Travel Girl Tips: Staycation in New Orleans

If you’re not quite ready to let go of summer all together, there’s still time for a mini-getaway in your hometown. How about a staycation?
I want to tell you about a few deals designed to encourage NOLA residents to explore their own backyard.
First, an educational getaway of sorts. Boost your cultural knowledge for free, because August is museum month in New Orleans.
If you are a member of any one of 15 museums across the greater New Orleans area, you can visit the other 14 free of charge, now through August 31st. For example, show your membership card for the Audubon Institute, and get into Noma, or the National World War Two museum, at no cost.
Maybe now’s the time to check out the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, the Old U.S. Mint, or the Irish Cultural Museum. Each is offering two complimentary tickets to participating museum members.
Now, maybe your idea of a staycation means sleeping somewhere other than your own bed!
If you have a favorite NOLA hotel, check out its website for local specials.
Here are a couple of my favorites.
Now through September 15th, Louisiana residents can stay at the Roosevelt Hotel for $129 a night on weekdays and $149 a night on weekends. It’s called the Louisiana Purchase Promotio. And if you’ve ever stayed at a Waldorf-Astoria property, you know what an incredible deal that is. Locals also get twenty percent off spa treatments each Sunday through Thursday at the Roosevelt’s magnificent spa.
Over at the Bourbon Orleans, on Thursday, September 10th, you can take an elevator to bed. The hotel is hosting a social networking event in its ballroom that night, and to encourage locals to escape in their own city, the hotel created this deal for $109 per room. A free welcome drink is included and you don’t have to attend the networking event to get that bargain rate.
All great reasons to stall that final farewell to summer 2014!
I’m Travelgirl Steph, and I’ll see you next time!