Modern Luxury Hotels Offering Electrifying Entertainment
Out on the casino floor, 4,000 slot machines peal and blink. Nearby, cards whisk across the 85 tables of the poker room, and in the 100-seat racebook, thoroughbreds gallop on the enormous video wall. The gaming facilities at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa speak to the hotel's penchant for recreation on a massive scale, a propensity also evident in its six fine-dining restaurants, a slew of chic watering holes, and multiple entertainment venues. Together with its attached boutique offshoot, The Water Club, the Borgata immerses travelers in a universe of entertainment and fun.
Collectively, the two hotels feature 2,800 guestrooms and suites, all infused with luxurious accouterments. Each of the Borgata's Classic rooms sports one king bed—an ideal platform from which to gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows—as well as a marbled bathroom with an oversize shower. The Water Club's Club rooms flood corneas with stunning aquatic vistas and cosset snoozers with 400-thread-count cotton sheets swathed across king beds.
In the evening, diners can choose from three-course prix fixe menus at four of the Borgata's fine-dining venues: SeaBlue, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar, and Izakaya (dinner reservations for this Getaways deal are only guaranteed if they are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. or earlier). Entrees run the gamut from Fornelletto's veal "osso bucco" ravioli to SeaBlue's dayboat halibut with littleneck clams, fueling guests for a stop at the casino or a shopping spree at the hotels' myriad boutiques. Like a clumsy vampire, the rib ticklers at the Borgata Comedy Club instigate nocturnal giggles, dealing out punch lines Sunday–Thursday evenings at 9 p.m.
Atlantic City: Historical Seaside Town Awash in Energy
The inspiration behind the board game Monopoly, Atlantic City has long fascinated travelers with its unique blend of history and recreation. The Atlantic City Boardwalk, built in 1870, still beckons visitors today with its plethora of shopping venues and restaurants. Along the Garden Pier, the Atlantic City Historical Museum ushers patrons into the past with a locally focused permanent exhibit featuring artifacts, costumes, posters, postcards, souvenirs, and Miss America memorabilia.
A half mile from the Garden Pier stands the Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest lighthouse at 171 feet. Nautically inclined travelers can trek up the 228 steps to the apex to come face-to-face with a fresnel lens that has lit up the night for mariners since 1857. From the beacon's lofty peak, visitors can revel in stunning views of the Jersey Shore.