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Valentine’s Day Getaways in New Orleans :: Romance Package at Our Garden District B&B

romance packages in new orleans Since Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of the week and on Ash Wednesday, a Catholic day of fasting, New Orleans is celebrating the romance of this special day a few days after February 14th. At Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, we feel that love can be expressed in many different ways, therefore, we incorporated several passions into our “Retreat to Romance” package.

 


Passion for Antiques

romantic new orleans getawayIf you love the romance of the past in the South, you’ll love our period furnished B&B where most pieces are from the era in which the house was built. Enjoy champagne and gourmet chocolates on one of our balconies. Each bedroom is named after a historic Louisiana plantation and features a custom-made mattress with an additional feather mattress for added luxury. Enjoy modern amenities such as a private bath with shower, personal central air and heat controls, hair dryer, ironing board, television and complimentary wireless internet access.


Passion for History

garden district b&b in new orleansIf you love history, your package includes a guided walking tour through the historic Garden District. Then hop on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar with passes included in our package to explore the French Quarter. This year, New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial Anniversary – 300 years of history. Many events are planned as the city opens its doors to the world to share its rich history and culture.

 


Passion for Food

best restaurants in new orleansIf you love food (and who doesn’t?), this package includes a $100 credit at Commander’s Palace, an exquisite Creole dining experience that happens to be a 5 minute walk from the B&B. There are also many other places to dine for fabulous NOLA cuisine just a short distance from the house. New Orleans is one of America’s food meccas that features Cajun and Creole and everything in between.

 


Passion for Architecture

romantic b&b in new orleansIf you love architecture, you will appreciate this Queen Anne Victorian beauty from the 1890s. It was designed and built in 1893 by famed New Orleans architect, Thomas Sully. The home was originally built for Francis Johnson and his family and is located on majestic St. Charles Avenue, right on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Forget driving – take an enjoyable ride around the city on the streetcar with your 3 day pass included in your package. Also, you’re only steps away from the Garden District neighborhood where you can wander around marveling at the magnificent architecture everywhere.

For a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration anytime, our Garden District Bed & Breakfast will exceed your expectations. Book now!

Join the Celebration: The New Orleans Tricentennial

2018 will mark the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans, one of the world’s most fascinating cities, and a year’s worth of celebrations of its rich history, diverse culture and distinctive traditions have been planned.

The year-long celebration will kick off with the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Official Countdown by Dick Clark Productions on December 31, 2017. A concert will begin at 9:00 pm with Mardi Gras themed fireworks on the Mississippi River at midnight. Throughout 2018, New Orleans will open its doors to locals and visitors to share in its many celebrations. New events have been planned and the existing annual events will be bigger and better than ever! To see a list of events planned so far, visit 2018nola.com/events. Make plans to come and stay with us at Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast. We are located on St. Charles Avenue where you can catch the streetcar to the French Quarter and walk to many events.

Throughout the NOLA Tricentennial year, improvements and renovations to the City have been planned to create a pathway to prosperity with a vision of making the City more successful in the next 300 years. Many improvements have already begun. Planned for improvement are Gallier Hall, Louis Armstrong International Airport, Bourbon Street, The Lafitte Greenway bicycle and pedestrian trail and park, The New Orleans Riverfront, added streetcar routes and many others.

Today the City of New Orleans owes many of its celebrations to the diverse cultures which settled the City: French, Spanish, African Americans, Cajun, Creole, and immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Vietnam and many other countries.

Please read this “Message from New Orleans” by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau announcing information relevant to New Orleans and the celebration of the Tricentennial and its new website.

If you’ve thought about visiting New Orleans, 2018 is the year to come! Come celebrate with us! Book now!

NOLA Celebrates the Holidays

On any day of the year in New Orleans, there’s more to do than any person can accomplish. Something to see – something to celebrate! With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays almost upon us, NOLA celebrates the holidays in a style all its own. For our guests coming to stay with us, here are some of the more popular events to help you plan your itinerary, though there are many more.

One of New Orleans’ most unique events is the “Running of the Santas” which will take place December 9, 2017 and is held in the Warehouse District. Attendees are encouraged to dress like Santa. All throughout the Warehouse District, drink specials are offered. There’s even a costume contest!

Visiting City Park is often at the top of the list any time of year for both for visitors and locals alike, but during the holidays, it is one of the most popular places to enjoy the holiday spirit. “Celebration in the Oaks” in City Park is one of New Orleans’ most beloved holiday events. Live oak trees, centuries old, are trimmed with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and create a wonderland like no other. The lighting display runs until early January.

A visit to New Orleans during the holidays just wouldn’t be complete without seeing the “Lobby Lighting at the Roosevelt Hotel”. This is one of the most popular places to experience a Christmas wonderland. Be sure to bring your camera!

Jackson Square is the location for “Caroling in Jackson Square” by candlelight on December 17, 2017. The joyous sounds of Christmas sung in front of St. Louis Cathedral is a truly inspirational event.

Don’t miss the “NOLA Christmas Fest”, an indoor festival held December 21 – 31, 2017, in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This festival includes an ice skating rink, carnival rides and more.

The Fulton Street Mall is the scene of “Miracle on Fulton Street”, one of the city’s most popular outdoor lighting displays. This is a one block long pedestrian-only display decorated with Christmas trees, lights, mistletoe and ornaments. Music, both live and recorded, fills the air and it may be the only place in New Orleans where artificial snow falls occasionally. Santa is there for the kids.

 

On New Year’s Eve:

Head to Jackson Square for “Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve and Jackson Square Celebrations” in the hours leading up to midnight for live music, and  Symphony in the Sky, a spectacular fireworks show.

For a family-friendly New Years’ celebration, make your way to “Zoo Year’s Eve” at Audubon Zoo from 10:30 am. to 12:30 pm. The event features music, games, prizes and a countdown to Noon!

It’s New Orleans – there has to be a parade somewhere! Yes, there is – the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 3:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Mardi Gras-style floats, bands and more. The parade will pass through the French Quarter and wrap up at Canal Street.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl, played at the Superdome in New Orleans on January 1, 2018, will host the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers. This is the playoff game that leads to the title game for the college National Champions of 2017. No tickets for the game? You can still enjoy the fun at the Fan Jam tailgating party at the Dome, beginning 3 hours before kickoff.

If you have not already booked your room at Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, book now and enjoy the magic of Holidays in NOLA.

 

Best Summer Events in New Orleans – July & August

Top Things to do in New Orleans This Summer

Even when it’s warm, the fun never stops in New Orleans! Check out these events for July and August and plan your visit now. Stay at our New Orleans bed and breakfast and catch the streetcar, which passes directly in front of the B&B.

hot summer events in New Orleans

July 2017

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

July 7-9, 2017

Though this event commemorates the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, our “bulls” will never be called “bulls”. They are the Big Easy Rollergirls, who are joined by participants from other roller derby leagues across the country in the annual run.

Bastille Day Fete

July 14-15, 2017

Bastille Day Fête celebrates the French National Day in New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the French culture of New Orleans at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which is the main location for the festival. There will be live music, food and drinks for this family-friendly event, with activities for the kids.

Tales of the CocktailTales of the Cocktail NO

July 18-23, 2017

This is the festival which caused cocktails to take their rightful place in the world of beverages. The international spirits industry is welcomed each year to New Orleans for a week of tastings, seminars, networking events, and more.

August 2017

Satchmo SummerFest Satchmo SummerFest New Orleans

August 3-6, 2017

This 3-day local music showcase will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint at 400 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. It focuses on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass band music. It features “Red Bean Alley” with food booths operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants.

Whitney White Linen NightWhitney White Linen Night

August 5, 2017

The Warehouse District of New Orleans, also known as the Arts District, is the location for this festival. Four blocks of Julia Street will be closed to traffic for a three-hour New Orleans-style block party. Art galleries nearby will open their doors and music stages will be set up. Attendees are encouraged to wear as much white attire as possible.

Red Dress Run red dress run new orleans

August 12, 2017

Get your red dress ready and join in this 5k(ish) event. The run is sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, who proclaim themselves as the “drinking club with a running problem”. But it’s not just about the alcohol. It doubles as a fundraiser with the proceeds going to charity. The event also features live music.
Dirty Linen Night

August 13, 2017

Dirty Linen Night promotes the art galleries and antique shops on Royal Street. Dirty martinis and dirty rice are given away by many of the merchants. Attendees are encouraged to wear the white linens they may have soiled during the White Linen Night held a week before on Julia Street in the Warehouse District.

NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival

End of summer – date to be announced

This end of the summer street party is held in the Downtown Warehouse District and features music, food and art.

Southern Decadence New OrelansSouthern Decadence

August 30 to September 4, 2017

Nicknamed “Gay Mardi Gras” this festival celebrates the LGBT culture. Participants wear elaborate costumes and high fashion. The walking parade takes place Sunday afternoon during the festival.

Celebrate June in NOLA!

New Orleans! There is no place in the world like it. If you have been here, you understand. If you have never been here, you just have to come and experience the city to appreciate it. New Orleans has more to do in any one day than you can possibly get to, but hopefully this list will give you a few suggestions on what might interest you. Though New Orleans offers 365 days of fun, here are ways to celebrate June in NOLA near our New Orleans Garden District bed and breakfast.

New Orleans getaway

  • New Orleans Pride Festival (http://www.neworleanspridefestival.com/)

This celebration promotes the history and future prosperity of the LGBT communities in the New Orleans and the Gulf Coast areas. Held in the French Quarter, it includes many fun activities.

  • Creole Tomato Fest (https://www.frenchmarket.org/event/30th-annual-creole-tomato-festival/)

It is said that New Orleans celebrates everything, so why not Creole Tomatoes! This festival is held in the French Quarter for the purpose of recognizing the importance of tomatoes in many of New Orleans’ most famous dishes. The festival includes cooking demonstrations, live music, a parade and more!

  • Father’s Day

Don’t forget Father’s Day! New Orleans is the perfect place to bring dad. There’s so much going on in New Orleans that he can choose whatever way he wants to enjoy the day and feel special. The National WWII Museum (http://www.nationalww2museum.org/?referrer=https://www.google.com/) would be our recommendation. Book a room now at Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast (https://www.gvbb.com) and dad will be able to catch the streetcar to head out to wherever he desires to go.

  • Summer Soltice

Summer Soltice is the longest day of the year. Watch a sunset from the banks of the Mississippi River or City Park.

  • Festigals (http://www.festigals.org/)

Created by women for women and nicknamed “The Ultimate Girlfriend’s Getaway”, this festival includes professional development conferences, speakers, food, drink and, of course, shopping. The proceeds are donated 100% to women’s causes.

summer in New Orleans

  • Louis (https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco) iana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco)

This free festival is the only New Orleans event that celebrates exclusively Cajun and Zydeco music with an awesome lineup of musicians. Food, an arts market and activities for the kids are also included.

  • NOLA Caribbean Fest (http://www.nolacaribbeanfestival.com/)

Enjoy Caribbean music, a queen’s contest, take drum lessons and more!

  • Annual Essence Fest (http://www.essence.com/festival-2017)

festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans has been chosen for this annual 3-day event which showcases contemporary African American music and culture and features hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. Includes speakers, arts and crafts and more.

Ten Details of a Vintage Wedding from Topazery

The Grand Victorian is pleased to be included in this beautiful infographic as the Vintage Wedding destination of choice!

Ten Details of a Vintage Wedding
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5 Tips for the Ultimate New Orleans Honeymoon

New Orleans at night, traffic in Jackson Square

Widely hailed as one of the most romantic, charming, and exciting cities, a New Orleans honeymoon will be packed with memories to last a lifetime. You can live it up at some of the world’s finest restaurants and craft cocktail bars.  You can also relax and immerse yourself in historic neighborhoods, peek into secret garden courtyards, and let the beauty of the city take you to new places.

Whatever your honeymoon style, New Orleans will delight and restore you. The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, in the heart of the beautiful Garden District and a quick streetcar ride to the excitement of the French Quarter. Check out some of our can’t miss suggestions for an itinerary to help you make the most of the balmy nights and slow jazz rhythm of the city that never sleeps.

New Orleans Honeymoon Suite

1. In the French Quarter, go for a romantic stroll among the shops and galleries.  Enjoy lunch at a small bistro and watch the city drift by from the deck of a riverboat gliding up the Mississippi River.

2. Enjoy a candlelight dinner for two then leads to a stroll through the city’s Jazz clubs.  Don’t forget to end the night with a late night order of beignets at Cafe DuMonde.

3. Garden District delights that are within walking distance of the Grand Victorian include romantic strolls among the historic mansions and beautiful gardens and funky shops nestled in with world class restaurants of Magazine Street.

Honeymoon in New Orleans

Courtesy of nolagondola.com

4. Explore some of the colorful neighborhoods like the Marigny and Bywater on bicycle, and learn about the history and culture from locals offering tours.  Try some of the smaller restaurants and get tips from locals on where the best dancing happens.

5. Head out to City Park for a picnic among the secluded oak trees.  Pose for a picture at the LOVE statue in the Sculpture Garden.  Try a sunset ride in a gondola at City Park or drift down Bayou St. John on a paddle board or kayak.

Whatever you decide to do, a New Orleans honeymoon at our beautiful Garden District bed and breakfast will be funky, romantic and unique!

We are also a romantic location for New Orleans elopements and small weddings. Click here to check out these 10 Details of a Vintage Wedding featuring the Grand Victorian.

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.

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!

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