The Mill Casino Hotel for Coos Bay Tradition

Coast to Coast, United States
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After an adventurous day along the scenic Oregon coast, I was pleased to check in at The Mill Casino Hotel (http://www.themillcasino.com) on Coos Bay for a quiet night in my room with a view. Upon arrival, though, I couldn’t resist the beautiful artwork and decorative touches honoring the Coquille Indian Tribe. From educational displays and art installations to architectural details celebrating natural resources, this resort destination takes delight in sharing traditions and heritage. My evening stroll around the property was a perfect way to transition from roadtripping to a night of relaxation.

My reservation was for a double queen bayside room which offered a panoramic view of the waterfront and tree-covered landscape in the distance. The property, once home to an abandoned lumber mill, was purchased by the Tribe in 1995 and continues to grow with new developments. Outside my room, for example, the Casino Boardwalk is part of a larger plan to connect the Coos Waterfront Walkway to the North Bend Boardwalk. I strolled along the path to enjoy spectacular sunset views and an assortment of watercrafts at work and play.

Back inside, my guestroom did not disappoint. The craft wooden furnishings and comfortable bedding offered a winning combination of tradition and style. For the tech generation, you’ll be glad to know there is a generous supply of electric outlets to charge every gadget you packed for the road. My room had a corner desk, while my beverages chilled overnight in the compact fridge. Bath amenities were a delightful surprise, with a variety of exclusive Great Waters products including a lovely citrus lotion. Each miniature product shares a story of the Coquille People and their history with the oceans and rivers, along with a note: “We honor the earth by taking only what we need. In that spirit please take all that you need and enjoy.”

After a little downtime, I took a dip in the large indoor pool. This spa-like facility includes two outdoor hot tubs and an assortment of indoor and outdoor lounge chairs, again with the backdrop of the waterfront at all angles. While children are welcome in the hotel and non-gaming areas, it’s worth noting there are adult-only late hours for pool and hot tub use, so if you’re looking for quiet couple time you’ll find it here.

With my energy back up, I was in need of a late night meal and I had my choice of several on-site establishments. I opted to dine at Plank House Restaurant which has windows facing the waterfront and boardwalk. The clam chowder was recommended and I have to say was one of the heartiest chowders I’ve tasted. Meaty local clams were highlighted in a velvety chowder. I enjoyed the grilled shrimp and sampled my spouse’s flat iron steak, prepared to perfection with no need for steak sauce. The local farm to table element ensured a flavorful tender cut. Visitors in mid-September can look forward to the area’s Annual Salmon Celebration which includes a traditional salmon bake, native drumming and dancing, craft demonstrations, canoe races, and more in celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal Culture.

During my stay, I noticed Warehouse 101 was full of energy with a live band keeping guests entertained. The on-site pub has a large selection of craft beers on their menu, and I hear the burgers are great. For entertainment, I opted to explore the gaming floor. With table games and special drawings, there was an exciting buzz in the air, and I tested my luck on a few slot machines. You’ll find Vegas-favorites here like Big Bang Theory and House of Cards. Mill Club members have a free play bonus upon sign-up and the opportunity to enter nightly drawings.

My evening was capped off with a great night of sleep—which was even more meaningful after exploring the resort and amenities. Breakfast was a breeze, again with several on-site options to choose from ranging from fine dining to grab-and-go. As an added bonus, there’s a little magic in witnessing daybreak over the gorgeous Pacific Northwest landscape; between rising mists and the transition to sunrise, it makes for a beautiful view. All in all, my time at The Mill Casino Hotel (and RV Park) was a pleasant stay that left me well-rested.

Insider Tip

Take an enjoyable detour to Shore Acres State Park (http://shoreacres.net), about 12 miles away, for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The botanical gardens are nestled atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, and you’ll also find lookout points to spot seals and sea lions at play.

Where I stayed / started

The Mill Casino Hotel

http://www.themillcasino.com

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