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

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A few things you might want to know about North Bend, Oregon. It’s right on Coos Bay. It’s beautiful. And during July, it’s very windy there.

It was so windy that I didn’t really feel like going out and taking any pictures. Or riding my bike. These were 20 mile per hour winds. I’m not sure how much we missed in town since we didn’t go out much, but I think that, other than the beautiful scenery, the primary attraction may have been the casino.

As for the park itself, it has some really nice aspects to it. Sites have full hookups and are paved and relatively level. The sites are all angled for easier access, and many of them are pull-throughs. There are patches of grass and some trees between the sites, and a trail runs around the park where you can walk your dog. There are also waterfront sites (although in the wind I don’t know that I’d want to be right next to the water).

The park has its own office, so you don’t have to try to find a place to park by the casino. They also have a laundry room and really nice bathrooms with showers for RV guests.

Some other perks are access to the casino. You can either walk there or call for the courtesy shuttle to pick you up.

The casino has a few restaurants, which didn’t have anything that we were particularly interested in eating. We did give the buffet a shot and had some steamed veggies, and promptly had upset stomachs by the time we got back to the RV (the buffet had just opened, too, so everything should have been fresh). And of course the casino itself is just like most other casinos, although the building itself is very beautiful. But the attached hotel has 2 hot tubs that sit out on a deck with a view of the bay, a heated indoor pool with 2 glass walls, and a fitness center. Being a guest at the park gives you access to all of these things via a key card which you request through the hotel desk.

The most amazing and helpful thing is the courtesy shuttle. Not only is it capable of bringing you between the casino and RV park, if they aren’t busy they can take you to other places in town as well. We were able to get a ride to the grocery store and were picked up quickly when we were finished. They will even pick up guests of local hotels and bring them to the casino if they want to gamble or eat at a restaurant. All this at no charge. The drivers are all very friendly.

Despite being at a casino, the people staying at the park were generally quiet and respectful of each other. There were no late-night drunk people shouting outside their RVs, and no dogs running around loose. We were also able to get a good signal on our Verizon hotspot–strong enough for me to get my work done and for us to stream videos as well.

Now for the minuses–there isn’t much close by. Other than the restaurants on-site, there is maybe one within walking distance across the street. As I said it was windy, which meant the RV was being buffeted by gusts of wind all day. Although this usually calmed down in the evening, you are situated right on Highway 101 so it isn’t quiet. There are also railroad tracks in close proximity with trains running day and night.

There is also an overflow parking lot next to the park, which RVs can park in if they wish. This is dirt/gravel with no delineation for spaces of any kind, and no hookups. Even so they charge you $15 per night to stay there. If you are at the edge of the park like we were, you get to hear people run their generators during the day on top of all the other noise.

As this is a casino, it isn’t meant to be a place to stay long-term. I believe the maximum stay is 4 weeks, and I don’t think there are any discounts off their daily rate for weekly stays (or for a month). It runs about $35 per night for a back-in, non-waterfront space.

This is really more of a place to stop by for a few nights. If you love casinos and are hopping from one to the other, this is certainly a nice one to visit. Just bring some earplugs and maybe don’t eat the food, either.

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