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Join the Krewes and Parades in New Orleans at Mardi Gras 2013

While you stroll in New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
When you see the Mardi Gras
Somebody’ll tell you what’s Carnival for
–Professor Longhair

It’s time!  Time to make your plans for Mardi Gras! 

Mardi Gras History

Mardi Gras celebrations began as early as 1699, before the French adopted it and brought it to North America.  Once in New Orleans, balls and fetes thrived, were forbidden, and eventually resumed …the party could not be stopped!  Mardi Gras grew from masked people traveling through the streets to official parades.  In spite of the ups and downs, Mardi Gras remains to be America’s biggest party, and truly an amazing event!

Mardi Gras Krewes and Parades

RexDon’t miss out on the festivities throughout this time!  From Balls to the Parades, the Krewes are anxious to provide a great time and memorable experiences.  Mardi Gras Krewes organize parades, throw balls, and a variety of social events throughout the Carnival season.  The Krewes are responsible for maintaining several Mardi Gras traditions such as the flag and choosing the Mardi Gras King!

Please see New Orleans Online, for a schedule of all of the parades, including information about each Krewe.  New Orleans Online is our resource for this information (and more) about Mardi Gras, so check it out!

Recharge with us!

When you’re reading to call it a night, come back and stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House, our bed &  breakfast is just 15-20 minutes from the French Quarter by streetcar – and our comfortable rooms will provide the perfect rejuvenation for the next day’s merriment.



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3 Weeks till Mardi Gras 2013 – New Orleans’ Biggest Party!

Happy New Year from 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast!

It’s that time again – time to make your reservations for the biggest party around!  Mardi Gras is just around the corner and you need a place to stay during the festivities!   In New Orleans, you’ll find every Creole delight such as Jambalaya and Beignets to Gumbo and King Cake.  You can enjoy the parades and parties from January 19 through February 12, 2013.  But where will you stay?  1896 O’Malley House still has available rooms during this time – but don’t delay in booking your room – check our availability, and make your reservation today!

Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located near the French Quarter, city park, fairgrounds, the Garden District, and more; providing easy access to all of the festivities!  During your stay you’ll experience comfortable accommodations including:

  • Comfortable beds
  • Luxurious Linens
  • Jacuzzi tubs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • LCD TVs

And don’t forget you’ll start each day with a hearty bed and breakfast, preparing you for the exhilarating events ahead.

Don’t wait -  have rooms available, but that won’t last long!  Contact us at (866)266-1896 or email Larry at .

We can’t wait for you to join us for Mardi Gras!

(The Mardi Gras image can be found for free here.)

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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.


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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 and and – 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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Halloween Night Availability

Believe it orjack o lantern not, we still have limited availability for Halloween. With all of the wonderfully wicked things doing on in the city during Halloween week, you will certainly find many terrifying activities in which to take part.

After you are completely undone by the haunted goings-on, come tuck your covers up to your neck in our cheerfully spirit-free accommodations and sleep like the dead a baby.

Check our online availability HERE or call us directly at (866) 226-1896.

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This Halloween Explore the Haunted History of New Orleans

October is a special month in New Orleans, with its haunted history and intriguing characters.  The history of this city is so bizarre – we don’t have to make it up!  What better way to celebrate this month of spirits than to explore the spookier side of the Big Easy?

Explore one of the chilling Top Ten Most Haunted New Orleans Locations such as the Lalaurie House – a high society doctor’s home and also the site of a gruesome scene during a house fire.  Another stop on your investigation could Arnaud’s Restaurant and Mardi Gras Museum, said to be haunted by Arnaud Cazenave and his daughter Germaine who watch over the operations of the creole restaurant and the operation of the museum filled with festive keepsakes.

Get to the heart of New Orleans’ past by checking out one of the Top Ten Haunted Cemeteries in New Orleans.   These cemeteries are the final resting places of 2000 yellow fever victims, Union soldiers, writers, and a variety of famous and infamous local characters.

Participate in a variety of guided tours of NOLA through Haunted History Tours, known for guided Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, Cemetery and Garden District tours.  These tours have been featured on networks such as A&E, The History Channel, and The Travel Channel.  Still not sure if you want to participate in New Orleans’ ghostly times gone by?  Check out this YouTube video about Haunted History Tours.

After a day of exploring the darker side of New Orleans, we know you will happily return to our 1896 O’Malley House for rest and relaxation.  We look forward to providing a sanctuary for your respite.