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Visit Historic Homes and Buildings in New Orleans 15 Oct 2019, 8:16 am
Love history? When you visit New Orleans, plan your itinerary with time to visit some of the many historic homes and buildings located throughout the city. New Orleans contains some of the nation’s oldest examples of original French, Spanish, and American architecture. Some of New Orleans’ most distinguished residents lived in homes which have now become museums scattered throughout the city just waiting for you to tour. Here are just a few suggestions:
Gallier House, located on Royal Street in the French Quarter, is a historic home and museum. It was built as a family home by James and James, Jr. Gallier, a prominent father and son architectural firm in the mid-1800s. This father and son firm built a number of famous landmarks which still exist today, including Greek revival-style Gallier Hall on St. Charles Avenue, the Pontabla Apartments on Jackson Square, and the Leeds Building which houses the Preservation Resource Center. The balcony of the home, featuring wrought iron arches and ornate iron latticework, overlooks historic Royal Street. The rear of the structure features a restored slave quarter apartment. Tours are offered at this home.
The Hermann-Grima House, located on St. Louis Street in the French Quarter, offers tours of this museum and historic home. The home is thought to be one of the finest examples of American architecture in the New Orleans area. Included in the tour are the original stables, the outdoor kitchen with the open hearth for cooking, and a courtyard.
Pitot House sits on Bayou St. John, which was the key waterway leading into New Orleans in the 1700s. Though there were many built like it, this is the only home that still stands of that era. It is a classic example of 18th-century Creole Colonial architecture. It is the only Creole Colonial-style house museum in New Orleans. Guided tours are offered.
Degas House is located on Esplanade Avenue near City Park. For a period of time during 1872 to 1873, Edgar Dégas lived there with his maternal relatives, the Musson family, who were prominent cotton brokers in New Orleans. During the time Edgar Dégas lived at Degas House, he created 18 paintings and four drawings, some depicting his New Orleans family members. Built in 1850, the Degas mansion features two homes with a courtyard in between. Once a single structure, the house was divided into two homes in the 1920s. Daily tours are available.
The 1850 House is located on St. Ann Street in Jackson Square. This museum and historic home depicts middle-class family life during the most prosperous era In New Orleans history. These buildings are believed to be the oldest apartment homes in the United States. Tours are available.
The Old Absinthe House has existed in the Vieux Carre in the heart of the French Quarter since 1815. It is rumored that Pirate Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson planned the victory of the Battle of New Orleans on the second floor. Stop by for a drink and enjoy the history of this fine old ediface.
The US Custom House is one of the oldest and most important federal structures in the Southern United States. The construction of this monumental granite building was begun in 1848 and took over 33 years to be completed. It features a Grand Marble Hall in the center of the ediface. It is located a few blocks from the Mississippi River on Canal Street. The exterior of the US custom House retains its original design of modified Greek and Egyptian revival elements.
These are only a few of the vast amount of historic structures for you to visit in New Orleans. Choose the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast for your New Orleans stay. This bed and breakfast, built in 1893, offers easy access to the many historic homes and buildings since the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar runs in front of the home.
It’s Hot! You Deserve a Drink! 9 Aug 2019, 12:02 pm
If there’s one place you need to drink to stay cool, it’s New Orleans (as though you really need an excuse to drink in New Orleans!) Don’t let the heat get to you – It’s Hot! You deserve a drink! Take advantage of the hot summer. Create your own beverage trail and enjoy original cocktails and craft beer; tour breweries and visit pubs and restaurants all around the city.
Most everyone who comes to New Orleans has already heard about Pat O’Brien’s world famous “Hurricane”. No trip to New Orleans would be complete without trying this cocktail in the dueling piano bar. The fruity-red rum drink, garnished with a cherry and orange slice, was invented during WWII when whiskey was in short supply. It is served in a Pat O’Brien’s logo souvenir glass.
If craft beer is your style, visit NOLA Brewing Company (just down the street). Its website says they make “Craft Beers by Hand ” in a warehouse on the lake side of a street tourists can’t pronounce.” That street is Tchoupitoulas. Tour the facility on Fridays from 2 -3 pm or Saturdays from 2-4 pm. It sports an upstairs patio overlooking the Mississippi River and barbecue to enjoy.
Other drinks not to be missed on this “beverage trail” are:
Sazerac: Known as New Orleans’ official cocktail, this is a variation of a Cognac or whiskey cocktail. Some claim it is the oldest-known American cocktail with its origins in pre-Civil War New Orleans, though some dispute this claim. The cocktail is associated with Peychaud, a Creole who began selling his “toddies” in the early 19th century New Orleans. He claimed that the concoction held medicinal properties. Why argue otherwise?
A local treasure, the Ramos Gin Fizz or New Orleans Fizz, is a drink that you will be hard-pressed to find outside of New Orleans. This drink was concocted back in 1888 by Henry Ramos, the great grandfather of a close college friend of the Innkeeper, Bonnie. It contains, among other ingredients, gin, cream and egg whites. It was one of Governor Huey P. Long’s favorites.
There are many more drinks to sample. Why not try to find some of the unique ones on your own? What better time than the summer to book a stay at Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast and enjoy New Orleans and the drinks that help to make it famous!
Photo credit for Sazerac: Infrogmation
15th Annual COOLinary 2019 27 Jul 2019, 10:57 am
It’s Summer and it’s HOT in New Orleans, but August is going to be a delicious month! Celebrate this time of year by dining during COOLinary (a combination of “cool” and “culinary”). This event, August 1-31, celebrates the city’s rich and unique culinary landscape all around town. Not a local? No problem. We’d love to have you visit and indulge in this exciting season.
Over 35 participating restaurants across the city feature specially curated and priced two and three-course meals – anything from brunch, dinner and lunch items. Each restaurant offers:
- Three-course brunch menus for $39 or less
- Two- or three-course lunch menus for $20 or less
- Three-course dinner menus for $39 or less
Menus include everything from internationally-inspired cuisine to classic New Orleans fare, reflecting the history, fabric and culture of the city. Restaurants include those that have been in the city for generations, as well as up-and-coming eateries.
The Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast recommends the following 2 restaurants which are located close to the B&B:
- Commanders Palace (which serves refined Creole fare in a chandelier-hung space since 1880.) The restaurant will feature a dessert on the COOLinary menus, called “Lally’s Praline Parfait”. (photo courtesy of Commander’s Palace). Click here to view their COOLinary menu.
Why did the COOLinary event come about?
As everyone knows, New Orleans is hot in the summer. Also, with the school season beginning, there are fewer tourists. Thus, restaurants have fewer customers. Originally, this event was created to entice locals to come out and eat, However, it has grown into such a popular event that tourists come to town just to participate in one of the best events of the summer in NOLA.
“Back in the bad old days, the summer months were so bad that lots of places did drop down to skeleton crews or close,” said Kristian Sonnier, Vice President for Communications and Public Relations for New Orleans & Company. “We’re no longer there. There’s an increased demand for the New Orleans experience, and the hot summer months don’t keep people away the way they used to.”
And when you’re not eating, there’s lots of other things to do in NOLA. Book your room now at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast and we’ll keep you so busy, you’ll forget the heat!
19TH Annual Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans 25 Jul 2019, 1:45 pm
Join us in New Orleans August 2-4, 2019, for the Satchmo SummerFest as we celebrate the life, music and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old US Mint. Along with featuring some of the best jazz and brass bands and a wide variety of food, the festival offers intellectual seminars from well-known jazz and music scholars. Enjoy three days of never-ending music on 3 stages, inspired by Louis Armstrong. Oprah Magazine named Satchmo SummerFest one of the most “interesting things to experience in Louisiana!”
Nicknamed “Satchmo”, “Satch” and “Pops”, Louis was born in New Orleans on August 4th, 1901. The festival is held during this time to coincide with his birthday. Remembered for his instantly-recognizable rich, gravelly voice, Armstrong was a trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor and was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned for 5 decades, from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. He was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
No festival in New Orleans would be complete without the foods the city is known for, especially red beans and rice. The Satchmo SummerFest Culinary Lineup will also feature Cajun seafood eggrolls, fried seafood, Cuban cuisine, tacos, meat pies, jambalaya, burgers, ice cream, snoballs and more. A wide array of drinks will be available, from beer, wine and champagne to soft drinks.
The daily admission of $6 (children 12 and under are free) helps support our musicians and pay for this event. The admission also provides access to the Jazz Museum’s collection and exhibitions plus indoor activities like Pops’ Playhouse for Kids powered by Entergy New Orleans and the Hilton Satchmo Legacy Stage featuring presentations by renowned Armstrong scholars.
New Orleans artist Ayo Scott was selected as the 2019 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. artist, creating the artwork for both the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest posters. “When looking at the impact of jazz on music and music on the world, Louis Armstrong may be the single most influential person to be born in New Orleans,” Scott said. “I’m humbled to be able to create a tribute to such a man. I’m excited to share ‘Reflections of King Louie’, the 2019 Satchmo SummerFest Poster.” Click here to pre-order yours.
A Kick-Off Evening of Music will be held on Thursday, August 1st from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. The party includes dinner and drinks. Purchase your tickets here.
Make your plans now to attend this fun festival. Book your room at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast.
Join the Celebration: The New Orleans Tricentennial 21 Dec 2017, 7:43 am
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!
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NOLA Celebrates the Holidays 5 Dec 2017, 11:14 am
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 7 Jul 2017, 9:38 am
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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! 19 Jun 2017, 1:30 pm
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 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.
- 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)
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 9 Sep 2015, 12:43 pm
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5 Tips for the Ultimate New Orleans Honeymoon 2 Sep 2015, 10:47 am
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.
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.
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.
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!