Explore Louisiana’s Northshore, St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish, aka Louisiana’s Northshore, is draped across the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and just 40 minutes from New Orleans’ French Quarter. New Orleanians have considered the Northshore a getaway since the 1880s, when steamboats brought them across the lake to stay in large resorts shaded by tall trees, where the air was cooler and cleaner and the deep-spring water was reputed to cure ills and calm nerves.

The Northshore in recent years has been discovered by visitors from outside the area, people coming for soft adventure and 80,000 acres of green spaces and waterways, as well as for the area’s great culinary and cultural scenes, picturesque towns and feel-good vibe. Many come for boat tours of the Honey Island Swamp, fishing charters and kayak adventures on the bayou. Others love the sophisticated feel of historic downtown Covington, a charming district with galleries, shops, museums and more than 25 restaurants within walking distance of the boutique Southern Hotel and B&Bs.

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