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Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras: Family-friendly Carnival in Lake Charles

Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras spans several days of themed parades and family-friendly events that make Lake Charles and surrounding towns a fabulous place to celebrate Carnival. Southwest Louisiana stakes its claim to the second largest Mardi Gras in the state, a fun and friendly alternative to raucous New Orleans. Our Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras visit […]

Greenwood Gator Farm. Article and photo by Charles McCool.

Louisiana Bayou Tour at Greenwood Gator Farm

Highlighting our trip to Louisiana’s Bayou Country was a visit to Greenwood Gator Farm. Learn all about the powerful and popular creatures, feed them, hold them (really!), plus take a swamp tour—all at Greenwood Gator Farm in Gibson, Louisiana. Greenwood Gator Farm: Bayou Tour The Greenwood Gator Farm Tour experience begins with an hour-long airboat ride through […]

seafood entree at Ember, L'Auberge Lake Charles. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

Relaxed Luxury at L’Auberge Lake Charles

Relaxed Luxury at L’Auberge Lake Charles We stayed at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana during the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. The property is cool, fun, and still has a new resort feel, as it completed a renovation in November 2015. L’Auberge Lake Charles earns a AAA Four Diamond designation with their […]

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50% Lower Hotel Rate in 5 Easy Steps

Here are 5 quick steps I used to slash the rate by over 50% for a recent stay at Country Inn & Suites in New Orleans: 1. Shopped for the best rate on the company website A friend recommended Country Inn & Suites for my stay in New Orleans. The best rate for one night […]