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Historic Downtown Covington Itinerary
Do you view getaways and vacations as opportunities to pamper yourself, dine well, shop? If so, they're waiting for you in historic downtown Covington, a charming place to spend the day in a grown-up way, among the fine galleries, eclectic shops, excellent restaurants and more – and the district is just steps away from several bed and breakfasts. Or, stay at the new historic Southern Hotel, recently renovated and reopened as a boutique hotel in June 2014.
Build your strength
Get ready for the day with breakfast at Coffee Rani. Strategically located at the intersection of Boston Street and Lee Lane, this pleasant spot offers wonderful pastries and coffee as well as a full breakfast selection. (Other excellent breakfast options include the cheery Beck-N-Call Café and Mattina Bella.)
Looking on Lee
Looking for lunch?
If you didn't nosh your way through the farmer's market, downtown Covington offers many opportunities to eat local, among them MAC's on Boston, Buster's, Lola, and Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café. Or grab a latte and gourmet sandwich or soup at St. John's Coffeehouse and hang out with the locals for a break.
Across the street, explore the new Covington Trailhead Visitor's Center, featuring a campanile, bandstand, exhibit hall and gallery, and bronze statue of Ronald Reagan. On Wednesdays, the Covington Farmers Market offers fresh produce, light lunches, and live music from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The recently completed plaza serves as Covington's trailhead (and terminus) for the Tammany Trace, the 31-mile-long rails-to-trails hike and bike path. You can rent bikes at Brooks' Bike shop and go exploring. Brooks' has kayaks, too, for a paddle down the Bogue Falaya River. You could even paddle to the Chimes restaurant, dock at the boardwalk, and walk up for ice cold oysters and one of St. Tammany's tempting craft brews.
Or, have a drink at the Cypress Bar in the Southern Hotel and admire the murals by world-renowned artist Graham Menage - they're replicas of hand-tinted postcards from the early 1900s - during Covington's heyday as a resort community. Then be seated at the sophisticated but comfortable Oxlot 9 restaurant inside the Southern Hotel, where Chef Jeffrey Hansell serves up elegant "Gulf-inspired Southern fare."
Downtown Covington also offers many free concerts, festivals and art walks in the spring and fall, including the Columbia Street Block Parties, Sunset Concerts on the Landing, Rockin' the Rails concerts at the Covington Trailhead, Fall and Spring for Art, A Taste of Covington, and the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival.
If you go...
Coffee Rani, 985-893-6158, www.covington.coffeerani.com
Beck n' Call Café, 985-875-9390, www.beckncallcafe.com
Mattina Bella, 985-892-0708, www.mattinabella.com
St. Tammany Art Association, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org
Brunner Gallery, 985-893-0444, www.brunnergallery.com (by appointment)
Tripolo Gallery, 985-893-1441,www.tripologallery.com
Covington Farmers Market, 985-892-1873, www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org
New Orleans Food and Spirits, 985-875-0432, www.neworleansfoodspirits.com
Buster's Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 985-809-3880, www.bustersplaceonline.com
Lola Restaurant, 985-892-4992, www.lolacovington.com
Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café, 985-892-9949, www.rocknbluescafe.com
Winos and Tacos, 985-809-3029
St. John's Coffeehouse, 985-893-5553, www.stjohnscoffeehouse.com
HJ Smith's Son General Store and Museum, 985-892-0460
Covington Brewhouse, 888-910-2337, www.covingtonbrewhouse.com
Covington Trailhead Visitor's Center, 985-892-1873, www.covla.com
Tammany Trace, 985-867-9490, www.tammanytrace.org
Del Porto Ristorante, 985-875-1006, www.delportoristorante.com
Oxlot 9, 985-400-5663, www.oxlot9.com
Southern Hotel, 844-866-1907, www.SouthernHotel.com