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Visit the Jewel of the South Coast a.k.a. Shore Acres State Park this Spring or Summer!

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There are a multitude of events happening in our region during the spring and summer months and many of you are planning your Oregon Coast getaway! As you make your travel plans for the summer season, be sure to add a visit to Shore Acres State Park on Cape Arago Highway to your travel itinerary….trust us.

Shore Acres State Park isn’t just your typical tourist destination. Known as the “jewel of the South Coast” visitors come here for the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, storm watching, whale watching, photography and to enjoy the meticulously kept gardens filled with gorgeous floral blooms. If you visit during the spring or summer months, you can expect to see:

  • 8,000 tulips – late March thru April
  • Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
  • 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
  • 800 rose bushes – June thru Sept.

Events this season include:
June 7, 2014 STATE PARK DAY (Free Parking!)
August 16,2014 BONSAI DAY

Best Value: See Shore Acres and Book the Mill Casino Summer Flowers Hotel Package (available for a limited time only).
This package includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits that can be used at any of our venues, complimentary champagne or cider, two complimentary toasting glasses, turn down service and your choice of complimentary shuttle service to and from the State Park or a complimentary parking pass if you’d like to make the scenic drive yourself. To book this package, please call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.  Click here for details.

A bit of history: Shore Acres was once the private estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson who developed the summer home into an elaborate mansion (destroyed by fire in 1921) and featured five acres of formal gardens. In 1942, Simpson’s estate was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park. Visit for more event information.

How to Get There
Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U. S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A nominal daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. Now available for either 12 or 24 month periods. Your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park campground is accepted as a daily permit for those days registered. Display the receipt on the driver side of your dashboard when visiting Shore Acres State Park.

Time is Running Out if You Want to Judge or Compete in the 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay!

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Headed our way this Memorial Day for the 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay? Tag your photos with #bbqbluesbrews so we can see and share them too!

Do think you have what it takes to be a BBQ champion like our 2013 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Grand Champs Lake House BBQ (pictured left)?

How about becoming a Certified Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge….kind of has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?

Luckily, there is still time to register your team or be a judge in our 3rd Annual BBQ BLUES & BREWS on the BAY May 24th-25th but you must act quickly.  All entry forms and entry fees must be in by May 1, 2014!

To date, 32 teams have thrown their hat in the ring to compete for the ultimate BBQ title and the chance to win a share of more than $8,000 in Cash Prizes.  Care to join them?

Categories are: Brisket, Pork, Ribs,Chicken and Mac N’ Cheese. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must compete in the four main categories. Click on the entry form for complete details. Team Entry Fee: $250.00 per Team. Entry Form & Full Entry Fee Must Be Received By May 1, 2014

You can also register to be a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge by clicking here. Judging will take place on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Judges must be on property for the judges meeting at 9:30 a.m. and have completed the Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Barbecue Judging (CBJ) Class on Friday, May 23, 2014 (see details below). A Completed Entry Form & Full Entry Fee Must Be Received By May 1, 2014

WHAT: *3rd Annual “BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay” Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Barbecue Judging (CBJ) Class (
WHEN: Friday, May 23, 2014
WHERE: The Mill Casino * Hotel ~ The Second Floor Meeting Rooms
TIME: 3:00 PM–6:30PM
COST: $100.00 (non KCBS members) Includes 1-year membership to Kansas City Barbeque Society and subscription to the Bullsheet newspaper. All materials for the class are provided. $75.00 (for existing KCBS members ONLY)

Follow the BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Facebook Page to stay up to date on event news and announcements!

The Kansas City Barbecue Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque. The KCBS sanctions over 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America. Event Contacts are John Hunt & Amy Bailey. John can be reached at 541-999-5199 or and Amy can be reached at 541-756-8800 ext. 1574 or if you have any questions

It’s Time to Purchase Your Tickets and Reserve Your Space for the 2014 RV Jamboree!

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The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park invites you to “Rally Central” this summer! That’s right, it’s time to make your plans to roll on down for the 2014 Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014.

This special event, considered by many to be among the largest RV gatherings on the Oregon coast, is sponsored by Guaranty RV Super Centers. Here is what you can expect at this unique jamboree:

A traditional Salmon Bake Dinner on the shores of the Coos Bay, an RV Show, Poker Run, a boxed-lunch excursion to Shore Acres State Park, Pooch Paparazzi Photo Contest, a chance to win a share of $500 in door prizes, welcome reception & dinner buffet, commemorative Mill Casino gift, an evening at the North Bend Downtown Sip ‘n Stroll – wine & beer walk (includes commemorative glass), send-off breakfast, three winning days of fun and friendship and memories that will last a lifetime. What more could you ask for?

All of this for just $115 per person, plus RV space rental of $25 per night. To purchase RV Jamboree tickets by phone and to reserve your RV Space: Contact Reservations at 800.953.4800 ext. 3. To purchase RV Jamboree tickets in person: Visit KoKwel Gifts. Be sure to ask for the special RV Jamboree Special rate of $25 for your RV rental space!

Set in a tranquil, park-like waterfront location along the Oregon Coast, The Mill RV Park offers 102 level sites, including 65 slanted 68-foot pull-throughs, with full hookups and cable TV. It’s the perfect way to enjoy The Mill Casino and all that Coos Bay, North Bend and the Oregon Coast have to offer from the comfort of your home away from home.

Additional amenities include:

  • Showers and convenient on-site laundry
  • Yurt
  • Complimentary internet access
  • A convenience store
  • Access to fitness room
  • Outdoor hot tubs and indoor pool
  • FREE shuttle that keeps you connected to The Mill’s gaming and dining offerings
  • Pet friendly
  • Check-In: 3:00 pm, Check-Out: Noon.
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