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New Orleans, LA – Boutique Hotels & More

Home to a truly fascinating mixture of cultures and influences – including French, African, Spanish, Haitian, Cuban and more – the Big Easy is perhaps the most unique city in the U.S. In fact, it has a reputation for its dramatic European air… almost as if the city were its own independent commonwealth. And what comes to mind when thinking of NOLA? Mardi Gras, of course. With its indulgent and hedonistic vibe, the world’s biggest free party is the place to be for seemingly endless fun. But there’s so much more to appreciate about New Orleans: Festivals galore, gastronomic delights, a vibrant music and arts scene, and a history as rich as you’ll find anywhere.

And your home base for exploring this bewitching city should be any of the best boutique hotels in New Orleans, LA.

Perhaps nowhere else in the U.S. is the concept of eat, drink, and be merry more openly expressed than in New Orleans. NOLA, The Big Easy – no matter what you call it, it’ll definitely grab your attention. Hit Mardi Gras, indulge in iconic Cajun and Creole foods, and dance all night to the beat of a Jazz rhythm. A one-of-a-kind melting pot of culture, history, and joie de vivre make New Orleans a world-renowned city.

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 FestivalMusic 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.
Instagram-Worthy Spots
  • 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.

Airport Information
Airport Name City Airport Code Distance from City Airlines
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport New Orleans, LA MSY 11.54 mi. MSY Airline Directory

Airport Name
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

New Orleans, LA

Airport Code

Distance from City
11.54 mi.

MSY Airline Directory


New Orleans is well known for the hedonism of Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, so most visitors have an idea about the city before they arrive. The world’s largest free party is legendary. But New Orleans feels like nowhere else in the world. There’s a cultural depth here, with African, French, Spanish, and American influences everywhere you look. And there’s a mysticism in the air that permeates everything from funerals, to births, to everyday errands.

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.

New Orleans Blog

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