Spring Travel

Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Between the holidays and Mardi Gras, the Louisiana winter season is over in a flash. That’s why now is a good time to begin planning your spring travels, whether somewhere along the coast or just a short trip downtown for a festival season staycation. Plan a romantic weekend with fine dining and luxury accommodations or get the old crew back together for some much needed time reuniting with friends. Food festivals, casino resorts, and New Orleans hotels are some of the featured destinations for your perusal this month. Reserve some time now for your spring adventure—once Mardi Gras arrives in full swing, it can be hard to herd the cats for that special getaway you know you all need.  Take a look at the latest news from nearby travel destinations and square away your roadside assistance to ensure no obstacle will keep you from some fun in the sun.


Downtown Adventures


Fifth generation family-owned and operated, the historic Hotel Monteleone is located on famous Royal Street in the French Quarter. The Hotel Monteleone has long been the home to some of the world’s most famous and colorful characters—Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Truman Capote called it home as well as countless movie stars, dignitaries, and royalty.

The pet-friendly hotel features 570 luxurious guest rooms including 55 suites. All guest rooms come with marble and granite baths, Keurig coffee and brewer, in-room safe, refrigerator, high-speed internet access (fees apply), HD LCD television, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, plush robes, and alarm clock radios.

Hotel Monteleone houses the award-winning Criollo Restaurant, the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge, a heated rooftop swimming pool with Acqua Bella Pool Bar, 24/7 Fitness Center with panoramic views, Spa Aria, on-site Business Center, valet parking, and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.

For information and reservations, visit HotelMonteleone.com.


A stay at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans offers much more than a comfortable room. Known for its commitment to New Orleans’ artistic community, the Old No. 77 welcomes guests to experience a remarkable, interactive work by famed artist Robin Reynalds, one of a trio of artists behind a unique creative project celebrating 300 years of America’s most remarkable city, New Orleans.

In his colorful pen-and-ink cityscape, New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell, Robin depicts more than 150 episodes and themes that have shaped New Orleans since the day explorer De Bienville first marked the spot on the banks of the Mississippi in 1718. On January 6, 2020, The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery will unveil a giclee version of this interactive painting in the lobby to kick off Carnival season.

The Old No. 77 is Hotel & Chandlery is located in the Warehouse Arts District, three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center. Book online at Old77Hotel.com.


A visit to New Orleans combines comfort with adventure, the experience of southern hospitality and a relaxed pace among the magic and entertainment that keeps the city lively all year long. Adjacent to the French Quarter and in close proximity to popular festivals and events such as Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and French Quarter Fest, the JW Marriott New Orleans offers recently refreshed, luxurious hotel rooms and suites with views of bustling Canal Street and the French Quarter.

After exploring the sights, rest easy with JW Marriott’s heated outdoor saltwater pool on the 8th floor as well its lobby lounge and bar. JW Marriott believes that a hotel is more than a place to lay your head—it is a crafted, immersive experience created by staff that love what they do. That’s why each moment of your stay is personally choreographed to delight and inspire your journey so that you may leave richer than when you arrived.

Visit jwmarriottneworleans.com to view exclusive packages or call 504-525-6500.


Along the Coast


Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Nothing satisfies a winter craving like a delicious, steaming bowl of gumbo, and visitors to the 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will get their fill of the famous Cajun and Creole dish this February 14-15. One of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast, this year’s Sandestin Gumbo Festival will feature the best of the Florida panhandle culinary scene in addition to music, activities, and more.

The event kicks off on Friday, February 14, with an extensive seafood boil hosted at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille from 5 – 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 15, the main event will bring gumbo fans and enthusiasts from all across the region together to taste and judge their favorite iterations of gumbo—light roux versus dark, seafood versus chicken and sausage, and gumbos with unique twists and influences while live music and children’s activities add to the fun.

An accommodations package is available at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort and includes a ticket to Saturday’s main event. To reserve your place, visit SandestinGumboFestival.com or call 800-926-2936.


Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, voted Best Casino Hotel on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, invites you to treat yourself to one of its luxurious, award-winning hotel rooms featuring breathtaking design, superior service, and bathrooms that feel more like a spa.

Swing into spring at Lava Links Miniature Golf Club and play a round of mini golf on one of its courses. These two, 18-hole golf courses are surrounded by refreshing waterfalls, exciting music and a live erupting volcano that promises fun for the entire family.

While at Scarlet Pearl, enjoy mouthwatering cuisine crafted by Chef Anthony Rametta at Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood. Try any of Chef Rametta’s exquisite steak and seafood specialties from Scarlet’s new winter menu. From the Broiled Brown Sugar and Bourbon Pork Chop, to the Crab Stuffed Gulf Flounder, you’re sure to find a new favorite.

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort—your home away from home. Book your next ultimate getaway at ScarletPearlCasino.com or call 888-BOOK-SPC.


Roadside Assistance


There’s nothing like the feeling of jumping in the car and embarking on a long-awaited road trip. If there’s one thing that could ruin your journey, it’s unexpected car trouble. Fortunately, you can make sure your road trip stays on track with the peace of mind that accompanies AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance. AAA covers you in any car, SUV, or pick-up truck even if you’re not the driver. AAA provides members with free towing, free tire change, free lock-out assistance, free minor mechanical first aid, free jump start, and free delivery of emergency fuel.

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