About 45 minutes north of Seattle, a surprise getaway destination with stunning mountain views rises just off I-5.
The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort Casino draws locals and visitors for its gaming offerings, of course. But it also dazzles with luxurious accommodations, plentiful dining options, a rejuvenating spa and alluring shopping, too.
Tulalip Resort Casino's standard king and double queen rooms will get an upgrade, set to be revealed in May 2016 — Photo courtesy of Tulalip Resort Casino
Situated on the 22,000-acre Tulalip Indian Reservation – located north of Everett and the Snohomish River and west of Marysville – this land is home to the Tulalip (pronounced Tuh’-lay-lup) Tribes, which boast a population of 4,000 plus.
Luxury accommodations here merge American Indian-inspired artistry with stylish elegance. Inside the 370-room resort that features 18 two-room suites and five specialty suites, guests find contemporary amenities and prime comfort.
In celebration of its Native American heritage, the venue features vibrant Northwest Coast Salish artwork and textures. (Even the hallway carpets tell a tale, with a pattern that honors the Tulalip Tribes’ traditional cedar basket designs.)
Inside hotel rooms that are among the most spacious in the Pacific Northwest, visitors relish the floor-to-ceiling windows, separate sitting area with comfy chaise lounge, 47-inch HD TV and fully stocked honor bar.
On-site amenities range from cardio equipment on the second floor and a luxurious, 14,000-square-foot sanctuary inside the T Spa to a decadent, covered "Oasis Pool."
Guests attend to their mind, body, heart and spirit inside the luxurious, 14,000-square-foot T Spa — Photo courtesy of Tulalip Resort Casino
Entertainment is the name of the game here, thanks to the venue's wide selection of slots and table games. (Tulalip pays out over five million dollars in jackpots every month!) Visitors ages 21 and over can choose between 50 tables that showcase games ranging from Blackjack and Ultimate Texas Hold'em to High Card Flush and Craps Fire.
Tulalip Amphitheatre is a popular, 3,000-seat outdoor venue that's gained a reputation for great sight lines and stellar national acts.
Examples of upcoming performers include Hank Williams, Jr. (July 8); The Band Perry (Aug. 15); and Huey Lewis and the News (Aug. 28). Canoes Caberet also stages live performers in an indoors, club-lounge atmosphere.
Guests sate their appetites at one of many resort dining establishments; for example, you can enjoy fine dining at the white tablecloth Tulalip Bay restaurant, traditional Tulalip tastes at Blackfish and an endless variety at Eagles Buffet.
Cedars Cafe stays open 24/7, while Canoes Carvery satisfies those craving a quick bite.
From Nov. 13 to 14, the Tulalip Resort Casino will proudly present the annual Taste of Tulalip, "an elegant and indulgent weekend of exceptional food and wine pairings." Award-winning Sommelier Tommy Thompson will feature wineries from across Washington, California, Oregon, Italy and France. Meanwhile, Executive Chef Perry Mascitti will lead the culinary team.
From their Slehal games to salmon ceremonies, the Tulalip Tribes boast a rich heritage of celebration; while at the resort, visitors can learn more about their hosts at the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve.
In our opinion, the odds of having a blast here are highly probable.