This time last year, we were gearing up for some amazing fall festivals. As with spring and summer, autumn is definitely different for the 2020 season. One of the many things I love about St. Tammany living is you never lack for outdoor activities. Social distancing is somewhat built-in! Here are three cool options to enjoy as the weather cools:

Leisure in Lacombe

The first time I tried to paddleboard may likely be my last. While I knew my balance was a little off due to less exercise during coronavirus, I had no idea just how much it was! That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Let’s just say I am more of a kayak girl. Thank goodness you can do either at Bayou Adventure. As I have said before, it is the best place to rent a kayak, paddleboard or to join a tour. You really do have a different perspective on the water. Even though the weather is cooling down, be sure to pack your insect repellant and lots of sunscreen!

A Meal in Mandeville

Dining out these days often means dining outside. One of the Northshore’s favorite restaurants, The Lakehouse, continues to provide a superb culinary experience. Even with the recent storms, flooding and the on-going pandemic, The Lakehouse does not seem to miss a beat. We recently enjoyed a romantic meal of pan-seared scallops and seafood gnocchi while overlooking a moonlit Lake Pontchartrain. Of course, no matter how full I was from the meal, I had to have the cinnamon roll beignets. Perfection. Be sure to make reservations!


St. Tammany Parish boasts several farmer markets, including La Farmer’s Market in Covington.

Covington Cravings

St. Tammany Parish is known for its farmer’s markets, and the one in Covington is among the best. Two times per week, you can come out for all you crave in homemade foods, flowers and a variety of crafts. It is always a treat to see what fresh goods are being served up. On my recent trip, I saw a menu board with rabbit meat (I passed, as Thumper came to mind). The market is held on Columbia Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

These three activities are just a sampling of the Northshore’s outdoor options. With autumn now underway, it is a great time to be outside!