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New Christmas Season Events in New Orleans

If you’re planning ahead, the month of December has always been a magical and economical time to visit the city of New Orleans with a stay in our Garden District Lodging, the Grand Victorian.  Now a new family-friendly event offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center near the French Quarter and the Arts District will feature  “New Orleans Christmas in the District,” a series of holiday-themed large-scale light displays celebrating the culture and history of New Orleans.  Over 70 trees will be lit up in festive holiday colors with unique sparkling lights installed at the tops of many of the palm trees, creating a one-of-a-kind holiday environment.

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Tons of fun near our Garden District Lodging!

The display will include a unique digital Christmas tree, thousands of channels of lights that dance to the music and strobe lights that will surprise and delight visitors at just the right moments during the show.

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Garden District Lodging near festivities!

New Orleans Christmas in the District begins Saturday, November 30, 2013, and runs nightly through January 6, 2014, and is free and open to the public.

Check back at our Garden District Lodging to learn more about holiday events in the city.  The Christmas in New Orleans guidebook is due out soon.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our New Orleans Lodging weeknight special going on right now.  Buy two weeknights and get the third weeknight absolutely free!



New Plantation Art for your Grand Victorian Room!

Our New Orleans bed and breakfast, the Grand Victorian, is excited to announce it has commissioned 8 new paintings, from acclaimed Louisiana artist Henry Watson.

Henry Watson photo by Bill Feig, Morning Advocate

Henry Watson
photo by Bill Feig, Morning Advocate

Innkeeper Bonnie met the artist recently at the Louisiana Tourism Summit in Baton Rouge. It is a forum that brings all things Louisiana together in one place annually.  She says,

When I first saw the detail in Henry’s work, I thought he had simply painted his subjects on old cypress. It wasn’t until I looked more closely that I noticed that everything was carved first and then accented with colorful paint.  I got to meet him and learned that he was a warm, out-going, interesting and uniquely Louisiana man who creates one-of-a-kind artwork that is as individual as the man himself.  After hearing him speak about everything that is on his nearby horizon, I knew immediately that I needed to have his work in my house.  When I created the Grand Victorian, I named every room after my favorite Louisiana plantations and have always dreamed of having each plantation represented in the form of a unique piece of art. Soon I’ll be able to say “It’s a Watson!”

Each of our guest rooms will boast a special bas-relief painting of the plantation for which it is named:  Rosedown, Oak Alley, Greenwood, Magnolia, The Shadows, Evergreen, Destrehan and Nottoway.

The paintings are three dimensional carvings done on 100 year old cypress wood reclaimed by the artist.  Watson looks for old buildings, researches to discover who owns the property and how old it is, buys it, then tears down the buildings himself to use the wood.

Henry Watson Paintings in our New Orleans Inn

Watson’s studio is located just outside of New Roads in a 150 year old slave house near scenic False River.  His art is drawn from stories told to him by his grandmother and history of the deep south.

We can’t wait to add a piece of local artistry to your Grand Victorian experience!  Choose your favorite plantation room today!

Art Show at the Grand Victorian

The Grand Victorian is excited to host an art show featuring the works of local painter, Marina G. Reed. Reed was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but has lived in New Orleans since 1965.  Enamored by the historic architecture, her watercolors feature New Orleans’ houses. She also has paintings inspired by her travels in Italy, Spain, and Hawaii.




Join Marina’s Watercolors and the Grand Victorian on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 4-6pm. The art show highlights Marina’s watercolors of New Orleans architecture, from Victorian mansions along St. Charles Avenue to landscapes of the French Quarter. An original print or stationary of these captivating paintings are perfect for birthday and Christmas gifts or to revamp your home!


Fall leaves in a circle with Grand Victorian logo in the center



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