Destination Updates

Hurricane Delta made landfall on Oct. 9 in Southwest Louisiana, which was also recently impacted by Hurricane Laura on August 27. There is devastation to many properties, businesses, and homes. Click the link for information on the destination for businesses and restaurants that are open and events that have been confirmed. See What's Open!

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Purify with Pure Press Juicery!

Kickstart Your Year with a Healthy Boost! Let’s get real. Most of us are all rolling into 2021 with a little “extra to love,” right? So, for me, this year is not about big, grandiose resolutions that will put me back into my high school size. Although, I would not turn that down if it magically…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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Santa Under the Oaks

Santa Under the Oaks – Christmas Event! The first time I discovered Pecan Street in Sulphur, I really felt like I was on some sort of movie set for a Christmas movie. It’s quaint, delightful, and decorated to the brim. This year, the neighborhood decided to create an event along with the Henning…

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The Ultimate Southwest Louisiana Gift Guide

This holiday season, shopping local is more important than ever to the hundreds of Southwest Louisiana businesses that have suffered setbacks because of the pandemic and hurricanes. Shop for handmade crafts and gifts, Louisiana-themed apparel and accessories, or treat yourself to a festive pastry at…

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Christmas Fun & Holidays Eats! #GetDowntownLC

#GetDowntownLC for Holiday Cheer - the Brass Ensemble Concert on Dec. 12 & Delicious Food! As a self-proclaimed arts & culture junkie, one of the most difficult things for me to adjust to this year has been the lack of cultural events for obvious reasons. However, the recent Art 6 Ft. Apart Series…

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8 of the Best Holiday Lights Displays in SWLA

If your favorite thing about the holidays is seeing all the twinkling lights, you’re in luck! Southwest Louisiana has some great places to see Christmas lights, and we’ve decided to “spotlight” a few. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and let’s go! Before you head out, please check links for updated…

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5 Christmas Cocktails from Bayou Rum

Are you planning a party this holiday season? Impress your guests with Christmas cocktails that add sizzle and sparkle to your spirits. Enjoy these recipes made with Southwest Louisiana’s own Bayou Rum. 1. YULETIDE COCKTAIL 1.5 oz Bayou Spiced Rum .5 oz vanilla vodka 2 oz cranberry juice 2 oz…

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Holiday Fun Guide for this Weekend!

#VisitLakeCharles There is no shortage of festive events to experience this weekend in the Lake Area – Dec. 4-5. From dance performances to shopping events, local art, live music, parades, and more! Make your list & check it twice so that you can be part of the holiday cheer. Live Art Demo ft…

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