Two people kayaking through Big Thicket National Preserve near Beaumont, TX

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Lauren Monitz
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Lauren Monitz

Lauren Monitz is a freelance travel writer and influencer specializing in offbeat adventures and things you didn't even know you wanted on your bucket list. From blackwater rafting in New Zealand to horse surfing in where else but Florida, she always seeks out the weirdest and wackiest attractions wherever she goes to show there's no such thing as a flyover city or state and introduce her audience to a new side of their favorite place. She 195K social media followers and has been published in Fodor's, Trivago, AOL, MSN, The Food Network, USA Today, Eater, and Huffington Post, among others. You can follow the (mis)adventures on her personal blog The Down Lo or on Instagram. She also supports the Beaumont CVB through the GoBeau blog, content creation, and assistance with press trips and other public relations opportunities. 

 

  

10 Cute Date Ideas in Beaumont

1. Pet the gators or hold some cuddlier creatures at Gator Country (pro tip: they also have crawfish nights now!) 2. Beat the heat and share a sweet treat. Sachi's Cakes and Desserts Lab, La Real Michoacana, and Mabel's are a few of our favorites! 3. Amble on an art and architecture walk downtown…

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Food Trend Alert: Birria Mania

If you’re in the foodie circles, you know certain trends just take off like wildlife –like the perfectly flame-broiled piece of meat. Most recently, beyond take-out and to-go alcohol, the hottest dish to draw diners into a feeding frenzy has been birria. Booming across America and especially in…

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That’s a Wrap: Let’s Celebrate 2020 Wins

After a year like no other that’s felt like a decade, 2020s brought a lot of highs, lows, and changes to Beaumont and the world. While we could be wallowing in memories of quarantine and hurricane evacuations, we think there’s actually quite a bit to celebrate in how strong Southeast Texans are and…

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Beaumont Locals are Taking Their Talents Online

It’s easy to get stir crazy at home or fall down the rabbit hole of the internet’s all-consuming media binges. But instead of turning to Netflix, books, and games as sources of entertainment, some of our community members are finding ways to cope that celebrate the community while tapping into their…

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