Just 40 minutes north of New Orleans' French Quarter and a world away, the Northshore is the paramount destination for a day excursion or a jam-packed weekend escape. From outdoor activities, boutique shopping, to divine cuisine, St. Tammany offers everything you and your girlfriends need for the ultimate getaway.
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.
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 and gift shops in the historic Olde Towne district of Slidell--even an old fashioned soda shop when it's time for a break.
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. The town celebrates art, music, dance and more at the St. Tammany Art Association's annual festivals Spring for Art, held in April and Fall for Art held in October. Abita Springs is home to many quirky festivals, like the Whole Town Garage Sale, Louisiana Bicycle Festival and Busker Festival featuring street performers. Or cheer on the Quick ‘n’ Dirty boat-builders at the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival. A relative newcomer on the scene is the Pontchartrain Film Festival, which screens features, shorts and student films in competition at the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington in November.
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, which presents Grammy-winning regional and national musicians in its spring and fall concert series. Learn to Cajun dance at the Abita Springs Town Hall or sway to Louisiana roots music at the Abita Opry, with concerts held third Saturdays in March, April, May, September, October and November. Covington's abuzz with free concerts on third Fridays from March to May with the Sunset at the Columbia Street Landing series, and every Thursday evening April and October at the Covington Trailhead. Sip under the stars at Pontchartrain Vineyards' Jazz’n the Vines concerts on Saturdays from April to October, or catch live music at places like the Columbia Street Tap Room, Wharton's, and Rock and Blues Café in downtown Covington and Speckled T’s in Slidell.
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 or Pappion Gallery in Mandeville. All 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.
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.
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.
Toast to your friendship and a memorable Northshore getaway with the girls during tastings at Pontchartrain Vineyards, LA Serendipity Vineyards, Abita Brewing Company or Chafunkta Brewing Company. There are also free tastings every Friday at Martin's Wine Cellar and the last Wednesday of every month at Southern Hotel's Cypress Bar.