Whenever you've had enough - whatever you do - don't just sit there and take it! The therapeutic thing to do is hop in your car, speed dial your buddies and let them know you are on your way to take them to Lake Charles. Oh, and make sure you throw in - "no excuses!"

What's great about Lake Charles is it's a budget friendly destination. In fact, Lake Charles was featured on MSNBC as a great place to visit for the value. In addition to casino resorts, fine dining and entertainment, you can also have some unique hands-on experiences such as Painting with a Twist where you can bring in a bottle of wine, pay a small fee, and voila, you have an art trainer, all the supplies, and you get to walk out the door with your very own original piece of art! Other artistic experiences are also available with the Art Sanctuary, or theatrical and performing arts found in the thriving arts & culture of Southwest Louisiana.

May 14 - June 4, you can start off the weekend right with great entertainment by local and regional bands every Friday from 6-9 p.m. It's the Downtown at Sundown Concert Series, complete with food, beverages and art booths where shoppers can pick up unique gift ideas. Or, now through August 12, you can experience the popular Party by the Pool series every Thursday night at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Or, try your luck at Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel or the Isle of Capri.

Fun times await you and the gang in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana. For itinerary planning and checking out the scene, visit www.visitlakecharles.org.