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Cruisin’ SETX:

A region rich in musical talent

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Harvest

Fall food, fun, and festivities- how it started and some great ways to celebrate

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Have some reel fun with fishing From a simple hobby, to a luxury guided

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Cruisin’ SETX

A region rich in musical talent, our unique corner of the Gulf Coast has long been known for the talented entertainers that have continually emerged from here

on the cover CM Farms’ “a-MAiZE-ing” main attraction is waiting for you. Read all about this fun event on page 16.

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hew! It’s been a long hot summer and we still have more sweltering hot days ahead, but relief is in sight. Fall will be here and this issue of Getaway Magazine is all about fall in SE Texas and SW Louisiana! We all love the fall season in this region, but not just for the cooler temperatures. Fall offers all sorts of festivals and activities that our families can all enjoy together. The Texas Rice Festival held in Winnie, Texas, September 28-October 2, is one of the most family-friendly events in the area, and celebrates one of the more important crops to the region... RICE! We love our rice down here, and the Rice Festival will offer delicious foods made with rice in every imaginable way. My favorites are the rice balls, or is it with gumbo? Over in SW Louisiana our editor, Therese Shearer, has discovered CM Farms, a place I was not familiar with, but that sounds like a really unique way to celebrate the harvest season while having a whole lot of fun. Read all about the activities and events available at CM Farms, the Texas Rice Festival, and other harvest happenings and history on pages 16 and 17. If you’ve been around here for long you already know that the fall offers some great fishing in our local bays, riv-

ers, and estuaries. Therese has some interesting tips about where to go, how to get there, and what you should expect when you go. She has spoken to two of the best inland water fishing guides that you’ll find in the entire region. I’ve fished with one of them and know the other fellow pretty well and can promise you this- if you take the advice they offer, you will catch fish. Learn more about fishing in the area on pages 20 and 21. Jim “King of the Road” King is back this issue and it appears that he has really been burning up the roads this summer. He is reporting about some of the legends in the music business that just happen to come from the area. You’d be surprised how many famous musicians have come from here! Be sure to check out Jim on pages 46 and 47. By the way, Jim has started his very own internet radio program that is growing in popularity as fast as the internet itself is. We are really excited to have him on our team and have appreciated all the great comments we received from last issue. Don’t miss events that you really ought to attend in September: The Texas Gatorfest in Anahuac, Texas, September 16-18 (pages 48 and 49), and the “Showdown on the Sabine” tunnel boat races over in Orange, Texas, September 24 and 25. Both of these annual events are a lot of fun and offer something for all ages.

Whether you are a visitor to the area or you’ve lived here all your life, we’re sure that in this issue of Getaway Magazine you’ll discover something new, fun, tasty, and memorable in the pages that follow. In case you didn’t know, this issue marks the beginning of our second year of publishing Getaway Magazine. Yep, that’s right. You are holding the fifth quarterly issue in your hands right now. Prior to Getaway we had been publishing a guide that was just for the travelers in the area. Only the folks that were visiting us and staying in hotels received that publication. But for those entire four years, without exception, many of the locals that would see our magazine marveled at how much information we provided about things around here they didn’t even know about. That’s when we decided to expand our distribution to include the locals in the SE Texas area, as opposed to just the thousands of hotel guests in the region, and we have been overwhelmed with how well that decision turned out! Hardly a day goes by without someone recognizing my wife or me, and mentions that they saw Getaway Magazine, and more importantly, appreciates its content. Our goal remains to help the local citizens, as well as the hotel guests, discover the very best the SE Texas and SW Louisiana region has to offer in terms of dining, shopping, entertainment, events, and attractions. We know you like to travel and see new things, but we take a lot of pride in uncovering the hidden gems right here in our backyard. This fall, slow down a little, relax, and enjoy the friendly people, great food, unlimited opportunities for hunting and fishing, festivals, comfortable weather, and plain old southern hospitality that makes SE Texas and SW Louisiana such an enjoyable place to live. Thank you for all for your kind words and encouragement. Enjoy this fall season, and we look forward to seeing you next time!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Randy and Marcie Duplecion Publishers, Getaway Magazine of SE Texas and SW Louisiana Email us at randy@getaway-media.com www.planmygetaway.com august-october 2011

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Autumn abounds with food, fun, and festivals By Therese Shearer

When you think of autumn, you think of the changing color of the leaves, back to school, the upcoming holidays, and possibly cooler, crisper weather. ( I say “possibly” because any of us from this area know that even though fall is typically cooler, you are likely to go to sleep with temperatures in the 40s, only to wake up the next day to temperatures in the 90s.) Some might even think of the fairs and festivals that are held during this time, but with our modern, urban lifestyle which has made feeding our family as simple and affordable as a trip to the local grocery store, the real meaning behind these celebrations has been somewhat lost. The harvest has been celebrated since ancient times. It was a time when the crops were ready for gathering and there was a reprieve from all the hard work put in during the season- farmers could literally “reap” the fruits of their labor. Many Americans think that the harvest and Thanksgiving coincide, but the harvest actually begins during September or October when the Harvest Moon makes its appearance- this is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. Harvest festivals were originally held because there was a break from the strenuous farm work and an ample supply of food. They were celebrated with dishes made from the freshly-gathered crops, music, and games. There are events and attractions throughout the area to put you in the fall mood, a few of which I have listed. Just realize that the piece of pecan pie or corn on the cob that you’re enjoying was made possible by centuries of labor by our forefathers, and although grocery shopping might seem a bit tedious, thanks to today’s farmers you can reap the rewards of a whole season in a quick trip to the supermarket. 16

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The Beaumont Heritage Society is very excited to present, for the first tim ever, their Pumpkin Walk! e They are looking forward to a large turn-out to this free, family-friendly event, which encourages commun ity involvement in a fun an festive manner and hopin d g to make it a community staple for years to come will be held on the groun . It ds of a historic treasure, the John Jay French Museu which is located at 3025 Fr m, ench Road in Beaumont, Te xas. You are invited to bri your car ved or decorated ng pumpkins for display, and can enter them in various egories for judging. Stroll catthrough the beautiful gro unds to enjoy all the pump masterpieces, and then vis kin it the Heritage Hall where pumpkins will be available children to decorate. If yo for u feel like starting your Ha lloween festivities a little ear costumes are welcome, so ly, feel free to dress up! This FREE, fun for all ag es event will be held Octob er 29, 2011, from 4:00pm8:00pm, so, car ve your pu mpkin, dress up the kids, an d come on out and vote your favorite “Pumpkin Pic for asso”! Please call 409.898.0348 for more infor mation or to enter your pumpkin.

official “Texas ion is recognized as the rat eb cel can pe al nu an Groves’ d in Groves, Texas 00 pecan trees were plante Pecan Festival”. Over 25 ich commemorates tury. The family event, wh cen the of n tur the d un nival, parade, aro wning a Pecan Queen, car cro es lud inc st, rve ha xas Pethe pecan urse... pecans! The 2011 Te co of d, an , fts cra d an s concessions, art parade on September ptember 15-18, with the Se ld he be ll wi val sti Fe can Groves Chammation, please contact the or inf r the fur r Fo . am :00 stival.com. 17 at 10 or visit www.texaspecanfe 31 .36 62 9.9 40 at e erc ber of Comm

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800-323-0389 or email them at info@ heritage-village.org.

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 towards Lumberton. Offering a Renaissance-themed 18-hole 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 or age- it’s fun for everyone. Adventure Kingdom is a pleasurable outing with friends and family just minutes away- north of Parkdale Mall! For more information, call (409) 751-KING or visit online at www.adventurekingdom.com.

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.

Lutcher Theater A beautiful 1,450-seat performing arts facility owned by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation and operated by Lutcher Theater, Inc., it is the largest Performing Arts Series from Houston, TX to Jacksonville, FL, with the annual attendance at approximately 30,000 adults and children. For the latest performances and information, visit online at www. lutcher.org or call (409) 886-5535.

Gator Country A must-see for all ages. Sporting over 200 American alligators including the famous Big Al, the largest Texas gator in captivity. The 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. For more information, please visit online at www.gatorcountrytx.net or call (409) 794-WILD.

Heritage Village 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

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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

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center This world-class facility connects 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’s 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 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 TuesdaySaturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm5pm. 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.

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.

Sports Connection This unique, tropically-themed family entertainment center specializes in FUN and is located less than 10 minutes from most Beaumont and 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 the concession stand. Their “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 call (409) 729-4000, or visit online at www.sportsconnection4fun.com.

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

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.

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.

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.

Captain Randy’s Guide Service

Over 30 Years Experience Fishing Sabine Lake.

Year Round Fishing! • Trophy Trout • Flounder • Sheepshead

• Red Fish • Red Drum • Black Drum

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ishing. Not sure why I quit. I think it happened in my teenage years, when doing ANYTHING with your family was so totally uncool, and, as the responsibilities of being a “grown-up” came about, it turned into “I haven’t been fishing in years, I really need to go”- but, of course, something always came up to sidetrack me, and push that to the side. Growing up in Southeast Texas and the majority of my family being from Louisiana, I can remember fishing with my grandfather when I was younger at many of the great fishing spots this area has to offer. If it was freshwater, there was the added excitement of being able to go into his backyard compost, and dig for worms to take and use as bait. For saltwater, a casting net was used, but I couldn’t quite get a feel for throwing it out. Paw-Paw had an old green aluminum boat, which we’d load up. I know other people accompanied us, like probably my mom, or an aunt or uncle, but I only have a clear memory of my grandfather. He was the expert- he knew everything about everything- he could drive the boat, show you how to bait your hook, fix your line when it got hung up or tangled, and even actually catch things with that huge casting net! The day was long, and usually involved me hooking someone at least once, but when we would return home, I would get to tell everyone about how many fish I caught, and just how big they were. I miss my Paw-Paw terribly, and now, as an adult, I truly appreciate that time we spent together. 20 getaway se texas and sw louisiana

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Now, back to quitting fishing. I was looking for something relaxing to do recently, and decided to try my hand at fishing again. You can get your license, a rod good enough to start with, and your basics for a reasonable amount. Once you have made that initial investment, costs are nominal- basically gas for your car and bait. And, with a casting net, you can even avoid the cost of bait. It is also a great past time because you can make it as laid back or as exciting as you’d like, and you can go with friends, family, or even by yourself. I started off in Port Arthur, Texas on Pleasure Island, which is surrounded by Sabine Lake and the Intracoastal Waterway. It was hot and humid, but the cool breeze off the water made the temperature moderate and comfortable. As I said, it was a long time since I fished, so a big portion of my trip was spent replacing my tackle from getting hung up on rocks, and untangling my line, which was my fault for buying a type of reel I had never used before. Even with that, it was tranquil and very relaxing. I got a little more adventurous next and decided to visit Rollover Pass in Gilchrist, Texas. From my childhood, I remember it as a spot that you were almost guaranteed to catch something. It was just a short drive from Beaumont, but with excellent navigational skills, it took me about three

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hours. I decided to take the scenic route through Anahuac (I think?). Once I made my way it really is simple to find- pretty much straight with one turn- which I had missed. I spent the day learning how to cast my line with the unfamiliar reel, and there were no rocks to get caught up on. This was invaluable because on subsequent trips to Pleasure Island, my improved casting skills not only kept me from having to untangle constantly, but kept me out of the rocks. It did look a lot different from when I had gone years ago, but speaking to some locals, I found out that a lot of the things I remembered had been pretty much flattened from the several hurricanes that had hit our area previous years, but much progress had been made in the rebuilding. I enjoyed both spots, but, in my opinion, Rollover Pass was more competitive, and people are there to FISH, whereas Pleasure Island allows for that, but also is spread out enough where you can find a secluded spot to be by yourself. I am glad I picked up the hobby again, and this time do not plan on going that long without fishing.


Whether it be Sabine Lake, Calcasieu Lake, the Gulf of Mexico, or any of the other great rivers, lakes, and marshes the Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana area is known for great fishing! So, now that you’ve decided to take full advantage of all of our great fishing opportunities, are you ready for the ultimate fishing trip? If you’re new to it and feel you made need a little assistance, or maybe you’re more experienced, but want all the fun without the work, then a guided trip is for you! It just makes sense that some of the greatest fishing spots would call for some of the greatest fishing guides. Guides provide the benefit of their experience. Most have been fishing this area for years, so they really know the waters. They provide entertainment and educa-

tion, so seasoned or not, you’re sure to walk away with a host of new information and knowledge. There are guides available for both freshwater and saltwater trips, and both inland and offshore trips, although offshore trips tend to last longer, so you will probably have to allocate more than a day if you’re wanting to head offshore. Although what is offered varies from guide to guide, trips often can include many other services and perks, along with their expertise. You can bring your own rod and reel, but some offer all the equipment you need, leaving you only to bring your fishing license- and some can even handle that for you. Love fishing, but don’t look forward to cleaning the fish? They’ll take care of the cleaning and even

QUICK Q&A WITH SOME CAPTAINS Do you have a favorite fishing spot? Sabine Lake in Port Arthur, Texas. What advice would you give a person who is new to fishing? Hire a guide to show you the system first, then you can get to know the waters. Also, learn the right tackle to use- each type of fish may not use the same rods, reels, and baits. What about a person who is a bit more seasoned fisherman? Fish the lake in the fall of the year for the most fish being caught. “Our guide service offers year-round fishing on Sabine Lake and all areas around it. We fish 7 days a week, supply the rod, reel, and bait, and even clean and package your fish!” Captain Randy can be reached at 409-719-6067, or visit him online at www.fishsabine.com.

NO LICENSE NEEDED Did you know that no one needs a fishing license or stamp to fish inside the boundaries of a Texas State Park? Regardless of age, or where you’re from, the Free Fishing in State Parks program makes it possible to fish anytime you like, once you’ve entered the park, no license required.

package your catch for you. Some even offer lodging, beverages, meals, transportation, and more. Be sure to inquire about the specifics of your trip and what services are included, along with what is available for an additional charge. Most will try to accommodate any request. Now that you’ve been “baited” into having some “reel” fun, it’s time to find a guide. Two good places to start are the local Convention and Visitors Bureaus. For SETX, call 409-880-3479 or 1-800392-4401, or visit www.beaumontcvb. com, and for SWLA, call 337-436-9588 or 1-800-456-SWLA, or visit www.visitlakecharles.org. Also, doing a simple search on the internet will provide a number of available guides.

Do you have a favorite fishing spot? My favorite fishing spot is Sabine Lake. What advice would you give a person who is new to fishing? If you’re new to fishing, read as much about your local spot as you can. What about a person who is a bit more seasoned fisherman? For the seasoned fisherman, you might want to get a boat and explore new areas. “I have been guiding fishing for 26 years. As a guide, my job is to put people on fish in a safe way and have a fun time on the water. Your chances of catching fish with a guide are better due to the fact that a guide is on the water more often and can follow the fishing trends. A guide can help you learn more about fishing in a few trips than you can learn in several years.” Captain Jerry Norris can be reached at 409-718-8782, or visit him online at www.sabinelakefishing.com.

Plus, you can even learn fishing with your kids. Go Fish! Learn-To-Fish events provide all the necessary instruction and equipment (including bait!) to get you started. Children can even win prizes, including fishing equipment and other outdoor gear. The events are free to all park visitors who have paid park entrance fees. august-october 2011

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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

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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.

Louisiana’s Outback

(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

(One Day) Elegance, history, culture and beautiful


architecture highlight this whirlwind tour 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.

fishing. Hunters will love the migratory birds and much more in Southwest Louisiana. For a free Outdoor Guide of marinas and guides in the area, call 800456-7952.

Historic Charpentier District, Downtown Lake Charles

911 Memorial

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.

Bord du Lac Park Civic Center PPG Interactive Fountain

For an enjoyable day or a relaxing stroll 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. 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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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

LOUISIANA

Heart of the Cajun Prairie

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

877.783.2109 aptc@bellsouth.net | www.acadiatourism.org

Grounds of St. Leo Catholic Church Roberts Cove, LA 337-334-8354 info@robertscovegermanfest.com www.robertscovegermanfest.com

ocTober 20-23, 2011

75th INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL

Downtown Crowley, LA 337-783-3067 | info@ricefesival.com www.ricefestival.com

ocTober 21 & 22, 2011

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW (with the Rice Festival) In Levy Park Crowley, LA 337-783-3747 | 877-783-2109

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events ongoing events Every Friday and Saturday through August 27 LASER TAG Aboard the USS ORLECK! 5-11pm, USS ORLECK Naval Museum, Inc., 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, 337-433-4083 Every Saturday Beaumont Farmer’s Market 8-10am, Beaumont Athletic Complex, 950 Langham Road Neches River Adventures 10am, Colliers Ferry Park, Beaumont, 409-880-8907 Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the ecologically diverse Neches River. The Neches has been called “The Last Wild River” in Texas. This comfortable, open-air boat ride allows the guides to showcase the beautiful Neches River that is home to more than 200 tree species, 47 mammals, 300 birds and more. Guides will also teach you how the river influenced the growth of Beaumont and other interesting facts.

Freeway, Beaumont Bring your ride or just come out and spend the time looking at everything and talking with the owners. It’s a great way to meet people with the same interests in vehicles.

409-239-7760 Opera Beaumont presents this tale of a love affair between a Moravian peasant boy and a passionate gypsy girl and all he has to leave behind in the pursuit of love.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival Revisited 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508

Lamar University vs. Langston 7pm, Provost Umphrey Stadium, 4400 MLK Parkway, Beaumont, 409-880-1715

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Christopher Cross 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508

Boozoo’s Labor Day Festival 10am, Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, 337-438-3482 september 9 AMSET Gala 2011 6:30pm, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St., Beaumont, 409-832-3432 This spectacular evening will celebrate the museum’s 24th anniversary with fine dining, entertainment, surprises and more. September 11

Recurring monthly every first Thursday First Thursdays at the Mildred 5-9pm, Downtown Beaumont’s Mildred Building, Corner of Calder & MLK A cool, unique, very “downtown” event! Enjoy dinner, drinks, live music and shopping. Sidewalk vendors with clothing, jewelry, hats, art, photography, recycled, and handmade stuff. Recurring monthly every third Thursday Rick Danna 7pm, D’Vine Wine Winery, 6755 Phelan Blvd, Suite10, Beaumont, 409-861-0400 Enjoy live music and entertainment. Recurring monthly every third Saturday Coffee and Cars 8-10am, Sertino’s Cafe, 5657 Eastex 24 getaway se texas and sw louisiana

August 18-21 National Pro Fast Pitch State Championship Series McMurry Park, Sulphur, profastpitch.com August 20 Arts & Crabs Fest 4-8pm, Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, 337-439-2787 August 25 Jamey Johnson 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 August 26 The Diary of One Who Vanished 7:30pm, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main Street, Beaumont,

September 11th Memorial Program 4-6pm, Beaumont Botanical Garden Center, 6088 Babe Zaharias Dr., 409-842-3135 Please join us in a memorial ceremony as we remember those lost on September 11. USS Orleck Patriot Day Walk & Fundraiser 8am USS Orleck’s 1st Annual Motorcycle Patriot Ride 10am-5pm USS Orleck, 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, 337-433-4083 September 15­­-18 Texas Pecan Festival Groves, Texas, 800-876-3631 Fun activities for the whole family, with carnival rides and games. Talented performers from local dance and gymnastic groups provide live entertainment. The best tasting cuisine is readily available with


a variety of flavors from barbecue to Cajun style foods, and, of course, the best pecan desserts in the state! Bring the whole family for a great time and a taste of Texas that will bring you back!

Louisiana Beer Fest 11am or 10am for VIPs, Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive

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September 16 & 17

Showdown on the Sabine 8am, www.orangetexas.org, Orange, 409-883-1011 Tunnel boat races S.P.O.R.T. Racing Tour Enjoy speedboat racing at its best! Food and other festivities round out the fun.

Gift of Life “Putting on the Pink” Kickoff 7:30am-1:30pm, Downtown Beaumont, Main Street, 409-833-3663 The spirited celebration of breast cancer survivors features an exciting day of activities, including the inaugural Pink Ribbon Run, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a presentation by actress, renowned author and health activist, Marlo Thomas at 11am, followed by a Pink Picnic, the Survivors’ Parade of Hope and more!

Don Gay’s Championship Bull Ride 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 September 16-19 Texas Gatorfest Anahuac, Texas, www.texasgatorfest.com Come enjoy live music, airboats, cajun food, alligators, carnival rides and more.

September 25 Calca-Chew Food Festival 7am-3pm, St. Margaret Family Center, 1103 17th St., Lake Charles, 337-439-4585 September 26

September 23 Three Dog Night 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 September 23-November 12 Lois Greenfield Exhibition Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-2pm, 1911 Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, 337-491-9159 September 24 Symphony of Southeast Texas Master Series 1 Concert Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl & Forsythe, Beaumont, 409-892-2257 Golden Triangle Delights! Philippe Bianconi, piano, Rossini: Overture The Barber of Seville, Ravel: Piano Concert in G Major, Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles 7:30 pm, Lutcher Theater, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535 The full range of The Beatles’ discography live, from the early hits to later classics, includes the most challenging and complex songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, for a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s infectious and transporting. September 28-October 2 Texas Rice Festival Texas Rice Festival Fair Grounds, 307 E Le Blanc Rd., Winnie, 409-296-4404 Something for everyone- a top-notch carnival, Youth Livestock show (which has the largest breeding beef show in SETX), craft show, parades, top entertainers, street dances, rice cooking contest and great vendors with some of the best food! Also one of the largest farm equipment displays and a rice education exhibit.

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October 6 Art of Beer 6-10pm, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St., Beaumont, 409-832-3432 Making its much anticipated return is AMSET’s Art of Beer. This foam-filled and adventurous fundraising event gives beer lovers and those new to the brew the opportunity to sample a selection of the finest specialty and seasonal brews from around the world paired with delicious food dishes. Candlebox 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 Lamarissimo! Jazz Bands 7:30pm, Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl & Forsythe, Beaumont, 409-880-8144 The best and brightest of Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music showcases the talents of outstanding student and faculty artists in ensemble and solo performances. October 7 George Jones 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508

September 30 October 8 Gallery Promenade 5-9pm, carriage rides starting at 5:45pm, various locations, Calcasieu Parish, 337-439-2787

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events DOG-tober Fest 8am-4pm, Fire Museum of Texas, 400 Walnut, Beaumont, 409-838-2202 Families and their favorite canines can enjoy great food, music and festive things to do with your dog. Held in conjunction with the Fire Museum’s Fire Prevention & Family Safety Festival, DOG-tober Fest includes an array of festivities. Enter your dog in some of the many cute contests held throughout the day, including the “Master/Dog Look-a-Like Contest” and the “Best Dressed Dog Contest”. October 9-November 28 Texas Renaissance Festival Plantersville, www.texrenfest.com The enchanted 55-acre village comes to life to pay homage to the King and Queen. Costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts and offering delicious foods and beverages. You will be amused by the games of skill and

October 15 Don Williams Farewell Tour Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 October 17 Lamar University Get Your Red On 5:30-7:30pm, Bistro LeMonde, 3199 Dowlen, Beaumont, 409-880-8921 or 800-298-4839 Kick off Lamar University’s 2011 Homecoming Week. Appetizers and cash bar. October 20 Jefferson Starship 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 October 21-23 Cool Autumn Nites Cars, Trucks and Bikes Downtown Beaumont, 409-769-7599 Open run car, truck and bike show. Top 50 trophies and other categories, live band, 50/50 pot, games, goody bags, door prizes and more! October 22 Lamar University Homecoming: Cardinals vs. Central Arkansas 6pm, Provost Umphrey Stadium, 4400 MLK Parkway, Beaumont, 409-880-8921 Along with the game, reunions of former homecoming queens and cheerleaders will highlight festivities. The crowning of the 2011 homecoming king and queen will climax a week of homecoming activities.

human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. October 14 & 15 Don Gay’s Championship Bull Ride 7pm, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 26 getaway se texas and sw louisiana

show-stopping numbers, including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” October 29 Autumn Family Arts Day, Eat a Bug! 10am-2pm, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main, Beaumont, 409-832-3432 Learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a traditional Central American holiday, and have an opportunity to view the monumental paintings of Fort Worth artist Sedrick Huckaby. Activities include Latin American crafts such as sugar skulls, cut paper designs and tissue flowers, Latin American music and dancing along with AMSET’s perennial favorite, Eat-a-Bug, as well as quilting and impasto painting projects to correlate with Huckaby’s work. Dinosaur Day Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St., Beaumont, 409-833-5100 Features outdoor activities for children to learn about dinosaurs and how fossils are found and studied. Activities include talks by professional dinosaur hunters, searching for real fossils, and hands-on, creative activities. Help make and paint huge dinosaurs and excavate your own dinosaur replica from a “fossil-pit”. Symphony of Southeast Texas Master Series 2 Concert 7:30pm, Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl & Forsythe, Beaumont, 409-892-2257 Czech out the New World! Jennifer Isadore, flute, Smetana: Overture The Bartered Bride, Lieberman: Flute Concerto, Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” October 30

October 24 Young Frankenstein 7:30pm, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535 The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE... and it’s headed here! Have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production. Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new

Beaumont Heritage Society Pumpkin Walk 4-8pm, John Jay French Museum, 3025 French Road, Beaumont, 409-898-0348 Come enjoy a family-friendly Pumpkin Walk- bring carved or decorated pumpkins for display. Entries in various categories will be accepted for judging by the public. Stroll through the grounds to enjoy all of the entries! Pumpkins will also be available inside Heritage Hall for children to decorate.


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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

CICI’S PIZZA 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. Take-out 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 409-892-6866.

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 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 9th Avenue. Call (409) 722-1600 or visit www.dylanson9th.com.

Endless Pizza, Pasta, Salad & Dessert Buffet

ALL FOR AN UNBELIEVABLY LOW PRICE NOW SERVING BEAUMONT 5882 Eastex Fwy. (409) 892-6866 28 getaway se texas and sw louisiana

WINGS!

FLOYD’S CAJUN SEAFOOD AND TEXAS STEAKHOUSE “A Great Tradition” from Louisiana to Texas is Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse. 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


Italian Dining at its Finest Beaumont

Frankie’s

i ta l i a n g r i l l The Best Italian food this side of Italy.

We invite you and your family to enjoy a traditional Italian meal with our family. Join us for lunch or dinner. We serve classic dishes like lasagna, spaghetti, chicken parmigiana, seafood, veal, and steaks made to order with garden-fresh ingredients like fragrant basil and vine-ripened tomatoes. Come taste the difference fresh ingredients and a touch of tradition make in our favorite Italian recipes and delicious sauces. Try them all. We also provide catering for all occasions.

Voted #1

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-10pm Sunday 11am-9pm | Closed Mondays

Italian restaurant in Town readers’ Choice Award

409.835.9200

Recommended By Texas Monthly Magazine

Fax: 409.835.9202 (For pICk-up orderS)

105 iH-10 north | Beaumont, TX www.frankiesgrill.net

Port Arthur

T u s c a n y italian restaurant Italian. Just the way you like it.

We’ve been a neighborhood favorite for years, serving up classic Italian dishes, beer, and wine with a smile and a great price. Try us for lunch or dinner, and find out why our customers keep coming back for more.

consistently Voted #1 The Best Italian Food pA News’ The Best Awards

Lunch SpeciaLS Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm Tuesday-saturday 11am-10pm sunday 11am-9pm | closed Mondays

409.724.1881 | 409.724.1937 Fax: 409.724.1132 (For pick-up orders)

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eating out in southeast texas and etouffee, plus a variety of cuts of steaks prepared any way you’d like. The Floyd’s concept is heavily influenced by the Gulf Coast from its d�cor, ambiance, cuisine, and attitude. Floyd’s also happens to serve delicious mouth-watering steaks

cooked to perfection at 2000 degrees and delivered to your table still sizzling! 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 Some of the many reasons the local folks have voted Frankie’s as the #1 Italian Restaurant in Beaumont are the daily lunch specials Tuesday-Friday from $6.99, served with fresh green salad and homemade garlic rolls, make 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 and pizza, veal, chicken, subs, and seafood dishes. All 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 10N, between Calder and College streets exits. Closed Mondays.

The Grill Welcome to The Grill. We offer much more than great food, you will be provided with a wonderful dining experience. Your food is prepared by an outstanding chef and amazing kitchen staff that has years of experience in the culinary arts. Our awardwinning wait staff at The Grill is top-notch and provides professional service that is the best in the area. The ambience of our formal dining is warm, comfortable, and provides a relaxing environment to enjoy your meal. When it comes to wine, The Grill has the most extensive list in the area, providing wine lovers of all types with choices from all over the world. If you need private dining, we have a phenomenal area that can accommodate up to 40 people and give any function a touch of elegance and class. The Cabana and Patio at The Grill provides a more casual atmosphere to unwind and relax with weekly live music, Wednesday through Saturday. Complete with 2 flat screen televisions and comfortable areas to lounge in, you’re sure to enjoy the serenity of The Cabana. Make The Cabana your “meet up spot” with friends and enjoy a 30 getaway se texas and sw louisiana


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eating out in southeast texas Texas cocktail and selection from our delicious tapas menu. See you after work today at The Cabana. Open evenings from 5-10pm, Monday-Thursday, 11am-11pm on Fridays, and on Saturdays 5-11pm. Located at 6680 Calder Avenue in Beaumont. Contact them at 409-866-0039 or www. aspgrill.com. Reservations accepted.

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.

LARRY’S FRENCH MARKET AND CAJUN RESTAURANT Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant

Beaumont Enterp ris READERS’ CHOICE e 2010 WINNER

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is where the people in the know geaux. The “Original French Market and Cajun Restaurant” serves up spicy boiled crawfish, alligator, boiled #1 large local Blue Crabs, and barbecue 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 11am-2pm daily and an awesome seafood buffet Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from 5pm till close. Live Cajun, Country, and Swampop music Thurs.-Sat. evenings, so feel free to wear your dancing shoes. Larry’s is only minutes from Beaumont, Port Arthur, Bridge City and Orange. We can be reached from any hotel in SETX in less than 30 minutes. Experience Larry’s Authentic Cajun Cuisine. Cookbooks and souvenirs are available at the gift shop. Come to Larry’s at 3701 Hwy 366, Groves. Call 409-962-3381.

NOVROZSKY’S HAMBURGERS, ETC. If you are 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, they have 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


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eating out in southeast texas this one of the best finds in the area for casual dining. In Beaumont at 3925 Dowlen Road at Folsom, 409-899-4076, in Nederland at 3016 Hwy 365 across from Central Mall, 409-724-7553, 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, 337-5270041. All locations are open daily for lunch and dinner. Tell them Getaway sent you!

Pickett House Restaurant 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

RAO’S BAKERY

Steak SpecialS daily!

dine-in only

Authentic Cajun Cuisine

Mouthwatering Seafood, Prime Texas Steaks, Chicken, & more!

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm

take-out welcoMe!

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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 Nederland-Pt. Arthur at 3504 Highway 365 across from Central Mall, 409-729-7267. In Beaumont across from Parkdale Mall, 4440 Dowlen, 409-347-3400 and 2596 Calder Ave. at 10th St. and in Memorial Baptist Hospital on College St. 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 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.

SERTINO’S CAFE 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


Where great food meets great entertainment.

SatiSfaction & entertainment

Served daily!

sandwiches 24 hours a day with free WiFi. Perfect for a business lunch or casual dinner. In Beaumont next to Best Buy, 409-892-0600 and Port Arthur on Hwy 69, 409-724-7012.

SPANKY’S BAR & GRILL Specializing in seafood, hand-cut steaks and barbecue. The freshest seafood available includes shrimp, oysters, stuffed crab, catfish, and crawfish. Family owned establishment 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 Sun.-Tues. 10:30am-9pm and Wed.-Sat. 10:30am-10pm. 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. At 1703 16th St., Orange, 409-886-2949.

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

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eating out in southeast texas STARVIN MARVIN’S Whatever you’re starving for, Marvin’s has it. Start with a specialty drink like a Cajun Martini and end with Mile-High Apple Pie. In between, we offer hearty fare like steaks and half-pound Angus beef burgers, as well as chicken, pork, and seafood. We also have lighter entrees, including sandwiches, wraps, salads, and even a munchkin menu for the kids. Our restaurant is expansive with multiple patios and lots of outdoor seating. Local live music plays regularly. 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, Tuscany is the very best choice for spectacular Italian cuisine. Outstanding lunch specials featuring more than 20

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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.


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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, 1-800-584-7263.

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, you’ll discover it at our food court. 2717

Delta Downs Dr., Vinton. Visit www. deltadowns.com or call 800-589-7441.

DAIRY BARN Beef, ground fresh daily, helps to make very tasty burgers, prepared any way you 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 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 ice-cold domestic beers and

longnecks, delicious house frozen Margaritas and Daiquiris. 777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, 1-800-584-7263.

HOLLIER’S CAJUN KITCHEN Excellent Cajun cuisine including gumbo and crawfish etouffee, plus seafood and steaks, and Cajun boudain, 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. Don’t miss out. Take home the taste of LA with homemade Cajun sausage and boudain. Open 7am-9pm Mon.-Sat., closed Sundays. All major credit cards accepted. Located at 1709 Ruth, Sulphur, 337-527-0061.

THE LOOKOUT STEAKHOUSE AT DELTA DOWNS Enjoy great American steaks and desserts in a casual atmosphere with a beautiful

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


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 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 7-9pm with Chester Daigle. Convenient from I-210 and downtown Lake Charles. Jacket not required. Lunch is available Tue.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Dinner - Tue.Sat., 6-10pm. Located at 815 West Bayou Pines Dr., 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.

SEVEN CLANS BUFFET AT COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT A large variety of cuisines, live cooking stations, plus a dessert bar! Open daily for

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eating out in southwest louisiana 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.

STEAMBOAT BILL’S 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, and more. DO 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 Drive (west bound I-10 feeder road), 337-494-1079, and Hwy 190 at Broad, 337-494-1700. Both locations are easy to find and get to. All major credit

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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. 11am - 8pm; Fri. and Sat. 11am-10pm; Sun. 10am-11pm. Located at 2717 Delta Downs Dr., Vinton. Visit onlin at 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.


An oasis of refinement rising like the Eiffel Tower over Southwest Louisiana

Truffles

(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

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shopping 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.

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.

IZ FUNKY RESALE

Lake Charles

ANTIQUE MALL OF BEAUMONT

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

NIGHTS UNIFORM COMPANY Established in 1920, we’re a uniform and

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

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 friendly, congenial, and informed dealers who will make your shopping experience a success, not to mention fun. 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 42 getaway se texas and sw louisiana


COUNTRY LANE ANTIQUE MALL

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 10am-6pm 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

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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 array of after 5 and casual wears, accessories, jewelry and gifts. Also stocking a full selection of Brighton and Vera Bradley. 4343 Lincoln Ave., 409-962-3400

GET YOUR KICKS ON

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ANTIQUE MALL OF LUMBERTON The most popular antique mall in Southeast Texas-

OVER 10,000 SQUARE FEET WITH 60 SHOPS!

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

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 Avenue, in the beautiful Maison d’ Amis building, 409-962-9300. Open MondaySaturday from 6:30am-8pm

www.thecandlecottage.com

HERE’S 2 HOLIDAYS This is a most unique gift shop because they carry holiday and gift items throughout the whole year. Come in and find flags, exciting school spirit gifts, fabulous accessories, beautiful crosses, frames, and more. Located at 3123B Nederland Avenue, 409-853-1980.

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

THE RUSTIC DOOR We are Nederland’s craft mall with decor, designs and stylish finds from more than 50 vendors of handmade crafts, unique items, and more. We’re open Monday-Friday 10am6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. We accept all forms of payment and can’t wait to see you! You can find us at 3105 Nederland Avenue, Suite B and C, 409-722-MALL (6255). Visit online at www.ChristiesCreations.org (Just click on ‘The Rustic Door’).

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 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm, 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 Historic Boston Avenue Shopping District at 5018 Boston Avenue, 409-721-5018. 44 getaway se texas and sw louisiana

NEDERLAND JEWELERS 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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A Region rich in musical talent

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ur unique corner of the Gulf Coast has long been known for the talented entertainers that have continually emerged from here. In addition to internationally-known recording artists like Janis Joplin, J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, Tex Ritter, Johnny and Edgar Winter, George Jones, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Clay Walker, Marcia Ball, Ezra Charles and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, many lesser recognized but very noteworthy performers reside in Southeast Texas and Southwestern Louisiana. Our area boasts a lengthy list of underrated and undiscovered singers, songwriters and musicians that don’t get near the attention that they deserve. On any given night, you can see and hear these hard-working troubadours playing and singing their hearts out at hot spots like Starvin Marvin’s Bar & Grill, Dylan’s, Dixie Dance Hall, Whiskey River, Honky Tonk Texas and a host of other area “haunts.” Of course any aspiring area entertainer with his or her sights on the “big time” has some huge shoes to fill – just check out all of the Gulf Coast greats that are featured at Port Arthur’s Museum of the Gulf Coast. More than sixty area entertainers past and present are spotlighted in the museum’s Music Hall of Fame. Our region’s rich cultural climate has helped create a unique gumbo

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of musical talent representing almost every genre; including rock, blues, soul, pop, western swing, jazz and country. While you’re in our area, consider cruisin’ to the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur – and perhaps take in some live entertainment at one of our numerous concert venues. During my years of involvement with area print, TV and radio, I’ve had the pleasure of “rubbing elbows” with some of the area’s most talented tunesmiths – including Beaumont-based country star Mark Chesnutt. I’ve often wondered why a world-renowned recording artist of Chesnutt’s caliber chose to stay in his hometown when he could have moved to Nashville or anywhere else in the world. “I wouldn’t live in Nashville if you’d pay me,” Chesnutt said with a chuckle. “I go up there when I have to… I’ve got a lot of friends up there but it’s not home. I’ve been going up there since the early 1980’s but I’ve always loved Southeast Texas… This is where my family and friends are and I just love the area. I’ll tell you what – I’ve talked to a lot of people who complain a lot about living around here… My advice to them is to get away from here and move somewhere else for a while. You’ll find out that this place ain’t so bad… It’s really a great place with a lot of great music and food. The people here are what keep this area alive. The people

around here are the best in the world… I’ve been all over the world and I can tell you that the people of Southeast Texas are the best,” Chesnutt said. Of course, Chesnutt’s close friend and fellow country troubadour Tracy Byrd also chose to keep a Southeast Texas address during his recording and performing career. “Everybody has to have a place to call home, whether it’s Nashville, Tenn. or Paris, France… Mine’s Beaumont, Texas – I like it right here and this is where I plan to stay,” said Byrd. Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd are Southeast Texas treasures and we’re all proud to have them as neighbors here in our “neck of the woods!” Keep it between the ditches and join me for more cruisin’ of Southeast Texas and Southwestern Louisiana in the next issue of Getaway Magazine! With his trademark “crownboy hat,” microphone and cameras, Jim is a familiar sight at area events. Watch Jim’s “King of the Road Show” on Saturday nights at 9:30 and Thursdays at 5:30 a.m. on Fox 4 KBTV. Listen to King’s local entertainment announcements and interviews on AM 1300 KSET. Visit www.jimkingoftheroad.com.


J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Ezra Charles

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Mark Chesnutt

Tracy Byrd

Clay Walker

George Jones

Marcia Ball

Jerry “Count Jackson” LaCroix

Johnny and Edgar Winter

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THERE’S NOTHING GREATER THAN A

BIG OLE GATOR! Visit the Alligator Capital of Texas for a festival you can really sink your teeth into. Anahuac’s annual event, being held September 16 through September 18, features live music, airboats, cajun food, alligators, carnival rides, and much more.

GREAT TEXAS ALLIGATOR ROUNDUP The Great Texas Alligator Roundup, the premier event of Gatorfest, invites Texas alligator hunters to bring in their “harvest” to compete for cash prizes. The festival coincides with the opening of the 20-day alligator season in Texas and the Roundup sees an average of 10% of all the alligators harvested from the wild in Texas annually. Previous years’ winners have been over 13 feet long! Listen for the air horn to sound as hunt-

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ers bring in gators each hour throughout the day Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. The Great Texas Alligator Roundup is the premiere event of our festival and gives the festival a rare opportunity to see this fascinating reptile “up close and personal.” This event attracts alligator hunters from across Texas to our festival. The hunters have great incentive to bring their “harvest” to the Roundup where they compete for over $4000 in

prize money. Prizes are awarded according to length and county of harvest. A licensed Texas alligator buyer is on site to purchase the harvested gators, which are then processed for the hide and the meat. For more information on The Great Texas Alligator Roundup and alligator hunting opportunities in the Anahuac Area contact the Gatorfest office at 409-267-4190.


2011 Texas Gatorfest BBQ Cookoff There were more than 20 teams entered in the 2010 Cookoff! You could get smoked gator, smoked shrimp, pork ribs, dirty rice, oysters, desert and more. This year’s 2011 Cookoff is expected to draw even more Texas BBQers as they cook their way into the winner’s circle. Entry deadline is Friday, September 2, 2011 before 5p.m. and an entry packet can be downloaded at www.texasgatorfest.com.

Yeeeeee-Haaaaaaa... Gotta Luv them Airboat Rides!

Airboats are an exciting attraction at the Texas Gatorfest. Speeding through open marsh with the wind blowing through your hair is a activity everyone should ex-

perience. Rest assured that safety is the number one priority... followed by fast fun! You might even get a little wet as those airboats jet away from their launch pads!

to check out all of gatorfest’s exciting events, visit

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live music Friday, September 16, 2011 6:00-6:30pm Recorded Music & Welcome 6:30pm-8pm Jesse Stuart & Ridin High 8:30pm-10pm Joel Martin Project 10:30pm-12am Wayne Toups & Zydacajun

Saturday, September 17, 2011 10-12pm Recorded Music & Welcome 12pm-2pm The McClanahans 2:30pm-4pm 11th Hour 4:30pm-6pm Seth Candan 6:30pm-8pm Kyle Bennett Band 8:30pm-10pm Honeybrowne 10:30pm-12am Eli Young Band

Sunday, September 18, 2011 12pm-2pm The Jamie Talbert Band 2:30pm-4pm David Glenn 4:30pm-6pm Al White & Chaparral

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Orange Welcome to

Will France

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

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 1-800-5284906 or visit www.orangetexas.org. august-october 2011

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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 also offers other stores, including Kismet Studio and Photography. This unique store isn’t just about photography, though... They also carry Australian jewelry and even boast a “coffee shop”, sandwiches, and sweets. N Salon, a full-service hair salon, manicure and pedicure shop will leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful. 52 getaway se texas and sw louisiana


Maison d’ Amis After 5 to Casual! Everything from Jeans, Tops, & Yellowbox Shoes to Dresses, Coats, & Accessories to Unique Jewelry & Gifts including Brighton & Vera Bradley

409.962.3400

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

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