Belterra Hotel and Casino (sans kids)

A mini-Vegas on the Ohio River

Confession:  I have been to Las Vegas three times and probably gambled a total of $40.

However, when my sweetheart of a hubby told me I could tag along to his business trip to Belterra Hotel and Casino, I jumped at the chance to take a night away with the kids and see what the Belterra had to offer!

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Photo courtesy of Pinnacle Entertainment

First impressions

Driving from Ohio, it’s a little like where ARE you taking me?  (I watched too much Snapped in my pre-kid life).  We went from Ohio to Kentucky to Indiana.  But the location is perfect, on the steps of the Ohio River, away from the hustle and bustle and the cacophony of Teletubbies and Mike the Knight. 😉  The grounds are clean and well-manicured.

I helped Mr YT carry in all of his samples for the show and then checked in.  Check-in was quick and our room was ready at 10am although we weren’t technically supposed to get in until 3!

I sent my hard-working hubby a picture of this bathroom with the word:  SOLD!  A good bathroom is enough to woo me for life.

The room was priced under $100.  Where else can you watch TV from the tub for under $100?

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Food

We ate at numerous restaurants at the Belterra Hotel and Casino.  You’re 10 minutes away from the closest town so eating on-site is a must.

Lunch was at Out of Bounds Bar & Grill next to the pool and golf course.  The fried chicken salad was ginormous and fresh.  My only complaint was we got there right at 11 and the lights were still off and they were filling the ice machine.  Not a great first impression.

Dinner was at Stadium Sports Bar and Grill.  Think BW3s and Applebees having a baby.  Get thyself a giant pretzel.   Bread and cheese lovers will both be happy, as the cheese dip is finger-licking good, too.

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Blurry phone photo- blah.

Breakfast was at the Nosh cafe.  I grabbed a maple bacon donut before we left.  (Before you start worrying about my heart disease, I did hit the gym that morning, lol).

Pool

Sunshine was everywhere – so while Mr YT worked on making the Benjamins, I worked on getting some tan lines.  #keptwoman

The pool is small, but sufficient.  There were tons of people there and chairs were hard to come by.  (I think a lot of other spouses were tagging along to the convention).  My only complaint was that many of the chairs were literally sitting inches from the pool, lining the sides. It was nearly impossible to get in and out of the pool without brushing shoulders with the sunbathers.  I need a little more space when I’m wearing two feet of spandex on my entire body.  I digress.

That said, there is a pool boy (is that politically correct?) fetching drinks and towels.  And a pina colada at the pool bar was $5 (those will set ya back about $10 in Vegas).

Casino

We only went into the casino looking for food.  Belterra now hates this blog. 😉

The casino was clean- and there’s a non-smoking area if your lungs hate smoke the way mine do.

Room

The bed was comfy.  The bathroom gets 10,000 points.  And we had a sweet view of the Ohio River.

Resort

Overall, I think this would be a fun place to get away for a night or two if you’re close to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or Louisville.  It’s quiet, the rooms are fairly posh, and the restaurants have yummy food for a reasonable price.    It’s also oh-so-close to Kentucky Speedway- so NASCAR fans- book ahead!

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Have you been to Belterra?  Maybe you’ve been to Las Vegas?  Maybe you’ve eaten a maple bacon donut and decided that you don’t want to eat anything else ever again?  Speak at me!

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