COVINGTON At the convergence of two rivers, Covington became known as the official port of St. Tammany in the late 1800s. Today, this artists' haven offers eclectic shopping and trendy sidewalk cafes without losing its turn-of-the-century charm.

ABITA SPRINGS Abita Springs was built around artesian spring wells that were long believed to have medicinal properties. Combine the wells and lush pine forests, and you'll know why it's called "The Ozone Belt."

MANDEVILLE Mandeville, aptly called a bedroom community, flourished when wealthy New Orleanians began to build resort communities along the lakefront in the 1800s. Not so long ago, there were no stoplights, gated communities or the Causeway Bridge. But with this upscale shopping districts and some of the best eateries around, fashionable Mandeville has something to offer everyone.

SLIDELL Today, Slidell is the largest city in St. Tammany Parish. Take it easy or take in everything from Bayou Lacombe to the edge of the city at Thompson Road.

FOLSOM Folsom, located in the northernmost portion of St. Tammany, remains a mainly rural community. Its rolling terrain enables a flourishing thoroughbred horse industry. Folsom is also the nursery center of Louisiana and home to the Global Wildlife Center. Residents enjoy a small-town lifestyle surrounded by expansive ranches, magnificent country estates and serene riverside retreats.