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Favorite Hiking Trails

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It’s a popular question we get asked a lot, and a tough one to get a straight answer about… So without knowing a lot about you, we’re going to go out on a limb and just tell you our favorites. Strap on your hiking boots, a water bottle and get going!

Cape Arago State Park

Made for those who believe hiking is just walking with great scenery…  the Oregon Coast Trail is the one trail you should do if your just here for a short visit. It starts at Sunset Bay State Park and is an easy hike. You can separate it out into a shorter trail by ending at Shore Acres State Park, or make it a good long hike by going all the way to Cape Arago State Park.

South Slough Estuary courtesy of Liz Dodge

For those that love wildlife viewing and nature, the South Slough Estuary Trails are the pick for you.  There’s a whole system of trails at this federal reserve and hikers can take; from short easy hikes to longer more difficult ones.  There’s also an interpretive center where reserve employees can help you choose the trail best suited for you.  Trail maps can be downloaded here.

Dellenback Trail courtesy of South Coast Striders

We’re not gonna lie… the Dellenback Dune Trail is a tough hike,  you’ll be climbing through loose sand, there’s no restrooms in-between and if the wind kicks up, you’ll be treated to a free facial. But oh the views and the sense of accomplishment you’ll have as you travel from the top of the dunes to the beach… dress in layers, bring plenty of water and plan to spend a few hours on this trail.  There is an easier self-guided interpretive trail for those that want an easier experience.

And for those that want to meet fellow hikers, check out our South Coast Striders hiking schedule, visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate

Storm Watching, Whale Watching and Shore Acres: The Delights of the Southern Oregon Coast

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By Oregonian Media Group
Oregon’s best kept secret in the winter is its southern coastline.

“People are surprised by how stunningly beautiful our beaches are,” says Katherine Hoppe, Tourism & Content Manager at the Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park in Coos Bay. “There are no hotels or restaurants on the beach, so you can have the majority of the beach to yourself.”

The Coos Bay/North Bend area, home to about 30,000 residents, is a big draw for visitors from around the U.S.

Storm-watching is at the top of the list of things to do for residents and visitors, especially during the winter. Hoppe notes that the position of the cliffs at Shore Acres State Park can turn a 20-foot swell into an epic 120-foot splash.

“When the storm is out to sea, it causes the huge swells,” Hoppe says. “You watch wave after wave come in, and it’s too mesmerizing to leave.”

And the weather doesn’t have to be bad on land. Just in case, Shore Acres State Park features a storm hut for when the rain comes too close to shore.

Cape Arago State Park, just a few miles from Shore Acres, is the site for another major draw to the southern coast: whale watching. Gray whales travel close to the shore as they migrate to Baja California, Mexico. The heaviest concentration of gray whales occurs at the end of December and March. Volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here® program offer “assisted whale watching” during the week of Spring Break.

“If you’ve never gone whale-watching before, it’s good to have the volunteers help you spot them at first,” says Hoppe. “Then you can go out on your own.”

The Egyptian Theater is an ideal choice for historic cinema fans. Built in 1925, the theater is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Worried the winter weather could put a damper on your fun? You might be pleasantly surprised.

“We get great weather in the winter time. Our temperatures stay within the same 15 degree temperature range all year,” says Hoppe. “So if it’s raining a little bit … don’t worry, it’ll stop soon enough.”

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park has the largest hotel in the Coos Bay/North Bend area, and its suites feature panoramic views of the entire bay. The hotel also has an onsite gym, pool and outdoor hot tubs. If you’ve been waiting to take your RV to the coast, the Mill RV Park is situated on the waterfront. It has 102 level suites with full hook-ups and cable television. A free shuttle transports guests to The Mill Casino Hotel.

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park features several packages during the winter season. The Wine & Dine Package, for example, includes an overnight stay at the hotel or RV Park, $40 in dining credits at any of the hotel’s five dining venues and two bottles of Hinman Vineyard wines.

Travel Writer’s View

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Not Run of the Mill

Mill Casino offers fantastic dining, accommodations and gaming

By Adam Sawyer

Two years ago, my girlfriend, Paula, and I pulled into the Mill Casino in Coos Bay, Oregon on a Tuesday afternoon. We were in the midst of a three-week whirlwind Oregon vacation. Alternating between campgrounds and the occasional stay at a roofed lodging facility, we were feeling a bit rundown, and most certainly dirty. The Mill Casino was one of the places we had targeted as a home that would no doubt provide a hot shower and anything else would be gravy.

Beautiful Bay Setting
The Mill Hotel and Casino is set right on the Coos Bay waterfront. Thanks to the fact that we were arriving on a weekday, the price was too good to pass up. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting to sample their wares much beyond the bed and the shower. We hadn’t come to gamble, so I figured we would just take advantage of the chance to get clean, relax and walk along the water.

Checking in was easy and I was quite impressed with the look of the place. It’s classy without being overly opulent, with fitting tributes to the region’s First Nation heritage and culture woven throughout. The combination of modern design elements and fixtures with Native art, crafts and historical photos produced an elegantly cozy feeling.

Tower Balcony Suite

Comfortable and luxurious
When we opened the door to our room, our jaws dropped. Our room was gorgeous! The feeling from the lobby carried over into our private quarters, with the added benefit of an amazingly comfortable bed and a widescreen, high-definition television. Hot showers and a little relaxation were our first priority.

Once we were all shined up, it was time for dinner. While we had initially planned on checking out what the town of Coos Bay had to offer, Mill Casino had made such a good impression on us, between check-in and the walk to our room, we were curious about the dining options. So, we went to give the Plank House a look. Paula liked the menu and I needed little cajoling as I was starved.

Delicious on-site dining
It turned out to be a fantastic choice. I was delighted by the caliber of food offered by the Plank House, with locally sourced, seasonal offerings and classic Northwest-style cuisine. The Dungeness crab was perfectly prepared: fresh, slightly sweet, and lightly seasoned. Plank House took a legendary local ingredient and skillfully curated it to the plate.

Being full in addition to clean, we now had some pep in our steps and felt like checking out the casino floor. Paula had never played blackjack and the night was young.

An evening of blackjack
Being more familiar with gaming, I explained my code to Paula. We signed up for the excellent player rewards program, pulled out $40 specifically for gambling and set a time limit. Now I won’t tell you this is the way it’s necessarily going to go for you, but in an hour we doubled our money! Then, we left the gaming area and headed to Warehouse 101 for a nightcap. The onsite bar is the perfect place for dancing and drinks. I went to bed beaming.

RV Park

Perks we hadn’t considered
The next day we woke refreshed having enjoyed the soundest sleep of the trip and got a satisfying breakfast once more at the Plank House. Then we proceeded to do laundry. That’s right, laundry. We hadn’t even considered this before checking in, but one of the amenities offered by the Mill is a laundry center in the RV park. We were elated. When we left the Mill, not only would we be clean but our clothes would be, too. We never dreamed life could be so sweet.

Shortly thereafter, we extended the stay one more night. Thanks to the previous evening’s boon, we decided that our budget could handle another night. Plus we could spend some time checking out the town.

The next morning we packed up, checked out, and continued up the coast. All of our needs had been tended to, and even some that we didn’t know needed tending.

Worth a return trip
When we planned our trip, we chose the Mill because of location and cost. But the list of reasons why we keep coming back since our first visit has become rather extensive. When we arrived at the Mill the first time two years ago I was beat—emotionally and physically. The road is a wonderful place, but it was time for a little break. Now I know that every time I stay at the Mill I can count on a recharged battery, without fail. When you tally up great food, great service, gaming, amenities, location, price and the wonderful rooms, you get an experience greater than the sum of its parts. When Paula and I check out of the Mill, we both feel great, every time.

Take advantage of Mill Casino’s great package deals.

Let Us Remind You How Much FUN Having Fun Can Be!

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Winning money in our casino is fun! We highly recommend it.

Fun is all around at The Mill!

Do you remember the last time you had fun?

If you have to even think about the answer to that question, you need to book a trip to Southern Oregon Coast immediately.  It’s another beautiful summer here, so why don’t you join us and have some fun?

There are countless ways to have fun at The Mill Casino! Just look at what’s happening here and around town this summer…..

Good Eats!

There is something good for everyone when you dine in one of our 5 unique dining venues.  This summer, you can enjoy:

“Fish to Fork” Featuring our Fresh, Local Seafood
Each week, the local catch from Charleston’s Fishermen’s Wharf will be featured Wednesday-Sunday at the Plank House Restaurant and Monday nights at the Saw Blade Buffet.

Buffets! Have fun filling your plate as often as you’d like with a bountiful selection of incredible entrees, hand-carved meats, succulent sides and delectable desserts at The Saw Blade Buffet every Monday & Tuesday.  Click here for hours and check back often for special holiday and event buffets.

Plank House Restaurant offers waterfront dining and plenty of specials (save room for dessert)! Open Wednesday – Sunday.  Click here for hours and specials.

Wine Flight: Compare three wines for the price of one at Plank House Restaurant and Whitecaps….ask your server!

Wine Discovery Evening By the Bay: Enjoy discounts on premium wines by the bottle at the Plank House Restauran and Whitecaps on Sunday evenings.

Warehouse 101 is extremely fun! Enjoy a great meal, a great drink, or choose from 20 select imported, domestic or micro brew beers on tap in a casual, fun and friendly atmosphere. Open Daily 10 am – 2 am.

  • FUN ALERT- Happy Hour: $1 off Draft Beer & Well Drinks: Sunday – Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm.
  • FUN ALERT- Lunch Specials: Buy one Lunch Entrée and get the second for $1.01 Monday through Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm

Whitecaps Lounge: A tantalizing menu and on-the-water ambiance invites guests to linger in this smoke-free bayside lounge. Open Wednesday – Sunday. Click here for hours and specials.

  • FUN ALERT Ladies Night: Special wines and appetizers for the ladies every Thursday from 4 pm to 10 pm.
  • FUN ALERT $5 Drinks and Appetizers every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm.

FUN Gaming Promotions for Mill Club Members:

Does earning free play, discounts, meals, merchandise and invitations to exclusive special events sound like FUN? Join the Mill Club for free!  Click here for details on how to join and participate in fun-filled gaming promotions like these:

Play for a Buffet: Play your way to a Free Buffet Mondays and Tuesdays! Earn 600 points per day for one buffet that day.

2x points: Earn double the points on Sunday, July 27th. Must be a Mill Club member and be actively using your club card.

July Gift: A Mill Mason Jar is July’s Gift of the Month! Earn 1,000 points during the Month of July and receive the gift of the month! Earn the Gift. Keep the points! Limited to 1 gift per guest, while supplies last.

Wheel Wednesdays: It’s a Wacky Wheel every Wednesday where we can’t wait to give out cash and Free Slot Play. Top wheel prize is $250 CASH! From Noon – 9 pm. 10 WINNERS using their Mill Club card will be randomly selected to spin the wheel.

Gas Card Giveaway: Take advantage of our giveaway on Saturday, July 26 from 4 pm to Midnight. Play slots and drive home with a $50 Gas Card!! Players will be randomly chosen while using your Mill Club card.

More Fun Things to Do at The Mill:

Play in the Casino: 700+ super-hot, ready-to-pay slots (including Batman!) just waiting for your winning touch! Enjoy our Vegas style table games like blackjack or check out our newest table games, including roulette.

Warehouse 101 offers entertainment, dining, dancing, sports, comedy and more all summer. Live music every Friday and Saturday night Comedy Night every Wednesday evening.

11th Annual Mill Luck Salmon Celebration September 13-14, 2014: Don’t miss our annual celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal culture!

More fun things happening around town:

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

July 19, 2014: Oregon Coast Music Festival – Free Shore Acres State Park Concert
Part of the Oregon Coast Music Festival, this FREE performance begins at 12:00 pm at Shore Acres State Park is one of the most popular events of the festival. Kukuva Marimba Band will play in the gardens at noon. This band delights in entertaining with this unique and joyous musical form that denies the option of sitting still. Please note: Shore Acres State Park does have a $5 day park fee.

Through July 26,2014: Oregon Coast Music Festival
A 14-day music festival that takes place throughout Coos Bay, Charleston, and North Bend areas. Please visit for more information on specific times, locations and prices.

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 50 Central Ave Coos Bay, OR 97420

September 20-21, 2014: Bay Area Fun Festival
It’s all about fun! Celebration features Prefontaine Memorial Run, Cruz The Coos, a Parade, and hundreds of vendors ready to make your weekend the best ever with arts, crafts, curios, music, food and….of course, fun!

You see, it really IS all fun and games here!  Be sure to check the Oregon’s Adventure Coast Events Calendar 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!

Cruz the Coos Fuzzy Dice Giveaway this weekend

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We are headed into a big weekend here on the South Coast!

Between the Bay Area Fun Festival, the Prefontaine Memorial Run and Cruz the Coos, visitors will have plenty of family friendly activites to choose from.

Cruz the Coos and Shore Acres Show n’ Shine
The Sunset Classic Chevy Club hosts their annual Cruz the Coos and Shore Acres Show n’ Shine September 14-16,2012. More than 500 participants come together to show off their restored vehicles (1972 or older).

On Saturday, September 15 guests will enjoy a Classic Car Show from 9am – 3pm in the Mill Casino Hotel Parking Lot. The cars will later line up at 2nd Street and Golden Avenue and viewers can enjoy the annual “Cruz” in downtown Coos Bay from 6-8pm.

*Fuzzy Dice Giveaway Sept. 14-16, 2012
In conjunction with Cruz the Coos weekend, guests will get a pair of fuzzy dice just for showing their player’s card. Guests may show their player card at the Mill Club during booth hours Friday, Saturday or Sunday. New club sign ups are also eligible to receive a pair of fuzzy dice. Limited to one per guest while supplies last (no rain checks).

*Must be a Mill Club Member to redeem this offer.  Signing up for our Mill Club is free and easy to do! Go to to sign up today.

The Bay Area Fun Festival is September 15-16, 2012 and features a parade, vendors, music, arts, crafts food and more. The Shore Acres Show n’ Shine is held inside Shore Acres State Park. K-DOCK Classic Hits Radio will broadcast everyone’s favorite oldies and fun interviews at 92.9 FM. The Coos Bay Chapter of the Harley Owners Group will host a Poker Run from 9am to 12 noon here at The Mill Casino.

Visit for more info.

26th Annual Cruz the Coos & 2011 Bay Area Fun Festival September 16-18

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Millionaire$ Club Members Will Receive a free pair of fuzzy dice this weekend (while supplies last).

2011 Bay Area Fun Festival is coming to Downtown Coos Bay this weekend! The festival features the famous Cruz the CoosPrefontaine Memorial Run, parade, music, fun, vendors, art, food, beer, wine and so much more!  Musical entertainment provided by Bay Area Teen Idol Finals and ROCKounty featuring Molly HatchetThe Marshall Tucker Band!

More than 400 classic cars can be seen at the 26th Annual Cruz the Coos event. Highlights are a Friday night beach party at Sunset Beach, Saturday registration and poker run at the Mill Casino Hotel, Saturday night Cruz the Coos through downtown Coos Bay, and a Sunday show and shine at Shore Acres State Park.

For more information, call Darrell King of Sunset Classic Chevys at 541-888-3863.

As an added bonus, we will be handing out FREE Fuzzy Dice to Millionaire$ Club members the weekend September 16-18, 2011
from 10 am – 6 pm (while supplies last) . Visit our site for details and to learn how to sign up for the Millionaire$ Club for free!

Visit for lodging specials and availability.

Visitors from the Deep Blue Sea….Whales Spotted at The Mill Casino!

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Most people go to casinos for the “wild life,” but it is a little known secret that The Mill Casino sometimes plays host to another form of wildlife. Every so often you will see whales pass through the bay, and sometimes they will even put on a little “show” just for us.

For these three Orca (aka Killer Whales) it’s a twelve-mile swim from the Pacific to our stretch of the bay. We were fortunate to have spotted them as they said “hello” to our dinner guests at the Plank House Restaurant. You never know what you are going to encounter here at The Mill Casino! We hope all enjoyed their visit!

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Set to Arrive in Coos Bay on March 25!

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Coos Bay, Ore. – The brig Lady Washington and her companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain have moved up their arrival at Coos Bay by one week, which extends their scheduled visit from six days to 13 days starting March 25. And the two ships have added sailing excursions and other activities for K-12 students and the general public. The stop marks the first time Lady Washington has visited Coos Bay since 2008.

The two ships were originally scheduled to arrive April 1, but they changed plans after the March 18 tsunami severely damaged the harbor at Crescent City, Calif., forcing the boats to cancel their scheduled stop.

In Coos Bay, the ships will tie up on the waterfront near 200 S. Bayshore Drive and open to the public on these dates and times: 3/26-27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3/29-4/1, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 4/2-3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 4/5-6, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will host guests on three-hour Battle Sails, which feature booming cannon fire and close-quarters, naval-style maneuvers. Battle Sails are scheduled for March 26, 27, April 2, 3. All sails depart at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 adults, $50 students/seniors/active military, $40 children 12 and under. Purchase tickets at or call 800-200-5239.

At 10 a.m. March 27 and April 3, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will take guests on three-hour value-priced Adventure Sails, which feature demonstrations of tall ship handling and a chance for guests to help sail a real tall ship. Tickets are $55 adults, $45 students/seniors/active military, $35 children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling 800-200-5239 or visiting

The Historical Seaport is also seeking Coos Bay-area businesses and service organizations which can sponsor K-12 students for living history experiences aboard its tall ships. The cost is just $5.25 per student. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239,

Lady Washington is a 1989 wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to visit the west coast of North America. The modern ship appeared as HMS Interceptor in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hulled representation of a typical early 19th century South Seas trader. She accompanies Lady Washington on her educational voyages.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

Just Another Beautiful Autumn Day in Coos Bay

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What a fantastic day it was today on the Oregon Coast! It’s a balmy 70 degrees out, no wind, and the sky and waters couldn’t be clearer. Fall is in full swing.

A few lucky guests who were out on the dock this afternoon got to see the end-for-end turning of a ship headed for the Oregon Chip Terminal, just south of the Hotel. Click here to see the rest of photos in Facebook of this enormous ship!

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park is Gears Up for a BIG Weekend on the Oregon Coast

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We are revved up (no pun intended) for another exciting weekend here on the Southern Oregon Coast!

One of our favorite events of the year: Cruz the Coos is back September 17- 19 and we cannot wait!   Receive FREE Fuzzy Dice while supplies last when you show your card at the Millionaire$ Club booth.  Not in the Millionaire$ Club?  Not to worry.  Signing up is free and easy, and you get lots of perks when you visit The Mill Casino.

The 26th Annual Cruz the Coos is part of the Bay Area Fun Festival and is presented by the Sunset Classic Chevys and begins this Friday at 6 PM with their annual Beach Party at Sunset Bay State Park (For Pre-Registered 3 Day Participants only).

On Saturday, Sept 18 , Cruz the Coos Registration begins at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM here at The Mill Casino. Registration is limited to the first 500 Cruz vehicles and they must be 1975 or older, insured, licensed, street legal & operated by licensed driver.

Be sure to stop by the Poker Run hosted By Harley Owner’s Group, Coos Bay Chapter in our casino from 9 AM-12 PM.

Lineup will begin at 5:00 PM – S 2nd St, @ Golden Ave in Coos Bay and the CRUZ the COOS event is scheduled from 6-8PM in Downtown Coos Bay.

Later that night, enjoy the sounds and grooves of one of our favorite bands, The Young Bucs in the Salmon Room from9 pm to midnight.  Doors open at 8:30 $10 General Admission; FREE for Millionaire$ Club members (see what I mean about the perks?) Tickets only at the door, 21 and better only.

You can also enjoy live music this weekend with the high-energy classic rock & power pop sounds from Phamous Phaces playing at Warehouse 101 Sept 17 – 18, 2010 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Be sure to download the event schedule to see all of the activities taking place throughout the weekend or visit for more event details.

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