NOWFE’s the Time: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

NOWFE’s the Time: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

The annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) is a literal and figurative feast for the senses. Comprised of several events that include everything from a stroll down Royal Street to a charitable component, NOWFE is a 21-and-up experience that showcases what the city of New Orleans does best: fine dining. We’re fortunate that many of NOWFE’s events take place in and around the French Quarter, May 23-29, 2016. Check out a few of the standout events below, and if you can’t make it to NOWFE, don’t worry! You can eat like you’re there at our restaurant, Criollo, one of NOWFE’s renowned participants. Vinola! Friday, May 27 at 2:00pm Sample rare, elite wines from around the world during NOWFE’s Vinola!, an event created especially for wine connoisseurs. The winemakers themselves will present many of the selections, which include wines from vineyards like Antica Napa Valley, Pernod Ricard, Jackson Family Wines, and more. Royal Street Stroll Friday, May 27 at 5:30pm Second line through the French Quarter down Royal Street during NOWFE’s annual Royal Street Stroll, happening rain or shine. The Krewe of Cork leads this parade-style stroll, with several elite winemakers serving as Grand Marshals. Royal Street is one of the city’s most iconic streets, featuring beautiful antique shops, historic architecture, and the sounds of live jazz. Wearing wine-inspired costumes to this event is highly encouraged. Be sure to check out @criollo_nola at #nowfe Yum! Click To Tweet Grand Tasting Saturday, May 28 at 6:00pm Pairing beautiful, full-bodied international wines with some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, Grand Tasting is a not-to-be-missed event at NOWFE. Restaurants like Kingfish, Shaya, and our very...
Don’t Miss These Summer Events in New Orleans!

Don’t Miss These Summer Events in New Orleans!

With long, warm days in NOLA on the horizon and special summer room rates in effect, we wanted to provide a snapshot of the many great events offering summer fun in New Orleans during the next few months. Spend your days basking in the sun near our rooftop pool, with poolside drink and food service available at Acqua Bella. Then head down to relax and rejuvenate at Spa Aria, a cozy retreat tucked within the exquisite Hotel Monteleone. If you really must head outside of the Hotel Monteleone doors, then we recommend the following events coming to the Big Easy this summer: May 2016 Two favorite festivals among locals happen in May along the banks of beautiful Bayou St. John. Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival (May 20-22), now in its 11th year, offers free admission and features 4 stages of live music, plus local artisans, food booths and other activities. Greek Fest (May 27-29) is a celebration of Hellenic culture, with live music and traditional dance performances, plus plenty traditional Greek food, wine and desserts. The 23rd New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 26-29) takes place during Memorial Day weekend. This culinary event is a foodie’s dream, with hands-on educational activities, seminars and tasting events galore. June 2016 Festival season stretches into summer as New Orleanians host celebrations of favorite Southern foods like fresh Gulf oysters and Creole tomatoes. The New Orleans Oyster Festival (June 4-5) and French Market Creole Tomato Festival (June 11-12) are free and open to the public, with plenty of delicious food available for purchase. The fun continues the following weekend at Louis Armstrong Park as the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 18-19) offers...
Time to Dream Easy with Our Summer Vacation Rates

Time to Dream Easy with Our Summer Vacation Rates

Summer vacations just aren’t as fun when you’re worried if you’ve spent a little too much. That’s why we’re here to help: with special summer rates at Hotel Monteleone, you can stay in the heart of New Orleans, explore popular summer events and enjoy all the amenities of our luxury French Quarter hotel at a fraction of the usual price: Rooms start as low as $129 per night! Like summer itself, though, these seasonal deals can’t last forever. Dream easy with our summer vacation rates and book your summer stay with us now. Here are just a few of the things you’ll enjoy while you’re a guest at Hotel Monteleone: Top New Orleans Attractions, Just Steps Away… Our location in the heart of the French Quarter is just steps away from many top New Orleans attractions. When you stay with us, you’ll be in walking distance of Bourbon Street entertainment, shopping on Royal Street, and the world-famous beignets and café au lait of Cafe Du Monde. New Orleans offers plenty of modes of transportation, so no matter what’s on your itinerary, it’s easy to get around. Live Jazz Music No need to seek out a separate events space or concert while you’re here. Simply head downstairs from your room to the Carousel Bar & Lounge, where you can hear live music from prominent local jazz musicians. Nayo Jones, Robin Barnes, and Lena Prima all perform regularly… music to our ears. A Rooftop Pool Our roof-top pool is open year-round, but it’s especially enticing in summer, when you can soak up the sun and enjoy a cold cocktail (we have special pool menus...
Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant and Spa Aria!

Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant and Spa Aria!

Want to make your mother feel special this Mother’s Day weekend? Treat her to a delicious Mother’s Day lunch in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant, followed by an indulgent spa day at Spa Aria! Create new memories with your family in the heart of the Big Easy at Hotel Monteleone. Mother’s Day Lunch at Criollo Restaurant Criollo is the perfect destination for Mother’s Day, where you can treat mom to our delicious lunch menu items from 11:30am-2:30pm. This year, Criollo will be offering a prix fixe Mother’s Day menu for $42 per person. Your choice of appetizers: Shellfish Vol Au Vent with Lobster, Shrimp and Crabmeat Served in a Puff Pastry White Asparagus Puree with Camembert Au Gratin Red and Yellow Tomato Carpaccio with Avocado Cream, Basil Oil, Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese and Scallion Bread Your choice of entree: Louisiana Crawfish and Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Sweet Basil Hollandaise Petite Filet of Beef with Herb Brioche Crouton and Bordelaise Beurre Rouge Grilled Louisiana Cobia with Pearl Onion Pirlou, Candied Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Carrot Puree Shrimp and Crabmeat Stuffed Mirliton with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Concasse Your choice of dessert: Almond Crusted Banana Brulee served in a Pastry Shell with Chantilly Cream Warm Bing Cherry Clafoutis with Vanilla Gelato Take a peek at some of our other favorite lunch menu items: Seafood-loving moms will love our Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with white truffle risotto and red onion marmalade. The Grilled Faroe Island Salmon with lentils, shallot confit and grilled asparagus is another fan favorite. If mom is the carnivorous type, treat her to our Hot Pulled Pork Sandwich, dressed with marinated...
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,...
Our French Quarter Hotel Is Pet Friendly!

Our French Quarter Hotel Is Pet Friendly!

Our historic French Quarter hotel is pleased to offer pet packages to pamper your favorite four-legged friends. As a pet friendly hotel, the Monteleone allows guests to bring their entire family to stay, pets included. When you and your furry friends check in, you will receive a special treat, Monte’s Pet Package: Monte’s Pet Package includes a mat for your pooch to rest its bones on, monogrammed water and food bowls, a chew toy, a bag of gourmet treats, waste bags and a brochure of pet friendly attractions in the city. Guests are free to take these gifts home with them after their stay. Hotel Monteleone also has pet-friendly floors, allowing your pup or feline to mix and mingle with other visiting pets. Save yourself the hassle of finding a pet sitter or booking a kennel during your next vacation in New Orleans. The Hotel Monteleone prides itself on offering exceptional service to all of our guests, including pets. We want everyone who stays with us to feel welcome to bring along their pets to experience everything that New Orleans has to offer. The French Quarter is a great place to visit with your pets. Everything is in walking distance and there is a lot to do and see. Please contact us for more pet information. Our Pet Friendly Policy is a $100 non-refundable fee and $25 per night charge. Book your French Quarter vacation...