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Alaska doesn’t have any casinos, but for those bit by the gambling bug, casino resorts in the Pacific Northwest are just quick flight away.
We have listed below just a few casino resort options in Washington and Oregon.
Clearwater Casino Resort includes a waterfront hotel, full-service spa, and a casino night life with table games, slots, and dedicated keno and poker rooms. Clearwater Casino Resort is owned by the Suquamish Tribe and located on the Kitsap Peninsula, northwest of Seattle and accessible via road or the Washington State Ferry system. “Indoors and out, the breathtaking property captures the rustic natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest,” according to Clearwater.
Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, is owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe. “Whether you’re ready to do some serious betting or simply indulge your playful side, you’ll find everything you need to get your game on,” the resort states. The par-72 championship Salish Cliffs Golf Club course is located on the property and has elevation changes of nearly 600 feet “surrounded by natural beauty and no homes.”
Tulalip Resort Casino, located thirty minutes north of Seattle, is owned by the Tulalip Tribes and blends luxury and excitement. “Experience impeccable service, unrivaled rewards, and the most cash back of any Washington casino,” the company states. The resort has an onsite spa and award-winning dining options, as well as high end shopping opportunities.
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino is owned and operated by the Quinault Indian Tribe and is just steps away from the beach, 70 miles from Olympia, Washington. According to the resort, “Quinault Beach Resort is your clear choice for fun, food, and gaming at the beach.” In addition to the indoor pool and Jacuzzi, the resort also has spa services and a multitude of dining options, including several buffets, a bistro, and a lounge.
Spirit Mountain Casino was built to increase economic self-sufficiency opportunities for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, located approximately sixty-five miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. “With 90,000 square feet of gaming space full of blackjack tables, roulette, slot machines, and more, you won’t find a more inclusive, all-around enjoyable casino to visit,” the casino states.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort is owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon and is situated on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. The casino floor has more than 1,100 slot machines and features a nonsmoking section and high stakes lounge. The oceanfront hotel has more than 240 rooms, more than half of which have views of the ocean. Other features include a whirlpool spa, indoor heated swimming pool, and second-floor convention center.
Three Rivers Casino Resort has two locations in Oregon: Florence and Coos Bay. The Florence resort is on a 100-acre site on the Oregon coast with the eighteen-hole Ocean Dunes Gold Links (managed by Three Rivers Casino Resort) nearby. The Coos Bay location was built in 2015 and features more than 250 games and Café 1297, a full-service restaurant and bar.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino, in Pendleton, Oregon, is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The resort is currently expanding, including a new golf clubhouse, pro shop, and restaurant at Wildhorse Golf Course; a new twenty-four-lane bowling alley with a bar; and a larger family entertainment center, among other updates.
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Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.