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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
The 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
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
With 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.
When 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
Shortly 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.
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?
Enjoy 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.
While 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.
Read on for the full schedule below: Read more
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.
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.
If 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.
“Slick boutique hotel” may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of Atlantic City, but The Chelsea exceeds expectations with modern, glitzy spaces and retro-glam rooms. Many of the 223 rooms and suites in the 20-story Luxe Tower boast water views, while the 133 rooms in the Annex look out over the spa’s saltwater pool or the city skyline. Wherever you bed down, be sure to stop by the diner-style Teplitzky’s restaurant and the Fifth Floor, which comprises an outdoor pool and nightlife hub, cocktail lounge, and steakhouse Chelsea Prime. The hotel’s “Rise and Shine” package starts at $79/night and bundles in a $15 breakfast voucher to Teplitzky’s per day. Book for stays from September 1 through December 30.
THE VALUE: You’ll save about $40 off standard rates.
THE CATCH: These rates are only valid Sunday-Thursday. Friday stays are $139/night and Saturday stays are $199/night.
THE DETAILS: Book online using code RISE.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates and travel deals to Atlantic City.
For general trip-planning information, see our Atlantic City Travel Guide.
Look out Las Vegas – this ain’t your daddy’s Atlantic City. Recent years have seen a wave of development crash ashore at this long-standing Jersey Shore resort town, with a plethora of initiatives soundly underway despite the economic downturn – in fact, more than 15 new restaurants have cropped up in the last year alone, while the much-anticipated $2.4-billion Revel mega-casino resort is due to open its lavish doors in May 2012 (www.revelresorts.com). Read more
We’ve had Atlantic City on our radar all summer since naming it one of our Top 10 Boardwalks. So of course we’re excited to hear that HBO’s new series “Boardwalk Empire” – a fictionalized look at Atlantic City gangster life in the 1920s starring Steve Buscemi (premiering September 19) – is taking over AC September 16-19. The main festivities will be at Caesars Atlantic City with a red carpet screening of the first episode on September 16.
Those who can’t score an invite to the exclusive, star-studded event can still enjoy a taste of the gangster lifestyle all weekend long with special $19.20 prix fixe menus and “Boardwalk Empire”-inspired cocktails at over two dozen Atlantic City restaurants. Bonus: On September 18, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will host a talk by Nelson Johnson, whose book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City formed the basis of the HBO series (see the library website for a full list of “Boardwalk Empire”-themed events).
Nothing says summer like a nostalgic stroll on one of America’s Top Ten Boardwalks, and rounding out our list of favorites is Wildwood, New Jersey, which boasts a 35-block stretch of roller coasters, carnival-style games, and classic concession stands serving up funnel cakes and curly fries. One of Wildwoods’ upscale properties, the Port Royal Hotel, has put together a Stay and Play package that includes reduced admission to Morey’s Piers, the massive boardwalk amusement park. Guests staying three or more nights can purchase a multi-day pass for just $55 that grants access to Morey’s Piers the entire length of their stay. This three-day pass costs less than an individual one-day admission ticket. Peak-season rates at this beachfront hotel (through Labor Day) start at $205/night.
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