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Fore the love of golf Great local courses
Museums: A cool place to escape the heat Local highlights and listings
Crawfish, cuisine and conversation
on the cover A fundraiser by The Symphony of Lake Charles Gators on the Geaux, has become the largest public art display ever to hit Southwest Louisiana. Gators on the Geaux features over 100 larger-than-life polyresin alligators, painted and decorated by talented artists from Louisiana and beyond. Modeled after Chicago’s wildly successful Cows on Parade and New Orleans’ Festival of Fins, these Gators on the Geaux can be seen throughout Lake Charles. See how many you can find!
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t’s summer time in SE Texas and SW Louisiana! During the months of May, June and July things really start to heat up around here. We’re not talking about just the weather. Right now is the peak of crawfish season and you are in the right part of the country to get the best boiled crawfish anywhere. Done right! We assigned feature writer Jim “King of the Road” King to the enviable task of helping you find the best bucket or tray of fresh, steaming, hot and spicy boiled crawfish available anywhere. Be sure and cruise along with Jim to Lake Charles, Louisiana and to Mauriceville, Winnie, Groves and Beaumont, Texas where he’ll get you started out right. The locals have been cruising with “King of the Road” for a long time. This issue we are introducing Jim to the travelers. His wit, knowledge of the area and insider’s view is sure to make you feel welcome. While Jim was on assign-
ment he also discovered a few really unique “crawfish holes” serving up excellent food, along with some very good entertainment. They say crawfish taste better when you have some good music you can tap your foot to! Don’t get left behind! Fore!! If golf is your game you came to the right place. Our editor Therese has compiled an accounting of all the golfing spots she could find in the region. SE Texas and SW Louisiana is home to over 20 public and semi public golf courses. The area offers a fantastic range of play on some of the most beautiful golf courses in the south. Our tropical climate keeps things green and allows for year-round golfing with challenges at every skill level. Expect to see some of the local wildlife while you’re playing. As a side note, the unwritten rule is that we usually let the alligator keep what they catch, but it’s up to you! If you’re having trouble acclimating to the heat and humidity of
summer, a visit to one of our cool, air conditioned museums might be the answer. It’ no coincidence that Beaumont is the “Museum Capital of Texas”, and you’ll find them all here in Getaway Magazine. Port Arthur is home to the Museum of the Gulf Coast and Orange, Texas is home to The Stark Museum of Art which should not be missed. Lake Charles and SW Louisiana has a children’s museum, a Mardi Gras museum, a railroad museum, the USS Orlect Naval Museum, plus several art galleries. We live right here in SE Texas, along with our 6 children and 3 grandchildren, and we extend ya’ll a warm welcome. Marcie and I feel truly blessed to live here in the area with so many things we can be proud of. Welcome to our home; rich with Cajun culture, a thriving music scene, museums, festivals, beaches, lakes, fishing, bird watching, nature and canoe trials, golfing, world class gaming, pirate folk-lore, outstanding restaurants and a lot of very friendly people. We’re glad you came to visit us and know with very little effort that you will create memories that last a lifetime while discovering why we call this home. Our sincere wish is that Getaway Magazine has helped you make the most of your visit. Be sure and let us know how we can make your visit even better next time.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Randy and Marcie Duplecion Publishers, Getaway Magazine of SE Texas and SW Louisiana
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golf By Therese Shearer
On a business trip and stressed from the endless meetings? Maybe just needing a little rest and relaxation? Whether you’re a diehard veteran or a newbie, golf is a great way to get out, enjoy the weather and unwind, while getting some exercise at the same time. The wonderful weather that our area is known for makes for a pleasant experience- enjoy the bright sunshine and the lush greens at one of our area’s many courses.
Southeast Texas Golf Courses
Southwest Louisiana Golf Courses Mallard Cove Golf Course 18 holes over 6,903 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) Chennault Airport | Lake Charles | (337) 491-1204 Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge Du Lac 18 holes over 7,089 yards with a par of 71 (Public) 777 Ave. Lauberge | Lake Charles | (866) 580-7444
Bayou Din Golf Club 27 holes, comprised of three nine hole courses ranging from 2,880 to 3,605 yards (Public) 8537 Labelle Rd. | Beaumont | (409) 796-1327
Pine Shadows Golf Course 18 holes over 6,494 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 750 N. Goodman Rd. | Lake Charles | (337) 433-8681
Silsbee Country Club 9 holes over 3,203 yards with a par of 36 (Public) 6200 Country Club Rd. | Silsbee | (409) 385-4372
Wildwood Golf Course 18 holes over 6,716 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 2200 Button Willow | Village Mills | (409) 834-2940
The National Golf Club of Louisiana 18 holes over 6,944 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) 1400 National Dr. | Westlake | (866) 255-6693
Idylwild Golf Club 18 holes over 6,727 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 1100 E. Pineshadows Dr. | Sour Lake | (409) 753-2521
Babe Zaharias Golf Course 18 holes over 6,867 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) 3500 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. | Port Arthur | (409) 722-8286
Gray Plantation Golf Course 18 holes over 6,946 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 6150 Graywood Pkwy. | Lake Charles | (337) 562-1663
Iron Oaks Golf Club 18 holes over 6,298 yards with a par of 70 (Public) 4654 Brooks Rd. | Beaumont | (409) 866-9191
The Patch Golf Club 9 holes over 2,877 yards with a par of 35 (Public) 5721 Monroe St. | Groves | (409) 963-3763
Frasch Park Golf Course 18 holes over 6,298 yards with a par of 71 (Municipal) 400 Picard Rd. | Sulphur | (337) 527-2515
Henry Homberg Golf Course 18 holes over 6,786 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) 5940 Babe Zahrias Dr. | Beaumont | (409) 842-3220
Belle Oaks Golf Club 18 holes over 6,654 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 15075 Country Club Dr. | Beaumont | (409) 796-1311
Bayou Oaks Country Club 18 holes over 6,268 yards with a par of 72 (Semi-Private) 2300 Bonvie Dr. | Sulphur | (337) 583-7129
Brentwood Country Club 18 holes over 7,129 yards with a par of 72 (Semi-Private) 4201 S. Major Dr. | Beaumont | (409) 840-9440
Magnolia Ridge Country Club 9 holes over 3,245 yards with a par of 36 (Public) 100 Country Club Lane | Liberty | (936) 336-3551
Koasati Pines at Coushatta Casino Resort 18 holes over 7,617 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 300 Koasati Dr. | Kinder | (337) 738-4777
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attractions in southeast texas Adventure Kingdom
Come One, Come All! Kings. Queens. Damsels in distress. Brave Knights. Your adventure awaits you at the newest family entertainment park in Southeast Texas. Adventure Kingdom is located five minutes north of Beaumont on Highway 69 toward Lumberton. Adventure Kingdom offers an 18-hole Renaissance-themed mini golf course, gasoline-powered, zero-turning radius, bumper cars and swan paddle boats. It is an exciting park for any group of any size. Adventure Kingdom is a pleasurable outing with friends and family just minutes away- north of Parkdale Mall! For more information, visit www.adventurekingdom. com or call (409) 751-KING.
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A must-see for all ages. Over 200 American alligators including Big Al, the largest Texas gator in captivity. Guided tours are informative, entertaining, safe and enjoyable. Come get up close and personal with gators at Gator County. We’re located just off Interstate 10, west of Beaumont at 21159 FM 365. Visit us at www. gatorcountrytx.net or call (409) 794-WILD.
Heritage Village is an exciting, educational living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s. Walk through an old-time blacksmith shop. Check out a
railroad depot. Visit a livery stable or any one of the community’s manylog cabins. Or just stroll through the East Texas forest. See demonstrations of the old ways from people who have either studied the art or lived it. Heritage Village is an outstanding insight into what pioneer life in East Texas was like. Enjoy our website www.heritagevillage.org, and come visit us soon! Heritage Village Museum is located on Highway 190 West in Woodville, Texas. For more information, call 409-283-2272 or 800-323-0389 or email them at info@ heritage-village.org.
Louisiana Airboat Tours
We offer exciting rides through the bayous and marshes along the SETX-SWLA border. Your captain will point out the various plants and animals native to our area, as well as a few that are not. Don’t miss this attraction and bring your camera. Located at the Simmons Drive exit off I-H 10, coming or going. For more information, visit www.louisianaairboatinc.com or call (409) 883-0318.
A beautiful 1,450-seat performing arts facility owned by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation operated by Lutcher Theater, Inc. It is the largest Performing Arts Series from Houston, TX to Jacksonville FL, with annual attendance at approximately 30,000 adults and children. Visit www.lutcher.org or call (409) 886-5535.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center This
connects based clapboard buildings and artifacts. Fronting boardwalks that surround the square are replicas of the Gladys City Company office, general store, post office, blacksmith shop, surveyor’s office, barbershop, saloon, livery, undertaker’s establishment and photo studio. Groups may request a reenactment of that fateful time in 1901 when oil spewed from the ground for 9 whole days before the Lucas Gusher was capped off. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm and Sun. 1pm-5pm. Group tours may be arranged in advance by calling (409) 835-0823. We’re located on Highway 69 at University Drive, Beaumont. Admission: Adults $5, Kids $1, Seniors $2. Handicap accessible.
Sports Connection We are a tropical-themed family entertainment center specializing in FUN individuals of all ages with nature. Visit Shangri La and rekindle your sense of wonder. Visit www.shangrilagardens.org or call (409) 670-9113.
Spindletop/Gladys City Boom-town Museum Beaumont fame began with a bang when the Lucas Gusher blew at Spindletop on January 10, 1901. A boomtown sprang up overnight ushering in the energy age and giving rise to major petroleum companies. The Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum gives groups a chance to experience this era in history first hand. The boomtown replica captures the spirit of the Spindletop era with authentically may-july 2011
attractions in southeast texas located less than 10 minutes from most Beaumont/Port Arthur hotels! We have indoor cabana party rooms and a full arcade complete with a redemption center, 18-hole miniature golf course with two ponds for water hazards, batting cages for all levels, go karts, bumper boats, phazer zone, remote control boats and indoor and outdoor party rooms. Snacks, light meals and beverages available at our concession stand. Our “Mosquito Mister” system keeps the pesky insects away for a pleasant experience. Conveniently located on Highway 69 South between Beaumont and Nederland. For more information, please visit www.sportsconnection4fun. com or call (409) 729-4000.
Stark Museum of Art Explore the art of the American West at the
Stark Museum of Art. Wonderful paintings, sculpture, and prints from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries highlight the stunning land, dramatic people and diverse wildlife of the region. Home to many interesting and educational exhibits. For further information, please visit us online at www.starkmuseum.org or call us at (409) 886-ARTS.
The W.H. Stark House This Victorian landmark in Orange has been restored to its original splendor. Tour the 14,000 square-foot home that was completed in 1894 by William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam M. Lutcher Stark. For more information, visit us at www. whstarkhouse.org or call (409) 883-0871.
Oops... our secret’s out! Some of the best saltwater fishing in the country can be found right here in Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles! Whether it’s fly, inland, nearshore or offshore fishing, bring your rod, reel and a tackle box and you’ll be sure to catch “the big one”. We have many respected and experienced local guides that will take you on the trip of a lifetime! BIG LAKE GUIDE SERVICE (inland guide). Captains Jeff and Mary Poe, 150 Junius Granger Rd., Lake Charles, LA. Call 337-598-3268 or visit www.biglakeguideservice.com. CORBELLO GUIDE SERVICE (inland and offshore guide). Captain Jack Corbello, 206 Bank St., Lake Charles, LA. Call 337-485-9499. CALCASIEU CHARTER SERVICE (inland and offshore guide). Captain Erik Rue, 210 Bank St., Lake Charles, LA. Call 337-598-4700 or visit the web at www. calcasieucharters.com. CAPTAIN RANDY’S GUIDE SERVICE Capt. Randy Foreman, (inland and offshore Guide). Texas and Louisiana. Call 409-719-6067 or www.fishsabine.com. GOTTA GO CHARTERS (inland and offshore guide). Captain Sammie Faulk, Lake Charles, LA. Call 337-540-2050. GROSSE SAVANNE LODGE (inland guide). Karl Zimmerman or Olan Menard, 1730 Big Pasture Rd., Lake Charles, LA. Call 337-598-2357 or visit www.grossesavanne. com. HACKBERRY CAJUN GUIDE (inland guide). Captain Freddie Beard, Hackberry, LA Call 337-762-3512 or visit www. cajunguide.com. HACKBERRY ROD AND GUN (inland and offshore guide). Captain Buddy Oakes, 485 Lake Breeze, Hackberry, LA. Call 337-762-3391 or www.hackberryrodandgun.com. REEL MEN SPORTS (inland and near-coastal guide). Captain Allen Singletary, Lake Charles. Call 337-497-1029. RON BEGNAUD’S GUIDE SERVICE (inland fly fishing guide). Captain Ron Begnaud, 725 Iberville St., Lake Charles, LA. Call 337-477-7584 or visit www.redchaser.com. For more information on local guides, visit online at www.visitlakecharles.com or you can also visit at www.Beaumontcvb.com.
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MA cooluseums place to escape the heat By Therese Shearer
1 Get Fired Up:
Fire Museum of Texas
Housed in a working historic 1927 Central Fire Station, this museum details the history of fire fighting, and educates visitors on fire prevention and safety. Filled with vintage fire engines, equipment, and memorabilia dating back to the late 1600’s, it also has many interactive exhibits- strap on your fire gear and get behind the wheel of an actual fire engine, or practice fire escape drills in a miniature two-story house. Voted one of “Texas’ Best Free Family Destinations” and home of the world’s largest working fire hydrant. Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm | Admission is FREE. 400 Walnut | Beaumont, TX | 409-880-3927
2 Jurassic to Janis:
Museum of the Gulf Coast
Pre-history an pop culture meet at this museum! Telling the exciting story of the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region, exhibits range from life before the arrival of man, to area sports legends and music icons, such as Janis Joplin, and more! Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm | Sunday 1-5pm Adults $4 | Senior Citizens (62+) $3 Children (Ages 4-18) $2 Children (Age 3 & under) FREE College Students (with/valid ID) $3 Students & Faculty of Lamar State College-Port Arthur (with/valid ID) FREE 700 Procter St. | Port Arthur, TX | 409-982-7000
3 Anchors Aweigh: USS Orleck Naval Museum The USS ORLECK DD886, a World War II-era destroyer, proudly served in both Korea and Vietnam. Get a glimpse into life aboard the ship with this educational, hands-on floating museum! The lasting memorial will leave you feeling patriotic and proud of the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom. Monday-Friday 10am-3pm | Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm | Closed-toed shoes are required to board the ship. Adults (Ages 12-59): $7 | Youth (Ages 6-12) $4 | Children (Age 5 & Under) FREE Seniors (Ages 60+): $6 | Active Military Members $5 (Military ID Required) 604 N. Enterprise Blvd. | Lake Charles, LA | 337-433-4083
4 Mardi Gras Mania: Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu When you think of Louisiana, you think of gumbo, alligators, and... MARDI GRAS! This museum boasts animated mannequins dressed in fantastic costumes, and all things Mardi Gras- the history, floats- even King Cake! Before you leave, board a float to the sound of cheering crowds for a true taste of the exciting parade experience. Photo courtesy of Monsour Photography Tuesday-Friday 1-5pm | Adults $3 | Children & Seniors $2 809 Kirby | Lake Charles, LA | In the Central School Arts & Humanities Center | 337-430-0043
be sure to check out these other great local museums: Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Imperial Calcasieu Museum
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum
John Jay French Museum
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
DeQuincy Railroad Museum
The Stark Museum of Art
Texas Energy Museum
500 Main St. | Beaumont, TX | 409-832-3432 1750 IH-10 E. | Beaumont, TX | 409-833-4622
327 Broad St. | Lake Charles, LA | 337-433-9420
204 W. Sallier St. | Lake Charles, LA | 337-439- 3797 2995 French Rd. | Beaumont, TX | 409-898-3267 Hwy. 69 at University Dr. | Beaumont, TX | 409-835-0823
400 Lake Charles Ave. | DeQuincy, LA | 337-786-2823 712 Green Ave. | Orange, TX | 409-886-2787 350 Pine St. | Beaumont, TX | 409-981-3089
600 Main St. | Beaumont, TX | 409-833-5100
attractions in southwest louisiana Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana
(Three or Four Days) King cake, parades, music, chicken runs and glitzy flowing costumes of Mardi Gras splendor all add to the mystic of the second largest Mardi Gras in Louisiana, complemented by ear-to-ear smiles
and that warm hospitality of Southwest Louisiana. Ushering in the season is Twelfth Night, usually held on January 6, paralleling the entry of the kings at the ancient nativity 12 days after the birth of Jesus. Kings, queens and captains of more than 45 Krewes promenade each year.
On Mardi Gras weekend, arrive in time to enjoy the activities set for the Saturday before Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras and take part in the myriad of festivities of Lake Charles. From the Krewe of Omega Parade, the Cajun Extravaganza and Cook-off, the Krewe of Barkus Parade and the Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance, the possibilities for family fun are endless. Sunday is Children’s Day with carnival rides and a children’s parade, followed by the Mardi Gras Lighted-Boat Parade by the seawall of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Lundi Gras is celebrated with the Krewe of Golden Years and the Royal Gala, which is a spectacular sight to behold with the royal court promenade for the public. No other city allows the public to view this event, so make sure to get your tickets! Mardi Gras day is a day to relax and have fun. In anticipation of the Krewe of Krewes Parade, of the area’s more than 45 Krewes, there are block parties and vendors set up for the show of Mardi Gras spirit. *Several balls are open to the public. Contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 and visit www.swlamardigras. com for more information.
(One or Two Days) The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is “Louisiana’s Outback.” Venture down the Creole Nature Trail, driving and walking tour, and you’ll discover the marshlands and beaches of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. Find an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders that Lake Charles has to offer. Alligators can be seen throughout the year, but normally are more active on windless, warm, sunny days. Snow and Blue Geese usually make their visit along the Wetland Walkway from November to February, and the Creole Nature Trail is a resting area for other transient birds that spend the winter in Central and South America. Other wildlife that resides on the refuges includes armadillo, coyote, mink, nutria, otter, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, skunk and white-tailed deer. For more information and a free brochure, call the bureau at 800-456-7952 or visit www. creolenaturetrail.org.
Promenade Through History
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of Southwest Louisiana. The area has five delightful museums depicting the history of Imperial Calcasieu including the Mardi Gras Museum with the largest display of Mardi Gras costumes in the South, the Brimstone Museum, the DeQuincy Railroad Museum, the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Imperial Calcasieu. Our past is also preserved in the Historic Charpentier District of Victorian homes, placing Lake Charles on the National Registry of Historic Places. Central School Arts and Humanities Center is located in this district, housing many fine arts including the Black Heritage Gallery as well as the Mardi Gras Museum. Fun, interesting, and educational, these tours are perfect for group outings and field trips.
Historic Charpentier District, Downtown Lake Charles
See one of the finest collections of Victorian architecture in the state including an assortment of historic homes dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. They are all on the National Register of Historic Places and named the Gulf South’s prettiest painted place by the Paint Quality Institute. Brochure available. For more information call the Southwest LA/Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-456-SWLA.
visiting the Veterans Memorial Park, Bord du Lac Park, Lake Charles Civic Center and the PPG Interacting Fountain make an excellent combination. These venues are located at 900 Lakeshore Drive along the Northshore of Lake Charles, accessible from Interstate 10 (exit 29 Eastbound, exit 30A westbound). For more information call 800-456-7952 or 337-491-1280.
birds and much more in Southwest Louisiana. For a free Outdoor Guide of marinas and guides in the area, call 800456-7952.
Bord du Lac Park Civic Center PPG Interactive Fountain
For an enjoyable day or a relaxing stroll
This solemn memorial honors two local men killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. There is a piece of granite from the Pentagon honoring Kevin Yokum and a steel girder from the World Trade Center honoring L. Russell Keene II. The memorial features 3,000 pieces of colored glass representing those killed in the three locations. Find this memorial on the Lake Charles Civic Center Grounds at 900 Lakeshore Drive. For information call 800-456-SWLA.
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9th Cajun Woodstock Benefitting St. Jude Hospital
Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu
We have the largest display of Mardi Gras costumes in the world. See costumes, learn about the history of King Cake, Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana and climb aboard a float! We’re located at 809 Kirby in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center in Lake Charles. Hours are Tues.-Fri. 1-5 p.m. $3 adults, $2 children/seniors. Group rates available. Call 337-430-0043.
Hunting and Fishing
(One to Two Days) Southwest Louisiana is known as “Sportsman’s Paradise,” hosting such tournaments as the ESPN2 Redfish Cup and Redfish Nation Q Series tournaments. One of the greatest attractions of Lake Charles is the vast number of fishing and outdoor activities accessible. If gliding out onto watery paradises is your pleasure, you will not have to let the “big one,” get away because there is plenty enough fish in these seas! Choose from on or offshore fishing. Hunters will love the migratory
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Joie De VivreA Little Joy of Living
• Tour Rice & Crawfish Farms • Visit a Rice Interpretive Center • Cajun Dining & Dancing • Visit a German Heritage Museum ACADIA PARISH TOURISM COMMISSION
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2nd annual wheelin’ & peelin’ Rayne, Louisiana
Car Show & Crawfish Cook-off 337-334-2332 firstname.lastname@example.org
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29th annual church point buggy festival Church Point, Louisiana
337-684-2739 www.churchpointbuggyfestival.com may-july 2011
events Southeast Texas JUNE JUNE 2 First Thursdays at the Mildred A cool, unique, very “downtown” monthly event! Join us for dinner, drinks, live music and shopping. Sidewalk vendors with clothing, jewelry, hats, art, books, recycled & handmade stuff galore. At the corner of Calder and MLK, Beaumont. JUNE 1-JULY 10 Mark Messersmith: Scenic Delusions of Ordinary Disappointments Mark Messersmith’s mixed media constructions deal with many issues related to conservation and over-development in Northern Florida and its effects on the indigenous wildlife. Many of his large works are over 80 inches in height and are composed of three to four elements: a detachable carved, painted and decorated panel; a framed, densely complex, oil painting; and a series of dioramic predella panels. www. amset.org, 500 Main, Beaumont, (409) 832-3432
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JUNE 1-JULY 10 Tree Line by Helen Altman Organized by AMSET, features the work of Fort Worth-based artist Helen Altman. Includes Altman’s torch drawings, tree paintings on paper, packing blanket works, snow globes, and goldfish pieces among others. Altman’s work centers mainly on mimicry and replication, and the themes that surface in her works include separation, loneliness and overcrowding, individuality and loss of identity. www.amset. org, 500 Main, Beaumont, (409) 832-3432 JUNE 4-5 Lotus Garden & Bamboo Festival The festival will showcase over 30 varieties of lotuses and 20 varieties of water lilies. In addition, guests can marvel at over 30 varieties of bamboo and even take home some for themselves. 2701 Procter, Port Arthur, call (409) 982-9319 for details or visit www.buumon.org JUNE 19 Juneteenth Celebration Freedom celebration with pageantry, parade
and exhibits. Fun for the whole family! 409-9828040, Port Arthur JUNE 25 9th Annual SETX Mid Summer Classic Wakeboarding Tournament Join the crowds for SETXs’ Official Wakeboarding Competition! Prepare for a day of fun in the sun at the Southeast Texas Wakeboarding Lake with over 100 riders competing in four categories ranging from novice to outlaw where “anything goes”. Get ready for some serious air-catching action! www.setxwakeboarding.com, The SETX lake is about 1/2 mile off of IH-10 westbound (behind Rose City Sand at 1500 W. Freeway, Vidor).
JULY JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration 4th of July Celebration on the Neches River offers a rollicking salute to our nation’s past with events that include local musical groups performing, as well as a concert performed by the Symphony of SETX. The orchestra will
MAY 30 USS Orleck Memorial Day Commemoration 11 a.m., USS Orleck, 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, 337-433-4083, Adults $7; Youth 6-12 $4; Seniors $6; Active Military $5; Children 5 and under Free
JUNE JUNE 6-JULY 4 Catch-A-Concert Recurring weekly on Mon., 7-8:30 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center, Arcade Pavillion, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Free perform aboard a barge anchored in the Neches as the audience savors the music from the park’s grassy knoll. Fireworks explode in the sky while the explosive and dramatic sight continues for about 30 minutes. Top it off with down-home southern style cuisine and you’re talking about a celebration! At Riverfront Park, for information, call (409) 838-3435. JULY 7 First Thursdays at the Mildred A cool, unique, very “downtown” monthly event! Join us for dinner, drinks, live music and shopping. Sidewalk vendors with clothing, jewelry, hats, art, books, recycled & handmade stuff galore. At the corner of Calder and MLK, Beaumont. JULY 22-SEPTEMBER 4 Southeast Texas Collects: Jamie Paul Kessler German Pottery Collection Jamie Paul Kessler is a Beaumont artist, adjunct art professor at Lamar University and art teacher at Fletcher Elementary School. Kessler began collecting German pottery four to five years ago and since then the collection has grown to between 600 and 800 pieces, many of which he displays in his Beaumont home on a rotating basis. The exhibition will consist of multiple groupings of the German pottery that address various highly unique stylistic traits. www. amset.org, 500 Main, Beaumont, (409) 832-3432
defined by their lack of any formal education in the arts and an almost fervent desire to create art. They are frequently provoked by some type of spiritual awakening and will create artwork with whatever materials they have on hand. www. amset.org, 500 Main, Beaumont, (409) 832-3432
Southwest Louisiana MAY MAY 12-14 Starks Mayhaw Festival Recurring daily on Thurs. and Fri. from 4-10 p.m., and Sat. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Corners of HWY 12 and 109, Starks, 337-743-6297, Free MAY 13- 6/3 Downtown at Sundown Concert Series Recurring weekly on Fri. 6-9 p.m., Ryan Street, Downtown Lake Charles, 337-491-9159, Free MAY 27-28 Sulphur Heritage Day Recurring daily Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Heritage Square, 923 Ruth Street, Sulphur, 337-527-4500, Free
JUNE 11 Louisiana Swashbucklers vs. Houston 7 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, $12-$70 JUNE 18-19 Juneteenth Celebration Recurring daily, Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore, Lake Charles, 337-491-9955 x 17, Free
JULY JULY 4 USS Orleck Independence Day Commemoration 10 a.m., USS Orleck, 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, 337-433-4083, Adults $7; Youth 6-12 $4; Seniors $6; Active Military $5; Children 5 and under Free JULY 4 Red, White, Blue and You! 6 p.m., Lake Charles Downtown and Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-491-9147, Free
MAY 28 Louisiana Swashbucklers vs. Corpus Christi 7 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-310-PASS (7277), $12-$70
JULY 16-17 24th Annual Cajun Food and Music Festival, Recurring daily, Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf HWY, Lake Charles, 337-217-0880, Adults $7, Children under 12 free
JULY 8-10 Peddler & Outdoor Expo Two shows in one! The Southeast Texas Great Outdoors Expo has partnered with The Peddler Show to allow men and women to shop together and like it! Ford Park, Beaumont, call (409) 951-5400 for details. www.fordpark.com
MAY 28-JUNE12 Kiss Me Kate- ACTS Theatre Recurring weekly on Sun., Fri., Sat., ACTS Theatre, 1 Reid St., Lake Charles, 337-433-ACTS, $30 for regular admission, $20 for students under 25
JULY 16 Lake Charles Symphony Summer Pops Concert 7:30 p.m., James E. Sudduth Coliseum, Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-433-1611, $30/ person; $300/ table of eight; $15 general admission risers
JULY 23-SEPTEMBER 4 Contemporary Regional Folk Art Contemporary American folk art will be the focus of the summer 2011 permanent collection exhibition at AMSET. Folk artists are primarily
MAY 30 Children’s Museum Adventures of the Senses Children’s Museum, 327 Broad Street, Lake Charles, 337-433-9420, $7.25 for adults & kids over 23 mths; $6.50 military; $5.50 for seniors
JULY 29-30 Marshland Festival Recurring daily, Fri. 5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.,Lake Charles Civic Center,900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-762-3876 may-july 2011 25
eating out in southeast texas BUFFALO WILD WINGS (BWW) Great time, great food, award-winning wings, 14 signature sauces and daily drink specials for dining-in or taking out. Collectively BWW has been awarded Best Sports Bar, Best Happy Hour and Best All Around by the locals. Come visit any of our three locations to enjoy food and have fun: 3939 Dowlen Rd., Beaumont, (409) 9248646; 1776 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, (337) 562-1299; 8845 Memorial Boulevard (Hwy 69), Port Arthur across from Central Mall, (409) 724-0046. www. buffalowildwings.com
CARRABBA’S Italian food just like momma used to make because we use 100-year-old recipes passed down from four generations. A flavorful selection of wines, homemade sauces, desserts from scratch, specially blended olive oil, fresh herbs delivered six
days a week, fresh cheeses grated daily and entrée selections prepared to perfection. We’ll also customize any selection just for you. You’ll savor the
authentic aroma coming from our open kitchen in a lively but relaxed and casual atmosphere. Whether you crave Chicken Marsala grilled to perfection or Cozze in Bianco steamed in white wine, you’ll taste the freshness and come back for more. Located at 1550 I-H 10 South, Beaumont, 409-842-5561, www.carrabbas.com
Endless Pizza, Pasta, Salad & Dessert Buffet
ALL FOR AN UNBELIEVABLY LOW PRICE NOW SERVING BEAUMONT 5882 Eastex Fwy. (409) 892-6866 26 getaway se texas and sw louisiana
Pizza Buffet featuring a salad bar, pasta bar and dessert bar all included at an unbelievably low price in a fun, family environment. Now serving wings. Takeout available. Call ahead and your order will be ready when you arrive. Traveler friendly and we accept MasterCard and Visa. Group Discounts available. Sun-Thurs, 11am - 10pm; Fri and Sat, 11am - 11pm. Located in Beaumont just off Dowlen Road in the Target Shopping Center at 5882 Eastex Freeway and less than 10 minutes from any Beaumont hotel. Call (409) 8926866.
BIG RICH COURVILLE’S RESTAURANT AND CATERING SERVICE
You’ll be entertained by regional and nationally know recording stars while dining on the best and most awardwinning Cajun and Southern cuisine and barbeque in the entire region. You would eat here every day if you could! Check the events and monthly concert listings schedule at www.cajunflavors.com. Find an upcoming event, make your reservation,
show up and we’ll do all the rest. Call (409) 860-9811 or visit www.cajunflavors.com. 1744 Rose Lane off HWY 90 toward China, less than 5 minutes from the intersection of Major Drive and College Street. We do corporate and private events and catering.
DYLAN’S 9TH AVENUE BAR AND GRILL
9th Avenue. Call (409) 722-1600 or visit www.dylanson9th.com.
FLOYD’S CAJUN SEAFOOD AND TEXAS STEAKHOUSE
“A Great Tradition” from Louisiana to Texas is Floyd’s Cajun Seafood Company. With 70 years of combined Cajun Seafood expertise, our owners and operators Bret
Floyd, Floyd Landry, and Gary Pearce, know how to create scrumptious foods that leave an impression on your palette. Here’s where you will find oysters and shrimp, seafood gumbo and crab bisque, catfish and alligator, frog legs and etouffee plus a variety of cuts of steaks prepared anyway you’d like. The Floyd’s concept is heavily influenced by the Gulf Coast from
The Dylan’s folks have been serving up great burgers, salads, super spuds, steaks, sandwiches, south-of-the-border cuisine and seafood for decades. Everyone knows and loves this place. DYLAN’S is “Your Neighborhood Place,” serving lunch and dinner daily with lunch specials Mon-Fri. We offer daily drink specials and a happy hour Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm. We welcome visitors and gladly accept all major credit cards. No checks please. Open every day from 11am till 2am. Located in Port Arthur just off Hwy 365 near Central Mall at 8601
eating out in southeast texas its décor, ambiance, cuisine and attitude. Our restaurants are built around the concept based on ole Louisiana characteristics Laissez les bon temps rouler, “Let the Good Times Roll.” Located at 2290 I-10 South, Beaumont, Tel: 409-842-0686.
FRANKIE’S ITALIAN GRILL Here are some of the many reasons the local folks have voted Frankie’s as the #1 Italian Restaurant in Beaumont: The daily lunch specials Tuesday-Saturday starting at $6.45 are served with fresh green salad
and homemade garlic rolls making them the best bargains anywhere. All entrees, breads, pizza dough, dressings and sauces are made from scratch! An outstanding value! This family-owned and operated restaurant has recipes from Italy and perfected at the famous Bruno’s Restaurant in Manhattan. We have a wine list that will please- pizza, veal, chicken, subs and seafood dishes. All of our delicious dishes are prepared fresh and from scratch. With 17 years of training in Italian food preparation, Frankie’s is the best in town. See our full menus at www.frankiesgrill. net. We are traveler friendly, accepting all major credit cards. Call for easy directions, (409) 835-9200. Located in central Beaumont just off the interstate at 105 IH -10 North between the Calder and College streets exits. Closed Mondays.
Here is where you’ll find serious Burritos made to your preference. Choose from white, low-carbohydrate or jalapeño/cheese tortillas and then add all the ingredients that you like - fresh sauces, meats, cheeses, vegetables, rice and beans. The result is a “two-hander” burrito made just the way you like it. Enjoy your delicious, hand-wrapped masterpiece on the patio, inside or get it to go. In Beaumont find you a serious burrito at 4230 Calder at Lucas, 409-898-8688, and in Nederland at 1629 Hwy 365 across from 28 getaway se texas and sw louisiana
Locations to Serve You!
eating out in southeast texas Central Mall, 409-729-9022, and Uptown Beaumont at 4438 Dowlen, 409-898-2900.
GUADALAJARA MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND CANTINA
Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-7 pm. Delicious lunch buffet that includes fajitas 11-3 Monday-Thursday and all day on FridaySunday. Featuring authentic Mexican cuisine including fresh homemade tortillas. No Tex-Mex here! We have a full bar including cold cerveza and excellent margaritas. Casual attire. Located in Beaumont’s uptown area at 4414 Dowlen Road, (409) 924-7718. Family friendly and accepting all major credit cards.
Beaumont Enterp ris READERS’ CHOICE e 2010 WINNER
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Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
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Monday -Friday 3-7pm
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LARRY’S FRENCH MARKET AND CAJUN RESTAURANT The “Original French Market and Cajun Restaurant” serves up spicy boiled crawfish, alligator, boiled and barbeque crabs, shrimp, gumbo, shrimp and crawfish etouffee, frog legs, catfish, Boudain and everything else certified Cajun... and it’s all prepared to absolute perfection. Plate lunch specials from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. daily and an awesome seafood buffet Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. till close. Live Cajun, Country, and Swampop music Thursday-Saturday evenings, so feel free to wear your dancing shoes. Larry’s is in Groves and is only
eating out in southeast texas minutes from Beaumont, Port Arthur, Bridge City and Orange. We can be reached from any hotel in the SETX/SWLA region in less than an hour. Experience Larry’s Authentic Cajun Cuisine. Cookbooks and souvenirs are also available at the gift shop. Come to Larry’s at 3701 Hwy 366, Groves. Call (409) 962-3381.
NOVROZSKY’S HAMBURGERS, ETC. If you reading the SE Texas/SW Louisiana edition of Getaway Magazine there’s a Novrozsky’s near you. With locations in Beaumont, Nederland/Port Arthur, Lumberton, Orange and Bridge City and in Sulphur, La. Novrozsky’s menu is as big as their burgers. In addition to gourmet burgers, spuds, salads, seafood, shrimp, catfish, grilled chicken and an outstanding chicken fried steak. Cold beer (except Lumberton location) and an attentive and friendly staff make this one of the best
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7553, in Lumberton at 441 South Main, 409-755-1224, in Silsbee at 1170 Hwy 327, 409-386-6300, in Vidor at 1035 N. Main, 409-783-0524, in Orange at 501 N. 16th Street, 409-988-0200, and in Sulphur, LA. at 2706 S. Ruth Street, 337-527-0041. All locations open daily for lunch and dinner. Tell them Getaway sent you!
Pickett House Restaurant
finds in the area for casual dining. In
409-899-4076, in Nederland at 3016 Hwy
Beaumont at 3925 Dowlen Rd. at Folsom,
365 across from Central Mall, 409-724-
The world famous Pickett House Restaurant serves boarding-house style, all-you-can eat fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, country vegetables, cobbler, biscuits and cornbread and all different condiments for your liking. It still is one of the best homestyle eating places in all of Texas. Folks come from all over, some even fly in by plane, to enjoy a meal here. We open for special occasions for groups of 20 or more with reservation. Monday-Friday 11am-2pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm, 409-283-2272
Authentic Cajun Cuisine Mouthwatering Seafood, Prime Texas Steaks, Chicken, and more!
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm 2290 IH-10 South at Washington Blvd Beaumont, TX
www.floydsseafood.com may-july 2011
eating out in southeast texas RAO’S BAKERY Rao’s is King’s Cake Headquarters. We have operated with pride and dedication to quality since 1941. We offer the very best in cakes, pastries, specialty coffees, gelato, cookies, frozen and iced beverages, fruit and tea smoothies and sell gift baskets. One stop and you’ll love us just as the locals have for 60 years. We have delicious breakfast wraps, kolaches and croissants plus a lunch and dinner menu featuring a great selection of sandwiches made on our homemade breads. Start you day right here. Business WiFi available. In NederlandPt. Arthur at 3504 Highway 365 across from Central Mall, (409) 729-7267. In Beaumont across from Parkdale Mall, 4440 Dowlen Road, (409) 347-3400 and 2596 Calder Avenue at 10th Street and in Memorial Baptist hospital on College Street. Call (409) 212-7777. All open from 6am.
SAKE SUSHI BAR AND LOUNGE SAKE presents authentic Japanese cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the mood, the atmosphere, the full bar the
Where great food meets great entertainment.
SatiSfaction & entertainment
people and the outstanding cuisine. Whether it’s the freshest and most professionally prepared sushi or the fabulous selections from our hibachi grill, you are sure to be pleased. Located only minutes from most Port Arthur hotels at 8691 9th Avenue behind Dylan’s. We accept all major credit cards. Call (409) 722-7253.
live entertainment Tuesday-saTurday
happy hour 2-4pm daily
kitchen open Sun.-Wed. 11am-1am thurS.-Sat. 11am-3am
coloSSal outdoor dining area & beer garden exceptional menu ShoWcaSing hand-cut mouthWatering SteakS
2310 N. 11th | BeaumoNt | 409-347-0058
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Sertino’s is a charming café known for its comfortable, first-class atmosphere as well as its selection of fine flavors. Enjoy premium coffees, lattes and delicious Italian-style sandwiches 24 hours a day with free WiFi. Perfect for a business lunch or casual dinner. We’re in Beaumont next to Best Buy, 409-892-0600 and in Port Arthur on Highway 69, 409-724-7012.
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MID COUNTY’S PREMIER DESTINATION FOR FOOD, FOLKS, AND FUN!
Mondays 40¢ Wings
Tuesdays Live Acoustical Music and $9.99 Prime Rib
Thursdays “Buck-off ” any beer and any burger!
Fridays Catfish Ponchatrain
Fridays and Saturdays LIVE MUSIC!
Join us on our outdoor patio for music and entertainment! GREAT FOOD • LIVE MUSIC • SPIRITS • BILLIARDS • FRIENDS • WASHER BOARDS
8601 9th Avenue • Port Arthur, Texas • 409-722-1600 open daily 11am - 2am • www.dylanson9th.com
eating out in southeast texas SPANKY’S BAR & GRILL Specializing in seafood, hand-cut steaks and barbeque. The freshest seafood available includes shrimp, oysters, stuffed crab, catfish and crawfish. This family owned establishment is where the locals have been gathering for 16 years to enjoy outstanding meals and cool beverages. We have a full bar and cold beer. Serving lunch and dinner Sunday-Tuesday 10:30am till 9pm and Wednesday-Saturday 10:30am10pm. We are family friendly and welcome travelers. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. Located in Orange and only 15 minutes from Sulphur and just 20 minutes from Beaumont, this establishment is worth the trip. Find us at 1703 16th Street, Orange, 409-886-2949.
STARVIN MARVIN’S Whatever you’re starving for, Marvin’s has got it. You can start with a specialty drink
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like a Cajun Martini and end with a MileHigh Apple Pie. In between, we offer hearty fare like steaks and half-pound Angus beef burgers, as well as chicken, pork and seafood, but we have lighter entrees, including sandwiches, wraps, salads and even a munchkin menu for the kiddos. Our restaurant is expansive with multiple patios and lots of outdoor seating. Local live music plays regularly. This is a great place to please many palates. Open Mon.-Wed. 11am-12am; Thurs.-Sat. 11am-2am and Sun. 11am-12am. Located in the old Hoffbrau at 2310 N. 11th St., Beaumont, 409-347-0058.
TUSCANY ITALIAN RESTAURANT If you’re in the mood for Italian food and happen to be in the Port Arthur/Mid-county area, Tuscany is the very best choice for spectacular Italian cuisine. Outstanding lunch specials featuring more than 20 entrees to select from, all for under $8
served daily- come enjoy excellent food and excellent value. Tuscany features all of the traditional Italian favorites and many special creations that are all fantastic. We prepare fresh seafood, steak and chicken entrees along with authentic pasta dishes which make Tuscany a local favorite. Come see why. Open for lunch and dinner, TuesdaySaturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-9pm. Located near Central Mall at 3600 Highway 365, Suite B, 409-724-1881, 409-724-1937 or fax 409-724-1132. Traveler friendly and we accept all major credit cards.
An oasis of refinement rising like the Eiffel Tower over Southwest Louisiana
(fr. truffes), historically prized by kings, queens and gourmands, are exquisite delicacies found in the Perigord region of France and the Alba region of Italy by specially trained animals with the ability to detect their distinct aroma. Like truffles awaiting discovery, La Truffe Sauvage, in the Southwest region of Louisiana, just off Lake Street in Lake Charles, awaits discovery by those with a keen sense of taste for the finest food, service and atmosphere. La Truffe Sauvage allows business travelers the opportunity to distinguish themselves when entertaining clients. For those traveling for pleasure, La Truffe Sauvage provides an idyllic dining experience
rivaling the best restaurants in Houston and New Orleans. The spacious open dining room has large windows, inviting the lush landscape into the experience. Popular dishes include Scallops Rockefeller, Maine Lobster Bisque en Croûte, Dover Sole, Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin, Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb, White Chocolate Crème Brulée and Dark Chocolate Soufflé. The menus vary on a seasonal basis to assure the freshness demanded by the chefs and that diners will surely notice and appreciate.
All menu items are made on the premises, including the European style breads, sauces, soup stocks, dessert and even the signature chocolate “truffe” served upon dinners completion. Lunch is available Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 2pm; Dinner is Tuesday through Saturday from 6-10pm. Tuesday evenings live jazz piano is from 7 to 9pm with Chester Daigle. Call 337.439-8364 for reservations, jackets not required. www.thewildtruffle.com
Exquisite cuisine, European style breads, incredible desserts and a fine selection of wine Live jazz piano Tuesday evenings 7-9 pm When you are ready for the exceptional, you are ready for La Truffe Sauvage
(337) 439-8364 www.thewildtruffle.com 815 West Bayou Pines Drive Lake Charles, LA
Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-10pm
eating out in southwest louisiana BIG SKY STEAKHOUSE AT COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT Custom cuts and aging process offer incredibly tender, naturally juicy, abundantly flavorful, and quite frankly, the best beef money can buy. Steak at Big Sky... heaven! Open 7 days/week for dinner. 777 Coushatta Dr., Kinder, 1-800584-7263.
you’ll discover it at our food court. 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton. Visit www. deltadowns.com or call 800-589-7441.
Beef, ground fresh daily, helps to make very tasty burgers, prepared any way you
FOOD COURT AT DELTA DOWNS Time to let your taste buds run wild! Try any of the 5 restaurants in the Delta Downs’ Food Court. Select southern-style breakfast and fried seafood baskets at the Down Home Diner; dine on Texas-style barbecue at Boyd Barbecue; experience a variety of ways to eat a spud at Potato Depot; or try a delicious flamed-grilled hamburger from Grillers. Want to enjoy a nice steaming or iced cup of coffee? Try Cafe Siena. Whatever ignites your senses,
The place for great Louisiana seafood... It’s where the locals eat!
The Freshest Boiled and Fried Seafood Daily
Two Lake Charles locations to serve you:
1004 Lakeshore Dr. Just off I-10 337-494-1070
Corner of Hwy 14 and Broad 337-494-1700
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Featured as one of the 10 Great Places to Take an Exit to Good Eatin’
Voted #1 Southwest Louisiana for the Best Seafood and Best Boiled Crawfish
like them. Old fashioned milk shakes made with Blue Bell ice cream just add to the satisfaction. Fast, courteous and fun. The Dairy Barn on East Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles is like no other. 1016 East Prien Lake Road, 337-477-4020
GUMBEAUX’S OYSTER & SPORTS BAR AT COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT Delicious array of gumbos and more, plus all your favorite sports on dozens of highdefinition televisions. Gumbeaux’s is your
eating out in southwest louisiana Cajun connection where every day is game day! Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Enjoy Happy Hour all day every day with domestic beers and longnecks, delicious house frozen Margaritas and Daiquiris. 777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, 1-800-584-7263.
HOLLIERâ€™S CAJUN KITCHEN
Excellent Cajun cuisine including gumbo and crawfish etouffee, plus seafood and steaks, and Cajun boudin, all in a family environment. Travelers welcome! You can order from the menu or enjoy the daily lunch buffet. Check out the full seafood buffet Friday and Saturday nights. Donâ€™t miss out. Take home the taste of LA with homemade Cajun sausage and boudin. All major credit cards accepted. 7am-9pm Mon.-Sat. Closed Sunday. 1709 Ruth, Sulphur, 337-527-0061
THE LOOKOUT STEAKHOUSE AT DELTA DOWNS
We serve great American steaks and desserts in a casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of the racetrack. We have wonderful banquet capabilities. Located at 2717 Delta Downs Drive, Vinton. Visit online at www.deltadowns.com or call 800-589-7441.
La Truffe Sauvage
An opportunity to experience fine dining in a relaxed and refined atmosphere. Perfect for business, romance or those looking for a rare opportunity to experience a unique, memorable culinary experience. Our exceptional wine list
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features incredible values, as well as the hard to find trophies. Service is attentive and professional, yet very personable. Tuesday evenings we feature live jazz piano from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with Chester Daigle. Convenient from I-210 and downtown Lake Charles. Jacket not required. Lunch is available Tue-Fri 11am to 2pm; Dinner - Tue-Sat, 6-10pm. Located at 815 West Bayou Pines Drive, Lake Charles, call 337-439-8364, or visit online at www.thewildtruffle.com.
NOVROZSKY’S HAMBURGERS ETC. Gourmet Burgers, Heart Healthy menu, Salads, Chicken Fried Steaks, Chicken, Seafood, Spuds, cold beer, and more! Any choice from Novrozsky’s fantastic menu is a good choice. Located at 2706 Ruth St. in Sulphur, call 337-527-0041.
NOT MISS trying the shrimp or crawfish Pistolettes. Great food and great service at affordable prices. Even our T-Shirts popular! Traveler friendly. Kid’s menu. Just across I-10 from the lake at 1004 Lakeshore Dr. (west bound I-10 feeder road), 337-4941079, and Hwy 190 at Broad, 337-494-1700. Both locations are easy to find and get to. All major credit cards accepted. www. steamboatbills.com
STELLAR BEANS Come to this locally owned coffee shop where the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. We’re tucked away on Broad Street in downtown and open for breakfast and lunch. We feature coffees, espresso and have free wi-fi. We also display artwork of local artists and support the local farmers by serving fresh foods. 319 Broad
Street, Lake Charles, 337-564-5739, www. stellar-beans.com
TRIPLE CROWN BUFFET AT DELTA DOWNS We’ve got an extensive menu with choices of American, Cajun/Creole, barbecue, catfish, seafood and desserts. Serving lunch, dinner and late night. A full-service, family restaurant with banquet capabilities. The buffet features a 35-foot cooking station where you can enjoy grilled steaks, broiled fish and more, cooked to order before your very eyes. There are fresh salads, award-winning gumbos and a spectacular dessert station with a chocolate fountain for your dipping delight. Open: Sun.-Thurs. 11 am - 8 pm; Fri. and Sat. 11 am-10 pm; Sun. 10 am-11 pm. Located at 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton. Visit www.deltadowns.com or call (800) 589-7441.
VISTA GRILL AT DELTA DOWNS What makes the Vista difference? It’s the food made from the finest, freshest ingredients prepared from scratch, using our own imaginative recipes. Serving you food worth getting dressed for- except we prefer for you to come as you are. So just relax because there is plenty of everything and so much out of the ordinary. At 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton. Visit www. deltadowns.com or call 800 -589-7441.
SEVEN CLANS BUFFET AT COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT
A large variety of cuisines, live cooking stations, plus a dessert bar! Open daily for lunch and dinner; great late-night buffet. After dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth with a wide variety of desserts prepared fresh daily. Seven Clans Buffet is redefining fresh! Located at 777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, Call (800) 584-7263.
Great Louisiana Seafood! Voted #1 for seafood and crawfish by the locals, Selected by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places to Eat in the USA” Boiled crabs and crawfish, fried catfish and shrimp, etouffee and gumbo, fresh seafood. DO may-july 2011
shopping Beaumont ANTIQUE MALL OF BEAUMONT Beaumont’s finest antique mall with more than 20 dealers. We offer great variety and great values! Open 7 days a week 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Located just a couple of minutes off IH-10 at 7880 College, 409-866-1985.
IZ FUNKY RESALE
Cool, hip, funky, fun and happening clothes, shoes, novelty items and home decor. We have big fashion names but small-town charm and an exceptional, creative staff that keeps browsing and shopping fun and affordable. Find us in Beaumont at 2405 Calder, 409-833-1536 and at 1123 Boston Ave., Nederland, 409729-4493. www.izfunkyresale.com
We provide Southeast Texas with an
excellent selection of beer, wine, spirits and tobacco products at competitive prices and have been doing so for over 35 years. Located in Nederland 1429 South Highway 69 at Highway 365, 409-722-7947 next to the Schooner Restaurant and in Beaumont at 5820 Highway 69 at Highway 105, 409-892-4784 next to Market Basket.
NIGHTS UNIFORM COMPANY
Established in 1920, we’re a uniform and work clothes and footwear business located in historic downtown Beaumont. We supply law enforcement and police, correction officers, postal workers with their uniforms and have Dickey work apparel including shirts, pants, jackets and a variety of safety shoes. We’re located at 479 Crockett St., 409-833-4252.
Sam’s Western Store
This area’s original western store, it has been family owned and operated since 1956 with everything for the horse and rider. For the best in western clothing, brand named hats and boots, belts, hand crafted tack, chaps and saddle gear any where head to Sam’s Western Store at 5090 College St. At Sam’s you will get customized hat shaping to guarantee you’re looking your best in your new western attire. Also, great gift ideas abound! Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., 409-842-2625.
Lumberton ANTIQUE MALL OF LUMBERTON and COUNTRY LANE ANTIQUE MALL To find “Antiquing at its Best” in Texas, shop the Antique Mall of Lumberton and Country Lane Antique Mall, both owned by Mrs. Judy Carter. Just eight miles north of Beaumont off Highway 96, these malls provide nostalgic atmospheres with 42 getaway se texas and sw louisiana
COUNTRY LANE ANTIQUE MALL
friendly, congenial, and informed dealers who will make your shopping experience a success. Both the Antique Mall of Lumberton (AMOL), with almost 11,000 sq. ft. and 40 vendors, and Country Lane Antique Mall (CLAM), with its 6,000 sq. ft. and 40 vendors, have unique offerings and reasonable prices. Treasure seekers will be delighted to find unusual as well as common finds from rustic, vintage, and modern America, as well as exceptional finds from foreign countries. Both malls have offerings ranging from rustic primitives to the very finest of glassware and furniture. Advertising memorabilia, knives, coins, clocks, and just about anything vintage can be found under either roof. Whether you are shopping for myriads of collectibles, vintage house wares, art glass, pottery, vintage clothing, depression glass, vintage jewelry, or antique or vintage furniture, you are sure to find it in our malls. Make these two stops for your antiquing pleasure and success in Southeast Texas. As we say, “Get Your Kicks on Route 96.” AMOL is located at 1181 South Main and CLAM is located on Highway 421 which is also Country Lane. Open every day- except Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter Sunday- from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. 409-755-3388. www.antiquemalloflumberton.com.
A place to relax and connect to yesteryear We take enormous pride in the variety of items offered by our dealers, and know that you’ll find something that you will you love. We provide a welcoming and enjoyable shopping environment you’re sure to enjoy!
Open daily from 10am-6pm We accept all major credit cards
114 COUNTRY LANE
HWY 96 & 421 | LUMBERTON, TX
GET YOUR KICKS ON
Groves GROVES LAUNDRY BASKET We’re the premier wash, dry and fold laundry service in the area. We’re a substation for Estelle’s Fashion Cleaners where you can drop off or pick up. Our delivery is available six days a week plus we offer next-day turnaround or same-day express service. Let us do your laundry while you work or play. Find us at 5900 39th Street, across from Bruce’s Market Basket in Groves, 409-962-5331, www. groveslaundrybasket.com
HANNAH BAY’S CLOTHING
Located inside the Maison d’Amis building on Lincoln Ave. Fabulous selection of after 5 and casual wears accessories, jewelry and gifts. 4343 Lincoln Ave., 409-962-3400
ANTIQUE MALL OF LUMBERTON The most popular antique mall in Southeast Texas-
OVER 10,000 SQUARE FEET WITH 60 SHOPS!
Open 7 days a week 10am-6pm | We accept all major credit cards 1181 South Main (HWY 96) | Lumberton, TX Just minutes north of Beaumont
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shopping KIZMET STUDIO Jewelry from several different countries, including, Australia, Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Bali, Tibet and the US. We also have original art, painted by Herb and Cindy, unique gifts, clothing and recently added a coffee bar. So for a unique international shopping experience, or to relax with friends over a cup of coffee, come visit us. Find us at 4343 Lincoln Avenue, in the beautiful Maison d’ Amis building, 409-962-9300. Open MondaySaturday from 6:30am-8pm
SNOOPER’S PARADISE You’ve never seen anything like this... 50 showrooms of fabulous, quality antiques, premium reproduction furniture, objects d’ art and accessories, all in a large, beautiful 36,000 sq. ft. store filled with fabulous treasures. We’re open MondaySaturday from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on 39th
Street at Highway 73, 409-962-8427. Visit us online at www.snoopersparadise.com
Lake Charles THE FRENCH QUARTER ANTIQUE MALL AND FLEA MARKET
You’ll find little bit of everything in our huge 17,000 square foot store hosting more than 50 vendors. We have a wonderful variety of antiques, collectibles, new and used furniture, home décor, gifts and so much more. Open 7 days a week, Mon.-Sat. 10am-5:30pm and Sun. from 1pm-5 pm. Located at 3529 Ryan Street in Lake Charles, www.frenchquarterantiquemall.com
Orange A LITTLE BIT GAUDY
Fashion with attitude where you’ll find purses, jewelry, watches, sunglasses, fashion apparel, flip flops, Swarvoski crystal and so much more. Come have fun while you shop. We ship anywhere! Located at 2496 MLK, Ste. F., Orange, 409988-0030. www.alittlebitgaudy.com
Infocus Camera & Imaging
Infocus Camera & Imaging offers the professional and casual photographer the most comprehensive inventory of camera equipment and accessories on the Gulf Coast. More than just a camera store, Infocus can print large and small prints, retouch and restore photos, provide trade show graphics and even make your photography a work of art. Infocus Gifts also offers unique items for the brides, babies, friends and you. They are located at 401 16th Street, Orange, 409-882-0044, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., www.infocus.us
Nederland THE CANDLE COTTAGE
Our cottage is an absolutely marvelous candle shop where we pour strongscented candles on site. We offer votives, soaps, gift baskets and more. So come on in to our fragrance-filled shop full of country poured charm! Located in the 44 getaway se texas and sw louisiana
Historic Boston Avenue Shopping District at 5018 Boston Avenue, 409-721-5018. www.thecandlecottage.com
HERE’S 2 HOLIDAYS
We’re a most unique gift shop because we carry holiday and gift items all year-round. Come in and find flags, school spirit gifts, accessories, crosses, frames, and more. We’re located at 3123B Nederland Avenue, 409-853-1980.
THE RUSTIC DOOR
We are Nederland’s craft mall with decor, designs and stylish finds from more than 50 vendors of handmade crafts and more. We’re open Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm and Sat. 10am-3pm. We accept all forms of payment and can’t wait to see you! You can find us at 3105 Nederland Ave., Ste. B&C, 409-722MALL (6255). www.ChristiesCreations.org (Click on ‘The Rustic Door’).
We have the most beautiful jewelry in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Let our personable, knowledgeable and friendly team help you find exactly what you’re looking for to please and sparkle. Located in Beaumont at 4010 Dowlen, 409347-4010; in Nederland at 3308 Highway 365, 409-724-2045; and in Lake Charles at 4031 Nelson Road, 337-478-0901.
Vidor BAR B WESTERN STORE
Take a little bit of Texas back home. Bar B offers top branded western attire, hats, boots, jeans, belts and buckles. We also specialize in fire retardant clothing and work boots. Located at 1080 Main Street, Vidor, 409-769-4558.
CAST IRON COWBOY
If it’s been made in cast iron we probably have it! We offer a huge selection of western décor, horse shoe art, antiques, furniture and little bit of everything. A perfect shop for that hard to find gift idea! With more than 10 years in the business, Scott and Crystal can help you find what you need or want. We’re open daily at the Vidor Flea Market on the I-10 service road.
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Groves had its beginning in 1886. Rice farming was the main occupation of the few settlers in the early 1900’s. In 1919, 6,000 pecan trees were planted to make Groves one of the most beautiful communities in the area. Several years later, the land was developed into a residential sub division. Incorporated in 1953, Groves’ population is currently 15,733. In 1991 the 72nd Texas Legislature recognized Groves’ annual pecan celebration as the official Texas Pecan Festival.
Of all Groves’ events, it’s the Texas Pecan Festival that takes the cake... or should we say, the pie! It commemorates the harvest from over 2500 pecan trees which were planted in Groves around the turn of the century. Texas’ official Pecan Festival consists of numerous activities including a Queen’s Scholarship Pageant, a golf tournament, a treasure hunt, a parade, a horseshoe tournament, the cooking-with-pecans contest, a pecan toss, a pecan pie eating contest, a pet show, and more! Groves’ Lions Park, located at the corner of Jackson and Lincoln Avenue, is transformed into fair grounds including an exciting carnival midway, arts and crafts booths, continuous live entertainment, and a wide array of food booths to satisfy any craving! 50 getaway se texas and sw louisiana
Maison is m A ’ d French for “House of friends” This beautifully remodeled building, which once was Dryden’s Department store on Lincoln Avenue, is awesome in its decor, including a gorgeous spiral staircase to the second floor. It reminds one of an old southern plantation home. Developed and owned by Cheryll and Mike Moreau, it now houses their store, Hannah Bay’s Clothing which can best be described as “fun, sophisticated, women’s fashions and accessories with an attitude!”. This beautifully appointed building houses six other stores, including Kismet Studio and Photography. This unique store also carries Australian jewelry and even contains a “coffee shop”, sandwiches, and sweets. The Enchanted Cottage is like a “Disney fairyland” offering little girl’s birthday parties, tea parties and baby shower or wedding shower facilities. Creative Designs offers alterations, including wedding and prom gown alterations, monogram embroidery, and upholstery. N Salon, a full-service hair salon, manicure and pedicure shop, CLC Construction, residential and commercial construction and home decor accessories.
Maison d’ Amis After 5 to Casual! Everything from Jeans, Tops, & Yellowbox Shoes to Dresses, Coats, & Accessories to Unique Jewelry & Gifts including Brighton
HAIR & NAILS • MANI & PEDI WAXING • EYELASH EXTENSION I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. -Audrey Hepburn Complimentary Drinks & Wine Appointments & Walk-Ins Gift Certificates MON-SAT 10-7
Maison is m A ’ d 4343 LINCOLN AVE. GROVES, TEXAS
Orange Welcome to
Situated in southeast Texas along the Louisiana border, The Best-Kept Secret in Texas, Orange has been undiscovered by most people living outside the city limits. Many know it simply as a town on the way to or from Louisiana or as the first or last stop in Texas along Interstate 10. In the past, travelers have overlooked it, but that is about to change. With the help of city leaders, as well as the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, outsiders are about to discover Orange for what it really is- a premier cultural destination that makes those who live in it fortunate, and those who visit it enlightened. The roots of Orange run deep into the 17th century, when the Atakapa Indians, the first known settlers, arrived in the area. Next came the Spanish, who were followed by the French. But it wasn’t until the early 18th century when pioneers found a home in this town along the Sabine River. After several name changes, the town was officially named “Orange”. As the town grew; it quickly established its role as the “gateway” between the east and west sections of the country. It served as a port on the
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Sabine River and by 1914 was accommodating large ships. The construction of ships gave way to prosperity within the city, and the population grew. With the addition of lumber mills and a U.S. Naval Station, Orange was quickly established as a booming epcicenter for industrial enterprises. This continues today with the city’s world-famous Chemical Row, home to manufacturers like Dupont, Firestone, Chevron, La.xess, and other household names. It is difficult to discuss Orange’s economic development without mentioning the Stark family. William Henry Stark married Miriam Melissa Lutcher, whose father co-owned the successful Lutcher & Moore Lumber company, and became a prominent businessman and philanthropist. His investments in area businesses, and his progressive ideas made a significant impact on the city’s expansion. For more information on Orange and all the great things it has to offer, call the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-528-4906 or visit www.orangetexas.org.
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