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Embrace your romance on the Louisiana bayous with a guided sunset kayak or canoe tour from local outfitters Bayou Adventure or Canoe and Trail Adventures. While both offer guided tours, you can plan for a more private evening by renting your kayaks and taking a self-guided exploration. Pack your cooler full of your favorite beverages, snacks, and sweet treats to enjoy once you find the perfect spot to stop and gaze into each other's eyes. If kayaking isn't your thing, no worries: you can also rent paddle-boards from Bayou Paddle Co. or float down the river with Bogue Chitto Tubing Center or Louisiana River Adventures.
A cocktail is a great addition to a day with your darling. Enjoy a tasting flight on the outdoor patio at The Abita Brewing Company, the largest craft brewery in the Southeast. Or, head over to Chafunkta Brewing Company for a beer flight and pint before exploring the Tammany Trace, a scenic walking/biking trail. If the two of you are hungry, grab lunch and flight, too, at Old Rail Brewing Company in Old Mandeville. If you and yours prefer vino, LA Serendipity Vineyards and Pontchartrain Vineyards in Bush are ideal for frolicking through the vines on a sunny weekend afternoon.
The 31-mile Tammany Trace connects five unique towns of St. Tammany Parish. Along the trail, enjoy spectacular vistas and picturesque bridges that are perfect for the backdrop of your next couple's photo. Stop at each town's Trailhead to explore local eateries and nearby attractions together, too. If you and yours are in need of a bike, rent them from Bayou Adventure in Lacombe or one of three Brooks' Bike Shop locations (Covington, Mandeville and Slidell).
Get cozy together and relax during a mule-drawn carriage tour of downtown Covington with Royal Carriages. Start date night with a 30-minute tour before an elegant dinner at the award-winning Oxlot 9, which is attached to the romantic, upscale Southern Hotel, or if fine Italian is your lover's choice, Del Porto Ristorante is across the street. Take the "ride" atmosphere to dinner at LOLA in the beautifully renovated dining train car.
Dinner with a breathtaking view is the perfect start to date night. The Tammany Taste culinary scene has a wide array of options to satisfy your loved one's taste buds. In Slidell, Palmettos on the Bayou is nestled in the oaks on beautiful Bayou Bonfouca, with romantic twinkle lights adorning expansive and lush decks. The Lakehouse in Mandeville showcases waterfront views that are almost as breathtaking as your date. Along the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, you'll find an intimate dinner for two at Tchefuncte's Restaurant. Dine at Annadele's Plantation in Covington and book a room to stay the weekend there, too.
Book yourselves a peaceful weekend stay at an adorable bed-and-breakfast or a boutique hotel to get away from it all. With private entrances, outdoor porches, and essential oil diffusers for each room, the Blue Heron B&B in Mandeville is a guaranteed romantic destination. Book a night (or two) at the boutique Abita Springs Hotel, with five private suites, lush gardens and an artesian fountain in the heart of Abita Springs. Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking a couple's retreat to Little River Bluffs Nature Preserve and Retreat in Folsom. While there, take time to explore the walking trails, kayak, bike or go fishing together without leaving the property.
Pack a picnic and soak up the rays on the sandy beach or pier at Fontainebleau State Park. Turn the day trip into a weekend state park getaway by renting one of Fontainbleau's cabins or "rough it" at a Tentrr glamping site. Over in Madisonville, stroll the Riverside Boardwalk through the swamps at Fairview-Riverside State Park while holding hands with your sweetheart. Pack your beach chairs and favorite snacks for a day at Slidell's Northshore Beach or pick up dinner from a local restaurant and catch the spectacular, painted sky sunset at the Mandeville Lakefront.
Splendor Farms B&B and Trail Riding Facility in Bush is a romantic country escape where you can spend the day riding around the farm trails and cooling off in the pond with your new friends. Make the day into a romantic stay by booking a night in one of the deluxe suites, which includes horseback riding, the petting zoo and fishing. Whether you decide to spend an afternoon at the farm or the whole night, you'll enjoy being in the company of the one you love.
Work together on your wall art at Painting with a Twist in Mandeville. Or, satisfy your favorite crafter with fun projects at Hammer & Stain DIY Workshop in Covington, where you choose from a selection of projects that incorporate custom signs, shelves, corn hole boards, stains, and paints. Dance your way around each other in the kitchen at the adult cooking classes at Culinary Kids in Mandeville or create your own artful antipasti board at Bella Cucina on Covington's charming Lee Lane. Turn up the heat together in Slidell at a glass blowing workshop hosted by Swamp Girl Glass Blowing.
Lose yourself in the moment swaying to the sounds of live music, wrapped in the arms of your honey, or jam out while shopping together at the Farmers Markets in Abita Springs, Covington, Folsom, and Slidell. Snuggle up and get comfy in the audience during a theatrical performance at 30 by Ninety Theatre in Mandeville, or Playmakers, Inc. Community Theater in Covington. In Slidell, Cutting Edge Theater has entertaining performances the two of you will fall in love with, as you ignite your love with each other.