Hotel at a Glance: Great Cedar Hotel
This hotel places guests right in the Foxwoods Resort Casino complex, a sprawling collection of casinos, high-end restaurants, and spas. There’s even a bowling alley and a couple of retail stores where you can pick up a new outfit or gifts for friends back home. Grab a bite at the Hard Rock Cafe before seeing live comedy at the resort’s theater, which has hosted such big-name performers as Craig Ferguson and Paul Reiser.
- Recent recognition: AAA Three Diamond award
- Try your luck at the six onsite casinos, which are packed with high-limit table games and hundreds of flashing slot machines.
- Dinner is served: Sate your cravings with a prime cut of grass-fed sirloin steak, upscale Italian entrees, oven-fired pizzas, or international buffet items at one of more than two dozen restaurants at the resort.
- Stylish suites: Soak in a jetted tub or recline on a pillow-top mattress and watch a movie on your 32-inch flat-screen TV. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the resort’s grounds.
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 (Museum is closed through early May). 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.
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