The Chumash Casino Resort is a major attraction in the Santa Ynez Valley. The casino opened in its present form in August 2003 on the Chumash Indian Reservation, more specifically known as the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians. The Casino Resort offers visitors Vegas–style gaming and entertainment in a picturesque, relaxing setting.
The Chumash Casino is located just south of the town of Santa Ynez. The casino is conveniently located on the south side of California State Route 246, also know as Mission Road. It is three miles east of the city of Solvang.
Games and Gift Shop
The expansive casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and features slots, tables games including Black Jack, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em, Let It Ride, and Three Card Poker. It also has Keno, Bingo and a live poker room with cash games and daily tournaments. The casino also has the Haku Gift Shop, which sells clothing, pottery, sculptures, paintings, toys, jewelry, art, and other gifts.
Rooms and Amenities
The Chumash Casino Resort has 106 guest rooms and 17 luxury suites. The hotel has been rated as AAA Four Diamond hotel. Many of the rooms have picturesque views of the Santa Ynez Valley. It has a spa and many amenities including an excellent pool, hot tub, fitness center, business center, laundry services, room service, in–safes, check cashing services, and free valet parking.
If the Chumash is full or a more affordable option is desired, visitors may wish to consider the excellent Hotel Corque. Located seven minutes away in Solvang on Alisal Road, Hotel Corque is owned by the tribe.
Dining Options and Entertainment
Visitors to the Chumash have three dining options to choose from: The Willows, which specializes in steaks and seafood; Creekside Buffet; which has all you can eat American and ethnic cuisines; and Chumash Café, which is a casual place to eat open 24 hours a day. The café serves Starbucks Coffee. The Creekside Buffet is currently offering a Seafood Celebration Buffet with two lobster tails, all–you–can–eat Alaskan King Crab and other seafood every Wednesday from 3–11 p.m.
The Chumash also offers regular performing artists for visitors and local residents in a 1,400–seat venue. It has hosted major musical performers such as Sheryl Crow, Cindy Lauper, Sara McLachlan, Meat Loaf, Brooks & Dunn, and Michael Bolton and comedic performers such as Jay Leno, Penn & Teller. It also hosts boxing matches, mixed martial arts cage fights, and other events.
The Chumash Casino offers daily shuttle bus service to and from various central California coast locations and a bingo bus. The casino is about a 45–minute drive from Santa Barbara and attracts out of town visitors and residents in the region including the cities of Lompoc, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo. The casino brings in thousand of patrons each day and significantly contributes to the tribe's and Santa Ynez Valley economy.