How to Get the Most out of Your Winter Getaway at the Mill Casino

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Did you know the average Americans leaves 2 vacation days unused according to this survey by Expedia®? Numerous studies have shown that vacations help lower stress and anxiety in addition to preventing burnout.

Now that the busy holiday season is over, it’s time to plan a relaxing mini-vacation to recharge for the new year. Sometimes we just need to get away, which is why we have made it easy for you and a guest to escape to the Oregon Coast this winter.

Yes, you read correctly, escape to the Oregon Coast this winter.

It’s a little known secret that the winter months are an optimal time to visit the Oregon coast. It’s less crowded, the fishing is great, the clam chowder is hot, storm watching is at it’s peak at Shore Acres State Park, and you could catch a glimpse of the whales migrating on their annual 6,000 mile journey to the warm waters of California. Here are some tips to get the most out your weekend getaway!

Before your trip:

1. Book our Winter Getaway Hotel Package (best value).
This special package includes a Deluxe Bayside Room, $40 Dining credit at any of our dining venues, and a Complimentary bottle of champagne or cider with souvenir toasting glasses. You and your guest will enjoy the stunning waterfront views of Coos Bay along with our comfortable hotel amenities.  To book this special stay or find out what our rates are, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3

2. Sign up for the Mill Club
Mill Club members not only participate in our special casino promotions, they earn free play, discounts, meals, merchandise and invitations to exclusive special events. As a Mill Club member you’ll earn rewards every time you play your favorite table games and slots in our casino. Best of all, it’s free and easy. Here are just some of the promotions our Mill Club Members will enjoy this winter, visit our Casino Promotions page to see the entire list:

3. Create your own itinerary but leave room for a spontaneous adventures!
There is always something happening in the North Bend, Charleston and Coos Bay area. Oregon’s Adventure Coast has put together some sample itineraries to give you some ideas.  We also recommend going to their Events Calendar to see what is happening in and around the community, and of course check the Mill Casino Events Calendar! Our nightclub, Warehouse 101, hosts Comedy Night every Wednesday and live music every Friday & Saturday night.

4. Pack the following:

  • Workout clothes! Start the day with a vigorous working with a waterfront view in our fitness room located on the second floor of our Lodge.
  • Bathing Suit. Enjoy our relaxing indoor pool and two hot tubs on the South End of our Lodge. The pool is complimentary for all guests. Towels are provided at the pool.
  • Your Camera for winter storm watching and to capture all of the fond memories from your trip.
  • Layers of clothing. Average winter temperatures range from mid/high 40’s to low 50’s during day to mid 30’s at night. Since the weather changes from hour to hour, we suggest packing layers of clothing such as t-shirts, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts hats, scarves, gloves, etc so you can be ready for anything.
  • Casual “night-out clothes” for dining out and dancing the night away in Warehouse 101.
  • Binoculars. These come in handy when you want to get a closer look the Pacific Ocean, and let’s not forget whale and bird watching!
  • Sunscreen. If you plan to spend any time outdoors, please remember the UV rays from the sun still shine through, so it is important to protect your skin with sunscreen anything else you normally use to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for overall use, flip-flops for the beach (in case it is warm enough) and good boots for hiking.

While you are here:
1. Check out all of your options in our dining venues. Ask about our specials! Here is a sample of some of our *current dining specials:

  • The Saw Blade Buffet: Come hungry (and early) and fill 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.  Open each Monday & Tuesday for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The buffet is also open for special events and holidays. Click here to check schedule and details.
  • Plank House Restaurant: Serving breakfast, luncheon specialties, and delicious dinners each Wednesday-Sunday (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Save room for dessert! Visit www.themillcasino.com/dining for details.
  • Wine Discovery Evenings by the Bay: Get premium wines by the bottle up to 50% off at the Plank House and Whitecaps on Sunday evenings.
  • Early Bird Specials at The Plank House: Dine with us between 4 pm and 6 pm (Wednesday-Sunday) and choose from one of six delicious early dinner specials Each special includes our FREE daily dessert special.
  • Happy Hour/Drink Specials: Warehouse 101 from 3 -6 PM Sun – Thurs.
  • Warehouse 101 Game Time Entree Special: Wear any NFL, College Team or Mill Logo Shirt and get $2 off any entrée from our regular menu during any Football Game!
  • Buy 1 Get one for 1.01 Lunch Special:  Buy one Lunch Entrée and get the second for $1.01 at Warehouse 101 every Monday through Wednesday

*These dining specials are current as of January 2014 and subject to change without notice. Click here to see current dining specials.

2. Leave time for shopping in the many antique and specialty shops in North Bend, Coos Bay and Charleston. Be sure to stop in our own Ko-Kwel Gifts and check out our extensive selection of art and craft works created by Coquille Tribal artists and artisans. Handcrafted jewelry and beadwork, carved wood pieces, glassware and regional photography are among the many creations offered by Coquille Tribal members exclusively at Ko-Kwel Gifts. The shop also features a selection of jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts (always in season on the Oregon Coast) along with mementos and keepsakes.

3.  Go for a stroll on our boardwalk.  It’s lovely!

4.  Go for a swim, a work-out, or relax in one of our outdoor hot-tubs overlooking Coos Bay.

5.   Go storm watching at Shore Acres State Park, the bluff overlooking Bastendorff Beach, and Sunset Bay State Park.

Need more information?  Contact us at 800.953.4800! We are here to help.

Celebrate Dad at our Unique Fathers Day Floats Event

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There are only so times you can get away with the stand-by, same old Father’s Day gift. How many ties, handkerchiefs, wrenches or socks does Dad really need? Does he really need a giftcard to that store he has been to 10,000 times?

This Father’s Day, why not give him something special, like a night out at the Mill Casino and an opportunity to takeaway a piece of Oregon History at our Glass Float Event Sunday, June 16, 2013? Stay at The Mill Casino on Saturday June 15 and spend Father’s Day finding special glass floats on the beach.

Did you know that Japanese glass floats on the Oregon coast are highly sought after treasures? Discovering a rare color, a different shape or one perfectly intact excites many a beachcomber or treasure hunter!

Your Package Includes:

  • One Deluxe Room at the Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park, Overlooking the Beautiful Coos Bay
  • Dinner for Two ($40.00 Value)
  • 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)

A few float facts:
• Floats may be found above the tide line and below the beach embankment.
• Floats will not be found in or on the cliffs
• Please be aware of beach safety. Never turn your back on the ocean! Sneaker waves and the force of the ocean often move logs and can be unsafe.

Check in on Saturday, June 15
Glass Float Event is Sunday, June 16, 2013

Package Price: $ 179.00 plus room tax.  Call 1.800.953.4800 today to make your reservation. PLAYERS, NON-HOTEL & RV GUESTS: $30.00 per guest (Subject to availability)

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

Relax! Spend Thanksgiving at The Mill Casino

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we have the solution to all of your holiday dilemmas!  Spend Thanksgiving Day (or the whole weekend) with us and let us take care of all of the holiday entertaining!  We’ll host this year so you can relax and enjoy traditional Thanksgiving meals, specials, lodging packages and great entertainment on the Oregon Coast.

We have created special holiday packages just for you:

  • Thanksgiving Night Special Hotel Offer! Deluxe Hotel Accommodations in a bay-side room AND Thanksgiving Dinner for two at the Saw Blade Buffet Starting at $149+tax. To reserve your Thanksgiving package, call our Guest Service department today at 866-901-2966, ext. 3. This offer is valid November 22, 2012.

Hungry?  The chefs at Plank House Restaurant and Saw Blade Buffet are preparing a feast sure to entice the fondest of Thanksgiving memories.

Thanksgiving Ala Carte at the Plank House Restaurant Thursday November 22nd 4:00pm – Close

Enjoy the waterfront view as you feast on your favorite holiday dishes like Roasted Tom Turkey or Bourbon Pineapple Glazed Pitt Ham, Roasted Pumpkin Bisque or Mixed Green salad, mashed potato, warm rolls and sweet cream butter,Sautéed Brussels sprouts, candied yams, gravy, cranberry sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie or Pecan Pie. So much to choose from!

Saw Blade Buffet Thanksgiving Day Buffet Thursday November 22nd 11:00am to 8:00pm

A feast to please the senses with traditional choices like Roast Tom Turkey, gravy, Cranberry Sauce, stuffing, Mashed Potatoes Roasted Yams, Corn Muffin, Cranberry Biscuits, rolls, and an assortment of fresh vegetables. We will also have delicious non-traditional dishes to choose from such as Prime Rib of Beef, Salmon Panko crusted Ling Cod Fish, Lemon Beurre Blanc Rolled and Tied loin of Pork, and more. Our salad Bar will be stocked with all of the trimmings and you must save room for our famous Desserts from our own Pastry Shop: Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, and Minced Meat Pies, Sugar Free Cheesecake,Mini Pastries and more. Hungry yet?

Want entertainment?

Check out Warehouse 101, our very cool night spot that will be featuring live entertainment and events November 21-24, 2012.

Wednesday Night- Come LOL with us for Comedy Night! No cover. Two Shows 7 & 9pm featuring Keith Ross Nelson with Seth Milstein.

Thursday-Saturday Night- Live Wire, a female fronted AC/DC Tribute Band, will be playing 9pm – 1am.  They have a playlist of cover tunes from various classic rock artists including Journey, Van Halen, and Poison to name a few. Live Wire has opened for bands such as Foreigner, Night Ranger and Pat Travers. This is a high energy show that you won’t want to miss.

November 24: Watch the OSU vs UofO game.  Check our Facebook page for updated info.

November 23-25, 2012 GR Club #62, Roseburg & The Mill Casino present Cribbage Tournament
$1,000 Cash paybacks for all tournaments will be 95% PLUS trophies. For complete information including entry fees, tournament schedules, etc. contact Larry or Donna Hassett 541-672-1474 or email at ACC@cmspan.net. Flyer and entry forms at www.cribbage.org/sched/ under Timber Capital Cribbage Classic.

photo credit: Lawrence OP via photopin cc

photo credit: Tyler Love via photopin cc

Calling All Golf Lovers! The Mill Casino Bandon Crossings Package is Just for You…

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Our location on the Oregon coast and luxurious amenities make us a great destination for a quick getaway.

To help our guests get more from their stay, we have created a number of hotel packages featuring popular Oregon Coast attractions.

Late summer/early fall is a wonderful time to enjoy golf on the coast, so we are spotlighting our popular Bandon Crossings Package!

Bandon Crossings sits on 340 beautiful acres and features a fun and challenging 6855 yard Dan Hixson Design. The course is located just 5 miles south of Bandon on US Highway 101 at 87530 Dew Valley Lane.

We are not the only ones who find this course  to be ideal for golf lovers. Here is what others have to say:
Top 10: Best New Courses of 2007 GOLF Magazine
Top 10: Best State by State 2008, OregonGolfweek
The 2009 PGA Travel Guide lists it as a “Favorite Hidden Gem

The Bandon Crossings Package includes an overnight stay at The Mill Casino; two rounds of golf at Bandon Crossings and transportation to and from the golf course. The package also includes discounted pricing at Bandon Crossings. Golf prices are seasonal and tee times are subject to availability.

If a guest would like to purchase an additional round of golf with this package because they have more than 2 guests in their party (i.e. a family of four), they can purchase up to 2 additional rounds of golf. The cost is $75 per person June-September, $60 per person in October, $50 per person November-March, and $60 per person April-May.

To book this special stay, please call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3

Top Reasons to Spend the Holidays at Mill Casino on The Oregon Coast

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There’s no place like the holidays at The Mill Casino.  Here are the top reasons to plan a visit here this month:

1.The dazzling holiday light display at Shore Acres is something to see. If you have never experienced the holiday lights at Shore Acres, you don’t know what you are missing!  Check out our Shore Acres Holiday Lights Package now through December 31. This package includes an overnight stay, dinner for two, a FREE pass to Shore Acres and a FREE Casino Fun Book on us — all at a discount price!

2. Awesome Live Entertainment all month in Warehouse 101. Warehouse 101 hosts live Comedy every Wednesday with some of the funniest entertainers in the country.    We are also the place to catch your favorite team (7 Plasma Screen TVs), and live music every weekend.  Check out some of the bands we have lined up this month!

  • Phamous Phaces: December 10, 2010 – December 11, 2010
  • Joy Box- December 17, 2010 – December 18, 2010
  • Toyz- December 24, 2010 – December 25, 2010
  • Hookah Stew- December 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011

3. Sawmill Sam wants to stuff your stocking with up to 1500 bonus points! On Thursday, December 23 between 9 am and 9 pm stop by the Millionaire$ Club, and get a free minute of play on Sawmill Sam!

4. You Could Win a Camaro.  Yep- a Camaro! Now through December 19, Your play earns you entries into our weekly Camaro drawings. Each week, someone will get a shot at winning a Camaro, until our guaranteed Grand Prize Camaro Drawing, December 19!

5. Most Rocking New Years Party on the Coast. Join us for the Wild West New Year on December 31, 2010 with Live Bands, Line Dancing, Party Favors & More!!!  Featuring The Brick House Band, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast.  For Ticket Information, Call 800.953.4800 or 541.756.8800.

6. Winter Whale Watching Week is coming December 26, 2010- January 1, 2011! Whale watchers rejoice!  The Whale Spoken Here volunteers will be at Shore Acres during Whale Watching Week!  It is a thrill to spot these glorious creatures as an estimated 18,000 grey whales travel southbound off our coast.

7. Double club points on December 24 & 25, 6 a.m. to Noon! Just play using your card and get bountiful points all morning on these two days!

8.We are a participating  “Chowder Bounty” hotel & restaurant. Love Oregon Clam Chowder?  You will LOVE Chowder Bounty!  Check out our Chowder Bounty Package: This package includes two $25 gift certificates that can be used at any of our dining venues or at participating restaurants in the area. A two-night stay is required for this package. Rates begin at $110 plus tax. To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.

9. The Famous Saw Blade Holiday Buffet. Here’s an idea for a holiday gift – no dishes. Have your family dinner at The Saw Blade Buffet, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m on Saturday, December 25.

We Invite You to Experience Chowder Bounty through March 1, 2011 at The Mill Casino

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Here on the Oregon Coast, we love our Chowder.  In fact, we love it so much  The Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau has launched the first ever Chowder Bounty; a unique experience for visitors where they sample world famous Oregon Coast Clam Chowder at local participating restaurants, then vote for their favorite.

The Mill Casino is proud to be a participating hotel with Chowder Bounty through March 1, 2010. This package includes two $25 gift certificates that can be used at any of our dining venues or at participating Chowder Bounty restaurants in the area. A two-night stay is required for this package; rates begin at $110 plus tax.

And by the way; we hope you will try the Clam Chowder at The Plank House during your stay. It is supremely delicious- and we think you will agree!

To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.

Time is Running Out to Submit Your Favorite Mill Casino Photo in the Our Summer at The Mill Casino Photo Contest

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If you have a great photo of our dock, RV Park, Lobby, from your bay view room or suite- enter them in our photo contest before July 31, 2010 for a chance to win a Getaway Package for 2 at The Mill Casino!    But hurry….Time is running out!

The rules are simple:

  • Photos must be your original content; any photos that have been copied will be disqualified from entering.
  • Photos must be taken on the Mill Casino & RV Park property
  • Entrants may submit as many photos as they wish as long as they follow the rules stated above
  • Entrants must be 21 or older & residents of the U.S.

Don’t miss out on this great contest!   All photos must be submitted by July 31, 2010. Voting begins August 1 and our winner will be announced after the voting ends on August 15.  Good luck!

Submit Your Photo Now

Share Your Favorite Mill Casino Photos and You Could Win a Getaway Package for 2!

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We have launched the Mill Casino Photo Contest! The grand prize? A Getaway Packages for 2 at The Mill Casino!  If  you have some great photos of our dock, RV Park, Lobby, from your bay view room or suite- enter them in our photo contest before July 31, 2010!

The owner of the photo that receives the most votes during our voting period (August 1-15, 2010) will receive the grand prize!  Got some great Mill Casino vacation memories?  Dig up those photos and enter them today!

You can enter by clicking on the Orange Banner at the bottom of this page- OR- you can enter from our Facebook page.

Prize Details
Win one of our popular Getaway Packages for 2 at The Mill Casino! Photo Contest Winner will receive a voucher redeemable for a getaway package that includes:
-Accommodations for two in a deluxe room (Bay-view rooms available)

-Dinner for two at any of our fabulous restaurants

-Complimentary bottle of champagne with souvenir toasting glasses.

This offer is only available Sunday through Thursday and must be used by Dec 30, 2010
*Reservations subject to availability and black out dates apply

Entrants hereby grant to THE MILL CASINO · HOTEL the right to use and publish photo in which I may be included for social media, editorial trade, advertising, promotion or other commercial purposes. I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product, advertising or other copy and to all phases of its use in whatever form to be determined by THE MILL CASINO · HOTEL AND IN ITS ENTITIES. It is understood that no compensation will be paid by THE MILL CASINO · HOTEL for the right to use my photo or for promotional purposes.

Contest Starts
July 12, 2010 @ 10:00 am (PDT)

Contest Ends
July 31, 2010 @ 12:00 pm (PDT)

Coming Soon….The Return of the Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park Adventure Package

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Seeking an Oregon Coast adventure this summer?  Oregon adventure lovers are in luck because the Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park is bringing back our wildly popular Outdoor Adventure Package beginning Saturday May 1!

Oregon Coast adventure seekers can take advantage of this tremendous value through September 31, 2010. Our Adventure Package includes:


1. An overnight stay in one of our spacious deluxe rooms featuring:  televisions with cable, HBO and Showtime, complimentary wireless internet, as well as phones, radio-alarm clock, safe, ice bucket and glasses, luggage rack, plus iron and ironing board and complimentary valet parking is available.   Check in anytime after 4:00 pm; check-out time is 12 noon (late check-in option available- simply tell reservations at the time you book your stay);

2. An Adventure Coast Getaway Coupon Book with over $500 in discounts;

3. A $50 coupon good at any restaurant at The Mill Casino or Spinreel Dune Buggy ATV Company* or

Please note: reservations to Spinreel or Watson Ranch Golf must be made AFTER you receive your coupon upon check-in at The Mill Hotel. The coupon may be used for one transaction only (may not be split, no cash value).

* includes complimentary shuttle service
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