. Joseph’s Day has also been adopted as an important day for the Mardi Gras Indians, an African-American tradition unique to New Orleans. The Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian parade on the Sunday nearest St. Joseph’s Day is the one time of year all of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to show off their new suits.  Original costumes are created every year and can weigh between 100 and 150 pounds.

Intricate hand-beaded suits walk the streets on Super Sunday!

Intricate hand-beaded suits walk the streets on Super Sunday!

 

We still have a few rooms left for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  You’ll get a front porch view of the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, and you’re a streetcar away from the French Quarter and Super Sunday events.   Hope to see you on the streets!

Top 5 Places for Cocktails and Small Plates in New Orleans

We are getting ready for Tales of the Cocktail next month, the annual celebration of the birth of the cocktail right here in New Orleans. To help you get ready too, we have listed our Top 5 places to get a delicious cocktail and appetizer or small plate. All of these are in close proximity to our Garden District Bed and Breakfast.

 

Cure: Rated one of the Top 3 places to get a cocktail by Best of New Orleans.com, we love Cure for the scrumptious cocktails, small plates and great patio for whiling away the evening.

 

The Columns: A few streetcar stops down from our St. Charles stop (right at the front door of our Garden District Bed and Breakfast) is the best front porch to drift back in time, have a traditional New Orleans cocktail, and people watch. This is a great place to kick off your evening as it gets crowded later on.

 

Delachaise: Walk across the street from the Columns and have a really good light meal or cheese plate with great wine at this small place on the streetcar track.

 

Commander’s Palace: 25 cent martinis for lunch (and one and a half block walk from our Garden District bed and breakfast). Any questions?

 

Oak: A little further down the historic streetcar line and around the riverbend is a new bar and eatery that features small plates from the chef of Patois Restaurant. Live musicians every night make this a place to put on your must-visit list.

 

A little old fashioned for a hot summer's night.

A little old fashioned for those hot summer nights.

Finish your evening on the porte cochere balcony at our Garden District B&B. Check out our summer specials for an extra reason to check out the Tales of the Cocktail festival.

 

BBC Travel Article Goes Beyond the French Quarter

We agree with the BBC Travel Section article New Orleans Outside the French Quarter that the best places to experience the city go past the usual tourist boundaries. The writer features neighborhoods such as Faubourg Marigny, Frenchman Street, Bywater, Warehouse District, Treme and our own Garden District…

Excerpt:

Hop on the historic St Charles Avenue Street Car, which threads through the centre of the Warehouse District, and stay on the line until you reach the elegant Garden District, a neighbourhood that emerged largely unscathed from the storm.

Set up in the 1830s as a residential area for those who did not want to associate with the Europeans living in the French Quarter, the land parcels were large, the money used to fund the buildings was new, and each white-columned mansion was built to outdo the one before it. Framed by pristine gardens, a picture-perfect Southern neighbourhood was created.

 

So, take their advice, hop on the historic St. Charles Avenue Street Car and head to the Grand Victorian for your elegant weekend in the Garden District.

 

 

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway

 

It’s always fun to do something a little special for Valentine’s Day, and staying at a historic Bed and Breakfast Inn can definitely add an air of romance to the occasion. A Valentine’s getaway is the perfect package for sweethearts who want the ultimate holiday experience.

The Valentine’s Getaway package includes 3 nights in one of our elegantly-appointed rooms, a bottle of champagne and gourmet chocolates, Garden District walking tours for two and streetcar passes for all 3 days.

All enjoyed in luxurious Grand Victorian style with:

·· Private & modern bathroom, individual temperature control, cable TV, ceiling fan, robes & slippers to use, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, and modern room amenities

·· Extended continental breakfast daily, which can also be enjoyed outside on the balcony

·· Free snacks and bottled water 24/7

·· Free parking and Wi-Fi access

 

The rate for the Valentine’s Day package is $322 per person + tax, based on double occupancy.**

Upgrade this package from a deluxe room to a suite for $397 per person + tax, based on double occupancy.**

** All packages are subject to availability. Special events and some city-wide convention periods are excluded. Early booking is recommended, and you must mention the particular package when making your reservation. Room selection is based on availability at the time of booking. If the package includes a restaurant, reservations are based on availability there, subject to change without notice, and we reserve the option to change the venue if necessary. Taxes are 13% +$0.50/night. Transportation to any portion of the package is not provided. No specials can be combined with any other discount or special rates.

 

If you would like to order any of our packages online from this Web site, simply go to the “Availability” tab on the Toolbar, enter your travel dates, select your room and book your reservation. When entering your information, make sure you mention the package you want in the “Special Needs” section. This way, your confirmation email will reflect the entire package and not just your room.

 

12 Inns of Christmas – December 3/4 and 10/11

There is a new exciting event added to Christmas New Orleans Style presented by the French Quarter Festivals Inc (www.neworleansonline.com/holiday).   The 12 Inns of Christmas is a free holiday home tour of historic homes that are now Bed and Breakfasts.

Bonnie Rabe, President of the Professional Innkeepers Association of New Orleans (http://www.bbnola.com/) says they are excited to be included in this year’s celebration of all the uniquely New Orleans holiday traditions.   She says the inns are pieces of authentic old New Orleans that anyone can visit and relive the charm of the past in over 200 unique rooms in the city.

There are two weekends available to take the tour:  December 3 and 4 and December 10 and 11 from 1pm to 5pm.  There are two areas of New Orleans featured on each weekend.

The homes in the Esplanade Ridge/Marigny/City Park area will be open for tours on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11.  You can get a map at the starting location-Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast at 2023 Esplanade Avenue.

Ashton’s B & B -  2023 Esplanade Ave   

Degas House - 2306 Esplanade Ave       

HH Whitney House - 1923 Esplanade Ave    

5 Continents - 1731 Esplanade Ave    

Marigny Manor House - 2125 N. Rampart St       

Elysian Fields Inn - 930 Elysian Fields Ave          

Laurel B & B - 3626 Delgado Dr        

 

The Uptown/Garden District/Mid-City/Carrollton homes are on tour Sunday, December 4 and Saturday, December 10.  The starting location and maps for Uptown is the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast at 2727 St. Charles Avenue.

 

Grand Victorian - 2727 St. Charles Ave 

Sully Mansion - 2631 Prytania Ave    

Terrell House - 1441 Magazine St     

Avenue Inn - 4125 St. Charles Ave

Chez Ellie-Marie - 8137 Green St           

1896 O’Malley House - 120 S. Pierce St          

 

Anyone can wake up in a hotel room, but only a few get a chance to stay in a living piece of history.  Come on the tour and see some history in your home town!

Celebrating B&Bs for Vets 2011

During the second annual B&Bs for Vets program, Inns and B&Bs throughout North America opened their doors to active and retired military and vets by offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military on November 10.

 

 

We welcomed Brandon and Gina from Louisiana (shown here in our parlour) for a night out in the Garden District of New Orleans for Veterans Day. 

 

From The Grand Victorian and the entire B&B industry, thank you to all those who are presently serving or have served to protect our freedom.