Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lake Charles, Louisiana

While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana
My parents called and asked if we wanted to meet them somewhere for a few days over Spring Break and we were all in!  We contemplated going back to The Woodlands Resort since we had so much fun the last time we were there but I really wanted to try someplace we hadn't been before.  My parents {might} enjoy going to the casino, Mike likes to golf, and my kids LOVE to swim so we decided on Lake Charles, Louisiana.

After making our reservations, I started looking around trying to find things for us to do...  If you are looking for a laid back vacation, Lake Charles is your place!  Admittedly, at first I thought "what are we going to do?!"  but the kids quickly showed us they can make anyplace feel like an amazing destination!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana
 Loaded up and hitting the road!  It's about a three and a half hour drive from central Texas and it took my parents about the same coming from northeast Texas.

We had a slight hiccup in our reservations but it definitely worked out to our advantage! We got our nights mixed up at our original hotel and by the time we realized it, they were completely booked.  Golden Nugget to the rescue - and for the win!
 While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 We were hoping for just a nice, clean, run-of-the-mill hotel room but we were welcomed by so much more! While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 We had planned to split the kids up and let one or two stay with my parents but because of the awesome set-up of the room, they all stayed with us.
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 The kids couldn't wait to enjoy breakfast at this tiny little booth!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 We had a few laughs about the tub being in our room!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
Holden just couldn't wait - she had to climb in and try out the tub!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 It's truly the little things for me - like a separate water closet and two sinks!  When you are sharing a room with four other people, these are life savers!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
The girls checking out our amazing pool view!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
We ate all our meals on site.  I've listed them at the end if you are interested in where we ate (we aren't big food connoisseurs so there aren't any foodie pics!). ;)  BUT, we are definitely experts in dessert!  The Chocolate Box at the Golden Nugget was a place we made sure to visit each day of our stay!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
Holden loved the white chocolate covered pretzels!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 And the rest of the family enjoyed the ice cream!  We {might} have taken advantage of the free samples!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 And once we got back to our room, the girls couldn't pass up a bubble bath in the "fancy" bathtub!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
After a {some}what good night's sleep (Mike and I were the lucky ones since we got to share a bed with Hope-y - she slept a-MAY-zing!) everyone was up and ready to start the day!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 *travel tip - if you are dorks like us and travel with your own pillows, never use white pillowcases!  We have certain pillowcases that we only use for traveling - the hotel never thinks they are theirs and they are hard to miss when packing and loading up to leave!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 It was a gorgeous day!!!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
Our hotel was located just down the road from a Target so each morning, Mike would make a run to grab cereal and milk for everyone!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 Hope was {just} a bit excited about going swimming!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 They were so ready to get in but made their mama happy by stopping for a quick pic!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 The pool was "heated"...
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 They went around the lazy river no less than 257,851 times!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 Proof that I did get in the water - but not for long!  #brrr
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 #typicalteen
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 After a quick lunch at the Claim Jumper, we decided to check out the hotel "beach".  The kids loved this area!  Plenty of space to build sand castles, turn cartwheels, and make sand angels!  They also have fire pits that would be fun when the evenings get just a tad bit warmer.
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 There's also a beach-side bar so you're never too far from a tasty beverage!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
 After the beach the kids convinced Dede to swim with them!  Holden definitely has the gift of persuasion!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - Golden Nugget
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana
 Later that afternoon, we took the casino trolley over to L'auberge to check-in for our remaining two nights in Lake Charles.
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
After a long day in the sun, we were ready for dinner!  We cleaned up and headed downstairs to grab a bite at Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
 The kids loved looking through this money fountain - filled with coins from all over the world!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
 Holden and I loved all the art - a license plate United States map and an American flag made out of chains!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
Hope was beyond exhausted so Mike carried her up to bed.  She was so tired that she slept in her dress!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
 Rise and shine, it's morning time!  Hope was enjoying breakfast in bed - cheerios out of a coffee cup. #wearesofancy #andapparentlyitwastooearlyforpictures
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
The girls couldn't wait to try out the pool at L'auberge.
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
 While the girls were swimming, the boys took advantage of this nice area of turf and tossed the football around for a bit.
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana - L'auberge
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana
 We enjoyed spending our Spring Break with Dede and Pop Pop!
While I'm Waiting...Lake Charles, Louisiana
And we enjoyed spending our Spring Break in Lake Charles!

Lake Charles, thank you for welcoming us and giving us lots of memories from Spring Break 2016!  

If you are looking for a nice, laid back destination - this might be the place for you!

Oh, and before I forget, here are the restaurants we visited on our stay:
(special kudos to our waiter at Cadillac's for going to get Hope cheerios - he made her day!)

Be sure and come back soon when I share details about a little side trip we took to Holly Beach!

Do you have a special place you enjoy visiting just to get away from it all?  I would love to hear all about it!  

Thanks so much for stopping by {and for making it through all the pics)!  
Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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While I'm Waiting...Waiting on...Wednesday link-up
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18 comments:

  1. Makes me want to pack up the grandkids and head out somewhere. Today is my last day of school and then next week is my spring break. Yeah!!

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    1. You totally should! It was such a fun get-away with what Colby likes to refer to as "forced family fun" ;)

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  2. So much fun! We may have to spend a night there this summer when we head to Baton Rouge! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Ah! You were about 4 hours south of me! Love Hope's smile with her missing teeth!

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    1. We were in your area a couple of years ago for Spring Break!

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  4. I am going to send your post to my husband... we are looking for a place to go this Summer and Lake Charles looks perfect!! We are trying to stay away from Florida (been there and it's awfully touristy).

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    1. You'll definitely want to check out my post about Holly Beach in the next day or so. There's not a ton of stuff to do but if you are looking for a laid back holiday - this could be your place! We really did enjoy our stay!

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  5. The Golden Nugget looks amazing! Wow....maybe we need to go for a couples trip this summer and let Mike play golf while Keith sits at the black jack table and we can float around the lazy river all day!!

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    1. Girl! We were blown away! It was WAY nicer than we expected it to be! And, I'm all in for a couples trip! Maybe we could do it when our kiddos will be in CA and at The Hill!!! I'll definitely need something to look forward to during that time!

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  6. As long as you are with the people you love anywhere you go will be amazing. It looks like you all had a really fun time!!

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Julie! It's all about perspective! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. Sounds like a lot of fun! Anyplace with a beach & pool is a sure shot hit!

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    1. Absolutely! It's hard to go wrong with those two amenities!!!

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  8. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

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  9. Oh my heavens this looks like SO much fun! Fabulous pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Jessi! It really was a few little get away!

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