Summertime in New Orleans can’t be beat: It’s party-time, with the city offering everything from music festivals to food tastings. There is something for every palette to enjoy throughout the summer months.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is offering specials throughout the summer coinciding with many of the events happening around town. Every Wednesday night at the Davenport Lounge it’s Bites, Barrels and Jazz with live music from Jeremy Davenport from 5:50 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and a special food and drink menu featuring small bites and tasting-size portions of American Whiskey’s and wines. Guests can take in the local music scene and taste new bites in the comfort of their hotel. Summer stays at the hotel start at $199 for the Paris Without the Jetlag Package, which includes deluxe accommodations, two welcome cocktails, and $29 overnight valet parking.
Every weekend, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ Farmer’s Market offers guests an opportunity to sample local products from Louisiana’s farms and water, ranging from beer made with Ponchatoula strawberries to Louisiana’s crawfish bread. Rates start at $199 per night. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewOrleans.
Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville is located one block from Bourbon and Canal streets in the historic Maison Blanche department store, a city landmark dating back to 1878. The 230-guestroom hotel has a spa with 22 treatment rooms and over 100 therapies, a Spa Cafe, a resistance pool, and restaurants such as M Bistro. Guests who dine at neighboring M Bistro and the Davenport Lounge can have bills charged to their rooms. Tieing the hotel back to its roots with the opening of the Outlet Collection at River Walk, the hotel has launched The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk Shopping package, valid through Sept. 25 and with rates starting at $299. The package includes deluxe guestroom accommodations with a king bed or two double beds, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk coupon book with $500 in discounts, a $25 American Express gift card, and overnight valet parking. Regular rates start at $149 per night. For more information, visit marriott.com/hotels/travel/msyci-courtyard-new-orleans-iberville.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel helps guests immerse themselves in the city’s culture with the dedicated George Rodrigue Gallery, one of the few places in the country where travelers can admire the Cajun artist’s work, incudling the Blue Dog prints and an original Blue Dog painting that’s on loan from the New Orleans Museum of Art. Also offering a glimpse of New Orleans in the 1950s, the hotel features an installment of famed Vogue photographer, Jack Robinson, whose work is displayed in the Canal St. windows and throughout the lobby. Rates start at $295 per night. For more information, visit sheratonneworleans.com.
New Orleans has also launched the “Follow Your NOLA” campaign to get people to interact with New Orleans. The followyournola.com site includes new features that allow visitors to New Orleans to build a personal travel experience by creating a map-based itinerary. Users can also experience the city following the footsteps of celebrities who have posted their favorite local places. For more information, visit followyournola.com or neworleanscvb.com.