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Bandon, Oregon: A Day Trip Along the Southern Oregon Coast

Bandon, Oregon has long been known as the Cranberry Capital of Oregon, but did you know that Yahoo! Travel also named it as “One of the Coolest Small Towns in America?” Located just a convenient hour-and-a-half drive south of Florence, where Three Rivers Casino & Hotel is located, this farm-to-table hub on Oregon’s rugged coast is a logical destination for foodies. Famed golf resort, Bandon Dunes, is a must for avid golfers, and Bandon, with its unspoiled small town charm, offers a wealth of other activities for the whole family.

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Bandon for the Outdoors Lover

There are a lot of ways to enjoy the Oregon Coast and, in Bandon, the possibilities seem endless; it’s just that kind of place. Enjoy bird-watching, crabbing, fishing, surfing, storm-watching, or mushroom-picking. For lovers of animals and adventure, check out the Bandon Beach Riding Stables. Their North Beach Trip is all on the beach where you can appreciate tide pools and caves from horseback. Or check out Shore Acres State Park, once the estate of a pioneer timber baron, where stunning views await you. If you happen to be on the Oregon Coast in December, the Shore Acres holiday light show is not to be missed!

Bandon for the Golfer

And of course there is golf. Bandon is home to five (yes, FIVE) world premier golf courses that are part of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. As you may know, true links courses are rare, so this is an unparalleled opportunity on the Oregon Coast for the serious golfer. And in case you need more variety, there are two more courses in Bandon: the 18-hole Bandon Crossings and the 9-hole Bandon Face Rock Golf Course. Folks in Bandon like to say they’re becoming known as “Oregon’s Golf Coast.” With so many world class links courses, it’s hard to argue the description.

Bandon for the Foodie

For the foodie in your soul, Bandon is a dream destination. Whether you’re craving fresh seafood with an Oregon-brewed beer, good old fashioned home cooking, or a classy Italian wine bar, Bandon has that and more. For an afternoon snack or appetizer, be sure and put the Face Rock Creamery on your itinerary. Established in 2013 in the old Bandon Cheese factory, these cheesemakers handcraft gourmet cheeses. Visitors are welcome to view the process and sample the cheeses. Then, of course, there are those cranberries that Bandon is famous for. The annual Cranberry Festival takes place on the second weekend of September to celebrate the harvest. 2014 marks the 68th year of this fun festival.

Call it Bandon or call it Bandon-by-the-Sea; this Oregon seacoast town is sure to delight you. And because it’s just down Highway 101 from Three Rivers Casino & Hotel, a day trip from Florence to Bandon leaves you plenty of time for an easy drive back to your hotel room and an enjoyable evening in the Casino. Three Rivers Casino is the perfect home base from which to explore the Oregon Coast. Book your stay today, or contact us for further information on Oregon Coast attractions.