Some charter buses do arrive but most patrons drive.
Directly to the south side of the front desk is one wing of the hotel. At the junction (about 7 miles) take MI-221 to the right for a couple miles and turn left on Lakeshore Drive. Betting limits usually begin at a reasonable level.. The resort hotel has a view of the bay. It is an upscale dining experience that offers moderately priced meals that range from Northern Michigan Wildberry Stuffed French Toast for breakfast to chicken smothered in cheese and bacon for dinner. There are multi denominational machines that can be penny slots up or video poker. The menu consists of burgers, pizzas, nachos, and other appetizers at moderate prices. It is a plain, wide open casino with no table games.
Further to the north of the hotel lobby is the Horizon’s Conference Center where business meeting space is available as well as occasional performances by national and local entertainers. They are multi denominational and multi game machines so that you can select the slot machine game you wish to play at what level – beginning at a penny or the video poker game you wish to play beginning at a nickel.
Several miles away to the north is the original casino. In addition to the main room, there is a solarium area that contains some ten tables and looks out upon a pond area that has fountains spraying water into the air. Along the east wall there is a video poker bar that has the poker machines built into the serving surface.
The Original Casino
Bay Mills Resort on Waishkey Bay
Because of its location, the sights of Sault Ste Marie easily accessed to the east. It is open to a spacious area that contains a fireplace and sitting area on one side and a coffee station and the hotel front desk on the other side.
To reach the restaurant area, you pass through a section with some hundred or so video poker and slot machines. Hours at the bar and grill vary and sometimes don’t open till late afternoon.
Sacy’s is a large, modern restaurant. It has been declared the best golf course in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Approximately 1,000 slot machines are to the north of the table game area. Mary’s River, To the west and an hour or so away is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point and slightly further towards Newberry are the Taquamenon Falls.
The Back Bay Bar & Grills is a sports bar without equal in the area. Each room has a refrigerator, a microwave, and features wifi and cable television. The Championship Tee length is 7,056 yards and the Front Tee is 5,316 yards. There is ample parking on the south side of the casino that is named Kings Club. There are approximately 35 rooms on each floor for a total of 142 rooms in the hotel.
Up the center of the large area of the casino are 10 tables that include blackjack (both single and multiple deck) games, a three card poker game, a Let It Ride game, a Roulette table, and a Craps table. The resort is ahead on the right.
There is a four table poker room located next to some video poker machines along the east wall. Large 50 inch televisions offer many different sporting events. There are almost always drinks specials available.
North Winds Lounge is a darkly panelled room with a deeply colored mahogany bar that offers drink specials, appetizers, and access to the patrons favorite games on television.
Getting There and Getting Around
Next to the golf course is the Bay Mills RV Park. Next to the Players’ Club are the offices that house the casino hosts.
There is an counter that is an extension of the Players’ Club found in the main casino and provides redemption for the special offer coupons and Players’ Club amenities that seem to abound. The poker room is usually opened on demand and for tournaments which are held at least on a weekly basis.
The Secondary Casino
The Main Casino
When arriving from the east on Lakeshore Drive, the first building in the connected rustic appearing complex is the larger casino. 6 Mile Rd which turns into Lakeshore Drive and after going through the main part of Brimley, arrival at the resort is on the right.
The highway is the only access to the resort. It is not fancy and looks very utilitarian.
Rates during the week are $89 and on the weekends are $10 higher. The sightseeing activities there include the American and Canadian Locks that transport boats on the St. Waishkey Bay lies at the eastern end of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula just up the St. The bar and grill is a brightly lighted sports bar with many television sets. Mary’s River from Sault Ste Marie. It is flanked by automatic teller machines and by several of the ticket in – ticket out machines.
The video poker games are isolated in a corner of the casino and most of the space is given to slot machines. Both comfortable booth and table seating are available. There is also a buffet for those appetites that like variety.
In the center of a long building that makes up the resort is the hotel lobby. Each wing is two story. There are usually specials available.
Nestled on the banks of the Waishkey Bay is the Bay Mills Resort. It overlooks the 18th hole on the course and offers generally lighter fare than found in the main restaurant at the resort proper.
Both of these facilities close during the winter months.
The northern end of the building complex contains the Back Bay Games & Grill. There are both tables and booths for seating. There are 76 pull thru sites that have water, electric, cable tv, and wifi access.
Across Lakeshore Drive from the resort is the 4 ½ star rated Wild Bluff Golf Course. Most of the video poker machines are to the south and east of the table games. Each weekday has a special which might be free food or free play on the machines.
The machines are TITO (ticket in – ticket out) and do not dispense cash but rather vouchers that can be turned into cash at the casino cashier or at several machines situated for that purpose.
Further information is available at the resort’s website.
There are four restaurants associated with the resort. The other wing is some fifty feet away to the north and runs parallel to the first wing. In a few miles turn right on W. In the main part of the restaurant there is a booth arrangement in the center of the room that opens into the kitchen area. There are perhaps 250-300 machines in the casino.
The route from Sault Ste. The menu includes many snack kinds of items in addition to hefty sandwiches and pizzas. The original casino still operates.
The cashier’s cage is located on the east wall. They felt the need for expansion and modernization so in 1995 they opened the currently active Bay Mills Resort. Three of them are in the main building while one is at the golf course. The clubhouse is a multi-leveled oasis that contains the Players Lounge..
There is an additional restaurant across the highway at the golf course – The Players Lounge. Inside the building, the Players Club and the Administrative Offices are on the south side and the northern portion is devoted to casino activities. The Bay Mills Tribe of the Ojibwe Indians has operated a casino in Brimley since 1984. During the winter months, rates drop by $20. The original casino that was established as the first in Michigan opened just a few miles away. They are Sacy’s, The Back Bay Bar & Grill, and North Winds Lounge.
Golf Course and RV Park
The restaurant at Kings Club is Chums and featured sandwiches and pizza and on Fridays has a whitefish dinner special. Around the booths there are tables that ring the outer wall. When we were there last, we thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon of beer and polka music (even though we do not polka).
The route from the Mackinac Bridge is to go north on I-75 for about 40 miles and take MI-28 (Exit 386) and go west on MI-28. Marie is to go south on Business I-75 and turn left on Mackinac Trail. There are entrances to the casino from parking lots on both the east and west side of the building