The word ‘vacation’ stirs up a mixed bag of responses. Everybody wants one, but scheduling time off, organizing travel details, arranging for house and pet sitters, and packing everyone into the car or getting onto a flight can be a lot to handle. Because of this, Fortune magazine reports that recent studies show “54% of employees ending the year with unused time off, collectively sacrificing 662 million vacation days.”

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Little Creek’s amenities include gaming, dining, the Seven Inlets Spa, and the award-winning Salish Cliffs Golf Club. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

But there’s an easy solution: take mini-breaks close to home, and recharge your batteries without all the driving, heavy suitcases, and long stretches of missed work. Thanks to Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, you can escape the daily grind only 15 minutes away from downtown Olympia.

At Little Creek Casino Resort, you’ll find food and fun options for all ages. For families, newly renovated family suites come equipped with fireplaces, complimentary highspeed Wi-Fi, plenty of USB charging ports, an in-room mini-fridge and two 55-inch TVs.

There’s also a gym, indoor pool and a fully equipped video game arcade open seven days a week. The arcade features nearly 100 XBOX One titles and is also available for private parties and tournaments.

Want to escape the kids and spend some quality time with your special someone? Premium spa suites offer jetted tubs and lush bathrobes while all rooms are artfully designed with Squaxin Island tribal artwork and textiles, desk space, and coffee nooks.

Any break from routine is a good thing, no matter how long. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics notes that, “About 45 percent of summer trips are same-day trips [and] the average stay away is 2.1 nights compared to the average stay of 1.6 nights during the rest of the year.”

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Little Creek Casino Resort is the perfect close-to-home escape from your daily grind. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

Come for one night or two – Little Creek offers resort packages to meet any need. The Stay, Spa and Swing package includes 18 holes of golf at the Salish Cliffs Golf Club with all the trimmings, and massages in the Seven Inlets Spa.

The Family Fun Package bundles hotel stay with pizza, free slot play and two hours in the arcade. Mom and dad may spring for a Romance Package with free game play, spa credit, bathrobes, wine and – perhaps best of all – a later check-out time.

If you want to get away without work piling up in your absence, Little Creek offers workspace to groups large and small. Promotions Coordinator Jennifer Brines explains that, “For professional groups in search of off-site meeting facilities, the casino’s beautiful Kamilche Valley setting is the perfect place to host a business meeting or retreat. More than 40,000 square feet of conference and meeting space can be adapted to provide privacy for small groups or room to spread out for larger organizations.”

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Look for package stays with resort, dining, gaming, and spa credits. Or escape for a mid-day massage or late night dinner and karaoke. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

For more informal events or trunk shows, “The Skookum Creek Event Center is well-equipped to host large-scale events, such as banquets, conferences, seminars and trade shows. This state-of-the art, multi-purpose facility has the capacity to seat more than 1,800 people and features amenities such as private skybox seating and built-in staging.”

Why not skip the overnight and try a sample visit at one of Little Creek’s many exciting events? They host everything from concerts to karaoke, hotrods to history. Whether you prefer Peter Frampton or Erik Estrada, there’s something for everyone and you’ll be home to get a good night’s sleep before work in the morning.

On Saturday, May 19, come for an immersive night into Squaxin Island food, history and culture at their annual Waves of Perfection fundraiser. A master sommelier pairs wine and food, tribal art and artists are featured, and educational wine seminars take place all afternoon long.

Some of these featured classes study champagne and sparkling wines, Italian and French varietals, or the history of Riesling wine.

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Whether you come alone, with the family, to celebrate your sweetheart, or on a work trip or trade-show, Little Creek has just what you need. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

Monies raised at the event, says Brines, “aid the Squaxin Island Museum in its effort to provide cultural and educational opportunities to tribal members. Your support helps to fund language classes, our song and dance group and youth access to cultural resources. Together we make our community unique, vibrant and rich in artistic heritage.”

When a hidden gem is this close to home, it’s easy to get away. Come for dinner and live music, a weekend on the links, or mid-day massage. You may not have 662 million vacation days stored up, but Little Creek Casino Resort is there to reward each and every one you’ve got.

Little Creek Casino Resort is located at 91 West State Route 108 in Shelton. Call 800-667-7711 with questions or to make hotel, spa or dinner reservations.

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