Colten Miller 2016
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Colten Miller

Colten Miller is a Lake Charles native and a McNeese State University graduate. Colten is the publications/systems manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau and he enjoys coffee, swimming, running and playing with his dog, Cooper - a goldendoodle with his own Instagram! Follow Colten & Cooper on Instagram to keep up with their adventures in SWLA.

Tailgating in Southwest Louisiana

Fall is coming for us, which means two things: relief from the summer heat (hopefully) and football! Whether your cheering for Local State University or Hometown Tech, personally we prefer our McNeese Cowboys, tailgating and other gatherings are sure to ensue no matter where you are. So why not…

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The Ultimate Mardi Gras Bucket List

Mardi Gras is growing bigger and more elaborate every year. From parades and balls to parties and chicken runs, you need to plan ahead so that you don’t miss out on something incredible! Whether it’s your first Mardi Gras or if you’re a seasoned vet, here is a list of things you have to experience…

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Mardi Gras 12th Night

In Southwest Louisiana, the good times don’t end after Christmas or the New Year. Instead, we continue to celebrate with one of my favorite holidays: MARDI GRAS! And there’s no better way to begin the new season than by going to the annual Twelfth Night celebration. This event is the official start…

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Downtown at Sundown 2018 Concert Highlights

What’s better than unwinding on a Friday evening in the backdrop of the downtown Lake Charles with great music from hot bands drifting into the sunset? How about four Fridays of cool, FREE outdoor concerts? It’s one of my favorite events – Downtown at Sundown. It’s the perfect mix of cool nightlife…

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9 Great Live Music Venues in Lake Charles

In Southwest Louisiana, music is everywhere! Whether you prefer a quiet lounge and soft beats, or flashy lights and big crowds, the music venues are as diverse as the types of artists that perform there! And with multiple influences of Zydeco, Cajun, jazz and more, the music is a unique cultural…

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Louisiana Snow Day - December Photo of the Month

It’s not very often that it snows in Louisiana, but when it does, you should definitely get out and enjoy the wintery goodness. Of course, since we’re in Louisiana, it’s only fitting that we put our unique twist on things, and that’s exactly what Callie Gordon (@catchingcallie) did with her “snow…

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Morning Stroll: #VisitLakeCharles Photo of the Month

Before you know it, Christmas lights and garland will be switched out for the glitzy Mardi Gras feathers, beads and doubloons! All of the hustle and bustle during this time of year can make you feel stressed and worn out. It’s important to take the time to decompress, unwind and reduce the stress…

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Planning Your Lake Charles Holiday Getaway

This winter, get in the spirit by joining in Southwest Louisiana’s beloved Cajun Christmas traditions – the ones locals have loved for years. The Cajun Christmas season will be bright and merry with magical holiday light displays, theatre shows, parades, shopping festivals and of course, seasonal…

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Fall Art Exhibits & Events in Southwest Louisiana

After you’ve experienced the outdoors, the savory Cajun cuisine and exciting gaming action in Southwest Louisiana, you may be ready to take in some art and soak up some local history. So, take a break from the heat and head indoors to relish in these must-see art exhibits around the rich arts &…

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