Nine Ways to Enjoy Your Oregon Coast Summer Getaway

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We can all probably agree the best part of summer is FINALLY being able to take that much deserved vacation. The Oregon Coast is an all seasons destination, and there is no better place to be this summer. Whether you plan to stay the weekend or for a full week, we want to help you plan the perfect summer getaway.  Here are some local attractions and activities we recommend to our guests:

1. Stroll, Swim or Surf our beautiful beaches!

Whether you want to swim, walk, surf, paddle board or just sit watch the tide; this is the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! Visitors come to watch the seals and hope to catch a glimpse of migrating whales! Click here to check out our many beaches.

2. Visit Shore Acres State Park.

Thousands of visitors come to Shore Acres each year to take in the sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the luxurious gardens featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.

Looking for a good value? Click here to learn more about our Summer Flowers Hotel Package which includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits that can be used at any of our venues, complimentary champagne or cider, a parking pass to Shore Acres State Park (or complimentary shuttle service), and turndown service.

3. Ride or Hike the Sand Dunes!

It’s easy to see why The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a favorite among adventure seekers! This natural wonder extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast and is like no other in the world. The Sand Dunes are very popular with sports enthusiasts who enjoy taking on the challenge in an ATV or Dune Buggy, and there are plenty of places who will them to you!

4. Explore the Downtown Coos Bay Farmers market

The Downtown Coos Bay Farmers market is the perfect place to find locally grown fruits and veggies, baked goods, and goods by local artists. The market takes place in downtown Coos Bay, Every Wed 9am – 3pm through October.  Call Coos Bay Visitor Center at 541-269-0215 for general information or visit coosbaydowntown.org

5. Come Play in our Casino!

Ok, we may be a little biased, but we’ll say it anyway with pride….Our casino is among the best attractions along the Oregon Coast!  With over 700 slots, Vegas style table games and Oregon’s most rewarding player’s club, The Mill Casino is the place for players! Want to earn more slot play, dinner, shopping rewards, invitations to special player’s only events every time you play? Join the Mill Club! It’s free and easy!

6. Watch a Race at Coos Speedway!

Whats not to love about Coos Speedway? This family friendly spot offers a variety of exciting Motorsports. 1/8 mile Drag Strip, High Banked Dirt Oval, Mud Drags AND Special Events. Check their site for event details!

7. Check out the Live Music and Comedy at Warehouse 101

With seven giant plasma screen TVs, a tempting menu and 20 micro-brews on tap, Warehouse 101 at The Mill Casino is your place to play at the end of the day. Take a mid-week break and come join us for some laughs at Warehouse 101. Every Wednesday, in addition to serving great food and drinks, we feature new comedians who are sure to make you laugh. Two FREE hilarious shows start at 7 pm and 9 pm. Friday & Saturday night, Warehouse 101 is live! That’s right, get your groove on and dance the night away to live music each night or stop in for a cool drink, great food and conversation. (2 Drink minimum during live entertainment.)

8. Fish on!

Whether saltwater or freshwater fishing is your thing, you will find plenty of prime fishing spots in our area! Between the bay, ocean and 30+ lakes and rivers, this area is an angler’s dream come true and summer is the perfect time to plan your fishing adventure. Click here for some great tips!

9. Check out one (or all) of these local Festivals!

  • June 28, 2014 – June 29, 2014: Coquille Indian Tribe Restoration Celebration Pow Wow
    Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration Celebration of The Coquille Indian Tribe. Event will also feature Native Craft Vendors and a Salmon Bake Meal. 3201 Tremont Ave North Bend, OR 97459 Visit www.themillcasino.com for more info.
  • June 28, 2014: Clamboree!
    Come out and enjoy live music, a parade, food with clam themes, historic tours and cultural information and activities. Demonstrations include Native American crafts, live Coast Guard operations, and much more! Listed food vendors include West Coast Clams and talented aspiring chefs from the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. The wildly popular “Hollering Contest”, one of the main attractions of the event, is always a good time! 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Empire District Coos Bay, OR 97420 (541) 888-4477
  • July 3-4, 2014 Independence Day Celebrations!
    We love Independence Day so much that we devoted an entire post about it! Click here to learn more about all of the patriotic festivities happening around town.
  • July 12-26,2014: Oregon Coast Music Festival
    A 14-day music festival that takes place throughout Coos Bay, Charleston, and North Bend areas. Please visit www.OregonCoastMusic.org for more information on specific times, locations and prices.
  • July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014: The Mill Casino•Hotel & RV Park — Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree
    Escape to the Oregon coast this summer and experience three winning days of fun and friendship, plus a traditional salmon feast on the shores of Coos Bay at the annual RV Jamboree, July 18-20, 2014. This unique jamboree features an RV Show, Poker Run, an excursion to Shore Acres State Park, even a Pooch Paparazzi Photo Contest — Plus win a share of $500 in door prizes! Our RV Jamboree offers something for everyone!
  • July 18-19,2014: North Bend July Jubilee
    This Year’s July Jubilee events include our Sip ‘n Stroll, Show ‘n Shine, Parade, Back Alley Bash, Border Patrol, Disc Golf tournament, vendor fair and more! 1380 Sherman Ave North Bend, OR 97459 www.julyjubilee.com
  • August 9-10, 2014: 24th Annual Charleston Seafood Festival
    This family-friendly party includes plenty of great live music as well as games and contests for kids and adults. Crab race anyone? Beer and wine, and, of course, SEAFOOD will be the center of the event. Always the 2nd weekend of August! Boat Basin Charleston, OR 97420 (541) 269-0215
  • August 23-24, 2014: Blackberry Arts Festival
    Arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, paintings, prints, weaving, spinning, woodworking entertainment. Blackberry treats, food, drinks and a whole lot more! For more information visit www.coosbaydowntown.org 50 Central Ave Coos Bay, OR 97420

Be sure to check the Oregon’s Adventure Coast Events Calendar for current information and to see what else is happening!

Book your Summer stay today! For rates and availability, please call 800-953-4800, ext. 3. Ask about our Summer Getaway Hotel Package and the Summer Flowers Hotel Package!

Coquille Tribal Community Fund invites non-profits to apply early for grant program

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It is never too early for area non-profit organizations to apply for grant funding through the Coquille Tribal Community Fund. Although the deadline for the current round of funding is Aug. 31, Fund officials say applying early gives organizations greater opportunity to guarantee that their applications are complete and competitive.

“When organizations submit their applications early, our Fund administrator has more time to review the applications and alert organizations to problems or missing information,” said Sheldon Chase, chairman of the Community Fund’s Board of Trustees. “We want every application to receive the full consideration that it deserves.”

The Fund provides grants to non-profit organizations and public agencies for specific projects in the areas of education, health, public safety, problem gaming, environmental issues, arts and culture and historic preservation. In last year’s funding cycle, the Tribe provided over $342,000 to 39 community and civic organizations.

Chase added that most applicants can begin their search online. Grant-seekers in the five-county area of Southwestern Oregon – Coos, Curry, Lane, Douglas and Jackson Counties – can go to www.coquilletribalfund.org to get full information on the grant program and begin the application process by using an online form for submitting a letter of inquiry. The site includes all of the criteria governing what organizations and projects qualify for grant funding and step-by-step guidance on how to apply.

Information also is available by calling the Tribal Community Fund at (541) 756-0904, or by sending an e-mail to info@coquilletribalfund.org .

The fund reflects the commitment of the Coquille Indian Tribe to take a proactive, positive role in the well-being of the community. Funds are managed and distributed by a board of trustees comprised of community leaders and representatives of the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Representatives from 39 community groups gathered with Community Fund board members and Tribal leaders at the 2013-2014 Coquille Tribal Community Fund awards luncheon earlier this year.

25th Anniversary of The Coquille Restoration Act to be Celebrated at the Mill

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June 28, 1989 marks a great turning point in Coquille Indian Tribe history.  This was the day the President signed the Coquille Restoration Act into law and restored the Tribe’s government-to-government relationship with the United States that was “terminated” 35 years earlier.  This year the Coquille Tribe celebrates the 25-year anniversary of this occasion and you are invited to join in the celebration at a very special event. Join us June 28-29, 2014 at the Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park to celebrate the history and culture of the Coquille Indian Tribe.

The Coquille Restoration Act is one of the most significant events in Tribal history because it enabled the Coquille Tribe to form a government that could create programs to provide housing, health care, education, elder care, law enforcement and judicial services to its members. Most importantly, it provided the Tribe with the tools necessary to pursue economic self-sufficiency.

With its government and business operations, the Coquille Indian Tribe is now the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon. Along with The Mill Casino, the Tribe maintains successful business ventures in forestry, arts and exhibits, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy.

Here are some of the special events scheduled so far for this unique celebration:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pow Wow: 1st Grand Entry 1:00 p.m.
Native Craft Vendors
Salmon Bake Meal $15.00 per guest

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pow Wow: Grand Entry 12:00 p.m.
Native Craft Vendors
Ala Cart Meal Service Available

A Brief History of the Coquille Indian Tribe
The Coquille People lived and prospered along the rivers and estuaries of Oregon’s South Coast for centuries. Euro-Americans began arriving in the late 1700s bringing diseases such as smallpox, measles and plague that decimated entire villages. Then, in the 1850s, a new form of “fever” — the discovery of gold — brought an influx of settlers whose mining bespoiled the rivers and whose hostility toward the Native inhabitants of the area became increasingly violent.

A treaty was negotiated in 1855, but it was overlooked and never ratified by Congress. The Coquille People were removed to the Coast Reservation, where overcrowding and disease took their toll. The few that were able to return to their homeland kept the Coquille Tribe alive until 1954 when, through the Indian termination acts, the federal government ended its recognition 109 tribes. Coquille Tribal members worked hard to right this wrong and by 1989, federal recognition and Tribal sovereignty was successfully restored.

Learn more by visiting www.coquilletribe.org.

Let Us Be Your Guide to the Most Fantastic Fourth Ever!

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Be among the first to take advantage of our Summer Getaway Hotel Package! This package includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits, complimentary champagne or cider, two complimentary toasting glasses and turn down service. Please call for rates and availability: 800-953-4800, ext. 3

Watch Oregon's Largest Waterfront Fireworks display July 3, 2014

There is nowhere better to spend Fourth of July than on the Southern Oregon Coast!  Not only do we have the best beaches, state parks, food, shopping, music and more to explore; our region is bustling with special events fun for the whole family- including the largest pyrotechnical display in the state!

From fireworks to sand dunes; from the speedway to casino thrills- there is no shortage of excitement here.  Spend the day or the whole week with us, we are your guide to summer relaxation.

Mill Casino to Put on Oregon’s Largest Fireworks Show July 3, 2014!

We get so excited about Independence Day here at The Mill Casino, we like to kick things off 1 day early!   Our annual waterfront pyrotechnical display, the largest show of its kind in the state will take place on Thursday July 3, 2014!

Each year, we delight visitors and locals of all ages by lighting up the skies over North Bend and the Coos Bay shoreline with our dazzling fireworks display. Guests are invited to enjoy the 10 p.m. fireworks show for free in the non-reserved seating areas located along the boardwalk. An outdoor grill, beverage station and beer garden will be available at the north side of the casino from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. while free non-stop shuttle service will be available from the south end of Pony Village Mall (next to Macy’s and cinema) to the casino from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Live Music & Dining Deals

The Mill Casino will be serving up great live music and amazing dining deals throughout the day (July 3rd). Early Bird dining specials will be available in the Plankhouse restaurant starting at 4 p.m. while those hungry for a deal are sure to find satisfaction at the Sawblade’s bountiful signature buffet from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for only $17 and half price for children 5-11.  After the fireworks guests can enjoy live music by Toyz at Warehouse 101. The Sawblade also features a special $14.95 buffet from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4 and 5.

The Young Bucs CD Release Party July 4th!

Celebrate the Fourth with one of our favorite bands, THE YOUNG BUCS! Launching their 2nd Doo-Wop CD, you’re sure to hear some of your favorite oldies here on July 4, 2014 from 7-10 pm.  Concert Admission $10 (21 and older). Tickets and CD’s available at Ko-Kwel Gifts 541-756-8800 Ext 9

Also Happening Around Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston

July 4, 2014: 4th of July 25th Annual Mayor’s Firecracker Run
Annual run will take place at Mingus Park and the Coos Bay Waterfront, 10am. Call (541) 269-1199 for more information. 1M for kids, 4K around the park and up Wall’s Wall. 725 N. 10th St Coos Bay, OR 97420

July 4, 2014: 4th of July in Mingus Park & Concert in the Sky
11:00 am to 3:00 pm Fishing ponds, face painting, FREE swimming, family competitions, clowns, kids entertainment, horse viewing & petting, Boy Scouts, Furry Friends Therapy Dogs. Crafts and goodie bags, food available, and much more. Live entertainment includes “Endless” and the “Lab Band”. Fireworks and Concert in the Sky sponsored by the City of Coos Bay and K-DOCK. Day time activities at Mingus Park, Evening activities on the Coos Bay Boardwalk starting at 8pm. 10th & Central
Coos Bay, OR 97420 (541) 269-1191

Other Awesome Things to Do Courtesy of Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Hang out in Charleston
The bustling marina in Charleston, OR is one of the best kept secrets on the coast!  Not only is it the heart of this community, it serves as a home port to a large commercial fishing fleet and serves charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers and recreational boaters. The harbor area includes amazing seafood restaurants, tackle, and specialty gift shops. If you’d like a more authentic experience, stop by our fish markets. Go to Fisherman’s wharf on the D Docks to pick out your crab to be cooked and cleaned for you to take home or eat right there on the docks or stop by Chuck’s seafood for fresh oysters and clams.

Spend an afternoon (or two) at Shore Acres
The jewel of the South Coast, Shore Acres State Park is perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean. Shore Acres is an unexpected combination of beautiful natural and man-made features. Once the famed estates of Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plans and flowers from all over the world. There’s something blooming everyday of the year.

Go Fishing, Go Crabbing, Go Clamming
Our area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming and of course crabbing!  The best information about these fishing opportunities is available from local tackle shops. Most Pacific salmon fishing occurs April through November. Halibut is a spring and early summer fishery, while Albacore Tuna tend to be offshore from mid summer through early fall. Bottomfish are available year around – weather permitting – and a charter trip usually ends with an ice chest full of fish. Check the ODF&W website for bottomfish catch limits.

Ride the Dunes
Spring is the perfect time to hit the Dunes! The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast and features wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level. The largest riding area at the Oregon Dunes stretches between Spinreel Campground and Horsfall Road. In addition to off-highway vehicle use, the  Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the perfect spot for hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping. For maps go to: http://www.fs.fed.us

Explore the Cape Arago Highway
Follow Cape Arago Highway and you’ll find outstanding ocean beaches, state parks, and stunning untouched scenery! Explore the beauty in Sunset Bay State Park, Bastendorff Beach and Shore Acres State Park.  The Cape Arago Beach Loop is a wonderful way to experience a variety of natural Pacific Coast beauty in a number of settings.  This loop will take you to beaches and state parks where you can take in the breathtaking vantage points and see the famous seals and sea lions on the Oregon Coast.  Be sure to dress comfortably and  bring your camera!

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