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Regardless of which of the boutique hotels, New Orleans, LA you choose, one thing’s for sure: You will NOT be far from some phenomenal Jazz music. In fact, the genre was born right here in the heart of the Big Easy. The music really is in the air here, as there are Jazz clubs, outdoor Jazz bands, Jazz music in the background nearly everywhere you go, and a huge Jazz festival that features every type and Jazz you can imagine from contemporary, to crossover to acid Jazz.
And speaking of jazz, New Orleans has some of the jazziest cuisine you’ve probably ever had. The food here is simply exquisite and chefs here do not fool around. Well, until they do. The rule is to combine technique, the flavor of many NOLA ethnicities, and add a dash of playful attitude towards food. You’ll find traditional muffulettas, the iconic beignets and cafe au lait, Vietnamese po’boys, some of the best gumbos in the world, yummy alligator cheesecake (yep!), and nearly everything in between. And if you’re not sure where to dine, ask your boutique hotel’s concierge for a recommendation.
Let this soulful city sweep you off your feet with a memorable stay in any of our picks for the best hotels New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Travel Guide
When to Go
Weather wise, the best times to visit New Orleans are February to May and late September to December. Spring is the high season thanks to cooler temperatures and Mardi Gras, while October through January tend to be calm and rates are lower. Avoid July and August if you’re sensitive to heat, as the combo of high temperatures and humidity can be downright brutal.
Festivals & Celebrations
- February or March: Mardi Gras – Likely the most famous celebration in the U.S., for the religious and non-believers alike. Tradition, floats, parades, king cake, partying and sometimes debauchery all mark the occasion.
- April: French Quarter Festival – Music festival held in the historic French Quarter that celebrates New Orleans’ many unique musical genres. Dubbed “The Largest Free Festival in the U.S.” Plenty of food, art, history, and culture, too.
- April & May: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) – One of the city’s premier events rivaled only by Mardi Gras in size. Celebrates everything from jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco and more. Plus food, crafts, and cultural immersion experiences.
- June: New Orleans Oyster Festival – See why the French Quarter is the “Oyster Capital of America” with unique oyster dishes, an oyster eating and shucking contests, live music, arts and crafts and more.
- July: Essence Festival – The U.S.’s premier event for for contemporary African American music and culture. Features some of the biggest names in entertainment and the most influential speakers.
- August: Satchmo SummerFest – Musical celebration honoring legendary NOLA native Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Jazz, blues, dancing, culinary delights, seminars, kids’ activities, and more.
- August-September: Southern Decadence – Six-day event over Labor Day weekend celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Founded in 1972, it’s one of the largest such events in the U.S. and features dance parties, street celebrations, parades, and more.
- Miltenberger Houses- Iconic row of brick townhouses in the French Quarter dating to 1838. Features intricate iron balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows.
- St. Charles Streetcar – World’s oldest continuously-operating streetcar line, dating to 1835. Beautiful views along the way and great photo ops inside and outside the iconic green streetcar.
- Café du Monde – A NOLA tradition since 1862. Dark-roasted coffee and chickory au lait, to-die-for beignets, and the iconic green and white awnings offer plenty of Insta-worthy pics.
- Bourbon Street – New Orleans’ most famous street. Packed with bars, souvenir shops, street performers, restaurants, a voodoo shop. Enjoy colorful places and people everywhere.
- Crescent Park – An urban linear park spanning 1.4 miles and 20 acres with nice city views and native landscaping. Check out the arched bridge called the “rusty rainbow.”
- Tipitinas – World-famous rustic music venue for live tunes, dancing, and standing-room-only fun. Tip’s has been a staple of NOLA music and culture since 1977.
- St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – Founded in 1789 and on the National Register of Historic Places. Final resting place of the famous and infamous. Eerie yet stunning stonework in this above-ground cemetery.
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Whether you’re touring the charming French Quarter, meandering a historic cemetery, or admiring the must-see Jackson Square, you’ll be mesmerized. Tip: If you’re at Jackson Square, head to the world-famous Café du Monde for a scrumptious beignet. And speaking of eating, the cuisine here is divine and is a great way to explore the many cultures that make the city come alive.
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