Living in Lagniappe

la·gniappe [lan-yap, lan-yap] -noun Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.

On Saturday [houston] and I packed up small overnight bags and headed to Lake Charles, Louisiana for a one night mini vacation, one last hoo-rah before my spring break week of doing-nothing-bliss ended. Where did we head? To the ginormous resort hotel and casino L’Auberge du Lac. There, we tried our hand at the slot machines (I wasn’t brave enough to try the tables) and on the last spin of my very first slot machine, I spun triple sevens–winning me $75. It definitely called for a steak dinner and good wine.

The hotel suites are spacious and clean and lovely, with Texas Hill Country accents. Our only issue was the paper-thin walls. We could hear sneezes, they were so thin!

We took in a little shopping at the no less than five stores within the resort. This place was like a cruise ship – boasting a 24 hour cafe among its handful of fine restaurants, and a 24 hour sundries shop as well for incidentals.

How I wish my triple 7’s would have won me this car. I want…

A perfect day is always made more perfect with an evening that involves a good glass of wine. Hey, when in Rome!

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  1. 03.09.2011 / 2:05 am

    Wow, I've only ever passed through Lake Charles en route back home to New Orleans, had no idea this resort was that nice!

    • 03.09.2011 / 9:50 am

      I know, it's this little hole in the wall place but big on gambling, like a mini Las Vegas!

  2. 03.09.2011 / 6:47 am

    What a fun little getaway! I'm going away this weekend and I just cannot wait anymore! 😀

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    • 03.09.2011 / 9:51 am

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  3. 03.09.2011 / 7:28 am

    My husband and I go to a casino near us all the time, the restaurants are the best! Everytime I go, I think if you were on vacation you would never have to leave…..everything you need is right there!

    • 03.09.2011 / 9:56 am

      We certainly didn't leave! I think they are making them more like "land" cruise ships – everything is at your fingertips. My theory behind this is they do NOT want you to leave the premises, they want you to stay IN the casino, spending money!

  4. 03.09.2011 / 7:34 am

    Looks like fun!! I love staying in hotels, even if they have paper thin walls!! Have an excellent time!!
    xoxo Emily

  5. 03.09.2011 / 8:32 am

    I love L'auberge du Lac! We went there for our bachelor/bachelorette daytrip – took everyone over in some rented church buses. It was a blast!

    • 03.09.2011 / 10:00 am

      There was a wedding party there during our stay – certainly seems like a lot of fun!

  6. 03.09.2011 / 9:40 am

    wow looks so nice! you must have had fun and congrats on the $75! i always lose at those things 🙂

    <3 steffy

  7. 03.09.2011 / 10:08 am

    They are always advertising this hotel on tv and radio in Houston, but I didn't realize it was so nice and had such amenities! Next time I hit the slots (I like to try the Russian Roulette table atleast once each time, per Will Smith on Fresh Prince, lol), I am going to have to give L'Auberge du Lac a try!!

    • 03.09.2011 / 12:31 am

      We didn't either until we checked out the website! It was very nice!

  8. 03.09.2011 / 10:17 am

    We almost planned a trip up to there and NOLA, but I was a bit leery of going, since I'm not big on casinos. But it actually looks like a really nice place! Good to know.

  9. 03.09.2011 / 10:53 am

    We were there 3 years back same time! That is a lovely getaway indeed 🙂

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  10. 03.09.2011 / 11:14 am

    This looks like a fantastic little getaway. Reminds me how much the bf and I should do this.

  11. 03.09.2011 / 1:05 pm

    A glass of wine is pretty much the best end to any day!

    I'm too afraid to actually gamble because I have terrible luck and even worse control issues. Not knowing whether I'll win or not would drive me nuts. You hotel looks super swank though!

  12. 03.09.2011 / 2:27 pm

    I love taking little one-night getaways! This place looks like a lot of fun.
    yay for winning $75!!! i've never won that much!

    your hotel room seems like it was super spacious too.

  13. 03.09.2011 / 3:22 pm

    What a fun little mini-vacation! My boyfriend and I took a 2 day weekend trip to Fredricksburg over the summer and had such a fun time eating at all the little restaurants and bakeries and watching the scenery 🙂


  14. 03.09.2011 / 10:30 pm

    I've never been there but it looks and sounds like so much fun. Roll the dice for me.

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  15. 03.10.2011 / 12:59 am

    Very LIKEABLE ! 😀

  16. 03.12.2011 / 10:12 am

    Loving your photos…looks like the perfect getaway!

  17. 03.16.2011 / 11:36 pm

    Very nice interior looks very exclusive and classy.

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