How To Beat the Heat on a New Orleans Vacation

When you’re planning your New Orleans vacation, there are a number of popular attractions that you probably have on your list. Strolling the historic French Quarter and reveling on rowdy Bourbon Street are often on the top of tourists’ to-dos. But, these outdoor activities can get you a little hot-under-the collar if you’re checking them out during the peak hours of summertime.

If you decide to visit the Big Easy during the steamy, humid summer months, grab a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and don’t forget your sunscreen! You’re still sure to have a ball, and fortunately, NOLA offers a number of indoor sights and sounds that are just as fantastic as the city itself.

Here are a few must-see places you can go to beat the heat while you visit New Orleans:

New Orleans and jazz go together like bread and butter, and what better way to learn about this significant part of NOLA’s culture then a visit to the museum that celebrates jazz to the nines? Located in the Old U.S. Mint, visitors can learn about this influential form of music through a series of thrilling exhibits and educational programming, as well as by listening to inspiring live-musical performances.

Consistently ranked as one of the top attractions by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader Poll, the Audobon Aquarium delights its visitors with immersive displays and beautiful creatures. The aquarium recreates a vast array of exciting locations including the Caribbean, the Amazon Rainforest, and more, as you seamlessly move from one environment into the next. You’ll experience encounters with over 3,600 animals, including sharks, adorable penguins, and rare white alligators. When you’re ready to take a break, grab a bite in the food court and enjoy views of lovely Woldengurg Park and the Mississippi River.

Ready to get up-close-and-personal with some of your favorite crawling critters? When you step inside this museum, you also enter the largest insect museum in North America. Learn all about how these amazing creatures are responsible for all life on our planet, wander through interactive exhibits, see an exciting 3D show all about bugs, and if you’re brave - stop in at the Critter Cafe to sample a few gourmet bites (a la bug). You’ll also have the opportunity to be surrounded by thousands of butterflies as you walk through a serene Asian-inspired butterfly garden. The insectarium is housed in the U.S. Custom House, so be prepared to pass through security upon your entrance.

It’s no secret that New Orleans is full of exciting shopping experiences. You can find a huge number of boutiques, antique shops, novelty stores, and more by simply exploring the streets of the French Quarter, or taking a stroll down famous Magazine Street. However, if you want to keep your shopping spree inside while the sun beats down, you can find some incredible bargains on brand name clothing, accessories, housewares, and much more at the Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk. You’ll also find a number of great places to grab delicious cuisine and a tasty cocktail or two, as well as the Big Easy’s famous beignets at the Riverwalk’s very own Café du Monde.

Why not enjoy a journey down the rolling Mississippi River on an authentic steamboat? Feel the breeze whip past as you cruise alongside the breathtaking panorama of the city. Step back in time as you marvel at the massive, 25-ton churning paddlewheel and listen to the cheerful melody of the calliope (the steampipe organ situated atop the Natchez). The steamboat features daily two-hour jazz cruises, as well as brunch options to make your trip through the muddy waters of the Mississippi extra-special.

Take the Canal Streetcar Line to the sprawling and impressive grounds of City Park, which consists of 1,300 acres to explore, including the stunning New Orleans Museum of Art. Growing from only 9 pieces of art when it first opened in 1911, the museum now showcases over 40,000 incredible objects as part of its permanent collection. The museum also features a gift shop and Ralph Brennan’s Café Noma, which was named one of America’s Best Museum Restaurants by Travel + Leisure.

Don’t let the heat keep you from enjoying a memorable and amazing New Orleans vacation! Pack your bags and book your stay at the Blake Hotel New Orleans, where you’ll be close to popular attractions, the New Orleans streetcar, and more. See you in NOLA!

It’s a Pleasure Doing Business in New Orleans

If you're visiting New Orleans on business, why not mix in a little fun and excitement during your stay? After all, there are so many different ways to have a good time in the Big Easy that mixing business with pleasure has never been more simple.
By day (and by night too), the Blake Hotel makes it easy to hold meetings and conferences with co-workers, colleagues, and clients using over 1,275 sqft of meeting space. Depending on your function, you can opt to use either the Saint Charles Room or the Lafayette Room, each featuring a varied selection of available configurations to best meet your needs.

Whether you’re looking for a more intimate setting for 18 people or less or a reception-style event of up to70, we’ve got you covered! Check out all of the different arrangements here. In addition to wireless internet access, you can also rent useful equipment for your events, from DVD players to sound systems, because who wants to bring that stuff along with them on a trip?

If you have work that needs to get done in between meetings, that’s easy to do too with full access to a well-equipped business center that features computers and printers for your convenience.
While you’re in New Orleans on business, you still need to unwind! Plus, you’re going to want a great way to entertain colleagues and clients when the meetings come to a close, and when you’re in the Big Easy, you have unlimited options to do just that.

With a convenient location on beautiful St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans, you’re just steps away from some of the best that NOLA has to offer. Or, perhaps you want to take your meetings outdoors with a round or two of golf at the beautiful Audubon Golf Course. All you need to do is hop on the streetcar, right outside the hotel doors, and you’re there in moments.

If you’re entertaining clients by day, why not take a ride on an authentic paddle-wheeler and enjoy a jazz brunch on board the Steamboat Natchez? You can also see the French Quarter in true NOLA-style by taking a mule-and-buggy ride through the city streets, or maybe you just want to enjoy the view as you wander through Jackson Square and admire the fantastic local art and music from talented street artists and performers.

If your entertaining and fun carries into the night, which is very likely in a town as vibrant and colorful as New Orleans, you have a myriad of opportunities at your fingertips. Enjoy top-notch seafood cuisine at the popular GW-Fins restaurant, or try your luck at Harrah’s Casino, before returning to the comfort of your hotel and indulging in a cocktail or two at the Blake’s very own Café at the Square.

The next time your business brings you to New Orleans, book your stay at the Blake and be prepared to have some fun while you’re being productive. It truly is a pleasure doing business in NOLA!

Surrounded by top New Orleans attractions, The Blake Hotel delivers
convenience, comfort, and style

If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, then stay in style while staying within your budget.
Offering contemporary sophistication in the heart of downtown New Orleans, the newly
renovated Blake Hotel is the ideal place to stay for both business and leisure travelers. One of
the many stand-out features of this premier property is its convenient location, situated on the
corner of beautiful Saint Charles Avenue and Poydras, only a few blocks from the world-famous
Bourbon Street.

The Blake’s ideal location makes it an excellent choice for visitors who want to experience the
rich and exciting attractions of the Big Easy without having to waste time worrying about
transportation. There are a number of must-see spots within walking distance; or just a quick
streetcar ride away, which in itself is worthy of any visitor’s to-do list. The only thing you have to
figure out is where do you want to go first?!

Put on Your Walking Shoes
You can explore many of New Orleans’s top attractions, events, and neighborhoods with just a
short 5 to 10-minute walk from the hotel.
● The French Quarter -- Founded in 1718, the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood
in New Orleans, but there’s always something new to experience! Browse through the
many eclectic shops and galleries that line the streets, sample absolutely mouthwatering
cuisine, enjoy a horse and buggy ride through the city, have your fortune told in Jackson
Square, or marvel at the awe-inspiring St. Louis Cathedral.
● Bourbon Street -- It’s a street that really needs no introduction; Bourbon Street has long
been known for its reputation as a place to party. However, this street offers more than
meets the eye, with a number of famous NOLA restaurants like Galatoire’s, Ralph
Brennan’s Red Fish Grill, and Remoulade calling Bourbon Street home.
Lafayette Square -- The second oldest square in New Orleans, this 2.5-acre park is a
favorite gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy concerts, festivals, and other
events. The square also hosts a free concert-in-the-park series in the spring, known as
Harrah’s Casino -- Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the hotel, on Poydras St., 24/7 fun
and excitement awaits! Whether you want to roll the dice, spin the wheel, or dance the
night away at Masquerade Nightclub, Harrah’s Casino offers non-stop fun with its
assortment of bars, restaurants, a live theatre entertainment space, and of course, a
chance to test your luck and win big.
The National World War II Museum -- Enter through the doors of this stunning, modern
space and take a step back into history as you learn about the war that changed the
world. As you wander the pavilions of this immersive and enlightening six-acre museum,
designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the US, you’ll encounter an
extensive collection of more than 250,000 artifacts, multimedia exhibits, personal
accounts and more. Plus, the museum features restaurants and a dinner-theatre that
performs period-themed shows.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas -- Situated on the majestic Mississippi River
and adjacent to the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium was recently voted one of
the top-five in the country by USA Today’s 10Best Reader Poll. Divided into several
sections, guests can journey to the Caribbean, the Amazon Rainforest, the Gulf of
Mexico, and more as they meet over 3,600 animals including several endangered
species like white alligators and African penguins.
The Outlet Collection Riverwalk -- Prepare to flex your shopping muscles as you score
premium, name-brand finds at bargain prices. The collection sports over 75 retailers,
including major national brands like Tommy Hilfiger, PUMA, Coach, Under Armour, Le
Creuset, and much more. When you’re ready to take a break from your shopping spree,
grab a bite at one of several restaurants and eateries, or sit and relax as you take in the
views of the stunning Mississippi.
The Steamboat Natchez -- From streetcars to steamboats, there’s definitely more than
one way to get around the Big Easy! Experience an adventure like no other when you
board an American tradition with its churning paddlewheel and musical calliope. Enjoy a
scenic journey along the Mississippi River, partake in a jazz dinner cruise or brunch, or
make a visit to the steam-engine room to see how this authentic steamboat operates.

No matter what brings you to New Orleans, whether it’s business or pleasure, one thing is for
sure, you’ll always take a little bit of NOLA with you when you leave! Where you stay when you
visit can make all the difference in your overall experience, especially when it comes to location.
Ready to see all that this true one-of-a-kind city has to offer? Book your stay with The Blake
today, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime!