Big payouts aren't the only things that draw smiles at Dakota Dunes Casino. Across the facility's 85,000 square feet, visitors break into grins over sprawling buffet, the full-service bar, live entertainment, and, of course, gambling. A multitude of staffers roam the casino floor, ensuring each guest has no cause to frown.
More than 600 machines fill the slot area with electronic beeps and bright neon lights, which display names such as Life of Luxury and Dakota Dunes Mysteries. The largest potential payday comes from the Smoke Signals Jackpot, which awards its winners with at a minimum of $250,000—enough to purchase the entire moon in 1952. Hundreds of machines may dispense thousands of dollars at any given time, while one- and two-cent machines dispense more frequent thrills. Inside the poker room, games of limit and no-limit Texas hold'em stretch well past midnight.
Dakota Dunes Casino also hosts the occasional live music performance from country and bluegrass artists along with other entertainment acts.
The famed annual country-music festival propagates its popularity via apparel and accessories artfully emblazoned with the festival's name. Like the moon reflected in a tub of moonshine, rural rustic roots are reflected in Craven Country Jamboree's weathered, casual regalia. Young yeomen can don duds that include a black-printed sleeveless T-shirt that reads “Farm Boy,” embellished with a rogue rooster design ($15). Laconic ladies can let their threads do the talking for them, with a charcoal pullover that not only exhibits the festival's name but also regales its owners with stories from its days at the cotton mill ($40). For those whose all-purpose one-piece jumpsuits render them indisposed towards apparel, Craven Country Jamboree also features 11"x17" aerial festival photos ($15) and posters of past seasons' lineups ($10).
Browsing through the liqueurs produced by LB Distillers, visitors will find an array of exotic spirits?each infused with locally-sourced ingredients and a scant amount of sugar. Their first produced spirit was the Knock on Wood rum, which flows out of bourbon barrels after a half-year of aging to produce a smooth, full-bodied taste. From there, it was off to the proverbial races.
The distillers started drawing up plans for a host of unusual aperitifs. They shunned the expected in favor of botancials such as the Saskatoon berry, Carmine Jewel sour cherries, and Haskap, or blue honeysuckle, each resulting in libations with distinct flavor profiles. Aside from the collection of liqueurs, the distillers have also worked to produce a small-batch dry gin infused with Saskatoon berries, and a whiskey that ages in its oak barrels right up until bottling.
LB Distillers' open-door policy invites visitors to drop by any time for a tour, except during dinner time, when leaving the table is illegal thanks to Parliament's "My House, My Rules" law.
Red Zone Sports Bar's wall of flat-screen televisions, including a 90-inch behemoth, casts a soft glow over a fleet of 12 comfortable black recliners, each with its own miniature table and cup holder. In addition to the La-Z-Boy seating, booths outfitted with personal televisions cradle groups of eager diners as they tear into steak sandwiches and cheer through NCAA, NBA, and NHL games and UFC events.
At Bocados, which means "mouthful" in Spanish, fresh local and seasonal ingredients fill every dish. Chefs whip up colorful Mediterranean-inspired meals from mouthwatering mussels to toasty, thin-crust pizza. The menu also incorporates American dishes, including the restaurant's signature Reaper Burger. The welcoming atmosphere and tasty kids' menu keep the 300-seat dining room bustling with families and groups of friends most days of the week.
Originally built in 1946, Broadway Theatre enjoyed an almost 50-year tenure of showing the popular films of the time and hosting live productions before it was sadly forced to close its doors in 1993. Dismayed by the loss of their theatre, members of the community came together, purchased the venue, and reopened it, and Broadway Theatre has remained under their watchful protection ever since. Now, the movie house screens independent films gathered from around the world and plays host to improv-comedy shows, concerts, and professional fire drills.