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Rock ‘N’ Bowl: a New Orleans Favorite – 2013

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Are you looking for some great music and a good time?  You should definitely check out New Orleans’ own Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘N’ Bowl!  This place has it all!  What began as a local bowling alley featuring once a week Zydeco music has exploded into dancing destination for locals.

Bowling is available for $24 per lane, per hour – and you can have up to 6 people on each lane.  You can rent shoes for $1 a person, unless you’re a Buddhist monk and don’t wear shoes.  That’s one of the many interesting stories about this place, six monks wanted to experience what it was like to bowl and did so at Rock ‘n’ Bowl many years ago.  There are many more interesting stories…

Johnny Blancher’s Front Porch Grill offers a variety of delicious things to eat including typical pub faire like Pizza to New Orleans favorites such as Beignets.

A variety of packages are available to book parties for all types of events, and can be customized to meet your needs.

The best part, though, is the music!  Check out their calendar to see who is playing and plan your visit based on who you want to hear and what makes you want to dance.  That’s right – you don’t have to bowl to enjoy Rock ‘N’ Bowl.  Once the music starts, everyone starts dancing!  Check out everything from Swing and Southern Rock to Zydeco.

The Rock ‘N’ Bowl is just 1.5 miles away from our inn at 3016 S. Carrollton Ave, and you could probably walk there in under 15 minutes.  When you’re visiting 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, make sure a dinner there is on your itinerary.  It’s a cool place that you’ll never forget!

Creole PubCrawl through New Orleans – 2014

Looking for a new way to explore the delightful food and drinks available in New Orleans?  Check out the New Orleans PubCrawl!  For visitors to 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast, may we recommend the Historic Sightseeing Crawl?

This crawl takes you to three stops at local bars and restaurants, and treats you to signature cocktails.  You’ll learn the stories of New Orleans’ past and explore historic sites, giving you more knowledge and appreciation about the Crescent City.  Cost for the Historic Sightseeing Crawl is 49.95 and includes 3 classic cocktails, gratuity, and several other amenities.  You’ll stop at Ernst Cafe, Lucy’s NOLA (which we’ve told you a little bit about in a blog a couple of months ago), The Rusty Nail and Desi Vegas and historic locations in the Arts & Warehouse District.

Looking for a different type of crawl?  Foodies will love the Culinary Crawl, build relationships with the Team Building Crawl, or celebrate big with the Celebratory Crawl.  If you have  larger crowd, you can rent the Big Easy Bikes, available for 12 passengers for a variety of journeys, at $300 per hour.

There are a variety of reasons to PubCrawl, and we know that during your stay with us you’ll enjoy one of the many provided by Creole PubCrawl.  For more information check their website, or call them at (504) 812-8226.

Count down to 2014 in New Orleans Style

fireworks This is no small celebration, as the Crescent City Countdown Club has created a night to remember.

For your enjoyment – begin your evening with one of the delicious, traditional Reveillon dinners served by local restaurants.

For your entertainment – check out the Decatur Street celebration (in front of Jacson Square) with live performances up to the countdown.  Move and groove with Brassaholics from 9-9:40, Mia Borders from 10-10:40, and Bonerama from 11-11:40.

Join the excitement – an 8′ tall fleur de lis ornament that has been lit with LED lights and decorated with aluminum ribbons, will descend down a 25 foot pole.  This spectacle is followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Mississippi River, called “Symphony in the Sky.”

float with baby wear New Orleans Saints Helmet to celebrate New Years

There is just no better way to kick off a New Year!  2014 will begin just right with your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast, where you’ll find restful accommodations and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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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!

Continue the NOLA Tradition: Celebration in the Oaks in 2013

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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.

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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.

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.

Mirliton Festival in New Orleans – November 9, 2013

On November 9, 2013, The Bywater Neighborhood Association is hosting the 24th Annual Mirliton Festival at The Brickyard.  You’ll find this festival just over 4 miles away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, so you can easily check it out during your stay with us.

You’ll find amazing local artists such as The Tin Men, Gal Holiday, and Strange Roux.  For just a taste of the sound, see this video:

As with any New Orleans festival, you’ll find more than music!  Check out delicious food by Bywater Eateries, creations by local artists, and a activities just for kids – who get in free!  Adult admission is only $5.  It’s an inexpensive way to check out New Orleans flavor, and we know you’ll have a great time!  The party runs from 11am to 7pm, so you will still get to take in some New Orleans nightlife.  For updates to the festival events, check out their Facebook page.  See you soon!

The Haunted Mortuary of New Orleans: Halloween 2013

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New Orleans is a remarkable city with spirit!  Thanks to the local history and legends you’ll find that New Orleans also contains remarkable “spirits.” What better time, than Halloween, to check out New Orleans’ haunted past?

How about a haunted house visit – in a real haunted house?  Check out:

The Haunted Mortuary
4800 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ghost Tours by advanced arrangement:
To schedule a visit to The Haunted Mortuary call 504.579.4431 or email 

The historical and actively haunted mansion, The Haunted Mortuary is a Victorian mansion, built in 1872 as a family home, is at the end of the Canal Street  Cemeteries street car line.  The architecture featured neo-classical revival style exterior, while the inside of the house resembles the eclectic Victorian style.  Around 1930, this became the building where many bid their final farewells to loved ones, as the P J McMahon and Sons Undertaking Company.  The interior was further modified to accommodate the activities of a funeral home including an embalming room and onsite cold storage.

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The mansion was sold in 1996 and changed hands a few times, was gutted and eventually abandoned. But the mansion continued to have life to it, as the structure survived Hurricane Katrina.  Jeff Bourne purchased the home and renovated it to become The Haunted Mortuary that it is today.  It is the site of paranormal investigations and visitors have hailed it the scariest place in New Orleans.  Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunting is available at The Mortuary, and this year, the dead walk the earth at this year’s The Mortuary Haunted House: Zombie Outbreak.

Whether you happen to be in New Orleans during the Halloween season, or if you’re journeying here to scare your socks off – we recommend a visit to The Haunted Mortuary.  Then return to the safety and cheerful ambiance of 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – to rest and relax in comfort, knowing that spirits can’t reach you here…or can they?

5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl: October 19, 2013 – New Orleans

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Will you be here October 19th?  Join the 5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl!  This event begins around the corner at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub and includes a stop at 1896 O’Malley House, and a visit to our new courtyard bar.  Wear your costume and enjoy Rum Cocktails at each participating Porch!  The Halloween-esque event will take you on a tour of gorgeous Mid-City Porches where you can enjoy unique beverages, mouth-watering local food, and a good time with fellow crawlers.  Each porch provides unique flavors and drinks – and you won’t want to miss a single one!

Finn McCool’s will host the kick-off and after parties, and guests are invited to stroll with tour guides to each porch.  After party awards include “Best Costume,” “Best Cocktail,” and “Best Decorated Porch,” so stick around to see if we win!

Tickets for the Mid-City Porch Crawl are $45 for non-Mid City Neighborhood Organization (MCNO) members – and it is worth every dime.  This is a fundraiser to help improve our neighborhood, and MCNO has donated funds to such worthy causes as Easton High School Band and The Mid-City Branch of the New Orleans Library.  Not only will you get to enjoy wonderful refreshments and a good time – but your contribution will help make the Mid-City community better.

Looking forward to porch crawling with you!