Rathbone Mansions
Historic New Orleans Hotel, Steps From the French Quarter

Insiders Guide of things to do, eats and drinks in New Orleans

Rathbone Mansions Insiders Guide

With its unique, vibrant history, award winning chefs, craft cocktail bars, and party atmosphere, there's no wonder NOLA is consistently ranked one of the best cities to visit. We've got you covered with insiders' tips on the best places to visit, eat and drink during your stay. Click through our blog for suggestions, current events and truly experience New Orleans like a local.

New Orleans has a unique, vibrant history, award winning chefs, craft cocktails galore, and a low-key, Southern fun atmosphere. There's no wonder NOLA is consistently ranked one of the best US cities to visit.  We've got you covered with tips on locals' favorite spots to check out during your stay. Scroll through our blog for suggestions, current events and truly experience New Orleans like a local.



A Different Take on New Orleans

I came across an article that touched on a topic I’d never seen before. It appeared in the August 2019 issue of AFAR magazine, a relatively new publication that I signed up for recently. Sarah M. Broom, a writer who has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, among other publications has written an intriguing piece.

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A Southern Writer Who Rocked the World

Around 8:00 pm in late May, I was searching for something (anything halfway decent) to watch on TV. Programs such as: “I Love My 600-lb. Carcass” and “I Was a Nut Hoarder For 25 Years” didn’t inspire me. And then, I hit on a movie titled “God’s Little Acre” that came out in 1958, with Robert Ryan and Tina Louise, and is based on the best-selling novel by Erskine Caldwell – that I had never read. Within minutes I was caught up in this riveting film.

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On the Calendar for October, PART II


Since 2007 this has been the official New Orleans Halloween Parade that takes place on Saturday, October 19th. It begins at Elysian Fields and makes its way through the French Quarter to Jackson Square, then wends its way to the Warehouse District and finally ends at the Convention Center. This parade is always held on the Saturday evening before the Halloween weekend (this year Halloween night falls on Thursday, October 31st).

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On the Calendar for October, PART 1

Here we are again! I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by. This takes us to the 30th year of the famous New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) that draws participants from far and wide. I’m happy to report that attendance in 2018 was over 20,000 (including 170 filmmakers). Plus over 200 films were screened according to the festival organizers. Filmmakers and cinema fans enjoy a unique camaraderie at this event. They know that The Big Easy has a well-earned reputation for having fun or, “Let the Good Times Roll.” CLICK HERE to read our 2018 blog on this subject.

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"The Devil Was Beating His Wife"

On a road trip down from Tennessee to the Gulf Coast, travel writer Kevin West spins a tale of discovery in his April 2019 article for Travel & Leisure magazine. He begins with six very provocative words: “The devil was beating his wife as I crossed the Alabama state line. I was driving from Nashville, in a hurry to reach Muscle Shoals, and I had gotten to the point where I-65 snakes down from middle Tennessee’s Highland Rim. When the highway levels out again and runs straight, you’re in the cotton-growing Heart of Dixie, as Alabama has been known since the 1950s.”

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From Bourbon St. to Pirate's Alley PART TWO

Here are five more easy-to-find spots for drinking and fun in the famous Old Quarter of New Orleans.

1.     CHART ROOM Come and enjoy yourself at a great bar. The Chart Room is located at 300 Chartres Street. It’s open from 11:00 am to 4:00 am. It has a historical patina on the walls, creaky furniture inside and outdoor seating for people watching. More directly, it’s a low-key, cash-only French Quarter bar that sports an old-school jukebox.

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From Bourbon St. to Pirate’s Alley PART ONE

Here are five easy-to-find spots for drinking and more in the famous Old Quarter of New Orleans.

1.     TONIQUE located at 820 N. Rampart Street, is open from noon to 2:00 am. This spot is described as “a bartender’s bar” because rumor has it that – on a Sunday night – bartenders go there to unwind.  One patron says, “My favorite bar in New Orleans – it’s a “hipster” fancy cocktail bar. They have a Happy Hour every day that features a specific drink for $5.00. I always have a Pimm’s Cup or a Moscow Mule when I visit New Orleans and both are the best I’ve ever tasted anywhere. It’s right across from the Louis Armstrong Park.

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It's Tea Time in Tennessee

Is anything more civilized than afternoon tea? Here are four tea spots in Tennessee that you may want to look into at some point. Why am I writing about Tennessee? Well, I found there were 16 states in the U.S. that are considered “Southern” so I want to write about each one – in addition to New Orleans.

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What's Happening in September?

I’ve always loved the month of September because there’s lots of action. The weather is usually perfect and the kids are really excited about going back to school and seeing all their friends again. It’s also a great time to travel to New Orleans. My husband Peter and I visited late in the month of September and it was still hot – but not stultifying – so we had a marvelous time and made great use of New Orleans famous go-cups (nothing like that in stuffy old NYC).

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The Glory Days and Beyond

Very often I find myself using words that are familiar but, if questioned as to their meaning, I really don’t have a tried-and-true answer. This applies to the adjective, “antebellum” – so here goes: Officially, the word antebellum can describe the time just before any war, but it’s usually used in reference to America’s “Civil War” – and comes from the Latin phrase “ante bellum, literally “before the war.”

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Summer in the South

Can you believe it? Another summer is here and this means the Essence Music Festival is revving up again. It has been held in New Orleans since 1994. That is, except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina – an event that none of us will ever forget. 

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Whoopee! It's July 4th

We want you to pay attention and read this blog carefully. Why? This is a fun holiday that everyone can enjoy so we’ve gone out on a limb and found lots of things for you to see, do and eat – plus where to go in NOLA to watch a great fireworks display – but first, let’s have a short history lesson.

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The French Market District

This is a must-see for you, your family and your friends. We’ll explore this historical site, but first let’s ask: What is it? Basically, it’s a series of commercial buildings that span six blocks in the French Quarter. That tells you right away it will be easy to find.


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The Satchmo Summer Fest

Have you ever wondered where the name “Satchmo” came from? Well, here’s your answer. When Louis Armstrong was a boy he sang on the street corners of New Orleans to earn money. Many youngsters earned spare change this way. In those days, no one had phonographs and radios had yet to be invented, so folks enjoyed the music.

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