New Orleans

9 Maple Ave, a jazz bar in Saratoga Springs, NY, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2020. Being the jazz lovers that they are, the celebration will take place in New Orleans during the New Orleans Jazz Fest. This will be a special opportunity to attend one of the largest jazz events in the world.

Our group will spend four nights in New Orleans and attend three full days at the Jazz Fest. We will have time to explore this great city as well and drink and dine at some of its great establishments.

Great Food

New Orleans is home to some of the best dining in the USA. Included in this 4-night stay are two group dinners. No better way to end a great day of jazz.

As well as food, we will check out some of the great watering holes throughout the city and catch even more live music at night. As long as we are still standing…

Group Travel

Yes, you could travel on your own to New Orleans whenever you want. But to travel with a group, and a group of 9 Maple family, will make for a very special time! And it’s a celebration of 30 years of Saratoga history.

We are getting the whole gang together for this fun, long weekend. So don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have fun in the Big Easy.



  • 4 nights in a centrally-located New Orleans hotel (hotel rooms during the festival average over $300 / night!)
  • 3 days of Jazz Fest Tickets
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • 2 dinners (Fri & Sun)
  • Local Transportation
  • Many other treats

Thursday – Arrive in New Orleans for a 4-night stay. Welcome cocktail reception in the French Quarter.

Friday – Full day at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Group dinner in the evening.

Saturday – Full day at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Evening free.

Sunday – Full day at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Group dinner in the evening.

Monday – Departure from New Orleans.

  • 4-night stay in New Orleans at select hotel
  • Transportation within New Orleans
  • 3 day pass to Jazz Fest
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • 2 dinners
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from New Orleans (air or car) before/after tour
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during included meals, unless noted
  • Tips to driver

We select the best hotel for the group in New Orleans with walking access to restaurants and local attractions.

$1595 USD Per Person

$100 off if deposit is received before Dec 15th, 2019.

A deposit of $395 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

The $1595 price per person is based on double occupancy, two people sharing a room.  If you are a single and are ok with sharing a room, then the price does not change.  If you are a single and want your own room, then there is a single supplement of $600. These rooms are not cheap, so this single supplement extra just covers the room cost.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form if you are interested in joining us.

Have a question?

    Our guest chef dinner with @airick72 @willtwyatt and @lempka_gram coming up to open the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival at the beautiful @hotelsaranac is still 2 weeks away and we have already sold out both Saturday seatings! There are only a few seats still available for the Friday night seating! 

To whet your whistle even more, we are proud to say that the cocktail pairings will feature the portfolio of Chatham Imports including @michterswhiskey @sietemisterios Mezcal @farmersgin and more!

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    A great event comes down to details, both large and small. We are proud to feature these beautiful cocktail napkins done for us by @mydrap_northamerica to be used for our upcoming R+T dinners with Eric Anderson, Will Wyatt and Alex Lempka to open Saranac Lake winter Carnival at the beautiful Hotel Saranac on the 3rd and 4th of February.  Tickets are sold out for the 8pm Saturday seating, but we still have a few left for the Friday night and 5PM Saturday seatings. See our profile for more information.

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    The holidays are upon us and it’s too late for shipping, but if you hurry, you can still purchase tickets for the grand return of the Rascal + Thorn Guest Chef Series, our first since the pandemic started. Featuring Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson ( @airick72 ) currently at the 1Michelin star Barndiva in beautiful Healdsburg, CA in the heart of Sonoma wine country and NYC barman extraordinaire, Will Wyatt ( @willtwyatt ) of Mr. Paradise et al., these will take place at the impressively refurbished Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY to kick off the famously festive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

The second Saturday seating is nearly sold out and the other two seatings aren’t far behind. We have a limited number of discounted guest rooms available with purchase @hotelsaranac  so you can make a special pre-valentine’s weekend in the heart of the Adirondacks!

The evening will open with canapés from Chef Alex Lempka ( @lempka_gram ) of Hamlet & Ghost in Saratoga Springs and a welcome beverage, followed by a 5 course dinner with a choice of alcohol-containing and alcohol free pairings. 

The photo was taken 10 years ago at the legendary The Catbird Seat in Nashville, TN, where Chef Anderson was the opening chef along with Chef Josh Habiger.

Follow the profile link to the Rascal + Thorn website for more information and a link to Tock for tickets.