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New Orleans Yoga Studios :: Garden District Bed and Breakfast

New Orleans yoga studios

Image from Swan River Yoga

Take a break from your routine this summer and add a healthy stretch to your getaway to New Orleans.  The city has gotten big into yoga culture recently with over 20 yoga studios and centers around the city.

If you are new to yoga, here are two places that each offer a variety of classes and make it easy to drop in for a single class.  You don’t need yoga clothing, just comfortable and stretchy clothes.  You can usually borrow or rent a yoga mat and don’t forget to leave your shoes at the door.

Wild Lotus Yoga (uptown – 5 minutes on streetcar) has an easy drop in rate, and a 10 different classes just on the weekends.  Check for their “mellow” classes if you are a yoga beginner.

Swan River Yoga (downtown-15 minutes on streetcar)  lists 12 classes on the weekends and fun themed classes.

Jazz National Park

Yoga at the Jazz National Park

Six blocks from the Grand Victorian is access to the miles of shopping, restaurants and yes, the yoga studios of Magazine Street.  You can walk or take the bus up and down this creative corridor to find the space that matches your search.

Shanti Yoga – Vinyasa yoga for fluid, movement-intensive practice

Audubon Yoga Studio – Iyengar yoga for a safe, orderly, systematic progression of poses

Life Yoga and Boutique – also offers clothing and gifts to help incorporate healthy activities into your active lifestyle.

Also along Magazine Street are studios which go beyond basic yoga for more intensive strength training such as:  Free to Be Power Yoga; 504 Fit (oga and pilates), Barre 3 (yoga, pilates and ballet), and Romney Pilates Center

There are also clusters of yoga studios further away but still uptown along Freret Street, Oak Street and also downtown and the French Quarter.

Whatever your level of activity or health, whether you want to try something new or deepen your usual practice, there is a yoga space for you.  Rest, relax and enjoy your new found serenity at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

New Orleans Food and Wine Experience

New Orleans Food and Wine Festival

Experience the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience May 20-23, 2015.  Now in it’s 23rd year, this nationally recognized festival boasts 52 wineries, 53 restaurants, 24 exhibitors, and 26 special guests – plus numerous special events and seminars spread out over 4 days.

Since its inception, this non-profit festival has raised over 1 million dollars for local non-profit organizations, such as food banks and culinary schools!

Royal Street Stroll - New Orleans

Most events are held in the French Quarter and Convention Center, a 10 minute historic streetcar ride from our New Orleans Garden District bed and breakfast. Except for the Vintner Dinners, which are hosted at restaurants around the city with wine pairings and reasonable price fixe menus. See if your favorite restaurant is on the list, or fall in love with a new restaurant.

New Orleans Festivals

Highlights from this year’s events include:

  • “Grand Tastings” at the Convention Center match New Orleans’ finest chefs with wines from around the world plus the crowning of the “King of Louisiana Seafood” on Saturday.
  • Stroll down Royal Street with the Krewe of Cork and take in the live music, wine offerings in the art galleries, and the beautiful French Quarter architecture.
  • The Big Pastry Competition with burlesque ballroom hosts features pastries paired with champagne and spirits.

So, “Come to Your Senses” and stay with a local who will help you get the most out of your days of eating and drinking good wine at our peaceful Garden District bed and breakfast.

Photo credits: Chris Granger

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!