“Most Oregonians have never visited the southern coast,” says Katherine Hoppe, Tourism and Content Manager at The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park on Coos Bay along the coast. “It’s too bad, because there are spectacular things here that you just don’t get in other parts of the state.”
The small, coastal towns of the Adventure Coast – Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston – offer endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Here are just seven of the beautiful, historic and exciting reasons to visit.
1) Fantastic Fishing
Fishing enthusiasts will find something to hook every month of the year. Fall is the season for Chinook salmon, albacore, crabs and clams. Steelhead return in winter, while spring adds rockfish and bass. In summer, look for ocean salmon and bluegill.
2) Giant Jackpots
Gamers can play with extra confidence on the southern coast. Instead of only jackpots that go to participants in a large, multi-state pool, The Mill Casino has in-house progressive jackpots that someone gaming at that casino could win.
“Right now we have two jackpots over $100,000,” said Hoppe. “It’s unusual for them to be so big, but we’re going to have two huge winners any day.
3) Dramatic Stormwatching
Coastal stormwatching is all about the huge swells created after a storm has passed. Best done the day after a storm, seat yourself safely atop an 80-foot cliff at Shore Acres State Park and enjoy the spectacular crash and roil of 100-foot waves.
4) Beautiful State Parks
There are four state parks in the area that are perfect for serious day hikes, leisurely walks and birdwatching.
“Of all the state parks in the area, Golden and Silver Falls [State Natural Area] is a hidden gem,” says Hoppe. “I recommend it to everyone interested in hiking.”
5) 500-Foot Dunes
Imagine driving an ATV over the open dunes. Suddenly, you crash through a stream, and then you’re surrounded by dense forest. Experience that and more at the Oregon Dunes – wind-sculpted wonders that change each year, giving visitors unique landscapes to discover.
6) Rich Oregon History
Lovers of Oregon history will enjoy the historic area, including museums and classic architecture. Start at the Coos History Museum, or grab a brochure to discover your own corner of Southern Oregon’s history.
7) First-Class Accommodations
There are several waterfront hotels and resorts for all kinds of travelers to Oregon’s southern coast. After a fun-filled day of beachcombing, hiking or sightseeing, unwind with premium amenities at one of the area’s deluxe getaways.
The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park hosts thousands of visitors throughout the year. Hoppe is an expert on all of the activities available in and around the hotel.
“There’s literally a season for everything on Oregon’s Adventure Coast,” she said. “It’s a wonderful place to explore year-round.”