Sampling wine at Pontchartrain Vineyards
Sampling wine at Pontchartrain Vineyards

10 Things to do on a Northshore Girlfriends’ Getaway

Southern Hotel Lobby

1. Go Southern

Treat yourself to a luxe weekend at the boutique Southern Hotel in historic downtown Covington. Have a glass of wine at the hotel’s chic Cypress Room bar, spoil yourself with a spa treatment, peruse the hotel’s extensive art collection and enjoy delicious Gulf inspired Southern fare and craft cocktails at Oxlot 9. Check the calendar for events like live music in the lobby or yoga in the courtyard.

Shopping on Columbia Street2, Covington Cropped

2. Ready, Set, Shop

Hunt for unique treasures to take home at boutiques, original art galleries, antiques and gift shops, and home furnishing stores. An artist’s haven, downtown Covington is brimming with galleries and anchored by the St. Tammany Art Association. Don’t miss the boutique and antique shopping on Covington’s Lee Lane and Columbia Street. Find antiques stores in the historic Olde Towne district of Slidell, and the work of talented local artists showcased at the 1808 Marketplace on Front Street.

Three Rivers Art Fest

3. Get Festive

We celebrate everything on the Northshore, so plan your trip around one of our many fairs and festivals. Covington’s Three Rivers Arts Festival in November showcases more than 200 juried artists and artisans and turns Columbia Street into an arts mall. Abita Springs is home to many quirky festivals, like the Whole Town Garage SaleLouisiana Bicycle Festival and Busker Festival featuring street performers. Or cheer on the Quick ‘n’ Dirty boat-builders at the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival. Form your own team and race at the International Dragon Boat Festival.

Dancing at the Dew Drop - Girlfriend

4. Get Musical

Live music is a huge part of the cultural scene in St. Tammany. Check out the lively Ruby’s Roadhouse in Mandeville, and the amazing Dew Drop, the world’s oldest unaltered jazz hall, right down the street. Learn to Cajun dance at the Abita Springs Town Hall or sway to Louisiana roots music at the Abita Opry. Sip under the stars at Pontchartrain Vineyards Jazz’n the Vines concerts or catch live music at places like the Columbia Street Tap Room,Green Room and Rock and Blues Café in downtown Covington and Speckled T’s in Slidell.

Impastato Art Gallery

5. Be Artsy

Get your creative juices flowing with a few glasses of wine at Painting with a Twist in Mandeville or Slidell and Impastato’s Art Gallery in Mandeville. Both offer group painting classes taught by local artists, where participants score their own works of original art to take home. Relax and unwind with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

Things to Do Lacombe - Kayaking Bayou Lacombe

6. Go Natural

Get outside and commune with nature hiking the trails at Northlake Nature Center, Fontainebleau and Fairview-Riverside state parks, kayaking Bayou Cane with Bayou Adventure or Canoe and Trail Adventures, paddleboarding with Bayou Paddle Company, or cycling the Tammany Trace.

Slidell Antique Spring Street Fair

7. Go Antiquing

Antiques-lovers appreciate the Olde Towne Slidell Antique Street Fairs in the fall and spring, and the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival in April. You’ll find antique furniture, stained glass, art, vintage jewelry and clothing, Depression glass, porcelain and other collectibles. Antique shops are found throughout the Northshore, especially in downtown Covington and Olde Towne Slidell.

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8. Theater, Darling

Catch a play at Playmakers, 30 x Ninety Theatre, the Cutting Edge Theater or the Slidell Little Theatre. Talented local performers present a broad spectrum of theater, from well-loved classics to avant-garde productions.

Spa Massage

9. Luxuriate Yourself

Who doesn’t love a spa treatment? Oasis Spa and Earthsavers in Mandeville offer pampering services like manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages and lots of beauty, relaxation, and essential oil products to take home. Stone Creek Spa in Covington feels more like a resort than a health club. Azure Spa in Mandeville is located inside Dr. Kelly Burkenstock’s Anti-Aging clinic promoting skin and body health. The Woodhouse Day Spa in Slidell was voted the #1 spa in Louisiana by the Travel Channel.

JCP Wine Tasting

10. Raise a Glass

Toast to your friendship and a memorable Northshore getaway with the girls during tastings at Pontchartrain or LA Serendipity VineyardsAbita Brewing CompanyCovington Brewhouse, or Chafunkta Brewing Company.

Hungry for more? Check out Ten Ways to Taste St. Tammany