Hotel at a Glance: MGM Grand at Foxwoods
It's hard to get bored at this luxurious 4-star hotel in Foxwoods Resort Casino—a sprawling entertainment and hotel complex amid acres of Connecticut woodlands that's packed with entertaining options. Shop at the many designer boutiques, play 10 frames at the bowling alley, or dine at 38 restaurants. When it's warmer, the action moves outdoors to the resort's pool and its pair of Rees Jones-designed golf courses.
- Awards and accolades: AAA's Four-Diamond award and TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- 38 restaurants: You can redeem your dining credit at any on-site eatery—from brick-oven pizza to the David Burke Prime steakhouse, a Connecticut Magazine reader's choice winner for "Best Brunch."
- Press your luck at the on-site casino with table games, a racing book with 50-feet digital screens, and more than 6,000 slot machines.
- Upcoming shows at MGM Grand Theater include Tricia Yearwood (March 15), Bill Engvall (April 12), and Miley Cyrus (April 25). See full listings here.
- Room with a view: Views of the Woodlands surround the stylish deluxe rooms and suites, which have with marble accents, an iPod docking stations, and Parisian bath amenities.
- G Spa and Salon:Guest can lounge in an adult-only waterfall pool for $25/day or refresh with a hydrofacial at this luxurious, adults-only spa.
- Take a dip: in the outdoor pool, which reopens in warmer months, or the 21 and up crowd can join in on Liquid Sundays, an at-charge outdoor pool party beginning Sunday, May 25
- Swim next door: MGM guests 16 and older may use the pool at Pequot Tower for a cost of $15 per day, or children 6 to 15 may use it for $5 per day
Ledyard, Connecticut: Sprawling Woodlands with Rich History in Mashantucket Reservation
Thousands of acres of birch, maple, and sassafras forests span a broad swath of southeast Connecticut, from the Rhode Island border down to the Thames River. This natural wilderness is home to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, and you can learn about the reservation's history through lifelike dioramas, Native American art, and artifacts at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Climb to the top of the museum's 185-foot tower to see panoramic views of the wooded landscape and nearby swamplands.
Less than 20 minutes south is Mystic, a town that still presents life in 18th-century coastal New England. In the town's Olde Mistick Village, costumed performers parade down brick-lined walks lined with stores that sell imported knickknacks, artisanal cheeses, and handcrafted jewelry. The seaport's Museum of America and the Sea chronicles the area's maritime culture with 19th-century ships and an old-fashioned village. Kids can watch sea lions dance, pet reptiles, and have staring contests with Beluga whales at the Mystic Aquarium.