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New Orleans is your home for history and tradition this holiday season 26 Nov 2013, 7:10 am
The National Geographic Traveler lists New Orleans as one of the Best Trips of 2014. They mention our hot summer months as the time to come for hotel deals in New Orleans, but we know that December is also a great time to visit our city for fun activities and holiday specials.
While we may not have snow in New Orleans, there are many places that twinkle with lights and fun activities to fill your December days and nights. Our favorite is Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.
It opens November 29 and runs through the holiday season. City Park’s oak trees are covered in hundreds of thousands of white lights amid extravagant, detailed light displays across 13 acres. There are musical events and entertainment ranging from children’s choirs and bands to Irish dancing.
The new light display opening this year is Christmas in the District. Launching November 30 along the Convention Center is an incredible ribbon of lights and spectacular displays synchronized to New Orleans Christmas music.
New Orleans consistently rates high among travel writers and travel magazine readers as a great city for shopping. In and around the French Quarter you can find everything from original artwork and grand antiques to handcrafted voodoo dolls. On the edge of the quarter, the French Market is the oldest public market in the country and is the best place to find regional food items, local music cds, and gifts for every family member back home.
Running through our Garden District neighborhood, where our New Orleans bed and breakfast is located, is the world-renowned Magazine Street. Six miles of some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and classy boutiques to be found anywhere in the city. During the month of December, the stores have extended hours, holiday decorations, and hold special sales and events to celebrate the Merriment of the Holiday Season.
Reveillon Dinners are a Creole tradition from the 1800′s to “wake up” with a dinner following midnight mass. This holiday convention has been transformed in restaurants that serve sumptuous holiday feasts at incredible rates.
Currently 34 restaurants are offering 4-course meals starting at $34.00, including our neighborhood restaurants: Commander’s Palace, Upperline, Brigtsen’s and Martinque Bistro. Christmas New Orleans Style also lists which restaurants are open on Christmas and New Years.
Check with us next week for information on holiday home tours, Christmas concerts, bonfires to light the way and more. Check out our New Orleans bed and breakfast special at our New Orleans bed and breakfast today for your chance to stay in this historic city this holiday season.
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Sleep Small with Us 6 Nov 2013, 12:13 pm
November 30 is Small Business Saturday for American Express card owners. Small businesses are the building blocks of a neighborhood, and the Grand Victorian has been a pillar bed and breakfast in the Garden District neighborhood for 15 years. Get $10 from American Express when you stay at our New Orleans bed and breakfast.
Sleep small with the Grand Victorian, the best New Orleans bed and breakfast. We help make the Garden District neighborhood your neighborhood.
New Christmas Season Events in New Orleans 25 Oct 2013, 11:37 am
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 at our Garden District Bed and Breakfast, 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.
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.
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.
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!
First Eco-Friendly Halloween Parade in New Orleans! 19 Oct 2013, 2:15 pm
The Krewe of Boo, a Halloween parade in the French Quarter of New Orleans, has gone green!
With our New Orleans bed and breakfast located direclty on the major Mardi Gras parade route, the Grand Victorian can attest to the amount of garbage generated at each parade. We heartily applaud the Krewe’s foray into a cleaner greener parade and hope it grows to the Mardi Gras parades as well.
Locally-made food items and local collectible objects will be the only throws, and the Krewe thinks parade goers will want to consume or keep as mementos the one-of-a-kind pieces instead of catch huge quantities of beads.
Krewe organizer Blaine Kern worked with I Heart Louisiana, a company that specializes in locally-produced parade throws. Instead of beads, parade-goers will be able to catch
- Eco Friendly cups from Giacona Container Company (Louisiana made)
- Candy made in the USA
- Pralinettes from Aunt Sally’s (Made in New Orleans)
- PJs Coffee Frac Packs (Made in New Orleans)
- Carmel Corn and Chee Wee bags Elmer’s Fine Foods (Made in New Orleans)
- Zydeco Sweet Potato Nutrition Bars (Louisiana made)
- Candy Corn Necklaces (hand made in New Orleans)
- Voodoo Doll pins (hand made in New Orleans)
- Voodoo Doll magnets (hand made in New Orleans)
- Children’s Toys from Arc of Greater New Orleans
SubKrewes Chewbacchus and Bearded Oysters will be showing off original throw designs as well.
Catch and keep or eat your new throws from the Krewe of Boo on October 26 in the French Quarter and at Mardi Gras World. Your quiet New Orleans bed and breakfast oasis away from the parade is just a streetcar ride away from the parade!
Check out the Grand Victorian’s weekday special, buy 2, get 1 free. Good through mid-November!
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New Plantation Art for your Grand Victorian Room! 25 Sep 2013, 1:55 pm
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.
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!
Boudin, Bourbon and Beer 23 Aug 2013, 7:57 am
Get your presale tickets before August 31 for one of the best tasting fundraisers all year, happening November 8.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, a presenting sponsor from the world’s most decorated distillery will be pouring “neat” tastes, and professional mixologists will create speciality cocktails.
Locally bottled Abita beer is one of the sponsoring organizations, and will offer special surprise brews for guests to taste at the event.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide educational programs, life skills development, culinary training and cultural enrichment, creating opportunities in the communities where Emeril’s restaurants operate.
Add some more B’s to your Boudin Bourbon and Beer weekend by staying at your favorite B&B, the Grand Victorian in the historic Garden District.
Hallmark Channel Celebrates the Bed and Breakfast 16 Jul 2013, 12:17 pm
The Grand Victorian is partnering with The Hallmark Channel in celebration of its first original series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. It stars Andie MacDowell who plays a judge in a municipal court that is a social microcosm of issues the she will face in her own day-to-day life with family and friends.
The small town of Cedar Cove includes a local inn and the book represents the feeling of care, friendship and community that innkeepers give their guests on a daily basis.
From July 20 – October 20, guests who stay at the our historic Garden District bed and breakfast will receive a free voucher good at other inns participating in the Cedar Grove celebration.
So check in, put out your do not disturb sign, watch Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel and get your free night’s stay for a lovely night at a bed and breakfast.
Sweet Deals for the New Orleans summer 10 Jul 2013, 10:53 am
The Gambit guide to “cool summer fun for small change” is out, with tips on where to go for inexpensive meals, music and festivals in the city of New Orleans. Here are some highlights that would go well paired with a stay at the Grand Victorian.
You can’t beat the 25 cent martinis at Commander’s Palace, a very short stumble from the Grand Victorian, this special is also available at sister restaurants SoBou and Cafe Adelaide.
Just a hop, skip and a streetcar ride down from the Grand Victorian, you can slurp oysters for 50 cents everyday from 4-6:30pm at Superior Seafood.
You can always find free music during the sultry summer nights: Wednesdays on the Point is a ferry ride across the river from the French Quarter in Algiers, and kick off Friday nights uptown at Tipitinas Foundation Free Fridays. Almost every night on Frenchman Street you can find music to tap your toes to as you stroll by or stop inside to dance.
Take a last minute trip to New Orleans for all things Louis Armstrong at the annual Satchmo Summerfest and the Art’s District White Linen Night. If you’re a runner (or a drinker) this weekend’s Running of the Bulls and the upcoming Red Dress Run can turn your spur of the moment getaway into a thrilling chase!
Check out the Grand Victorian summer specials to make your sweet trip to New Orleans even sweeter.
Wine and Dine Your Way Around New Orleans Memorial Day Weekend 19 Apr 2013, 8:44 am
By Bonnie Rabe. Come to New Orleans for Memorial Day and experience the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, a nationally recognized festival that features over 175 wineries, 1000 wines, and has raised more than $1 million over the last 20 years for local charities.
Except for the Vinter Dinners, most events are held in the French Quarter, a 10 minute historic streetcar ride from our New Orleans garden district bed and breakfast. The Vintner Dinners match restaurants with vineyards to plan menus and pairings at over 20 of the city’s best restaurants. See if your favorite restaurant is on the list, or fall in love with a new restaurant.
Highlights from this year’s events include:
- Several “Grand Tastings” with offerings from New Orleans’ finest chefs and wines from around the world plus a Louisiana Seafood Cook-off competition.
- The Royal Street stroll provides great architecture, shopping, live music, wine offerings in the art galleries, and a parade featuring Krewe of Cork.
- Teams of architects will build magnificent structures entirely out of canned goods and non-perishable food items, with each structure providing 10,000 meals donated to charities.
So, “Come to Your Senses” and spend a few days eating and drinking good wine in the French Quarter and retire to our peaceful garden district bed and breakfast for restoration.
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Great music and food on Wednesdays at the Square! 25 Mar 2013, 8:40 am
Go for the music or go for the food, but get yourself downtown on Wednesday evenings for the annual free concert series, Wednesdays at the Square.
Sponsored by the Young Leadership Council, concerts are held at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue every Wednesday from March 6 to May 22, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, rain or shine.
Coming Up: Marcia Ball, Irvin Mayfield, the Meters Experience, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and more.
No pets or outside food; concession sales keep it free!
No need to look for parking downtown, the streetcar that passes in front of the Grand Victorian B&B will put you right in the heart of everything! Mid-week rooms available so you can hear your favorite artist, or meet a new one.All photos courtsey of YLC’s Wednesday at the Square.