Family Friendly Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans

While there are many choices for a Labor Day weekend vacation – Labor Day weekend in New Orleans should definitely be at the top of your list. You won’t find a sad face around here about summer ending, since it means some of the best New Orleans weather is around the corner. While there are many family friendly activities in the city that you can find year round, there is no lack of festival-goers for Labor Day weekend in New Orleans – it is New Orleans, after all. Southern Decadence in New Orleans Depending on your flavor, you may want to check out Southern Decadence while you are in town. While this one may be a little mature for the younger crowd, Southern Decadence brings an around-the-clock party at the epicenter of Gay New Orleans, the corner of Bourbon St. and St. Ann in the French Quarter, just steps from our LGBTQ+ friendly New Orleans hotel. On Sunday the 4th, a fabulous parade will start at the Golden Lantern at 2pm sharp. The parade might get a little racy, but there are always children in attendance. Family Friendly Labor Day Weekend Activities If you are looking to stay away from the festival scene during Labor Day weekend in New Orleans, below are some great activities for a younger crowd: Riverboat Cruise: Try a 2-hour daytime cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Children ages 6-12 receive discounted tickets while children under 6 ride for free. A great activity for a memorable Labor Day weekend in New Orleans! Museums: Stop by the Louisiana’s Children Museum in the Warehouse District! Story Time for children...
Catch of the Day: Louisiana Seafood Festival in City Park

Catch of the Day: Louisiana Seafood Festival in City Park

City Park is the go-to spot for meandering through the sculpture garden or enjoying Morning Call beignets al fresco, but next weekend, it’s also your best bet for decadent seafood creations. You won’t find any plain, grilled fish at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, at the festival grounds from Sep. 2-4, 2016. Instead, expect incredibly decadent takes on seafood that are anything but basic. The Food We love how the Festival makes it easy to try some of the city’s most beloved restaurants all in one spot. Blue Crab will feature classic crab cakes, dressed in their signature remoulade sauce, while perennial favorite Galatoire’s is offering up a crunchy, fried shrimp BLT po’boy. Crawfish ravioli and crab cakes are the picks from Andrea’s Restaurant, and Ernst Café will serve crawfish nachos. In a distinctly Louisiana vibe, alligator and beignets are both on the menu: try the rich and savory alligator sausage cheesecake from Jacques-Imo’s followed by flaky redfish beignets from Royal House. Got a sweet tooth? No seafood in the desserts, we promise, but dishes like Bananas Foster bread pudding and strawberry puff pastries with whipped cream are a sweet finish to the seafood offerings. The Music Running from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the festival also includes a constant flow of music. With bands taking the stage practically around the clock, guests can look forward to musicians like ultra funky Tank and the Bangas, as well as local favorites, Bonerama. Getting There Of course, our central proximity offers easy access to any of the city’s events. If you’re looking for...
Southern Decadence 2016 in New Orleans

Southern Decadence 2016 in New Orleans

New Orleans has pride for a lot of things, and one of those is Southern Decadence – the “Gay Mardi Gras” held in the French Quarter every Labor Day weekend. In 2016, the Southern Decadence festivities will start Wednesday, August 31st and go on until Monday, September 5th. Southern Decadence brings an around-the-clock party to the epicenter of Gay New Orleans, at the corner of Bourbon St. and St. Ann in the French Quarter, just steps from our LGBTQ+ friendly New Orleans hotel. Southern Decadence Parade in the French Quarter The most notable day of this five day experience is Sunday, September 4th, when around 120,000 people come out to watch the Southern Decadence Parade in the French Quarter. This year’s parade will start at 2:00 pm at the Official Home of Southern Decadence, the Golden Lantern Bar. With outrageous outfits, spectacular floats, and rainbow flags flying high, Southern Decadence is more spectacular than any gay parade you have seen before. Spend Southern Decadence at Hotel Monteleone Some of the best DJs from all over the nation come to to town keep the celebration going. This year’s Southern Decadence festivities will feature Jeffrey Palmquist, Felicia Phillips, Tony Leggio and Derek Penton-Robicheaux. Share in the Pride and come to the 43rd Southern Decadence in New Orleans. Whichever letter of LGBTQ+ you represent, or if you’re a straight ally, this a great reason to come visit New Orleans, and we promise it won’t disappoint. Need to book a New Orleans hotel for Southern Decadence? Hotel Monteleone is just steps from all the action, and our gay-friendly French Quarter hotel provides a perfect sanctuary when you’re...
2016 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

2016 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

It’s hard to beat fall in New Orleans. The weather is gorgeous, the windows are open, and plenty of incredible festivals make their debut, offering a chance to soak up even more of the wonderful fall weather. In order to help you plan your fall visit to the Big Easy, here is preview of the upcoming fall festivals in New Orleans set for autumn 2016: Eat Up: New Orleans Festivals for Foodies New Orleans is a mecca for food lovers, and there’s no better time to indulge and imbibe than in the fall. First up is the Louisiana Seafood Festival (September 2-4), a family-friendly event welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies! The event is held in City Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood, whether it’s oysters, crawfish, or shrimp – this is the festival for you. Two brand-new food-themed festivals make their debut this fall in New Orleans: the Fried Chicken Festival (September 25) and Beignet Fest (October 8). Meanwhile, local favorite Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (October 23) moves a month earlier than its traditional date to take advantage of October’s beautiful weather. Just blocks away from the Hotel Monteleone, enjoy the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 14-16) at Lafayette Square in the CBD. Featuring two stages of incredible live music, delicious barbecue, and an entry price of $0 – this is an event worth bookmarking! Also nearby and equally enjoyable is the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (November 12-13), which takes place in Louis Armstrong...
COOLinary Takes Over for the Month of August

COOLinary Takes Over for the Month of August

The menus and participating restaurants might differ, but year after year, COOLinary New Orleans offers up the same delicious idea: for the whole month of August, diners can enjoy generous two- and three-course meals for unbeatable prix fixe prices all over the city. Whether you choose a two-course lunch option or a three-course brunch or dinner option, you’ll indulge in some of the best food in New Orleans at a fraction of the normal price. You can find the whole list of restaurants here. Need help deciding on where to start? Take a look at some of our recommendations for COOLinary, outlined by meal. Lunch Midday hunger comes on strong, but usually we combat it with fast food, protein bars, or other fast eats. Criollo: This Creole-fusion restaurant is located right inside of our hotel. For just $20 you can enjoy your choice of appetizer & entrée or entrée & dessert; choose from appetizers like balsamic marinated Ponchatoula strawberries and flavorful entrees like grilled free range airline chicken breast. Unlike many COOLinary lunch offerings, this one includes dessert, too! We’re partial to the Mile High Parfait with raspberry sauce. Grand Isle: Utilizing fresh Gulf seafood and seasonal ingredients, Grand Isle in the Central Business District is just blocks from our hotel and is another solid option. Try the stuffed boudin balls and the crawtator crusted drum… although the gumbo braised garlic and herb stuffed pork shoulder roulade is equally as delicious. Commander’s Palace: The martinis at lunch are just 25 cents. Need we say more? Dinner For $39, you can eat like a COOLinary king or queen with three-course meals: Johnny Sánchez: Come...
New Orleans Red Dress Run 2016

New Orleans Red Dress Run 2016

Sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, a self-proclaimed “drinking club with a running problem,” the annual Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans is another of those uniquely New Orleans fun events that doubles as a fundraiser. It is open to men and women alike, and though the concept originated as a charitable event to raise money for breast cancer research, it donates its proceeds to other charities as well. 2016 Red Dress Run This year’s run takes place on Saturday, August 13th. The run is usually between 3 and 4 miles (no one clocks it exactly) and participants start assembling, registering and drinking(!) at 9:00 a.m. There is live music before and after the race which begins at 12:30 p.m. Participation is open to anyone over 21 “who has a good sense of humor and realizes that August in New Orleans is HOT!”  Wearing a red dress (or less!) is an absolute requirement. What you get for your participation is “Beer, Food, Music, Giveaways, and stories to tell your kids.” Don’t have a red dress? Don’t worry. The HHH Haberdashery will be more than happy to fit you for one, and chances are they have one just your size among their fabulous selection of outlandish clothing items. The New Orleans Hash House Harriers (in shorthand, also known as NOH3) is one of the many clubs and organizations in New Orleans whose main purpose is to have fun, celebrate the city’s unique joie de vivre (joys of life) and raise money for worthy causes. Its members love to dress up in outlandish costumes, consume alcoholic beverages...