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Weekend in Lake Charles: Photostory

Photos by Michael Hobson When you visit Southwest Louisiana, you might be wondering where to start. What should I do? Where to eat? Travel writer and foodie, Michael Hobson visited the Lake Charles area and put together an inspiring collection of photos of his trip. Here are his favorite highlights…

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Where to buy Local Products in Southwest Louisiana

Two facts that you will learn in this blog post; Southwest Louisiana is home to some uber creative and talented individuals, and that I have a passion for shopping more than most humans (if you’ve spent any amount of time with me you’re aware of the second fact). Over the years, my shopping style…

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#EatSWLA: Bayou Rum Hurricane Cocktail

I’ve experienced a few tropical storms and hurricanes and I have come to the conclusion that my kind of hurricane season is shaken with ice. Big thanks to Bayou Rum for coming up with this sweet sipping cocktail. Louisiana Spirits does an amazing job of distilling a variety of rums. This particular…

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5 Christmas Cocktails from Bayou Rum

Are you planning a party this holiday season? Impress your guests with Christmas cocktails that add sizzle and sparkle to your spirits. Enjoy these recipes made with Southwest Louisiana’s own Bayou Rum. 1. YULETIDE COCKTAIL 1.5 oz Bayou Spiced Rum .5 oz vanilla vodka 2 oz cranberry juice 2 oz…

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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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Tour Offerings in Southwest Louisiana

Whether you’re visiting Southwest Louisiana for the first time or if you’re a local resident, there is always a new adventure to be had! The Lake area’s history and culture, the great outdoors, and the unique culinary offerings provide an array of things to see, do and taste. Here are a few of the…

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6 Food Stops You Have to Visit

We’re big fans of the 48-hour getaway to New Orleans. And while driving back to Houston doesn’t always feel so great after a wild weekend, my family makes a practice of making room for an empty cooler and taking orders from friends for boudin, andouille, cracklins and jerky at the mom-and-pop spots that are just off Interstate 10 near Lake Charles.  It’s the polite thing to do.  Here are six favorite spots near the Texas/Louisiana state line along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail…

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Reasons You Should Shop Local Lake Charles, Part 2

In Part 1 of Reasons You Should Shop Local, we went through a few boutiques for ladies apparel and fun shops for foodies. In Part 2, we’ll hit a few Louisiana made items at local stores and where to find treasures for your home.  It’s always nice to be able to bring back something to reminisce about your trip…

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