An Innkeeper's Guide to New Orleans

Nobody knows an area better than its innkeepers. They are passionate about their cities, and they are able to provide travelers with local knowledge that most guidebooks don’t even know about. We asked the innkeepers of our New Orleans B&Bs to share some of the best recommendations they give to guests about what to do, see, and eat in The Big Easy.

Top things to Do

Top things to do in New Orleans

The innkeepers at Auld Sweet Olive suggest visiting Dr. Bob's folk art complex and checking out the St. Claude Art District. They also recommend taking the Confederacy of Cruisers bicycle tour of Faubourg Marigny. If you visit in November, they say you shouldn’t miss the New Orleans Fringe Festival, a celebration of "wild weird fresh original theater."

La Dauphine’s innkeepers recommend experiencing New Orleans’ live entertainment, including performances from Marigny Opera, Siberia, and Improv Theater. Another recommendation is to explore the Healing Center’s restaurants, yoga, shopping, and live music.

The Green House Inn advises guests to check out the marble statue of Margaret Haugerty, "the mother of the orphans," which is the second statue erected in the United States to honor a woman. They also recommend window shopping at any of the antique, vintage, funky shops along Magazine Street. To feel like a local, they say, take a stroll around Coliseum Square and meet many of the neighbors and their pets. If you enjoy history, they recommend the National World War II Museum, one of the few national museums not located along the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Sully Mansion’s innkeepers say that guests can taste some local flavor by going Cajun dancing on Sundays at Tipatina's. They also recommend you hear Gypsy Jazz Swing at the Apple Barrell in the afternoon. When you’re ready for some peace and quiet, watch the river barges from the 'fly' at Audubon Park and then enjoy twilight in the NOMA Sculpture Garden.

La Maison Marigny recommends taking bicycle tours of the city. Don’t worry, they say—since it’s a flat city, it’s easy to bike. They also recommend going on post-Katrina recovery tours and viewing the Sculpture Gardens at City Park. You also shouldn’t miss eating a po-boy at Parkway Bakery in the Bayou St. John area.

Top Day Trips

Top Day Trips

Most of the inns recommend visiting the famous nearby plantations. There are several to choose from. La Dauphine recommends Oak Alley (pictured left) and Laura, which are right next door to each other. The Green House Inn adds, “Laura plantation offers the most in-depth view into the inner workings of the entire plantation, not just life in the ‘Big House.’” Sully Mansion also recommends Houma House Plantation.

Auld Sweet Olive suggests taking a visit to Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park. According to the innkeepers, “it’s 20 minutes from downtown New Orleans and allows you to explore Louisiana's swamp environment from boardwalks that go deep into the landscape as well as by canoe.” La Maison Marigny also recommends visiting the Barataria Preserve, in addition to Honey Island Swamp.

The Green House Inn says visitors who want to do both activities can sign up for combination tours that will take you both to swamps and plantations in one day.






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