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For real coastal fun, head south to the Southern Oregon Coast

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(Photo By Steven Michael)

For out-of-state tourists, the Oregon destinations that always seem to top the list are Portland, nearby Multnomah Falls, wine country and the northern coastal communities of Astoria, and Cannon Beach.

Even many of Portland’s day trippers think the same way (albeit they’ll likely skip a trip to the falls, which are especially crowded on summer weekends).

However, there’s a region that deserves the attention of tourists and locals alike: the sometimes overlooked but by no means less spectacular Southern Oregon Coast, anchored by the city of Coos Bay.

While Cannon Beach and Astoria surely charm with smooth beaches and quaint cabin rentals, Coos Bay on the southern coast boasts equally smooth beaches, but with rockier, more rugged shorelines, where commercial and residential development are nearly non-existent. And, with 40 miles of coastal sand dunes that soar up to 500 feet above sea level, the southern coast offers a year-round action adventure playground.

Plus there’s always something to do, especially in the spring and summer, no matter what the month.


Storm watching is a prime winter coastal activity, but generally there are still a few storms to catch in April, too. Stake your claim near the Shore Acres Garden in Shore Acres State Park, where, perched atop an 80-foot cliff, you can watch 20-foot ocean swells erupt into 120-foot splashes that crash on the rocky shores.

The overlook area is also a prime viewing point for whale watching, too.

And if you really want to tap into the local experience, go clamming along the bay. Spring tides are favorable for clamming Empire Clams, so if you put in the necessary work, you’re guaranteed success.


Every year, tall ships set sail for Coos Bay during the city’s annual ‘Festival of Sails’ event. (If you’re wondering what tall ships look like, think Pirates of the Caribbean.) From May 5 to 17, in recognition of Coos Bay’s rich history as a tall ship port, the ships will take tourists on a tour of the bay, culminating in mock naval battles featuring booming cannons. Of course, you don’t need to board the tall ships to watch the battle play out—you can view the entire spectacle from North Bend or Mill Casino boardwalks.

And for the fifth straight May, The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park will host BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay, a three-day outdoor Memorial Day weekend party that draws, regional craft brewers and as many as 50 pitmasters from across the Pacific Northwest who will compete in KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) sanctioned competition to determine who makes the best barbecue.

June and July

When the tourists season hits its stride during the temperate peak summer months, it’s the perfect time to travel to the bay to take advantage of the RV Sites, campsites and the hundreds of miles of hiking trails that connect Sunset Bay, Shore Acres and Cape Arago state parks. The area also boasts two days of waterfront fireworks on July 3rd and July 4th.

June and July are also the prime months to play in the dunes at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, where you can hike, go off-roading, horseback ride or fish. But if you’re looking for something a little more edgy, visit Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental, and take an armada of buggies out for a spin.

At Any Time

Of course, there are always activities tourists can take part in, no matter what time of year. The Southern Oregon Coast is home to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, a sprawling athletic compound where tourists can mingle with serious golfers on six different courses. And should those golfers feel the desire to play some table games, The Mill Casino will fetch—and return—them via the casino’s shuttle bus.

The Coos History Museum offers a great starting point for first-time visitors to gain familiarity with the area’s rich heritage – especially its tribal and maritime history – thoughtfully preserved in more than 50,000 objects and 250,000 images.

Lastly, for those who just want to get away from all of it—even for only an hour—there are always sunset strolls along Horsfall Beach. The locals know this spot well: It’s one of the few local beaches where they can let their dogs off leash, and, if one travels there at just the right time, they just might find that they have the entire beach all to themselves.

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

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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!

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

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 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 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
  • 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

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!

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:

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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Support a Great Cause While Dancing the Night Away at the Star of Hope Celebrity & Bachelor Auction, Dinner and Dance February 8, 2014!

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The Mill Casino hopes you will join for a special night of dining, dancing while supporting an amazing cause at the Star of Hope’s 4th Annual Valentine’s with the Stars: Celebrity and Bachelor Auction, Dinner and Dance this Saturday, February 8, 2014!

Since 1964, Star of Hope has provided vocational, community inclusion, residential and community support services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Coos County. Their philosophy is to protect and nurture the intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of each individual, providing the training and experiences that will enable them to succeed.

This annual fundraiser has grown every year and raised thousands in donations, in-kind sponsorships and gift certificates. As a result, Star of Hope was able to get their Customized Employment Program running while supporting their programs and services that assist adults with developmental disabilities in Coos County. The Mill Casino is proud to be one of the sponsors of this special event and we hope they will raise even more this year!

Tickets include live entertainment featuring Done Deal, a fashion show, Celebrity and Bachelor Auction, Dinner and Dance. Step up and join to see who can raise the most for the residential, vocational and community support services for adults with developmental disabilities in Coos County!

Star of Hope’s 4th Annual Valentine’s with the Stars: Celebrity and Bachelor Auction, Dinner and Dance
The Mill Casino – Salmon Room
Saturday, February 8, 2014 5-11 p.m.
Ticket Price: $40.00 per guest or $75.00 per couple (Includes dinner) or $260.00 for a Table of 7.

Hurry! Tickets on Sale Ko-Kwel Gifts.

Photo @ Star Of Hope from Benjamin Brayfield via Vimeo

Here is a preview of the menu  included in the package. A no-host bar will be available all evening.
Full Salad Bar ~ Featuring Fresh Iceburg Lettuce and Mesclun Mix with Assorted Toppings and Dressings
Vine Ripened Tomato and Red Onion Salad
Basil Pesto Pasta Salad
Brown Sugar Crusted Sirloin Roast Au Jus with Creamy Oregon Horseradish
Pan Seared Breast of Chicken with Roasted Artichoke and Brandy Cream Sauce
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
A Selection of Homemade Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea, and Assorted Sodas

Bandon Crossings and The Mill Casino Oregon Coast Couples Golf Classic

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UPDATE:  5/22/2013-  This event will be rescheduled and will not take place in June as originally reported in this post.  We will reschedule and share any updates with you on our website and Facebook page.  Thank you.

The landscape on the southern Oregon coast seems to be one of those places that is made for golf and it is no secret that Oregon is home to some of the best golf courses in the country, including Bandon Crossings!

That is why The Mill Casino has partnered with Bandon Crossings to present the Oregon Coast Couples Golf Classic June 7-9, 2013!

Schedule of Events
Optional: Friday Practice round at Bandon Crossings. Call golf shop to reserve your starting time.

Friday June 7th, 2013
6:00 pm Welcome reception at The Mill Casino

Saturday June 8th, 2013
7:00 pm Dinner Buffet at The Mill Casino. Day one tournament results announced.

Sunday June 9th, 2013
4:00 p.m. Lunch and Awards presentation at The Mill Casino.

Tournament entry deadline is Monday, June 3, 2013

Tournament Details:
Entry Fee $285 per couple, includes green fees, range balls, daily competition fee and all scheduled events.

For more information contact:
The Mill Casino 800-953-4800 ext. 1490 or Bandon Crossings 541-347-3232

Printable Registration Form Completed Tournament registration form may be mailed to:

The Mill Casino•Hotel & RV Park
Attn: Barb Dunham
3201 Tremont Avenue,
North Bend, OR 97459

Bandon Crossings Golf Course is home to “18 Unique Experiences.”  It is a 2012 recipient of TripAdvisor’s CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE and named one of the 10 best new courses of 2007 by GOLF Magazine!

It’s Time for the Shore Acres Holiday Lights Festival!

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One of our favorite local traditions is the annual Holiday Lights festival at Shore Acres State Park.  Each year, the community comes together to transform our beloved Shore Acres into a brilliant holiday display.  Volunteers and local businesses spend weeks decorating the park with 300,000 lights and light sculptures. It is a spectacle not to be missed!

Just 13 miles southwest from our home in Coos Bay/North Bend, the park is famous for its lush gardens and breathtaking views of the Oregon coast.  The Holiday Lights festival features seasonal refreshments and entertainment, and runs nightly from 4 pm to 9:30 pm every night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

The Mill offers a Hotel and RV Package perfect for the occasion.  The Shore Acres Package includes an overnight stay at our facilities, $40 dining credit at any of our dining venues and complimentary pass or shuttle service to and from the Shore Acres State Park.  Book this package at our reservations desk at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.

And don’t forget we are hosting another beloved tradition, the Festival of Trees, from Thanksgiving through December 6.  The Mill presents decorated Christmas trees and wreathes donated by the community to raise funds for local charities.  It’s a lot of fun and we hope to see you there.

We’re so proud to be part of this community and invite you to join us for our annual holiday traditions.

Photo Credit: Friends of Shore Acres

Upcoming BBQ Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit North Bend Fire Department

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Just because summer is months away doesn’t mean you can’t get your BBQ fix! The North Bend Fire Department is hosting a BBQ Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, November 16, 2012 to benefit the North Bend Volunteer Fire Department & the 2013 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Festival.

Hole in the Wall BBQ will be serving up slow-cooked hand-pulled pork with coleslaw, beans, and sweet rolls topped off with their secret recipe sweet BBQ sauce at the North Bend Fire Dept (1880 McPherson St, North Bend) from 5pm – 8pm Friday, November 16.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for kids are and can be purchased at the North Bend Visitor Center and Coos Bay Visitor Center during public hours.

Click here to download the event flyer for more info and please help get the word out!

North Bend Fire Department, formed in 1904, is a combination paid/volunteer fire department. Fire Chief Scott Graham has eleven paid personnel and 32 volunteer firefighters who are are currently serving.  North Bend Fire & Rescue handles over 1,600 calls for service a year related to fire suppression, EMS medical, wildland, dive-rescue, water rescue, marine firefighting, and ARFF airport rescue firefighting.

In addition to being first responders, the department gives back to our local community with school programs, tours, and fire prevention education. They host an annual pancake breakfast that serves over 800 citizens on Palm Sunday,  provides gifts and food to local families in need through the Kids at Christmas program, and gives 50 students backpacks and all the school-required items they need for the school year with through their Back Pack for Kids program.

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The Bay Area Rotary and The Mill Casino proudly present The Festival of Trees November 27- December 6, 2012

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The holidays are around the corner, and you know what that means?  The Mill Casino and The Bay Area Rotary invite you to our annual holiday-themed fundraiser, The Festival of Trees.

Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths will be on display at The Mill Casino•Hotel November 27- December 6, 2012.

This event is a beloved seasonal tradition that gives businesses, organizations and individuals the opportunity to help families in need by raising funds for local charities while getting into the holiday spirit.

Raising over $10,000 last year, the Festival of Trees lets participants demonstrate their holiday-decorating talents while raising money for local charities. This year’s goal is to raise $14,000 for such charities as Shots for Tots and Teens and The Women’s Safety and Resource Center and Coddington Place.

Participants simply choose to sponsor a tree, a wreath or pre-decorated tree by Nov. 1, or while available trees last. Then, at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 sponsors bring their chosen decorations to The Mill Casino’s Salmon Room for the annual Festival of Trees Decorating Party, complete with complimentary refreshments and holiday tunes.

Following the decorating party, a panel of judges will award the top choice in the following categories: Most Traditional, Most Elegant, Best Theme, Best Wreath, Judge’s Choice and, of course, Best of Show. The decorated trees and wreaths will be placed on display throughout the hotel lobby through Dec. 6.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, Rotary will sponsor a family viewing day to encourage families to come in and look at the trees from 1-4 p.m. Santa will be on hand and refreshments will be served.

Each tree and wreath will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during a public auction that begins promptly at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in The Mill’s Salmon Room. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. to allow potential bidders to take one more look at the trees.

The fully decorated trees will be delivered (up to 30 miles away) to the winning bidder’s home or office by a member of the Bay Area Rotary. Auction winners may request to have their tree donated to a needy family.

The Mill Casino • Hotel contributes to the purchase of the trees and wreaths so that sponsorship and auction proceeds from the Festival of Trees can go directly to local charities. In addition, local vendors are used when purchasing trees and wreaths for this Bay Area fundraiser.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in helping those in need are encouraged to participate by sponsoring and/or decorating a tree and/or wreath. To learn more about how to get involved with this event, contact Festival Coordinator, Heidi Proett at 541-269-7929 or 541-297-8287.

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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.

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