Friday, December 12, 2014
Growing up, my father’s photography studio was located in downtown Lake Charles in a historic building from the early 1900s.  I spent many summers there helping in the office, answering phone calls and assisting in photo shoots.  My brother and I would even play hide and seek when we were kids.  Those old homes have lots of hiding spaces!

The historic Locke mansion located at 929 Broad St. in Lake Charles, La. was built in 1910.
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After my dad bought the home in the early 1980s, they did some renovations and found some pocket doors.  In the pocket doors, they found newspaper articles stuffed within the walls from the 1800s.  I always thought that was so cool and I think that’s what started my fascination with the Charpentier Historic District.  Charpentier is French for carpenter, by the way!

Learn more about the Charpentier Historic District at
Photo by Marty Solis
Recently, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau developed a free Lake Charles Historic Tour App.  It brings the Charpentier Historic District to life through a guided tour of the 40-block area of homes in the National Register of Historic Places.  You can choose a 30 Minute Tour, One Hour Tour or Ghost Stories Tour. 

1911 Historic City Hall has a permanent exhibit on the Great Fire of 1910 and is
featured on the One Hour Tour.  Photo by
The haunted legends tour, or Eerie Calcasieu Tour, as it is named in the app, has some pretty crazy stories included.  There’s even a video that captures some great stories of the local ghosts.  There are also videos on the Great Fire of 1910, Lake Charles Architecture and the History of Lake Charles. 

The Eerie Calcasieu Tour features haunted sites throughout Lake Charles.
The app promotes social network sharing and even allows the user to create a post card from the district.  It's available in multiple languages and Closed Captioning, which is great if you have friends from other countries who are visiting and would prefer to experience the tour in their native language.

Download the free app in your app store by searching for “Lake Charles Historic Tour.”  

Learn more about the Charpentier Historic District at

Check out this quick video about the Lake Charles Historic Tour App.

Friday, December 5, 2014
Corner Suite by Landry's, Inc.
The Golden Nugget Lake Charles is almost officially open for business! 

“The opening of the Golden Nugget has been highly anticipated for the region,” said Megan M. Hartman, senior marketing manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

With 740 guest rooms and suites, meeting space, extensive retail outlets, a full-service spa, and an innovative casino floor, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles has truly emphasized the appeal of Southwest Louisiana being a premier resort destination.
Double Room by Landry's, Inc.

King Room by Landry's, Inc.
Foodies will be delighted to know there are nine restaurants to choose from!  Just a few of the examples are fine dining at Vic & Anthony’s, legendary Gulf seafood from Landry’s Seafood House, and casual 24/7 options at Claim Jumper. Their extensive, Vegas-style buffet even offers hand dipped strawberries!

There’s a lazy river with a water slide, along with a marina and private beach.  Golden Nugget has already booked top name entertainers for the first quarter like LeAnn Rimes, Meryl Haggard, and Alabama.

Although Golden Nugget Lake Charles is the fifth Golden Nugget property by Landry’s, Inc. chairman, CEO and sole owner Tilman J. Feritta, it is really the flagship since this $700 million resort is the 1st resort they built from the ground up.

But golfers hold tight.  The 18-hole championship golf course, the Country Club at the Golden Nugget, is set to open at the end of April just in time for the start of summer.

They will be accepting room reservations beginning December 8.  Find more information on the area’s four casino options at



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