Of all my travels to St. Tammany Parish, one place I had never heard of was Pearl River. Yes, this is a body of water and a town. A Covington local mentioned that the Town of Pearl River is a hidden gem. He had me at "hidden," so off I went to see for myself. Pearl River's most famous landmark, the Old Green Church. The Pearl River Museum and Research Center is the perfect starting point to learn more about the waterway and the town. Fortunately, I visited on a Saturday (the only day the center is open).
Over the last several months, I have spent time in various towns and areas of St. Tammany Parish. It was time to visit Lacombe, which is basically in the backyard of Tamanend. The Southeast Louisiana Refuge Visitor Center clued me in on the importance of wildlife refuges. While Lacombe is considered a small town, I soon discovered it is big on recreation. I wanted to work up an appetite for a delicious meal that lay ahead, so it was time for exercise. Tammany Trace has a Lacombe trailhead, however I wanted to venture into new territory. I headed to
I recalled on one of my visits to the Northshore that Tammany Trace had a trailhead in Abita Springs. While I was not familiar with that location, I definitely have enjoyed an Abita beer or two. I knew there had to be an interesting story behind this New Orleans' favorite brewery. So off I went, starting my trek at the Covington trailhead. Knowing the distance from Covington to Abita via the Trace was less than four miles, I timed it perfectly to have lunch at the pub. Tammany Trace is a great way to get from one area to
I heard from several people that if you really want to experience Louisiana’s Northshore, Madisonville had to be on your list. I decided to find out what all the hub-bub was about, so the last time I was in the area, I headed out for an adventure. Madisonville was originally named Coquille. The drive was worth the time. Madisonville, originally called Coquille (I believe due to the shoreline shells), is named after President James Madison. I learned that it is the oldest permanent settlement in St. Tammany Parish. I also learned that the town is more than just
On one of my recent trips to the New Orleans area, I decided to take some time to visit Slidell. The city is northeast of New Orleans, easily accessible in 30 minutes via Interstate 10. Slidell is known as the Camellia City, which when I did some research as to why, it was a bit unclear. Needless to say, I did see some lovely camellias during my visit! Slidell is known as the Camellia City. Slidell is an absolutely charming town, and my travel time was well worth it. I had heard about the historic antique district, so
On a recent trip to Louisiana's Northshore, I decided to stay in Covington, a delightful town just north of Mandeville. While the town has all the modern conveniences, it is a place resplendent with community spirit and history. Simply, it presents an incredible taste of what a less-stressed life has to offer. Unique restaurants. Outdoor recreation choices. Quaint shops and galleries. The Chimes Restaurant outdoor deck overlooks Bogue Falaya River. Covington has a wonderful collection of restaurant options from which to choose. Just take a peek at the listing on the Louisiana Northshore website here. A local
After a night of indulging in some of the best seafood ever along the Northshore, I knew I had to get in some exercise. I had heard about Tammany Trace, a 31-mile, hike-and-bike trail that runs throughout St. Tammany Parish and is the state's top-rated rail-to-trail. While I hiked the trail in the winter, here's a photo of the trail in springtime! Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, Tammany Trace spans from downtown Covington, through Abita Springs, Mandeville and Lacombe, ending in Slidell. The St. Tammany Parish government purchased the abandoned corridor on December 20, 1992, then
New Orleans is a fantastic, exciting city. For me, it makes for a wonderful, sightseeing vacation, yet I never envisioned living there. On all my trips to the Crescent City over the last 20 years, I had yet to discover what lies north beyond Lake Pontchartrain. I knew there had to be something on the other side, but I had no idea how special that something would be. So, one day I jumped in the car and headed off to explore. I traveled along the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, a 24-mile span that boasts being the longest bridge over water