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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

Whether you are celebrating a birthday or simply needing to escape the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, New Orleans will welcome you with open arms.

With endless options for places to dine, events to enjoy, and entertainment to soak up, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Big Easy…and more.

Here’s a weekend itinerary for the ultimate celebratory getaway on your next trip to New Orleans!

 

Start Your Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to start than with a New Orleans classic?

Beignets, classic French pastries similar to donuts, from Cafe du Monde* at the French Market are sure to start your day with a touch of sweetness. 

Pair your breakfast with coffee with chicory, also available at Cafe du Monde* or other local favorites like French Truck Coffee.

If you’re looking for entertainment with your breakfast, allow the city’s brunch scene to wow you. Drag brunches like those hosted at Barrilleaux’s Restaurant and Wine Bar* and jazz brunches at The Court of Two Sisters, Brennan’s, or Arnaud’s will provide a delicious meal and an experience even more unforgettable than the cuisine!

 

Soak Up the Sun 

Depending on what time of year you visit, you’ll be able to take part in the many festivals and celebrations unique to New Orleans. With the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in spring, Southern Decadence in summer, Oktoberfest in fall, and Mardi Gras in winter, there is never a shortage of good times to be had in the Big Easy.

And those are just the big names! Ask us for a list of festivals and events during the length of your stay – there’s always a reason we’re letting the good times roll.

Enjoy the sunny weather with a stroll or a bike ride down one of the many famous streets through New Orleans’ colorful neighborhoods. 

Admire the various styles of architecture, shop for local artwork, and listen to the music of the city as you roll down Frenchmen Street, St. Charles Avenue, or Royal Street. 

If the artwork draws you in, take part in an Arts Market, where you’ll find not only photographs and paintings but also live music, crafts, and culinary works. Satisfy all your senses while supporting our local artists.

Looking to imbibe in the afternoon? We’re known for our breweries, so you can’t go wrong with your own bar crawl featuring stops at local bars and breweries like Brieux Carre Brewing Co.* or Crescent City Brewhouse

 

An Evening to Remember

As your day winds down, the sunset brings different opportunities to see the city shine. Nightlife in New Orleans is unlike anywhere else.

After dining at one of our finest restaurants such as Tableau or Muriel’s Jackson Square, the good times will continue rolling with a craft cocktail or a glass of wine from a local bar or wine bar, such as Faubourg Wines or Effervescence

After dinner, catch a show at the theater! The Saenger Theater, the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Orpheum Theater regularly host ballet troupes, traveling broadway shows, famous singers, and more that will capture your attention for the entire evening. 

When the theater winds down, become the star of the show yourself at late-night karaoke at The Cat’s Meow, a world famous karaoke bar or enjoy live music at one of the many music clubs on Frenchmen Street just around the corner from the Lanaux Mansion. 

But don’t forget… Your celebration isn’t complete without a sweet treat, so cap off the night with a slice of a freshly baked cake from a local bakery such as Croissant D’Or Pâtisserie*, Cypress Cakes*, or B Sweet Bistro. If cakes aren’t your treat of choice, visit Abbott’s Frozen Custard or Waffle Time for a different take on celebratory desserts. 

 

A Place to Rest

At the end of an exciting day of exploration, nothing will sound better than a comfortable and luxurious suite, and the historic Lanaux Mansion provides you with everything you need to feel rejuvenated to let the fun continue bright and early the next day.

Our Lanaux Two Bedroom Balcony Suite includes a king bed and a daybed in each room so you can bring your close friends or family with you to celebrate. With a multitude of sitting rooms and a private balcony, you will have plenty of space to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the city. You will also have a kitchenette with large paneled windows that will let all of the gorgeous sunshine in each morning, ushering each new day of your retreat.

If you require additional space for your guests, we offer a three-bedroom option that allows  access to the Lanaux Two Bedroom Balcony Suite as well as Ruthie’s Balcony Suite. This balcony suite comes with a luxurious queen bed, full-sized bathroom, kitchenette, and another private balcony. 

 

No matter what the occasion may be, we cannot wait to host you, and we know you will enjoy every aspect of our wonderful city. 

For more information or any additional recommendations, visit our website https://www.thelanauxmansion.com/ or call (504) 948-6119 today!

New Orleans has long been a romantic escape for couples. From intimate dining to cozy beds and breakfasts, the Crescent City offers something for anyone looking to celebrate their love. 

 

Here are just a few of our recommendations for a romantic stay in New Orleans.

 

Pamper Yourselves

 

The best way to start your romantic getaway? Book a trip to the spa to help you fully unwind from the hustle and bustle of travel. With the help of aromatherapy and massages, you will feel refreshed and ready to enjoy your escape from reality. 

 

Book a couple’s massage at a luxury day spa like Spa Atlantis or Woodhouse Spa, and allow yourselves to de-stress and be pampered together.

 

Once you’re relaxed, you’ll be ready to step out into the city and begin taking in all the wonder that is New Orleans.

 

Take a Tour

 

The beauty of New Orleans is all around. If you’d like to learn more about the city and her history, we recommend allowing an expert to show you the way. 

 

Tours are available on land, in the air, and on the water all to give you the best sights of the city. 

 

Take a walking tour for a leisurely stroll down the picturesque streets of the French Quarter. Whether you’d like to experience art, architecture, cuisine, or even ghost stories, you’ll find no shortage of tour options. The French Quarter is hailed as one of the most walkable areas in the city.

 

When you’re ready to venture out of the French Quarter, consider a bicycle tour. Guides are available, but you may also map out your own course. Either way, you’ll pass through beautiful neighborhoods, hearing music pouring into the streets from local jazz clubs as you coast down the streets of the city together.

 

Thinking bigger? Aerial tours and helicopter tours will show you the beauty of New Orleans from up in the clouds. Take in the famous locales and skyline from a unique perspective. The views will provide photos and memories you’ll never forget.

 

If you prefer to stay a little more grounded, visit Vue Orleans for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city combined with a look at our history, music, and culture included.

 

And last, but certainly not least, consider taking a riverboat tour along the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the Steamboat Natchez as you enjoy the view from the river, listening to live jazz music and sipping on classic New Orleans cocktails. 

 

Learn to Feast the New Orleans Way

 

New Orleans is home to a mixture of classic creole and cajun cuisine, and what better way to take a taste of it home with you than to learn how to make one of the city’s signature dishes such as gumbo or jambalaya? 

 

In classes taught by New Orleans School of Cooking, you can spend quality time together learning all the skills necessary to make these dishes (and enjoying them!) so you can relive your romantic getaway once you’re back home. 

 

New Orleans is also well-known for her signature cocktails, and at New Orleans Drink Lab, you’ll master the ways to make the best Hurricane or Sazerac, a perfect cure all for anytime you’re missing the tastes of New Orleans. 

 

Be Wined and Dined

 

After a day of touring and learning, a romantic dinner should be next on your list. While you’ll never find a lack of flavorful cuisine no matter where you dine, some of the city’s best cuisine can be found in her most romantic atmospheres.

 

Enjoy an intimate table for two at one of the many romantic restaurants that are steps away from the Lanaux Mansion, such as Cafe Sbisa*, Cane and Table*, and Doris Metropolitan*. 

 

Have a specific type of cuisine in mind? Please ask us for our recommendations!

 

And after your meal, venture to a local wine bar, such as Saint Germain or Patrick’s Bar Vin, and relax with a glass of wine in lush outdoor patios as the city comes alive.

 

Book a Romantic Stay

 

The most important part of your romantic getaway? Choosing the perfect place to rest after your explorations! 

 

When you’re exhausted after a day of music, fun, and food, let the Lanaux Mansion welcome you with a good night’s rest.

 

Take in the beautiful sunsets from your private balcony in Ruthie’s Balcony Suite. With a spacious living area, sunny kitchenette, and luxurious king bed, you will finish each day of your getaway in the height of comfort. 

 

If you are looking for a more secluded space, try Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage and private courtyard. After a day of venturing around the city, you can enter your hideaway through a private gate and kick your feet up. 

 

Everything you need is right here at the Lanaux Mansion, though we imagine you won’t be spending too much time inside. After all, you’re mere steps away from the city’s best entertainment, restaurants, and bars.

We love hosting couples at the Lanaux Mansion and cannot wait to welcome you to New Orleans. Contact us today to book: call (504) 948-6119 or email lanaux547@gmail.com.

Congratulations! You’re engaged! 

 

Now what? If you’re considering an elopement, allow us to recommend beginning married life in New Orleans.

 

After all…the Lanaux Mansion is the perfect place to say “I do” in the Crescent City!

 

Why New Orleans?

 

Elopements allow a couple to focus on their love and commitment to each other, and New Orleans provides the perfect backdrop for what will be a momentous day. The city comes alive every day with a romantic atmosphere of lush greenery, including stately oak and magnolia trees that line the streets, picturesque Spanish- and French-inspired architecture, and smooth, live jazz music that can be heard from nearly every corner of the city (and from our balconies!). 

 

All of these magical aspects provide an unforgettable environment that’s perfect for your fairy-tale ending.

 

At the historic Lanaux Mansion, we have all you need for the most romantic union, whether you’re eloping or doing extensive planning. With our idyllic location, you’ll be wed in the heart of the city with plenty around to enjoy leading up to your wedding and after during your honeymoon!.

 

We even help bring dreams to life with our wedding planning services and elopement packages! 

 

Hear Wedding Bells at the Mansion

 

The term “Big Easy” doesn’t just refer to the leisurely strolls couples take up and down the streets. With a city that knows how to celebrate all of life’s big moments, what can be a stressful and time-consuming process becomes a delightful experience with the help of our professional wedding planning services and ready-to-go elopement packages. 

 

With pre-wedding consultations and day-of coordinations, our brides and grooms have no worries on their shoulders leading into their big day. All the little details are handled by a professional wedding planner, and photography, officiating, flowers, and a romantic celebratory dinner are all arranged for the happy couple. 

 

The Lanaux Mansion offers two elopement packages to help brides and grooms relax and skip the stress of wedding planning. Both packages include at least one hour of pre-wedding consultation and at least three hours of day-of coordination with a professional wedding planner. Included in both packages is a two-night stay in one of our luxurious suites, either Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage or The Wieland Suite. If you choose Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage, you will enjoy our private, one-bedroom cottage featuring a kitchenette and your own garden courtyard. The Wieland Suite, one of our largest suites, includes vaulted ceilings, a kitchenette, and access to the main courtyard. If available, you can also choose to upgrade to one of our balcony suites!

 

Our elopement packages also include access to the Mansion property and common spaces on the day of the wedding for one hour, a bouquet and boutonniere, photography for one hour (or more if requested), an officiant, and dinner at one of our finer partner restaurants. 

 

Brunch, turndown service, upgraded flower options, extended photography and wedding coordination time, and more are offered in our packages as well.

 

And if there is a specific service or customization you feel will take your wedding to the next level, please ask us! We’ll be happy to make your celebration magical.

 

Wedding Guests

 

The Mansion Suites can accommodate up to 16 guests, which is why it often serves as a hosting spot for more than just soon-to-be newlyweds. With six luxurious bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, private balconies, a courtyard, and four kitchenettes, your close family and friends will be nearby for festivities before and after your wedding.

 

Your guests will experience the relaxed atmosphere of the Crescent City from their private balconies or courtyard and rest easily before and after wedding festivities in one of our comfortable queen or king beds in our spacious bedrooms with spacious en-suite bathrooms and kitchenettes. 

 

Newlyweds and their families and friends can continue the celebration with a reception hosted at the Lanaux Mansion. By utilizing the historic parlors on the ground floor as well as our courtyard area, we have ample space for receptions varying in size from 4 to 100 guests. 

 

If you have any questions about our elopement packages or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to let us know! 

 

Here at the Lanaux Mansion, we appreciate every opportunity to make your dream experience into a reality. 

From a private affair to a celebration with the whole family, we cannot wait to show you all that New Orleans has to offer while providing you with comfort and care during your stay! Contact us today to book: call (504) 948-6119 or email lanaux547@gmail.com.

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.

 

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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.

 

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If there is anything New Orleans is known for, it’s the food and music you’ll experience throughout the city. And one of the best ways to experience all that New Orleans has to offer is to stay in the French Quarter, Marigny, and Bywater neighborhoods where the best of the city is just a leisurely stroll away!

 

Frenchmen Street

It’s a little-known secret that one street in New Orleans can provide you with a glimpse of the best of the city, and it may surprise visitors that it’s not Bourbon Street. Frenchmen Street in Marigny has gained popularity with tourists over time; however, its charm is what keeps locals coming back night after night. 

 

Cafe Negril* offers lively reggae music and dancing to accompany delicious tacos from their taqueria. Apple Barrel Bar* has live jazz or blues music every night, and upstairs you’ll find an intimate Italian restaurant called Adolfo’s* that is perfect for date night. Looking for something more casual? Head to Dat Dog* where you can eat specialty hot dogs and sit on the balcony while listening to the bands that gather and play outside. 

 

Of course, New Orleans also is known for her many talented artists, and Frenchmen Street doesn’t disappoint when it comes to providing visitors with local art to purchase and explore. At the Palace Market,* guests can purchase artwork including paintings, jewelry, photographs, and more as well as observe live art shows. 

 

Music

Nothing captures the New Orleans experience like listening to the live music that brings the city alive, and the Marigny neighborhood offers a variety of live music experiences. 

 

Kermit Ruffins, a beloved New Orleans jazz musician, plays weekly at Vaughan’s Lounge for locals and visitors to experience music inspired by Louis Armstrong and other New Orleans’ greats. 

 

Want to experience the historical side of music in the Big Easy? The Jazz Museum offers a unique experience to learn about the history of jazz music and its beginnings in New Orleans while watching live performances. With its location being where the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street meet, guests will be fully-immersed in New Orleans culture for their entire visit – and don’t forget that the Lanaux Mansion is just steps away from it all on Esplanade Avenue.

 

Visitors looking to enjoy local music while also enjoying a late-night meal can head to Buffa’s where the food may be the main event, but the live music rounds out the experience. 

 

Bakeries and Cafes

While New Orleans may be known for its savory flavors, it is a well-kept secret that it is also home to delicious sweet treats and bakeries. Enjoy breakfast or a light lunch at Bywater Bakery where local musicians will occasionally come play. 

 

Thanks to the French history of New Orleans, French pastries are a local favorite and can be enjoyed at Croissant D’Or Patisserie* or Petite Clouet Cafe. More sweet treats can be found at Who Dat Coffee Cafe* and Loretta’s Authentic Pralines.*

 

New to the Area

Since New Orleans is known for its cuisine, you’ll never want for options when it comes to your next meal. While there are many long-time favorites in the French Quarter and Marigny areas, new dining options open each year, and they are not to be missed. 

 

Those that are quickly becoming local favorites include Bisutoro on Magazine, Le Chat Noir, Margot’s, Peach Cobbler Factory, Dian Xin 2, Ayu Bakehouse*, and Breakaway’s R&R. Each of these offers a different cuisine type as well as varied dining experiences sure to please you on your next visit. 

 

 

Experience all of this and more when you stay at the Lanaux Mansion. We can’t wait to host you soon. Please feel free to reach out for further recommendations – it’s our pleasure!

 

 

*Walking distance to the Lanaux Mansion