22 03, 2022

April is Showered with Fun

2022-03-22T17:32:36-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

April offers up some fantastic options for outdoor fun on the Northshore. With activities and events too numerous to list, here are three sure to please on Saturday, April 16. Duck, Duck, Go to the 8th Annual Quack-a-Falaya Rubber Duck Race on the Bogue Falaya River. Duck, Duck, Go I have yet to attend the Quack-a-Fayala Rubber Duck Race, so this is the year! The Covington Rotary presents the 8th annual event at 8 a.m. at Bogue Falaya Wayside Park. Little rubber ducks will be dropped in and raced down the Bogue Falaya River. Each duck is a

26 08, 2021

Fall for September Fun

2021-09-09T11:32:50-04:00August 26th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

Yes, fall is just around the corner, and it is a welcoming thought! St. Tammany Parish always has lots going on, and the beginning of autumn is no exception. Here are three music-themed events for September. Music Fest - Pearl River Okay, it is actually called the Honey Island Swamp Fest. On September 10 and 11, the town of Pearl River is taken over for a two-day festival of fun. Monster truck shows and rides; mechanical bull and mini-bike races; car exhibit; arts and crafts area; and of course, a complete line-up of live music. Admission is $15; children 10

29 07, 2021

Slidell is One Hot Property

2021-08-01T18:21:56-04:00July 29th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

You have read here before how much I like to visit Slidell. It is such a cool town, and I sometimes feel it does not get the respect it deserves. I decided to slide into the Camellia City for a day of fun. Stop One – Hot (and Cold) Food Look at these beautiful veggies! It was Saturday, so of course I had to start my day off with a hearty breakfast. Which means, I HAD to start at Big Easy Diner. While the diner has an extensive menu of breakfast options, my go-to is a hamburger and

28 05, 2020

The Northshore Has That Lovin’ Feeling – Part Two

2020-05-28T18:58:27-04:00May 28th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

As St. Tammany Parish and the entire State of Louisiana continue through the reopening phases from COVID-19, I definitely feel spotlighting the Parish itself is worth another post. After all, the community is a major reason why the Northshore is an ideal choice to call home. Our Schools Naturally, our seniors’ graduation ceremonies looked a little different this year. That didn’t stop several of the drive-through celebrations, such as the one for Pearl River High School. If you have yet to see the 20-second commencement speech challenge, check out the kickoff here. Kudos to the St. Tammany Parish Schools for

21 06, 2019

TGIW – Thank Goodness It’s Wednesday

2019-06-21T18:36:14-04:00June 21st, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

Over the last several posts, I have recommended a variety of activities to enjoy in New Orleans. However, there is so much to do up on the Northshore that you may seldom venture to The Crescent City. Wednesday, or Hump Day as it is often referred, can seem like a day where nothing much happens. In St. Tammany Parish, you have lots of ways to make this weekday a great one. The Wednesday Brew Krewe is a great group for new friends and more exercise. Brew Krewe for You Abita Brewery offers a fantastic running club (I call

19 07, 2018

Lacombe Is Louisiana Cool

2018-07-19T15:56:24-04:00July 19th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

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

20 06, 2018

Abita Springs Is Pint-Sized Fun

2018-06-20T18:25:03-04:00June 20th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

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

18 04, 2018

Slide Over to Slidell for a Day of Fun

2018-04-18T19:13:16-04:00April 18th, 2018|Blog|

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

6 02, 2018

Hit the Trace Jack, and Come on Back

2018-04-18T15:51:43-04:00February 6th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

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

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