Elysian Fields Inn – New Orleans Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , July 6th, 2018

Elysian Fields Inn - New Orleans Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to Elysian Fields Inn, a fully licensed New Orleans Bed and Breakfast located in the Historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans. Our neighborhood was just listed as one of the four hot neighborhoods in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Everything mentioned in the article is within a few blocks of our Inn.

The Frenchmen Street shops and restaurants, French Quarter and French Market are all just steps from our door. Stroll to the Riverwalk Marketplace where you can browse the numerous upscale shops before boarding the Streetcar for your tour of the Universities and grand homes of the Garden District along the famous St. Charles Streetcar Line.

Elysian Fields Inn is located in the historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans. Our guests enjoy the close proximity to the French Quarter (only 5 blocks) and the Frenchmen Street shops and restaurants.

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La Dauphine – New Orleans Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast

Author: , June 23rd, 2018

 La Dauphine New Orleans Gay Bed and Breakfast

You might have heard people say that New Orleans is like San Francisco, Savannah, Charleston, Paris, or Marseilles. It’s not. The biggest difference is that the streets are exploding with live music all year round. You’ve never seen such “street theater.” Our most cherished visitors come for our food, music, architecture, history, artists, and writers. The ambiance is most like the French Caribbean.

We live in the old French area, much like my Creole ancestors did, coming from France and Spain in 1715 and 1793, respectively. My mother and father grew up speaking French just a few houses away from us. Our district, Faubourg Marigny, is a quieter version of the adjacent French Quarter-the main difference being that you can actually sleep at night here. It’s the safe, artist/gay residential area with about 70 bed and breakfasts. The city attracts one million visitors each month, so accommodations fill up quickly.

Within a couple minutes walk of our front door, you have access to restaurants such as Marigny Brasserie, Belle Forche’, Cafe Negril, Feelings, Santa Fe, Marisol, La Peniche, Mona’s, Wasabi, Adolfo’s, Santa Fe, and bars such as Spotted Cat, Cafe Brasil, d.b.a., Checkpoint Charlie’s, Phoenix–not to mention an over abundance of galleries and antique shops. There’s a Cuban grocery store right across the street. Jackson Square is a mere 20-minute stroll through the adjacent French Quarter.

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Featured Gay Accommodations: The Burgundy, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author: , September 28th, 2015

The Burgundy

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Your host, Carl Smith, invites you to make his home your home in Gay New Orleans. We are a small and cozy gay Bed & Breakfast in the Marigny District, just a short walk to the French Quarter. Come enjoy Louisiana hospitality at its best, as your host caters to your individual wants and needs! He is a native Louisianan and can guide you to many local sites and attractions, including restaurants, shopping, music clubs and gay bars.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Elysian Fields Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author: , March 25th, 2015

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Elysian Fields Inn

Welcome to Elysian Fields Inn, a fully licensed New Orleans Bed and Breakfast located in the Historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans. Our neighborhood was just listed as one of the four hot neighborhoods in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Everything mentioned in the article is within a few blocks of our Inn. The Frenchmen Street shops and restaurants, French Quarter and French Market are all just steps from our door. Stroll to the Riverwalk Marketplace where you can browse the numerous upscale shops before boarding the Streetcar for your tour of the Universities and grand homes of the Garden District along the famous St. Charles Streetcar Line.

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New Orleans – A Gay Mecca

Author: , June 20th, 2012
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Maybe you haven’t been to see it for yourself yet, but New Orleans is a GLBT mecca. How many American cities are both historical and hip? Besides being the Deep South’s primary party destination, New Orleans offers a host of uniquely gay-friendly hot spots and activities for both the daylight and evening hours.

Below, explore the epicenters of GLBT life in New Orleans: the French Quarter, Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.

Queer in the Quarter

I won’t tell you what to do in the French Quarter during the day, because you’ll find everything from five-star dining and luxury shopping to flea markets, art galleries, antique shops, street performers, and more.

Bourbon Street, New OrleansSo when night falls and you find yourself in the Quarter, check out the generous gay bar circuit known as the “fruit loop”. While natives and visitors alike hang out here, the farther you get from Bourbon Street, the more local flavor you’ll find. But don’t sell yourself short just yet! Bourbon is the place to go for a wild night dancing under the disco balls at Oz, with five resident DJs spinning fresh mixes of pop and hip-hop favorites old and new. Oz has theme nights and drag bingo, too–there’s always something going on, though sometimes that something is a little seedy.

When you’re ready to tone it down just a notch or two, head across the street to Napoleon’s Itch, known for a pleasant atmosphere and bartenders who are just as nice to look at as they are to talk to. There’s not usually a crowd here, though, so when you want to dance again, walk a block to the Bourbon Pub & Parade. Make sure to get upstairs to the Parade, which hosts two bars and a stage area–it’s where regulars watch the evening entertainment by the circular center bar, take drinks out to the balcony tables, or hang out on the big leather couches. Tuesday nights at the Parade are hosted by Girlbar, and often feature variety showcases and drag shows.

French Quarter MansionNext (or instead), check out Cafe Lafitte in Exile, another block down Bourbon. It’s America’s oldest gay bar, and used to be frequented by Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote back in the day. You can dance, drink, or talk at the downstairs bar, which has a few small tables outside, or go upstairs to the pool tables and balcony. If you’re hungry, go across the street to the venerable Clover Grill for some diner food done right. Good Friends is another nearby upstairs/downstairs spot, with hospitable bartenders and a Sunday piano bar sing-along.

Ready to get a little farther from Bourbon Street? Try a Flaming Dr. Pepper shot at the Gold Mine Saloon, where you’ll find a mostly younger crowd. It can be a little stifling. Luckily, the 700 Club, about a block away from the Gold Mine (don’t you love how close everything is in the Quarter?) is an Advocate-endorsed establishment with a laid-back local crowd that comes here for everything from a relaxed drink with friends to energetic Saints games.

Those looking for leather might try Rawhide, a few blocks off Bourbon on Burgundy Street, or head over to the Marigny neighborhood for the Phoenix Bar. Speaking of the Marigny…

Marigny Eats and Hot Spots

Faubourg Marigny Sign, New OrleansThe Faubourg Marigny is a bohemian neighborhood with a good mix of longtime residents and local urban gardeners, gutter punks, hipsters, volunteers, you name it. It’s got a ton of cute coffeehouses and breakfast spots–recover from a rough night with a full plate at the Cake Cafe, which gives the sweet option of a $1 cupcake with every order, or caffeinate your bloodstream with a Vietnamese iced coffee at the Orange Couch, a sleek upscale spot designed by international architect and part-time NOLA resident Ammar Eloueini.

Marigny Park Walk, New OrleansAt night, John Paul’s, next door to the Phoenix, is a laid-back lounge known for its mixed crowd, elegant decor and weekly drag shows. If you’re looking for conversation, try the Friendly Lounge, a lovable dive where gay and straight locals, visitors and bartenders mingle indiscriminately. The Allways Lounge & Theatre on St. Claude Avenue is good for entertainment, with a different wacky stage show, burlesque revue, play or live music artist every night. And Saturday nights are when DJ Soul Sister reigns supreme over the upstairs bar at Mimi’s in the Marigny–go for a low-key dance party and stay for the fun crowd.

Gay Days and Nights in the Bywater

Bywater, New OrleansAdjacent to the Marigny and closer to the river is the aptly named Bywater neighborhood, featuring local galleries, music clubs, corner groceries and a relaxed vibe accented by its many bicyclists. Perhaps the Bywater’s best-kept gay secret is The Country Club (not to be confused with the decidedly more rigid Westbank golf destination), a clothing-optional co-ed retreat with everything you could need to relax in New Orleans style: heated pool, sauna, enormous Jacuzzi, inside and outside bars with drink specials, full restaurant offering brunch, lunch and dinner options, and on-call poolside masseuses. Before heading over, grab coffee at Satsuma, an eclectic neighborhood cafe with local artwork and small but scenic patio–or dazzle your palate at nearby up-and-comer Maurepas Foods, serving fresh takes on New American cuisine and original cocktails for less than you’d spend in the Quarter.

After the sun sets at the Country Club, take your time and make your way to Vaughan’s, a run-down watering hole whose $10 cover will confuse you. Don’t worry–you’re here to see legendary trumpet player Kermit Ruffins tear down the tiny bar with a swinging set that has everyone dancing. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, enjoy Vaughan’s free delicious gumbo or red beans and rice.

Festivals and Events All Over Town

You know about Southern Decadence, Dykeadence, and Mardi Gras. But GLBT events in New Orleans aren’t limited to those! Grrlspot NOLA hosts a monthly lesbian bar meetup that takes over a different New Orleans bar every month; events like the fundraising Mascara Drag Race abound; and Gay Halloween is an unmissable annual party.

Unbelievably, though this list is comprehensive, there are still a few places I didn’t have room to include! You’ll have to come to New Orleans yourself to find your favorites.

When you get down here, whether it’s for Mardi Gras, Decadence, or another festival, you’ll want to stay in the heart of the action without spending all of your souvenir (or bar tab) cash. The Holiday Inn Superdome, on the cusp of the trendy Warehouse District and within reach of desirable destinations both downtown and uptown, is a logical choice. All of the Holiday Inn Superdome’s rooms offer a full range of amenities to make you feel at home–some even have private balconies overlooking the city (and the namesake Dome!). And rates can start as low as $79, so you have more in your wallet to enjoy New Orleans.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Burgundy, New Orleans

Author: , April 1st, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Burgundy, New OrleansYour host, Carl Smith, invites you to make his home your home in Gay New Orleans. We are a small and cozy gay Bed & Breakfast in the Marigny District, just a short walk to the French Quarter. Come enjoy Louisiana hospitality at its best, as your host caters to your individual wants and needs! He is a native Louisianan and can guide you to many local sites and attractions, including restaurants, shopping, music clubs and gay bars.

We have renovated and converted from the 1890’s Eastlake style shotgun double to the b&b. Almost everything in the house is original, including the 8 (not working, formerly coal-burning) fireplaces, the hardwood floors, the 12 foot ceilings (a few of which have original plaster medallions and crown moulding), the louvered shutters, as well as the doors (including two sets of pocket doors) and windows.

We have made every effort to retain the original character of our gay New Orleans Bed & Breakfast. So the only structural changes we made in the front eight rooms were installing doors between the two sides and a bathroom in a former hallway. One of the two rear rooms (a former kitchen) has been divided into a galley kitchen and a bath.

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The New Orleans Revival: City Fast Becoming Hot Gay Travel Destination

Author: , December 10th, 2010

Southern Decadence, New OrleansThe Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans is a haven for the artistic and bohemian. Five years after Hurricane Katrina, it’s one of the neighborhoods benefiting from the surge of gay and lesbian transplants, relocating and rebuilding the city.

“It’s been a remarkable journey,” said Will Poole. Poole and his partner Loren Penton recently bought the Maison de Macarty Bed and Breakfast. They opened just in time for Halloween Weekend, one of the biggest LGBT celebrations in the city.

Poole and Penton lived in New Orleans before the storm but moved to Denver. When the lease ran out on a chocolate shop they owned there, they decided to come back. “There is opportunity and affordability here,” said Poole. “We’ve been watching properties since Katrina. Prices are great now, right for businesses and there’s no bad neighborhood. It’s the perfect time to be here.”

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