Artist Cafe – Windsor, ON

24 05 2009
  • 377 Riverside Drive East
  • Windsor, ON N9A 7H7
  • (519) 258-7878
  • Website
Artist Cafe at the Caesars Windsor.

Artist Cafe at the Caesar's Windsor.

I can only take so much gambling.  J and I did pretty well.  She came out a little bit ahead and I only lost the $25 I started with, but we were able to play for two to three hours with that money.  Yeah, we’re boring.  Just penny and nickle slots.  I wanted to make not a lot of money last for a while.  My mom and aunt didn’t come out ahead either, but they got to play all day and experience Canada.  My mom loved that she got an “extra five bucks.”   To her, it’s not about coming out ahead, it’s about playing for a while and having fun.  The extra five bucks gave her that many more spins.

After a few hours, J and I were tapped out, but my mom was determined to play a certain machine.  She waited in line as the little old ladies put in a hundred bucks at a time.  I started to walk around and noticed a cafe next to a Starbucks.  As I walked closer, I noticed an ice cream case.  When I got right up on it, I found out it wasn’t ice cream.  It was gelato.  I went and found J immediately. Read the rest of this entry »


Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort

14 03 2009
  • 6800 E. Soaring Eagle Boulevard
  • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
  • (989) 775-5777
  • Website
Leaving Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant

Leaving Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant

When my parents come to town, I pretty much expect going to a casino.  I don’t expect it when J’s parents come, but we were in Midland and needed something else to do up that way, so I suggested Soaring Eagle.  I had been there once before with my parents, aunt, brother, and sister-in-law.  My parents loved it calling it one of the nicest casino’s they’ve ever been to.  My brother hated it.  He tried turning $20 into $80 so he could pay for a hotel room back in Lansing.  Instead, he lost $80 in about fifteen minutes and pouted the rest of the night.

Soaring Eagle Casino is on the edge of Mt. Pleasant off of Leaton Road.  The whole property is beautiful.  In Illinois, all the casino’s are built around old riverboat casinos, so they don’t look anything like the Indian casino’s in Michigan.  There’s an abundance of parking.  We found a spot in a lot that was a little bit of a walk from the entrance.  After a big BBQ lunch, I needed it.

The inside is just gorgeous.  When you walk in, you almost come in right on the gaming floor.  The thing that has surprised me both times is that there’s not really a single entrance to the gaming floor that is watched by a security guard checking ID’s.  Again, at the casino’s in Illinois, if you’re under 40, they’ll take your id, put it on a scanner then make you look in to a camera so they have it on file.  There’s only one way in and one way out.  I’ve been surprised both times that we walked onto the gaming floor without talking to or being stopped by anyone.  Hell, we even got stopped twice in Windsor. Read the rest of this entry »