New Orleans—the name itself conjures up images of smoky French Quarter bars and jazz musicians playing on the street corner. But, as we discovered, New Orleans and its environs have a more refined side where a proper afternoon tea is served up Big Easy style with a large helping of fun. Daytime temperatures in the 60s and lower humidity make November and December a great time to visit southern Louisiana and the New Orleans area. Plus, the Big Easy puts on a show for holiday visitors. In addition to traditional reveillon dinners at some of New Orleans’s most famous restaurants, you’ll find holiday teas at the city’s finest hotels. And as TeaTime discovered, there are several more-casual venues for tea—in the French Quarter and on Lake Pontchartrain’s North Shore—that will not disappoint.