Before I met Garrett, I hardly ever found myself on the Northshore. But as of recently, my best friend moved across the lake, and I'm sure I'll be there more than ever! After all, it’s only a quick 45 minute trip. I actually find the drive to be therapeutic in a way - I can listen to a podcast or just enjoy some quiet time!
Being that I’ve been heading “north” recently, I wanted to find some places to shop and make my trips totally worthwhile. I found four boutiques that I can count on to have wardrobe staples and more. What’s even better is that they will work for any budget and most are right off the interstate! Here are some of my favorite looks from my most recent trip in April.
Our friend group decided to take it up a notch and do a staycation to celebrate Erin, Holly, and Kurt's birthdays! We didn't want to stay in New Orleans but also knew we wanted to be somewhat close to home. The Southern Hotel in Covington, LA was the perfect choice.
There were so many of us that we ended up renting out the entire Garden House Suites. If you haven't seen the Garden House, you're going to want to click here! Each room is uniquely decorated by the owner of the hotel. There are so many vibrant prints and colors that catch your eye immediately; it was hard to look away!
In addition to being decorated to perfection, each room also has it's own record player. So whether you want to layout by the pool or open a window, music is always an option at the Southern. The pool is somewhat small, but I think that's why I liked it so much (lol). It's not big enough for cannonballs but is big enough for an adult "swim"!
Once we all checked-in, we either headed to the pool or grabbed a bike from Brook's Bike Shop. If you're staying at the Southern Hotel, you get a special discount when you rent bikes! It was a fun way for us to enjoy the gorgeous weather and explore the surrounding area. Later that night we grabbed drinks at the bar and then had dinner at Oxlot9. Dinner was super special because not only were we in the private diner room, but Head Chef Jeffery curated an exclusive dinner menu just for us! It was a five course meal with drink pairings for each individual course. Everyone agreed that Oxlot9 rolled out the red carpet for us! I was so happy that we could celebrate three of my favorite people that night. The Southern Hotel really made our weekend incredibly special.
The next morning, they set up a special brunch spot for us to relax and chit chat about all of the previous night’s laughs! The fresh blooms were compliments from Covington Bloomery! If you're looking for a local boutique hotel to check out, make sure the Southern Hotel is on your list! Besides the decor, their staff was top notch and I couldn't think of a better place to celebrate three of my closest friends.