The crows in New Orleans are all astir this time of year. The temperatures go up and down. One day it’s 70 degrees (F), the next day it’s 40. There is no getting used to it. The people who live here never get used to winter in New Orleans. The crows, they flit from neighborhood to neighborhood, looking for someplace warm, and I have no idea where they finally choose to roost. They are all a-twitter and a-caw.
A flock of crows is called a murder of crows. You can drop that term into casual cocktail conversation if you want to. You’re welcome. Two, three, four times a day, murders of crows are roosting in the oak trees in front of our inn and in our back garden this winter in New Orleans. They make a racket, but what can one do but enjoy their song? The sounds of New Orleans are lovely outside the French Quarter. Every day, every moment, brings a fresh surprise in this wonderful city we call home.
WHERE TO STAY IN WINTER IN NEW ORLEANS.
Breakfast is never a surprise at La Belle Esplanade. We live on a beautiful street where every day starts with a curated breakfast salon of delicacies we pick up from around the neighborhood, and good conversation about all things New Orleans. This time of year, early winter in New Orleans, conversations tend to revolve around Mardi Gras. Why? Because it is Mardi Gras season.
Mardi Gras is not just a day. Mardi Gras is a season. Every Mardi Gras season starts on January 6, every year, with three parades. The festivities continue after the 6th of January, gradually building up momentum and frequency until Mardi Gras day itself. This year, Mardi Gras Day is February 13. We are celebrating a short Mardi Gras this year.
If you think Mardi Gras is what you see on television, a bunch of drunks crowded nut-to-butt (as we used to say in the Navy) on Bourbon Street, you are wrong. Well, you are somewhat right. On Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras is a bunch of drunks packed together with no room to move. Mardi Gras is more than that, though.
In New Orleans, we celebrate Mardi Gras for weeks and weeks before the actual day, itself. Come the weekend before Mardi Gras Day. Come two weekends before Mardi Gras Day. You’ll still get the full Mardi Gras experience, but it won’t be as crowded. Only the people in the know, the people who love Mardi Gras, will be here to celebrate this most unique of all New Orleans holidays. There is no time like Mardi Gras. There is a reason why the New Orleans year revolves around early winter in New Orleans. It’s because this time of year is magical—even more magical than the other times of year in New Orleans.
THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN WINTER IN NEW ORLEANS.
I don’t need to tell you where I’m partial to when it comes to recommending a place to stay in New Orleans any time of year. It’s La Belle Esplanade, the #1 ranked boutique inn in all of Louisiana. If you are bored in New Orleans, you must have a hole in your imagination. I love New Orleans. You will, too. We can talk about it over breakfast.
As a New Orleans goodwill ambassador, it is both my profession and my pleasure to talk about New Orleans every day. I love to share what I know about this amazing city that isn’t like any other place I’ve ever lived in. I love New Orleans. You will, too. This is a city full of character and full of characters who love to show off their city. Sure, stay in the French Quarter if you want to. If you want to get off the usual tourist grid, get off the usual tourist radar, come to Esplanade Avenue. Stay at La Belle Esplanade and discover what it means to really fall in love with the real New Orleans.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every morning starts with a curated breakfast buffet of good food and good conversation.
Friday, January 12, 2018:. It’s a little chilly today but it’s glorious. Just ask the crows. They’ll tell you, “Caw! Caw! Happy Mardi Gras!”
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