Ninety minutes north of Sacramento on I-5, in “The Olive City” of Corning CA, The Inn at Rolling Hills (http://www.theinnatrollinghills.com) provides a playground oasis for travelers. The Inn is part of an impressive complex of hospitality and entertainment venues, including overnight accommodations, The Equestrian Center, an RV Park, an 18-hole John Daly Signature Golf Course, and a massive gaming center. The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians opened the Casino in 2002 and currently employs more than five hundred employees. Casino revenues have enabled the Tribe to grant millions of dollars to community enhancement, while the variety of entertainment offers a complete playground to travelers and locals alike.
There are two hotels on the property: The Lodge at Rolling Hills and The Inn at Rolling Hills. I stayed at The Inn, which is a few quiet steps away from the Casino. The lobby has a beautiful curved staircase and natural stonework throughout, with plenty of cozy places to read the morning paper or enjoy 24-hour coffee on the house. The Inn has a fabulous outdoor pool with a waterfall featured in stonework, as well as a whirlpool and spacious deck to enjoy the California sunshine. In-house amenities also include a fitness center, conference room, and laundry facilities.
My spacious room had a comfortable king size bed and plenty of plush pillows, along with an inviting chaise lounge. There was a well-lit desk and a compact fridge, making this a great spot for me to camp out for the night. In addition to the coffee in the lobby, my room had several packets of Wolfgang Puck signature coffee so I was never without my personal vice.
There are dining options 24-hours around the clock on this property, but for dinner on the night of check-in I opted for The Rolling Hills Buffet. Dinner for adults is $16.95, except for $21.95 Friday seafood nights, and I appreciated the assortment of entrees and sides. I sampled the snapper and catfish—both tender and lightly seasoned—as well as part of my spouse’s prime rib, and was satisfied with every bite. Everything was fresh and well-presented. I was particularly pleased with the variety of sides that offered unique flavors, like spaghetti squash with honey. There was a generous variety of salads and meet-free options, and a selection of sweet and sugar-free desserts. Of special note, hotel guests receive a complementary breakfast at The Buffet at Rolling Hills Casino.
I explored the Casino for a bit, noting a friendly crowd and air of excitement. New Shasta Club members are provided with a free play bonus upon sign-up and there are well over eight hundred slots to choose from. Table and Keno games are also abundant. Located inside this building, you’ll also find a coffee house and a fine dining establishment, Timbers Steakhouse.
My stay at The Inn at Rolling Hills was comfortable and an all-round positive experience. There’s plenty of free, secure parking and with a gas station on the property I was all set for the night and the following day’s travels. For roadtrip ideas, visit http://www.visitcalifornia.com for maps, event calendars, and more.
The Corning Olive Festival takes place October 3-8, 2016, with a Saturday parade. Visit http://www.seecalifornia.com for more information on this community celebration.