Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Gray Line Tours Launch the First Annual Paranormal Festival “Ghost Camp"

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Tailored to the Essence of the New Orleans Paranormal Experience, the September 12th Weekend Package Features Ghost Hunts, Fine Dining and a Ghostly Cocktail Tour

Ghost of the Lost Bride of the Dauphine Orleans-New Orleans Hotel Collection

With sufficient encouragements, guests have seen all kinds of things here in the heart of the Quarter.

The newly restored Bourbon Orleans Hotel, part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection and located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, today announced a wonderful new experience based on the many sightings of spirits at the iconic property over its centuries of existence.

Partnering with Gray Line Tours and the New Orleans Ghost Hunters, a weekend package of seminars, dinners, night time ghost hunts and haunted walking tours allows the enjoyment of what the French Quarter has to offer combined with some serious “boot camp” learning about paranormal activity.

Long the most recognized center of ghost sightings, the Bourbon Orleans has now embraced its position as the nation’s preeminent haunted hotel, and is providing a special experience to visitors who have a hankering to meet a ghost.

Perhaps it will be the ballroom dancing girl, seen in the historic Orleans “Quadroon” Ballroom at various times over the past two centuries. Perhaps it is a confederate soldier, from the period the hotel, a former convent, served as a hospital during the War of Northern Aggression.

Although hotel General Manager Mark Wilson carefully declines to promise any ghostly sightings, he does suggest that “with sufficient encouragements, guests have seen all kinds of things here in the heart of the Quarter, between Saint Louis Cathedral and Bourbon Street. We describe it as being between Heaven and Hell. Sometimes those coming back from a night on the town feel that way too, but are always perked up after a good night’s rest at the hotel.”

The weekend begins Thursday, September 12, 2013 with a welcome reception at the now famous May Baily's Place of sister property the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. May’s was a brothel in the heady days up to and including Storyville, and May’s sister Millie never left the place, becoming the “Lost Bride” of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel sometime in the last days of the 19th century.    The bar’s “Bordello Suite is said to be haunted by her and other of May’s girls.

Over the next few days, local experts from the New Orleans Ghost Hunters team will provide serious seminars designed to give participants the tools they need to communicate with those who have yet to ‘cross over’. Interspersed are a séance, a visit with the steamboat ghosts of the Mississippi aboard the Natchez, one of the nation's last, real steam powered paddle-wheel steamers, and a ghost photography contest on the final morning, where participants can share their findings.

Full “Ghost Camp” registration is $500 per person, which includes most meals, seminars, tours and a gala dinner. Rooms are available at the Bourbon Orleans starting at $179 per night for participants of the Ghost Camp. Selected events may also be purchased individually.

For more information, or to register for the camp and make special rate room reservations, visit: http://www.neworleanssteamboat.com/GhostCamp/home.html

About the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
The Bourbon New Orleans Hotel is part of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection. Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel features a rich history and opulent French styling reminiscent of the early 1800s. The hotel’s ideal New Orleans location is just steps away from the famed St. Louis Cathedral, upscale shopping on Royal Street, local artists and performers of Jackson Square, and many restaurants, galleries and nightlife of the surrounding historic district. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is locally owned and committed to preserving the history and character of the hotel for generations. For more information, visit the hotel’s website: http://www.bourbonorleans.com.

About the New Orleans Hotel Collection
The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a group of seven fine hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan region owned by local investors. Comprised of the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, St. Louis Hotel, Wyndham Riverfront, Audubon Cottages, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and the new Hotel Le Marais, these are boutique and small upscale meeting hotels in prime locations throughout the city. For more information, visit the website: http://www.neworleanshotelcollection.com.

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