all photos courtesy St. Tammany Parish
Published March 13, 2018
Planning a drive-in meeting in the South? Read on to see why St. Tammany Parish, aka Louisiana’s Northshore, is perfectly suited for your convention of 300 attendees or less.
1. Location, location, location!
St. Tammany Parish includes the intersection of I-10, I-12, and I-59, making it easily accessible to conference attendees in the Southeast region. The Northshore is an amazing destination in itself, but it is also less than an hour away from New Orleans, the Mississippi Coast Casinos, and Baton Rouge plantation country, making hub-and-spoke tours easy. We’re an hour from the Louis Armstrong International, Baton Rouge, and Gulfport-Biloxi Airports.
2. Conference Facilities
The Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell (above) and the Castine Center in Mandeville are the Northshore’s two largest convention facilities. The Northshore Harbor Center features more than 45,000 square feet of meeting space and Wi-Fi, as well as high-speed data ports, electricity, and water hook-ups every 30 feet in the tradeshow area. The Castine Center boasts 46,000 square feet of space, features breakout rooms, and is located at the Pelican Park recreation complex.
3. Unique Places to Meet
If you’re looking for somewhere extraordinary to meet, St. Tammany Parish has plenty of options. The historic Southern Hotel (originally built in 1907) in Covington has been lovingly restored and has several different meeting spaces. Or, think outside the box and meet at the Abita Brewery, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, or even at a plantation like Benedict’s or Annadele’s.
4. Personalized Hospitality
The St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission sales team specializes in making your small market meeting a success. We’ll help you with site visits, room blocks, meeting room suggestions and complimentary goody bags for your group. We’re eager to work with you to make your meeting a must-attend.
5. Rest and Recharge
With over 3,000 hotel rooms available on the Northshore, you’ll find plenty of comfortable accommodations to rest and rejuvenate after a day of meetings. St. Tammany also has seventeen B&Bs, a historic boutique hotel and two waterfront state parks.
6. Customized Itineraries
When the work is done, the Northshore is a great place to play. Additional services like spouse tours in Northshore shopping districts and customized off site activities such as touring Honey Island Swamp and Global Wildlife Center, or tastings at Pontchartrain Vineyards and Abita Brewery are available.
7. Family-Friendly attractions
Bring the family along and plan a work vacay. With family-friendly attractions like a Global Wildlife Center’s safari, Insta-Gator ranch hatchery, and eco tours of Honey Island Swamp, there are plenty of things to do with kids on the Northshore.
8. The Great Outdoors
The Northshore has 80,000 acres of wilderness areas begging to be explored. Rent bikes and ride down the 31-mile Tammany Trace, or hire a charter captain and go fishing in our bountiful waters. There’s excellent golfing, and many clubs welcome visiting members. Kayak Cane Bayou or paddleboard Lake Pontchartrain for outdoor adventure.
9. Deep and Delicious Culinary Scene
From award-winning chefs in elegant dining rooms to mom-and-pop seafood joints, the Northshore’s culinary scene is packed with flavor and Louisiana’s bounty. We can help you choose from golden fried shrimp and catfish, Cajun and Creole specialties, a prix fixe menu from James Beard-nominated chefs, to a family-style crawfish boil; the options are endless.
10. Revel in our Festivals
There’s always something to celebrate, whether it’s music (the Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival), maritime culture (the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival), or a vibrant arts community (the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival). Savor our Louisiana seafood with the St. Tammany Crab Festival or Slidell’s All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-off.
Touring the pristine Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, courtesy Cajun Encounters
Northshore Harbor Center
Brunch buffet at the Lake House