What To Do In New Orleans During Jazz Fest

What To Do In New Orleans During Jazz Fest

Whether you’re visiting New Orleans for the very first time or you’re a seasoned Jazz Fest pro, you’ll want to make the most of your Jazz Fest vacation. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offers 7 full days of live music, food, culture and entertainment, but there is also plenty to explore outside of the Fairgrounds. Here is our guide for what to do during Jazz Fest and after the festival, plus how to spend your days off exploring the French Quarter. What To Do At Jazz Fest 2016 There are a variety of transportation options to get you to the Fairgrounds from Hotel Monteleone, but keep in mind that Jazz Fest can be very crowded, so plan for plenty of time to get where you’re going. Once you’re there, expect to spend the full day at the Fairgrounds, listening to live music, eating local cuisine and exploring the handcrafted vendor areas. Keep an eye out for roving entertainment, like Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure clubs, and local brass bands. This year’s musical lineup includes world famous names like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, as well as local favorites including Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Irma Thomas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aaron Neville and many more. Be sure to check out the three different artisan marketplaces that Jazz Fest offers: Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts and the Louisiana Marketplace. You’ll also want to come hungry, as Jazz Fest is known for it’s many delicious food options,...
Hotel Monteleone’s Annual Jazzy Jam Treats Jazz Fest Revelers to Even More Music

Hotel Monteleone’s Annual Jazzy Jam Treats Jazz Fest Revelers to Even More Music

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (known by its nickname, Jazz Fest) is an incredible, immersive festival, but it’s also exhausting – full days of music out in the elements can test even the most seasoned festival goers. That’s why we’re pleased to revive our annual Jazzy Jam series, happening every night after Jazz Fest in our Carousel Bar & Lounge. Unwind in the elegant atmosphere of our bar and treat yourself to a full bar bites menu, robust wine list, or a craft cocktail. While food and beverages are always important, the real draw of Jazzy Jam is the music. We’ve hand-selected a list of performers to play each night on Friday, April 22, 2016 through Sunday, April 24, 2016 and Wednesday, April 27, 2016 through Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Jazzy Jam music series will be kicked off by our very own “New Orleans Songbird” Robin Barnes, who was recently named “Favorite New Orleans Musician” by New Orleans Magazine. Performers include Lena Prima, daughter of legendary musician Louis Prima, and Nayo Jones, whose stage presence is electric and sure to inspire a bit of late-night reveling. We’ll also be joined by musicians like Antoine Diel, who will perform alongside his traditional jazz band, and High Standards Orchestra featuring Graham Hawthorne, whose swinging sounds are sure to have your toes tapping. Here’s the schedule: Friday, April 22 Robin Barnes & Her Jazz Band, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lena Prima & Band, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23 High Standards Orchestra featuring Graham Hawthorne, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Sunday, April 24 Luther Kent & His Jazz Band, 9:00...
Getting Around New Orleans: Transportation Options for Visitors

Getting Around New Orleans: Transportation Options for Visitors

Whether you’re planning your first trip to New Orleans, or you’re an experienced traveler returning for French Quarter Fest, you’ll be pleased at the myriad of transportation options available to travelers. While New Orleans has always been a very walkable and bike-friendly city, in the last few years even more ways to get around town have emerged, including pedicabs, Uber and Lyft. Here is our transportation guide for getting here, and getting around New Orleans once you’re here. Getting To and From Hotel Monteleone If you’re driving to New Orleans, Hotel Monteleone and the French Quarter are easily accessible from Interstate 10. (Read our FAQ page for detailed driving directions, from east and west.) Generally speaking, parking in this historic neighborhood is limited, but Hotel Monteleone is proud to offer valet parking for all hotel guests. Our parking availability for oversized vehicles such as F-350s and 15-passenger vans is limited, however. If you’re flying into Louis Armstrong International Airport, you can take either a taxi or Airport Shuttle to and from Hotel Monteleone. Airport Shuttle is located on the ground level (baggage claim) area of the airport, and the current charge is $24.00 US per person (one way). You can also take a taxi directly to our French Quarter hotel. Taxi fare from Armstrong International Airport is $36.00 for 1-2 people traveling together, or $15 per person for groups of 3 or more. While Uber and Lyft are now available in the New Orleans area, they do not currently service the airport. Once you’re here, you’ll find that with the many potholes, one-way streets and limited street parking found...
French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

From Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, 2016 French Quarter Festival will celebrate the culture, food, history, and people of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. With more than 1,700 local Louisiana musicians on 23 different stages throughout the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park, French Quarter Fest is definitely a place for incredible free music. While French Quarter Fest began in 1984 as a way to bring locals back to the French Quarter, it has since expanded into an internationally recognized event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the historic neighborhood each year. The event features so many musicians, food vendors and extra activities that it is impossible to see everything, but we have a few recommendations to make this year’s French Quarter Fest a memorable event: What To Eat at French Quarter Festival 2016 Wherever there’s a festival in New Orleans, there’s food, and French Quarter Festival offers a bountiful assortment of Louisiana delicacies. Sample traditional New Orleans cuisine like cochon de lait po-boys, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish as you walk through Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and back down to the riverfront. Classic French Quarter Fest favorites include the Crawfish Louise & Turtle Soup combo from Court of Two Sisters and the Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes from Muriel’s, which both have food booths in Jackson Square. Head to the Old U.S. Mint to sample a few of the newest food vendors, including The Big Cheezy, serving up The Crawgator (Alligator Crawfish Sausage with Cheddar, Pepper Jack & Green Peppers), and The Blue Crab, offering BBQ Shrimp Stuffed Po-Boys and Crab Cakes. If you can’t make it back in...
Enjoy These Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

Enjoy These Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

While we are famous for many things at the Hotel Monteleone – rich history, breathtaking views, friendly staff – one of our most prized luxuries is the Carousel Bar & Lounge. The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar. The 25-seat, circus themed, Merry-Go-Round bar overlooks Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. One full revolution takes fifteen minutes, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself maintaining your coveted seat on the ride for hours! While the Carousel Bar & Lounge is famous for its unique set-up, it is also well-known for the impressive bartenders and unparalleled cocktails. The Carousel Bar serves up delicious cocktails ranging from the signature Fleur des Lis Cocktail to a refreshing Pimm’s Cup. We wanted to share a few of our favorite cocktail recipes from the Carousel Bar, perfect for enjoying in the springtime! Pimm’s Cup Cocktail Recipe The Pimm’s Cup is a favorite in New Orleans, but the Carousel Bar’s version gives the classic drink a little extra edge with the addition of seasonal fresh fruit. Try adding strawberries, cucumbers, limes, pineapples, or blueberries for a pop of color and flavor. Ingredients Pimm’s No. 1 Sprite or 7-Up Fresh lemon Juice Fruit of your choice (for garnish) Over ice, fill a highball glass with Pimms No. 1. Add Sprite or 7-Up and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste. Garnish with your choice of fresh fruit. Criollo Cocktail Recipe The Criollo Cocktail is named after our renowned Cajun & Creole inspired restaurant located inside the Monteleone. This recipe has been adapted from the Bar Florida Cocktail book from...
Where to Get Your Crawfish Fix in the French Quarter

Where to Get Your Crawfish Fix in the French Quarter

If you’re lucky enough to visit New Orleans in the springtime, you absolutely must indulge in a local’s favorite: crawfish. Crawfish season coincides with festival season and ranges from late December to early summer, depending on the year. The peak of crawfish season usually comes in March and April, and there’s no better way to enjoy spring weather than to pinch and peel boiled crawfish outdoors. To get the ultimate crawfish experience while visiting the Crescent City, you’ll want to start your day off with a crawfish tail omelet at Criollo. Better yet, if you’re here on a Saturday, indulge in our Daily “Benedict” Special, the Creole Benedict, which features Creole Risotto & Crawfish Cake, Poached Egg and Citrus Hollandaise. While you’re spending your day exploring the French Quarter, stop at one of these locations to check “eat boiled crawfish in New Orleans” off your bucket list! Where to get boiled crawfish in the French Quarter: Deanie’s Seafood – 841 Iberville St. This French Quarter location of the classic local’s favorite serves up boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs in season. You can also find plenty of other Gulf Coast favorites like oysters on the half shell, stuffed flounder, barbeque shrimp pasta, and seafood platters. Original French Market Restaurant – 1001 Decatur St. This restaurant has been serving fresh Gulf Seafood for more than 200 years. Here you can find a variety of boiled seafood, including boiled crawfish by the pound, as well as boiled jumbo shrimp, blue crabs and snow crabs. J’s Seafood Dock – 1100 N Peters St., Stall # 25 For something casual, J’s Seafood Dock in the French Market...