By Nathan Cox, dealnews Content Editor Looking for a way to heat up those cooler, often crisp evenings at the start of fall? New Orleans is the ideal vacation spot for those looking for ways to keep the excitement of summer going. To further your efforts, dealnews has rustled up some budget-friendly offers. First, we'll start with a stay that'll help travelers jump right into N'awlins history. The Historic Rathbone Mansions (from $74 per night) are two restored antebellum mansions with doors opening to Esplanade Avenue, your path to all things Mississippi River. Plus, both properties are just two blocks away from the French Quarter, making them perfect for the Jazz-filled nightlife or a quick break to freshen up. Stay three or more nights and you'll get a free swamp boat tour for two. If you're among those who never want to leave La Quartier Française, check out the 4-diamond Hotel Monteleone French Quarter (from $109 per night). Just outside the hotel you'll find shops with antiquities, quaint restaurants, and the road to Jackson Square, home of the Old French Market and steamboat watching. Or, if neither of these hotels tickle your fancy, BookIt offers a variety of discounted hotel stays starting at just $53 per night. While in New Orleans, you can do as the Romans do (so to speak) and enjoy some true Creole food with this $20 Credit to Zara's Little Giant Supermarket for $10. Both Zara's locations prepare fresh crawfish and sausage po-boys daily. You can also experience some New Orleans color by taking a Cajun Pride Tour of the Manchac Swamp for $12. Finally, if your vacation includes children, we recommend the New Orleans Creole Queen Cruises (starting at $22 for adults, $11 for children 6 to 12). What better way to relax than taking a journey on a bonafide steamboat, where you can hear detailed narration of New Orleans landmarks, history, vessel information, and river lore? At the time of publication, these travel deals offered the lowest prices we could find. Deals may include blackout dates, additional taxes, and fees. Double occupancy may be required. As a lover of many things foreign, Nathan Cox continues to look for cheap, easy ways to travel the globe and broaden his horizons. If you like, sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.