If you ever want a non-summer trip, you can't beat the Christmas thing at Royal Sonesta. It is a beautiful hotel right on Bourbon Street, and they decorate it very nicely for Christmas. They run a special around Christmas time with rooms for $129/night, which I think is half price. We did it last year and had a room overlooking Bourbon Street. They also have school groups do Christmas carols in the lobby each day. Two pluses are that you don't have to deal with the heat, and the Quarter is not crowded at all. We spent a couple nights there, ate at Galatoires right across the street and several other nice restaurants like Drago's and Deanie's, walked Jackson Square, hit the Riverwalk, caught a Cirque du Soleil- type Christmas show at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, did the Cafe du Monde thing, etc. Missed out on the horse carriage rides cause it rained the morning we wanted to do it. It was a very nice, relatively inexpensive surprise Christmas gift for the wife. Just told her to have a bag packed for a couple nights, and she had no clue where we were headed. My 13 yr. old son really enjoyed it as well. Hard to pass up the Royal Sonesta at that price, especially when it is decked out for Christmas.
This post was edited on 12/8 at 1:57 pm