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Reel in Southern Flavor at the Louisiana Seafood Festival

If your weekend plans don’t include chowing down on the freshest seafood this side of the Mississippi, they should: Louisiana Seafood Festival runs from Oct. 10-12 at the festival grounds in City Park.

The festival features a savory parade of seafood-centric dishes from some of the area’s most beloved restaurants. Sample Pontchartrain shrimp pasta dressed in a decadent Alfredo sauce from Blue Crab, savor the hearty crunch of a fried shrimp BLT po’boy from Galatoire’s, or delight the senses with the salty-sweet combination of redfish beignets from Royal House.


Redfish Beignets

Deep-fried redfish beignets from Royal House are just one of many delicious choices at the Louisiana Seafood Festival. (photo: courtesy Yelp Inc. on Flickr)


Distinctly Louisiana proteins show up on the menu (alligator, anyone?) alongside globally inspired dishes like shrimp quesadillas and Asian-style tuna.

Running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, the festival also includes a constant flow of music. With bands taking the stage practically around the clock, guests can look forward to musicians like horn powerhouse Brass-A-Holics and Louisiana native Mark Broussard, who will treat audiences to his signature style of “Bayou Soul.”

Of course, nothing accompanies a delicious meal and music quite like a handcrafted cocktail. While your drink selections at the Seafood Fest will be limited (though nonetheless delicious – try the watermelon lemonade from Café Reconcile), keep in mind that our new Bienville House restaurant, Latitude 29, is opening soon with plenty of exotic cocktails to quench your thirst.

Channeling vintage Tiki décor and drinks into an Asian-influenced dining experience, cocktail craftsman Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is at the helm of Latitude, opening later this fall inside Bienville House. Executive chef Chris Shortall is developing a menu that draws on Asian flavors to complement the layered, fruity notes of authentic Tiki cocktails.

Our Bienville House location offers quick access to the festival via cab, car, or streetcar. Interested in a last-minute reservation? We still have rooms available! Book now to enjoy the French Quarter and fresh seafood together: a perfect New Orleans pair.

Haunted New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the spookiest and most haunted cities in the United States

Ghosts sightings, haunted hotels, abandoned buildings and murder scenes are just a few of the many secrets Haunted New Orleans holds. In celebration of October, we have listed some of New Orleans’ best paranormal activities to help you get the perfect scare out of your next New Orleans experience.

Haunted History Tours

Walking through the French Quarter at night is in itself a spooky activity. However, walking through this iconic neighborhood with one of New Orleans’ infamous French Quarter Phantoms Ghost Tours or Haunted History Tours will help you get the full effect. These tours bring visitors all around a historical and haunted New Orleans that not even locals know about. Some tours even offer cemetery ghost tours! While becoming wrappedcemetery2 up in these spooky stories, you might even come across one of New Orleans’ famous ghosts.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Also among the most haunted French Quarter locations is the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. This museum was home to America’s first licensed pharmacist, who was known for having performed illegal experimental surgeries on women. The museum is filled with all of his past tools and other voodoo potions. It is said the pharmacist still haunts the 3rd floor of the building.

Haunted Houses

If you’re looking to get your adrenaline really pumping, visiting one of New Orleans’ spooky haunted houses will do the trick! Some of the most famous include The Mortuary and House of Shock. Both offer a gruesome experience unlike other haunted houses. At the end you might find yourself being chased by a dead man holding a chain saw.

Lalaurie Mansion

Not only is haunted New Orleans filled with paranormal activities, it is also home to famous gruesome murder scenes. Fans of American Horror Story: Coven will recognize one of these famous locations, the Lalaurie Mansion. This Royal Street house dates back to 1832. When the Lalaurie family lived there, the house caught fire and inside firefighters found a torture chamber filled with slaves that Mrs. Lalaurie had been brutally torturing for years.

Although the hauntings of New Orleans offer a scary side of the city, they come hand-in-hand with its rich history. To get the best of your spooky October, plan a trip to haunted New Orleans and get the full paranormal experience with us at Bienville House. Book your stay with us today!

Latitude 29

Jeff Berry’s Latitude 29 is Bound for Success

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry shows off one of Bosko Hrnjak’s hand-carved pieces that will be adorning the walls of Latitude 29.All the details on Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s new restaurant, Latitude 29, have officially been released. With a very impressive staff behind him, Jeff Berry is set to make Latitude 29 a New Orleans success! Because of the amazing staff, perfect French Quarter location and refined dining, Latitude 29 is the talk of the town.

Among this impressive staff are bartenders Hadi Ktiri and Brad A. Smith, and Sous Chef James Rivard in the kitchen! All of these employees have the experience one needs to make a great French Quarter restaurant and bar with amazing cocktails.

Hadi Ktiri has past experience working at beloved French Quarter bar, French 75. Since his days at the French 75 bar, Ktiri worked as Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Roosevelt Hotel. Eager to get back behind the bar, Ktiri is a great addition to this upcoming New Orleans establishment.

Ktiri will be working alongside Brad A. Smith, a New Orleans Bywater legend. Known best for his acclaimed cocktail program for the bar at Maurepas, Smith will be another great addition to the Latitude 29 team!

Jeff Berry knew what he was doing when he chose New Orleans native James Rivard to be the new Sous Chef at Latitude 29. With an impressive past working at Upperline Restaurant and Stein’s Deli, Rivard has also worked alongside Latitude 29’s Executive Chef Chris Shortall at Shortall’s BBQ.

Having previously thought a French Quarter location was unobtainable, Jeff Berry and wife Annene Kaye had given up on the idea of finding a spot in the French Quarter for their upcoming restaurant.

Berry explained, “We’d stayed at the hotel more than once and hosted a rum dinner at Iris way back in 2008, so we knew how amazing it was, and we felt an immediate affinity for Mr. Caputo.”

Latitude 29 will be preparing several varieties of ribs, including the savory flavored petit-cut pictured here.

The restaurant will have a wide variety of cuisines with a great Tiki ambiance. Latitude 29 will be preparing several varieties of ribs, including the savory flavored petit-cut pictured above. The menu will also feature plenty of vegetarian options as well.

The restaurant and bar will be open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday (3PM to 11PM on week days and 11AM to 11PM on weekends). Located in our very own Bienville House, book your visit today and explore the uniqueness that is Latitude 29 in late October.


New Restaurants in New Orleans Opening This Fall

There has been a bundle of new restaurants in New Orleans to open this year throughout the city, all with different styles and tastes. New Orleans is known for producing some of the most delicious foods in the country, and with each passing year, more and more restaurants are proving that reputation to be true.

So far in 2014 New Orleans has seen many new tasteful surprises all over the city. Among these new restaurants are Milkfish, Root Squared, Pizza Domenica, Del Fuego, Seed and several others. Although 2014 is slowly coming to an end, the continuous streak of new restaurant openings has yet to die down!

New Orleans Fall Restaurant Openings

This October Jeff Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 will be opening. The New Orleans restaurant is located here in our very own Bienville House where Iris was previously located.

Beachbum Berry

Jeff Berry [Photo: Facebook]

Managed by Berry and wife Annene, the restaurant will be serving an Asian-inspired menu created by Twelve Mile Limit’s very own Chris Shortall. The restaurant is set to open the third week of October, so let the countdown commence!

Also opening this fall in New Orleans is Boiree, which promises to be primarily a daiquiri and wing restaurant, but will also be serving “elevated street food.” The restaurant will be located in the current location of Boucherie.

These new restaurant openings this fall are bringing new and exciting tastes to the city of New Orleans. Book your stay at Bienville House now so you can be one of the first to try Latitude 29 when it opens.

Voodoo Fest 2014 in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for many things: one of them being the “Most Haunted City in the Country.” New Orleans is also considered to be a city of life-changing live music festivals. If you are a fan of both, there is only one weekend a year that combines both experiences for a three day, musically-enhanced paranormal weekend commonly known as Voodoo Fest.

New Orleans Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

New Orleans Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has grown to become one of the city’s most attended music festivals, second only to Jazz Fest. The combination of big music headliners from around the world, art installations throughout the festival grounds, and the hundreds of costumed attendees that are seen at Voodoo Fest allow for an ambiance unlike any other.

Put on your spookiest costume and get your tickets for this New Orleans Halloween experience. This year, Voodoo Festival takes place October 31, November 1st and 2nd, 2014.

The Voodoo Festival 2014 lineup includes headliners such as the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Zedd, Pretty Lights, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Slayer, plus many other jaw dropping performances. The three day festival also includes art installations throughout the festival grounds, plus a marketplace of local artists throughout the weekend.

New Orleans Voodoo Festival goers will be experiencing the supernatural activities of Halloween while Worshiping the Music under City Park’s majestic Oak trees.

Looking to Experience the Music at Voodoo? A room at the Bienville House puts you just a streetcar ride away from this event as well as providing you with a historical New Orleans haunted stay. Book your room today.

We Live To Eat: New Orleans Restaurant Week

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”

- Mark Twain

We Live to Eat Restaurant Week Food is what makes the oxygen flow and the trees grow in New Orleans. It is the back bone of the Crescent City, and everyone is looking to get a taste.

In order to embrace the culinary art form that is New Orleans cuisine, we celebrate with We Live to Eat Restaurant Week 2014.

For one delicious week, September 8-14, 2014, the Louisiana Restaurant Association gets the New Orleans community out of the kitchen and into some of the city’s best restaurants for lunch and dinner specials through WLTE’s New Orleans Restaurant Week.

Both new and old restaurants are involved with We Live to Eat Restaurant Week. Each restaurant is offering a variety of menu options to suit both price and taste.

Restaurant Week embraces the culinary scene that enriches and fills the stomachs of New Orleanians. In the Big Easy, we live to eat. This is the week that allows for locals to really show their patronage to the taste of this yummy city.

With two course meals as low as $20, WLTE Restaurant Week is one of the best times to visit the Crescent City. Book your stay at Bienville House for one of New Orleans’ most delicious weeks of the year, and start planning now.

Can’t make this event but still want to experience a culinary treat? Bienville House’s very own Latitude 29 will be opening this fall, featuring a full-service modern fine-dining experience for all of New Orleans and our guests.

Labor Day in New Orleans

Labor Day in New Orleans offers endless activities for families looking for fun. However, what if the weather is not quite what you wished for? Instead of letting a little New Orleans rain get in the way, here is a list of indoor activity ideas that are lots of fun for the whole family, no matter what the weather!

Rainy NOLA

Rain in New Orleans

Mardi Gras World:

Mardi Gras World has tours the entire family will enjoy! Both parents and kids get to learn the art and skill that goes into each and every one of the floats that make up the spectacular parades each year during Mardi Gras.

Open seven days a week from 9:30 to 5:30, Mardi Gras World allows for families to see where the Mardi Gras magic is made in just one hour!

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas:

Immerse yourself in an underwater world during your visit to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The Aquarium is located right on the edge of the French Quarter with amazing views of the Mississippi River.

With indoor activities for all ages, come laugh with the penguins, feed a Parakeet and even pet a shark during Labor Day!

National WWII Museum:

Getting lost in time is hard to avoid during a visit to the National WWII Museum. Start the visit with a sneak peak at the museum’s 4D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries and move into the museum for historic attractions and a delicious bite to eat at The American Sector! With features and exhibits for all ages, The World War II Museum makes history come to life.

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk:

Catch all the Labor Day back to school sales at the Riverwalk! With over 75 store options, there is no chance you will walk out empty handed. Located along the bank of the Mississippi, the Riverwalk offers a shopping experience like no other.

Need a place to stay in New Orleans this Labor Day weekend? Start planning your holiday weekend in New Orleans and make a reservation at Bienville House today!

Fall Festivals in New Orleans

Bienville House exteriorFall in New Orleans is one of the greatest times to schedule a trip to the Big Easy. The humidity is low, AC units are turned off and windows are finally opened. It is also a great time to get outside and enjoy some of the best fall festivals in New Orleans.

In order to help you plan your fall visit to New Orleans, here is preview of the Big Easy during its finest fall months:


September 2014:

August 27-September 1

Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence is a GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) Labor Day celebration held annually in the French Quarter. This free event has attracted thousands over the years for its fun entertainment held over the six-day span.  Outdoor concerts, live entertainment and even a parade are some of the many activities that fill this fun New Orleans weekend.


October 2014:

October 10-12

Louisiana Seafood Festival

This free New Orleans festival is a family-friendly event welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorites!  The event is held in City Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood – this is the festival for you.


October 31-November 2

VooDoo Music & Arts Experience

Voodoo Festival is New Orleans’ second most popular festival (second to Jazz Fest). The 2014 lineup headliners include popular contemporary artists such as Outkast, The Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and many more. Held over Halloween weekend, the festival motto is “Worship the Music.”


November 2014:

Date TBD

The Po-Boy Festival

You can get this one-day-only event “dressed” with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and mayo! This festival celebrates one of New Orleans’ greatest creations: The Po-Boy. Celebrated on Oak Street, the Po-Boy Festival offers delicious sandwiches of all kinds and live music from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


These are only just a few of our favorite New Orleans fall festivals. Looking to book your trip to New Orleans this fall? Make your reservations with Bienville House today!

New Orleans Red Dress Run 2014

Girls AND boys, grab your best red dress, because another colorful fun-filled event is headed to New Orleans this weekend! Taking place this Saturday, August 9th, 2014, the 20th Annual Red Dress Run is both an exciting New Orleans event as well as a fundraiser for local charities, bringing in over a million dollars in the past few years!

Red Dress Run. Photo courtesy of

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The Red Dress Run itself is a two mile run/walk (whatever your preference!) through the French Quarter, beginning at Armstrong Park. Both Five Finger Discount and Flow Tribe will be performing at the event. You won’t want to miss it! Find the full day’s schedule below:

9 am       On site registrations opens
9:30        Gates open, beer is served
11:15      Browncoat Brass leads us to the streets
11:30      20th Red Dress Run takes off
Noon      Time to eat – food is served
1 pm       Flow Tribe performs
3pm        5 Finger Discount performs
5pm        Red Dress Run ends

Registration costs $70, which includes beer, food, live music, and a few fabulous giveaways. You can register the day of the event, but it is cash only. Attendees all enjoy wearing their favorite version of the little red dress, and many pick one up at local New Orleans thrift shops beforehand.

For more information, please visit the official Red Dress Run website:

Don’t want to miss out on any more of the summer fun in New Orleans? Take advantage of our special summer rates at Bienville House and start planning your trip to the Big Easy now! 

Whitney White Linen Night 2014

Break out your favorite white linen clothing and beat the summer heat with live New Orleans music at this weekend’s Whitney White Linen Night! Every summer, this event requires our city to dress in their brightest hue, creating a sea of peaceful white along Julia Street. Sponsored by Whitney Bank, White Linen Night closes down the 300-600 blocks of Julia Street, with 3 stages of live music entertainment lining the streets. No need to venture inside a bar for a drink, because there are also plenty of convenient kiosks set up offering a variety of food and beverages from some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.

The other perk of holding this event in the trendy Warehouse District is that two dozen or so galleries in the area keep their doors open just for the event. Peruse the galleries all while sipping on a refreshing Mojito from a kiosk outside. The block party is held this Saturday, August 2nd, from 3:00-6:00pm, with the Contemporary Arts Center holding their annual Whitney White Linen Night party immediately after, also featuring live music, refreshments, and art work on display.

white linen night

Don’t miss out on one of the highlights of summer in New Orleans – you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun at this event, plus you’ll help support some of New Orleans’ most talented artists! It’s a classy night you won’t soon forget. Need a room for Whitney White Linen Night? Book with Bienville House now.