For Grand Casino, the experience is about consistently raising the bar. “The key to developing and maintaining a loyal clientele is to consistently offer guests an experience and a level of service they can’t get anywhere else,” says Steve Perrault, vice president of marketing. Grand Casino does just that by offering Minnesota gamblers two exceptional locales: Mille Lacs and Hinckley, both less than 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
Thousands of slot machines, plus poker, blackjack, pull-tabs, and bingo. You name it, both Mille Lacs and Hinckley have it.
If you want to ditch city life for a day (or a week), you’ll love the activities of both Grand Casino locations. At Mille Lacs you can fish, swim, and sail on Minnesota’s second largest lake before heading back to the casino for a concert at the events and convention center. In Hinckley there’s an 18-hole championship golf course and a 6,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. Nearby, find the Willard Munger State Trail, four state parks, and the historic Hinckley Fire Museum.
Check out the Woodlands Steakhouse at the Mille Lacs location or stop at Cherries snack shop at Hinckley. Plus, both casinos offer a stuff-your-face buffet.
Mille Lacs has nearly 500 rooms, while Hinckley has nearly 600 (making it one of the largest casino hotels in the state). Weekend rates start at $96 per night, with weekday rates as low as $82 in the summer.
777 Grand Ave., Onamia, 800-626-5825; 777 Lady Luck Dr., Hinckley, 800-472-6321, grandcasinomn.com
Bad Company and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
English and American rock forces combine at this 40th anniversary tour. Hinckley Amphitheater, July 5, from $25
The Grammy Award–winning and Hall of Fame country band celebrates 40 years with its Back to the Bowery Tour. Hinckley Amphitheater, Aug. 31, $30-$75