Hotel at a Glance: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
A stroll through Borgata’s casino offers nearly endless gaming opportunities. Speckled amidst a sea of 3,475 slot machines are roughly 200 table games, including Pai Gow tiles, Spanish 21, and Baccarat. There’s also plenty of poker. Play a hand or two of Caribbean Stud and Texas Hold’em. The hotel’s dining options are almost as boundless. Besides the five fine-dining restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs like Michael Schulson, you can grab a casual bite at numerous other cafes and restaurants. After hours, check out Long Bar for a nightcap or go dancing at Mixx or mur.mur – two of the East Coast’s hottest nightclubs.
- Optional add-ons include comedy-club tickets, spa passes, WiFi, a $100 dining credit, and in $50 slot dollars.
- Bet on the horses in the casino’s 100-seat racebook area, where thoroughbreds gallop from screens on an enormous video wall.
- See a concert or comedy show in one of the hotel’s venues.
- Relax in your room’s plush bed—outfitted with custom Sealy mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets—while watching the city lights flicker through your floor-to-ceiling windows. Fiore suites further help you relax with 52” flat-screen TVs and deep soaking tubs.
- Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck both have fine-dining restaurants here. The aptly named Bobby Flay Steak serves up juicy Philadelphia-style strip steak. Puck’s American Grille, meanwhile, offers gulf shrimp and sweet corn risotto with crispy parsley.
- Two spas reside onsite, offering a vast array of facials, massages, and mud floats.
- Pick up a new suit or dress to wear to the casino in the onsite Hugo Boss and Just Cavalli boutiques. Among the other stores are a wine shop and luxury jewelry store.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
The inspiration behind the board game Monopoly, Atlantic City has long fascinated travelers as a vacation destination, a place where you can relax on the beach or indulge vices in equal measure. No trip is complete without a stroll along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, which was built along the beach in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies. It’s lined with shopping venues and restaurants.
During Prohibition, law enforcement was lax in Atlantic City compared to much of America, and the mob activity in town was immortalized on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. You can learn more about local history at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on Garden Pier. The museum ushers you into the past with a locally focused permanent exhibit that has artifacts, costumes, posters, postcards, souvenirs, and Miss America memorabilia.
A half-mile from the Garden Pier you’ll find Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse at 171 feet. Walk up the 228 steps to the apex to come face-to-face with a fresnel lens, which has lit up the night for seafarers since 1857. It’s also a great spot to get top-notch views of the Jersey Shore.