Chumash Casino

Chumash Casino

Don’t be put off by the looks of the Chumash Casino. It certainly doesn’t look anything like a Las Vegas casino. The brown building looks vaguely industrial. But the generic-looking edifice can hold the equivalent of two Costcos. This is a native Chumash Indian-run operation just outside the city limits of Solvang on the Chumash Indian reservation near Santa Ynez. The interior has all the typical bells and whistles of Nevada casinos. Since the introduction of slot machines in 1994, the tribal casino has become the most profitable in California, to the tune of $200 million annually.

The lure is the gambling. But the Chumash Casino is also a hotel with 106 rooms and 17 suites. AAA has given the Chumash Resort a 4 Diamond Rating six times. The rooms are tastefully decorated in earth tones, walnut furniture and range from their “premium” or basic guestrooms, the “deluxe” guestrooms, junior suites, suites, and master suites. Rates start at $199/night. (This hotel has gotten mixed reviews and didn’t make the cut for a recommendation for this guide.)

The casino restaurant, the Willows has received a AAA Four Diamond rating, the only tribal restaurant in California to be recognized in this way.

The casino has an entertainment venue, the Samala Showroom, that seats 1400 in riser-style seating with unobstructed views of the stage. Big name performers have appeared here, including, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Steely Dan, and live professional boxing matches.

3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez , CA 93460