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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.

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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?

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Art for Art’s Sake in New Orleans – October 5, 2013

New Orleans is the place to be for artists of all sorts – and Art for Art’s Sake is the perfect party for both artists and art-lovers! This event happens the first Saturday every October, so this year the street party is October 5th. This is the perfect way to end a busy day of sightseeing in New Orleans when you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

Art for Art’s Sake is an art festival where galleries in the Warehouse Arts District and on Magazine Street are open from 6-9pm. Whether you are interested in browsing locally created paintings, sculptures, and photos or are looking for a valuable addition to your collection – everyone is welcome. Along the 5-6 mile stretch of Magazine Street, you’ll find boutiques and gift shops, as well as food and beverages stands along the street.

To extend the evening, you can reserve a table in a nearby restaurant.  You might try Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar – a sports bar featuring delicious pub fare with New Orleans flair!  You might also enjoy the late night menu at Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant which is also a Louisiana exclusive but with a surfer twist.

Feel like more art?  Attend the special reception at the Contemporary Arts Center – which will host a party till midnight. Admission to this party is $10 and allows you to explore new exhibits and enjoy live music.

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It’s the greatest art event of the year in New Orleans – and everyone is welcome. Wear showed you don’t mind walking in, and enjoy the atmosphere of a sophisticated New Orleans street party!

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Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans – 2013

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When you’re visit to New Orleans includes staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – check out the Old U.S. Mint built in 1835 on the old Fort St. Charles site in New Orleans.  This is known as the only mint to have produced American and Confederate money, and produced coinage from 1838 until Louisiana succeeded from the Union in 1861.  It was the only southern mint to reopen after the Civil War, resuming full production from 1879 through 1909.

Currently, the Mint also serves as a musical venue offering a recording space, web streaming, music related exhibits, and performances.

September offers a couple of wonderful events.

September 14 – Ben Sollee and Helen Gillet featuring moving compositions  mixing various music styles.  Doors open at 7:30 and admission is $10.

September 18 – Be part of a truly unique experience as Sybil Gage comes back to her home.  Known as “Little Dynamo,” you’ll enjoy her Pre-war Blues, Vaudeville, and Traditional Jazz set.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is $12.

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5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival – September 19-21, 2013

burlesqueWhether you are an enthusiast or a performer – if you are coming to the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, we know you will find perfect accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Conveniently located less than 4 miles from all of the events, we know you will find the comfort and luxury of our inn to be far superior than other traditional accommodations.

The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, September 19-21, 2013;  is a fitting event in our city, as burlesque is a signature attraction in the French Quarter, primarily popular from the mid-40′s through the 60s.  Having once been a staple to NOLA entertainment, modern burlesque was embraced during the 1995 revival and continues as one of our city’s traditions.

The event will be a blast!  Take in up to five burlesque shows featuring everything from male burlesque stars to a competition to determine the “Queen of Burlesque” – ending with the “Queen’s Ball.”  Throughout the festival, you can take in some workshops to improve your burlesque technique.  Explore the use of Jazz in your routine and participate in a high energy burlesque workout!  For more information about this event, see the website.

When making your travel arrangements for this flamboyant and lively event – consider the elegant accommodations that we offer at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

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Go 4th on the River, 2013: Independence Day in New Orleans

Summer is here and the parties are heating up.  Sure, New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, but no celebration lights up the Mississippi River like the 4th of July.  If you’re staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over July 4th, don’t miss New Orleans’ spectacular salute to Independence Day.

The 4th of July in New Orleans is complete with free concerts featuring local brass and jazz bands and more.  The official schedule of events and bands have not yet been announced, but the grand finale of the patriotic filled day will be a firework display at 9 pm.  What sets this fireworks display apart from any that you will see elsewhere, is the enormous display from twin barges on the Mississippi River in the Woldenberg Riverfront Park.  This event is known as Dueling Barges in the 23rd Annual Go Fourth on the River celebration.

You can view the fireworks either on the French Quarter side of the river, or from Woldenberg Park.

For more details about this event, check out New Orleans Online, but also watch Go 4th on the River website for updated information.  We believe this is a must see!  Reserve your room with us today, and come celebrate with us!

 

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Party Like an Animal at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans – 2013

whitneyWhen you’re visiting New Orleans and staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, we don’t want you to miss the wildest attraction we have – the Audubon Nature Institute.  The institute includes our zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden, and insectarium!

Get some relief from the heat in the Cool Zoo splash park at the Audobon Zoo and then visit the Dinosaur Adventure to see pre-historic animals.  Come face to face with exotic animals in the Asian domain, African Savanna…and so much more!  Your kids will love Zoo-to-Do kids party on April  26th from 5-9 pm, featuring activities and live entertainment perfect for all ages.

Zoos aren’t just for kids.  Check out the Whitney Zoo-to-Do party and gala on May 3 from 7 pm to midnight.  This is an amazing party to benefit the zoo – what more would you expect from New Orleans?  Enjoy live music from Bjorn Again, Phat Hat, Ingrid Lucia, and Jaywalker Brass Band on three stages.  Eat, drink and be merry with delicious meals and refreshing beverages from many New Orleans favorites.  You’ll even have the opportunity to bid on some great prizes in the silent auction or buy a winning raffle ticket for a new Lexus!

So don’t miss this opportunity to party New Orleans-style and enjoy our awesome zoo!  We look forward to seeing you!

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30th French Quarter Festival – April 11-14, 2013

fqfi_logoApril is full of fun and exciting events to keep you busy and entertained during your stay with us.  Stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast during the French Quarter Festival, happening April 11-14.  This festival was originally created to bring locals back to the French Quarter after major street and sidewalk repairs in 1984.  This festival has been drawing crowds for 30 years!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the French Quarter Festival and other annual events provided by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.  You won’t want to miss all of the exciting things planned for this year’s festival!

  • ·       Find over 800 local musicians at this festival, the largest music festival in the South. 
  • ·       Check-out special events such as a French Quarter Film Festival and lectures with Louisiana Musicians. 
  • ·       Hang out with your kids in the kid-friendly zones and a great place for family fun. 
  • ·       Enjoy delicious offerings of over 65 New Orleans best restaurants. 
  • ·       April 13 don’t miss fireworks on the Mississippi River at 9 pm.

This festival is amazing, you won’t want to miss this local favorite!

If you enjoy the French Quarter Festival, then plan ahead to check out other events.  Stay in our bed and breakfast for the Satchmo Summerfest from August 1-4, and for Christmas in New Orleans in December.  All of these events are brought to you by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

 

 

 

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New Orlean’s Own Crescent City Classic 2013

2009-crescent-city-classic-7b2264bfa7654fd7Coming down to New Orleans for the All State Sugarbowl Crescent City Classic?  Recuperate from this 10K in the comfortable accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast!  Our delicious breakfast will nourish you and we can even offer pampering in a local spa after your run.

The Crescent City Classic (CCC) is a New Orleans tradition for over 30 years, and it keeps growing.  This 10K run takes the party to the pavement, and attracts about 20,000 participants.   This year the CCC has expanded for more events throughout the year, so be sure to stay with us when you return for them:

June 8 – Crescent Connection Bridge Run – 4 mile run 300 feet over the Mississippi River!

November 9 – Crescent City Fall Classic – 5K for all running levels, can be used as a qualifier for the 10K CCC.

December 7 – Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk – A festive 2 mile walk/run especially popular with families and includes a post-race party.  See the Celebration in the Oaks Light Display.

We hope to see you for one of these events!

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St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in New Orleans

Oh, the music in the air!
An’ the joy that’s ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An’ the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th’-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!
~Thomas Augustin Daly

New Orleans will be Irish for St. Patrick’s Day too, and we can’t wait to begin the celebration!  Let 1896 O’Malley House be your home-base as you explore the various things to do on this luck-filled weekend.  In typical NOLA fashion, we will commemorate this holiday with parades…be sure to check out one of the following:

See New Orleans: St. Patrick’s Day for more information about St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, parades and block parties.

After the parades, visit a local Irish Pub for some green beer and some delicious Pub Food.

Right around the corner from our inn, you’ll find Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, our personal favorite.  They were voted the Best Neighborhood Bar In New Orleans in Gambit Weekly, and for good reason!  In addition to a great and welcoming atmosphere, Finn McCool’s is the place to catch a game of European Football (in addition to other sports).  Refresh with delicious food and amazing drinks!

Try Molly’s at the Market, a popular hangout that is ready for some Irish inspired festivities!  Reserve your space to ride in our parade, or just watch it and enjoy some green beer or your favorite Irish refreshment afterward.

Parisol’s Bar & Restaurant will be hosting a 3-day St. Patrick’s Day Block Party!  Bring your friends or meet new ones at this exciting celebration, and enjoy delicious food and drinks together!

Enjoy some traditional Irish classics such as Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness Beef Stew, Bangers and Mash, and Corned Beef (of course) at The Irish House by Chef Matt Murphy, an Irish Gastropub specializing in “high-quality food.”  The Irish House even offers a gluten-free menu.   Select your beverage of choice from a variety of beers, then into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the Crescent City Celtic Band on March 17 at 7-10 pm.

With all of the choices available for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration – you only have one choice to make for a place to stay!  1896 O’Malley House is the perfect location to return to after a parade, block party, or pub visit.  We offer cozy accommodations in a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for resting after a busy day of parties.

And now – a final Irish Blessing:

May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their harts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.