Overlooking The Mill Casino exterior and bay

Local Tips

People looking out at Bandon Face-Rock from a deck at The Mill Casino

Taking a Daytrip to Bandon

Nestled against the Coquille River in the Southern Coast of Oregon lies the town of Bandon. This cozy area is full of natural beauty, outdoor activities and culture that are perfect for a quick getaway to enjoy some fresh air. Just a half-hour drive south of The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park, see why Bandon is a popular destination for guests looking to make a day trip.

Golf Courses

The Coos Bay area is home to a number of golf courses, and those in Bandon are not to be missed. Featuring two golf destinations shaped by the beautiful terrain near the shore, you’ll be able to take in stunning sights while working on your swing. Your golf options in Bandon include:

  • Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: For the traditionalist, Bandon Dunes is where Scottish heritage and the natural landscape take center stage. Five distinctive courses offer breathtaking views, challenging play and an unforgettable experience.
  • Bandon Crossings: This award-winning heathland course is built on old sand dunes and tucked a little farther away from the ocean, reducing the impact of wind during your game. Sharpen your skills with a lesson from their PGA-certified instructors.

Biking Trails

The Southern Oregon Coast is packed with scenic bikeways that provide varying levels of intensity and terrain. Visit South Coast Bicycles to rent some bikes and pick where you want to ride. Here are a few trails available to you:

  • Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trails: Perfect for beginners, this 10-mile, two-way trail takes you through the Coos County forest, which is home to several different plant species. An expansion of 10 additional miles of trails is currently underway. The expansion will focus on intermediate level trails for more experienced riders.
  • Bandon Fat Bike Beach Ride: Switch it up by taking a ride on the sand with a fat tire bike. This 19-mile path can be split into segments and runs along rock formations and stream crossings.

Whether you are just with your special someone or bringing along the whole family, there is a trail that will fit your needs to make it fun for everyone.

Old Town Bandon

After you’ve gotten in your outdoor recreation for the day, it’s time to take in some culture and grab a bite to eat. There’s no better place than the Old Town district, which contains ten square blocks with shopping, dining, art and history. Many of the independent businesses have been serving customers for years and feature clothes, gifts, treats and more for you to peruse. The wide range of dining options can fit any preferences, from a quick snack to an elegant meal. Given the close proximity to the ocean, check out the seasonal seafood available at the restaurant of your choice. After your meal, take a walk on the pet-friendly boardwalk to view the public art displays, the Coquille River lighthouse and the seals hanging out in the marina.

Circles in the Sand

Overhead view of circles in the sand at Bandon beach

Each summer, local artist Denny Dyke and a team of volunteers draw large sand mazes on the beach for people to marvel at and walk through. Dyke and his team spend hours drawing the mazes, which he calls “dreamfields,” in the hard sand of low tide, before inviting onlookers to walk the winding paths. These events all take place at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint in Bandon. There are dozens of events throughout the spring and summer, check out the schedule here.

The Perfect Hotel for Your Bandon, OR Getaway

There is so much to explore along the Southern Oregon Coast, and Bandon is one of the highlights. Book your stay at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park to begin planning your trip today, or call 800-953-4800 for more information about area events and attractions. From outdoor recreation to local art and culture, you’ll be glad you put Bandon on your vacation itinerary.