Living History Cemetery Tour 2021

History comes alive in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Living History Cemetery Tour! This popular tour makes its return after a year hiatus to let historic figures speak from the grave. The event brings a spotlight to historic figures who played important…

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Four Ways to #ReDiscoverSWLA This Summer

Sweet, sweet summertime. It’s all about making unforgettable memories, and there’s no better way to do that than to explore and rediscover Lake Charles. It may not look like the typical summer in Southwest Louisiana, but it’s still going to be a fun one. Whether you choose kayaking at Sam Houston…

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History Comes to Life 🏛️

Living History Cemetery Tour, Oct 25 Early last year, my close friend and I were driving in his car going somewhere unimportant. We were near the lakeshore when he turned to me and said, “I want to show you something.” Over the last ten years, I’ve learned to recognize when Matt had a great idea…

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Bayou Rum adds Coffee House with a Touch of History

One of Southwest Louisiana’s biggest tourist destinations recently added even more incentive to visit this popular attraction. Louisiana Spirits Distillery in Lacassine, La., not far from Lake Charles, makers of the famous Bayou Rum brand, opened Café du Bayou, a coffee shop set in a rustic…

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Top 9 Free Things to Do in Lake Charles

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has so much to offer AND plenty of fun activities/experiences that will cost you NOTHING! Even better, right? 1. Free Concert Series Lake Charles offers several free concert series throughout the year, so cut loose and enjoy the music! Live at the Lakefront, Groovin’…

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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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Worth The Trip: Mardi Gras Museum

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Louisiana to participate in the extravagance known as Mardi Gras. Blaring Zydeco, flying beads, and outrageous outfits are just a few images brought to mind. But, few know of the rich customs and colorful traditions that make up Carnival Season beyond the…

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Lost Landmarks of Lake Charles

History buffs visiting Lake Charles will appreciate the efforts of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society. Three years ago, this group initiated the Lost Landmarks project. The program strives to preserve the history of significant buildings, once a vital part of the Lake Charles community…

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Madame Grand Doigts – Cajun Folklore

Louisiana has got its share of ghost stories. You might have heard of the Rougarou, the haunting lights of feu follets, and even local spirits like Toni Jo Henry or Elise. But have you heard of Madame Grand Doigts? Of all the tales – this one gives me the biggest creeps! Madame Grand Doigts…

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