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Jazz Fest 2012 Your Grand Victorian Guide

New Orleans…home to Jazz music, Mardi Gras, and the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast...will now see its streets inhabited with the sounds of music as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest 2012 is dawning! The Jazz Fest cubes have been out for awhile, now that the French Quarter Festival is over, it’s time to turn our attention here as the New Orleans Jazz Fest begins April 27 – May 6, 2012. What are the cubes? As Chris Rose says, they are…

“…those hallowed, nearly mystical linear graphic guides to whom is playing when and where at the Fair Grounds on any given day.”

Marcia Ball – an annual Do Not Miss performance for Grand Victorian Innkeeper

 

Locals spend hours pouring over and researching what acts to see at what times. Here are Wesley Hodges’ special picks for each day. The highlight is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many special guests including Ani Defranco and Bonnie Raitt, would be taking over the coveted responsibility of closing down the Gentilly Stage on the festival’s final day. The spot was previously held by The Radiators, who played their Jazz Fest farewell set on May 8, 2011.

 

This article by Keith Spera shows how jam-packed each day is, living up to its promise that every year will be better than the last.

Artist Anders Osborne

There have been many changes in the lineup; this NolaVie blog has links to previous concert appearances by some of the fill-ins that may help you decide. The loss of Levon Helm, Eddie Veddeer and Jill Scott has made for some interesting fill-ins.

Offbeat Magazine has the cubes for download, a new and improved iphone app and the best guide to pick up when you’re in town or once you get to the hallowed Jazz Festival gates.

 

For other suggestions on “Jazz Feasting” and other delectable items to tempt your tastebuds at this year’s Jazz Fest, check out this Gambit article for all Foodies as it provides a superior overview.

 

We would love to have you come by and visit us at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast to tell us about your experience at this year’s Jazz fest!

Photos by Masahiro Sumori

Trusting Trip Advisor for your Travel Destination

 

Well, if you haven’t checked off New Orleans as a vacation destination, it’s time you prioritize it to the top of your list! You may think we, at the Grand Victorian, are biased, but the number one forum site for travelers, TripAdvisor.com, agrees. Topping New York City (ranked #6) and San Francisco (ranked #5), New Orleans reaches the peak as the best place to vacation!

Maybe it’s the food, the music, or the atmosphere. Regardless, New Orleans lives by the motto “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler” (or “let the good times roll”). While you’re visiting the Big Easy, stay at one of the top ranked B&B’s in the city. Nestled in the Garden District, the Grand Victorian is ranked #21 of the 146 B&B’s. Guests who have stayed comment that the Grand Victorian:

Ideally located on the St Charles streetcar line-we never needed our car during our visit… Would definitely [sic] stay here again.” –John W., San Antonio, TX

“Location, location, location!! They are on St. Charles with a trolley stop just across the avenue, and you cannot find yourself better situated for enjoying the lovely Garden District as well as venturing down into the French Quarter. The house itself is a stunning Queen Anne, so much atmosphere! The service was also first rate. Bonnie was an absolute gem and so very helpful with restaurant and reservation recommendations…We are already looking forward to staying here on our next trip to New Orleans.” –Unknown, Pittsburgh, PA

Have you stayed with us before? Let everyone know about your experience at the Grand Victorian!

 

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.