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Sep 15, 2006“moved here recently from typical city suburb”
based on 3 votes
Mandeville is a place to relax with family and friends. A sort of country atmosphere with a little more sophistication than you'd expect!
Category: Perfect weekend
1. Fountainebleu State Park
Great little sandy beach on the lake. Beautiful old oak trees and walking trails. Playground for the kids. Perfect for picnicking!
2. Tammany Trace Bike Trail
Heaven for serious bikers or just for family fun. A paved bike path meandering all through Mandeville and neighboring towns. It is peaceful and you will see quite a bit of nature. The path runs through Fountainebleu State Park, so you could park there and ride after your picnic!
The Trailhead in the heart of old Mandeville has a very interesting Saturday Farmer's Market (not your typical farmer's market at all!) with a wide variety of interesting foods and crafts from locals. Often live music also. This area also hosts many free live outdoor concerts throughout the year. Even the kids like it!
4. Water Street Bistro, Madisonville
Cross the bridge over the Tchefuncte River and you are in quaint Madisonville. Walk along the river and eat a wonderful meal at the little Water St. Bistro. Not many tables in this place but the food is awesome! Very cozy!
5. Madisonville Maritime Museum
There is a really good museum in Madisonville about the history of boating in the area. Not something I thought I would like, but it was very good. They make handmade wooden boats there, which is really interesting to see. This is right near the Water St. Bistro in the heart of town and I also loved looking at the wonderful architecture of the old houses there!
6. The Broken Egg Cafe
Great breakfast or brunch in a really cute little cottage on Gerard St. in old Mandeville. You can even sit on the porch if not too hot.
If you still have some time, go shopping! Mandeville has a lot of great little boutiques that sell everything from clothing to home decor. There is a neat secondhand store called the White Elephant that has a variety of hidden treasures. There is also an outdoor mall with all the usual shops such as Banana Republic, Victoria Secret, Old Navy, etc. I especially love all the little shoe boutiques.