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New Orleans Ghosts and History

Posted By GUNetwork on Oct 15, 2017 at 8:41AM

New Orleans is a city with a notorius reputation for night owls. From smokin' Jazz clubs and Cocktail bars to Voodoo, Haunted and Ghost tours, this is a city that celebrates the night. GoUnusual contributor Julia visited the city that put the Fat Tuesday into Mardi Gras for a summer vacation break to uncover year-round activities that will bring out the dark side in guests!

New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

While at Easter it is the Mardi Gras parades that gather headlines, New Orleans has a fun atmosphere that plays to great evening entertainment all year round. Outside of Mardi Gras you might want to check out Ghost City and Haunted History Tours that run nightly around the French Quarter. Visiting sites of eerie hauntings and paranormal investigations, you'll have your own X-Files investigation to uncover some of the stranger happenings around town. The Ghost and Legends tour is a 2 hour adventure, running at 6pm and 8pm and includes a visit to a (supposedly) haunted tavern. They also run a Vampire tour but Julia had already eaten steak during the day so was prepared to give the opportunity for more blood a miss.

More details and booking information check out www.hauntedhistorytours.com and https://ghostcitytours.com/new-orleans/ghost-tours/ for tours and pricing.

If you're keen on a spooky weekend, you visit mightn't be complete without seeking out lost souls staying in a haunted hotel, like The Provincial (a former hospital), or The Andrew Jackson Hotel (a former boarding school).

New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

Else perhaps like Julia, you wanted something historic for your stay instead? She stayed in The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery located in the Warehouse District. This historic building was used as a coffee warehouse on the Port of New Orleans in the 1800s and they still remember how to make a good cuppa joe.

New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

Later, it was turned into a chandlery and general store, where it traded and sold everything from medicines to ropes, serving the many ships passing through the city. It's filled with history and like its namesake The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery emulates its chandlery past with a store that sells local goods, featuring local artwork in a gallery and all bedrooms.

New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

Thankfully the foundations of this old-time store have been retained with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and detailed tilework.New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

All The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (c) Julia Dent

The décor gives The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery a retro vibe, complete with old-fashioned radios and furniture with a 1950s feel. After a night chasing the undead, living it up as a vampire or sampling cocktails on Bourbon Street, this hotel is the kind of place where you can recharge your batteries and get some rest, before heading out for another dose of history, or some less sedate entertainment.

Julia commented that it is the perfect place to stay if you want a quieter experience outside of the French Quarter while still getting to experience the city’s history and local arts community.

More information about the hotel <here>

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

535 Tchoupitoulas St,

New Orleans, LA 70130


If you're visiting New Orleans and planning to take in Halloween, be prepared for one of the biggest LGBT celebrations on the party calendar at Frenchman Street in Faubourg Marigny over the October-end weekend. Outlandish and elaborately clad locals and tourists take part in a festive celebrations with action taking place on Bourbon and St Ann Streets well past bedtime.

New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

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It's all in the name of a charitable cause too. More information <here>

If you want to walk off the excesses of the party scene and release your inner child (or perhaps have children with you), then you might consider "Boo at the Zoo" which runs the last 2 weekends in October at Audubon Zoo. The park stays open into the evening and allows you to get up close and personal to many of the friendlier animals.

New Orleans for Jazz Voodoo and more

With a Haunted house, fairground rides and more, it gives on a whole new meaning to Trick or Treat. 

Tickets and more information <here>

 

Whatever you choose to do, and whenever time you visit New Orleans, you're sure to find stories to share and memories to cherish.

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Julia Dent

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