Fall Festivals Near Lake Charles

Child and dog in fall leavesWe here at Nissan of Lake Charles are huge fans of local festivals and social gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few fall festivals near Lake Charles that are well worth checking out.

Arts & Crabs Festival

You read that right! The Arts & Crabs Festival puts an emphasis on local products and services. Art, music, and local seafood play a major role in the festival. Visitors flock from around the state to see what all the hubbub is about. In short, those attending the Arts & Crabs Festival on August 19th will enjoy local food and culture. The festival sells out quickly so be sure to getyour tickets as soon as possible.

St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival

The St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition that makes it ways to the area every year. Its music, rides, and food tend to attract visitors from surrounding areas who want to get in on the fun, family-friendly festival. Admission is free. The festival takes place from September 15th through the 17th.

Calca-Chew Food Festival

Cajun cuisine and heritage are at their fullest at the Calca-Chew Food Festival in September. The family-friendly atmosphere features live entertainment, a French mass, and food many visitors have never tasted before.

Best Summer Road Trips in Louisiana

Girl In Car Going On A Road TripSummer road trips have been an American tradition for many families since the mid-1900s. Louisiana is home to several iconic sights and a few well-kept secrets that make it the perfect state to explore beneath the summer sun. Here are some of the best summer road trips in Louisiana recommended by us here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

White Castle

While it may sound familiar as a cheap restaurant, this White Castle is much more impressive. Otherwise known as Nottoway Plantation, White Castle stands as the largest remaining antebellum mention in the entire Southern United States. Visitors can even pay to stay a night in a mansion built in the late 1800s and sitting at 53,000 square feet!

Jean Lafitte National Park

Six sites make up Jean Lafitte National Park, but the best of the bunch is certainly Barataria Preserve. The 23,000-acre wetlands offer plenty of natural wonders to behold, including wildlife like frogs and birds. Keep your eyes open as you explore the marshes and forests, though. The area is also home to alligators.

Tunica Hills

Hills aren’t the first thing one thinks of when Louisiana comes up in conversation. Tunica Hills, however, is a premier destination where visitors can enjoy nature and spot some wildlife on the loose. Foxes, bobcats, and coyotes tend to roam the area, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready!

Louisiana Foods You Need to Try

Southern cooking

No place in the country has more flavorful dishes than Louisiana. There’s a reason they call it soul food! From spicy seasoning to sweet treats, here are some of the best Cajun-inspired Louisiana foods you need to try:

Gumbo

A dish as versatile as it is delicious, gumbo is an incredible stew that will fill you up. Available with seafood or land-based meat, gumbo is the best way to get your fill of Southern comfort, but still include foods that are familiar to you.

Red Beans and Rice

More rice is coming your way with this Louisiana classic. The dish takes a while to make to let the spice sink in, but the wait is well worth it!  Like Gumbo, it is a meal that can go with many other foods.

Jambalaya

For a gathering of all the great flavors of Louisiana, look no further than jambalaya. This dish has it all, from sausage to shrimp, and it blends all the ingredients together masterfully.

Beignets

Although all these delicious meals are filling, make sure to save/make room for a beignet desert. These pillowy, powdered-sugar treats are the best way to end a good meal!

If there is one thing that Louisiana has, it’s a great selection of southern food that comes from its diverse background.  From French, to Spanish to just southern style cooking, Louisiana has some of the greatest dishes in the south!