Coming Up Aces at Coastal Casinos
By Erin J. Bernard
Published: 06/21/2012  Updated: 06/21/2019
Photo Courtesy of Chinook Winds Casino Resort

They've got game, to be sure - thousands of square feet of it with a spread varied enough to accommodate players of every persuasion, from cardshark to gambling greenhorn. If you're considering a summertime beach escape, why not hedge your bets on one of the Pacific Northwest's premier coastal casinos?

You can stack the deck on summer fun with a visit to any one of the three Northwest coastal casinos on your upcoming beach getaway. Go all in on a coastal casino experience at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon, Mill Casino in North Bend, Oregon or Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington.

Big wins aren't all the Pacific Coast casinos have on the table. They may be gaming destinations at heart, but a veritable jackpot of additional amenities has recast the traditional casino getaway into a full package (and often family-friendly) resort experience that incorporates all the best elements of a coastal vacation: outdoor pursuits, restorative pampering, big-ticket musical acts and, of course, fabulous food. There's fine dining, too – from house-smoked salmon and other succulent seafood specialties to fresh-baked breads and prime rib dinners. And did we mention the buffets?

Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon boasts a generous gaming spread that includes more than 1000 slot machines and 23 tables. Table buy-ins start at $5, but the casino also offers high-roller rooms for the more adventurous of spirit. There's also keno, bingo and a free sunrise slot tournament the first Tuesday of each month.

More than 700 slots await visitors to the The Mill Casino in North Bend, Oregon plus 12 gaming tables, with slot and blackjack tournaments slated throughout the year. Prefer the novel? Hit up the Mill's iGaming room, where iPads loaded with your favorite smart games, retooled for the casino, stand ready.

Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington offers a Vegas-style casino with plenty of table games, slots and nightly poker tournaments with a $50 buy-in. Craps and roulette are also on offer.

Why should grownups have all the fun? These casinos also offer younger members of the family ample opportunity to get out and play. Drop the kids off at Chinook Winds' Play Palace while you gamble and golf, or bring them along to the course and take advantage of junior golf rates.

Chinook Winds also boasts a wealth of entertainment options on the Lincoln City oceanfront, including a golf course and regular headline musical acts.

The Mill Casino, Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay, Oregon perched at the edge of Coos Bay in a repurposed plywood mill, features a yearlong roster of interactive events, from barbecue and blues festivals to RV jamborees.

Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington promises visitors a well-rounded resort experience that will take the adventurous of spirit far beyond the bounds of the casino floor and into the lush outdoor playground of the Washington coast.

Ready for a little live-action entertainment? Summertime diversions come in no short supply at these coastal destinations. Take a break from gaming to watch that favorite musical act from way back, or give a brand new performer a try. Chinook Winds offers monthly headline entertainment and comedy shows, plus regular DJ and live musical acts in several venues, and help ring in the casino's 15th anniversary weekend June 23-24 with fireworks and live music. Rock legend Joan Jett hits town July 14 and a fleet of classic cruisers will roll into town for the Surf City Car Show this August.

These coastal destinations have beachcombing in summer and storm watching in winter, certainly, but when you're ready to really hit the great outdoors, you can also take your pick from an array of sporting adventures. Chinook Winds' 18-hole golf course is located just a half mile from the resort, boasts lake views and is open year round. The Mill, a hop, skip and a jump from Oregon Dunes National Park, arranges all manner of outdoor adventures, from dune buggy rides to fishing and golfing. Quinault Beach can organize black bear hunting excursions, and plenty of other outdoor fun awaits on the Quinault Indian National reservation.

Chinook Winds offers five restaurants plus a café and espresso bar. Chinook's Seafood Grill features fine seafood dining with ocean views and a four-course Coastal Breakfast on Sundays. The Rogue River Steakhouse, plus a buffet, deli and golf course bar and grill offer additional eating options. Don't miss the cedar plank salmon, a Chinook Winds signature. The Mill also features five dining venues plus an in-house bakery and smoker. The Plank House offers a diverse fine dining menu in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring salmon and seafood specials. Other options include a buffet, café, and bay view bar. Quinault Beach offers prime rib with a panoramic view at Emily's Oceanfront Restaurant in addition to weekly specialty buffets, a lounge, coffee shop and bistro.

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Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Lincoln City, Oregon

The Mill Casino, Hotel & RV Park
North Bend, Oregon

Quinault Beach Resort & Casino
Ocean Shores, Washington
Coming Up Aces at Coastal Casinos