Lift the cucumbers off your eyes to read all about how to spoil yourself in Southwest Louisiana. From spas to epicurean delights, you can float down lazy rivers or shop for local fashions. Either way, you’re sure to feel refreshed and vibrant after experiencing luxurious Lake Charles! Or, for the “outdoorsy flipside” of Lake Charles, explore outdoor fun, brews and downhome eats here.
Lazy rivers, spectacular pools, spas, delectable dining, and a refreshing drink with a twist of lime – L’Auberge Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Lake Charles and Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel – are destinations unto themselves. During the summer months, water is just fine for a dip in the pool at one of Lake Charles’ premier gaming resorts. As the warm, fragrant winds shift to crisp fall breezes, heated pools, hot tubs or firepits on the beach add a hint of enchantment to the cooler months. Also in the cooler months, the thundering sounds of thoroughbreds rock the racetrack at Delta Downs.
Louisiana is known for its delectable Cajun/Creole cuisine and flavorful fare, but those dishes are for everyday eating – part of the culture. For an upscale experience, you’re in the right place with chefs who have a passion for pushing the limits on how intricate and creative they can get with Louisiana’s seafood or steaks – adding that pinch of magic from centuries of recipe traditions. Your taste buds will swoon for La Truffe, Calla, The Villa Harlequin, Fire & Oak, Mazen’s, James 710 – and Ember (L’Auberge), Vic & Anthony’s (Golden Nugget) or Rosewater Grill & Tavern (Delta Downs). Also, be sure to indulge in Sunday Jazz or Zydeco Brunches - complete with mimosas!
In addition to exhibits at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles or the Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur, you can find local art for sale at Alexander Art Studio in downtown Lake Charles or at Flock of Five Art Emporium in Sulphur. Your eyes will sparkle while looking at colorful largescale art or items that make great gifts for friends and family. For ultimate art lovers, check out local artists in the area with online stores on the HeartBeatTour.
Invigorate and inspire your senses with spa experiences at Spa du Lac inside L’Auberge, the Spa & Salon at Golden Nugget or Scarborough’s Day Spa. From a traditional Swedish massage to more therapeutic treatments, each of these spas sets the mood for relaxation with soft lighting, essential oils, gentle music and all the creature comforts that delight spa connoisseurs. Pamper yourself and release the stresses of the day.
The Wine Store in Lake Charles is a family-owned business that offers red and white wines from various regions from around the world. Every Thursday, enjoy free wine tastings and discounted prices on the featured wines. Bodega Wine Dive is casually elegant where you can get cheese & charcuterie, brick oven pizzas and delicious wines. Another wine experience is The Cellar at Crave which is opening the summer of 2021. Lake Charles also hosts Rouge et Blanc, premier wine event in October as well as Smoke & Barrel whiskey tasting in November.
For fashionistas, the Lake Area has a surprising number of boutique stores to elevate your style. Located in downtown Lake Charles, you can find Bespoke Hat Company, Olive & Indigo, Iron Shop Provisions and Navarra’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts. Also in Lake Charles, Mimosa Boutique is perfect for what’s trending as well as Mill & Gray – both located in midtown Lake Charles.
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