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We’re just days away from what some may call the most romantic day of the year, but if you’ve yet to solidify your Valentine’s Day plans, don’t fret. Here’s a look at some special promotions being offered by properties both home and abroad that you can still book.

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Atlantic CityOn the first of this month, United Airlines gave Atlantic City a leg up by launching daily service out of Atlantic City Airport to Houston and Chicago. The airport, which was previously only served by Spirit Airlines, lies just twelve miles from the Boardwalk. This makes it even easier for people from the Midwest and the south to get a first-hand glimpse of the waterfront casino town. Here’s how to do this city on a budget this summer: Read more

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Depending on the size (or existence) of the check coming your way post taxes, you could be looking at extra vacation money. And if you’re anything like us, money like that burns a deep, deep hole in your pocket. We thought you’d appreciate a few tips on ways to blow your tax refund on a trip in late April/May. Consider it a reward for getting them done in the first place. Read more

Last-MinuteThe twelve days of Christmas have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean there’s no more excitement to be had in December. In fact, for travelers, end-of-year sales and promotions can yield some of the best finds of the whole season. The tricky part? Finding them. But luckily for you, we’ve gone and done all the hard work to bring you the best last-minute travel deals available this week. Consider it our Christmas present to you… Read more

Atlantic City Beach
Following some recent legislation, it’ll be at least seven years before developers are allowed to build a casino in New York City (though we’d happily wait another 50). Until then, New Yorkers craving the sounds of ringing slot machines and clacking poker chips will continue trekking to the same ocean-sprayed resort town they’ve been visiting since the early 1900s: Atlantic City.

And why shouldn’t they? Situated just 130 miles south of Manhattan, Atlantic City is an easy day trip that’s both cheap and entertaining. Don’t believe us? Allow the facts to speak for themselves: Read more

Michael SymonWith 12 restaurants, a co-hosting segment on ABC’s The Chew, and the coveted “Iron Chef” title under his belt, Chef Michael Symon is something of a mogul. But at his core, he’s also just a food-loving guy from the midwest, whose enthusiasm for Cleveland’s rapidly-growing dining scene is positively infectious. Ahead of his upcoming appearance at The Borgata Hotel & Casino this weekend in Atlantic City (where he, alongside Bobby Flay will be smoking “several hundred pounds of pork chop” for an expected 1200 people at an indoor street food festival on Saturday), Chef Symon sat down with us to share his thoughts on kielbasa, Cleveland’s hottest neighborhood, and why he can’t stand Chicago-style pizza.

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Revel Files for BankruptcyAtlantic City has had a hard go at it these past few months. Hurricane Sandy hit the boardwalk at the end of October forcing a five-day shutdown and today, another big blow to the economy: Revel resort is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Read more

they-have-that-in-your-hotelWhen I’m on the road without my kids, what I need most out of a hotel room are, naturally, the two things that I can’t get at home – privacy and quiet. Once those basics are locked down, I don’t really expect much in the way of in-room amenities.

But that’s the thing about hotel amenities. You don’t necessarily expect them. Almost by definition, they’re things you didn’t even realize you needed until you see them.

So when I walked into my room at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago this spring, my wheelie bag and I stopped dead in our tracks at the sight of a Nespresso machine. Evidently I needed this very much because I couldn’t pass it without brewing a cup. But the real surprise was the UV towel warmer in the closet. Where had this thing been my whole life? Read more

iStock InternationalBoardwalks offer up the ideal summer backdrop

The hot sun on your face, ice cream dripping on your hands, the sound of music mingling with the crash of waves . . . they’re all part of a summer day spent strolling the boardwalk. Visit one of our editors’ top 10 American boardwalks and you’ll see why their amusements, live entertainment, people-watching, and nostalgia make them tops for pure, unadulterated summer fun.

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By: Mike Barish and Liz Webber

You probably have your July 4th plans locked down already – the barbecue, the fireworks, maybe a community parade. But what about the rest of the summer? That’s where we come in. There are plenty of free festivals and events taking place across the country this July and August (and even into Labor Day weekend and beyond) that are well worth a spot on your busy social calendar. While we can’t include every event out there (here’s to you, Grainger County Tomato Festival), we’ve picked a mix of the coolest and most unique fests in popular summer destinations. From the country’s oldest free Shakespeare festival to a Jerry Garcia tribute day, from rock concerts on the beach to movies under the stars, mark your calendars for the best free summer entertainment the U.S. has to offer.

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iron-chef-jose-garcesShortly after schooling me and a bunch of other drooling foodies last month about how to fix a proper pan of paella, Iron Chef Jose Garces sat down with me at Revel resort, where he’s operating three eateries – Amada, Village Whiskey, and Distrito Cantina.

When Garces isn’t in Atlantic City or Kitchen Stadium he’s often traveling between major cities to tend to his other restaurants, so we began our chat by touching on some quintessential city snacks.

Philadelphia is associated with cheese steak, but I feel like you can easily leave there and miss something else. What would that something else be?

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2012 02 03 AcEnjoy the bright lights and bustling casinos of Atlantic City. When you stay for two nights at the Showboat Mardi Gras Casino in February, you’ll get the third night free – which means you’ll pay as little as $36 per night for 3 nights, and save 33%.

The Showboat is a 1300-room, New Orleans-themed hotel and casino located on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. Try your luck in the 24-hour casino, walk down the Boardwalk, or relax in your Orleans Deluxe room. Dine at some of the many hotel restaurants including the authentic French Quarter Buffet, which boasts traditional Cajun and Louisiana specialty dishes. Even the House of Blues Atlantic City is located right inside the hotel, which offers nightly entertainment or concerts and an in-house restaurant.

THE VALUE: Save 33% at this Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, where you’ll find no shortage of activities and entertainment.

THE CATCH: Some blackout dates apply.

THE DETAILS: Visit the Showboat Mardi Gras Atlantic City and choose the “Buy 2 Nights, Get the Third Night Free” promotion or enter the code B2GO.

WE’VE GOT MORE: For general trip-planning information, see our Atlantic City guide. Then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Atlantic City.

Out in AC Gay Weekend Harrahs Loft PartyWhile it’s only a week till the 2012 Miss America Pageant (apparently neither a gay porn scandal nor a move to Vegas can keep the glamour down), it’s what’s happening one week later at the drag’d up tribute/spoof Miss’d America Pagaent in Atlantic City that we really care about. With dates confirmed, the 4th Annual Out in AC weekend is set to take over Caesars Entertainment properties – Harrah’s, Caesar’s, Showboat, and Bally’s – for two days and nights of gay play on the boardwalk (January 21–22).

Fans of previous years can rest assured all the classics will be back, including the “Pre Miss’d America Loft Party” and “Out of Control Brunch and Bingo” to round out the LGBT-tailored weekend. Carson Kressley is set to host with special guest star Martha Wash of The Weather Girls for the main event at Resorts Casino Hotel. It’s all about diversity, pride, and of course, having a little fun. Bonus points if you hit a jackpot.

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Atlantic City is offering travelers a duo of hot hotel deals that are a sure bet for savings on your winter getaway to this storied gambling seaside mecca, situated on the New Jersey Shore. Act fast to snag two hotel package deals starting from as little as $50 per night for single travelers, or from $84 per night for two, including extras like dining credits, slot play, and more. Bunk down at Bally’s with its spa, Blue Martini bar, and, of course, bustling casino, all situated right on the boardwalk; or, try the massive, Havana-inspired Tropicana just down the shore, known for its stellar dining, entertainment, spa, and retail complex, The Quarter.

THE VALUE: Bally’s Eat, Play, and Get Lucky package is valid through March 31, 2012, with rates starting from $84 per night that include accommodations for two, entrance for two to the Virginia City Buffet (a $44 value), and $10 slot play per person – working out to nearly 30 percent off of booking the individual components separately. The Tropicana’s Romantic Getaway Package is valid through January 31, 2012, and features rates of $50 per night, per person (or $100/night for two), and includes accommodations, a $75 Tropicana and The Quarter Gift Card, continental breakfast-in-bed (valued at $17.50 per person), health club admission ($10 per person), and late checkout – a savings of as much as 67 percent.

THE CATCH: The two package deals from Bally’s and Tropicana are only valid for Sunday through Thursday stays.

THE DETAILS: For the Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, call 800-223-7277 or visit For the Tropicana Casino and Resort, call 800-345-8767 or visit

WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Atlantic City.

For general trip-planning information, see our Atlantic City Travel Guide.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso SpaIf you have a thing for H2O – you love to be near it, in it, over it, or under it – here’s a sampling of some of the unique water-centric features of a variety of resort and cruise ship spas in the U.S. and around the globe. All are located on or near the ocean as well, so it’s water, water everywhere!

Deep Ocean Spa, Bora Bora: If you are planning a romantic getaway or honeymoon, consider the exotic South Pacific island of Bora Bora, where The Deep Ocean Spa at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (shown above at left) is a water-lovers’ fantasy come true. Features include overwater treatment rooms with glass panels in the floor so you can spy on fish as your back is massaged, and an al fresco hydrotherapy circuit filled with mineral-rich sea water pumped from 3,000 feet below the Pacific. Rooms from $670, treatments from $108.

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