by A.C. Clark
The Pacific Northwest is dominated by several major mountain ranges, and is home to lush, extensive forests and scenic views, although known for plentiful rainfall. Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is homeport to the San Juan Islands. The city is conveniently located approximately halfway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C and home of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors.
In particular, Swinomish Casino & Lodge provides infinite opportunities to satisfy passions with unparalleled casino action, open 24 hours. Enjoy non-stop gaming excitement that features over 800 of the latest slots, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow, Poker, Keno, and Bingo. With 98 guest rooms, the newly-constructed lodge captures breathtaking views of Padilla Bay, Swinomish Channel, San Juan Islands, and Mount Baker. Rooms are furnished to capture the culture and natural beauty of this unique region. Local artwork, luxury bedding, stylish furnishings, and glass-enclosed showers ensure comfort and a pleasurable stay. Greeted with a personal note, this beautiful new resort is an enjoyable and affordable getaway.
The sleek property offers a wide array of dining, but for one of the region’s finest dining experiences, 13moons captures the warmth of a lodge atmosphere, combined with the unsurpassed flavors of hand-cut Alder wood grilled seafood, meats, and the freshest flavors of the Northwest. The chefs hand-pick fresh seafood from the region and take full advantage of Skagit Valley produce to prepare seasonal garnishes and create decadent vegetarian offerings. The house chowder with smoked Halibut is absolutely delicious, and the massive 22 oz. Porterhouse melts in your mouth. Treat yourself to hand-made ice cream or any one of the fine desserts offered. And don’t feel like you have to miss any action! Your server will deliver your meal to you tableside in the poker room. Local players often order from the menu and have it delivered… a nice touch and a fine example of personal service.
Speaking of poker, the card room is action-packed, where daring locals play to gamble. I recommend the 1-3 spread no-limit tables with a minimum $60 buy-in and $300 max, with the state’s limit $500 max bet. You can’t get into too much trouble with those buyins but can walk away with a few bills in your pocket. Check out Swinomish’s Poker Player Giveaway, a promotion that will continue to run during October, November, and December. $5000 will be added to the Christmas tourney in December. Call the poker room for more information at 360.299.1647 and be sure to check it out online at www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com
All-in tip: for the ultimate San Juan Adventure, take a day trip to Friday Harbor on the deluxe 100- foot Victoria Star and witness the most amazing whale watching ever. You can walk around the entire ship while you cruise pass Paul Allen’s very own island and order a drink from the bar. It’s a super deal for a fully narrated, unreal experience that includes a nice lunch. Call San Juan Cruises at 800.443.4552 and/or visit their website at www.whales.com and look into a Cracked Crab Dinner Cruise or a Wine Tasting Cruise… Brew Cruise available as well with many fine local breweries around the area.
Andy Clark is in charge of Poker Player’s Northwest advertising sales. He’s an accomplished high school teacher, coach and avid poker player. Father of four, he enjoys travelling with his family. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.