Back in January (over two months ago already, this year is flying past…), my mom and I had a ladies’ night out and stayed at the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington. It wasn’t like it was a faraway trip for us, but we’d been considering the idea of staying there for a few months.
We checked in on a Friday night, had drinks at the hotel bar, dinner at Del Porto a block away, and then burrowed into the cozy room for the night. The next day, we woke up, had brunch at The English Tea Room (one of my favorite places there), did a bit of shopping, and then headed home that afternoon. It wasn’t a long trip, but it was a lovely one.
The Southern Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever had the chance to stay in. I remember growing up and passing up that ramshackle building countless times…it was government offices for a while when I was small, and then stood vacant. Since the building itself is a historical building, lots of care had to be taken with the renovations, and you can tell when you’re walking down the hallways and through the main foyer. Mom noticed one of the most interesting things – they kept the old historic glass on the outside, but to prevent any loss of insulation, they added another pane of glass on the inside. However, the way they did it, you’d never know it unless you really looked.
I’d really like to go back sometime soon – even if it’s for a drink in the courtyard or dinner at Ox Lot 9, the adjoining restaurant.
Last week, we had a few days of really heavy rains, and the Bogue Falaya overran its banks and flooded some of downtown Covington. Luckily, the Southern Hotel is far enough away from the river where it escaped damage. Thinking about downtown Covington reminded me of these pictures, and since I have a brand new layout on the site, I decided to post them.