Essentially America

DISCOVER LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA, THE SOUTH’S PREMIER CASINO RESORT DESTINATIO­N

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How can you resist a lakeside holiday that combines colourful, unique, Deep South heritage and a wide range of outdoor activities with stays at four-star resorts that offer casino gaming and live entertainm­ent? You can find them all in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the South’s Premier Casino Resort Destinatio­n.

Base yourself in one of two side-byside, four-star, lakefront resorts – Golden Nugget Lake Charles or L’Auberge Lake Charles – and discover all the options: a wide choice of table and slot/video machine games, 16 dining opportunit­ies, 36 holes of championsh­ip golf, two luxury pools/lazy rivers, multiple retail shops

and a wealth of live entertainm­ent.

Just up the road, connect with nature and view alligators and more than 400 bird species as you explore the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road’s vast marshlands and 26 miles of natural Gulf of Mexico beaches.

As for culinary delights, sample delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, including fresh Louisiana seafood seasoned to perfection – you can even catch your own blue crabs and redfish – and then head along the Craft Brews and Spirits Trail to sample everything from micro-brews to Louisiana-grown and -produced rum, vodka and organic, Fair Trade coffee. As for Louisiana’s unique heritage, nowhere else can you view the world’s largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes, take a free, self-guided tour past the magnificen­t homes in the 40-block Charpentie­r Historic District, and – if in the area in early May (2-5 this year) – enjoy the lake’s colourful Louisiana Pirate Festival. It is said that infamous French pirate Jean Lafitte hid part of his treasure in the area.

An added lure for Lake Charles is its closeness to Houston and New Orleans, respective­ly only two and three-and-ahalf hours’ drive away.

For more informatio­n, visit www.VisitLakeC­harles.org

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The Lake Charles waterfront
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Alligator watching
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Delicious Louisiana seafood
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The pool at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles

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