The Ultimate Gift Guide to Southwest Louisiana

Lake Charles and its surrounding communities have mastered the art of giving by compiling the ultimate Southwest Louisiana gift guide, which is comprised of items for everyone on your “nice” list this holiday season. Whether you’re shopping for themed nick-nacks or hoping to instill lifelong…

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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Lake Charles

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving in Southwest Louisiana We’re not here to judge your Thanksgiving plans, we’re here to help make holiday dining easier for you. Maybe you're not in the mood to thaw out a turkey and provide a feast for your guests, or maybe you’re traveling but still seeking the warm…

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Fine Dining Restaurants in Lake Charles

Whether you are dining in a casino resort or around town in Southwest Louisiana, you are sure to get your fill of flavors that will melt in your mouth and make your eyes sparkle with delight! From fine wines and creative cocktails to seafood and steaks, seasoned to perfection – Lake Charles boasts a…

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Bike Riding in Lake Charles

Biking is an exhilarating way to connect with nature in Louisiana’s Playground – or have a more immersive experience in the city or enjoying a clear view of the lake. If you are an avid biker and travel with your bike, there are several ways to explore the destination from the vantage point of…

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Halloween in Lake Charles & Southwest Louisiana

Six Weekends of Halloween in Southwest Louisiana Southwest Louisiana is known for its extravagant celebrations, so you can expect six weekends of Halloween spirit from late September through early November. Choose from haunted history and tours at local museums, trails, and cemeteries, as well as…

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Where to Get Gumbo in Lake Charles

Whenever a cool snap hits in Southwest Louisiana, everyone starts talking about gumbo weather . Of course, no one makes gumbo as good as "mama," but we have some delicious contenders that even the most discerning Cajun or Creole palate would agree are super tasty. Usually, gumbo in Southwest…

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How to Make Gumbo

Gumbo is one of the most quintessential Louisiana staples – especially when the weather turns crisp and cool. If you’ve never had gumbo, it’s a type of spicy stew typical of Louisiana. The dish consists of two basic ingredients: broth and rice. Gumbo has an extremely large variety of flavors and…

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Your Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Lake Charles

Events, Excursions, Eateries Southwest Louisiana’s Labor Day activities and festivities include everything from live music and lounging under the sun to themed Sunday brunches and luxurious experiences at casino resorts. From Thursday, Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 5, Lake Charles offers…

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Coming Soon to Southwest Louisiana

Crying Eagle Lakefront & Port Wonder Lake Charles is on the move with new developments and lakefront attractions that are soon to be a reality. One of the major attractions that will land on the lake is Crying Eagle Brewery’s lakefront location. It will be a gem right along the shores of Lake…

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What's New and Renewed in Southwest Louisiana?

Lake Charles has seen a resurgence of new or newly renovated and reimagined establishments over the past year. From restaurants to nightlife and parks to bakeries, here are some of the highlights of recent additions to Southwest Louisiana:…

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