When you think of New Orleans, you don't usually think of cold weather, but that’s exactly what we’ve been getting these past couple of days. Gloves and scarves have been regular accessories around the French Quarter. In fact, it’s been so cold that the fountain in our courtyard froze:
Luckily, cold weather in New Orleans doesn’t last for too long. It’s already warming up today with a high of 63, and we’re looking forward to all of the upcoming events in the city.
Speaking of upcoming events: Even though Mardi Gras season officially began on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, it really takes off Feb. 15. If you want to experience Mardi Gras, but can’t or don’t want to attend the full flown celebration the weekend before and day of Fat Tuesday, then mid-February is the time to be here. From that Saturday through Fat Tuesday (which falls on March 4 this year), multiple krewes will be parading across the city and celebrating. You can get the Mardi Gras experience, but with less crowds.
Another perk of coming to New Orleans in mid-February is rates for hotel rooms will also be cheaper than what they are around Fat Tuesday. The Maison Dupuy still has some rooms available in February, and is in a great location in the French Quarter. The hotel is close to many of the parade routes, and it's also close to the streetcar line (important if you want to take the streetcar to Uptown to see the Mardi Gras parades there!). The Maison Dupuy has covered valet parking, so you can drop your car off when you check in, walk to pardes, restaurants, shopping and around the French Quarter, and then pick up your car whenever you're checking out. If you've ever tried to park in the French Quarter, you know how great that is.
If you’d like to book a room at the Maison Dupuy click here, or call the front desk at (504) 586-8000.
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