Black Bear Casino Resort
Minnesota owns its share of elaborate, Vegas-style casinos — Treasure Island, Mystic Lake, and Grand Casino Hinckley, to name a few. But when you're a modest gambler of modest means — as most of us are — there's no better than Black Bear, located just off I-35 on your way to Duluth. It offers the simple charms of a Native casino in the countryside, sans the jostling crowds. There's blackjack, poker, bingo, and slots ranging in all denominations. There's the requisite feasting at the steakhouse or the buffet. There's even entertainment like cage fighting and songstresses from yesteryear, like Pat Benatar. And you can save a pile of loot on your next trip to the North Shore while pretending you're a card-carrying member of the 1 percent: Even the hotel's jacuzzi suites come in at less than $100. Because while you may be of humble purse, you don't always have to live that way.