If you’ve been following my travel posts, you know I’m already a fan of Lake Oroville, which has some of the best bass fishing, house boating, and water sports in California. So when I have a free weekend on the calendar I love to head to Oroville—about a 50-minute drive north of Sacramento—and spend a hugely entertaining weekend at Feather Falls Casino & Lodge.
With their award-winning microbrewery, state-of-the-art stage and sound system, and restaurant, Feather Falls Casino & Lodge has become one of the top casino getaway destinations in the state for luxury lodging, fine dining, and 24-hour entertainment.
It’s the perfect Northern California getaway combo: spending the day recreating at Lake Oroville, enjoying an evening of blackjack and slots at the casino, and ending with a blissful night’s sleep in your luxurious guestroom.
And if you’ve always been curious what it’s like to gamble at a California casino, there’s no better place to learn than with the friendly—and very patient—dealers here who love to teach newcomers the ropes.
CALIFORNIA’S TOP SPOT TO PLAY SLOT MACHINES
Feather Falls Casino is my favorite place to play the slots. Why? Because it houses 1,000 of Northern California’s loosest and highest paying machines—including video poker and video slot games. They also have more than a dozen gaming tables featuring Blackjack, Pai Gow, 3-Card Poker, a large poker room hosting Texas Hold’em & Omaha, and numerous rewards and perks for Bonus Magic Club members.
GOURMET GAMING AT FEATHER FALLS CASINO
The casino hit a home run with their Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company, a restaurant and microbrewery that serves nine styles of superb lagers and ales (I highly recommend trying their circular sampler, which really gets the party started by the time you’re finished).
This smoke-free brewery restaurant is a looker as well, with hammered copper tabletops, a semi-circular granite counter, and rows of glimmering stainless steel brew tanks. The menu’s pleasing to the eyes too, featuring American comfort cuisine ranging from prime rib and fish ‘n chips to great hand-tossed pizzas from their Italian-style pizza oven. There’s also a large selection of sushi (yes, sushi, and their generous sashimi plate is the best sushi deal in the state).
DINNER SHOWS, COUNTRY STARS, AND ROCKIN’ BANDS AT FEATHER FALLS CASINO
Feather Falls Casino always has a great lineup of live entertainment, including dinner shows, country music stars, blues and jazz performers, and some of the best cover bands in the country (really, it’s amazing the quality of talent they bring to Oroville). Most shows only have a minimal cover charge of $5 to $10 dollars, and the dance floor is huge. I highly recommend checking their entertainment calendar at featherfallscasino.com/entertainment and plan your trip around the type of music you love to listen to.
LUXURY LODGING NEAR LAKE OROVILLE
The Lodge at Feather Falls Casino is one of the nicest casino lodges in the state. With 84 comfortable, well-appointed guestrooms and suites featuring plenty of luxurious amenities, it’s surprising how little they charge to stay here. Not only do guests experience excellent customer service and great rates, they also have access to the lodge’s Cardio-Fitness Room and unique indoor/outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna area.
Although the lodge is just steps away from Feather Falls Casino, it’s not connected, so it’s as quiet as a monastery. And now through June 30, 2016, you can score a special LocalGetaways rate on a Deluxe King room at the lodge starting at just $79 per night plus tax Sunday through Thursday, and only $119 per night plus tax Friday and Saturday. This exclusive offer even includes two $20 Free Slot Play coupons, a souvenir pint glass, and a $10 Dining Discount*. All you need to do is call (877) 652-4646 and request the special LocalGetaways Promotion.
I’ll wrap this up with a strong recommendation: If you enjoy gaming and relaxing by the lake, you’ll love a weekend getaway to Lake Oroville and the Feather Falls Casino & Lodge. For more information about all the fun things do at the Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, log onto FeatherFallsCasino.com.
*$20 Free Play per person, max Free Play $40 per reservation. Free Play and Dining Discount are issued upon arrival and not offered for consecutive night stays. Excludes holidays and blackout dates. Room reservations must be made in advance. Must be 21 years of age. A major credit card is required for registration. No-shows or cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged room rate for one night’s stay. Feather Falls Casino reserves all rights and may cancel or modify at any time.