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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
by Carmel L. Mooney

Looking for some gaming off the beaten path? And excellent hotel and fantastic dining? Tired of huge glitzy casinos and crowds? Then check out the California Gold Rush Country's Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort just outside Jackson, California.

The moment we checked in we were impressed by the excellent service and warm hospitality. The lobby is adorned with beautiful historic photos of various inns from yesteryear.

Once in our room we were comfortable and ready to explore the vast property. A nice pool awaits those needing a refreshing dip before heading to the casino for some gaming. No need to find something to pass the time. 33 gaming tables, 9 poker tables, and 1500 slot and poker video machines will keep you occupied for hours of gaming excitement.


While my husband tried some card games I relaxed and enjoyed our nicely appointed room and the pool.

Jackson Rancheria is well known for their extravagant dinner buffet and we were quite pleased. Executive Chef Matthew Broucaret and Director of Food and Beverage Ed Wickman work very hard to incorporate as much local and sustainable fare into their offerings as possible. Not an easy feat with so  many restaurants on property but they pull it off nicely and folks come from far and wide to partake in the offerings. A World of Flavors, Rancheria Style is what the buffet is affectionately referred to by patrons and chefs alike. Seven stations and six live cooking stations encompass the fare from around the world for a large seating of 300 diners.

If they didn't strike it rich at the slots or tables here is the second chance to strike the Mother Lode. With Asian, Japanese, Italian, Indian and Mexican cuisine there is something for every palate and plenty of it.

Lots of new surprises are in store, so keep checking back on their website to see the newest additions to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

About the author:
Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of, an online travel magazine. Carmel co-hosts a travel radio show every Sunday at noon on KJAY 1430 AM in Sacramento. Her family travel column can be read in California Kids Magazine at: You can follow her on Twitter: @roadtriplover or Facebook. Carmel is also the Executive Director of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, a non-profit that trains and places Autism Service Dogs.



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