Since the 1800s, the north shore of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain has beckoned visitors from New Orleans and surrounding areas seeking a summer respite. The allure of the Louisiana Northshore remains strong with a delectable culinary scene and verdant expanses of the great outdoors ready for exploring—from tubing the Bogue Chitto River to biking the Tammany Trace. You’ll also love the charm and ambience of St. Tammy Parish’s distinctive towns, like artsy Abita Springs, Mandeville, historic Covington, Madisonville, and Olde Towne Slidell.
From sophisticated dining with award-winning chefs to craft breweries (including Abita Brewing Company) and bakeries, you’ll find it all on the Northshore. For delightful outdoor spaces that welcome pets, try Hambone, Liz’s Where Y’at Diner, LOLA, Abita Brew Pub, and Restaurant Coté.
Explore the deals at the 5th Annual Tammany Taste of Summer for local fresh Louisiana seafood, savory gumbos, overstuffed po-boys, and comfort food with flavor galore. Relish waterfront views from inviting restaurant patios, including The Anchor in Madisonville, Pat’s Rest Awhile in Mandeville, and Palmettos on the Bayou in Slidell.
Adventure is served up in full force on the Louisiana Northshore. About 80,000 acres of wildlife refuge in St. Tammany make it ideal for birdwatching. Kayakers find easy access along many of the bayous and rivers as well as on Lake Pontchartrain, and cyclists enjoy the 31-mile Tammany Trace. Nature lovers welcome exploring the well-maintained hiking trails at Camp Salmen Nature Park, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, and Northlake Nature Center.
Slidell and Covington boast some of the area’s best art galleries and antiques. Decorate your home with the vibrant and colorful works from the Marianne Angeli Rodriguez Gallery. Find chic finery and accessories at boutiques like Columbia Street Mercantile and Stella & Grace. Fleurty Girl in Mandeville is the go-to for all things Louisiana, from colorful t-shirts to books and more. Do you prefer a treasure hunt? Attic to Awesome, Copper Rooster, and LuLu’s Almost New are just a few shops with unique finds.
Louisiana Northshore’s convenient location at the intersection of three major interstates, I-10, I-12 and I-59, makes it ideal for a much-needed getaway. Plan your stay and check out the Tammany Taste of Summer, August 1 through September 15, 2022. In St. Tammany Parish, you’ll find everything you need to feed your soul.