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.

Chimes Restaurant in Covington

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 recommended that I try The Chimes Restaurant, and I now call this person a friend based on the fabulous meal I had. I’m from Florida, however my first taste of alligator was here. And yes, it was better than chicken.

Covington Louisiana historic downtown district

Covington boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and galleries in the historic downtown district.

As with other towns on the Northshore, Covington boasts incredible outdoor recreation, including kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing on the Bogue Falaya River, along with several parks and festivals. You can also enjoy the outdoors as you meander along Lee and Columbia Streets, both packed with plenty of charming shops, art galleries and restaurants. Definitely make sure you take the time to visit H.J. Smith’s Son General Store and Museum. With hundreds of items from the 1870s to early 1900s, you will get a taste of what life was like before any modern conveniences.

Covington is the perfect town to fully get a taste of the simpler things in life on Louisiana’s Northshore!