Bonjour cheri! We all could use a little break from the work grind sometimes… and this month it’s the perfect season to take a trip with your pup to the jazz capital of the world, The Big Easy… New Orleans, Louisiana!

NOLA is the land of crawdads, voodoo and gumbo, where the jazz plays day and night, the beignets are always fresh out of the fryer; and, it also just happens to be ultra dog-friendly. New Orleans is a grand city to warm up and unwind with your pup this winter, and y’all are just in time for Mardi Gras!

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Where to Stay with Your Pup

Our Pick:

Ace Hotel

This chic boutique hotel is located in the Warehouse District a short walk from many major New Orleans landmarks. The Ace features a roof-top pool bar with amazing views of the city, and welcomes dogs under 25 pounds for a nightly pet fee of $25 per night.

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The Runner-ups:

Lafayette Hotel

The Old No. 77 Hotel

W New Orleans - French Quarter

Where to Eat and Drink with Your Pup

Our Pick:

Café Du Monde

You can’t visit New Orleans with your pup without having coffee and beignets in the open air patio at Café Du Monde. This historic french market coffee stand was established in 1862, and you are guaranteed to leave craving more.

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The Runner-ups:


Café Amelie

Croissant D’or Patisserie

Where to Eat and Drink without Your Pup

Our Pick:


For a classic New Orleans dining experience, head to Arnaud’s where they have been serving classic, flavor-packed cajun cuisine in the heart of the french quarter since 1918. For dessert we recommend the flaming Bananas Foster, for two, made tableside. If you’re looking for a very NOLA brunch experience with live music, book a table for Arnaud’s Jazz Brunch.

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The Runner-ups:



Commander’s Palace

What to Do with Your Pup

Our Pick:

Experience The French Quarter

There are endless pup-friendly haunts in this historic NOLA neighborhood with colorful 18th-century architecture that sends you back to a by-gone era. Whether you want to shop, listen to live music, eat tasty Cajun food and French pastries–or even have a drink in the street before noon–you can do it all with your dog at your side in The French Quarter.

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The Runner-ups:

Stroll through Audubon Park

Explore Magazine Street & The Garden District

Run free at an off-leash dog park

Walk along the waterfront at Woldenberg Park

What to Do without Your Pup

Our Pick:

Celebrate Mardi Gras 2022 

Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, is the main event in New Orleans every year, when parades, balls and carnivals overtake the city. Kings are crowned, King Cakes are cut and colorful bead necklaces soar through the air. This year it is happening on Tuesday, March 1st and you won’t want to miss the festivities!

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The Runner-ups:

Ride a Streetcar - only service dogs are allowed on-board

Listen to Live Music at an Iconic Venue

Visit The National WWII Museum

Pub Crawl on Bourbon Street

Services for Your Pup

Sometimes Fido needs a little relief and pampering… and you may need some time to experience the sights and the Mardi Gras festivities on your own. We have all the bases covered for your pup’s particular needs and emergencies while staying in NOLA.

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So grab your COVID Pass, load up your Out-of-Office Carry-All and Out-of-Office Pet Food Travel Kit, zip your pooch in their matching Out-of-Office Pet Carrier, and fly down to the levees for a colorful, jazzy winter excursion you and the pack will talk about for decades to come! 

P.S. Remember to tag @roverlund in your Mardi Gras photos from the Big Easy!

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