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The French Quarter luxury hotel immerses guests in the 300-year history of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (February 2018) – The Big Easy, The Crescent City, Paris of the South and the Birthplace of Jazz are all names that have come to describe the city of New Orleans through its deeply rooted history and cultural traditions. With 2018 marking the vibrant city’s Tricentennial, the destination is celebrating where it has been over the past three hundred years and how the city will progress and move forward over the next three hundred. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is celebrating these time-honored traditions by immersing guests in the destination with specialty cocktails, live jazz entertainment, mystical spa treatments and more.

Influenced by the French, Spanish, and American ownership during the city’s formative years, the New Orleans we know today has been guided by diverse cultures that are still prevalent in the destination. Commemorating this diverse heritage that has formed since the city’s founding in 1718, the Davenport Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has created a 1718 cocktail with French and Spanish ingredients, fittingly priced at $17.18. The history of New Orleans is captured in a glass, starting with the world's first VSOP cognac-France's Hennessy VSOP Privilege, layering in ingredients such as Old Overholt, America's oldest continually-maintained brand of Straight Rye Whiskey, and Pedro Ximenez Sherry from Spain topped with a dash of New Orleans' own Peychaud's bitters.

Sip on the 1718 cocktail while listening to live jazz entertainment by famed performer Jeremy Davenport in his aptly named lounge. New Orleans is The Birthplace of Jazz, and locals embrace the music and travelers flock here to be a part of it. Watch Jeremy perform his hits each Wednesday through Sunday evening – you never know who he might bring on stage as a special guest! For those wanting to take a try on the trumpet themselves, book the Jeremy Davenport Jazz Experience for a private 90-minute lesson with the performer himself.

Over the past few hundred years, New Orleans has been well known for its mystique due in part to the practice of Voodoo. No need to cast spells to get a taste of this tradition, when you can try the Voodoo Ritual at The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Embrace the enchanted history of New Orleans with a locally crafted herbal poultice encompassing notes of absinthe, cypress, vetiver, and incense completed with a full body massage.

Walk along Canal Street and gaze at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ specialty window displays crafted this year in partnership with local retailer Badass Balloon Company. The festive Tricentennial-themed installation will debut on February 17 and be on display through October 31, showcasing the excitement that the three hundredth anniversary of New Orleans brings to the destination.

Throughout the year, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans will be debuting new programming, packages and events to celebrate the Tricentennial of New Orleans. For more information about The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans or call (504) 524-1331.