A fairytale story of one Northshore native…
Once upon a time, there lived a little girl named Sarah Chambless who grew up in her parent’s charming bed and breakfast home, Camellia House. Bursting with southern hospitality and an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, this Northshore home offered a sense of tranquility and warmth. Absorbing her family’s work ethic and delightful people skills, Sarah began to apply those same traits to her day-to-day life.
As she blossomed into a young lady, Sarah’s heart for service and love for her community grew. After meeting her prince charming, Sarah took on a new identity as Sarah Federer and had two beautiful daughters, Zoe and Gabriel. But the fairytale doesn’t end here.
If you wander into Old Mandeville, you just might stumble into the Federer’s own B&B that her and her husband created called Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast. This fully renovated 100-year-old property is in the perfect location within walking distance of all of the area’s main attractions and restaurants.
“I just love this business,” explains Sarah. “We meet so many incredible people from all over the world and get to share the best parts of our community with them. Blue Heron was named ‘Louisiana’s Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2019’ by the Louisiana Travel Association, which was an incredible honor. We’ve received multiple awards and recognitions over the past 5 years. We’re just grateful to be doing what we love. Seeing other people enjoy and appreciate something you’ve created is reward in itself.
The belle of the ball, Sarah is most known for being active in the Northshore’s hospitality, events, and tourism scene.
“I have to keep my finger constantly on the pulse of all the exciting things happening on the Northshore because of our bed and breakfast guests; we’re constantly making recommendations for tourists,” explains Sarah. “I also help coordinate some of the Northshore’s most popular annual events, including OMBA’s Girod Street Stroll and Christmas Past Festival, the CBA’s Kokomo Stroll and Nightmare on Columbia Stroll, Hope House’s Men Who Cook fundraiser, the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival, Bluesberry Festival, and more.”
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