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Calling all foodies! As the summer sun bathes the vibrant streets of New Orleans in a warm glow, the city comes alive with a symphony of flavors and festivities that will tantalize the taste buds of any discerning foodie. 

 

From food festivals to soulful jazz brunches, refreshing snowballs, and the irresistible COOLinary throughout the month of August, here’s your ultimate guide to savoring summer in the Big Easy.

 

Unleash the Flavor at Festivals

Dive headfirst into the heart of New Orleans’ culinary scene by exploring the myriad of food festivals that grace the city during the summer. Whether it’s the bold spices of the Cajun-Zydeco Festival or the eclectic delights at the Creole Tomato Festival, each event is a celebration of the city’s diverse culinary heritage and bounty.

 

Jazz Up Your Brunch

Take your brunch experience to a whole new level with the soulful notes of live jazz as the backdrop. New Orleans is renowned for its jazz brunches, where iconic establishments like Muriel’s Jackson Square*, Commander’s Palace, and The Court of Two Sisters serve up delectable dishes in an atmosphere buzzing with music and merriment.

 

COOLinary: A Month-Long Feast

Prepare your taste buds for a journey through the city’s culinary landscape with COOLinary New Orleans throughout the entire month of August. This annual dining promotion offers prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s most incredible restaurants, making it the perfect opportunity to savor the creations of talented chefs for the entirety of your visit.

 

Beat the Heat, One Flavor at a Time

On a bright, sunny day, enjoy a quintessential New Orleans experience via a local favorite – snowballs! Indulge in finely shaved ice topped with a myriad of flavored syrups from Hansen’s Sno-Bliz or Plum Street Snoballs. It’s not just a refreshing treat; it’s a New Orleans tradition!

 

Festive Fare at Food Markets

Explore the city’s vibrant food markets, such as the French Market* and Crescent City Farmers Market. Sample local produce, artisanal treats, and unique culinary creations that showcase the best of New Orleans’ food culture.

 

Sunset Sips

As the sun sets, ascend to one of the city’s rooftop bars or historic pubs. At Rosie’s on the Roof, Hot Tin Rooftop Bar, Alto, or The Pool Club, sip on craft cocktails while enjoying panoramic views of the cityscape. It’s the perfect way to cap off a day filled with culinary delights! If local brews are up your alley, visit one of the many New Orleans breweries, such as Urban South Brewery or Faubourg Brewing Co

 

Sweet Treats and Bakeries

Prefer to end your day with sweets rather than drinks? Discover the sweet side of New Orleans at its charming bakeries! Indulge in pralines, beignets, and other delights that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. If beignets are on your foodie list, Cafe du Monde* is a can’t miss location for any visitor to New Orleans!

 

After all, in New Orleans, summer isn’t just a season: It’s a celebration of flavor, music, and cultural richness. 

 

From the lively streets of food festivals to the laid-back charm of jazz brunches and the cool indulgence of snowballs, every bite and sip is a testament to the city’s culinary prowess. 

 

And when you stay with us at Lanaux Mansion, we know you’ll love your time with us here in the Big Easy. 

 

With beautiful suites, courtyards, and balconies in a stately historic mansion, the Lanaux Mansion boasts an unbeatable location where everything is set up for your comfort and convenience. 

 

So, embrace the warm summer breeze, let the jazz guide you, and embark on a gastronomic adventure that will linger on your taste buds long after the summer sun sets over the Mississippi. Visit our website today to browse our suites and book your summer getaway.

 

Laissez les bon temps rouler – let the good times roll!

*Within walking distance of the Lanaux Mansion

Planning a trip to the Crescent City this summer? Get ready for an exhilarating experience filled with vibrant festivals, lively events, and a myriad of things to do. Festival goers and foodies alike will revel in a unique culture of events and flavors. History buffs and explorers will find no shortage of sights and stories.

 

With a focus on events and festivals for the adventurer, there’s no better summer vacation than one spent in New Orleans!

 

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

Dive into the spirit of summer at Bayou Boogaloo from May 17 to May 19. This vibrant fest along the banks of Bayou St. John includes live music, food, drinks, and art and other goods from local artists and entrepreneurs. Locals and tourists alike canoe, paddle, and float on the bayou all weekend. This family-friendly event captures the essence of laid-back Louisiana living, and while you’re there, you can explore the historic Mid-City neighborhood! 

 

For more information about Bayou Boogaloo, visit https://thebayouboogaloo.com/

 

New Orleans Pride

Spanning the entire month of June, New Orleans Pride is a sight to see, from the parade to the festival. The Pride Parade is often a highlight of many Pride events, featuring vibrant costumes and a diverse representation of the LGBTQ+ community in New Orleans. The festival typically includes live music, food and drinks, community resources and activities, and other entertainment. And between the parade and festival, you’ll find many day and nighttime events, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, performances, workshops, and much more. It’s a time for celebration, unity, and advocacy! 

 

For more information, visit https://neworleanspride.org/

 

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, often referred to as NOWFE, takes place June 5 to June 9 this year. Participants can expect wine tastings, food experiences, seminars, workshops, culinary competitions, a gala, and local restaurant participation. The event focuses on showcasing the diverse and famous cuisine of New Orleans and a sampling of wines from around the world. Proceeds from some of the events support local culinary and hospitality industry initiatives. 

 

For more information, visit https://www.nowfe.com/

 

Essence Festival of Culture

Essence Festival, taking place from July 4 to July 7 is a celebration of African American music, culture, and community, featuring renowned artists, empowerment seminars, and a party atmosphere that electrifies the city. Attendees enjoy fashion, beauty, shopping, lifestyle, celebrity, and entrepreneurship experiences throughout the fest. 

 

For more information, visit https://www.essence.com/festival2024/

 

Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail is an annual cocktail and spirits festival held each year in New Orleans. It is one of the most significant gatherings of professionals in the spirits and cocktail industry, attracting bartenders, mixologists, brand ambassadors, and enthusiasts from around the world. Tales of the Cocktail boasts dinners, special events, seminars, tastings, competitions, networking opportunities, awards, and so much more for the cocktail and spirit enthusiast or professional.

 

For more information and to stay tuned for the 2024 date announcement, visit https://talesofthecocktail.org/

 

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Let the lively beats of Cajun and Zydeco music transport you to the heart of the Louisiana bayou at this free celebration of Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. From toe-tapping tunes to delectable Cajun cuisine, it’s a cultural feast for the senses.

 

For more information and for 2024 dates, visit https://www.jazzandheritage.org/

 

COOLinary

Each year, New Orleans COOLinary takes place during the entire month of August, featuring the diverse and delicious culinary scene in New Orleans through special prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s finest restaurants. COOLinary was designed to make dining at upscale restaurants in New Orleans more accessible, and these fixed-price menus often represent a significant value compared to the regular à la carte offerings. Yet COOLinary is not just about dining out; it’s a celebration of New Orleans’ culinary heritage and the talented chefs who contribute to the city’s vibrant food culture.

 

To see this year’s participating restaurants once released, check back at https://www.neworleans.com/coolinary/. In the meantime, you can browse through the participating restaurants and their menus from 2023.

 

Book Your Summer Stay

With airy courtyards and balconies to accompany our luxurious suites, you’ll be in an oasis in the heart of New Orleans – steps away from all the city offers during the summer.

 

The Lanaux Mansion offers suites for individuals, couples, families, and groups, so you and yours can book a summer vacation to remember. Visit our website today to book!

And as always, feel free to reach out at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119 if you have any questions about your upcoming trip!

Each December, New Orleans hosts the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Caesars Superdome. This season, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday, December 16, 2023, giving football fanatics and travel enthusiasts alike an excuse to touch down in the Big Easy during the holiday season!

The New Orleans Bowl isn’t just a football game; it’s an immersion into the heart and soul of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It’s a chance for visitors from all around the country (and the world!) to explore the rich tapestry of culture and history that the Crescent City offers.

Whether you’re gifting tickets to a fan or adding to the itinerary of your pre-planned trip, we invite you to be part of the magic!

 

Game Day

In the morning, seek out beignets from Cafe du Monde,* followed by a stroll through the French Quarter, seeing the holiday sights. You can do some holiday shopping or simply enjoy the festivities. In the afternoon, head to the Superdome for kickoff at 1:15pm. 

At the game, you’ll enjoy a first-hand view of the Caesars Superdome, a venue that has seen some of the greatest sports and entertainment events. The dome is a symbol of resilience and a witness to countless historic moments, and as such is a fantastic venue for the New Orleans Bowl!

And after the game, grab a bite to eat and venture out to see the holiday lights and sounds in the French Quarter and beyond!

To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com. And for game day information, such as the bag policy (great information to have when you’re packing for your trip!), visit https://www.neworleansbowl.org/

 

The Luncheon

If you’ve been invited to the annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Luncheon (which takes place a few days before the game), you’ll be treated to an opportunity to feed your soul while experiencing the football spirit and pageantry of each team. In years past, speakers have included New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, Steve Gleason, Ryan Clark, Charlie Ward, and Darren Woodson This year’s speaker is no less impressive: you’ll also hear from Avery Johnson – a former NBA basketball player and coach.

 

STEM Fest

If you’re bringing the whole family to the Big Easy, consider attending the New Orleans Bowl STEM Fest, yet another fantastic experience built into the New Orleans Bowl festivities. Each year, students are invited to attend the free fest, and each attendee receives a ticket to the game.

For more information, visit https://www.neworleansbowl.org/stemfest

 

After the Game

While the New Orleans Bowl is the main event, the city itself is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. From the historic French Quarter to the picturesque Garden District, every corner of New Orleans tells a story, especially during the holiday season. 

Because New Orleans is more than a destination – it’s an invitation to experience genuine Southern hospitality. From friendly locals to the warm welcome of the city itself, you’ll leave with memories that extend beyond the football field. 

We invite you to peruse our holiday blogs, Merriment, Magic, and Memories in New Orleans and 

Holiday Magic in the Crescent City when you’re building your trip itinerary and planning activities!

 

Rest Your Head at the Lanaux Mansion

Our spacious and comfortable suites are steps away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, yet worlds apart – the perfect peaceful refuge after days and nights of fun, food, and football!

When you visit for longer than just the weekend, take advantage of our Holiday Happenings package, which offers a 10% discount on Sundays through Thursdays through December 28, 2023. A two-night minimum stay is required, and this promotion is based on availability.

Browse our available suites here to see which room is right for you, and when you’re ready to book your stay, visit our website and use promo code “HOLIDAY”.

If you have any questions, we’re just a call or email away at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119! 

If you’ve begun planning your holiday trip to New Orleans, you already know there’s no shortage of holiday magic to be found.

If you missed our recent blog Holiday Magic in the Crescent City, we highly recommend checking it out for an incredible list of holiday traditions and experiences.

In the meantime, here are even more reasons to visit New Orleans this holiday season!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
On December 13th, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at the Smoothie King Center. They’ll perform classics like “The First Noel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”, alongside some favorite holiday hits and original music.

For tickets, visit https://www.ticketmaster.com.

Holiday Tours
Gray Line is known for their fantastic holiday tours: their Christmas Eve Bonfire Express Tour, the Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure Tour, and the Jingling Through The Crescent tour.

Jingling Through The Crescent is a seasonal, daily, 2.5 hour motor coach tour through some of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods (such as the Treme and Faubourg Marigny), where you’ll learn about our culture, history, and people. The tour makes two stops, one at Lake Pontchartrain and one at the Roosevelt Hotel.

The Christmas Eve Bonfire Express Tour shows off one of the Mississippi River’s most vibrant traditions: the lighting of the bonfires! This tour is a round-trip motor coach tour of a unique Cajun tradition.

The Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure Tour is similar to the Express Tour, showing off the lighting of the bonfires, but also includes a visit to Destrehan Plantation for a traditional holiday dinner!

For more information on holiday tours and Gray Line’s other tours, visit https://www.graylineneworleans.com/.

Sailing with Santa
Beginning November 25, board the Steamboat Natchez for live entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus himself! The cruise offers an optional lunch, holiday tunes, and stunning views of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.steamboatnatchez.com/cruises/holiday-cruise/sailing-with-santa.

Christmas Eve & New Years’ Eve on the Mississippi River
Take to the Mississippi River once more on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day aboard the Steamboat Natchez!

The Natchez will host a Christmas Eve Jazz Cruise on Sunday, December 24. Enjoy a Creole dinner, breathtaking views of the New Orleans skyline, and live music on their annual dinner cruise.

On Sunday, December 31, the Steamboat Natchez will host their New Years’ Eve Celebration, featuring live music, an open bar, hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, and other food as you cruise along the Mississippi River.

For more information, visit https://www.steamboatnatchez.com/.

New Years’ Eve with a View
If you prefer to be in the sky rather than on the water, ring in the new year above New Orleans at Vue Orleans! Guests will enjoy 360° birds-eye views of the Crescent City, along with a champagne toast, beverages, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://vueorleans.com/articles/new-years-eve-at-vue.

Make Memories at the Lanaux Mansion
This holiday season, complete your travel plans with a festive stay at the Lanaux Mansion! Our one-bedroom suites or two-, three-, four-, five-, or six-bedroom suites will be a magical setting for your holiday stay.

We’re pleased to offer a 10% discount on Sundays through Thursdays from November 13, 2023 to December 28, 2023 with our Holiday Happenings package. A two-night minimum stay is required, and this promotion is based on availability.

Browse our available suites here to see which room is right for you, and when you’re ready to book your stay, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations and use promo code “HOLIDAY”!

And as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119 with any questions! We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

The holiday season in New Orleans is a magical time as the city’s traditions and history come to life to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for all. 

We invite you to explore all the Crescent City has to offer from your home base: the Lanaux Mansion, and this year, we’re sharing a few classic holiday must-dos and a limited time special for booking your holiday stay!

 

Merriment on Magazine

Beginning on November 25th, Magazine Street will host Merriment on Magazine. Boutiques and shops up and down Magazine Street will offer holiday fashions, holiday home decor, and gifts for all the special individuals on your list. 

When you’ve finished shopping, enjoy a cocktail or a meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants on Magazine Street!

For information on special holiday sales, gift guides, and events, visit https://magazinestreet.com/event/merriment-on-magazine/.  

 

Reveillon Dinners

Throughout the month of December, New Orleans’ restaurants will offer exclusive Réveillon menus. This Creole Christmas tradition, which dates back to the 1800s, includes impressive multi-course meals and specialty cocktails so every visitor can enjoy a taste of New Orleans’ finest cuisine.

To view a list of this year’s participating restaurants, visit https://holiday.neworleans.com/food-and-drink/

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will host their Holiday Spectacular on December 2nd at the Orpheum Theater. The 90 minute concert will feature all the holiday favorites and is a holiday experience the whole family can enjoy together.

For tickets and more information, visit https://lpomusic.com/.  

 

The Marigny Opera Ballet’s Jazz Nutcracker

From December 8th to 10th and 15th to 17th this year, The Marigny Opera Ballet will present their reimagining of The Nutcracker, accompanied by an original jazz score by New Orleans’ own Lawrence Sieberth.

For more information, visit https://www.marignyoperaballet.org/

 

LUNA Fête

Arts New Orleans will bring back LUNA Fête for the holiday season from December 7th to 10th this year. In their 10th anniversary year, this free festival of light, art, and technology boasts large-scale outdoor light projections across 7.5 acres of the Mississippi River Heritage Park and Convention Center Pedestrian Park.

In addition to art installations, attendees can discover local artists and check some items off their holiday gift list. You’ll also find food vendors, drink vendors, and multiple surprise entertainment experiences. More information can be found at https://www.lunafete.com/

 

Holiday Home Tours

On December 17th, the Patio Planters will present their annual self-guided Holiday Home Tour from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Tours showcase classic French Quarter homes, courtyards, and gardens in their full festive decor, and this year the Lanaux Mansion is one of those elegant homes!

Tickets go on sale on November 1st. For more information, visit https://patioplanters.net/events/holiday-home-tour/

 

NOLA ChristmasFest

Get in the holiday spirit at NOLA Christmas Fest from December 21st to 30th at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Admission provides access to carnival rides, an indoor ice skating rink, ice slides, and so many activities for children, including cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, and visits with Santa. 

Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, expect a few special surprises! For tickets or more information, visit https://nolachristmasfest.com/

 

A Magical Holiday Stay at the Lanaux Mansion

New Orleans is a perfect destination for an enchanting Christmas getaway, and when you stay at the Lanaux Mansion, you’ll be steps away from the festivities.

This year, we’re pleased to announce our Holiday Happenings package. Join us in our festive surroundings for the holiday season and enjoy a 10% discount on Sundays through Thursdays from November 13, 2023 to December 28, 2023. A two-night minimum stay is required, and this promotion is based on availability. 

Whether you’re looking for a one-bedroom suite or a two-, three-, four-, five-, or six-bedroom suite to host the whole family, the Lanaux Mansion will provide the grace of a bygone era with the modern comforts you want. Browse our available suites here to see which room is right for you. 

 

 

When you’re ready to book your stay, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations and use promo code “HOLIDAY” today!

If you have any questions about booking or holiday recommendations (including our favorite restaurants and other activities), please don’t hesitate to reach out at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119. 

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

We may not yet know who’ll be headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl next year, but that means all football fans are beginning to plan for a potential trip to New Orleans – especially those confident in a winning season for their team!

This season’s game falls on Monday, January 1, 2024, giving the perfect opportunity to spend the holiday weekend exploring all the Big Easy has to offer. So we’ve put together your go-to guide for a vibrant weekend full of adventure!

 

A Happening Holiday Weekend in New Orleans

One of the best perks of the Sugar Bowl is that its festivities take place each year over New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day, making it an action-packed weekend all around. 

It should come as no surprise that the Big Easy hosts an array of events to kick off the new year in style. One highlight each year are the fireworks over the Mississippi River, which can be seen from many locations throughout the city, including the riverfront and Jackson Square.

If holiday activities aren’t up your alley, there’s plenty more to do in and around the French Quarter.

Walk up and down Frenchmen Street, just around the corner from the Lanaux Mansion, or stroll down Bourbon Street. On either of these famous streets synonymous with revelry and celebration, you’ll find an adventure all your own. Navigate the bustling street, duck into legendary bars, and enjoy live music that reverberates through your soul as you raise a toast to your team’s victory and bond with fellow fans.

When you’re ready to catch the other weekend games, visit The Pelican Club or Manning’s to grab a bite or a brew and keep up with the score.

If a brewery is more your speed, you’re in luck: New Orleans boasts a handful of absolutely phenomenal local breweries, such as Urban South Brewery, NOLA Brewing Company, Second Line Brewing, Port Orleans Brewing Co., and Faubourg Brewing Co. Many of these breweries also offer highly-rated food, including Urban Smash at Urban South Brewery and NOLA Pizza Co. at NOLA Brewing Company. Even those breweries without a permanent kitchen provide a rotating array of popup kitchens and food trucks (you can find more information about popup kitchens and food trucks on each brewery’s website).

 

Game Day Glory and Tailgating Traditions

Once game day arrives, set your sites on the iconic Caesars Superdome, don your team’s colors, and embrace the camaraderie prior to kickoff.

Join the pre-game festivities throughout the French Quarter and in Champions Square, just outside of the Superdome. Indulge in some good old-fashioned tailgating and set the tone for an unforgettable day. Make time to catch the All State Sugar Bowl Parade for a taste of Mardi Gras!

And when it’s all said and done, whether your team triumphs or faces defeat, the post-game celebrations you’ll find throughout the city are a must. Head out on the town and relive the game’s most memorable moments with fellow fans.

 

Where to Stay

And of course, an integral piece of your plans over Sugar Bowl weekend should be choosing your home base for the weekend. At the Lanaux Mansion, you’re steps away from the fascinating walkways of the French Quarter or the lively scene on Frenchmen Street.

Whether you choose to stay in the Weiland Suite, Ruthie’s Balcony Suite, Beth’s Escape, or one of our other private suites, you’ll have everything you need for a weekend of adventure and more importantly, football. 

 

To book your room, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations

Sugar Bowl weekend in New Orleans promises the perfect fusion of football and adventure, and with the proper planning, you’ll be able to ensure your trip celebrates your team and offers its own adventure. Grab your gear and pack your spirit of adventure, and if you have any questions, you may reach us at (504) 948-6119. 

 

We’ll see you Sugar Bowl weekend!

Invite New Orleans history into your love story this fall: elope to New Orleans!

As summer gives way to autumn and the city’s spirit comes alive with festivals and events, allow your love story to flourish amidst a striking backdrop: the Lanaux Mansion.

With the plethora of memorable experiences that the Crescent City has to offer and the stately southern charm of the mansion, your elopement promises to be an intimate and momentous affair.

 

Why New Orleans?

New Orleans is a city infused with history, culture, and an electric atmosphere. Around every corner, the French Quarter is bursting with opportunities to weave its essence into your love story.

Wander the French Quarter’s iconic streets and historic architecture, capturing precious moments before or after you exchange your vows. Our colorful buildings and picturesque balconies will add a touch of New Orleans charm to your photos.

Whether you’re a foodie, music enthusiast, art aficionado, or history buff, New Orleans has something to offer for every couple.

And when you choose the Lanaux Mansion for your elopement, you set the backdrop for your happily ever after where the festive French Quarter meets the famous music scene of Frenchmen Street.

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, the Lanaux Mansion is an exquisite Victorian mansion that exudes timeless elegance and southern charm.

Built in the 1870s, this breathtaking New Orleans B&B boasts stunning architecture, lush gardens, and grand interiors that offer a fairytale setting for your elopement.

Simply put: the Lanaux Mansion will capture the essence of your love and the spirit of New Orleans all in one perfect package.

 

Elevate Your Elopement

The Lanaux Mansion promises an unforgettable experience for couples seeking a romantic celebration.

We offer two elopement packages, both boasting a two-night stay in Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage (our private cottage suite), access to the Mansion’s common spaces on your wedding day, photography, florals, a pre-elopement consultation with our in-house planner, and fine dining at a classic New Orleans restaurant.

For couples who wish to elevate their elopements and include guests or a reception as part of their big day, our historic grand parlors and outdoor courtyard serve as a unique and authentic setting.

We’ll help you incorporate local dishes and flavors into your menu and offer expert advice only a local can give you (like ending your reception with beignets and coffee or including a second line or brass band).

Whether you choose to exchange your vows in our lush garden courtyard or choose an intimate setting inside one of our opulent parlors, the Lanaux Mansion provides an enchanting backdrop that will make your elopement truly memorable.

 

After “I Do”

After you’ve said your vows, the Mansion’s timeless beauty will set the stage for the wonder you’ll find as you explore French Quarter’s vibrant streets. 

Let the magic of New Orleans guide your love story as you embark on this journey of love and togetherness in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. We know that the city’s unique blend of culture and tradition will create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

From exploring the iconic French Quarter to savoring the mouthwatering local cuisine and immersing yourselves in the city’s vibrant music scene, your elopement in New Orleans will be an unforgettable chapter in your love story. 

 

And when you’re ready to book (or if you have any questions), it will be our pleasure to assist you. You may reach us at lanauxevents@gmail.com or by phone at (504) 948-6119. To book your room, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations

We look forward to being a part of this special time in your lives!

There’s nothing quite like coasting alongside the Mississippi River on a breezy summer day, and the famous streetcars in New Orleans offer the perfect opportunity to feel the wind in your hair on a scenic ride to all our fair city has to offer.

Take a leisurely stroll down Esplanade Avenue from the front steps of the Lanaux Mansion to the French Market Station where the Riverfront Streetcar will take you to various historic parts of the city.

The streetcar runs every 20-30 minutes, so we encourage you to meander through the French Market as you make your way to the station!

 

Mississippi Riverfront

The Riverfront streetcar makes seven stops along the Mississippi River after it leaves the French Market Station.

The Dumaine Station stop is near Cafe du Monde, the beloved home to a traditional New Orleans dessert: the beignet. The Dumaine stop is also where you’ll find historic Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral

Next, you’ll arrive at the Toulouse Station, just near the Steamboat Natchez, a favorite for enjoying live music and viewing the city’s skyline while afloat the mighty Mississippi River. 

 

Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium

Just before the tracks turn down Canal Street, the Riverfront streetcar will stop near the newly renovated Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium

Rated as one of the top 10 best aquariums in the nation, Audubon Aquarium is home to thousands of live animals, including more than those found underwater. With live penguin encounters, a touchpool with stingrays and sharks, and an entire exhibit with free-flying birds from the Amazon, you’ll find an abundance to learn and explore throughout the aquarium. 

Inside the same building that overlooks the Mississippi River is the Audubon Insectarium. Since reopening in June of 2023, the insectarium provides educational experiences centered around different insects and features a butterfly garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies. 

 

Canal Street

After the stop at the aquarium, hop on the streetcar to continue down Canal Street, a main thoroughfare that borders both the historic French Quarter and the New Orleans Central Business District.

With stops near prized New Orleans restaurants including GW Fins, Mr. B’s Bistro, Bayona, and Palace Cafe, you’ll find classic New Orleans dishes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Along Canal Street, you can also visit the Saenger Theatre and the Orpheum Theater. Both theaters bring lively music and entertainment to the city, from Broadway Across America shows to well-known musicians and classic ballet performances. 

 

Loyola Avenue

The last leg of the Riverfront streetcar’s route will take you to stops near Champions Square where many parties and festivals are hosted, especially those relating to the sports teams hosted in New Orleans.

If you’re interested in New Orleans sports, take a walk through Champions Square for an up-close view of the Caesars Superdome and the Smoothie King Center, home to the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, respectively.

These famous arenas also host large concerts throughout the year, making the Lanaux Mansion a fantastic place to rest your head after a night of live music.

 

Your Home Away from Home

When you’re ready to head back to home base, the same streetcar will bring you right back to the Lanaux Mansion so you can relax and refresh for whatever is next on your list.

And no matter how many guests are traveling with you, we have plenty of room at the Mansion! 

Families will rest easy in our Lanaux Two-Bedroom Balcony Suite. With a luxurious king bed and a daybed in each room, your friends and family will find rest and comfort.

Every suite is also equipped with air conditioning, wireless internet, and smart TVs, so you can keep the good times rolling when you’re back from a busy day. 

Ready to book one of our suites? Visit https://www.thelanauxmansion.com/ or call us at (504) 948-6119. We’ll ensure your stay is as lovely and leisurely as a ride on our famous streetcars!

Warm breezes off of the Mississippi River, leisurely strolls shaded by magnolia trees, and streams of jazz music pouring out of restaurants: summer in New Orleans brings the meaning of “the Big Easy” to life. 

Whether your definition of vacation centers around enjoying delicious food, sipping on bubbly cocktails, or swing dancing to lively jazz music, summer in the Big Easy is all you need to wind down, enjoy, and relax.

 

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Music lovers everywhere know the importance of jazz to the city of New Orleans, and where better to experience the rhythms of the city than at the New Orleans Jazz Museum*! 

Take a short stroll from the Lanaux Mansion to the museum where you can explore exhibits dedicated to famous musicians and the specific instruments used to make our beloved signature music.  

The museum also hosts live performances from local jazz and funk artists in its courtyard, so you can enjoy the outdoor air while basking in the sounds that define the spirit of the city.

Visit the museum’s website to learn more about the myriad events hosted there throughout the summer. Chances are, you’ll find something great to add to your visit. 

 

Tales of the Cocktail

New Orleans is home to many of the world’s most adored cocktail bars, and many beloved mixed drinks have been invented here. It’s only fitting that the Big Easy should host one of the world’s largest events for cocktail enthusiasts. Tales of the Cocktail, a week-long conference taking place each July, features over 300 workshops, seminars, and tastings centering around the art of crafting cocktails. 

Sip and savor the flavors of various drinks, and learn how they’re made in the city that knows how to raise a glass!

 

Coolinary

Each August, famous local restaurants throughout the city take part in the Coolinary tradition. 

These restaurants offer prix-fixe menus with two- and three-course options set at the same prices across each restaurant, allowing you to indulge in the various cuisines New Orleans is known for while remaining budget-friendly. 

This tradition is known as a way for local chefs to “compete” to see who can put together the best menu for a set price. That spirit of competition creates a setting in which the dishes they prepare never leave you disappointed.

Many of the city’s top and most well-known restaurants participate each year, such Dickie Brennan’s Tableau*, Saint John*, and The Elysian Bar.* For a complete list of restaurants taking part this year, visit the Coolinary website.

 

Satchmo Summerfest

On August 5th and 6th in historic Jackson Square,* the spirit of jazz comes alive to celebrate the life and legacy of one of our most beloved musicians: Louis Armstrong. This weekend-long festival has hosted some of the most well-known New Orleans musicians, such as Kermit Ruffins and the Preservation Hall Brass Band. 

In addition to live music, Satchmo Summerfest boasts educational lectures about Armstrong and his contributions to jazz music and the city’s history. 

From the Mansion, take a leisurely walk down Decatur Street, Chartres Street, or North Peters Street to this lively celebration honoring a pioneer in the genre that continues to inspire New Orleans traditions.

 

A Place to Relax

Before a day of fun and exploring, you’ll want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready, and the Lanaux Mansion has all that you need. 

With deluxe rooms and suites fitted with every amenity for your comfort and convenience, you’ll have all the energy you need for attending festivals and events that are steps away from our front door.

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, we have plenty of space for you in the Mansion! Couples will rest easy in our courtyard suites: Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage and the Wieland Suite. Both contain kitchenettes, renovated private bathrooms, and quaint sitting areas in addition to sharing a courtyard where you can gather to unwind together. Sophie’s Cottage even has a private fountain courtyard for your exclusive enjoyment!

 

Looking for more information about our various suites? Visit www.thelanauxmansion.com, or call us at (504) 948-6119 today. 

It will be our pleasure to make your stay in the Big Easy as warm and welcoming as the summer breezes!

 

 

*Walking distance to the Lanaux Mansion

The month of May might technically fall in the springtime, but you’ll feel the call of summer from our balconies as a warm breeze floats by, and suddenly – you’re ready for summer festivities!

Lucky for you, New Orleans was built to help you unwind and enjoy her culture, and May is only the beginning of the fun… Because once May is underway, it’s officially festival season! 

Whether you envision sitting back and listening to local jazz or enjoying the local cuisine that the city is known for, you’ll find a myriad of reasons to start your summer in the Big Easy.

 

Bayou Boogaloo

Kicking off May 19th and running through the weekend, Bayou Boogaloo brings a weekend-long experience for all ages and interests along Bayou St. John. With local musicians and food from local vendors, there is plenty to experience throughout the weekend at Bayou Boogaloo. 

This is a family-friendly experience with a child-friendly stage as well as an arts and crafts tent with adult-led activities for children of all ages, making it a perfect outing for a family trip.

Each year, locals and tourists alike take advantage of the waterfront festivities, bringing their own  kayaks, rafts, canoes, and creative floatation devices to enjoy the sights and sounds while floating down the bayou. Nothing embodies “the Big Easy” quite like relaxing on the water while accompanied by the rhythms of live music. 

 

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

With delectable cuisine and carefully crafted beverages, the first weekend of June brings the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience to life.

Beginning June 7th, local chefs, winemakers, and performers curate menus, events, and shows to showcase the best of what New Orleans has to offer. 

With a variety of events throughout the city, every palate and passion will be delighted. The experience boasts wine tastings, drink-making classes, pool parties, specialty brunches, pizza- and pasta-making lessons, and educational classes focusing on cuisine-related topics. 

Even more impressive? These classes and events take place at some of the most historic and well-known venues in the city, such as Generations Hall and the Orpheum Theater, allowing you to indulge in not just the flavors of the city but in the history and architecture as well. 

 

New Orleans Pride Weekend

While Pride is celebrated through the entire month of June, the weekend of June 10th is especially jubilant as the beloved PrideFest at Phoenix Bar* and the Pride Parade* each take place this weekend, just steps away from the Lanaux Mansion. 

This particular weekend will also include the games, dancing, parties, and a crawfish boil hosted at various establishments throughout the city. 

In addition to all of the fun, Pride events also aim to give back to the community through blood drives and building houses through Habitat for Humanity. New Orleans is a city that embodies celebrating who you are and the people who make the city what it is, and Pride only amplifies that feeling by honoring a special community within the city.

 

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

The celebrations and fun continue the weekend of June 10th at the Creole Tomato Festival, dedicated to the delicious taste of locally-grown tomatoes. 

Take a short stroll down Esplanade Avenue from the doors of the Lanaux Mansion to the foot of the French Market to enjoy live music and mouth-watering dishes featuring the creole tomato. 

You’ll walk away with memories sweeter than the creole tomatoes you feast on!

 

Restaurant Week New Orleans

Cap off the month of June with a local favorite: Restaurant Week

During the week of June 19th, restaurants throughout the city will feature special menus and discounts so that you can taste all the flavors of the city. 

Many of New Orleans’ most notable restaurants take part, including Muriel’s Jackson Square*, Tujague’s, and Felix’s Oyster Bar. For the most up-to-date list of this year’s participating restaurants and their special menus, visit the Restaurant Week website.

 

After the Festivals

Of course, following your exciting days of festing, you’ll need a place to rest your dancing feet.  And at the Lanaux Mansion, you’ll be in the height of comfort – with easy accessibility to all New Orleans has to offer.

For one to two guests, we recommend the Wieland Suite, our largest one-bedroom suite fit with everything you will need after a busy day. With vaulted ceilings, a large kitchenette, and access to our main courtyard, you will feel relaxed with every modern comfort you could want including wifi, a smart TV, and air conditioning. 

 

Need more information about all of our deluxe rooms and suites? Looking to host additional guests during festival season?

Visit https://www.thelanauxmansion.com/ or call us at (504) 948-6119 today. 

We will be happy to help bring you one step closer to a magnificent stay in the Big Easy!

 

 

*Walking distance to the Lanaux Mansion