Calling it —a hidden-in-plain-sight bonanza of food and fun Louisiana style,” veteran guide book authors David and Joan Vokac have included Covington and other Northshore destinations in their latest work, —The Great Towns of America” (West Press; $23.95). 

Subtitled the "All New Guide to the 100 Best Getaways for a Vacation or a Lifetime," the paperbound book showcases the "most scenic and civilized respites" from coast to coast, from Bar Harbor, Maine, to LaConner, Washington. Natchitoches was the only other Louisiana town to be included in the book.

Among the Covington attractions, restaurants and lodgings singled out for mention in the book were H.J. Smith & Son general store and museum, Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery and the Tammany Trace; Ristorante Del Porto and Dakota restaurants; and the Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast.
The book also recognizes numerous attractions throughout St. Tammany Parish, including swamp tours in the Slidell area, Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, and eateries La Provence in Lacombe, Morton’s in Madisonville and Juniper in Mandeville.

The California-based travel writing team compiled the list of 100 towns after logging 80,000 miles criss-crossing the nation. The couple personally visited more than 220 communities, eating in restaurants, staying in inns and exploring attractions to cull their list of 100 recommended destinations. Communities were assessed on the basis of attractions, restaurants, lodgings, and such factors as livability, affordability and weather.

For more information, contact Renee Kientz, (985) 892-0290.