Updated: May 17, 2019
Our area has several venues that feature fantastic entertainment and top-rated dining choices. Unfortunately, most people don’t even think about visiting these spots because of one reason: they’re casinos.
But you don’t have to wager a penny to enjoy all the luxurious amenities of casinos. If you like fine dining, famous entertainers, and friendly service, the nearby casinos want you to have a wonderful experience—day and night.
I’ve seen some great singers—Tony Bennett, Debbie Reynolds, and more recently, Britney Spears—perform at casinos. They’re memories I’ll never forget. And what’s great is that the showrooms tend to be smaller, so you really feel like you’re part of the audience.
In the 1990s, my parents and I visited the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It was Ms. Reynolds’ dream to have her own venue to sing songs from her hit movies like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tammy and the Bachelor,” and “The Tender Trap.” We saw her perform, and she signed autographs for us afterward—it was a great thrill! But that was only part of the entertainment. She also featured in her casino all her movie memorabilia that she had rescued from auctions, such as Dorothy’s famous ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” It was like visiting a Hollywood museum!
All Kinds of Fun—All in One Place
You don’t need to fly all the way to Vegas for entertainment. Locally, some casinos feature area history exhibits and artifacts. The staff are more than happy to help visitors with accessibility needs, such as offering motorized scooters. Again, you don’t have to be a gambler. You can take advantage of many great food options, such as casual dining, steak houses with fine wine, and the ubiquitous casino buffet. And most casinos offer discounts to seniors! Just ask the staff, and they’re happy to help.
Travonde has partners in wine country who provide tours, including beer and wine tasting. They’ll be happy to point you to the local casinos, which you can visit after a tour of your area. Get ready for Vegas-style fun on a Bay Area budget!