Located just northeast of Covington, Pontchartrain Vineyards produces fine table wines in the classic French tradition, with tastings in an old world tasting room and terrace overlooking the vineyards. The vineyard also hosts the popular Jazz'n the Vines outdoor concert series from March to November. The tasting room is available for group tours, private parties, luncheons, dinners, weddings and other affairs.
Pass through the wrought iron gates into the recently expanded visitor center and take a guided or self-guided tour or of the brewery to learn about the Abita brewing process. Sample the lineup of beers or join fellow craft beer lovers in the Tap Room for a fresh pint at the bar.
Guided tours illustrate the history of Abita's brewing process on a new tour format the provides a more intimate and informative experience for guests. Tours are 30 minutes and include four 4-ounce tastings of beers. Tours are $5 and are family-friendly (under 21 is free) and handicap accessible. Closed-toe shoes are required to tour the brew house. If you know the date of your visit, reservations can be made online. We also hold spots for walk-ins on every tour.
Guided Tours are every half hour at 2pm – 3pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1pm – 3pm Fridays, 10:30am – 3pm Saturdays and 2 – 3pm Sundays.
Self-Guided Tours are free and include access to the mezzanine level that overlooks Abita's brew house tanks. Inside the brewery, you can view videos about the beer and brewing process from a touchscreen device. Self-guided tours do not include beer samples, but you can purchase a pint in the Tap Room after exploring the brewery. Self-guided tours are available when guided tours are not offered. Self-Guided Tour hours are 10am – 1pm Sundays, 10am – 2pm Mondays and Tuesdays, and 10am – 1pm Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Family owned and operated since 1876, the fifth generation of Smiths runs the family store and museum which houses hundreds of items from 1870 through the early 1900s, including a 20-foot long cypress dugout boat, cast iron casket, a 1920s gas pump, a hand-operated washing machine, receipts for wagon wheels, and farm implements delivered by schooners, which docked at the foot of Columbia Street.
Bike and kayak rentals, fishing and hunting supplies, live bait and outdoor adventure gear, and free Wi-Fi. Located one block from the Tammany Trace, Bayou Adventure has both leisure and fishing trips on Bayous Cane and Castine. Make it a day trip: call ahead to reserve boxed lunches from Slidell's The Passionate Platter.