There are different forms of "spirits" on this earth, and we've got more of them than anyone else in America's most haunted city. Ever want to meet a real earthbound entity face to face? Enjoy things that go bump in the night? Whether fact or fiction, you'll have to be your own judge as you take a stroll through some of New Orleans' most sinister places. Prepare yourself for an urban adventure like no other. The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast has selected two award winning tours for your "Spirits Alive" weekend and combined them with a stay in our "spirited" Victorian mansion for the ultimate sensory experience: The New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour explores the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter. Secret and mysterious, most of the strange events that are presented occurred a very long time ago. And yes, it's true! Ghosts and Spirits still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre (old village). Phantoms & Apparitions are believed to abound! Escape into the past as offbeat, theatrical New Orleans tour guides provide you with an eerie, chilling, yet fun-filled adventure! You'll visit sights of documented hauntings, ghosts, and spirits. View French Quarter residences where unbelievable events purportedly took place. You'll even visit a haunted bar along the way. The New Orleans Cemetery History Tour is a daytime stroll into the legendary St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans' oldest City of the Dead. You'll explore the cemetery and visit the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Step back in time with this historically accurate and educational tour presented by experienced tour guides. This is a walking tour that combines details about some of the most fascinating elements of New Orleans' past - the history of the French Quarter, the oldest and most historic cemetery and the legend and witchcraft of New Orleans' Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau! The "friendly" original owner reportedly visits the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast from time to time, according to Bed and Breakfast.com. For the real scoop and more information about the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, call toll free 800-490-8542. And for more information on the Haunted History Tours, go to www.hauntedhistorytours.com.
Make your reservations now for this Halloween treat or for anytime of the year that you want to get into the spirit of the Crescent City. Here's what's included the in Spirits Alive! Package:
- Three nights in a Deluxe King four-poster bed accommodation with private bathroom, continental breakfast, wireless Internet and free parking.
- Tickets for two persons for the Haunted History Ghost Tour and the Cemetery History Tour
- Gift card for $40 for a casual dinner at Voo Doo Barbeque, voted New Orleans's best barbeque experience
- Passes for unlimited riding on the streetcar for two days to the French Quarter and all the exciting venues of the City
- Complimentary sightseeing map
- Welcome Souvenir
Rate for the three-night package in-season is $399 per person plus tax, double occupancy and off-season is $329 per person plus tax, double occupancy*. *This package is subject to availability; some holidays, special events and citywide convention dates may be excluded. Please ask for "package availability at the time of your call." Entertainment venues are subject to change based on availability and days of operating schedule. No food or beverages are included in the package. May not be used in conjunction with any other coupon or package or deposit ticket. Tax is 14%+1.00 per day. Transportation to/from all activities is not provided unless otherwise indicated. In-season is October 1 to May 31 and off-season is June 1 to September 30. For the Haunted History tours, all participants must be able to walk for two hours during the tour and should be in good physical health. The tour operates rain or shine, so guests are reminded to anticipate weather conditions and wear appropriate garments and protection from the elements.
The National World War II Museum Experience
Guests visiting us at our Mansion home always ask, "What is one of the best things to do in New Orleans?" Without hesitation, our answer is The National World War II museum, just two miles from the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast via streetcar. Without question, anyone coming to our city should plan to spend 4-5 hours visiting this marvelous venue. Renowned historian, author, and educator, Dr. Stephen Ambrose was the founding father of The National WWII Museum Foundation in New Orleans in 1991. It opened on June 6, 2000, and is the only museum in the United States that presents all of the amphibious invasions or "D-Days" of World War II, honoring the more than 16 million Americans who took part in this epic global conflict. The National WWII Museum is located in New Orleans, Louisiana because it was here that Andrew Higgins designed and built the unique landing craft used in the amphibious invasions. The same landing craft which President Eisenhower gave credit for winning the war for the Allies. The Museum stands as our country's tribute to all those men and women who made the invasions in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific theaters successful. It presents their stories to an audience from around the world. It archives material for research and scholarship, and will inspire future generations to remember the lessons learned from the most complex military operation ever staged. This three day package includes:
- A single queen accommodation with private bathroom, voicemail, Wi-Fi, cable TV, climate control, and modern room amenities
- Continental breakfast for two in the formal dining room or on the Creole porch
- Free off-street parking
- Welcome souvenir on arrival and map of the city
- Tickets for two adults to the museum, the 4-D Experience movie and the Final Mission
- Passes for unlimited riding on the streetcar for two days to the Museum, the French Quarter, and all the exciting venues of the City
Rate for the three-night package is $289 per person plus tax, double occupancy*. *Package is subject to availability; some holidays, special events and citywide convention dates may be excluded. Please ask for "package availability at the time of your call." Early booking of the package is recommended to allow confirmation of the tickets to the museum and theater. Package may not be used in conjunction with any other coupon or package or deposit ticket. Tax is 14%+1.00 per day. Transportation to/from all venues is not provided. The streetcar stop is a two-block walk from the museum.
Cookin' with "Class"
It's no secret that it's a bit warm here in the Summer, but we have a really cool package that's sure to please your palate and pocketbook. You and your significant other (everyone loves this, including Macho guys) will enjoy a two-night stay at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast and we will register you both for a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the French Quarter. Fun is the primary ingredient in their kitchen but you will receive recipes and generous samplings of all demonstrated items. The classes are lead by Creole/Cajun experts who teach how to prepare some of New Orleans' most well known specialties like Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Pralines, all seasoned with history, trivia, and a few tall tales. This package includes:
- Boutique single queen bed accommodation, double occupancy
- The "open class" for two
- Streetcar passes for unlimited riding for two days to the school and the French Quarter
- Continental breakfast daily
- Free parking
- Contemporary amenities, snacks and bottled water and free WiFi
The Off-Season rate (May 15-September 15) is $149 per person plus tax. Additional nights are $99 per night plus tax. Some special events, holidays, and citywide conventions may prohibit the use of this package. Call toll free 1-800-490-8542 for details. This package is available during the season for $199 per person, double occupancy and $149 per night plus tax for additional nights.
Red Beans, Rice & Monday's So Nice
Book directly with us for a three-night-or-more stay. Include Monday in your schedule and it's free! Monday is the traditional Red Beans and Rice on the menu day, a practice customary in the early days of Creole life in Louisiana so the cooks of the house had time away from the kitchen to do laundry. Put on the fire in the morning, the beans were seasoned with ham bones and fat left over from Sunday dinner. The dish simmered all day and was served for supper on Mondays. And that tradition is still observed today in hundreds of New Orleans restaurants. At our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, you can take time away from your day-to-day routine and put extra cash in your pocket so you can enjoy a plate of red beans and rice at one our local eateries. The "Monday night accommodation is free" offer is subject to promotion availability and some restrictions apply. May not be available during special events, holidays and convention periods. Must be asked for and applied at the time of booking and may not be combined with any other packages, discounts or promotions. The rate discount is based on the rack rates of the room. Call Toll Free 1-800-490-8542 for details.
Voo Doo, Hou Doo, You Doo!
Bored with your mundane day-to-day schedule? Why not put a little magic into your life? New Orleans is famous for its association with Voo Doo, Things Haunted, Magic and Mystery. With this unique package, you'll experience a tour of the French Quarter that will leave you scratching your head and thinking, "Can this be real?" The Voo Doo or Haunted History walking tours featured by the Haunted History tour company offer you an insight into what many have called the most haunted city in America. Add to that, Joe's own brand of Hou Do magic (as in Houdini)- either close-up prestidigitation at breakfast or a few minutes in our circa 1891 parlor for a "congress of cabalistic phenomenon" as the street barkers used to say in the old days. Joe will teach (You Do) a few simple illusions that can be mastered with only a little practice. Put all of this and a fabulous weekend in New Orleans together and you've got the cure for "life mundane." And the rates are magic as well! The package includes:
- A two-night stay for two people in a traditional queen accommodation
- Welcome souvenir & map of the city
- Tickets to one tour of your choice (referenced above)
- Joe's performance and three tricks you can learn to fool the folks back home
Package rate is $149 per person plus tax, double occupancy. Ask about family accommodations as well. This package may be restricted on certain blackout dates, special events, some holidays and convention periods. During Oct-May (high season) the rate is $199 per person, double occupancy, plus tax. Call Toll Free 1-800-490-8542 for more details and reservations.
Meet Miss Lou
Well, Slap ya Mama, darlin' ! Have you had an opportunity to meet Miss Lou? Maybe now is the time to experience what living in the South back in the 1800′s was all about. Three Innkeeping “neighbors” have partnered to allow you to step back in time to do just that. You’ll experience the city, the country and in-between. You see, honey, back in the day, it was not uncommon for wealthy plantation owners of the south to visit a second plantation home or city mansion located in another part of Louisiana or Mississippi. Travel was aided by the mighty Mississippi between cities. This afforded business partners, who were also often family members, the ability to travel between their plantation locations and the big city or vise versa. While in the city for example, they marketed their goods produced on the farmland. Crops like cotton or sugar cane brought in thousands of dollars in annual profit. These aristocrats and nobles generally remained at the second "home" during the off-season. River travel was not instant as we know it today. Rather than a few hours by modern highway, it was a few days or weeks. And so these families found it more convenient to have dual residency. In other situations, families just went for a visit to see relatives or friends…and stayed what seemed like an eternity ! But you do not have to stay so long. Now you can recreate the experience with a package that three Innkeeping proprietors have put together for those on a road trip through the Deep South.
Your Meet Miss Lou package includes:
- Two-night stay at Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana with choice of Garden District Walking Tour or Haunted Tour and Streetcar passes for 2 days of unlimited riding.
- Two-night stay at the Stockade Bed and Breakfast in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with passes to the Old Governor’s Mansion and Old State Capital. (Or substitute Magnolia Mound Plantation and the Rural Life Museum on Mondays).
- Two-night stay at the Devereaux Shields House Bed and Breakfast in Natchez, Mississippi with a choice of a horse drawn carriage tour of downtown Natchez included (two tickets per package) or a tour of 2 Antebellum Homes
Rate for Meet Miss Lou: $579 per person plus tax, double occupancy October 1-May 31; $499 per person plus tax, double occupancy June 1-Sept 30 for a boutique/standard queen accommodation. Room upgrades may be accommodated for added cost. The package is subject to availability; some holidays, special events, and citywide convention dates may be excluded. Please ask for “package availability at the time of your call.” Reservations are based on availability at all three Inns. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other coupon or package or deposit ticket. Tax is 14%+1.00 per night for New Orleans; 11% per night for Baton Rouge and 10% +$2.00 per night for Natchez. Transportation to/from all activities and between Inns is not provided. Continental breakfast is offered at the Avenue Inn, Full breakfast offered at the Stockade and Devereaux Shields House. No charge for parking or WiFi; some services vary at each facility.
May we suggest that you make your reservations early to insure availability at all 3 B&Bs. Your Innkeepers are happy to enrich your local experience with personalized expert concierge service. Feel free to contact each Inn prior to arrival to help you with planning the perfect get-a-way in each locale.
Jing-a-Ling/Papa Noel Holiday Rate
Jing-a-Ling/Papa Noel Christmas in New Orleans (December 1-24 special rates) is a great time to visit the Crescent City and enjoy all the beautiful sights, sounds, and shopping that are unique to our area. Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, for example, is a spectacular vision of the season and one you won't soon forget with over a million lights decorating the trees. There are festivities and holiday happenings all season long and we know where to send you for the best entertainment experiences. The Inn is conveniently located within walking distance of some of the world's best antique and boutique dealers. Magazine Street is six miles of quaint little shops, bistros and galleries just perfect for filling your gift list. Plan to spend two or more nights with us and take advantage of our special Jing-a-Ling/Papa Noel discount of 10% off our posted Avenue Inn website rates for the date you want. If you are booking on line from our website just mention the Jing A Ling/Papa Noel discount in the comments section. This offer is subject to promotion availability and some restrictions apply. May not be available during special events and convention periods. Must be applied at the time of booking as the offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with any other packages, discounts or promotions. Call Toll Free 1-800-490-8542 for details.
Dine Around The Big Easy
This offer is only for hard-core foodies! As full-time Innkeepers, we (Joe and Bebe) are very familiar with the New Orleans food scene (don't look at Joe's waist). The research over the years has been exhaustive, but someone had to do it. We've "been there, done that" so to speak. At least twice a week we meet with friends and dine around the city, looking for the next great restaurant experience. And boy, do we have a choice of places to chow down! With over 1200 world-class opportunities (increasing all the time), the selections are almost unlimited. Casual, funky, contemporary, traditional, hole in the wall, the Big Easy has it all. All the flavors of Louisiana and the South are here waiting for you. Now you can benefit from our expertise. Allow us to plan a wonderful week of dining in some of New Orleans best restaurants. We send our guests to these establishments routinely and have contacts with many of the well-known and not so well known places that only the locals enjoy. Stay with us for five consecutive nights and we'll take $25 per night off of our posted website rates. You can use that savings towards your dinner tab. A delicious deal, don't you think? And we'll make all the reservations for you, to boot! Package rates include a welcome gift & map of the city. Must be asked for at the time of booking and may not be combined with any other packages, discounts or promotions. Special events, holidays, and convention periods may not be applicable. Call Toll Free 1-800-490-8542 for details.
Bed 'n' Beignet Vacation
A beignet (pronounced /ben_yeh/ in English), is a pastry made from deep-fried dough, much like a doughnut, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, or in some places, frostings. In France, beignet is an umbrella term for a large variety of pastries made from deep-fried dough with fruit filling. The French styled beignet in the United States is universally associated with the city of New Orleans where they are served by the thousands daily in the French Quarter. It is also the official state doughnut of Louisiana. There are few visitors to the Crescent City that do not seek out the experience of eating a plate of beignets washed down with a mug of Cafe au Lait or a cup of chicory coffee. Although it is traditional to go to the French Market area in the Quarter for the treat, guests at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast have a unique advantage. Next door to the Inn, serving authentic beignets and coffee daily is New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Company® Now, you can book a room at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, walk next door and enjoy a plate or sack of hot fresh beignets. And we've made it easier than ever with this two day package:
- Boutique Queen accommodation with private bathroom, Continental Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking, snacks and bottled water 24/7 and contemporary amenities.
- Gift cards for two mornings of beignets and coffee for two persons (one plate of beignets and two mugs of Cafe au Lait each day)
- Streetcar passes for two days of unlimited riding for two persons to the French Quarter and all the exciting venues in New Orleans
- Welcome souvenir and a city map
Rate for the package is $179 per person, double occupancy*. * The package is subject to availability; some holidays, special events and citywide convention dates may be excluded. Please ask for "package availability at the time of your call." Reservations are based on availability. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other coupon or package or deposit ticket. Tax is 14%+1.00 per day. You must visit the coffee house to enjoy the beignets and coffee. Gift cards may not be redeemed for cash and some restrictions may apply.