Running of the Bulls, New Orleans Style: San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

Running of the Bulls, New Orleans Style: San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

While you may be familiar with the world-famous running of the bulls that takes place each summer in Pamplona, Spain, did you know that New Orleans has its own version? This year marks the 10th anniversary of San Fermin en Nueva Orleans. The festivities take place Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, 2016 in downtown New Orleans. Planning a trip to New Orleans to join the fun? Here’s what you should know: In New Orleans, the “bulls” are rollergirls. The main difference between the Crescent City’s version of the Encierro and the orignal Spanish version? Here in NOLA, instead of actual bulls, thousands of runners are chased by roller derby skaters, known as Rollerbulls. While the event started with local skaters from the Big Easy Rollergirls, New Orleans’ all-female flat-track derby team, San Fermin en Nueva Orleans now also welcomes skaters from roller derby leagues around the world. Skaters adorn their helmets with horns and carry plastic bats to terrorize the runners with. San Fermin en Nueva Orleans is a full weekend of fun. The main event takes place on the morning of Saturday, July 9, 2016, but there are festivities all weekend long. A kick-off party takes place Friday night, July 8, from 5-9pm at Little Gem Saloon (445 S. Rampart Street) and features an open bar, food, a silent auction, and live music from Los Poboycitos. Saturday after the main run, the party continues at La Fiesta de Pantalones, hosted at The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance Street). On Sunday, the festivities close out by returning to Little Gem Saloon for cocktails, food, and Ernest Hemingway-inspired contests....
Hotel Monteleone and Tales of the Cocktail 2016: A Spirited Duo

Hotel Monteleone and Tales of the Cocktail 2016: A Spirited Duo

Cocktails are the reward at the end of a long day, the delicious icebreaker for a memorable date night, or the cherry on top of a well-deserved vacation. Cocktails, we think, tell a story. Which is why Tales of the Cocktail, a festival-meets-convention, is the perfect way to celebrate our favorite kind of drink. Founded in 2002, the event brings together the world’s top mixologists, bartenders, and chefs for five days full of cuisine, culture, and most importantly – cocktails. We are thrilled to be the official host hotel of what has become one of the biggest events of the New Orleans summer. This festival takes place July 19-24, 2016 and includes a series of seminars, mixing competitions, networking opportunities and other spirited events. It is also a chance for new and popular liquor brands to showcase their products. Read on for the best ways to enjoy this spirited event: Tales Restaurant Week Leading up to and during the event, Tales of the Cocktail hosts its own, spirited version of a restaurant week, Monday, July 18 through Monday, July 25, 2016. This means you can check out a host of restaurants around town for specific types of liquors and liqueurs, paired with delicious cuisine. Our own Carousel Bar & Lounge is somewhat of the de facto home base for Tales, so be sure to stop in and pay homage to the cocktail with appropriate savoir-faire. Spirited Seminars & Educational Offerings Educating people about the cocktail is the first and foremost goal of Tales. How? Through tons of speakers, panels, seminars, and tasting events, of course. While our historic hotel...
Celebrate the 4th of July 2016 in New Orleans!

Celebrate the 4th of July 2016 in New Orleans!

4th of July is just around the corner… have you made your plans yet? We’re a city full of celebration, so of course we start the party early when it comes to America’s birthday. In addition to Fourth of July celebrations, New Orleans also features an event on the third of July, plus, of course, there’s ESSENCE Fest all weekend long. With the festivities happening over a long holiday weekend, you can guarantee it will come with all the typical French Quarter fanfare. Here’s the scoop on what to see and do during 4th of July weekend 2016 in New Orleans: Go 4th on the River Every year, New Orleans goes all out with a fireworks display that begins at 9:00pm on Monday, July 4th and usually lasts 15-20 minutes. The annual fireworks show has consistently been rated as one of the best fireworks displays in the country. You can walk from our doors down to the riverfront and view a spectacular fireworks display launched from dueling barges on the Mississippi River. It can be viewed from either side of the river. For optimal viewing on the French Quarter side, head to Woldenberg Park in between Spanish Plaza and the Governor Nicholls Street Wharf. To view the fireworks with the stunning New Orleans skyline in the background, hop on the Canal Street Ferry and find a spot along the levee in Algiers Point! This is truly a spectacular event, not to be missed. Craving something closer still? We’ve got you covered. You can make reservations on the Creole Queen paddlewheeler to enjoy a 4th of July river cruise, and watch...
Splash Into Summer Fun at Our New Orleans Hotel Rooftop Pool!

Splash Into Summer Fun at Our New Orleans Hotel Rooftop Pool!

Summer vacation season is here and we all know what that means – soaking up some rays by the pool. And what better place to take a nice, refreshing dip than in the rooftop pool at our luxury New Orleans hotel? Lucky for you, Hotel Monteleone has one of the best rooftop pools in New Orleans! With incredible views of the French Quarter and the Mississippi River surrounding our one-of-a-kind rooftop pool, it may be one of the best ways to spend a hot day at our New Orleans hotel. Access to our pool is reserved exclusively for our guests, so take advantage of our special summer rates and book your stay today! Swim Late at Our New Orleans Hotel Pool Our rooftop pool overlooking downtown New Orleans is open year-round from 6:00am – 10:00pm, with the poolside bar open in season from 11:00am – 7:00pm. Want to take a late-night dip, or planning to visit us during the fall or winter? Our pool is heated so that it’s always the perfect temperature! Many of our guests claim the rooftop pool is their favorite amenity available at Hotel Monteleone, so be sure not to miss it. Acqua Bella Poolside Bar Hungry or thirsty? Grab lunch at our poolside bar, Acqua Bella. Acqua Bella offers a range of refreshing beverages and light bites. Poolside Drinks Include: Acqua Bella Raspberry Lemonade – a refreshing blend of Vodka, Raspberry Liquor, Lemon and Soda Monteleone Mojito – our take on the classic, with White Rum, Fresh Mint, Lime and Passion Fruit Simple Syrup Pimm’s Cup – the perfect drink for a New Orleans afternoon, featuring Pimm’s No....
Family-Friendly French Quarter: What to Do This Summer

Family-Friendly French Quarter: What to Do This Summer

The French Quarter is brimming with nightlife and entertainment, but there are plenty of family-friendly activities as well – most of which are within walking distance of our hotel. Hotel Monteleone has an on-site restaurant plus a rooftop pool to keep kids entertained, but there are a host of other activities right in the neighborhood. Here are a few family-friendly suggestions on what to do (and how to stay cool) during your summer family vacation in New Orleans: Explore the History of Mardi Gras The Louisiana State Museum showcases the history and origins of Mardi Gras within the historic Presbytère, which stands next to St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. The second floor of the museum houses their permanent exhibit, Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana, which offers an interactive look at Mardi Gras then and now. Adults will enjoy viewing the elaborate 19th century Carnival costumes while the kids will delight in climbing over parade floats and pretending to ride in a Mardi Gras parade. Nearby, Mardi Gras World offers an inside glimpse at how Mardi Gras gets made, as daily tours walk visitors through the production area where local artists create the Mardi Gras floats that will be used in more than 40 parades throughout Carnival season. Each visitor also receives a free slice of king cake, which is difficult to find out of season. Mardi Gras World provides a free shuttle service offering rides to and from the French Quarter. Cruise Down the Mississippi River The historic Steamboat Natchez offers a variety of daily cruises that are a great activity for all ages. The day-time Harbor Jazz...
Must-See June Events in New Orleans

Must-See June Events in New Orleans

In New Orleans, the fun continues all summer long. Whether you prefer to indulge in local delicacies or take in a show, there are plenty of things to do in New Orleans throughout the month of June. Here are a few of our favorites: June 2016 Festivals in New Orleans Beer lovers flock to Champions Square for the New Orleans International Beer Festival on Saturday, June 4. The ticketed event features two ounce unlimited sampling of craft beers from around the world, plus live music, food pairings, educational seminars, and a silent disco. The New Orleans Oyster Festival will celebrate the beloved bivalves (June 4-5) at Woldenberg Park at the Mississippi Riverfront, near the Aquarium. Get your fill of oyster-themed dishes, watch local shuckers compete for who can unveil oysters the fastest, or check out live music from local bands like Tank and the Bangas, Bucktown Allstars, and Bag of Donuts at this free outdoor festival. Bite into mouth-watering local Creole tomatoes at the 30th annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival (June 11-12), just blocks away from our hotel. There will be plenty of food vendors, joined by 4 stages of free live music, cooking demonstrations, and activities for children. New Orleans Pride (June 17-19) celebrates the history and future prosperity of the LGBT community with a weekend full of events, including An Evening with Bianca Del Rio (New Orleans native and season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race), the New Orleans Pride Parade through the French Quarter, and Pridefest on Bourbon Street. (Did you know? Hotel Monteleone is a TAG-approved LGBT-friendly hotel.) The 10th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 18-19)...