Getting Acquainted With Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Provided by Newport Area Chamber of Commerce
Chinook Winds Casino Resort’s roots began in Lincoln County in 1995, when the Siletz Tribe opened a 10,000 square foot temporary gaming facility on land that was part of the original Coast Reservation. The following year a permanent 159,000 square foot structure was built and the casino resort as we know it began to take shape.
Although gaming is a key component, with about 1,100 slot machines, blackjack, craps, keno, poker, roulette and more for guests to enjoy, it certainly is not the “sum of all Chinook Winds Casino Resort’s parts.” This Resort also offers the largest convention center on the Oregon Coast. The facility accommodates major indoor events like MMA competitions, amateur boxing, national pool tournaments, and fundraisers. Headline entertainment such as comedy acts, concerts and outdoor events are also regular features at the convention center. Each year the Siletz Tribe celebrates their Restoration Pow-Wow. Unlike other Pow-Wows, this event celebrates the signing of the law that established relations between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the federal government. The Siletz Tribe was the first in Oregon to regain federal recognition, and the Tribe’s Pow-Wow takes place at the convention center.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort offers many dining options, including the Rogue River Steakhouse, Euchre Creek Deli, and newly remodeled Siletz Bay Buffet. These eating establishments are overseen by Executive Chef Jack Strong, proud tribal member and James Beard award nominee. Strong’s original roots, growing up in Siletz are mirrored in his use of native ingredients, whether from the earth or sea. His interpretation of Pacific Northwest cuisine is well regarded and he co-authored a book during his stint as Chef de Cuisine at a 5 Diamond restaurant in Arizona. With nearly 20 years experience, Chef Strong will ensure that each guest’s dining experience is delightful.
To expand their family friendly approach, Chinook Winds introduced Play Palace, a supervised, secure activity center for children ages 3-11, complete with a cafe for meals and snacks. A “party room” is available for birthdays and other celebrations. For the older set, Games Galore Arcade offers more than 80 exciting arcade games and activities in a 4,000 square foot area. Both activity areas are accessible from the Casino, using shuttle buses between the buildings.
In 2004, the Siletz Tribe acquired the hotel adjacent to the casino, currently known as Chinook Winds Casino Hotel. This 227 room facility is an ideal location for visitors to the Oregon coast, featuring all the amenities, including fine dining and a superlative view of the Pacific Ocean. One year later the Resort was expanded to include a 79 acre golf course, Chinook Winds Golf Resort. This 18-hole course features an indoor driving range, fitness center, meeting rooms, pro-shop and Aces Bar & Grill.
Over the years, Chinook Winds Casino Resort has continued to develop their properties to provide a premier destination spot for visitors. At the same time, they recognized the importance of community involvement. As the largest employer in Lincoln County, Chinook Winds Casino Resort and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon understand the significance of local connections. Since 1995, Chinook Winds has donated more than $2.3 million in cash and fundraising items. They have hosted numerous charitable events, sponsored community activities and provided in-kind services, technical support and volunteers throughout the years. In addition, in keeping with the Tribe’s tradition of sharing within the community, more than $9.3 million has been distributed through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other tribal resources. Organizations such as CASA of Lincoln County, Operation Care Package, The Fleet of Flowers, Relay For Life, Stuff A Bus, Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show, local youth sports, Oyster Cloyster and Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon just to name a few, have benefited from support from Chinook Winds.
This year, Chinook Winds Casino Resort in an unprecedented move, elected to underwrite both the Presenting Sponsorship and E-Ticket Sponsorship for the 2012 Newport Seafood &Wine Festival. As the annual premier fundraiser for the central Oregon Coast, this Festival is crucial in providing yearly capital for over 20 non-profit organizations, as well as many company and business endeavors throughout the county. These principal sponsorships help the Newport Chamber of Commerce to offset the cost of producing a Festival of this scope and size.
In keeping with their generous approach, Chinook Winds has sweetened the pot for E-Ticket purchases. In addition to expedited entry to the Festival this year, which is the primary reason Festival goers use E-Ticketing, Chinook Winds has included a voucher good for 20% off any dining venue plus 10% off of lodging at the Resort. Offer is valid February 9 – March 5 of this year.
As a Newport Chamber Member, and as the Presenting Sponsor and E-Ticket Sponsor, Chinook Winds Casino Resort has and continues to raise the bar for community involvement. Be sure and stop by their booth when you visit the Festival. Throughout the weekend, Festival attendees will have the opportunity to play games (everyone’s a winner), watch cooking demonstrations and learn more about Chinook Wind Casino Resort.