Extra Holidays by Wyndham is seeking families who want to travel to its featured destination, New Orleans, to experience all it has to offer. Extra Holidays by Wyndham encourages travelers to take advantage of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau’s tips, recommendations and activity calendar to guarantee a memorable vacation.
Both of Extra Holidays by Wyndham’s two resorts, Avenue Plaza Resort and Wyndham La Belle Maison, offer the full New Orleans experience in the Big Easy, with access to Bourbon Street, local eateries and theatres.
Book by June 30 and travel by December 24, 2012. A two night minimum stay is required.
1. Mardi Gras
In New Orleans, a town famous for its French Quarter and Bourbon Street, for hot Cajun and Creole cuisine and for cool Dixieland jazz, one event surpasses them all as the city’s legendary signature piece – Mardi Gras! It’s a season of revelry and romance, of madness and music, of parades and parties, of comic costuming in the streets and grandiose private masquerade balls. Mardi Gras is a time when the gaudy and the gorgeous all come together for one gigantic blowout. From the regal to the ridiculous, New Orleans Mardi Gras has it all!
New Orleans’ Old World roots have created a strong foundation and long-standing appreciation for the arts. Early residents of the city often traveled back to Europe for musical instruction or training in the visual arts. And operatic performances took place in the city as early as 1796.
Today the scene thrives via countless galleries, performance spaces and museums. But perhaps what sets our cultural institutions apart from other cities is their ability to embody the joie de vivre (joy of life) mentality so prevalent in New Orleans. So whether it is a Ralph Brennan restaurant in the New Orleans Museum of Art or Thursday night musical performances at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans’ unique culture and love of food, music and fun blends perfectly with our vibrant arts scene creating experiences you can’t find anywhere else.
If you end up at some boring chain restaurant eating bland hamburgers while you’re in New Orleans, we’ll simply never forgive you. More importantly, you’ll never forgive yourself. Avoid such shame by familiarizing yourself with the dishes below and be well prepared to savor forkfuls of the culture, tradition and recipe perfection that have earned New Orleans its culinary legacy.