If you go

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GET­TING THERE

Lake Charles is about a two-hour drive on In­ter­state 10 East from Hous­ton.

STAY­ING THERE

Week­day ho­tel rates at Golden Nugget be­gin at $149; at L’Au­berge at $129. There are plenty of bud­get and mid­price ho­tels on West Lake Prien Road. My week­end rate at Res­i­dence Inn Lake Charles, 1591 W. Prien Lake Road, 337474-1772, was about $140 per night (sig­nif­i­cantly less than the casi­nos charge on week­ends). My ho­tel also had a com­pli­men­tary shut­tle to and from the casi­nos.

UP­COM­ING

Lake Charles will host Smoke & Bar­rel, a cel­e­bra­tion of bour­bon, whiskey and bar­be­cue, on Nov. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1911 His­toric City Hall Arts & Cul­tural Cen­ter, 1001 Ryan St. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is free (bar­be­cue and bev­er­ages for pur­chase); $75 VIP tick­ets in­clude park­ing, beer and wine, bar­be­cue and whiskey tast­ings; smoke­and­bar­rel.org.

MORE INFO

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