Louisiana Northshore/St. Tammany Parish CVB's Christina Cooper says the world has recently discovered the Northshore—with its soft adventure on 80,000 acres of green spaces and waterways, great culinary and cultural scenes, picturesque towns, and feel-good vibes.
“St. Tammany Parish, aka Louisiana’s Northshore, is draped across the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, just 45 minutes from New Orleans’ French Quarter,” she says. “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.”
A couple of experiences unique to the area include:
Abita Brewery in Covington is the 14th-largest craft brewery in the U.S. Groups can take self-led or guided tours and taste its popular beers, which are now available in all 50 states. The brewery features a new taproom, where guests can taste Purple Haze, Turbo Dog, and Abita Strawberry, to name a few.
Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours and Cajun Encounters takes passengers in flat-bottomed boats through the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area and Honey Island Swamp, where they’ll learn about the native flora and fauna from a professional wetland ecologist—and meet the resident alligators. Cajun Encounters also offers a pavilion to host group meals, like crawfish boils, as well as live music and Cajun dancing.
Top photo by louisiananorthshore.com