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Gary’s guidebook

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Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Tammany Trace is now a hike and bike trail that spans from downtown Covington, through Abita Springs, Mandeville and Lacombe and ends in Slidell. A separate equestrian path parallels the Trace in several places. St. Tammany Parish government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor on December 20, 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars, St. Tammany Parish government has asphalted 31 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace.
Tammany Trace - Covington Trailhead
419 N New Hampshire St
Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Tammany Trace is now a hike and bike trail that spans from downtown Covington, through Abita Springs, Mandeville and Lacombe and ends in Slidell. A separate equestrian path parallels the Trace in several places. St. Tammany Parish government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor on December 20, 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars, St. Tammany Parish government has asphalted 31 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges, and maintained the Trace.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving local maritime history and culture as it relates to the Lower Mississippi River Basin’s importance as a provider of wildlife habitats, water quality, and erosion and flood control. School field trips, private guided tours, summer camps, & outreach are just a few ways that the museum aims to provide an educational service to the community.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
133 Mabel Dr
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving local maritime history and culture as it relates to the Lower Mississippi River Basin’s importance as a provider of wildlife habitats, water quality, and erosion and flood control. School field trips, private guided tours, summer camps, & outreach are just a few ways that the museum aims to provide an educational service to the community.
The tower was badly damaged during the Civil War, and in 1867 workmen arrived to restore the station. The dwelling was first put in order so it could be occupied by the workmen, and then during the first week of June work began on rebuilding the lighthouse. Due to an outbreak of yellow fever, work had to be suspended for four weeks, but construction resumed in the latter part of September. The new tower was constructed on the original foundation using some of the brick from its predecessor and rose ten feet higher than the first. The lantern room from the destroyed Cat Island Lighthouse was used to cap the new lighthouse, and the light from a fifth-order Fresnel lens was exhibited on December 1, 1867. William A. Stewart, who served aboard the USS Richmond that was part of Farragut’s fleet that bravely steamed past Fort Morgan and won the Battle of Mobile Bay, was employed as the first post-war keeper. A bell tower and keeper’s dwelling stood on the point next to the lighthouse.
Tchefuncte River Lighthouse
1298 Main Street
The tower was badly damaged during the Civil War, and in 1867 workmen arrived to restore the station. The dwelling was first put in order so it could be occupied by the workmen, and then during the first week of June work began on rebuilding the lighthouse. Due to an outbreak of yellow fever, work had to be suspended for four weeks, but construction resumed in the latter part of September. The new tower was constructed on the original foundation using some of the brick from its predecessor and rose ten feet higher than the first. The lantern room from the destroyed Cat Island Lighthouse was used to cap the new lighthouse, and the light from a fifth-order Fresnel lens was exhibited on December 1, 1867. William A. Stewart, who served aboard the USS Richmond that was part of Farragut’s fleet that bravely steamed past Fort Morgan and won the Battle of Mobile Bay, was employed as the first post-war keeper. A bell tower and keeper’s dwelling stood on the point next to the lighthouse.
The giant oaks along Mandeville's lakefront are iconic for this old and lovely town on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Progressive yet protective of its heritage and natural beauty, Mandeville offers visitors shopping, memorable restaurants, attractions and places to explore the outdoors, like Northlake Nature Center and Fontainebleau State Park. The paved path at the lakefront is a popular spot for locals to walk their dogs, jog and stroll. The path along Lakeshore Drive connects two playgrounds on both the west and east side. Along the path, arbors, swings and benches can be found to rest a while, and many beautiful historic homes and several restaurants front the lake. Adjacent to the Tammany Trace in Old Mandeville is the town's Trailhead, featuring an interactive fountain with splash pad open March to October, a lookout tower, and amphitheater with seasonal community events, including free concerts in spring and fall. The Cultural Interpretive Center is a hands-on museum of Mandeville history including short films, touch screens and dioramas. The Mandeville Trailhead Community Market and Lafitte Street Market are held 9am-1pm Saturdays. Free entertainment and educational demonstrations, handmade crafts and prepared foods, and special events.
Mandeville Lakefront
2623 Lakeshore Drive
The giant oaks along Mandeville's lakefront are iconic for this old and lovely town on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Progressive yet protective of its heritage and natural beauty, Mandeville offers visitors shopping, memorable restaurants, attractions and places to explore the outdoors, like Northlake Nature Center and Fontainebleau State Park. The paved path at the lakefront is a popular spot for locals to walk their dogs, jog and stroll. The path along Lakeshore Drive connects two playgrounds on both the west and east side. Along the path, arbors, swings and benches can be found to rest a while, and many beautiful historic homes and several restaurants front the lake. Adjacent to the Tammany Trace in Old Mandeville is the town's Trailhead, featuring an interactive fountain with splash pad open March to October, a lookout tower, and amphitheater with seasonal community events, including free concerts in spring and fall. The Cultural Interpretive Center is a hands-on museum of Mandeville history including short films, touch screens and dioramas. The Mandeville Trailhead Community Market and Lafitte Street Market are held 9am-1pm Saturdays. Free entertainment and educational demonstrations, handmade crafts and prepared foods, and special events.
Otis House Museum Tours, Wed. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. A guided tour of Otis House c.1885 shares local history and numerous aspects of industry and lifestyle of the 1885-1935 time span. A theme of technology and cultural change connects the eras represented with artifact displays and illustrations. Tour is beneficial to both the general public and school students. Grade specific lesson plans containing pre and post visit activities are available. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
Fairview-Riverside State Park
119 Fairview Dr
Otis House Museum Tours, Wed. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. A guided tour of Otis House c.1885 shares local history and numerous aspects of industry and lifestyle of the 1885-1935 time span. A theme of technology and cultural change connects the eras represented with artifact displays and illustrations. Tour is beneficial to both the general public and school students. Grade specific lesson plans containing pre and post visit activities are available. For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. On a clear day, visitors can see the lake dotted with multi-colored sailboats of all sizes and types. The sandy beach also is a delight for sunbathers. An old railroad track that runs through the park has been converted into the Tammany Trace as a part of the Rails to Trails program. It is a wonderful route for cycling, hiking and in-line skating. After a full day of activities, overnight guests can enjoy the rustic charm of the campground or the scenic setting of the lakefront cabins.
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Fontainebleau State Park
62883 Louisiana 1089
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The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. On a clear day, visitors can see the lake dotted with multi-colored sailboats of all sizes and types. The sandy beach also is a delight for sunbathers. An old railroad track that runs through the park has been converted into the Tammany Trace as a part of the Rails to Trails program. It is a wonderful route for cycling, hiking and in-line skating. After a full day of activities, overnight guests can enjoy the rustic charm of the campground or the scenic setting of the lakefront cabins.
Food scene
A SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE... Located just off the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville Louisiana, we take pride in our local flair. Our walls are decorated with some our our favorite customer's award winning catches. Check out the awards wall and see our own set of Mako Shark teeth. Get a picture with an amazing swordfish. From Twelve-Points to Mallards, we recognize all Southern Sportsmen and their achievments not only as a hobby but as a way of Life!
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Morton's Boiled Seafood & Bar
702 Water Street
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A SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE... Located just off the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville Louisiana, we take pride in our local flair. Our walls are decorated with some our our favorite customer's award winning catches. Check out the awards wall and see our own set of Mako Shark teeth. Get a picture with an amazing swordfish. From Twelve-Points to Mallards, we recognize all Southern Sportsmen and their achievments not only as a hobby but as a way of Life!
The Chimes Restaurant & Tap Room has been a Baton Rouge and LSU tradition serving fine patrons for over 25 years. We have continued to grow and have brought this tradition to our second location in Baton Rouge and now a third, located in Covington. Our goal is to provide a relaxed, family friendly experience while serving the best made-from-scratch menu possible. We take pride in having one of the most extensive beer and liquor selections available.
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The Chimes-Covington
19130 Rogers Lane
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The Chimes Restaurant & Tap Room has been a Baton Rouge and LSU tradition serving fine patrons for over 25 years. We have continued to grow and have brought this tradition to our second location in Baton Rouge and now a third, located in Covington. Our goal is to provide a relaxed, family friendly experience while serving the best made-from-scratch menu possible. We take pride in having one of the most extensive beer and liquor selections available.
best pizza in the state
McClain's Pizzeria
115 Girod Street
best pizza in the state
nightlife
Something for Everyone Live Entertainment From concerts to casual entertainment, there’s always something happening at Rock N Blues Cafe. Get notified for our upcoming shows! Private Parties Need a venue for a private party? Rock N Blues Cafe is perfect for small private parties to large events. Schedule yours today! Rock N Blues Patio Rock N Blues is a host to another venue all in itself. Featuring unrivaled local entertainment completewith its own full service bar, patio seating, and a VIP section. Available for private parties as well as VIP booking. Call or text (985) 705-8152. You can also ask for inquiries through our email rocknbluescafe@hotmail.com. Bar Our fully stocked bar has everything to satisfy. From beers on tap to expertly crafted cocktails, our bar won’t disappoint! Join us for our happy hour! Cuisine When you need delicious meals cooked to perfection, look no further than Rock-N-Blue’s Cafe! We’re most famous for our steak nights, Open Mic Every Wednesday we feature an Open Mic Night, hosted by the talented James Tallley. Bring your talent and sign up. All participants will receive a free draft beer and slice of our hot fresh pizza. Also on Wednesday is BUCKET NIGHT – receive a bucket of beer and a large pizza for the low price of $15. Catering Planning a party or event? Let Rock N Blues do the catering!
Rock And Blues Cafe
407 N Columbia St
Something for Everyone Live Entertainment From concerts to casual entertainment, there’s always something happening at Rock N Blues Cafe. Get notified for our upcoming shows! Private Parties Need a venue for a private party? Rock N Blues Cafe is perfect for small private parties to large events. Schedule yours today! Rock N Blues Patio Rock N Blues is a host to another venue all in itself. Featuring unrivaled local entertainment completewith its own full service bar, patio seating, and a VIP section. Available for private parties as well as VIP booking. Call or text (985) 705-8152. You can also ask for inquiries through our email rocknbluescafe@hotmail.com. Bar Our fully stocked bar has everything to satisfy. From beers on tap to expertly crafted cocktails, our bar won’t disappoint! Join us for our happy hour! Cuisine When you need delicious meals cooked to perfection, look no further than Rock-N-Blue’s Cafe! We’re most famous for our steak nights, Open Mic Every Wednesday we feature an Open Mic Night, hosted by the talented James Tallley. Bring your talent and sign up. All participants will receive a free draft beer and slice of our hot fresh pizza. Also on Wednesday is BUCKET NIGHT – receive a bucket of beer and a large pizza for the low price of $15. Catering Planning a party or event? Let Rock N Blues do the catering!