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Author: Elizabeth Eustis

Elizabeth Eustis grew up in Elmer, La and moved to Lake Charles 13 years ago to study at McNeese State University. Elizabeth is the digital media manager at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau and enjoys sharing the culture of Southwest Louisiana with all who visit. Watch out, her smile and laugh are contagious! Elizabeth enjoys trying new activities and foods and makes sure to document all of her adventures on social media! Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Whisafaye and @LakeCharlesCVB.

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Winners - 2017

9/14/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Another proud year for Southwest Louisiana - 53 of our local businesses have claimed the title “ Certificate of Excellence !” This honor celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Well done, SWLA! And thanks to all of our visitors for giving us such high
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11 Best Instagram Accounts in Lake Charles

9/1/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Arts
We’ve got an awe-inspiring destination to explore here in Southwest Louisiana. Really, it’s remarkably photogenic! And not just for travelers – our locals are out and about taking in all the sights, sounds and flavors the area’s got to offer. Here are 11 of the best local Igers, aka Instagrammers, who you should be following. (In no particular
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Top 9 Free Things to Do in Lake Charles

8/31/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
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’ at the Groove , Downtown at Sundown , and Catch a
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Lake Charles Happy Hour Highlights

8/28/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
Long week? Or maybe just a long day. Happy Hour to the rescue, y’all! Great drink deals, good food, and live music/entertainment; it’s the perfect recipe for a smile. Loggerheads Loggerheads is ideal for parties and gatherings. Choose from either indoor or outdoor patio seating. My favorite spot, the bar located on the scenic Calcasieu River, the
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6 Lake Charles Bloggers to Follow Right Now

8/23/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Want to know how Lake Charles locals live? Places to visit, foods to taste, and things to do? Of course, you can always read the Visit Lake Charles blog, but I’ve found a 6 super local bloggers who “tell the tale” of Southwest Louisiana and are a joy to follow. 1. Rooted Gypsy: Jessica Pickett Jessica’s blog adventures take you all over the globe
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Trip Advisor Says: Best Cocktail Bars

8/21/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Culinary
An evening out wouldn’t be complete without some amazing cocktails. Lake Charles is a fun-loving city, with a variety of local bars, craft cocktail restaurants, and pubs. But when you’re looking for the BEST cocktails to sit and enjoy, where do you go? Look no further. We’ve scoured Trip Advisor reviews for the crème de crème of mixologists. Here
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8 Reasons to Love the Lake Charles Children’s Museum

8/16/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Posted In:  Festivals & Events
School classrooms aren’t the only places for the kiddos to learn. Take a visit to the Lake Charles Children's Museum - it has 3 floors of fun activities for kids. Watching the kids play, learn and ignite their curiosity – it’s the cutest! Plus it’s good for them (and you). Here are a few reasons why you’ll love the Children’s Museum. 1. There is
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Lake Charles Fresh: Where to Find Farmers Markets

7/26/2017 by Elizabeth Eustis
Growing up in a rural part of Central Louisiana, I was spoiled with a full garden – almost year around. Tomatoes, sweet corn, purple hull peas, ford hook lima beans, squash, blueberries and sometimes watermelon. If we weren’t growing it, we were swapping veggies with our neighbors. Mom and Dad also spent a lot of time canning, pickling, blanching,
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