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You know you're from Lake Charles if ...

You know how to spell boudin, pronounce boudin, and how to find the best boudin. You aren’t surprised to find bait, ammunition, and movie rentals all in one store. You still marvel at the nearly 400-year-old Sallier Oak no matter how many times you've seen it. You’re “fixin’ “ to do…

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Top 10 #VisitLakeCharles Pins

Being the official travel inspiration for Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is so much fun! There are tons of things to experience in the area! From Cajun culture, music and festivals to outdoor adventures and luxurious casino resorts. Here are our Top 10 Pins that we hope will inspire you to…

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Weather in Southwest Louisiana

In Southwest Louisiana, you never know what to expect when it comes to weather! You could be wearing sweaters and gloves in the morning and then be in your t-shirt and shorts just a few hours later. On average, the temperature in Lake Charles in the winter months ranges from the mid-40s to mid-60s…

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Top 20 Local Favorites: The Results are In!

If there is one thing we know in Southwest Louisiana-its food! In the month of June, we asked you to vote for your Top 20 Local Favorite Restaurants. More than 3,800 votes were cast, and we are happy to announce Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana’s Top 3 restaurants! First place went to Steamboat…

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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

Is it just me or is shopping more fun when you’re on vacation? You want something memorable or unique to that destination.  You may want to get your friends or children souvenirs.  And on a business trip, you finally have precious alone time to browse.  In Lake Charles, there are several great boutiques giving you good reasons to shop local! Part 1, of Reasons You Should Shop Local will highlight ladies fashion and great places to stock up on local culinary gifts…

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Mardi Gras Galore!

Photo by www.monsoursphotography.net From elaborate headpieces, to flowing gowns, crowns, and scepters, Mardi Gras krewes outfit their royal courts in the best and brightest royal regalia. And, if the Royal Gala is any indication, nobody takes Mardi Gras costumes more seriously than the…

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