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boudin trail

Taking the trek to enjoy this Southern staple

The 12 Days of Christmas:

12 items to put a dent in your holiday list

Cruisin’ SETX: Seasonal Festivities Abound

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features 16, 17

Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail

Napa Valley has wine. New York has pizza. Wisconsin has cheese. Southwest Louisiana has boudin! (and so does Southeast Texas...)

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The 12 Days of Christmas Some wonderful gift items, just in time

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Cruisin’ SETX

Seasonal Festivities Abound: From the Texas Renaissance Festival to Dickens on the Strand, cooler weather brings even cooler events

on the cover Jeff Benoit, with B&O Kitchen & Grocery in Sulphur, Louisiana, proudly displays some of their famous boudin. Read all about this tasty trek on pages 16 and 17. Cover photo provided courtesy of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

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n November we could start slowing down a little bit, but we usually don’t. We’re tailgating at Lamar and McNeese football games and cheering on our favorite high school teams, The New Orleans Saints, The Dallas Cowboys, and The Houston Texans. We have cooler weather to enjoy. We can camp out without freezing to death or burning up from the heat. The fishing gets better and deer hunting season opens. November means Thanksgiving! We gather with our families and we feast, and we visit, and we remember those family members and friends that are no longer with us. I am thankful that I will spend time with all of my children except my son Jake, who serves our great country in the U.S. Navy and is deployed to the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS John C. Stennis. I will see my grandchildren, my brothers and sisters, my mom, and my nieces and nephews, but I will really miss my dad, affectionately known as “Pop”. I have a large family, and I feel blessed that we all can come together to celebrate Thanksgiving together. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I have a profession that allows me plenty of flexibility, as well as an income to provide for my family. I live in an area that in large part has been blessed by a much sounder economy than other regions of the country. I am healthy, as are all of my family members, and I am an American!

I live in the greatest country on earth. We have freedoms and rights that our forefathers fought and died for, including the right to the pursuit of happiness. We live in a system that is governed by the people, for the people, and of the people! And most important to me, is that I have the right to practice my faith. I am proud and thankful to live in a country that was built on Christian and biblical values, and that I can proclaim my faith, attend my church, and share with others the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, without fear of persecution. December brings Christmas and we celebrate the birth of our savior. Yes, there are tons of Christmas gifts under the tree. I admit that I stress a little bit because of hectic days of shopping and preparing, but come Christmas day it’s all worth it. Again, we gather as a family and share this most incredible day celebrating the greatest gift to mankind. Our savoir was born, and we can celebrate His birth by remembering Him, and giving honor to Him. There are events all over the area that will give you an opportunity to get in the spirit of Christmas. We have Christmas tree lightings, parades, religious ceremonies, and festivals. Slow down a little this year and try to remember the “reason for the season” and make the most of what we have been given. Remember the things that are most important in your life, and

celebrate them with the people you care about the most. January is the new beginning and we all have goals for the New Year that we are pretty committed to, at least for the first few weeks of the year. This year I have no intention of making any resolutions having to do with exercise or weight loss or any of the usual things we attempt every year. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on taking care of myself, but this year I’m going to really try to change myself from the inside out. In today’s climate, there is so much negativity, selfishness, and hostility, that the things that are important seem to get a bit cloudy and distorted. I believe that we can disagree with each other on a whole host of issues without personal attacks on one another. It doesn’t matter to me what political party or church you belong to, or what city you live in, or what part of the world you’re from. I am glad you are here in this region, I am glad that you’re my neighbor, and I’m glad that you have the same rights as I do. I hope that 2012 will be a better year for each of you than 2011 was, and that you find peace, contentment, prosperity, good health, and joy in the months to come. I’d like to thank all of our readers that enjoy Getaway Magazine of SE Texas and SW Louisiana, our many advertisers that are being introduced to the hundreds of thousands of travelers visiting us and staying in our area hotels, and our hotel and hospitality distribution partners that make sure that all of our visitors get a warm and friendly welcome every time they visit. I’d like to thank the locals that make up a significant percentage of our readership as well. As we wrap up one year, and begin another, my prayers for you will remain that you experience the very best that our creator has in store for you. May God bless you all!

Randy and Marcie Duplecion Publishers, Getaway Magazine of SE Texas and SW Louisiana Email us at randy@getaway-media.com www.planmygetaway.com november 2011-january 2012

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Southeast Texas Southwest Louisiana Fine Dining

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GETAWAY MAGAZINE is published four times a year: February-April, May-July, August-October and November-January by Getaway Media TXLA, P.O. Box 8066, Lumberton, TX 77657. No part of this periodical may be reproduced or duplicated without the express written permission of Getaway Media TXLA. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscription rate is $16. All payments in U.S. funds only. For subscription information, please contact us at randy@getaway-media.com or send mailing address and a check for $16 to Getaway Subscriptions, Getaway Media TXLA, P.O. Box 8066, Lumberton, TX 77657. For editorial or advertising information, please call (409) 673-2583 or email randy@getaway-media.com for more details.

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Origins Louisiana boudin’s exact origins are unknown, but it does trace back to France, just like Cajuns. The French eat “boudin blanc”, or white boudin, a sausage made of pork, chicken, and/ or veal blended with spices, cognac, and milk. It has no likeness to the Louisiana kind. The French Acadians (now Cajuns) came from Canada to Louisiana, and their culture and traditions evolved to fit their new home. Living in the backwoods and on the bayous, survival called for ingenuity. To make use of every part of a hog, they likely mixed scraps with seasonings they had around, put it into hog’s intestines, and named it boudin, what they had always called sausage.

savor the flavor Even though boudin makers have their own special recipes, texture and flavor consistency is key. The experts in Southwest Louisiana have honed this skill to the point of gaining the attention of the ultimate boudin website, www.boudinlink.com.

chew the fat Boudin is delicious, but conversation is just as good. Chat with locals about their product, enjoy tales of life in Louisiana, and learn about Cajun culture. 16

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Napa Valley has wine. New York has pizza. Wisconsin has cheese.

Southwest Louisiana has boudin! (and so does Southeast Texas...)

DEQUINCY Comeaux’s Cajun Gold 802 E. Fourth St. 337-786-3097

Hackberry Brown’s Food Center 620 Main St. 337-762-4632

iowa Fontenot’s Cajun Foods 401 S. Thompson, Ste. B 337-582-2220 Rabideaux’s Sausage Kitchen 105 U.S. 165 337-582-3184

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By Therese Shearer Folks in South Louisiana (and even Southeast Texas, since many are cajun transplants) know boudin is a mouth-watering mix of spices, rice, and pork squeezed into a sausage casing. Sold everywhere from local restaurants to gas stations along Interstate 10, and even shipped to grocery stores outside the area, boudin is fast becoming a famous Cajun staple, even joining the ranks of gumbo and jambalaya. Flavors and ingredients of boudin vary, so most Cajuns have a favorite spot they get it from, and their loyalty to their boudin of choice can’t be rivaled. So, still not sure what all the fuss is about? Well, gas up and jump in your car to check out these local hotspots known as the Boudin Trail.

Abe’s Grocery 1833 Gerstner Memorial Dr. 337-436-0045 Billedeaux’s Cajun Kitchen 2633 Fruge St. 337-439-9944 Brown’s Neighborhood Market 10051 Gulf Hwy. 337-905-3013

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Famous Foods 1475 Gerstner Memorial Dr. 337-439-7000 Gillis Grocery & Cafe 4199 Hwy. 171 337-855-4805 337-855-4806 Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen 5614 LA. Hwy. 14 337-474-3731 Homsi’s Deli 2124 Broad St. 337-439-8789

Peggy’s Superette 2231 Moeling St. 337-433-1286

Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen 1709 Ruth St. 337-527-0061

different types of boudin

Roy’s Specialty Meats 4313 Common St. 337-564-5705

Market Basket #41 2227 Maplewood Dr. 337-625-7568

Sonnier’s Sausage and Boudin 1224 N. Simmons St. 337-564-4137

Richard’s Boudin and Seafood Mart 2250 E. Napoleon St. 337-625-8474

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The Sausage Link 2400 E. Napoleon 337-625-2030

Boudin blanc boudin that’s light-colored Crawfish boudin made with crawfish tails and rice Shrimp boudin made with shrimp and rice Alligator boudin made with alligator and rice Hot boudin extra spicy variety Mild boudin milder spices, no-burn variety Smoked boudin boudin placed in a smoke house for extra flavor, the outside skin will sometimes crisp a little bit.

Market Basket #27 362 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy. 337-855-7739

Homsi’s Tobacco & Beer 2612 Kirkman St. 337-439-2323

Peto’s Deli 104 Bruce Circle 337-855-0034

Justin’s Supermarket 2119 Moeling 337-721-8003

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Kat’s Kracklins/Cruz Cafe 529 W. 18th St. 337-474-7460 Market Basket #18 4431 Nelson Rd. 337-477-4868

Vinton Cajun Cowboy’s Restaurant 1312 Gum Cove Rd. 337-589-3520

B&O Kitchen & Grocery 3011 E. Burton St. 337-625-4637

Market Basket #26 1717 Hwy. 90 W. 337-589-6026

Boiling Point 1730 S. Beglis Pkwy. 337-625-9282

westlake Bar B Que Pit Stop 2400 Westwood Road 337-433-7818

how do I say it? If you ain’t from around here it might be tricky. The right way to say it is “boodan” or “boodeh”.

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Boudin is considered a staple in the South. The ability to grab a quick link and eat it anywhere and on the go, makes it a great choice for any meal or just as a snack. And for those who don’t want to fool with the casing, there’s even boudin balls!

make it to one craving it after of these spots or you return hom e? No problem Inc. in Beaumon . DJ’s Boudain, t, TX is #1 in sa les throughout ship all over th th e area and ca e US. Just call th n em Monday-Fr at 409-842-05 iday, 8am-4pm 58 or visit them online at www.d jsboudain.com. november 2011-january 2012

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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 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.

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 oldtime 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.

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 18

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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.

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 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 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

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 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.

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

Phone: 409-719-6067 Online: www.fishsabine.com november 2011-january 2012

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The area of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana has many shopping and dining spots sure to cover everyone on your Christmas list! For more, see pages 28-46. And don’t forget, most of the restaurants offer gift certificates for the holidays!

On the first day On the second day On the third day On the fourth day On the fifth day On the sixth day of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... Designer denim to die for! Miss Me jeans- dressing the modern girl who is multi-dimensional in character and style. HannahBay’s Clothing Boutique 4343 Lincoln Avenue Groves, TX 409-962-3400 Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm hannahbaysclothing.com

Wonderful wine... and food to match! A bottle of Pinot Noir with Australian Rack of Lamb crusted with Herbes de Provençe and gorgonzola dauphinois potato La Truffe Sauvage 815 W. Bayou Pines Dr. Lake Charles, LA 337-439-8364 thewildtruffle.com

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Something that brightened my day! Unique treasures and fabulous finds. Antique Mall of Lumberton 1181 S. Main Country Lane Antique Mall 114 Country Lane Lumberton, TX 10am-6pm Daily 409-755-3388

A spicy surprise! Experience the true taste of Southwest Louisiana with this unique blend of herbs and spices. Steamboat Bill’s 1004 Lakeshore Dr. 337-494-1070 and 732 S. ML King Hwy. Lake Charles, LA 337-494-1700 steamboatbills.com

A present that made perfect scents! Decorative and fragrant, to be melted inside electric tart warmers. The Candle Cottage 1234 Boston Avenue Nederland, TX 409-721-5018 1-866-721-5018 Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-6pm Sat.10am-5pm thecandlecottage.com

A winning weekend getaway! Featuring a huge gaming floor, luxurious hotel rooms, fabulous restaurants, live entertainment and more. Coushatta Casino Resort 777 Coushatta Drive Kinder, LA 1-800-584-7263 coushattacasinoresort.com


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On the seventh day On the eighth day On the ninth day On the tenth day On the eleventh day On the tweltth day of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my of Christmas my true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... true love gave to me... The ticket to world class entertainment! The beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state of the art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Lutcher Theater 707 West Main Orange, TX 409-886-5535 www.lutcher.org

The gift of relaxation that left me glowing! The Gentlemen’s Special features the coconut sugar pedicure, a classic facial, and a 50 minute combination massage. The Getaway Day Spa 2355 I-10 South Beaumont, TX 409-617-0772 getawayspaelegante.com

Jewelry that is as unique as me! Bico Australia Jewelry is tribal inspired for the next generation. Bico is very unique, and while it looks expensive, it is very affordable. Kizmet Studio 4343 Lincoln Ave # E Groves, TX 409-962-9300 www.kizmetphoto.com

Cocktails and conversation! The Cabana and Patio provides a more casual atmosphere to unwind and relax with weekly Live Music Wednesday through Saturday. The Grill 6680 Calder Ave. Beaumont, TX 409-866-0039 www.theaspgrill.com

My favorite coffee... in the mail! Any coffee they brew sold fresh by the pound. Rao’s Bakery Beaumont, TX 2596 Calder 409-832-4342 4440 Dowlen Rd. 409-347-3400 Nederland, TX Hwy. 365 | 409-729-7267 raosbakery.com

An exciting night at the races! Take that person out to enjoy an evening at the races followed by a little gambling and a delicious dinner. Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel 2717 Delta Downs Drive Vinton, LA 337-589-7441 1-800-589-7441

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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

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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.

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.

Group rates available. Call 337-430-0043.

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.

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

911 Memorial

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.

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

Saddle Tramp Club House 1036 East Ebey Street Church Point, LA 337-684-2026 www.churchpointmardigras.com

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12th CARNIVAL D’ ACADIE (MARDI GRAS) Downtown Crowley, LA 337-783-0824 www.crowley-la.com

FebruAry 21, 2012

25th TEE MAMOU-IOTA MARDI GRAS FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL Downtown Iota, LA 337-779-2456 www.iotamardigras.com november 2011-january 2012

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Saturday Adventure Series: Harvesting Rain Water 9:30-10:30am, $25 material fee, reservations required. Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 2111 W. Park Ave., Orange, 409-670-9799, www. shangrilagardens.org Learn how water barrels provide a free source of chemical free water that is ideal for watering gardens & lawns. During this hands-on adult session, make and take home a rain barrel.

Carson and Barnes Circus Advance $6, $12 / Day of $10, $18, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Rd., Winnie, 877-643-7508

Mamie McFaddin-Ward’s Birthday Tea In honor of Mamie McFaddin Ward’s birthday, all tours of the house for this day are free. Tea and refreshments, based on family recipes, will be served. Beaumont, 409-832-1906, www.mcfaddin-ward.org

South Pacific 1:30pm and 6:30pm, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535, www.lutcher.org This breathtaking new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC is based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production.

November 1-12 Scarecrow Festival Officially the largest scarecrow festival in Texas! Over a hundred scarecrows are expected, and visitors will be able to vote for a favorite. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Scarecrows will be created from recycled materials whenever possible to help represent Shangri La’s ‘green’ theme. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park Ave., Orange, 409-6709113, www.shangrilagardens.org NOVEMBER 3 Lamarissimo! Faculty Artists The best and brightest of Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Moore Dept. of Music present Lamarissimo!, showcasing the talents of outstanding student and faculty artists in ensemble and solo performances. Beaumont, 409-880-8144, www.lamar.edu/music Dwight Yoakam 7pm at Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508

Lamar University vs. Stephen F. Austin The LU Cardinals take on Stephen F. Austin for a lively game of football. Get ready for some football! Beaumont, 409-880-1712, www.lamarcardinals.com November 6 Shrek the Musical Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 1:30 and 6:30pm, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535, www.lutcher.org Based on the Oscar®winning Dreamworks film that started it all, the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre- not a handsome prince- shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero... November 11 The Guess Who 7pm, $25, $35, $45, $55, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508

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NOVEMBER 19 Lamar University vs. McNeese State The LU Cardinals take on McNeese for a lively game of football. 409-880-1712, www.lamarcardinals.com November 20

November 23-27 Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Wed.-Fri. 7:30pm / Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm / Sun. 3:00 pm, $31-$103, Ford Arena, 5115 I-10 S., Beaumont, 409-951-5400 Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West. November 25–December 10 Scrooge! The Musical Friday, Saturday 7:30pm / 2pm Matinee, Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts, 4155 Laurel, Beaumont, 409-833-4664 Vastly entertaining and remarkably fresh, this version of “A Christmas Carol”, will stay with viewers long after the final credits have rolled. “Scrooge” has become a treasured Christmas tradition alongside so many other beloved yuletime favorites. Show dates are: Nov. 25, 26*, 26, Dec. 2, 3*, 3, 9, 10, 2011.


November 25 and 26 Thank God for Texas Music 7pm, $25, $35, $45, Nutty Jerry’s, 18291 Englin Road, Winnie, 877-643-7508 Featuring: Pat Green, Hayes Carll, Kyle Park, Casey Donahew Band, Adam Hood and Ray Wylie Hubbard. DECEMBER

Heights neighborhood- where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. DECEMBER 2-5

DECEMBER 1 Glory Box Internationally renowned performance artist, Tim Miller, will perform his moving one-man show. 409-880-2250, dept.lamar. edu/cofac/depttheatre/11_12season.asp

Beaumont Christmas Holiday Festival This year’s exciting festival will include arts and crafts for the kids, live music, delicious food and hot chocolate, holiday shopping, historic home tours and more! 800-392-4401, www.beaumontcvb.com

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Very Merry Main Street Market Junior League of Beaumont’s Very Merry Main Street Market is the place for all your holiday shopping! Thursday Holiday Happy Hours with Early Bird shopping, cocktails and raffles galore, the annual Holiday Luncheon with style show, and no child would miss the Gingerbread House Workshop! 409-8320873, www.juniorleaguebeaumont.com

Beaumont Christmas Holiday Festival & Parade 6 pm Street Parade, 7pm Lighted Boat Parade, Downtown, 409-980-8311 or 311 Join the City of Beaumont for the Official Christmas Holiday Parades in beautiful historic downtown.

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Fire Museum of Texas Christmas Open House Tour Texas’ official Fire Museum and enjoy festive holiday music and activities. Bring in the kids or the whole family for some holiday merriment. 409-880-3927, www.firemuseumoftexas.org

Photos With Santa at Parkdale Mall Santa’s Winter Wonderland complete with a miniature train for the kids to ride. Bring the little ones out for a great picture with the big guy. 409-898-2222, www.shopparkdale-mall.com. DECEMBER 2 Body Maps Lamar University Theatre Department student-performed benefit for the Triangle AIDS Network, created in conjunction with Tim Miller. 409-880-2250, dept.lamar.edu/ cofac/depttheatre/11_12season.asp In the Heights 7:30pm, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535, www.lutcher.org In The Heights tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington

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Lamarissimo! University Choirs Holiday Concert Best and brightest of Lamar University’s Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance present the 21st season of Lamarissimo! showcasing the talents of outstanding student and faculty artists in ensemble and solo performances. Admission is free to students of Lamar University in Beaumont, with valid Lamar ID. 409-880-8144 Chambers House Museum Christmas Tour Take a step back in time to holidays past with a tour of Beaumont’s historic homes. Come experience Christmas at the historic Chambers House Museum. The home,

decorated as it would have been in the mid-1920s, will be open for self-guided tours. 409-832-4010 www. chambershouse.org John Jay French Christmas Candlelight Tour The John Jay French Museum celebrates a mid-19th century holiday season with fresh greenery, candles, and music evoking the old-fashioned Christmas spirit. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the French home and grounds, then head to Heritage Hall for a delightful afternoon of holiday music and refreshments. 409-898-0348, www.jjfrench.com DECEMBER 8 AND 15 Eggnog Thursdays at the McFaddin Ward House Sample Eggnog and tea cookies before touring the first floor of this historic home during one of the few times the house is open in the evening. 409-832-1906, www.mcfaddin-ward.org December 29 The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis 7:30pm, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535, www.lutcher.org Kick off your Holiday celebration with Mannheim Steamroller’s spectacular Anniversary production. A show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state of the art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with their signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller that has made Mannheim Steamroller America’s favorite Christmas artist. JANUARY JANUARY 7 Spindletop Anniversary Celebration In commemoration of the discovery of Spindletop, the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum will blow the replica gusher and have period reenactments. 409-835-0823, www.spindletop.org november 2011-january 2012

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events January 12 and 13 Fiddler on the Roof 7:30pm, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535, www.lutcher.org

Fiddler on the Roof, the musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, it has won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score,

which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” it is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. JANUARY 20 AND 21 Hot Hearts 2012 Combining the messages of the most effective youth communicators and the very best in contemporary Christian music with state of the art video and light shows for a high energy weekend. 20 years later the dream is still alive and growing. You too can be a vital part of this experience. 409-951-5400, www.hothearts.org JANUARY 21 Symphony of Southeast Texas Pops Concert The Sounds of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Byron Stripling, trumpet. 409-892-2257, www.sost.org 24th Annual Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Concert and Janis Joplin Birthday Bash The soulful mixture of blues and rock and roll will be on the menu. 800-235-7822, www.portarthurtexas.com January 31 Moulin Rouge 7:30pm, Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St., Orange, 409-886-5535, www.lutcher.org Moulin Rouge® The Ballet has elicited cheers and ovations wherever it tours. Along with a rousing French soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. Turn of the century Paris... a city of exquisite contradiction... the heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive... drawn to Paris by the city’s passion, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Matthew and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret - The Moulin Rouge®.

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swla events NOVEMBER November 4-6 Kiwanis Christmas Arts & Crafts Show Lake Charles Civic Center, 337-532-3839, Admission $10 on Friday, $5 Sat. and Sun. This event offers one-of-a-kind art. November 11 Veteran’s Day Avenue of Flags Orange Grove/Graceland Cemetery, Lake Charles, 337-437-7807, Admission Free Casket Flags line the drive through the cemetery in honor of fallen men and women. Flags are donated just for this day and special memoriam. The Avenue of Flags also features a history circle where replicas of eight previous U.S. flags are flown. November 16-19 Mistletoe & Moss Lake Charles Civic Center A Junior League of Lake Charles holiday event du jour, experience the sights and sounds of the season while shopping for Christmas goodies! Bring the kids for pictures with Santa and delicious beignets. Have a great time at Belles and Bordeaux Ladies Night and shopping at the Marketplace. November 18-20 Celtic Nations Festival Brickhouse/Downtown Lake Charles, 337-439-4888 Concerts, workshops, Irish tea room, Celtic music, highland games, public whiskey tasting, Celtic balladeers, puppet shows, Celtic Canines, art galleries, Celtic dancers, currach racing, sheep herding fully stocked pub with live entertainment and numerous Celtic vendors.

Midtown. Listen to the sounds of the season as presented by the Louisiana Choral Foundation and delight in Christmas productions and ballets. And of course, don’t miss the many Christmas parades in Vinton, Sulphur, DeQuincy, Starks, Lake Charles, Westlake, Iowa and Moss Bluff. Admission varies on event. December 2-4 Holiday House and Christmas Under the Oaks Henning Cultural Center/Sulphur, Admission Free Enjoy great food and music and find those perfect gifts. Santa will be on hand for breakfast and photos with the kids. Bring the merriment outside for more food and music at Christmas Under The Oaks. The sky will be a kaleidoscope of color with the Sulphur Kiwanis Balloons on Parade followed by the Spectacle of Lights and fireworks display. December 2 Taste of the Holidays & Parade Taste of the Holidays $10, Other Admission Free The streets will be filled with festive cheer for the exciting Annual DeQuincy Christmas parade at 11am on Friday, Dec. 3. Later, enjoy a riveting fireworks display at the ballpark near the museum at 8pm. The Railroad Museum will also be glittering Christmas lights Dec. 3–31. Experience the Taste of the Holidays at the JCE Center, 500 Grand Ave. on Dec. 2 at 5pm. December 3

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“Light Up The Lake” Christmas Festival Lake Charles Civic Center, Admission Free Bring the family for a variety of activities such as Santa’s Workshop featuring games and concessions. Enjoy holiday favorites as the Lake Charles Community Band entertains inside the Civic Center as high school jazz bands delight on the front steps during the Lighting Ceremony. Finish off the night with the Light Up The Lake fireworks and lighted boat parade.

SWLA Christmas Lighting Festival Walk through a lighted wonderland at Prien Lake Park and White Lights in

Annual Gingerbread House Contest Lake Charles/SWLA CVB, 337-436-9588, Come and see homemade decorated

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gingerbread houses on display and vote for your favorite! Contact the CVB about submitting your gingerbread masterpiece. Entries for amateur and professional categories accepted. Admission Free. December 9 and 10 Louisiana Choral Foundation Christmas Concert Various Locations, 337-436-9588, Admission $15 Adults; $5 Students Enjoy highlights of Christmas Treasury concerts and other Christmas carols performed by Les Petites Voix, community children’s chorus and Bayou Bell Choir, a community handbell ensemble. January January 6 Mardi Gras Twelfth Night Lake Charles Civic Center, 337-436-9588, Tickets are $5/advance, or $6/door. Kids 5 and under free, www.visitlakecharles.org An enchanting evening with the 2011 royal courts of more than 50 krewes making their last glittering promenade, ushering in the 2011 season. January 13 and 14 54th Annual Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival Downtown Cameron, 337-436-9588, www.visitlakecharles.org Enjoy plenty of activities including parades, Cajun dances, exhibits, and a carnival, along with some rather unusual events such as trap setting contests, nutria and muskrat skinning, skeet shooting and dog trials. January 13-16 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival Downtown Lake Charles, 337-436-9588, www.visitlakecharles.org Festivities begin with a memorial breakfast honoring outstanding individuals in the community. On Sunday, performers from all over LA come together for the Gospel Extravaganza. On Monday, enjoy the Annual MLK Coalition Festival Family Day with kids’ games, activities, contests and the gumbo and sauce piquante cook-off. november 2011-january 2012

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eating out in southeast texas Bayou Café Located in Beaumont, Texas, and featuring the flavor of Louisiana, Bayou Café boasts a casual atmosphere, and is as comfortable as it is convenient! The Bayou Café is one of those rare finds. Owned and operated by Tod Stark, the Bayou Café serves only the freshest and best food available. Nothing is ever frozen and everything is cooked to perfection. Tod oversees the kitchen and is one very particular individual. If your order is not prepared right, you’ll never know it because he won’t let it leave the kitchen. The “secret weapon” as Tod calls it, are the fresh jumbo shrimp (and we do mean JUMBO) that goes in every shrimp dish served at the Bayou Café. Order up a bowl of the awesome shrimp gumbo and there they are: big, fat, fresh jumbo shrimp. Order a shrimp po-boy, and... pa-dow! There they are again. Did

somebody say burger? Oh yes, the Bayou Café has burgers! Three-quarters of a pound of fresh, lean patty, seasoned and done right. While here, you MUST try the shrimp tacos! Also serving seafood platters, gumbo, salads, po-boys, all the sides and trimmings and more. Located at 1255 Major Dr. between Gladys

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Texas BBQ with a twist and service with a smile is what you’ll find at Boomtown BBQ Company. We offer traditional sandwiches and smoked meats such as brisket, turkey, pork loin, sausage, and pulled pork, as well as the best ribs in Beaumont. We sell the ribs by the half rack and the meats by the quarter pound, and it’s all served on butcher paper. We also have our twisted BBQ items such as the Taco Bomb, BBQ Nachos, the Boomer, and the Torpedo. During the holidays we will be selling whole smoked turkeys as well! On the weekends you’ll hear live music by local artists on our spacious patio. We sell beer and wine and offer nightly specials. Hosting a party and need some delicious BBQ? Let us do the cooking! We can handle large orders of any size. Come see us at 5555 Calder Avenue in Beaumont, Monday-Saturday 11-9 and Sunday 11-3. We accept all major credit cards, but no checks please. Call 409-5548432 or visit www.boomtownbbq.com.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS (BWW)

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St. and Calder Ave. in Beaumont’s westend. Stay and dine with us or get it to go. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-9pm, 409861-1133. Accepting all major credit cards and cash. Publishers note: “The Bayou Café has the best shrimp tacos I’ve ever had, and, in fact, rate in the top 5 best meals I’ve ever had, period.”

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


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eating out in southeast texas 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.

Steak SpecialS daily!

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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, 11am10pm; 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.


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eating out in southeast texas 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.

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 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

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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.

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Recommended By Texas Monthly Magazine

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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

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

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eating out in southeast texas 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 10-

your way

our way Brisket, sausage, riBs, turkey Breast, and more! 5555 Calder Beaumont, TX

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N, 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 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.


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

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

Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant 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.

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eating out in southeast texas Cold beer (except Lumberton location) and an attentive and friendly staff make 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 home-

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style 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 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.


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eating out in southeast texas SAKE SUSHI BAR AND LOUNGE

SERTINO’S CAFE

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 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. 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.

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

Endless Pizza, Pasta, Salad & Dessert Buffet

ALL FOR AN UNBELIEVABLY LOW PRICE NOW SERVING BEAUMONT 5882 Eastex Fwy. (409) 892-6866 38 getaway se texas and sw louisiana

WINGS!

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 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, Tuesday-Saturday 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 409-7241132. Traveler friendly and we accept all major credit cards.


BAYOU

Café

“Everything’s Fresh” Everything on our menu is fresh, delicious, and homemade!

When it comes to ll shrimp, a s i we serve jumbo shrimp!

Our fish dinner and shrimp tacos are a must have. Our catfish and shrimp entrees are also popular, and we’ve got a secret cajun gumbo recipe that you’ve gotta try. Our awesome homemade burgers and po-boys are served on fresh-baked bread!

1255 N. Major Dr. | Beaumont

409-861-1133

Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm Dine-in or Carry-out

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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

Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-10pm

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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.

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.

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

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 cards accepted. www.steamboatbills.com

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.

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 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.

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 november 2011-january 2012

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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

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.

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

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 44 getaway se texas and sw louisiana


COUNTRY LANE ANTIQUE MALL

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 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

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

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

OVER 10,000 SQUARE FEET WITH 60 SHOPS!

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shopping 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

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

SNOOPER’S PARADISE

Infocus Camera & Imaging

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

Orange A LITTLE BIT GAUDY

Fashion with attitude where you’ll find

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. 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.

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’).

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. 46 getaway se texas and sw louisiana


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t may have something to do with the cooler temperatures this time of year that motivates Southeast Texans to dress up from head to toe in period costumes and cruise to the Texas Renaissance Festival or Dickens on the Strand. I must admit that TRF and Dickens have long been two of my favorite annual area festivals- that’s due particularly to the fact that many attendees show up to these renowned celebrations decked out in their finest garb. Of course it’s no secret that I enjoy donning my “King of

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the Road” regalia when cruisin’ the Southeast Texas communities… There’s something about putting on your best “party hat” and (in my case) custom-tooled microphone holster that makes festivals, concerts, and other community events even more fun! Anyway, the Texas Renaissance Festival continues on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 27 at their sprawling grounds near Plantersville, Texas (45 minutes north of Houston). Be prepared to take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 16th century… The fun-filled event has shows on over 20 stages with more than 200 daily performances. Those enticements include The Dead Bob Show, The Other Brothers, The Falconer’s Stage, The Castle Stage, Cast in Bronze, and The Mud Pit. Houston’s Al Rutter has been attending the Texas Renaissance Festival for the past 30 years. “The place keeps getting bigger and they’ve paved the roads. It is actually an incorporated city now- they have their own police department and fire department. You used to have to sit in traffic for three hours to get in here; now you can drive right in,” Rutter said. “There are also a lot more attractions here now. When we first started coming here, it was a third of the size that it is now. Things like the Jousting Arena weren’t even here back then. Now, it’s more crowded but there’s more stuff to see and do. It’s an experience- it changes every year. It’s one of those events that you don’t want to miss.” Visionary George Coulam started the Texas Renaissance Festival in 1975 with only 3 stages on 15 acres from an old strip-mining site. From its humble beginnings, the festival has grown to become the nation’s largest and most acclaimed renaissance theme parks. Again, the Texas Renaissance Festival season will cruise to a triumphant conclusion on Sunday, Nov. 27. From Beaumont, follow Highway 105 west through Dayton, Cleveland, and Conroe to the town

of Plantersville, turn left of FM 1774 and follow it south approximately 6 miles to the Festival entrance. There will be signs and officers in Plantersville and at the Festival entrance directing traffic. For more information, visit www.texrenfest.com. On Dec. 3 and 4, Victorian London will come to life in Galveston with the 38th Annual Dickens on the Strand. Bobbies, Beefeaters, town criers, characters from Dickens novels, and the Queen herself will once again walk the historic streets of downtown Galveston. Hundreds of costumed performers, vendors, and festival goers attend the yearly tribute to the pomp and pageantry of the British Empire. The family festival, which is presented by the Galveston Historical Foundation, is centered in a 10-block area of Galveston’s National Historic District, The Strand. The attractions include three parades and free, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s six stages; plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers, and entertainers. In addition to over 150 costumed vendors peddling their Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing and culinary delights, most of the yearround shops, restaurants, and bars will be open for business. The numerous kids’ activities include elephant and camel rides and a Snow Yard. For more information about Dickens on the Strand, visit www.galvestonhistory.org. 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 5:30am on Fox 4 KBTV. Stream “King’s Country,” Jim’s Internet-based country music station at www.jimkingoftheroad.com


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Puppet on Parade

Ridin’ High? Charlie Wiggins and David Smith

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