Cheré Dastugue Coen

Correspondent

  • Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Cheré Dastugue Coen is a correspondent who covers the Lake Charles area for Forbes Travel Guide. She is an award-winning journalist, writing instructor, playwright, novelist and author of several travel-related books. The New Orleans native’s books include Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana and Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana, among other titles.

  • On April 8, 2014
  • On February 4, 2014
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    What is the golf course like at Contraband Bayou Golf Club?

    L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles’ Contraband Bayou Golf Course consists of one award-winning 18-hole, par-71 golf course, designed by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio. Contraband is the only public Fazio-designed course in Louisiana. The 5.3-mile championship layout includes eight lakes (which act as an irrigation reservoir), Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda grass on the greens and 419 Bermuda grass on the tees, fairways and roughs. In addition, there is a driving range and short game practice area, plus rest stations with bathrooms and iced towels and water. In the last few years, the greens have been upgraded and a new concrete golf cart path was completed in early 2013.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    What golf courses are there at Contraband Bayou Golf Club?

    L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles’ Contraband Bayou Golf Course consists of one award-winning 18-hole, par-71 golf course, designed by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio. Contraband is the only public Fazio-designed course in Louisiana. The 5.3-mile championship layout includes eight lakes (which act as an irrigation reservoir), Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda grass on the greens and 419 Bermuda grass on the tees, fairways and roughs. In addition, there is a driving range and short game practice area, plus rest stations with bathrooms and iced towels and water. In the last few years, the greens have been upgraded and a new concrete golf cart path was completed in early 2013.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    Can you buy golf equipment at Contraband Bayou Golf Club?

    Just about anything you may need can be purchased in L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles’ Contraband Bayou Golf Club Pro Shop, and that includes golf equipment. Golfers will find clubs, balls, shoes, sunglasses and name-brand clothes from companies such as Nike, Titleist, FootJoy, Callaway Golf and Fairway & Green. In addition, there are ample places to sit and relax or enjoy something to eat at the shop. The Pro Shop is open from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, November through February, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, March through October. For more information or to discover if the shop has what you need, call 337-395-7220 or toll-free at 866-580-7444.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    What is the pace of play for the golf courses at Contraband Bayou Golf Club?

    The pace of play at Contraband Bayou Golf Club is in 10-minute intervals with players traditionally completing the 18-hole course in under four hours, says Bill Belcher, director of resort services at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles. Belcher adds that a comfortable playing experience for golfers is the most important goal at Contraband. Course highlights include a 611-yard, par-five hole No. 10; a 169-yards, par-three No. 4; four par-three holes; 11 par-four holes; and three par-five holes. Tee lengths are broken down into four categories: championship (7,077 yards), middle back (6,531 yards), middle front (6,015 yards) and forward (5,091 yards). Water features are lateral and grasses are maintained to “keep the rough down,” Belcher says. “Once again, going after the experience.”
  • On January 17, 2014
    Cheré Dastugue Coen answered the question: Cheré Dastugue Coen

    What is the pace of play for the golf courses at Contraband Bayou Golf Club?

    The pace of play at Contraband Bayou Golf Club is in 10-minute intervals with players traditionally completing the 18-hole course in under four hours, says Bill Belcher, director of resort services at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles. Belcher adds that a comfortable playing experience for golfers is the most important goal at Contraband. Course highlights include a 611-yard, par-five hole No. 10; a 169-yards, par-three No. 4; four par-three holes; 11 par-four holes; and three par-five holes. Tee lengths are broken down into four categories: championship (7,077 yards), middle back (6,531 yards), middle front (6,015 yards) and forward (5,091 yards). Water features are lateral and grasses are maintained to “keep the rough down,” Belcher says. “Once again, going after the experience.”
  • On January 17, 2014
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    What’s the scenery like at Contraband Bayou Golf Club?

    The 18-hole course of Contraband Bayou Golf Club reflects much of South Louisiana, with stately bald cypress, pines and oaks lining waterways dotted with great blue herons, white egrets and other marshland bird species. Saw grasses provide natural breaks between holes, while hole No. 8 offers a dramatic view of the property, reflecting the photo on the casino’s brochure. The course at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles includes eight beautifully landscaped lakes, many enhanced by bull rushes and Louisiana irises. Little touches such as signage disguised as tree trunks and the lakes’ pumping station housed in a replica of an old Cajun cottage maintain the South Louisiana ambience without distracting from the game.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    Does Spa du Lac offer couples treatments?

    L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Spa du Lac offers three massage services for couples — the more relaxing and gentle Swedish massage, the “Therapeutic” with its targeted firm to deep pressure massage, and the prenatal massage, where the mom-to-be receives a soothing massage alongside the father-to-be. Although couples treatments usually refer to a pair looking for a romantic and relaxing experience, Spa du Lac encourages thinking outside the box. Couples treatments may work well for a mother-daughter outing, for instance, or bride-to-be events, and involve more than one service. For example, a bridal party may enjoy massages in tandem, then finish with manicures and pedicures in the salon.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    What kinds of massages are offered at Spa du Lac?

    There are several kinds of massages offered at Spa du Lac, which is located inside of L’Auberge Casino Resort. The most popular massage at Spa du Lac remains the Swedish, with its light to moderate pressure for relaxation, but those wanting a more firm touch may prefer the “Therapeutic,” which is customized to hit problem areas. The 25-minute “Quick Fix” loosens up muscles and also may be tailored, while the Head, Hand and Feet massage focuses on those areas and includes a scrub and mask for your tootsies and oil for the scalp. Some specialized massages include the Mommy-To-Be pre-natal service for those in the second and third trimester; the Massage Flame with its aromatherapy and coconut oil wax; The Sacred Rock Experience, a hot stone massage; and the “Ritual of the Orient,” which can be added to a Swedish massage and uses Orient spice aromatherapy and a warm oil-soaked compress for both moisturizing and relaxation.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at Spa du Lac?

    The best way to get an appointment at L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Spa du Lac is by visiting the resort’s website (https://www.llakecharles.com/amenities/spa-and-salon/) or by calling (337) 395-7768. If you’re staying on property, dial the spa’s in-house extension (7768) to request services and treatments. When placing a reservation for any spa services, you’ll need to provide the reservationist with a credit card and telephone number. Advance reservations are recommended but walk-in appointments are allowed, subject to availability, with a 10-minute lead time. Because the amenities, such as the sauna, whirlpool and relaxation rooms are as wonderful as the services, we advise allowing time before or after your treatments to take it all in.
  • On January 17, 2014
    Cheré Dastugue Coen answered the question: Cheré Dastugue Coen

    What is the best way to get an appointment at Spa du Lac?

    The best way to get an appointment at L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Spa du Lac is by visiting the resort’s website (https://www.llakecharles.com/amenities/spa-and-salon/) or by calling (337) 395-7768. If you’re staying on property, dial the spa’s in-house extension (7768) to request services and treatments. When placing a reservation for any spa services, you’ll need to provide the reservationist with a credit card and telephone number. Advance reservations are recommended but walk-in appointments are allowed, subject to availability, with a 10-minute lead time. Because the amenities, such as the sauna, whirlpool and relaxation rooms are as wonderful as the services, we advise allowing time before or after your treatments to take it all in.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    What is the scene like at Ember Grille & Wine Bar?

    The scene at Ember Grille & Wine Bar provides a nice mix of people. The clientele varies at both the restaurant and the Wine Bar, much like the demographics of the casino, but veering more toward an upscale crowd. The cozy lounge with its bold paintings of Texas Longhorns and comfortable leather couches and chairs attracts patrons looking for good conversation, laughs and a more casual meal with drinks. With such a welcoming atmosphere, it’s no surprise that after the restaurant opened in 2011, the popular bar area was enhanced and enlarged. On the restaurant side, the atmosphere is more reserved, allowing for a fine dining experience. Many patrons utilize the restaurant, especially its private room, which seats 14, for special occasions.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    Where is Ember Grille & Wine Bar located?

    Ember Grill & Wine Bar is located inside of L’Auberge Casino Resort at 777 Avenue L’Auberge in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The resort consists of about 770,000 square feet on Contraband Bayou with the heart of the property being its massive Vegas-style casino. Throughout L’Auberge Casino Resort there are many dining options but Ember Grille & Wine Bar rests in the most quiet corner of the building. Good conversation, live piano music and a roaring fireplace are only what you’ll hear at Ember Grille. The establishment is also closest to the parking garage and events center, convenient to visitors staying at the resort, popping in for a drink, fine meal or just to watch a performance. The entrance to the restaurant also fronts the bayou side of the casino entrance, so access to the casino is but a short walk away.
  • On January 17, 2014
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    How do I get a reservation at Ember Grille & Wine Bar?

    You can get a reservation at Ember Grille & Wine Bar through the L’Auberge Casino Resort website or by calling the restaurant at (337) 395-7565. Although reservations are not mandatory for either the Ember Grille or the Wine Bar and piano lounge, reservations are recommended by the restaurant staff. A private dining room is available upon request and seats up to 14 people; reservations are required for this room. The resort includes an events center with live performances, many of which are by big-name acts such as Debbie Reynolds and Boyz II Men. If your visit to Ember Grille & Wine Bar coincides with one of these performances, it’s best to make reservations and arrive early.
  • On January 17, 2014
    Cheré Dastugue Coen answered the question: Cheré Dastugue Coen

    How do I get a reservation at Ember Grille & Wine Bar?

    You can get a reservation at Ember Grille & Wine Bar through the L’Auberge Casino Resort website or by calling the restaurant at (337) 395-7565. Although reservations are not mandatory for either the Ember Grille or the Wine Bar and piano lounge, reservations are recommended by the restaurant staff. A private dining room is available upon request and seats up to 14 people; reservations are required for this room. The resort includes an events center with live performances, many of which are by big-name acts such as Debbie Reynolds and Boyz II Men. If your visit to Ember Grille & Wine Bar coincides with one of these performances, it’s best to make reservations and arrive early.