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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.

Tailgating in Southwest Louisiana

8/28/2018 by Colten Miller
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 spice them up with some cajun and creole dishes? Being
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Downtown at Sundown 2018 Concert Highlights

5/17/2018 by Colten Miller
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, foodie finds, local art and family fun. Set up
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Louisiana Snow Day - December Photo of the Month

12/27/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Outdoors
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 gator” creation! “This photo was taken during my
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Morning Stroll: #VisitLakeCharles Photo of the Month

11/30/2017 by Colten Miller
Posted In:  Outdoors
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 that comes with the holiday season. For me, going on
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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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