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 pool to keep kids entertained, but there are a host of other activities right in the neighborhood. Here are a few suggestions on what to do (and how to stay cool) during your summer family vacation: Watch a Movie at Canal Place The Theatres at Canal Place are a memorable place to catch a summer blockbuster on a rainy or hot day. In addition to sumptuous seats and a luxury setting, the theaters offer full-service dining – you won’t even need to leave your seat! Kids will enjoy The Trifecta popcorn (popcorn with peanuts, bacon, and chocolate) and traditional movie theater candy, but adults can really indulge: choose from small plates, flatbreads, paninis, and a full list of cocktails, wine, and beer. It's a family-friendly #frenchquarter this summer. Here are some fun, kid-approved activities. Click To TweetOr, Head to the IMAX If you and the kiddos are of the “bigger is better” mentality, you might prefer the IMAX theater. Located practically next door to Canal Place, the Entergy IMAX Theatre is part of the Audubon Institute’s Aquarium of the Americas. The 3-D theater showcases films perfect for nature lovers. Find movies about great white sharks, humpback whales, the animals of Kenya, and more. Admire Sea Life at the Aquarium After you go to the IMAX (or even if you don’t) plan to work in time to explore the Aquarium of the Americas. Open 7...

Summer Menu Highlight: What’s New at Criollo

New seasons bring new culinary opportunities, and Criollo is celebrating the beautiful weather with several menu additions. Take a closer look at three of our favorites, and book your next meal at Criollo today – it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!Head to @Criollo_NOLA for some new summer dishes. Is it wrong to want them all? Click To Tweet New Menu Items at Criollo Grilled Pompano Belle MeuniereThis dish is a nod to a popular dish created in New Orleans called “pompano en papillote.” The original dish is wrapped in parchment paper with a delicate white wine sauce and crabmeat, but the creative chefs at Criollo have added their own unique spin. Grilling the fish adds a lovely char and depth of flavor while additions like roasted garlic and brown butter sauce coat the fish in rich flavor. Paired with chanterelle mushrooms, crispy fried capers, and brunoise potatoes, this dish is the perfect balance of flavors both bright and luxurious.  Baked Stuffed Creole RedfishTaking advantage of what’s in season, Criollo chefs created their baked, stuffed Creole redfish with Creole tomatoes in mind. Paired with a Creole tomato jam and fried green tomato crust, this dish has all the flavors of summer. Delicate crabmeat and a twirl of angel hair pasta complete the meal.  Barbecue Shrimp and BoudinNothing says “summer” quite like a barbecue, and we love how the chefs at Criollo play with heavy elements like boudin to create a smoky, hearty dish. Starting with a Creole dry rub, the chefs add bold flavor to the shrimp before grilling. Surprising additions like shoepeg corn, field peas, and grape tomatoes bring fresh...

Jazz Fest Weekends: Your Perfect Pairings

Our Jazzy Jam series at the Carousel Bar & Lounge is an opportunity to enjoy Jazz Fest even after the festival grounds are cleared out. Every night after Jazz Fest, we’re hosting an array of musicians to delight guests in an elegant, relaxing environment.Perfect pairings for Jazzy Jam and #jazzfest right this way... Click To Tweet Check out our day-by-day pairings for Jazz Fest and Jazzy Jam below. Friday, April 24At Jazz Fest: Mia Borders – This local songstress has an electric stage presence (even though she plays acoustic guitar). With a variety of her own songs plus classic covers, Mia Borders is always a crowd pleaser. Catch her at 12:25 on the Gentilly Stage. Hozier – Irish rocker Hozier plays on the same stage (Gentilly) later in the afternoon. We recommend getting their early to listen to Mia Borders, then stick around for Hozier’s set – you’ll be rewarded with closer seats for having camped out, plus you’ll catch New Orleans indie pop group Royal Teeth in between! Wilco – Alt-country group Wilco will also play on the Gentilly Stage, directly after Hozier at 5:20 p.m., giving you the perfect reason to stay in one spot all day.   At Jazzy Jam: Lena Prima & Band – Lena Prima’s set starts at 9 p.m., giving you plenty of time to get back to the hotel after Wilco’s set. If you head back earlier, check out Robin Barnes’ performance, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 At Jazz Fest: Robin Barnes – Didn’t have a chance to catch Robin Barnes in her Jazzy Jam performance on Friday? No problem! She...

Hotel Monteleone: 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 Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 3. Performers include Lena Prima, daughter of legendary musician Louis Prima, plus musicians like Antoine Diel, who will perform alongside his traditional jazz band in addition to a performance with the The Misfit Power.Unwind after #jazzfest at Jazzy Jam in the Carousel Bar Click To Tweet Jazzy Jam starts off on a strong note with the Nayo Jones Experience on Thurday night. Jones’ stage presence is electric and sure to inspire a bit of late-night reveling, even after a long day at the festival. No matter which night after Jazz Fest you choose to attend (may we suggest all of them?) you’ll be treated to an elegant environment and curated live music that showcases the constant rhythms of the French Quarter and the city of New Orleans. Here’s the schedule: Thursday, April 23 Antoine Diel Jazz Band, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m....

Best Bets for French Quarter Festival: Which Acts to See

Everybody has neighborhood pride, but how many neighborhoods have a festival in their honor? We’re a part of the French Quarter community, and we love our historic neighborhood any time of year, but it’s especially fun during French Quarter Festival, when our central location puts us front and center to all the action. Plan for #frenchquarterfest with weekend music picks Click To TweetFrench Quarter Festival is a dizzying, four-day schedule full of incredible music. More than 1,700 musicians will perform across 23 different stages meaning, quite simply, it’s impossible to see (or hear) everything. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some surefire performers to check out on Saturday and Sunday. Read on for details about who to see, plus when and where they will be performing. Can’t make it to French Quarter Fest? Keep in mind that our hotel bar, Carousel Bar & Lounge, features live jazz music almost every night of the week. Saturday The Abita Beer Stage hosts a never-ending rotation of incredible musicians on Saturday. You’ll also have a gorgeous view of Woldenberg Park’s lush greenery – not to mention the mighty Mississippi. Start at the stage early to hear The Roots of Music, a local nonprofit, play at 11 a.m. Traveling with kids? Stick around until 12:35 to hear Irvin Mayfield and Nojo perform children’s songs. Later in the afternoon Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., a Mardi Gras Indian and son of the late Bo Dollis, will perform at 5:25 p.m. with the Wild Magnolias. Another option is to head to the Rouses Stage to hear Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at noon. Washboard...

French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area

From Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12, 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. And wherever there’s a festival in New Orleans, there’s food. 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. So many musicians and vendors make it impossible to see everything, but we have a few recommendations to make this year’s French Quarter Fest a memorable event:Prep for #frenchquarterfest with these handy tips Click To Tweet Seek Out Smaller Stages The big stages, such as the Abita stage at the riverfront and the Jackson Square stage in Jackson Square host major acts like Rebirth Brass Band and legendary musicians like Ellis Marsalis and Allen Toussaint. However, smaller stages and venues like the Cajun/Zydeco Showcase stage (which opens on Saturday) features traditional Cajun music and dance. Similarly, the French Market hosts swing-dancing lessons and live hot jazz music. Leave A Little Lagniappe in the Tip Jar We’ve already mentioned the food, but French Quarter Fest also has plenty of beverages including wine, cocktails, and daiquiris. Every beverage stand has a tip jar; proceeds from each jar are given directly to the musicians. Add money to show thanks to such awesome local talent (after all, the festival is free!).  How to Get There With our location in the heart...