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Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
1205 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
touristinfo@visitlakecharles.org
1-800-456-SWLA
www.visitlakecharles.org
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB

Two Cool Louisiana Hotspots



Two Cool Louisiana Hotspots

Lafayette

Listen as you explore this city in the heart of Acadiana and you’ll hear plenty of Cajun-French spoken. The region’s music, dancing, food, and history create a distinctive community. Allons-y! Lafayette.travel

Where To Grab a Bite:

You’ll find some of the best food in the world in Lafayette. Start your day at the French Press with grits and grillades, then sashay over to the Blue Dog Café for a Cajun fusion lunch.  Cap it all with duck and andouille gumbo from Charley G’s and oysters at Don’s Seafood Hut. TheFrenchPressLafayette.com, BlueDogCafe.com, CharleyGs.com, DonsSeafoodOnline.com

Grab Some Culture:

Blue Moon Saloon is a house on the outskirts of downtown widely known as the place to go for live music. It’s also a super casual guesthouse; rooms come with access to a piano and a free drink ticket when there are shows in the saloon. Although the rooms are great, the focus is on Cajun music. BlueMoonPresents.com

Where To Work Up a Sweat:

In Lafayette, dancing (think Cajun two-step) and food go together. You’ll find a huge dance floor at Randol’s, meaning you can enjoy some crawfish etouffee and then dance the calories away. Randols.com

Prejean’s Simply Cajun also has live music every night at 7 p.m. and during Cajun breakfast on weekends. Prejeans.com

Grab Some History and a Gift:

Check out Vermilionville, a representation of an 18th- and 19th-century Cajun village. The 19 buildings are interesting, but the fiddle players, woodcarvers, and gumbo cooks are the real treat. BayouVermilionDistrict.org

A great spot for local artists’ work is the Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery, home of the Louisiana Crafts Guild. LouisianaCrafts.org

Lake Charles

Lake Charles is over on the west side of Cajun country. It’s chock-full of culture,  good food, casinos, and one of the best Mardi Gras celebrations in the world. VisitLakeCharles.org

Where To Grab a Bite:

Meet meat-maker extraordinaire Matthew Frugé at the Sausage Link to sample boudin and other Cajun sausages (337-625-2030), and stop by B&O Kitchen & Grocery to pick up some fresh cracklins (337-625-4637).

For white tablecloth French-inspired meals, visit La Truffe Sauvage. TheWildTruffle.com

Where To Stay:

The lavish new Golden Nugget will wow you with its championship golf course, swimming pool and lazy river, private beach, marina, gorgeous rooms, and 12 different restaurants.  GoldenNugget.com/LakeCharles

Parking It:

Start your exploration of the 180-mile-long Creole Nature Trail All-American Road at the new Adventure Point, an interactive museum that prepares you for understanding the wildlife, culture and landscape of the trail. It’s your jumping off point for the Louisiana Outback. VisitLakeCharles.org

Grab Some Culture:

Mardi Gras week is filled with king cakes, a gumbo cook-off, all manner of parades and parties, glitzy costumes, and a famous horseback ride to chase chickens and beg for gumbo ingredients. If you’re not there for the actual fun, check out the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu. swlaMardiGras.com

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Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
1205 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
1-800-456-SWLA
www.visitlakecharles.org
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB

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