Eat Play Stay: Abita Springs

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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Tune into our episode of “Eat Play Stay” on Abita Springs for all the small-town flavor just across the causeway from NOLA.

The Springs

Abita Springs started as a Choctaw village based around the springs, which the Choctaw believed held healing powers. The springs in Abita Springs’ name refers to the town’s still-flowing artesian wells, which thirsty visitors can drink from!

Tammany Trace Rail Trail

The Tammany Trace rail trail, which locals call simply “the Trace,” is a local trail that runs right through the center of Abita Springs. Local hikers and bikers will find 31 miles of paved trail and boardwalks at their disposal. In Abita Springs, the Trace connects everything from Abita Brewing’s taproom to the local park pavilion.

Abita Springs Hotel

The Abita Springs Hotel is a five-room boutique hotel occupying a 120-year-old house with a breezy porch and a gallery of local art. The hotel offers cozy lodgings for visitors close to, well, everything. Rooms include a “king’s suite” complete with a clawfoot tub that’s perfect for a wedding party or romantic getaway.

Abita Brewing Company

Since 1986, Abita Brewing has been making delicious beer with local springwater. Some locals favor the original Abita Amber, while others like to mix things up with a Barney, a mix of Abita’s Andygator and Purple Haze. Whatever your drink of choice, enjoy it with some crab claws or a barbecue burger, both prepared with Abita beer.

Mamma D’s Pizza and More

Mamma D’s is a family owned and operated pizzeria across the street from the Abita brewpub. This isn’t your average pizza place—not only is everything made fresh in house, but patrons can enjoy such delicacies as Texas barbecue calzones or pizza with spinach and shrimp.

Abita Mystery House

Run by artist, inventor, painter, outlaw, and mad scientist John Preble, the Abita Mystery House and UCM Museum has treasures hidden in every corner. Part folk-art installation, part colorful maze, the museum is home to curiosities including miniatures, hand-built arcade games, and taxidermied alligators.

Abita Springs Café and Abita Roasting Company

At the Abita Springs Café, diners can feast on breakfast treats like huevos rancheros Benedict or praline chicken and waffles or sumptuous lunch and dinner options. The café prides itself on big portions, so come hungry! In 2014, the café joined forces with the Abita Roasting Company. If you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up, fresh coffee beans, or an evening cocktail, the café has you covered.

Gold Coast Skydivers

Gold Coast Skydivers is the go-to spot for thrillseekers in Abita Springs and surrounding region. The instructors have a good sense of humor they’ve earned after 20 years in the business. Take a jump with them to see Louisiana from a pelican’s-eye view!

Camellia House Bed & Breakfast

When you want to wind down, perch on the porch at Camellia House in Covington. Each room has a private entrance off the spectacular porch and is full of charming antiques. Guests enjoy fresh fruit, pastries, and quiche for breakfast and take a dip in the pool out back. The B&B’s backyard is a beautiful slice of nature to help you truly relax.

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