Romantic Getaway or Honeymoon Ideas in Lake Charles, LA
Resorts, spa treatments, nightlife, concerts, incredible dining and more in a relaxing atmosphere – might be closer than you think!
Summer is a time when the important parts of life seem to float to the surface. Romantic getaways are part of that picture – celebrating a honeymoon, an anniversary – or just needing to reconnect. Even for a much needed long weekend getaway, one place that is an oasis of resort relaxation, or connecting with nature is Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana. It is a unique area conveniently located on Interstate 10, halfway between Houston and Baton Rouge. With its proximity to the coast, there is a myriad adventures or ways to unwind.
The area is known for casino resorts, with four casino complexes in the area. Golden Nugget Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino Resort sit side by side along the waterway, and both have beach docks where people can anchor or pull up their boats to enjoy seaside comforts of food and live music during summer months. Each also feature spas, golf courses, live entertainment, incredible restaurants and retail outlets in addition to the casino floor. Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has a Texas flair with restaurants, an event center, and of course, seasonal thundering and majestic horseracing. Also, the Isle of Capri Hotel Casino has a relaxed atmosphere with a dancefloor for people wanting to do the two step or Cajun/Zydeco dancing.
Music, art, festivals and culture are all thriving in Southwest Louisiana. With several art galleries and cultural museums, such as the Mardi Gras Museum, there is no shortage of stumbling upon something interesting with a nod to our history. There are outdoor concerts, live music, and a downtown area with all local food experience such as jazz brunches on Sundays to a Zydeco brunch on Saturday. Weekend brunches are delicious and a fantastic way to soak in culture and music. Local music can also be found in nightclubs, casinos and restaurants.
In Southwest Louisiana, you are never far from nature. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road wraps around Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes, giving them both a big “hug.” The trail is actually a 180 mile drive through marsh and prairie lands. The experience includes 4 wildlife refuges with walking trails, boardwalks along the marsh and prairie, and also, you can see alligators, birds, marshland creatures and flowers in bloom, especially in the spring and summer months. It is recommended to kick off your journey at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, complete with interactive displays where you can have an immersive experience with music, food, history and the great outdoors.
For a taste of local brew, Crying Eagle Brewing Company recently opened last year, and the name “Crying Eagle” is the English translation of the Atakapa Indian name “Calcasieu” which is the parish or “county” name of the area. Crying Eagle has three main brews, but if you visit the tap room, you can taste from the brew master’s experiments! Crying Eagle also features live music and an outdoor beer garden.
If live music is your thing, Rikenjaks Brewing Company has an outdoor patio with a stage as well as an indoor stage. You can listen to local artists and traveling artists seven days a week. The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is eclectic, relaxing and comfortable. Rikenjaks serves many Louisiana beers including Crying Eagle, Abita, Bayou Teche, Great Raft, Parish and Tin Roof. Rikenjak’s is owned by a former music educator, so music and atmosphere is just as important as the service and food. Also, be sure to check out Luna Live, Luna Bar & Grill or Blue Dog Café for live music in the downtown area.
While in town, there are two other unique local products that you have to try – Bayou Rum and Acadian Coffee Roasters. Bayou Rum Distillery offers tours and three different flavors of rum, all made with Louisiana sugarcane, and one is even made with satsumas! Sweet! Acadian Coffee Roasters is organically sourced coffee that is produced in Southwest Louisiana. In addition to these local products, there are several farmers’ markets with products that are created in Southwest Louisiana from juices to produce to popsicles.
For more information on Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, festivals, attractions, places to stay, restaurants, shopping and more, log onto www.visitlakecharles.org/LoveLC.