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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.

Planning Your Lake Charles Holiday Getaway

11/14/2017 by Colten Miller
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 cocktails. Everyone loves the holidays – except when
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Cajun Cookin' Words to Know

6/20/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Culinary
One thing that sets Louisiana apart from anywhere else in the United States is our delicious food. We always have a reason to gather and eat! The food in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is prepared by people who know what to do with the bounty that nature provides. But, if you’re visiting the area, you’ll probably see some “interesting” words and
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Contraband 5 Miler

4/27/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
It’s time to lace up – we’re just a few weeks away from Southwest Louisiana’s favorite road race! Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities are getting ready for the 41 st Annual Contraband 5 Miler , which will kick off at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Capital One Tower in downtown Lake Charles. The Contraband Days 5 Miler originated in 1976
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Louisiana Food Groups

4/26/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Culinary
Most of us in Louisiana can agree on one thing: food is KING! And, there’s no shortage of food when it comes to our Cajun and Creole cuisine. Visitors be warned – once you’re here, the traditional food pyramid is forgotten and our unique and savory foods will take over. The food in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is prepared by people who know
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Biking in Lake Charles

3/27/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Outdoors
It’s official – spring has arrived, and there’s no better time to hop on a bike and get out & about to explore the great outdoors in Southwest Louisiana! One of my favorite places to ride is at Sam Houston Jones State Park . This park is great for outdoor enthusiasts, offering several scenic, shady trails of varying distances. Check out the trail
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Mardi Gras 12th Night

1/3/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
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 of the Carnival season – and if you’re like me, it
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Free & Affordable Workouts in Lake Charles

10/28/2016 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Outdoors
Getting in shape doesn’t have to break the bank! Whether you’re a local trying to add something new to your fitness routine, or if you’re a visitor wanting to get out and explore the area without depleting your vacation money, here are a few ways to get fit in Lake Charles. Prien Lake Park A great location for walkers, joggers and those looking to
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Top Spots for a Picnic in Southwest Louisiana

9/19/2016 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Outdoors
Fall is a great time to enjoy a crisp breeze, your toes in the sand (or grass) and a fulfilling picnic with friends and family. Whatever your preference, there are several locations in the area that offer prime real estate for picnicking! So grab a blanket, wicker basket, sandwiches and a few drinks and take in all that nature offers. Along the
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