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4th of July in New Orleans

Heading to the Big Easy to celebrate 4th of July in New Orleans? Excellent choice. Known as one of the best places to celebrate Independence Day, you won’t regret your decision to head to NOLA. Want to know what festivities will be taking place over the long 4th of July weekend in New Orleans? Read on for the best ways to spend your holiday:

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Essence Fest

A four-day musical fest taking place at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, Essence Fest serves as the nation’s premiere showcase for African American musical talent. This year’s lineup features the likes of Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lionel Richie and many more. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, which takes place July 3-6. Essence Fest also features world-renowned speakers on the topic of empowerment and the African American experience.  The festival annually brings in ten of thousands of visitors to New Orleans, making it an unforgettable way to spend your 4th of July weekend in New Orleans!

Go Fourth on the River

Want a front-row seat to an awe-inspiring fireworks display? How about one that takes place over the majestic Mississippi River? Then join us for Go Fourth on the River, a 4th of July fireworks show that usually lasts 15-20 minutes, taking place Friday, July 4th, at 9:00pm. Finding a spot to watch isn’t hard. In fact, you can view the show from either side of the river, either from Woldenberg Park on the French Quarter side, or from the levee in Algiers Point.

No matter what you decide, you’ll never run out of things to do in the Crescent City itself, making NOLA the perfect destination for a unique summer trip. Interested in booking a trip? Check out our availability the rest of the summer. 

Getting Around New Orleans

Heading to the Big Easy soon? While one of the best parts about staying at the Bienville House is the fact that you are walking distance from all the wonderful restaurants, shopping, bars and attractions of the French Quarter, you may also want to venture into a part of New Orleans that is more than just a quick walk away. There are many fun ways to travel and explore the city; read below for our recommendations on getting around New Orleans!

 New Orleans Canal Street Streetcar

Streetcar: Ah, one of New Orleans’ most iconic treasures. Streetcars have rolled through New Orleans for over 60 years, with some of the original streetcars still in use today! There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, all originating from downtown but leading into very different parts of the city. Fare is only $1.25 each way with a variety of day passes available as well. For more information please visit the NORTA website.

Taxi: Since New Orleans isn’t the most expansive city, taking a taxi cab is relatively cost-effective. While many cabs can be found waiting outside hotels or large attractions, a quick call to United Cab will usually have a cab at your front door in 15 minutes. To reach United Cab, call 504-522-9771.

Driving: Renting a car from companies like Enterprise, Alamo, and Avis is always an option. However, with a charge for stowing your car in a hotel garage, it might not always be the most cost-effective option.

Pedicabs: Pedicabs are a great way of exploring the French Quarter, as drivers tend to know a lot about the city. Pricing for pedicabs tends to be reasonable.

Steamboat: A steamboat is the perfect way to spend a day exploring New Orleans from the Mississippi River. The Steamboat Natchez is a locally owned company offering an authentic experience along the river.

 

Whichever way you choose, we’re sure you’ll be pleased to discover the magic of New Orleans around every corner! Book a stay with Bienville House today.

 

FestiGals at Hotel Monteleone

Get the sparkly boas out, FestiGals is hitting our sister hotel, Hotel Monteleone, June 19-22!

festigalsThis June, women from coast to coast will be packing their bags and heading South to experience one of the country’s most unique celebrations centered around women, FestiGals. The annual event headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone has an incredible lineup that kicks into high gear right from the start and a theme that says It’s All About YOU!

Purchase the Full FestiGals Ultimate Package for only $400 or choose tickets for individual events including: enlightening and empowering seminars and panels, Power Luncheon with women’s champion Tory Johnson, Sip & Shop at the Shops of the Upper Pontalba, Bloody Mary Mixer, Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction, Women-Centric trade show, Stiletto Sprint & Stroll, After Glow Party at Bourbon Heat, Sunday Saints & Sinners Brunch at Antoine’s and much more.

FestiGals Schedule of Events

June 19

Private Welcome Reception for Ultimate Package Registrants at the Cabildo @5:30pm

June 20

Breakfast with Amie Parnes, “Portrait of Hillary Clinton: An Insider’s Look” at Hotel Monteleone Riverview Room @ 7:30am

Lisa Gabriele, “The S.E.C.R.E.T. to my Success” at Hotel Monteleone @ 9:00am

Virginia Barkley, “Chaos to C.A.L.M. –  How to Bust Clutter in 4 Easy Steps” at Hotel Monteleone @10:15am

Power Luncheon with Tory Johnson, “Making Great Things Happen: Five Steps to Making a Shift to a Healthier, Happier, Better Life” at Hilton New Orleans Riverside @12:00pm

Sip & Shop at the Shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square at Shops at the Upper Pontalba @5:30pm

Culinary Presentation with Kevin Belton at New Orleans School of Cooking @7:30pm

June 21

Neocutis Breakfast Presentation- Celebrating YOU! at Hotel Monteleone Riverview Room @8:30am

FestiGals Trade Show at Hotel Monteleone Royal A-D @9:30am

Bloody Mary Mixer at Hotel Monteleone @10:30am

Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction at Hotel Monteleone Grand Ball Room @11:30am

Win a Weekend Getaway with Bienville House’s Summer Lottery

Sure, everyone loves talking about their favorite things to do in New Orleans, and everyone has their own unique suggestions, but choosing your favorite thing to do in New Orleans doesn’t actually get you there… until now!

Introducing the Bienville House Summer Lottery, a bingo-esque summer giveaway allowing you to win a weekend getaway in New Orleans, just by choosing your favorite part of the Big Easy itself! Bienville House is giving away not one, not two, but THREE wonderful prize packages for every month of the summer, but you’ll have to choose that month’s winning lottery selection in order to WIN!

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Bienville House Summer Lottery selections include:
A1 – Dining
A2 – Cocktails
A3 – Family Fun
B1 – Entertainment
B2 – Shopping
B3 – NOLA Culture
C1 – History & Tours
C2 – Spa
C3 – Arts & Music

Which will be your lucky combination? Each prize package will be tailored to fit that month’s winning theme!

In order to enter, you’ll need to “Like” us on Facebook. Follow this link to instructions on how to enter and play the Bienville House Summer Lottery: http://a.pgtb.me/JHxB33.

Don’t want to wait to plan your trip to NOLA? You’re in luck! Bienville House is offering 20% off its best rates for the summer. Open to ANYONE. Book now and don’t miss out on your chance to spend a little part of summer exploring the French Quarter!

Summer Events in New Orleans

Looking to plan a trip this summer, but still narrowing down your options? While many like to visit New Orleans during the winter months, when other areas of the country are colder, don’t miss out on the magic that comes with plenty of summer events in New Orleans. No city has a more unique and exciting array of summer fun to offer than New Orleans.

On top of all these wonderful events, you’ll experience the incredible culture of a city that is unparalleled. Need more incentive to visit us this summer? Bienville House is offering a special summer rate of 20% off our best rates. Book your trip with this special offer now!

Relax by the pool at Bienville House in the French Quarter this summer.

 

See below for a month by month look at some of the best events and festivals that take place in the Big Easy this summer. You don’t want to miss out!

MAY 2014

May 31 – New Orleans Oyster Festival

JUNE 2014

June 1- New Orleans Oyster Festival

June 8-9 – French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 14-15 – Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival

June 19-22 – FestiGals (taking place at the Hotel Monteleone)

JULY 2014

July 4 – Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks

July 3-6 – Essence Music Festival

July 11-14 – Bastille Day Fete

July 12 – San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

July 17-21 – Tales of the Cocktail (taking place at Hotel Monteleone)

July 31 – Satchmo SummerFest

AUGUST 2014

August 1 – 3 – Satchmo SummerFest

August 1-31 – COOLinary New Orleans (taking place at Criollo Restaurant)

August 2 – Whitney White Linen Night

August 9 – Red Dress Run

August 9 – Dirty Linen Night

August 27 – September 1 – Southern Decadence

Bienville House is a great home-base for enjoying all of the summer events in New Orleans. Our French Quarter location is the perfect place to start your summer fun in the Big Easy!

NOWFE 2014: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

One of our favorite foodie events of the year is just around the corner in New Orleans! Bienville House is thrilled to welcome the culinary kings and queens to the Big Easy for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. From May 21st-May 24th, the city will welcome over 10,000 gourmands and connoisseurs as well as music and art lovers to this sensational culinary event. Interested in booking a last minute trip? Bienville House still has openings. Make your reservation for NOWFE online now.

NOWFE 2014: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

NOWFE Events

Wednesday May, 21

Wine Dinners, 7:00pm

More than 40 restaurants in New Orleans will be participating in a special Wine Dinner, featuring a specially crafted set menu at a fixed price that includes all courses and beverages.

Thursday, May 22

Vinola!, 2:30pm

Vinola! is a special mini-Grand Tasting that will feature a variety of fine wines.

Royal Street Stroll, 5:30pm

Enjoy perusing the biggest shopping street in the French Quarter. This keystone event allows you to browse through art, jewelry, clothing, photography, and memento shops all while sipping on delicious wine from carefully positioned winemakers.

Friday, May 23

Grand Tasting, 6:00pm

The Big Gateaux Show, 8:30pm

Enjoy a pastry competition and tasting at this year’s Grand Tasting after party. The event is hosted by celebrity chefs and features local burlesque dancers Trixi Minx & performers from the Burlesque Ballroom.

Saturday, May 24

Grand Tasting, 2:00pm

 

NOWFE will also feature specialty seminars throughout the entire festival. Click here for NOWFE event ticket information. We hope you can join us for this year’s New Orleans Wine and Food Experience!

Bienville House French Quarter Courtyard Oasis

French Quarter courtyard at Bienville House One of the best parts about visiting New Orleans includes experiencing the unique architecture style found nowhere else in the country. Many local establishments offer beautiful French Quarter courtyards, hidden from street view. Bienville House is no exception to this rule, offering a relaxing oasis courtyard in the heart of the bustling French Quarter. Including lush greenery, soothing fountains, and a pristine salt water pool, our courtyard oasis serves as one of our guest’s favorite features of our French Quarter Hotel.

The courtyard lies at the center of the hotel, with many rooms at the Bienville House offering beautiful balconies overlooking the entire area. While the French Quarter can often be loud and busy, you’ll find relief the moment you step into our calm and quiet courtyard oasis.

Start your day with complimentary breakfast from the hotel, while sipping coffee and reading from the daily paper at one of our many charming wrought-iron tables surrounding the pool. As soon as you step outside our hotel, you’ll be surrounded with all the dining, entertainment, and shopping the French Quarter has to offer. However, if it’s a sunny day, feel free to spend the day relaxing on a lounge chair by the pool.

Bienville House's French Quarter courtyard pool

With summer in New Orleans well on its way, choose a French Quarter hotel that offers cool relief just outside your room. Your summer French Quarter experience is what you make it, especially at the Bienville House. So next time you book with us, be sure to ask for a room overlooking our courtyard and take a little time to relax and enjoy all the beauty the Bienville House Hotel has to offer!

 

 

Guide to Jazz Fest: Weekend 2

The best part about the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival? FOUR whole days of music, food, culture and fun, instead of just three. We’re welcoming our visitors for the second weekend of Jazz Fest, taking place May 1st-May 4th. The weather is looking great and the fest goers are looking even better. Check out some of our highlights for weekend two below!

Jazz Fest Weekend 2: Top Musical Highlights

Thursday, May 1 – The String Cheese Incident, Lyle Lovett, Solange, The Wailers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Marcia Ball

Friday, May 2 – Christina Aguilera, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Khan, Pharoah Sanders, Theresa Andersson, Johnnyswim, Hurray for Riff Raff, Amanda Shaw, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas

Saturday, May 3 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Foster the People, Trey Songz, Better Than Ezra, Al Jarreau, The Revivalists, Allen Toussaint, Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Sunday, May 4 – Arcade Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, John Fogerty, Bobby Womack, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Aaron Neville, the Radiators Return

See the full Jazz Fest Weekend 2 lineup here.

Mr. Okra at Jazz Fest. image courtesy nojazzfest.com

Mr. Okra at Jazz Fest. image courtesy nojazzfest.com

Jazz Fest Parades

Every day of Jazz Fest, you’ll catch one of the most unique aspects of Jazz Fest: parades. Circling around the Jazz Fest Grounds, you’ll run into Mardi Gras Indians, marching and brass bands, and various social aid and pleasure clubs. This weekend features the Roots of Music Marching CrusadersNative Nations IntertribalMr. Okra (the last of the great New Orleans singing street vendors), Big Chief Thunder & the Cherokee Hunters, Uptown Warriors, and Wild Red Flames Mardi Gras Indians, and more!

Jazz Fest Food

For your second weekend at Jazz Fest, we recommend sampling some of the unique dishes featured at the festival! Start with an African Combo Plate from Bennachin Restaurant that truly pays homage to Louisiana’s African roots. Next, sample some of New Orleans’ famous Vietnamese cuisine, with a Vietnamese Shrimp Bun from Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine, and slurp it all down with a Mango Freeze or hit up the beer tent for some local Abita beer. Dietary restrictions? Check out GoNOLA’s guide to eating gluten-free at Jazz Fest.

We sure are excited for a great weekend, and we hope to see you out at the Fair Grounds! Believe it or not, Bienville House still has rooms open for this weekend. Book a last minute trip with your favorite French Quarter hotel today!

Guide to Jazz Fest: Weekend 1

jazz fest posterNew Orleans plays host to one of the best music festivals in the country this weekend – and we’re more than ready to greet guests who are coming from around the world to experience it! The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which takes place annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course, is the celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Jazz Fest has grown into an internationally recognized event throughout the years, bringing in some of the best all-time musical performances from current and past generations alike. Jazz Fest takes place on two consecutive weekends, starting Friday, April 24th. Find our guide to the first weekend of Jazz Fest below!

Jazz Fest Weekend 1: Top Musical Highlights

Friday, April 25 – Santana, The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, Gregory Porter, Ruben Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra, Honey Island Swamp Band, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Saturday, April 26 – Phish, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Robin Thicke, Dukes of Dixieland 40th Anniversary Celebration, Anders Osborne, Keb’ Mo’, Big Freedia

Sunday, April 27 – Eric Clapton, Vampire Weekend, Charlie Wilson, Rodriguez, Galactic, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hal Jazz Band, John Boutte, Newbirth Brass Band

Jazz Fest Parades

Every day of Jazz Fest, you’ll catch one of the most unique aspects of Jazz Fest: parades. Circling around the Jazz Fest Grounds, you’ll run into Mardi Gras Indians, marching and brass bands, and various social aid and pleasure clubs. This weekend features the Mahogony Brass Band, João do Pife of Caruaru – BrazilStoney Creek Drum and DancersWashitaw Nation and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras IndiansGinga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia, and more!

Jazz Fest Food

For your first weekend at Jazz Fest, we recommend sampling some of the classic New Orleans dishes that you can only find here! Start with an Alligator Pie from Cajun Nights Catering or a Crawfish Sausage from Vaucresson Sausage Company. Next, delve into Pheasant, Quail, and Andouille Gumbo from Prejean’s Restaurant, and slurp it all down with Rose-mint iced tea or, of course, some delicious Abita Beer. For more incredible and delectable treats, check out Thrillest’s picks for the best food at Jazz Fest.

While we’re excited to welcome Jazz Festers this weekend to a sold-out Bienville House, we still have space open for the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Book with your favorite French Quarter hotel today!

French Quarter Festival 2014

French Quarter Festival 2014Since we are located in the heart of the French Quarter, one of our favorite festivals of the year is French Quarter Festival! Not only is this fabulous four-day event completely FREE but it brings in some of the very best in music and food to the bustling heart of the city of New Orleans. French Quarter Fest 2014 kicks off Thursday, April 10th and lasts until Sunday, April 13th. Known as New Orleans’ largest free festival, French Quarter Fest is celebrating its 31st year of existence.

French Quarter Fest 2014: Music

Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s French Quarter Festival brings more than 80 musicians to 20 stages spread throughout the French Quarter. For the first time since 1987, the lineup includes a headlining appearance from legendary Dr. John.

Other top names from the French Quarter Fest 2014 lineup:

  • Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers
  • Chris Owens
  • Irvin Mayfield & The Jazz Playhouse Revue
  • Tim Laughlin
  • Irma Thomas
  • Charmaine Neville
  • The Dukes of Dixieland
  • Donald Harrison, Jr.
  • The Ronnie Kole Show
  • Jeremy Davenport
  • Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, & Russell Batiste
  • The Dixie Cups
  • Blues Masters featuring “Big Al” Carson
  • Lena Prima
  • Dash Rip Rock
  • Astral Project
  • New Birth Brass Band
  • + Many, many more!

Check out the official French Quarter Fest lineup here.

French Quarter Fest 2014: Food

This year’s French Quarter Festival features more than 60 different food vendors, including Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, and Restaurant R’evolution. The wide variety of food available will include plenty of local favorites like alligator sausage, po-boys, sno-balls and daiquiris.

Check out the full list of French Quarter Fest 2014 vendors here.

We’re thrilled to welcome all our guests one of the best weekends of the year. If you weren’t able to make a reservation in time, there’s always next year… We’re not going anywhere anytime soon!