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#VisitLakeCharles Videos: Year in Review

In case you missed them, we put out a few videos this year. Check ‘em out! Explore the Creole Nature Trail Sensory overload, too much screen time and the ever-present phone in our pockets. These days it’s much too easy to get caught up in the virtual world. The video showcases a day-in-the-life of…

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Catch and Cook

Have you ever experienced the thrill of being out on the water, rod and reel in hand, when you suddenly feel a strike from a redfish or speckled trout as it hits the end of your line? If not, you certainly should. How could it get any better you ask? Try dining on your catch that same day. Looking…

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Big Screens in Lake Charles

Streaming services are all the buzz these days. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime allow people to watch their favorite TV shows and movies from the comfort of their couch, but the content that they provide is weeks, sometimes months old. The best way to see the latest and greatest in entertainment is…

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6 Best Breakfasts in Southwest Louisiana

Story and photos by Angie Kay Dilmore They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ll have no problem getting your morning off to a great start at these Southwest Louisiana diners and restaurants known for serving daybreak deliciousness. KD’s Diner KD’s is locally renowned for great…

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The Blossoming Brew Scene in Lake Charles

There’s a trend taking over Southwest Louisiana, and its timing couldn’t be any better. As the summer heat returns in full force, Lake Charles’ craft brewery scene is the perfect remedy. What better way is there to end a sweltering summer day than to visit and share a few laughs with friends over an…

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New Restaurants in Lake Charles

The local restaurant scene is hopping, and it's our good fortune that there seems to be a new eatery opening every other week. Here are a couple of the latest ones with delicious cuisine. RIKENJAKS BREWING COMPANY Photo by John Guidroz This hip, new pub on Ryan Street has everything going for it…

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One Tank Trip to the Gulf Coast Beaches

Whether you’re looking for a “staycation” or quality family time, heading south to the beaches of Cameron Parish along the Creole Nature Trail is a great option here in Southwest Louisiana. Last summer, all my brother wanted for his birthday was for the family to grill out on Rutherford Beach . Truth…

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Blue Dog Café

In 1999, George Rodrigue owned a gallery in Carmel, California and one in New Orleans, but he didn’t have a place in his hometown of Lafayette where people could see his art and experience Cajun food and culture. “That was the genesis of Blue Dog Café ,” said Steve Santillo, owner of this beloved…

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