New Orleans is so frequently referred to by its evocative, euphemistic nickname “The Big Easy,” that it conjures visions of the life of leisure, sipping on a refreshing cocktail on a wrought-iron terrace of a stately old world mansion. But that’s only a small part of the charm of this southern metropolis. As anyone who has attended any of its numerous — and often debaucherous — festivals such as Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence or Saints and Sinners will attest, this city is definitely one of the most exciting, lively and naughty in the country.
At night the quaint storefronts and brick-lined streets of New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter are transformed into a sea of bare skin, feathers, and glitter. Towering among the hustle and bustle is the historic, majestic Hotel Monteleone, a 19th-century beaux arts architectural jewel, compete with richly appointed guest rooms and crowned by the revolving Carousel Bar, immortalized in the writing of Ernest Hemingway. The Monteleone was a favorite haunt of countless other literary giants, such as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty and Truman Capote, who adored the hotel so much he often told people he’d been born there.
Now you can experience the old world charm of this legendary hotel for free. Go here and match famous writers who stayed at the Monteleone with their favorite cocktails and you’ll be entered to win an incredible vacation that includes round trip flight, three-night hotel stay, and complimentary lunch, dinner and welcome cocktails. Be sure to play before July 25. Bottoms up!