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Guide To A Three-Day Weekend In Beaumont

January 25, 2014 7:00 AM

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Beaumont is an ideal spot to spend three days enjoying the best of Texas and Louisiana’s history, cuisine and culture. With dozens of restaurants, historical theatres and architecture, and plenty of options for reaching the Gulf, after brief search of the options, it will be clear that three days will not be enough to see and do all the region has to offer.

MCM Elegante Hotel
2355 I-10 S.
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 842-3600
www.mcmelegante.com

Start your three-day weekend by checking in at the spacious and comfortable MCM Elegante Hotel just off I-10 and not far from the center of town, which offers 280 luxurious rooms, 40 suites, the best culinary team in town, free WI-fi, a fitness center and more. For the last seven years, the MCM Elegante has been voted the best hotel in Beaumont.

Directions: From Houston, take I-10 Eastbound toward Beaumont. Take the Washington Street Exit #849, stay on feeder road around U-turn (following signs). Hotel will be on the right-hand side.

Gator Country Theme Park
21159 FM 365
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 794-4065
www.gatorrescue.com

At Gator Country, home of Gary Saurage of the “Gator Boys” show, and Big Al, the largest alligator in captivity, this park is an exciting attraction. There are over a dozen species of alligators and crocodiles with displays of the life cycle of alligators, and plenty of photo opportunities to get close with the animals. Guests can even handle a baby alligator.

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Spindletop Gladys City/Boomtown Museum
5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-1750
www.spindletop.org

The oil industry that started the USA toward world prominence and modernization began in Beaumont. The only working replica of an oil gusher is a fascinating display of the the way it all started.

Zydeco Louisiana Diner
270 Crockett St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 835-4455
www.zydecolouisianadiner.com

Beaumont is near enough to the Louisiana border to enjoy some of the best Cajun cuisine in the New Orleans tradition. The Zydeco Louisiana Diner on Crockett Street also has a restaurant in downtown Houston, featuring po’boys, gumbos, fried catfish and other traditional Cajun specialties. The restaurant also has a fine soul food menu.

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Boomtown BBQ
6385 Calder Ave, Suite K
Beaumont, TX 77706
(409) 554-8432
www.boomtownbbq.com

A visit to the birthplace of the region’s major industry would not be complete without a Texas-sized helping of a state favorite: barbecue. Be sure to “change things up” at Boomtown Barbecue with a feast of pulled pork, sliced or chopped brisket or local specialties such as the “Taco Bomb,” barbecue nachos,or the G7 pulled pork sandwich with queso blanco. View the menu online for daily specials.

Marc Pembroke is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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