Eat Play Stay: Brewing and a bustling art scene in Lake Charles

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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Where is Lake Charles?

Located a little over three hours from New Orleans and just over the East Texas-Louisiana border, Lake Charles, Louisiana, is home to nature walks, Cajun restaurants, breweries and a bustling art scene.

Crying Eagle Brewing Company

Owner Eric Avery named Crying Eagle Brewing Company from a rough translation of the Atakapa Indian word Quelqueshue, a legendary chief with a unique battle cry. At Crying Eagle, you’ll not only enjoy tasty craft beer like Louisiana Lager and Things Unsettled Hazy IPA, but food made by executive chefs trained in Italy and New York.

Rikenjaks Brewing Company

Rikenjaks Brewing Company provides delicious beer, cocktails, food and entertainment for locals and visitors alike. Owner Jay Ecker has created a perfect relaxation spot with delicious cuisine including fish and shrimp tacos, mac and cheese and burgers.

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Luna Bar and Grill

Luna Bar and Grill not only changed the brunch game in Lake Charles, but this one-part art gallery, one-part bar and restaurant changed the social scene in Calcasieu Parish. Owner Dave Evans has created a “must-visit” place for a date night, especially with the live music that is a regular feature here.

Gator Chateau

If you want to get up close and personal with one of Louisiana’s most iconic reptiles, the alligator, then a visit to Gator Chateau should be on your itinerary. Here you’ll learn all about gators, their habit, what they like to eat and how they live their lives. You’ll also have the opportunity to hold a baby alligator and come face to face with this fascinating creature.

Adventure Point

If you’re looking to live Lake Charles like a local, Adventure Point should be one of your first stops. Here, you will learn about the area’s music, wildlife and landscape and walk the Creole Nature Trails that come complete with hands-on displays. The best part is that it’s free!

Paws on the Geaux

Dogs deserve a vacation too, and Paws on the Geaux has all of the boarding and grooming needs that your four-legged friend could ever want. With fancy suites, indoor-outdoor access, playtime and walks around the pond, your dog might never want to leave.

Bohotopia

Located in a 100-year-old house, Bohotopia is an artsy, fun place to lay your head down when you’re visiting Lake Charles. With large windows that let in plenty of light, handmade soaps and a record collection of local recording artists, Bohotopia will become your home away from home when you’re in Cajun country.

Looking for more New Orleans getaways?

If you are a lover of craft beer head to Lafayette and make a stop at Parish Brewing. If the Luna Bar has you looking for a good spot for date night? Tune into our show “My Amazing Cheap Date” for tons of ideas for affordable outings that will impress any date (and they will never know you are a cheapskate).

Check out the other episode of Eat Play Stay for more great spots for day trips and weekend getaways near New Orleans. 

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