Hey there! I had so much to share that I needed to break this New Orleans visit up into 2 parts, so today it’s shopping in Covington, a really cute town over on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain. And let me tell you, this is one giant lake! Driving across the bridge from New Orleans to Covington is around 24 miles, so it take a few minutes to get over there. But, it’s totally worth it to do a little shopping and browsing in Covington.
We took Parker with us, so we were mindful of dragging her into too many stores, since you know, kids and their attention span. But she was a trooper and made it for a few hours with us, promptly falling asleep on the drive back, which was good. Four year olds still need naps.
I shared Covington shops 3 years ago when we went there for the first time, so I didn’t take many photos of Covington again, but we also visited Mandeville by the lake while over that way and it is such a gorgeous area. Time sure flies! Looking back at those pics, Parker was almost 1 then.
We did a little shopping in Covington at some cute boutiques they have and I bought a few new things that I’ll share with you on a fashion post. Then we went back to the English tea room in Covington for lunch. Parker likes this place and enjoys tea time. Her mama is happy about that, since Lauren loves all the tea rooms, so Parker is getting schooled in that too. My sis had to watch her with the sugar cubes, as those cute things fascinated her and she wanted to eat them all!
It’s a really cute place for lunch, so if you are in the area, definitely stop by.
I got a chicken salad plate and it was delicious!
Cutie Pie Parker! That’s not a real tattoo in case you are wondering. She loves those temporary tattoo stickers.
One of my readers who follows me on Instagram told me about Mandeville and going down to the lake front and how pretty it is, so on the way back home, we drove down the main road that fronts the lake and wow, she was not kidding! Such a pretty place. My sister, Renee, and BIL are seriously thinking about retiring to the Covington area in a few years, to be closer to Lauren and the kids, so it was neat to see nearby Mandeville and this area by the lake. There are restaurants and the most gorgeous homes along this stretch.
The huge oaks with moss dripping from them are so picturesque and pretty.
The lake is so large and vast it looks like the ocean.
And then there were the houses! You know how much I love driving by pretty homes, so I couldn’t help but snap lots of pics to share with all of you. It’s a beautiful area!
Everywhere we turned was a beautiful home.
Stately homes all along this stretch of the lake. I can imagine the real estate prices here are pretty steep with these views.
I love this one!
We passed The Lake House and thought about eating here for dinner, but we went back to another restaurant later in the week, called Rip’s on the Lake and it was very good too. We sat on the patio and enjoyed a beautiful evening on the lake.
We called and made reservations for the patio and it was such a fun dinner.
We had 2 little girls with us, so tried to keep them entertained. There were prom goers all over the place and a table of 6 right behind us. I hope we didn’t ruin their dinner with too much noise from our table!
I had a delicious snapper dinner and it was such a memorable place to visit.
Mandeville by the lake was so gorgeous, so I hope you enjoyed the drive bys of these stunning homes on the water. I don’t know the background of all these houses, but they look old and historic and very well maintained.
It was a fun time in New Orleans with Lauren and her family. Those girls are growing up so fast and we treasure every opportunity to be with them. Lauren will be coming here for Mother’s Day, so I’ll be sure and share pics from her trip home too! Have a great week!