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Whether you’re just beginning to plan a New Orleans summer getaway or you’ve already made your travel plans, you’ll quickly learn there is always something new to discover in the Crescent City. From restaurants to museums, the city is full of charm, history, and culture – not to mention some of the most incredible cuisine you’ll have in a lifetime.

For foodies, history buffs, and adventurers alike, New Orleans will delight you around every corner this summer!

 

A Foodie’s Dream Restaurant Scene

New Orleans is a vibrant foodie city with a rich culinary heritage and world-renowned cuisine, and summer is one of the the best times to dive in. Whether you’re a seafood lover or looking to dive into authentic Creole cuisine, you’ll experience mouthwatering fare in a setting unlike any other.

 

While you’ll find no shortage of restaurants here, we have a few recommendations to get you started on your culinary journey. For a quintessential New Orleans experience, enjoy fine cuisine in lush courtyards at restaurants like Bayona, The Elysian Bar*, Sylvain*, or Brennan’s. Or for a new twist on classic fare, choose Cane and Table* or Jewel of the South.

 

If you’re celebrating an extra special occasion, the best of French-Creole cuisine is available any night at Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Cafe Sbisa*, or GW Fins

 

If a New Orleans drag lunch is on your bucket list, book a table at Barrilleaux’s Restaurant and Wine Bar* or The Country Club. Or for a more traditional jazz brunch, consider Brennan’s or Arnaud’s for an experience even more unforgettable than the menu.

 

And of course, if you’re visiting New Orleans this August, check out COOLinary New Orleans, a collaboration among New Orleans’ best restaurants to offer discounted prix fixe menus to locals and visitors alike. This year COOLinary will run from Thursday, August 1 and last through Sunday, September 15 (an extension of last year’s month-long celebration). Stay tuned…participating restaurants for 2024 will be announced soon.

 

Free for the Whole Family

There are a multitude of free activities in the Crescent City, which is part of what makes it such a go-to destination. For an inside look at the city’s culture and heritage, check out the free Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans and Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum

 

Get into the spirit of the Sazerac at Sazerac House, which offers free tours (though you must reserve your tour slot in advance), or enjoy free live music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum each Tuesday afternoon.

 

If you’re a Louisiana resident exploring New Orleans, you’ll receive free admission at several museums this summer, such as the New Orleans Museum of Art and New Orleans Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursdays, and the Contemporary Arts Center on Sundays. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is also free on the second Sunday of each month, and Longue Vue House and Gardens is free on rotating Sundays.

 

Music, Games, and Other Fun

And when you’re ready for a break from museums, kick back and relax at Dave & Buster’s, where the fun never stops. This entertainment complex offers a wide range of arcade games, virtual reality experiences, and interactive attractions that will keep kids and adults entertained for hours. 

 

Or strike up some fun at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, a beloved New Orleans venue offering live music, delicious food, and 18 lanes of classic ten-pin bowling!

 

Ready to take your family adventure to new heights? Consider New Orleans Boulder Lounge, the city’s premier indoor rock climbing gym. Suitable for climbers of all ages and skill levels, this family-friendly facility offers a variety of climbing routes, bouldering walls, and challenging obstacles to conquer.

 

Finally, when you need a break from all the exercise, dive into the vibrant music scene at JAM NOLA, an immersive art experience that celebrates the city’s rich musical heritage. This interactive exhibit features colorful installations, larger-than-life sculptures, and multimedia displays that showcase the diverse genres and iconic artists that have shaped New Orleans’ musical identity. 

 

No matter how you choose to spend your summer vacation in New Orleans, you’ll need a place to recharge and relax for the next day’s adventures. At the Lanaux Mansion, we’re offering an additional 10% off our already discounted sizzling summer rates. 

 

Browse our lineup of luxury suites for couples, friends, or family on our website, and add promo code “sizzle” for a summer deal that will add the perfect final touch to your travel plans. And if you have any questions, we’re just a call or email away!

 

*Within walking distance of Lanaux Mansion

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!

Summer is coming, and we’re looking forward to all the ways the Crescent City comes alive in the summer months. From vibrant culture to live music to an abundance of sights to see, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and make the most of your summer getaway.

 

Let us be your guide to beating the heat and exploring all that New Orleans has to offer!

 

Museums and More

From exploring fascinating museums like the National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art to catching a show at the historic Saenger Theatre, there’s no shortage of cultural experiences to enjoy while staying cool indoors.

 

At Vue Orleans, take in a 360-degree view of the city after a deep dive into her history through interactive experiences. You’ll hear real stories from well-known New Orleans figures who changed the city with their dreams, music, and talent.

 

Next, take in the wonders of earth at the Audubon Nature Institute’s Aquarium and Insectarium. An incredible experience for the whole family, you’ll encounter insects and aquatic animals of all types. 

 

If museums are up your alley, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, which boasts nearly 50,000 artworks, or The National World War II Museum, an incredible campus full of history and remembrance.

 

End your day with a show at the Saenger Theatre, a stunning historic performing arts theater with an ever rotating but impressive lineup of shows. Arrive early to enjoy the splendor of this luxury theater, standing since 1927. 

 

Savor a Ride on Our Historic Streetcars

Hop on one of the famed New Orleans streetcars for an air-conditioned tour of the city. Whether you ride the riverfront, up Saint Charles Avenue, or down Canal Street, you’re guaranteed a local’s view. The streetcar is also a fantastic way to get around, transporting visitors to many must-see attractions, such as the Audubon Nature Institute Aquarium and Insectarium, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and more. 

 

Music

Time your trip to coincide with one of the many musicians visiting the Big Easy. With venues all over the city, such as the Fillmore New Orleans, House of Blues New Orleans, Toulouse Theater, Orpheum Theater, Joy Theater, and Mahalia Jackson Theater (to name just a few), you’ll find no shortage of live music.

 

And don’t forget Frenchmen Street, full of the sultry sounds of jazz, history, and culture (just around the corner from the Lanaux Mansion!).

 

No matter what you choose to do during your summer vacation in New Orleans, you’ll find an abundance of activities, tours, and experiences to help you stay cool while exploring the city’s rich culture and vibrant energy. 

 

From fascinating museums to refreshing streetcar rides, there are so many ways to beat the heat and make unforgettable memories in the Crescent City. So embrace the adventure and let the magic of New Orleans unfold this summer!

 

And when you’re ready to rest up for the next day’s adventures, the Lanaux Mansion’s doors are open to you. Our unbeatable location between Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street, Jackson Square, and the bustling Mississippi riverfront will have you just a short stroll from all the Crescent City has to offer this summer — including more bars, restaurants, museums, curio shops, and art galleries than you could possibly ever visit in one trip. 

Visit our website today to browse our sizzling summer rates, available now through April 15th!

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!

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!

 

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.