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Travel Tips: Christmas in New Orleans

Posted by Nancy Landry on November 10, 2015

We are so excited that you'll be joining us for one of the most happiest times of the year! The City of New Orleans is beautiful throughout the holiday season. These are a few things to consider for your trip.

Weather! Our winters are typically warmer than most, but nonetheless, our drivers are always prepared with blankets on hand to keep you warm on your ride. Please check the weather conditions in advance and dress appropriately. You won't regret bringing the extra layer. Trust us when we say you can leave the shorts and sandals at home. Think about bringing a comfortable pair of waterproof shoes with you on your travels. 

Hot Toddy! Warm cocktails heat up the evening! Visitors love taking advantage of walking through the streets with their cocktails. You can always have it "to-go", as long as you aren't walking the streets with glass containers. Hot Buttered Rum is a delicious treat, but so are Hot Toddies, Irish Coffees, or ...Barengjager Honey Liqueur with hot water and extra lemons to help soothe your throat. Think about bringing a canister with you to keep your cocktails hot!! Drinking Hot Buttered Rum out of styrofoam isn't classy, but most of all...it's not the best for the environment. 

Gumbo! Mmm....the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold winter night. Try a cup (or bowl) of gumbo at each restaurant you visit so you can taste the difference. Don't let me be the one to tell you who has the best tasting gumbo in town, I want you to decide for yourself. Remember, just like cocktails...you can get a bowl of gumbo to go, which helps warm your belly as your walk to your destinations. My favorite is always the Chicken & Sausage Gumbo when offered! 

Carriage! Throughout the holiday seasons, the doorways and the balconies will be dressed in their holiday splendor and twinkling lights add to the ambiance of your nighttime carriage ride. Royal Carriages have helped many families create a fantastic holiday memories year after year with nighttime carriages rides throughout the French Quarter enjoying the holiday adornment. The neighborhood begins to hang decorations towards the end of the Thanksgiving holiday, and they tend to hang with pride until January 1st. If you will be traveling to New Orleans during this time, please keep in mind that is extremely important to reserve your carriage in advance! 

Royal Carriages presents Christmas Carre`: The New Orleans Christmas Carriage Tour

Create a mule-drawn memory this holiday season with Royal Carriages. Let our Christmas carriages bring your family on a mule-drawn adventure, complete with a fully narrated introduction to the elaborate history, architectural landmarks, and also features the magical holiday displays throughout the historic French Quarter. Each licensed tour guide customizes the tour to suit your family’s interests. 

...and Free! Sometimes the best things on vacation are FREE! For family-friendly events are sure to please, visit the Convention Visitor Bureau's website, Follow Your Joy. There are lots of wonderful concerts and holiday events for families to enjoy!

Veterans Ride Free Program

Posted by Nancy Landry on November 02, 2015

Ronald Reagan once said, "Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but our active military and our veterans don't have that problem." Many of us often take our American freedom for granted, forgetting those things that most deserve our gratitude. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

Royal Carriages would like to announce our new American Veterans Ride Free Program. 

Jimmy Lauga, the owner of Royal Carriages, is a Vietnam War Air Force Veteran. As a Combat F-4 Phantom Fighter Pilot, Mr. Lauga flew over 140 wartime missions. We are extremely proud of his contributions, as well as the contributions and sacrifices of all American Military. Our new Veterans Ride Free Program is a small effort to give back to our heroes. 

Starting Veterans Day 2015, any American Veteran can take our "Classic Carre`" French Quarter Group Carriage Tour for free. To take advantage of our program, all American Veterans will have to produce proof in the form of a military ID or VA card, which is then approved by our on-site Supervisor. This program applies to each individual veteran, and not the entire group. When combined with another tour, the French Quarter Tour is free, but not the additional time. Example: When a Veteran chooses to take an hour group tour, the Veteran pays just $18, instead of $36, at this point 50% off. This is an ongoing company program. 

I am a local and had friends in from Arizona. In our climate walking in the Quarter in the heat of summer can be difficult. Their time here was limited so I decided to book the private 1-hour carriage ride. Very good choice! So glad we did. Our guide Thiebaud was knowledgeable and funny. We also chatted with another driver while waiting to be picked up. She was very helpful and you could tell she really loved her mule. The mules are cleaned and well cared for. They give them snacks, water, and breaks. Our mule was Blue and he liked carrots. I am a New Orleanean and I learned a few things and was reminded of some I forgot! We did the Quarter and The area around Frenchmen Street. Afterward, we ate lunch at Antoine's. It was a wonderful day I won't soon forget! A splurge but well worth every penny. Thanks, guys!

TripAdvisor Member: Nancy D. of Gretna, Louisiana, USA

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