Louisiana’s Northshore/St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish’s roots are deeply-seated in its history and hospitality, and the event venues, cuisine, and attractions are still influenced by the culture and bounty of the bayou. Meetings and gatherings can be planned or impromptu, but there is always a reason to meet, greet, and “pass a good time” while dining on St. Tammany’s Louisiana specialties, from upscale Creole to downhome favorites like spicy boiled crawfish and fat, soulful oyster po-boys. Louisiana’s Northshore is located on Lake Pontchartrain, and at the convergence of I-12, I-59, and I-10. It’s less than an hour from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos, making it an ideal hub-and-spoke destination.

Build a Boat, Meet at a Plantation at St. Tammany’s Unique Venues

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime museum on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville is rich in maritime history.  Its 3,500 square feet of meeting space serves as a memorable venue for private events, receptions, and dinners. Guests can peruse detailed exhibits, boat models, and even participate in boat-building classes. Annadele’s Plantation in Covington dates back nearly two centuries. Now refurbished, it’s the site of group events where attendees dine on exquisite French and Creole inspired cuisine. For larger, more traditional meeting spaces, check out the Northshore Harbor Center offering 45,000 square feet of versatile meeting space for tradeshows to conventions. Or, the Castine Center located in Pelican Park is 28,000 square feet of multi-purpose area that can also be divided.

Jazz Music, Cultured Cuisine, and Wine Tasting

Visit during Jazz’n the Vines at Pontchartrain Vineyards to hear soulful jazz musicians, sample award-winning wine, and a learn how to make it on a behind the scenes winemaking tour. Noted chef John Besh, a familiar face on The Food Network, operates the lovely La Provence in Lacombe. The destination restaurant combines French technique with Louisiana ingredients and showcases fresh and seasonal. Wash it down with a group tasting at the Abita Brewery, where local specialty brews like Strawberry Harvest or Andygator are brewed from the artesian Abita Springs.

St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission – a Full Service CVB

St. Tammany Parish has over 2,500 hotel rooms in the area. Louisiana’s Northshore is perfect for meetings who have 350 people or less and want to escape from the big city, but still have all the amenities.

Louisiana’s Northshore was named the 2011 CVB of the Year by the Louisiana Travel and Promotion Association.  The full-service St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission offers personalized assistance, from site and facility coordination, bid preparation, off-site leisure activity planning, and even volunteers for registration, goodie bags, and door prizes.

Call Tanya Leader or Zondra Jones to start planning your meeting today at 1-800-634-9443, or visit www.louisiananorthshore.com/prevue.