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.
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.