Book the Mill Casino Glass Float Event Package and Find Your Own Glass Float!

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Mill Casino Glass Floats Weekend Package October 12-13, 2013

For Oregon coast beachcombers, discovering a glass float that has washed ashore is considered by many to be a rare and highly sought after treasure.

In fact, searching for glass floats have become such a popular activity, some communities along the Oregon coast have commissioned glass artists to create replicas to find.

This fall, the Mill Casino wants to give you an opportunity to find your very own glass float. Come stay at The Mill Casino on October 12, 2013 and the next morning, journey to the beach to find your very own Oregon Blown Glass Float!

Glass floats, once used by fishermen to keep their fishing nets afloat, have become very popular collectors’ items. Though they are rarely used today, many can still be found floating in the Pacific Ocean and will one day wash ashore. Discovering a rare color, a different shape or one perfectly intact excites many a beachcomber or treasure hunter.

The Mill Casino Glass Float Event will take place Sunday October 13, 2013 on a undisclosed area of beach where we will take you to have the treasure hunt of a lifetime!


This package includes:

  • *One Deluxe Room at the Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park
  • $40 Dining credit at any of our dining venues
  • One Courtesy Shuttle to a secluded and undisclosed beach, where you will be set free to frolic along the beach line to find your own, take-away, Oregon Blown Glass Float. (Individuals that would like to take their own transportation can arrange this at check in)

Check in on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Glass Float Event is Sunday, October 13, 2013

Package Price: $ 179.00 plus room tax. *Package based on Double-Occupancy (maximum 2 floats per room). Call 1.800.953.4800 today to make your reservation or visit www.themillcasino.com for more information.

PLAYERS, NON-HOTEL & RV GUESTS are welcome to attend. Please purchase your Float day pass from Ko•kwel Gifts. Tickets are $30/person (Subject to availability).

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Book the Mill Casino Whale Watching Hotel and RV Park Package Before it is too Late!

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Whale watching season is here, and an estimated 18,000 gray whales are passing the Oregon Coast right now on their  journey to the Baja lagoons of Mexico.  Most of the whales are about 5 mile off shore, but some can be seen as close as 1-2 miles off shore.

One of the prime viewing locations, Shore Acres State Park, happens to be located nearby.  Whale watchers gather here at this time of year to catch a glimpse of the whales spouting, breaching (heads straight up in the water), flukes and tails.

When you book The Mill Casino’s Whale Watching Hotel and RV Park Package before January 31, 2013, guests will receive:

Packages start at $149 in the Hotel and $70 in RV Park.

Time is running out!  To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3 or visit www.themillcasino.com/accommodations before January 31, 2013

Here are some interesting facts about gray whales we found:

  • Gray Whales are noted for their 12,000-mile annual migration from the Arctic Ocean to Mexico in the winter and their return north in the spring.
  • Whalers nicknamed the Grays “Devil Fish” because they fought so hard to defend their babies.
  • Today, they are best known for being friendly to people.
  • In the 1600-1700s Gray Whales in the Atlantic were hunted to extinction.
  • They were hunted almost to extinction two different times in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Starting early in the 1900s, the birthing lagoons were protected by the Mexican government.
  • The United Nations joined in the protection (1935), as did the International Whaling Commission (1946), but the moratorium against whaling wasn’t started until 1986.
  • The Grays made a good recovery and were taken off the endangered list in 1994, but are still threatened.
  • The reason for the migration south is to give birth to their young in the warm, calm bays of Mexico.
  • Gray Whale babies are 15 feet long and weigh 2,000 at birth
  • The grow up to 45 feet long and weigh 70,000 pounds.
  • They return north and spend the summer feeding in the Bering and Chukchi Seas (they seldom eat during migration).
  • About 200 Gray Whales don’t continue to Alaska, but stay along the Oregon Coast to feed.
  • Grays have baleen plates instead of teeth, with 130-180 plates or pieces along each side of the upper jaw.
  • They take great mouthfuls of food-laden water; then using their tongues, they squeeze out the water and swallow the food that sticks to the baleen.
  • The Oregon coast produces lots of phytoplankton (small marine plants) which are eaten by zooplankton (small marine animals) including bottom dwelling amphipods and mysid shrimp – primary food of the Gray Whales.
  • The only natural predators of Gray Whales are Orcas (killer whales) and large sharks. Even though some countries are still whaling, the biggest threat to the whales is pollution in the oceans.

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Local Attraction: Shore Acres State Park

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When you plan your trip to the Oregon Coast, a visit to Shore Acres State Park on Cape Arago Highway is practically mandatory!

What a shame it would be to come all this way, and not see one of our most treasured local and national attractions. Known as the “jewel of the South Coast” visitors come here to take in the views of the Pacific Ocean, outdoor fun, and delightful displays of floral blooms year round and scenic beauty.

The “garden for all seasons” includes:

  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
  • 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.
  • 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
  • 300,000 or more holiday lights (almost all L.E.D.)- Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve.
  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.

Events coming up include:
May 13, 2012 RHODODENDRON SUNDAY MOTHER’S DAY

June 2 STATE PARK DAY (Free Parking!)

June 17 ROSE SUNDAY – FATHER’S DAY

July 21 OREGON COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL GARDEN CONCERT

Visit shoreacrespark.com 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.

Spring Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast March 24-31, 2012

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Planning an Oregon Coast visit this month? If you are planning a getaway at the end of March, you are in for a special treat. Each winter & spring, thousands of visitors come to our coast hoping to see the migrating Gray Whales as they make their annual trek from Mexico to The Bering Sea.

Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be available from 10am to 1pm at Shore Acres State Park and 26 other locations along the Oregon Coast each day during Whale Watching Week- March 24-31, 2012. Whale Watching Spoken Here Volunteers help visitors spot the whales and answer questions.

An estimated 18,000 whales will pass by our coast this spring on their way to Alaska’s Bering Sea. Although most continue north, around 200 stay along the Oregon Coast to feed can still be spotted until late May. Many of them come close to shore feeding on Oregon’s great food supply. To learn more, call 541-888-3732 or visit www.WhaleSpoken.org

You can also learn more by visiting
oregonsadventurecoast.com
www.shoreacres.net

2011 Festival of Trees on Display Through December 1!

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The 2011 Festival of Trees, sponsored by The Bay Area Rotary and The Mill Casino is on display in our hotel lobby this week. Come by to The Festival of Trees auction on Thursday December 1 when the trees will be auctioned off for charity! The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Salmon Room.
In addition, a family viewing reception will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in the hotel’s second floor reception area. A cookie reception and a visit from Santa are all part of the festivities. Photos with Santa will be available through the Women’s Safety & Resource Center.
Earlier this week, the judges selected his year’s Festival of Trees decoration contest winners- take look!

Most Original: International Port of Coos Bay


Best Use of Color: Life Care Center


Best Theme: Engles Furniture


Best Wreath: Ocean Ridge Assisted Living


Best of Show: Hough, McAdam & Wartnik, CPA


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!

Featured Oregon Coast Attraction: Shore Acres State Park

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Shore Acres State Park, located on Cape Arago Highway, is a local and national treasure. Each year thousands of visitors will visit the gardens and take it the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the delightful displays of floral blooms year round and scenic beauty.

The Shore Acres were 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.

Today, visitors can enjoy seasonal blooms and a “garden for all seasons”:

  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
  • 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.
  • 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
  • 300,000 or more holiday lights (almost all L.E.D.)- Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve.
  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.

Here is a brief video tour:

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.

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