friendly, good food, access to lots of cool places
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Small Northshore Area with Charm
I never know who looks at the different areas of travel so I thought I would also include this in my Things To Do.The Tammany Trace is a 31-mile trail connecting the four cities of Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville and Slidell. Most people bike the trail but it's also available to walk or jog. You can start and stop wherever you wish. In...more
I would highly suggest driving around the small roads around the Lake Pontchartrain. The designs are beautiful and many of the houses are very well kept. I had a lot of fun driving around and looking at them. Very neat!I would have taken more pictures but some of the neighbors were out and looking at me funny! I didn't want to disturb anyone and...more
I found my trip to Lake Pontchartrain a highlight of Mandeville. I went during a weekday and everything seemed to calm and peaceful. There are plenty of biking and jogging trails around the lake. There were kid playgrounds and plenty of grass for picnics or fun games like football or soccer. There was even a group of women doing yoga in one of the...more
I read about the Tammany Trace and wanted to visit the three Trailheads. I wasn't quite expecting how nice they were. The Trailhead in Mandeville had restrooms and vending machines, an ampitheater for live entertainment and a water park for kids. When I saw park I do not mean something huge. There were streams of water shooting out of the ground...more
The pier at Sunset point (access from monroe st in old mandeville) has been rebuilt since Katrina. If i am not mistaken, it is open 24 hrs a day. lighted at night. last time i was there we caught crab, redfish, catfish, and a stingray. this is a very large pier. not sure of what licensing is needed.more
100 ST ANN DRIVE, Mandeville, LA 70471
City Sports Bar and Grill is my place of choice when I want to eat out. Great atmosphere, the food is really good for the price and its genuine. Everybody that works there is down to earth and receive high marks in their quality to serve. Never, and I mean never have I had a bad meal there. I have eaten in just about every restaurant in this city and City Sports is always my first choice.
Favorite Dish: Ribeye! The burgers have not been a disappointment after 15 visits. Ask how you want the fries and they will deliver.
I didn't know about the website so I was unaware of the ampitheater but I think it would be a great night out watching live theater or music on a warm summer night. The area allows for blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. Check the website (although currently being renovated) for updates when you're in the area.
Dress Code: I would highly suggest casual but bring insect repellant! You are very close the water.
You will almost certainly need a private vehicle to drive yourself to the Northshore. The Causeway Bridge is 24 miles one way, so I shudder to think what a cab or limo would cost, if you could hire one at all. You cannot walk or bike over the bridge. There is no toll to visit Mandeville, but if you want to go back to New Orleans, you have to pay $3. In Mandeville itself, you will need a car to get around; public transportation is non-existent.
There are many shops in the Old Mandeville area which have a wide variety of antiques to explore. Although some of the shops sustained damage during Hurrican Katrina, the area is up and running and welcome visitors. Enjoy a stroll through the shops and various restaurants.
No special customs, don't be afraid to ask questions. Only thing is, you might want to know the lingo. Do your research on the surrounding cities, Abita Springs, Covington, Metarie, and New Orleans. Learn about the Wards and the history and know that there are two signs for the Girard Street and they are spelled differently.more
The Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is the biggest and most famous in south Louisiana, but many communities in the area have krewes and parades of their own. These smaller celebrations are generally more family friendly and a lot less crowded.In Mandeville, the Krewe of Orpheus rolls the Friday night before Fat Tuesday and the Krewe of Eve...more
The area from Lakeshore to Labarre and from Galvez to Foy. There have been bike thieves and other types of thieves in the past, so I would advise you be careful and lock up your bikes and hide your valuables.
There is no getting around it. Unless there is some over-riding medical or allergic consideration, you should carry an insect repellent containing DEET. There is no risk of malaria or yellow fever, but there is a small risk at certain times of West Nile or St. Louis encephalitis. Besides, being bitten by mosquitoes is always unpleasant.more
I have a lot of content on my personal web site, http://peachfront.diaryland.com that tells of the birds you can find in Mandeville, especially Fontainebleau State Park in eastern Mandeville, and a bit more about Big Branch and Lacombe, where you may find the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. You do not have to be a rarity seeker to find nesting...more
Go to Lake Pontchatrain at dusk and look up. Wait patiently, but you will soon see bats swooping overhead. Once or twice they might even come as low as your head! Don't be afraid though, they cant hurt you. They are exciting to watch. To tell the difference between the bird and the bat is that bats dont have a long tail, and they have a frantic,...more
Please go to the tiny snowball stand, Yummies! It is on the corner of Girard and Florida, and the things that most miss are:1. Look inside, there is fantastically random paintings all over the interior!2. The STRANGE flavours! - I dont know -silver fox -toxic waste -tigers blood -who dat3. After they take you order, quick! Grab the pen off the...more
Along Lake Pontchartrain they have plenty of biking and jogging trails. It's great scenary while getting some great exercise or training. Also, along the parks of the shore there are plenty of green grassy areas for sports games and I even saw women doing yoga in one of the gazebos. Areas for kids to play on playground equipment as well. Biking...more
St. Tammany Parish is sort of like Harris County in Houston. It houses many different smaller cities. At least that's what I'm equating it with. In support of the beautiful landscape the parrish built 31 miles of connecting pavement for those to enjoy the tall pine trees and weather the area allows. The Trace connects Covington, Mandeville, Abita...more
If this lake seems long you're right. Being the second biggest saltwater in the United States is no small feat. What's more amazing would be the bridge. When built the 5 mile bridge was the longest in the world. However, now it's just in the top 10.
Still, worth a trip to see it. It's quite the experience. But it'll cost you $2.00 in tolls.