A first-rate RV park with an associated casino makes for a winning pair
Part of the motorhome lifestyle is enjoying the company of others, and traveling to places where like-minded adventurers may be gathered for experiences that can be enjoyed as a group. Year after year, hitting the casino is a popular choice among RVers, as it can be an affordable (if done responsibly) way to gather some of our closest friends and family for a few days of living the high life. Whether it’s penny slots or craps tables, roulette or blackjack, responsible gaming can be a great diversion from the rigors of life (or vacation) on the road.
But, the thought of piloting a 40-foot luxury Class A down the confines of the Vegas strip may not be too appealing to most, nor is the prospect of leaving your motorhome or dinghy vehicle relatively unprotected in a casino parking lot.
Ideally, a casino would have an adjacent or nearby RV park that offers all the amenities of its hotel accommodations, without the need to ditch your rig and pay for a room — that’s why we started RVing in the first place. That same RV resort should offer the security you need for your coach, in addition to being just a short walk or shuttle ride to the gaming rooms should your night go a little longer than originally planned. After all, you can’t walk away from a hot streak just because the sun is going down.
Well, these gems do exist, and many of the RV resorts exceed the casino’s hotel accommodations in terms of convenience, pet-friendliness and even privacy. To help you hit the jackpot, we’ve gathered some of the top-rated RV park/casino combinations and listed them on the following pages.
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
For RVers looking to press their luck in the Golden State, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, southeast of Sacramento, is currently celebrating more than 30 years in the gaming industry. The 24-hour casino offers 36 table games, six poker tables and 1,700 slot and video machines. Visitors will also find a restaurant/lounge, buffet, grill and bakery on-site. Across from the casino and separated by a garden terrace is the hotel, where you can grab a cup of coffee, use the gym or schedule a meet-up in the elegant Grand Oak Ballroom.
But the RV park is where Jackson really shines. “We take great pride in our RV park and providing a safe, fun, and relaxing environment for our guests,” said Josh Bingham, RV park manager.
The RV park is located in a beautiful, secluded forest setting, just minutes away from the action at the casino (a free 24-hour shuttle service is included). Jackson offers 100 full-hookup sites with 20/30/50-amp power, oversize concrete pads, large lawns and picnic tables, free cable and free Wi-Fi. Pets are welcome at the off-leash pet park (two-pet limit per site). The resort hosts free seasonal activities, including outdoor movie screenings and ice-cream socials. Amenities include a clubhouse with a kitchen, a fireplace and a big-screen TV; a year-round heated pool and spa; and outdoor offerings like a walking path, horseshoes and a putting green. A nearby 24-hour general store caters to RVers with a touchless RV wash, groceries, sundries and food and drinks. A dump station is on-site, and LP-gas is available for purchase.
800-822-9466 | www.jacksoncasino.com
Pala Casino Spa Resort
Pala Casino Spa Resort offers adult gamers 2,000 slot machines, a 13-table poker room and 87 table games designed to let RVers roll the dice the whole year round. The casino, located north of San Diego, is also home to a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon, 40,000 square feet of convention space and 11 restaurants, from buffets to international fare to CAVE, a unique dining and wine-tasting experience that also features an underground wine cave with nearly 500 wine labels.
Pala’s brand-new 10-acre RV resort keeps your winning streak alive with 100 full-hookup sites with grass lawns and picnic tables. There’s a heated swimming pool and two spas to help soothe your aching arms, in addition to five separate outdoor barbecue grill areas, a fenced dog park, a horseshoe pit and table tennis. Covered activities include a billiard table, watching the game on one of three flat-screen TVs and a 24-hour laundromat. There’s also a mini-mart and deli, plus a fuel station, conveniently located across the parking lot.
The RV Resort provides 24-hour shuttle service to Pala’s hotel and casino and a 10 percent discount for members of Good Sam and the military.
For reservations, call 844-472-5278, or e-mail [email protected]
877-946-7252 | www.palacasino.com
Pechanga Resort and Casino
If you’re looking for a bona fide Las Vegas-type experience, Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor in California, totaling 188,000 square feet and offering more than 4,000 slot machines, 154 table games and a modern 700-seat bingo facility. Located just minutes off Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and San Diego, Pechanga is also home to a championship golf course — Journey at Pechanga — and is currently undergoing a $285 million expansion. Visitors will find a spa, nightclub, big-name entertainment and 68,000 square feet of event and convention space, in addition to a number of dining options, from casual to formal to eat-on-the-go.
The RV resort offers 168 full-hookup sites with a 12-foot lawn on either side. There’s a fenced dog run and play area, horseshoe pits, heated pool with two spas, game room and laundry facilities. The park also offers easy access to a nearby walking/biking path and sports courts, plus the resort’s fuel station with an on-site taqueria, car wash and mobile RV detailer. RV resort guests are afforded free use of the golf course’s driving range and discounted golf rounds.
877-711-2946 | www.pechanga.com
Little River Casino RV Park in Manistee, Michigan, is owned and operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The casino first showed its hand in the summer of 1999 with 600 slot machines and has since expanded to a 292-room luxury hotel, a 1,600-seat event center, a spa and salon, five food outlets from a sports bar and grill to a steakhouse to a buffet, and an ever-growing collection of slots and table games.
The RV park offers all the comforts you’d expect at a first-rate resort, including 95 spacious sites (45 full-hookup) with free high-speed internet access; a dog run and walking trail; outdoor pavilion with picnic area; access to the hotel pools (heated outdoor, two indoor), sauna and fitness center; and a shuttle to and from the casino. Good Sam members receive a 10 percent discount at the RV park. For more information or for reservations at the RV park, call 888-568-2244.
866-473-2538 | www.lrcr.com
For those in the Great Lakes region in search of gambling nirvana, Grand Casino Hinckley in Minnesota delivers in spades with more than 2,000 video slots, keno and poker machines, not to mention 22 blackjack tables, the dedicated Royal Oaks Poker Room and a 300-plus-seat Bingo hall. The Grand Harmony Spa is on-site, and the Events & Convention Center hosts big-name entertainment acts including sports, comedy and musical headliners. Visitors can whet their appetite at a variety of restaurants, including local and international menus from highly skilled chefs.
The year-round resort features a guest lodge with a convenience store, fireplace and laundry facilities, while the heated outdoor pool is open seasonally. To get your blood pumping, a basketball court, volleyball court and horseshoe pit area are available, as are two shuffleboard courts and a billiards table. There are two children’s play yards, and also a pet-walking area.
The RV resort offers 271 full-hookup sites for motorhomes up to 60 feet in length, 20/30/50-amp power, cable TV and fire pits.
There is also a 24-hour shuttle service to the casino, and the RV park is monitored by security around the clock.
800-472-6321 | www.grandcasinomn.com
Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
Located in southwest Minnesota, Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Upper Sioux Community and ups the enjoyment ante by offering more than 1,000 slot machines and table games. The on-site lounge, Showroom and comedy club will keep visitors entertained, and the buffet (special themed buffets are served for dinner Wednesday-Saturday), bar and grill, and deli offer the perfect cuisine to help you keep pace with the one-armed bandit. The convention center is 20,000 square feet of event space perfect for large gatherings.
The scenic PrairieView RV Park & Campground is home to 55 spacious full-hookup sites with level pads, picnic tables, fire rings and personal lawn space. Wi-Fi is available at all sites, as is access to the pool, sauna, exercise facility and playground. LP-gas and fuel are available on the premises as well. There’s even an 18-foot-diameter tipi on a raised wooden deck in the park’s rustic area site for a unique camping experience, or maybe a place for the more adventurous in your party to spend the night while you enjoy the resort’s many amenities.
866-293-2121 | www.prairiesedgecasino.com
Hollywood Casino Tunica, in Robinsonville, Mississippi, mixes Southern hospitality with more than 1,100 of the newest reel, video slot and video poker games to scratch your gambling itch. Plus, more than 25 world-class table games and a dedicated poker room round out the gaming playground. Dining options include Fairbanks Steakhouse, voted Southern Gaming and Destinations readers’ choice for “Best Restaurant” in 2016. There’s also the Epic Buffet, or you can grab a quick bite at the Celebrity Grill.
The 123-space RV park is located just steps away from the casino. The park offers everything you need to feel right at home, including full hookups, Wi-Fi access, LP-gas and handicap accessibility. There are also shower and laundry facilities, and a picnic area with impressive golf-course views. Those staying at the pet-friendly RV resort are also granted access to the adjoining hotel’s Hollywood indoor pool.
800-871-0711 | www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com
When you think of the true gaming experience, it’s hard not to imagine Nevada, home of the famed Las Vegas and Laughlin gambling scenes. Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort RV Park is centrally located in the southwest corner of Nevada, near Arizona and California, and currently showcases more than 1,300 slot, video poker and keno machines, plus 31 live table games and a Bingo Paradise for visitors to go all in. There’s also a 34-lane state-of-the art Bowling Center, a 6-Plex Cinema, U.S.S. Riverside Boat Tour along the Colorado River, top-name weekly entertainment in a 740-seat indoor showroom, Laser Tag, two nightclubs and seven restaurants ranging from Fatburger to buffet-style to gourmet.
Riverside’s RV Park has 740 full-hookup sites (30/50 amp), wide roadways for easy maneuvering and beautiful landscaping. The park offers abundant amenities such as newly renovated shower and bathroom facilities, laundry rooms and complimentary shuttles to and from the casino.
800-227-3849 | www.riversideresort.com
Those looking to let it ride in the northeast should set their sights on Verona, New York, and point their motorhome toward Turning Stone Resort and Casino. The world-class casino has it all, from 2,000 slot machines to keno to bingo, plus dozens of table games and a dedicated poker room. The Showroom offers big-name acts from musical to comedy and beyond, while a number of themed lounges and dining options ensure you’ll be properly entertained and well-fed. And let’s not forget the three championship golf courses and two recreational courses at the resort, offering a welcome distraction from going all-in at the casino.
The Villages RV Park at Turning Stone is a short shuttle ride away, and the hits keep coming with 175 full-hookup sites, free Wi-Fi and a full-house of outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy themed weekends and various hiking, biking and water amenities the whole season (April through October). Other highlights include a heated pool, hot tub, on-site pond for fishing and paddleboats, wading pool, horseshoe pits and a playground. There’s also a laundromat and general store on site, and Good Sam Club members receive a 10 percent discount.
800-771-7711 | www.turningstone.com
The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park
With the beautiful Coos Bay as its backdrop, the Mill Casino is just a short walk or shuttle ride from the RV park and features 24-hour gaming with more than 700 slot machines. Vegas-style table games include craps, roulette, blackjack, poker and Pai Gow. The Casino also offers five dining experiences, ranging from romantic waterfront dining at the Plankhouse Restaurant, to the popular buffet at Sawblade, to the lively Warehouse 101 sports bar and finally to the upscale the Whitecaps lounge.
The Mill RV Park features 102 full-hookup sites including 72 pull-throughs measuring up to 99 feet in length. “A lot of our guests are full-timers, or are many miles from home, and being able to work with them to tailor their experience so that they feel ‘at home’ here is top priority,” said Heather Tatman, the RV park manager.
All guests are offered cable TV, high-speed wireless internet and a 24-hour shuttle with service to the casino, as well as into town and back. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, fitness center with a bay view and complimentary business center. Other amenities include showers with on-demand hot water, on-site laundry facility and a camp store with snacks, gift items and a selection of RV supplies including LP-gas. The park also features horseshoe pits, an off-leash dog park, driving range, mature landscaping, sweeping water views and a large yurt facility for gatherings.
800-953-4800 | www.themillcasino.com
Seven Feathers Casino Resort
With more than 900 of the latest in ticket-based slot machines, Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon, offers RVers a tranquil, scenic location juxtaposed by the high-energy and excitement of a Las Vegas experience. Visitors can attempt to woo Lady Luck at the gaming tables featuring blackjack, roulette, craps, Pai Gow and poker, or they can beat the odds from the comfort of their seats with the six-days-a-week bingo and 24/7 Keno opportunities.
The Umpqua Grand Ballroom hosts big-name entertainment and sporting events, while the River Rock Spa pampers visitors with a full-service spa.
Seven Feathers RV Park is a quiet and pristine retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world. Located among scenic pines and Douglas firs, the resort is situated on 23 acres of manicured lawns and lush landscaping. Each of the nearly 200 full-hookup sites have level concrete pads and aggregate patios, in addition to cable TV and Wi-Fi access.
RVers can enjoy the heated pool and spa, work out in the fitness room, read or use the computer in the Library/Media room, shop in the gift boutique or meet friends in the Gathering Room. There are common areas for walking and biking, and also pet and play areas for the family. Shuttle service to the casino is available around the clock, and the adjacent truck center offers a deli and ice cream. Good Sam Club members receive a 10 percent discount on their stay. Golf packages and winery tours are also available.
800-548-8461 | www.sevenfeathers.com