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Christmas at 1896 O’Malley House

The Christmas season is upon us and the inn is getting dressed up in her holiday finery. We spend hours decking the halls so that our guests will feel the Spirit of Christmas all around as you enjoy the Joyeux Noël in New Orleans.

The door greets you with a lovely natural wreath.

The parlor is home to the crowning glory, a behemoth Tannenbaum covered with sparkling lights and special ornaments.

Breakfast is more enjoyable with the dining room all embellished in seasonal splendor.

Mirrors over the mantel reflect the glory of traditional crimson, evergreen and gold decorations. Wouldn’t Papa Noel like to come down a chimney dressed so prettily!

Even the staircase is ornamented for your pleasure!

Christmas in New Orleans at 1896 O’Malley House – a feast for the eyes and the soul!

 

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Christmas in New Orleans – Revillion Feasts

The holidays are here and New Orleans is the place to celebrate in style!  Make your dinner reservations – the restaurants are ready for the Revillion feasts!  For those of you unfamiliar with the Revillion tradition, let me tell you about this festive New Orleans Christmas custom.

“Revillion” means “awakening” and these Creole feasts began during the 19th century, a practice borrowed from passed down from their European heritage.  Originally, Catholic Creoles spent Christmas Eve fasting, and the Revillion dinners were prepared to be enjoyed after Midnight Mass.  Families would return to their homes after the late service ravenous to enjoy the sumptuous Revillion feast that they had prepared.  Overtime, American Christmas customs replaced the Creole holiday customs and Revillion feasts faded away.

The Revillion feasts experienced a reawakening in the 1990′s – and as with other customs, it evolved to accommodate the contemporary New Orleans lifestyle.  Modern Revillion feasts are available in a variety of wonderful restaurants throughout the month of December.  Participating restaurants prepare menus featuring their interpretation of traditional Revillion dishes.  When you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House, make reservations at one of our wonderful restaurants to participate in this New Orleans’ Creole Christmas tradition.

Visit this website for Revillion menus in over 40 local restaurants.

For more information about Revillion feasts, visit FrenchQuarter.com and and About.com – New Orleans Travel.

 

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Restaurant R’evolution – Transforming New Orleans Cuisine

As you are planning your vacation to New Orleans, be sure to check out the gastronomic delight found at Restaurant R’evolution, just a little over 4 miles away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast.

As their website states, the word “revolution” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something.”  Restaurant R’evolution prides itself on providing flavors and techniques from the Cajun and Creole traditions and creating contemporary dishes, permeated with culinary influence found in Louisiana’s history.  Their selections are fresh and all ingredients are authentic.  The menu at Restaurant R’evolution takes you on an unforgettable flavor journey.

Chefs Folse and Tramanto have partnered to bring their own versions of Louisiana’s can’t-miss-cuisine such as gumbo and beignets to their menus.  The Wine Director, Molly Wismeier, ensures that your will enjoy wine from an extensive wine collection, perfectly complimenting your meal.  The wine-by-the-glass program delivers a thrilling wine experience.

So much can be said about this marvelous restaurant, but you should experience it yourself.  In New Orleans’ Christmas tradition, Restaurant R’evolution will begin offering R’eveillion Holiday Dinners as of December 1st.  Don’t believe us?  Check out what others are saying about this dining adventure.

Also, check out Restaurant R’evolution on Facebook (where we got the photo), Twitter, YouTube, and Blogger.

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Museums Around Town – New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

What is a stay at 1896 O’Malley House without a visit to to the New Orleans Museum of Art? Just a short walk (about 1.5 miles) away, and you can get lost in an art collection covering 4000 years. This amazing collection lives in 46 galleries and is worth about $200 million. The collection features pieces from America, Europe, Asia, and Africa; including Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, and Native American pieces.  NOMA has been around over just over 100 years, and the fascinating collection within its doors will take you on a journey through art history through the Americas, and around the world.

NOMA also boasts an incredible selection of art on the peacefully landscaped grounds with 200-year-old live oaks. For a small fee, Wellness Classes are offered every Saturday morning and Monday evening – you can enjoy Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

During your visit to NOMA, enjoy your lunch at Cafe NOMA by Ralph Brennan.  The delicious menu and atmosphere reflects the values of the museum.  You might even run into our innkeeper, Larry, as he enjoys lunch at the Cafe frequently!

NOMA  ensures that visitors of all ages discover entertainment and enlightenment within their doors! From talks, films, and book clubs for adults to a Saturday Storyquest featuring professional children’s authors and illustrators for kids; NOMA provides creative and engaging activities to the community.

Currently, NOMA is celebrating expressionist and sculptor Ida Kohlmeyer who would be 100 this year, with a special display of items from the permanent collection called “Ida Kohlmeyer: 100th Anniversary Highlights.” Also featured this fall is the art of local artist Jim Richard in an exhibit called “Make Yourself at Home.” Finally, if you’re a fan of photography, check out the thought-provoking exhibition, “Photography, Sequence, & Time.”

We hope you’ll take advantage of this New Orleans masterpiece!  For more details about this wonderful place visit their website,our resource for this information and photo.  Also, the New Orleans Museums website has several more museum suggestions!