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Old School Fun

By Adam Sawyer

What’s new? What’s hot? What’s the latest and greatest? In an era dominated by short attention spans and top 10 lists covering the best new whatever, we occasionally overlook the classic places to visit. Hallmarks of entities that stand the test of time include excellent products, value, customer experience, and service. And while it is fun and easy to get distracted by shiny and new, it’s important not to forget about tried and true.  On your next overnight stay here at The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park, take some time to visit  a few Coos Bay favorites that have always, and continue to deliver above and beyond.

Person driving ATV on sand dunes

Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rentals
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches from the Coos River in North Bend, to the Siuslaw River in Florence. Within those bookends resides the best dune-riding area in the state. But the go-to outfitter for more than 34 years has been the family owned and operated Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rentals. You can go it alone, or go with a pro – either way, the knowledge, customer service, and equipment, are all top of the line.

Old School Fun

Cranberry Sweets
The secret actually dates back to 1962. But it wasn’t until 1974 that Clifford Shaw bought the candy recipe from Dorothy Johnson and opened up Cranberry Sweets & More. Since then, that perfect blend of sweet and tart has continued to grow, with the company expanding candy options and other offerings. Their motto rings true – “For over 50 years, sweet satisfaction has been our goal and our guarantee.”

Cliffs at Coos Bay

Shore Acres State Park
Sure, the garden and some of the facilities are relatively new editions, but when it comes to standing the test of time in Coos Bay, the sandstone cliffs and human history of Shore Acres State Parktake top billing. The dramatically beautiful coastline has been dropping jaws for eons, and the native Coquille and Coos Indian tribes have been watching over the land and serving the community for almost as long. Watchful eyes can spot centuries-old layers of shucked clam shells, as well as the more modern remains of the old Louis J. Simpson mansion.

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