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Most Convenient Location in New Orleans – Garden District B&B

Garden District, New Orleans

Catch the streetcar just steps away from the Grand Victorian!

The Grand Victorian is conveniently located in the Garden District, but how convenient are we to various event venues in other parts of the city?  The quick answer is about 15-20 minutes from most places.  Here is a guide to help you plan your stay.
French Quarter (Cafe du Monde, Bourbon Street, French Market etc.)  15 minutes by streetcar or 5 minutes by car or taxi
Frenchman Street and Bywater (Music clubs, evening art market) – other side of French Quarter – 15 minutes by car or taxi
Convention Center (Conferences, Outlet Mall, Mardi Gras World)  10 minutes by streetcar to Lee Circle then 6 block walk to Convention Center Blvd.
Superdome and Smoothie King Center (football, basketball, concerts)  10 minutes by streetcar to Poydras Street and walk up about 5 blocks
City Park and Fairgrounds (New Orleans Jazz Fest, NOMA, Sculpture Gardens, Morning Call)  30 minutes by streetcar. St. Charles Avenue Streetcar until it ends, then City Park Streetcar until it ends. (then 8 block walk to Fairgrounds for Jazz Fest).
Canal Street (Aquarium, Insectarium, Performance Theaters: The Joy, The Civic, The Saenger) – 15 minute streetcar ride ends at Canal Street or 10 minutes by car/taxi
Audubon Park/Zoo and Universities (Tulane and Loyola) 10 minutes streetcar heading uptown, away from the French Quarter, take zoo shuttle to Magazine Street
WWII Museum (Ogden Art Museum, Contemporary Art Center, Confederate Museum)  10 minutes by streetcar to Lee Circle, walk 2 blocks.
Magazine Street (6 miles of shops and restaurants) – 6 block walk down Washington Avenue; can walk or take bus or taxi to get further along on street in either direction
Oak Street – (restaurants, shops, nightlife) – 15 minutes streetcar going uptown, away from French Quarter
 WW II Museum in New Orleans
The Grand Victorian is very close to the activities and events around town, but once you get here, you may not want to leave!  Come find out for yourself!

Spend All Hallow’s Eve in Historically Ghostly New Orleans!

Halloween is on a Friday night this year; that means all the ghouls and goblins and silly witches will be thronging the streets of New Orleans looking for a spooky home.  Stay in the historically ghostly Garden District this year; the Grand Victorian is the perfect place to rest after experiencing Halloween in New Orleans!

New Orleans Witches Ball masquerade

Witches Ball masquerade

Within walking distance of our Garden District bed and breakfast is the New Orleans Witches Ball presents La Grand Danse Macabre.  Put on your best witchy costume and spend the evening enjoying food, drink, music, contests and prizes, ritual, and revelry!

The Voodoo Music Experience in City Park is just a streetcar ride away and features headliners  Foo Fighters, Krillex, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Big Freedia, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, the Soul Rebels and more.

Take haunted tours of the French Quarter at night or a haunting and hilarious ghost tour by Friends of the Cabildo with ghost “sightings” in building and courtyards.  Or if that’s too scary,  daytime tours of one of the world-famous above ground cemeteries are a few blocks walk from the Grand Victorian.  There is also a tour geared to kids,  French Quartour Kids will explore why this All Hallow’s Eve became popular and how it has evolved over the years.

Also for young or young at heart, the annual Boo Carre Halloween & Harvest Festival on October 19 in the French Market District will include miniature golf, a photo booth, Halloween crafts, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and much more.

halloween in new orleans

St. Alphonsus Church hosts the Vampire Lestat Fan Club
photo by Enigma Arts

Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club holds its annual Undead Conference with four days of events including  Supernatural Author Panels, book signings, and The Lestat Ball.

Jazz in the Park concert series presents Rebirth Brass Band along with Kermit Ruffins to Armstrong Park. Along with providing great music, Jazz in the Park also features a second line parade, a kids play area and food and crafts from local vendors.

New Orleans Museum of Art will host an outdoor screening of Rosemary’s Baby on October 18 at 7 p.m. in NOMA’s Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

There is something spooky for everyone.  Enjoy the feasts and the shows and then rest up with us for the next day’s activities.  Book now to reserve your spot in America’s best city for Halloween – New Orleans!

 

Top 5 Things To Do in the Garden District

Garden District

Grand Victorian looks extra grand at night

Tradition, opulence and beauty.  We have it all here in New Orleans’ historic Garden District.  The Grand Victorian sits among the best of 18th century mansions, delightful gardens and an abundance of old world charm in one of the country’s most lovely neighborhoods.

The Garden District was created after the Louisiana Purchase as a neighborhood for new American residents eager to display their wealth by building lavish homes on generous plots of land.  Get a peaceful break from the more touristy areas of New Orleans in this neighborhood that is in bloom 12 months a year.

From the staff at the Grand Victorian, here is our Top 5 list of things to do in the Garden District:

1.  Dine at Commander’s Palace

Always on our list and everyone else’s list is the classy upscale restaurant less than 2 blocks walk from the Grand Victorian.  The secret is to go for lunch and 25 cent martinis or Jazz brunch on the weekends.  Be sure to make your reservation early.

Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery

2.  Tour the Historic Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery #1 is one of the most well kept of the cemeteries open for tours in the city.  It is across the street from Commander’s Palace.  You can walk around on your own or take one of the free or paid tours from the local certified tour guides.

3.  View the Neighborhood Architecture

Take a slow walking tour of the architecture and gardens of the beautiful and majestic homes.  You can pick up a tour without a reservation mid-morning or early afternoon at the Garden District Bookshop or ask our staff to print the self-guided tour for you to go at your own pace.

Magazine Street Shopping

Magazine Street Shopping

4.  Shop and Eat on Magazine Street

Featuring casual restaurants of every variety, antiques, dessert shops,  jewelry stores, funky gifts shops, and anything you might want, Magazine Street is a six block walk from the Grand Victorian.  This neighborhood shopping mecca runs for a few miles, so you may want to get a bus pass to hit everything on your list.

5.  Take an Anne Rice-inspired walk

If you’re a fan of our native Gothic fiction writer, many of the places that inspired Anne Rice like the Keyhole Door at 1239 First Street as well as some of her previous homes can be found in the Garden District.

 

Don’t forget to sleep in the Garden District with your favorite New Orleans B&B, the Grand Victorian.  A short streetcar ride away from the French Quarter, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else when you come to New Orleans.  Check out our end of summer special deals today!