Aserene location is Prairie’s Edge’s ace. Located in the Minnesota River Valley, “Prairie’s Edge offers everything the metro area casinos offer—except for the busy traffic,” says Eric Preuss of the casino’s marketing department.
Options include nearly 1,000 slot machines—recent additions are Gypsy Moon, African Riches, and Cash Eruption—plus blackjack and other table games.
If nature is more your bag of (poker) chips, there’s plenty to do offsite. Surrounded by state parks, outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the fishing, hunting, kayaking, and horseback riding opportunities. There are more than 10 golf courses in the area, and the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum is only a couple of miles from Prairie’s Edge.
Three eating establishments are scattered throughout the casino. Start with brunch at Meadows Buffet, hit up the Wotapi Deli for homemade pizza, and end at the Firefly Bar & Grille, where there’s live entertainment every month.
Including a recent extension in which 76 units were added, the hotel offers 165 rooms total. Upgrade to a whirlpool suite or a suite overlooking the river valley for an amazing view. Weekend rates start at $89 per night, and weekday rates start at $59.
5616 Prairie’s Edge Ln., Granite Falls, 320-564-2121, prairiesedgecasino.com
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