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Happy Holidays from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast

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Happy Holidays from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast   

In our last few blog posts we have enjoyed sharing all of the festive and merry things New Orleans offers for Christmas and New Year’s.  Known as the City that Never Sleeps, you will find any number of fun ways to celebrate the holidays here in the Big Easy.

Where will you stay though?  We have the answer: 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast has several rooms available between now and New Year’s Eve!  Reserve your room today, before it’s too late, for a special holiday getaway with someone you love.

Why choose 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast?  Here are just a few reasons:

Each room features a Jacuzzi tub, luxurious accommodations.
Check out the i-Pad in your room, loaded with our custom app which includes local restaurants & menus, as well as information about local attractions and tours.
Wake each morning to a home cooked breakfast, featuring a different menu every day!
Complimentary wine, beer, soda, coffee/tea is available to our guests all day long.
Hop on the streetcar right outside the Inn for easy transport around NOLA.
With our mid-city location, you can walk to Mid-City Park, restaurants, and churches.

What’s happening in New Orleans around the holidays?

All nearby restaurants are open!
Walk to Mid-City Park and check out Christmas in the Park (a festive light show) now through January 6, 2013.
Stroll to many local restaurants including:  Mandina’s, Rue 127, Redemption, Venezia, Doson’s Noodle House, and many more!
Celebrate Christmas services at several nearby churches.

New Year’s is a time for refreshment and renewal, so be sure to schedule an appointment for a little personal pampering the eco-friendly Woodhouse Day Spa located just a few blocks from the Inn.  Add a little extra sparkle to your celebrations by treating yourself to a manicure and pedicure, or relax before you return to business-as-usual with a massage session.  Woodhouse Day Spa also offers signature services for the gentleman, as well as couples.

We look forward to hosting you during your holiday adventures in New Orleans – so make your reservation today!

P.S.  Due to recent cancellations we have a few rooms available for Super Bowl & Mardi Gras 2013 – check our website for the details!

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New Year’s Eve – An All Night New Orleans Party!

Well the holidays are upon us which means 2013 is right around the corner!  So, may we ask, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

As you know, the party never stops in New Orleans where there is something for everyone!

Enjoy live entertainment in Jackson Square where the revelry starts several hours before midnight.   Then at midnight, from the rooftop of Jax Brewery, a large object falls from an illuminated perch – a tradition signaling the start of 2013.  Join the festivities to find out exactly what the large object is, as it’s a mystery every year!  Then the skies of New Orleans brighten with its famous 15-minute firework show, displayed from two barges in the river.

For most people, this is when the New Year’s celebrating ends – but not in The Big Easy.  Throughout the city you can find local music, endless dancing, unique cocktails, and delicious food for hours; all of the things for which New Orleans is famous in one night!  For more information about New Year’s Eve merriment in New Orleans, please see New Orleans Online.  (This website also features the photo used in this blog.)

When you are ready to call it a night, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast for a deep, comfortable sleep and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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Celebrate Christmas – New Orleans Style


New Orleans is an amazing place to be year round, but December is a special time to be here.  NOLA is known as an amazing place to spend Christmas – and I can’t wait to share some if the festivities with you!

The New Orleans Online website is a tremendous resource for Christmas – New Orleans style.  The website provides details about Revellion Dinners, Music, Nightlife, Shopping, and Holiday Events.  I’ve highlighted a few “can’t miss” events, here.

Throughout the month of December, enjoy a holiday show featuring the vocal trio, Victory Belles.  This Christmas performance features songs to put you in the spirit of the season.  For more information see their website.

From December 7-9, enjoy the 13th Annual Holiday on the Boulevard Festival for a family festival and holiday marketplace.  In true New Orleans flavor, party with local rhythms and celebrate Christmas NOLA style.

Speaking of New Orleans Christmas traditions, don’t miss the 37th Annual Holiday Home Tour on December 8-9.  You have the opportunity to tour seven historic homes and take in the history, architecture, and festive decor.

For a very special event, check out the Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel Cruse.  Throughout the weekends in December, embark on the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler with Papa Noel, and enjoy many Cajun traditions such as storytelling, treats – entertainment for the whole family!

Finally, on Christmas Eve, celebrate a long-standing Louisiana custom by touring the bonfires built to guide the Cajun Santa Clause, also known as Papa Noel.  For more information, check out the Christmas Eve “Bonfire Adventure.

Looking for a more adult celebration?  Take a steamboat on the Mississippi River and enjoy live jazz and an amazing holiday buffet and drinks in a dining room decorated in the Victorian Style.  For more information, see Christmas Even on the Steamboat Natchez.

We hope this gives you a start in planning for the holidays in New Orleans – and we can’t wait to see you at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.