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"Run For It - Run For…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
“Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic… more

30 Americans

Apr 19 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

An Evening with Chita…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner who… more

Crescent City Classic

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
With top runners from throughout the world participating in previous years, the… more

Earth Day Festival…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Join us in celebrating Earth Day with music, food, art, local green vendors,… more

Family Workshop:…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Don’t touch that dial! In this fun-filled family workshop, kids and… more

Historic Saturday…

Apr 19 - Nov 22, 2014
One of the keys to understanding NOLA’s past, present, and future is to… more

Living History Corps

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
The Museum’s World War II re-enactors, collectively known as the Living… more

LIVING LEGEND CHITA…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
***Two time Tony winner and Broadway’s original Anita in “West Side… more

Southern Rep, Stage…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
Southern Rep, the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum and… more

The Andrews Brothers

Apr 19 - 26, 2014
Mistaken identities, madcap comedy, romance and miscal treasures fill this… more

Victory Corps Saturday

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
During D-Day on June 6, 1944, the Naval Construction Battalions called… more

Double Violin Concert…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Performing Bach's violin concerto and Vivaldi's double violin concerti. more

Early Modern Faces: …

Apr 20 - Jun 29, 2014
This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

Easter Brunch at the…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Join us on Easter Sunday, April 20th in the hotel's elegant Grand Ballroom for… more

Irving "Honey"…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
Various Mardi Gras Indian tribes will line up  for the 1st Annual Irving… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Kirk Franklin…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
The new Gospel Brunch experience at House of Blues New Orleans features local… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 21 - 27, 2014
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Organ & Labyrinth…

Apr 22 - May 6, 2014
Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas on the 5000 pipe trinity tracker… more

"Run For It - Run For…

Apr 19 - 19, 2014
“Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic… more

Enjoy an Easy Trip to the Big Easy!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Char Thian
Director of Public Relations
921 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: 504-670-2817
Fax: 504-524-7233
Cell: 504-913-4114
E-Mail: char.thian@ritzcarlton.com

Don't let rising gas prices put your vacation on hold.  Enjoy an easy trip to the Big Easy! (And there's an app for that)

NEW ORLEANS, La. - April 17, 2012 - Temperatures are rising along with gas prices, so book a trip to New Orleans and enjoy an easy, cost-effective, walk able, jazzy, spa, culinary, luggageless and app-friendly vacation.

New Orleans is a quick flight or a short drive for regional travelers, so getting to the city is easy. Most visitors don't book rental cars simply because New Orleans is a walk able city. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is situated on the edge of the French Quarter, one block from Bourbon Street and in walking distance to the best that the Crescent City has to offer. Summer rates start at $199, a savings of 55% off of the hotel's rack rates.

New Orleans is renowned as the "home of the cocktail," the "birthplace of jazz" and it is considered a culinary destination. The best of the Big Easy lies within and just outside the hotel's doors. Every weekend, visitors to the hotel's Davenport Lounge enjoy the jazz stylings of the hotel's headline entertainer, Grammy-nominated artist Jeremy Davenport. Davenport will perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, both in May. Patrons can sample classics like the Ramos Gin Fizz, Brandy Milk Punch, Sazerac and Mint Julep from the lounge's cocktail menu. M bistro restaurant, adjacent to the lounge, now boasts a list of breakfast cocktails and mocktails (Sunrise, Bellini, Chocolate and Reno Mocktail). For those who imbibe too much, the hotel's Recovery Concierge offers his services and "cures" free of charge. This unique concierge assists Club Level guests' recovery with his homemade Bite the Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary, a fancy Cure Royal (Kir Royal) or bottled water. During the summer and fall, the Crawfish Concierge, Snowball Sommelier and Oyster Butler offer their services to visitors in the hotel's stunning French Quarter style courtyard.

Feeling guilty after eating the chocolates on your pillow? Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans are treated to complimentary chilled bottled water in a silver punch bowl along with jogging maps and towels as they exit for their morning run. Hotel guests also have free access to the hotel's fitness center if the heat is too much to bear and the center's indoor resistance pool provides the perfect spot to cool off post-workout. Reserving a Mimosa Champagne Massage at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans will also provide relief from the heat. Ranked as the #1 Hotel Spa in the U.S. and Canada, the spa is oasis for visitors.

August, the hottest month of the year, just got a little cooler thanks to the COOLinary New Orleans promotion sponsored by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB). New Orleans finest restaurants, big and small, opt-in to offer a two-course lunch for $20 and a three-course dinner for $35 for patrons. M bistro restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans participates in this annual citywide promotion. Executive Chef Vinny Russo is working on the COOLinary menus and tastings are underway to revamp all of the hotel's menu offerings.

For those who want a one-of-a-kind cultural and culinary experience, they can reserve the Sportsman's Paradise package ($21,000 USD). It includes a charter boat fishing excursion in the Gulf of Mexico along with a sea plane, helicopter and limo ride. Most importantly, Chef Russo will prepare your fresh catch at the Chef's Table in the kitchen of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

Last, but not least, when it's time to go home after a cost-effective excursion to the Big Easy, choose the hotel's luggageless travel service. For roughly the same amount that it now costs to check your baggage, you can ship it to your home or office. Avoid check-in lines and ease your travel woes. The hotel does not charge a handling fee, so the only cost is that associated with the actual shipping.

TOP 10 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN NEW ORLEANS

APPS

CityGuide New Orleans Guidepal (free; highlights attractions and offers local recommendations)

French Quarter Finder (free; current events, news and hotspots in the French Quarter)

Garden District Historic Mobile Tour ($4.99; tour garden district homes and enjoy podcasts)

Gay New Orleans (.99; perfect companion for the gay or lesbian traveler)

Historic New Orleans (free; determines your location and shares photos from the 1920s through 1950s taken in the same spot)

New Orleans Bar Caddy (free; guide to 200+ bars, clubs and music venues)

New Orleans Official Visitors Guide (free; full of ideas to help you plan an unforgettable vacation)

New Orleans Best Bars ($2.99; well known, and not so well known, bars around the city)

Paranormal Guide ($6.99; enables you to investigate ghosts and paranormal activities in the haunted city of New Orleans)

Streetcar (free; interactive guide to New Orleans streetcars)


FREE
Audubon Park
City Park
French Market
French Quarter
Jackson Square
Magazine Street
Woldenberg Park
New Orleans Guide Book (coupons, maps, etc.)

ALMOST FREE
New: Cocktail Tour
New: Culinary Tour
New: Hollywood South Tour

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas/ IMAX
Audubon Insectarium
Audubon Zoo
Children's Museum
Contemporary Arts Museum
Ghost Tour
Haunted History Tour
Louisiana State Museum
National World War II Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Southern Food & Beverage Museum
Steamboat Natchez
Streetcar
Voodoo Tour


 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 77 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR).

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