Top Five Inns for Mardi Gras



Once every year, the streets of New Orleans become a playground for Mardi Gras. In 2014, Fat Tuesday takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, March 5. Traditionally, this is the last chance to indulge in food and drink before it's time to fast for Lent. While the holiday has Christian roots, people of all denominations are drawn to the Big Easy for the fun and fancy-free festivities and parades. If you're planning a trip to Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans-style, reserve a room at one of these top bed and breakfasts.


Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast

New Orleans, LA

Ashton’s bed and breakfast

Head to the Esplanade Ridge Historic District for a stay at Ashton's. This B&B is located in a Greek Revival mansion that covers more than 10,000 square feet. It was commissioned by A. B. Charpantier just before the Civil War, and it retains much of its antebellum charm. The inn also enhances its authentic New Orleans feel with regional breakfasts—enjoy a morning meal based on Cajun and Creole recipes and techniques as well as local ingredients.

When you're ready to have some fun, take a stroll to the French Quarter, which is only nine blocks away. Or, for a little relaxation, head the other way to City Park, a lush landscape that has been restored to its full glory after damage caused by Katrina.



Canal Street Inn

New Orleans, LA

Canal Street Inn

Situated in Mid-City along Canal Street, this bed and breakfast is only a streetcar ride from the French Quarter. It houses 10 elegant guest rooms, including three spacious suites. Each morning, guests enjoy a hot, home-cooked breakfast before heading out to take part in the festivities. Guests at this inn can also visit the nearby Audubon Zoo, Magazine Street, and famous above-ground cemeteries.



The Green House Inn

New Orleans, LA

Green House Inn

Located in the heart of the city in the gorgeous Lower Garden District, The Green House Inn offers a truly unique New Orleans experience. The townhouse-style building was erected in 1840 and takes on the traditional Greek Revival architectural style. You can stay in one of nine rooms, each of which includes unique decor and luxury amenities.

This inn is particularly ideal for its close proximity to the French Quarter, where a bulk of the Mardi Gras celebrations take place. When you're not getting your party on in the streets, you can take advantage of the Arts District, National World War II Museum, and other nearby attractions. Or, just relax at the Green House, which features a saltwater pool and heated hot tub, as well as beautiful gardens surrounding the grounds.



Sully’s Mansion B&B

New Orleans, LA

Sully’s Mansion B&B

New Orleans visitors who stay at Sully Mansion will be greeted by a lush landscape of historic oak trees and magnolias. The inn is located in the Garden District, just one block from the main parade route. After a day of celebrating, visitors can kick their feet up on the expansive wrap-around porch and enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail as the sun sets over the horizon. In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast entree such as the crawfish etouffee over grits and creme brulee French toast.





Terrell House

New Orleans, LA

Terrell House

Along Magazine Street, you'll find the Terrell House. This historic inn, which dates back to the mid-19th century, was once home to the rich cotton broker Richard Terrell. It's a truly breathtaking structure—a three-story stucco mansion that features main and carriage houses. It retains many of its original features, including ceiling medallions, antique decor, and plaster moldings. You'll be shown to one of six guest rooms or two suites, each with its own private bath and many adorned with cypress furniture made by a local craftsman.

Guests can take advantage of all the beautiful features spread throughout the inn and on the grounds. Relax on the porch or your private balcony, mingle with other guests in one of the parlor rooms, and spend a soothing night out among the lush vegetation and tranquil fountains in the garden.