Hotel at a Glance: The Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino
It’s hard to get bored at the luxurious 4-star Foxwoods Resort Casino—a sprawling entertainment and hotel complex amid acres of Connecticut woodlands. You can go shopping at the many designer boutiques, play 10 frames at the bowling alley, and dine at your choice of more than 30 restaurants. In the summer months, the action moves outdoors to the resort’s pair of Rees Jones–designed golf courses.
- Awards and accolades: AAA’s Four Diamond award and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Where to eat: You can redeem your dining credit at any onsite eatery, including the David Burke Prime steakhouse.
- Press your luck at the enormous onsite casino, where you’ll find 300 table games, a racing book with 50-feet digital screens, and more than 4,500 slot machines.
- Room with a view: Woodland views surround the stylish deluxe rooms and suites, which have marble accents, an iHome clock radio, a mini bar, Monaco linens, wireless Internet, and Parisian bath amenities.
- G Spa and Salon: Lounge at this luxurious, adults-only facility, which features a waterfall pool.
- Shop at the new Tanger Premium Outlets.
Ledyard, Connecticut: Forested Homeland of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
The scenery in Ledyard is characterized by dense birch, maple, and sassafras forests that cover a broad swath of southeast Connecticut. This rugged wilderness is home to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and has been since 1666. Visitors can learn about the reservation’s history through lifelike dioramas, Native American art, and artifacts at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center on the north side of town. Climb to the top of the museum’s 185-foot tower to see panoramic views of the wooded landscape and nearby swamplands.
Ledyard is also just a 15-minute drive from the coast. Head to Bluff Point State Park to enjoy forested hiking and biking trails that lead to a mile of sandy, secluded beachfront. A few miles north, the town of Mystic preserves the feel of 18th-century coastal New England. You can get a feel for early life here by exploring the old-timey shops at Olde Mistick Village or visiting the Museum of America and the Sea, which chronicles the area’s maritime history.