Food scene

This beautiful great atmosphere farm to table Italian restaurants is one of my top favorites in the New Orleans area and Northshore. High quality food and great wines. The ambiance is romantic with low light, fresh flowers and always plus good background music.
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Del Porto
501 East Boston Street
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This beautiful great atmosphere farm to table Italian restaurants is one of my top favorites in the New Orleans area and Northshore. High quality food and great wines. The ambiance is romantic with low light, fresh flowers and always plus good background music.
This place has great food and yet is casual. I go horseback riding in Folsom and stop there on my way home for a great dinner and glass of wine.
The Greyhound
701 East Boston Street
This place has great food and yet is casual. I go horseback riding in Folsom and stop there on my way home for a great dinner and glass of wine.
This place is super casual, has great seafood. I am listing it here because if you are on boat this is a great place to park your boat in Madisonville by Morton's and stop for a bite.
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Morton's Boiled Seafood & Bar
702 Water Street
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This place is super casual, has great seafood. I am listing it here because if you are on boat this is a great place to park your boat in Madisonville by Morton's and stop for a bite.
Great little restaurant, specializes in Italian food. I love the fact that you can get up and pick a bottle of wine from their collection and bring it back to the table. Make a reservation for dinner. This restaurant is family owned and I have always felt welcomed.
Marcello's
324 East Boston Street
Great little restaurant, specializes in Italian food. I love the fact that you can get up and pick a bottle of wine from their collection and bring it back to the table. Make a reservation for dinner. This restaurant is family owned and I have always felt welcomed.
I love the eggs Benedicts here! Great breakfast spot Downtown Covington. They also make great bloody Mary's if you like that.
Mattina Bella Restaurant
421 East Gibson Street
I love the eggs Benedicts here! Great breakfast spot Downtown Covington. They also make great bloody Mary's if you like that.
Great coffee shop with wifi and spaces to work. They also serve wine and cocktails and food. The decor is super cute and locals love it.
Cured. On Columbia
415 North Columbia Street
Great coffee shop with wifi and spaces to work. They also serve wine and cocktails and food. The decor is super cute and locals love it.
I come here to sit at the bar and eat fresh oysters. If you love oysters this is one of the best spots. The bartenders make great drinks as well, I love the martini. This place is very casual and non pretentious. It's simple. I don't go here for the ambiance, as I am not a big fan of the atmosphere. But I love oysters! It's worth it for the bar and oysters on a casual day.
Don's Seafood
126 Lake Dr
I come here to sit at the bar and eat fresh oysters. If you love oysters this is one of the best spots. The bartenders make great drinks as well, I love the martini. This place is very casual and non pretentious. It's simple. I don't go here for the ambiance, as I am not a big fan of the atmosphere. But I love oysters! It's worth it for the bar and oysters on a casual day.
Great local brewery, they serve food and the atmosphere is casual. On the St Tammany trace (walking / biking trail). Located in historic Old Mandeville.
Old Rail Brewing Co
639 Girod St
Great local brewery, they serve food and the atmosphere is casual. On the St Tammany trace (walking / biking trail). Located in historic Old Mandeville.
Great little pub that serves local famous Abita beer. Family friendly. Sit outside and bring your dog. Abita Springs is a great historic little town.
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Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly Street
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Great little pub that serves local famous Abita beer. Family friendly. Sit outside and bring your dog. Abita Springs is a great historic little town.
Breakfast food and lunch, super cute spot Downtown Covington.
The English Tea Room & Eatery
734 East Rutland Street
Breakfast food and lunch, super cute spot Downtown Covington.
Great food. Lot's of organic options and fresh ingredients. They also serve wine and offer high speed Internet. People come there with their computers to work and eat. The coffee and teas are great. They have an extensive display of pastries and all are excellent. They are open all day which is great if you need a late lunch. Casual atmosphere, perfect for breakfast and lunch.
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coffee rani
234 Lee Ln
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Great food. Lot's of organic options and fresh ingredients. They also serve wine and offer high speed Internet. People come there with their computers to work and eat. The coffee and teas are great. They have an extensive display of pastries and all are excellent. They are open all day which is great if you need a late lunch. Casual atmosphere, perfect for breakfast and lunch.
Great place for breakfast. A locals favorite. They serve fresh ingredients, coffee and good drinks. The restaurant is small and casual. Located downtown Covington. Super cute.
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Toad Hollow
207 North New Hampshire Street
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Great place for breakfast. A locals favorite. They serve fresh ingredients, coffee and good drinks. The restaurant is small and casual. Located downtown Covington. Super cute.
Contemporary Louisiana cuisine using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. Dress : Elegant without being formal, no tie required; jackets are appropriate but not required. Award winning wine list with extensive domestic and imported offerings exceeding 560 selections of current and older vintages.
The Dakota
629 U.S. Highway 190
Contemporary Louisiana cuisine using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. Dress : Elegant without being formal, no tie required; jackets are appropriate but not required. Award winning wine list with extensive domestic and imported offerings exceeding 560 selections of current and older vintages.

Health & Wellness

This is a high end, top wellness spa and Northshore gym. This facility is five stars. I have lived in many places, including Los Angeles, Paris, New York and Rio, this is one of the top wellness centers I have been to. The cafe is delicious and offers healthy dishes. There are two pools, the weight room is huge and two floors, all the equipment is updated. The Stone Creek spa is my favorite spa in the area, much better than the ones in New Orleans. Get a facial or a massage with Crystal (ps. there may be a long wait list). Enjoy the hot tub, sauna, private showers / changing rooms +the tennis courts. I also love their boutique, group fitness classes such as the pilates studio and the many spaces to work on your laptop.
Stone Creek Health Club and Spa
1201 Ochsner Boulevard
This is a high end, top wellness spa and Northshore gym. This facility is five stars. I have lived in many places, including Los Angeles, Paris, New York and Rio, this is one of the top wellness centers I have been to. The cafe is delicious and offers healthy dishes. There are two pools, the weight room is huge and two floors, all the equipment is updated. The Stone Creek spa is my favorite spa in the area, much better than the ones in New Orleans. Get a facial or a massage with Crystal (ps. there may be a long wait list). Enjoy the hot tub, sauna, private showers / changing rooms +the tennis courts. I also love their boutique, group fitness classes such as the pilates studio and the many spaces to work on your laptop.

Great Cocktails

Stop at the Southern Hotel bar for a classic local drink such as the old fashion and the sazerac, or relax on an afternoon at the hotel's courtyard with one of their many mixologists specialty cocktails.
Cypress Bar at the Southern Hotel
428 East Boston Street
Stop at the Southern Hotel bar for a classic local drink such as the old fashion and the sazerac, or relax on an afternoon at the hotel's courtyard with one of their many mixologists specialty cocktails.
It's a cool bar and they make great cocktails, plus a good wine selection. Cozy atmosphere.
Grapeful Ape
2013 Jefferson Street
It's a cool bar and they make great cocktails, plus a good wine selection. Cozy atmosphere.

Sightseeing

Love this place because it's on the Bogue Falaya river, often times they rent kayaks and canoes at this location. This place is good for families. The fish sandwich and chargrilled oysters are great. They have a full bar. Very casual. I recommend going there during the day, lunch time or afternoon so you may enjoy the river / nature scenery. They also have goats and chickens wondering around the property.
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The Chimes-Covington
19130 Rogers Lane
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Love this place because it's on the Bogue Falaya river, often times they rent kayaks and canoes at this location. This place is good for families. The fish sandwich and chargrilled oysters are great. They have a full bar. Very casual. I recommend going there during the day, lunch time or afternoon so you may enjoy the river / nature scenery. They also have goats and chickens wondering around the property.
If you are an animal lover you will love this place! You can ride the group open bus or rent your own jeep and feed the wild life while sightseeing. The animals will follow your vehicle to mingle with you. They are all so funny! The animals roam free and are well taken care of. I love coming here, it will automatically put you in a positive mood. Make sure you reserve your Global Wildlife experience ahead of time, because often they are booked.
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Global Wildlife Center
26389 Louisiana 40
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If you are an animal lover you will love this place! You can ride the group open bus or rent your own jeep and feed the wild life while sightseeing. The animals will follow your vehicle to mingle with you. They are all so funny! The animals roam free and are well taken care of. I love coming here, it will automatically put you in a positive mood. Make sure you reserve your Global Wildlife experience ahead of time, because often they are booked.
This is my favorite state park in the area. Absolutely beautiful. During warm months enjoy tubbing on the river, kayaking or canoeing. The park is also great for long walks and you may bring your dog. If you love horseback riding, this is where I come to trail ride. There is a small fee to enter the park (fyi) to assist the park. So worth visiting for outdoors lovers.
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Bogue Chitto State Park
17049 State Park Blvd
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This is my favorite state park in the area. Absolutely beautiful. During warm months enjoy tubbing on the river, kayaking or canoeing. The park is also great for long walks and you may bring your dog. If you love horseback riding, this is where I come to trail ride. There is a small fee to enter the park (fyi) to assist the park. So worth visiting for outdoors lovers.

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Driving to the River Retreat House

When driving to the River Retreat House pay attention to wild life. Respect the main road's speed limit. There are deers, foxes, possums, turtles, frogs, owls and all kinds of animals along the road which takes you to the river house. We ask that you be mindful of our beautiful wild life.
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Kayaking around The River Retreat House

Kayak straight out of the River Retreat house to the bayou surrounding our property. Discover the mystique of the swamps and the most gorgeous sunsets while sightseeing enormous birds, turtles, owls, and Louisiana greenery.
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Biking Around Our "Water" Neighborhood

Grab the bikes and go around our very special neighborhood. You will see very unique water front houses, say hello to our awesome neighbors and check our the many local flowers. You may come across one of our bee keepers and if you are lucky you can grab some local honey. Bike your way to the Tchefuncte river neighborhood deck and enjoy river life.