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National Geographic Names NOLA in “Best Trips 2014″

New Orleans Jackson SquareWe always knew we lived in one of the most visitable places on earth and now we have a backup from one of the most esteemed travel publications in existence! National Geographic has named New Orleans as one of their “Best Trips 2014“. We are the ONLY city in the USA to be chosen! This is quite an honor for the Crescent City and a feather in the cap for everyone who stayed and and the new-comers who came to rebuild after the hurricane and helped the city retain it’s particular style.

The author of the piece, Andrew Nelson, describes our home city as “Immutable. Imperishable. As predictable as seersucker after Easter. Yet change has arrived like Blanche DuBois, suitcase in hand and a tad dishabille.”, and “New Orleans! Storied past. Bright future. Hot mess. Here’s mud in your eye.” The wonderful writer also told a reporter. “This is something that New Orleans should be very proud of. They don’t actually give this out a lot.”, and continued to say, “We believe that New Orleans’ moment is now and that is why we chose it now. 2014 is going to be a wonderful year for New Orleans.”

As you can imagine, we are just about busting our buttons over this excellent endorsement of the Big Easy! When you stay with us, you can take advantage of the Canal Streetcar line and visit all the spots mentioned in the article very easily. We love to give you advice about places to visit on your stay and hints about how to get around the city!

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The NOLA Tradition of Reveillon Dinners in 2013

The holidays are upon us, and last year we told you about the New Orleans tradition of Reveillon Dinners.  These are special holiday dinners that remind us of the Creole feasts that begon in the 19th century – due to traditions brought over from Europe.  The tradition carries on with just under 50 participating restaurants in NOLA this year.  We are going to tell you about three that are not far from our inn.  When you stay with us at 1896 O’Malley Bed & Breakfast, take part in this New Orleans tradition, and enjoy the holidays our way!

dining room of bombay club decorated for ChristmasThe Bombay Club
The Bombay Club is at 830 Conti St. (2.8 miles away) and reservations can be made by calling (504) 586-0972.  Starting at $46, enjoy four courses of delicious and unique items including Warm Crawfish & Creole Cream Cheese Strudel with Tomato Aioli; Grilled Redfish with Creamed Fingerling Potato-Crab Broth & Fried Crab Wonton; and English Toffee Bread Pudding Topped with White Chocolate Sauce.  These unique offerings will put anyone in the holiday spirit.

Tujague’sDining room with wine cabinet, white tablecloths with napkins
You’ll find Tujague’s, which has been around for 140 years, at 823 Decatur St. (3.4 miles away) and you can make reservations at (504) 525-8676.  Beginning at $45, the four courses include such traditional and flavorful items as Fried Oyster Spinach Salad with Shaved Red Onions, Blue Cheese, Spicy Pecans, Warm Bacon Vinaigrette; House-made Gnocchi with Louisiana Blue Crab and Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce; and good old fashioned Bread Pudding.  This authentic menu will give you a taste of the flavors that make New Orleans a savory adventure!

elegant dining room with white table cloths, drapes, and chandeliers

Restaurant August
Enjoy the unique offerings at Restaurant August at 301 Tchoupitoulas St. (just under 3 miles away).  Make reservations at (504) 299-9777.  Their five course Reveillon meal starts at $97 and features such delicious items as Brouillade aux Truffes, Local Farm Eggs & Butter with Fresh Winter Truffle; Carved Aged Beef Rib-Eye with Oyster Dressing; and Chocolate Torte with Creole Cream Cheese, Pecan & Satsuma Ice Cream.  Chef John Besh, recently rated one of the Top 10 Chefs in America, shares his talent and amazing palate with visitors through a mouth-watering menu.  This delicious dinner will leave you satisfied!

With several restaurants to choose from, you’ll relish in this New Orleans tradition.  We hope you’ll delight in the Reveillon Dinners during your stay with us.  Happy Holidays!

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Continue the NOLA Tradition: Celebration in the Oaks in 2013

Logo for Celebration in the Oaks - an oval with a tree on it

Get in the Holiday spirit during your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast with a visit to the Celebration in the Oaks in City Park from November 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of white lights will dazzle you as they twinkle and light up the 13 gated acres of the oak groves and the rest of the landscape.

mr bingle the snowman display at city park

This is a New Orleans tradition, beloved by natives and visitors alike.  There is something for everyone here including an amusement park with a carousel and train rides.  You won’t want to miss the Cajun Night Before Christmas display as well as Mr. Bingle: a favorite New Orleans snowman.  (This photo of Mr. Bingle is from 2008 and was featured in The Times-Picayune)

Enjoy this holiday display from Thanksgiving through January 4th (closed 12/24-12/31)

Admission is $8 per person – children under 3 and friends of City Park are free.  The train ride is $4 and amusement park rides are $3/single ride or $17/unlimited.

Pets are not allowed, and visitors under 18 should be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

City Park has recently added 300 parking spaces right across from the Botanical Gardens.  This is conveniently located close to the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks.  Click here for a map and parking information.

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Support your Team: 40th Annual Bayou Classic – Nov 26-Dec 1, 2013

Football Helmets for Grambling State University and Southern University on the right and left, with the logo for Bayou Classic in the middle

Check out a week full of events leading up to the Bayou Classic, a football game featuring one of the oldest college rivalries: Grambling State University and Southern University (in no particular order).  Events kick-off on November 26 and continue through Sunday Brunch on December 1, 2013.  We invite fans and alumni of the universities to make 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast their home-base throughout the week, as it is less than 3 miles from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - the primary location for most events.

Highlights that you don’t want to miss include:

Thursday 11/28
3:30-6pm – Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market

Friday 11/29
9am – Bayou Classic Golf Tournament at the Joe Bartholomew Golf Course at Pontchartrain Park
12pm-6pm – Fan Fest/Vendor Village
6-10pm – Battle of the Bands and Greek Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
10pm – Soiree Gala 2013 at Club XLIV

Saturday 11/30
8am – Doc Griggs 2x’s Around the Dome Funwalk at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
10am-5pm – Fan Fest/Vendor Village
1:30pm – Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
7-10pm – River Jam at the Natchez Steamboat

Sunday 12/1
10am – Gospel Brunch at House of Blues

For more information about of these events, to purchase tickets, register for events, and so much more, check out the Bayou Classic website.