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As the days grow longer, the vibrant city of New Orleans awakens with a symphony of colors, sounds, and flavors that can only mean one thing – summer festival season is in full swing! From the infectious rhythms of jazz to the sizzle of Creole cuisine, there’s no shortage of reasons to celebrate in the Big Easy during the summer months.

As your experts on all things New Orleans, allow us to take you on a journey through the heart of the festival scene, offering an insider’s guide to the most unique attractions and mouthwatering culinary experiences the city has to offer. 

So dust off your dancing shoes, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to dive headfirst into the electrifying energy of summer festival season in New Orleans. Welcome to the Big Easy – where the good times roll year-round, but especially during the summer festival season!

 

June Jamborees

​​Each summer, as the sun-ripened tomatoes burst with flavor, New Orleans hosts the Creole Tomato Festival. This beloved event pays homage to the vibrant culinary heritage of the city and the iconic Creole tomato, a local treasure known for its sweet, tangy taste and juicy texture. From cooking demonstrations and tomato-centric dishes crafted by renowned chefs to live music, arts and crafts vendors, and family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Closely following the Creole Tomato Festival is New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, often referred to as NOWFE. 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.

 

If you’re in the mood for dancing, let the lively beats of Cajun and Zydeco music transport you to the heart of the Louisiana bayou at Cajun-Zydeco Festival. This free celebration of Louisiana’s rich musical heritage is a cultural feast for the senses, from toe-tapping tunes to delectable Cajun cuisine.

 

July Jubilees

Every Fourth of July, the skies over New Orleans light up with a dazzling display of fireworks, marking the city’s annual Go 4th on the River celebration. Against the backdrop of the Mississippi River, Go 4th on the River offers a spectacular show of pyrotechnics, choreographed to music and lighting up the night with bursts of color and brilliance. Families gather along the riverfront, picnicking and enjoying live music performances as they await the main event.

 

That same day, ESSENCE Festival of Culture kicks off with a multi-day 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.

 

And for amateur bartenders and professionals alike, Tales of the Cocktail wraps up July with an annual cocktail and spirits festival. 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. 

 

August Attractions

Swing into August and sway to the soulful sounds of jazz at Satchmo SummerFest, a celebration of Louis Armstrong and the vibrant musical heritage he represents. Satchmo SummerFest is a weekend-long extravaganza of music, food, and culture, showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary jazz with performances by local and national artists on multiple stages throughout the festival grounds. You’ll also find a variety of activities and attractions, including seminars, panel discussions, and film screenings highlighting Louis Armstrong’s life and legacy. 

 

Art aficionados will enjoy New Orleans’ White Linen Night, an annual event that transforms the city’s Arts District into a vibrant celebration of art, culture, and community. This beloved tradition invites locals and visitors alike to don their finest white attire and explore the galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that line the streets of the historic Warehouse District. Attendees can stroll from gallery to gallery, admiring works by local and international artists, while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres along the way.

 

After White Linen Night comes Dirty Linen Night on the second Saturday in August, when art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques in the French Quarter keep their doors open late into the evening, inviting visitors to explore the vibrant art scene of New Orleans. Browse a diverse array of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media pieces, created by both local and international artists while enjoying live music performances and food and drinks.

 

September Soirees 

Kick off September in New Orleans at Southern Decadence Festival, a celebration of diversity, culture, and revelry like no other. From extravagant parades to electrifying performances, indulge in a whirlwind of festivities that capture the essence of Southern charm, decadence, and being yourself above all else – all in the heart of the French Quarter!

 

As you begin to plan your summer vacation in the Big Easy, consider where you’ll relax and recharge. At Lanaux Mansion, we offer one to six bedroom suites for you and the whole family. 

Right now, early bookers get our sizzling summer rates. Book before April 15th to take advantage of these deeply discounted rates at an oasis in the heart of New Orleans. Visit our website today to find a suite perfect for your summer getaway!

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!

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!

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!

The holiday season is a joyful time no matter where you are, but there is something extra special about celebrating the holidays in New Orleans. When it comes to food and fun, New Orleans flourishes, and our Réveillon dinners and New Years traditions truly set the city apart from the rest. 

 

All About Réveillon

 

Réveillon dinners are a Creole Christmas tradition dating back to the 1800s. Traditionally, the celebration included a large family meal that would take place after midnight mass concluded on the night of Christmas Eve. Dinner would be served around 2:00 in the morning and would include dishes such as gumbo, meat pies, soups, desserts, and brandy or coffee. Though this tradition nearly died out completely, it was revived in the 1990s with a few twists. 

 

Now, Réveillon menus are exclusive menus that restaurants will offer during the holiday season, and, to the relief of many, these meals are now typically served during the day instead of the early hours of the morning, rather than solely offered the night of Christmas Eve. Réveillon menus can be found across the city throughout the month of December!

 

While Réveillon meals are often enjoyed by large groups of family and friends, smaller parties are welcome to take part in this Creole tradition at some of the top restaurants in New Orleans. Historically, restaurants such as The Court of Two Sisters, Crescent City Brewhouse, Tableau*, and Muriel’s Jackson Square* have hosted these multi-course meals – each with their own signature takes on the traditional menu. To view this year’s participating establishments, visit https://holiday.neworleans.com/food-and-drink/

 

Once you’ve delighted in a Réveillon dinner, we encourage you to continue the festivities among the various light displays throughout the city. Celebration in the Oaks, an annual light show in New Orleans City Park, includes miles of holiday lights featuring local favorites including Mr. Bingle and New Orleans Saints-themed lights and decorations. 

 

Luna Fete is another local favorite that is free to the public, transforming buildings in downtown New Orleans into art by way of projections onto buildings. Other areas at Luna Fete include illuminated sculptures and various winter wonderlands.

 

Ringing In a Bright and Shiny New Year

 

Everyone knows New Orleans boasts the best parties, and of course New Year’s Eve is no different. During the day, the Caesar’s Superdome hosts the Allstate Sugar Bowl, preceded by the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Parade, taking place prior to the game. Both events offer a taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras with floats, bands, and revelry. 

 

And once midnight arrives, the city comes alive with fireworks on the Mississippi River that can be seen from a variety of locales throughout the city – including Jackson Square where many will gather for an informal party.

 

Vue Orleans, the 360-degree observatory, includes indoor and outdoor observatory decks to see the city light up from 34 floors above the ground. 

 

Another beloved tradition? Take a late-night riverboat tour! These tours typically include food and drink, music, and stellar views of the city as the clock strikes midnight. One of the biggest New Year’s Eve river tours can be found on board the Steamboat Natchez. Their New Year’s Eve celebration includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, live entertainment, and views of the fireworks at midnight. 

Whatever your plans are this holiday season, let the Lanaux Mansion be your home away from home! To book your reservation, please visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations.

 

*Walking distance to the Lanaux Mansion

With her affinity for good food and lively music, it comes as no surprise that New Orleans is a popular choice for celebrations large and small. When it comes to venues, your options may be endless, but we have a few recommendations for you that are not only located in the heart of the city….but they’re also the crème de la crème. 

 

Churches

The city is well-known for her beautiful churches, and many are steps away from each other. Those looking for a traditional Catholic wedding need to look no further than St. Louis Cathedral* or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North America, is a timelessly gorgeous setting for a wedding in the heart of the French Quarter, and your bridal party and guests can easily second line from the ceremony to your reception venue! 

 

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is located just over the border of the French Quarter in the central business district. It is known for the stunning architecture that provides a stunning backdrop for your love…and your wedding photos.

 

If you’re looking for a location less grand but no less historical, consider St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the Marigny, a local favorite for its quaint setting and rich background. 

 

Follow any of these locations with a reception or stay at The Lanaux Mansion, and your guests will never forget the splendor of a New Orleans wedding.

 

Reception Venues

Whether you are second lining to your reception or hosting your ceremony and reception at the same venue, there are many beautiful options in the heart of the city… Yet there are several that stand above the rest.

 

Next door to St. Louis Cathedral is The Cabildo*, a New Orleans landmark and museum, featuring Spanish architecture from the 18th century. The outside facade of the building is stunning, and once inside, the details will take your breath away and ensure your celebration will never be forgotten.

 

Envisioning views of the Mississippi instead? A short stroll down St. Peters Street will bring you to The Jaxson, a riverside venue with views of the French Quarter as well. If you’re considering a larger wedding, The Jaxson should be on your list, since their capacity runs all the way up to 425 guests.

 

If picturesque windows, views of the Mississippi, and a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces are on your must-have list, Marché* lies steps away from Jackson Square. Its location on the river and outdoor courtyard area will make your guests stop and enjoy the ambiance of the city. Ceremonies big and small are welcome here with a maximum guest count of 300 people. 

 

For a more intimate gathering, Muriel’s Jackson Square* offers a lush balcony for small, intimate ceremonies and stunning views over Jackson Square. Their various customized party packages will make your wedding celebrations come to life in the heart of the city.

 

More beautiful views can be found at Tableau in the French Quarter where their balcony overlooks a quaint courtyard with a fountain. They also offer various interior options available for parties of different sizes. 

 

If historic spaces are of interest, consider the Beauregard Keyes House or the Ursuline Convent Museum. Beauregard Keyes House*, a historic building erected in 1826, has a majestic private courtyard and garden for stunning photography. It, too, is steps away from Jackson Square and is a perfect distance for a second line.

 

And one of the oldest buildings near the Mississippi, The Ursuline Convent Museum*, has endless options for wedding receptions of various sizes. The property boasts a garden with tenting options and a formal parterre.

 

For a vintage feel, Latrobe’s on Royal, an antique building over 100 years old, hosts upwards of 300 guests and is known for beautiful architecture and enchanting backdrops. 

 

And lastly, our list of the top reception venues would not be complete without Pat O’Brien’s! With their private balcony overlooking Bourbon Street and a two-room parlor with a full bar, you and your guests will experience the quintessential Big Easy experience.

 

No matter where you choose to host your celebration, New Orleans will surprise and delight. If you have questions about events at Lanaux Mansion or booking your stay with us, we are just a call or email away! Please let us know how we can be of assistance.

 

*Walking distance to the Lanaux Mansion

 

The Mississippi River is a fixture throughout New Orleans, and while the port of trade is bustling, leisure ships are also continually setting sail. 

 

New Orleans is the sixth largest cruise port in the United States, housing six cruise lines that may hold the tickets to your next vacation. 

 

What lines sail out of New Orleans, and where do they visit? 

 

Carnival Cruise Lines – Offering cruises anywhere from 3 to 14 days, sailing to Cozumel, Progreso, Costa Maya, Key West, Freeport, Nassau, Belize, Mahogany Bay, Grand Cayman, Bimini, Ocho Rios, Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Bonaire, Cartagena, and Panama Canal

 

Norwegian Cruise Line – Offering cruises anywhere from 5 to 9 days, sailing to the Western and Eastern Caribbean

 

Disney Cruise Line – Offering cruises anywhere from 4 to 6 days, sailing to Cozumel, Progreso, Grand Cayman, and Costa Maya 

 

American Cruise Line – Offering cruises from 5 to 22 days, starting in New Orleans and traveling the Mississippi River

 

American Queen Voyages – Sailing from New Orleans to Memphis in 9 days along the river

 

Viking River Cruises – Sailing to Memphis and exploring the lower Mississippi area on 8-day cruises

 

With so many options, it makes sense that cruising out of New Orleans is often the top choice. A cruise out of New Orleans is often referred to as “two vacations in one,” as many visitors opt to stay in the city following their cruise. Some even arrive early to enjoy the luxuries of the French Quarter before their cruise departs. 

 

There is so much to see in the French Quarter and throughout the New Orleans area. If you’re making the trip, take advantage of your time and see yet another incredible destination.

 

What to do during your extended vacation?

 

Visit museums like The National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, the Louisiana State Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, or the Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Engage in interactive experiences at the New Orleans School of Cooking, Vue Orleans, or Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. Or explore the wild side at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo.

 

If you’ve decided to get a head start, or even if you want to extend your trip once you disembark your cruise, we’re offering a 2022 cruise package discount.

 

Book your stay today at https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations, and use promo code CRUISE for 20% off your booking, now through December 10, 2022. All stays must include a minimum of two nights, based on availability. 

Planning your visit to the Big Easy soon? Or maybe your trip is already booked, but you’re looking for ideas on how to spend your time in NOLA. As locals, we’re experts on the top things to do in New Orleans during your stay.

We hope you booked a long weekend…or an even longer stay! But if not, you’ll just have to start planning your next visit now. 

Here are our recommendations for you to make the most out of your trip to New Orleans.

 

Places

For a smaller city, New Orleans has so much to offer. We can’t list all of the places you should see while you’re here, but we’ll list a few of our favorites, including some family friendly stops.

Stroll through the Garden District – Victorian-style mansions abound in this New Orleans neighborhood, and they’re just a streetcar fare away. Take the streetcar just one and a half blocks from the Lanaux Mansion down the Riverfront to St. Charles. Ride down St. Charles to view the columns and estates, or wander on foot past regal homes and preserved buildings. This neighborhood is known for its homes and gardens, not to mention the unique shopping opportunities and fantastic restaurants. 

Explore French Quarter Architecture – The French Quarter was New Orleans’ first neighborhood and as such is home to some of the city’s most historic homes. The architecture throughout is a mix of French and Spanish with influences from Europe and the Caribbean. Keep an eye out for our street tiles on the corners. Take note of ornate ironwork and the colorful array of facades. If you prefer to learn about historic homes rather than just view them, walking tours and home tours are available daily.

Swing down Frenchmen Street – Live music is the soul of New Orleans, and one of our favorite places to soak it in is on Frenchmen Street, just steps from the Lanaux Mansion. Find live shows, pop-up musicians, dancing, and jazz all evening. Let the music guide your feet onto the dance floor at The Spotted Cat or The Maison. When you’re ready to rest your dancing feet, finish the night with a late bite at Willie’s Chicken Shack or another one of Frenchmen’s local eateries. 

Things

Things to do, things to see, and even more to remember. New Orleans culture floods the French Quarter and there are some things you can’t miss during your visit. 

Peruse Art in Jackson Square – There’s an incredible amount of history in Jackson Square but we’ll let you in on those secrets another time. The Square itself boasts a beautiful garden, water feature, and statues. It’s  overlooked by the mighty St. Louis Cathedral. On any given day, you can take a stroll under the oaks and enjoy the art hung on the iron gates. You’ll also find tarot readers, street musicians and other performers to entertain you. Take a stroll to view the art or purchase a piece of the Crescent City to take home with you. When you’ve had your fill, Cafe du Monde is just across Decatur for a spot of breakfast or an afternoon treat. 

Relax on the River – The mighty Mississippi carries much in her stream, yet her waters are perfect for cruising. Hop on the ferry to visit historic Old Algiers or the Chalmette Battlefield. You can even book a riverboat cruise with live music, dancing, food, and drinks on the Creole Queen. For less sea-worthy legs, tour the Riverboat Louis Armstrong for a piece of jazz history.

 

Looking for more recommendations? Please feel free to reach out to us! There’s always something popping up in the Big Easy. 

Still looking for a unique place to stay in New Orleans? Join us at the Lanaux Mansion! We are perfectly located to access each of these places and things to do. To book your stay, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations