Expansive Gaming and Spa Resort with Plush Queen Rooms
Three geysers burst skyward from a blue-green pond. Although the water rises at least two stories, it's only ankle-height compared to the 17-story Wind Creek Casino & Hotel. This expansive recreational complex, topped with a curved roof that swoops like a wind-tossed cowlick, draws visitors with an expansive casino, luxurious spa, and hospitality that has earned it a Four Diamond rating from AAA.
Wind Creek packs its Deluxe queen rooms with a plump pair of Dream Weaver beds, each outfitted with Egyptian-cotton sheets and an overstuffed down duvet. Upon arriving at the Spa at Wind Creek, guests can cozy up in a robe and slippers and kick back to the symphony of water splashing into a whirlpool full of piccolos. The 50-minute massage soothes tense sinews, and the 25-minute express facial, exfoliates and softens even the most hardened poker face.
In the 50,000-square-foot casino, more than 1,600 electronic games flash and chirp, vying for the chance to slurp up Club points or Singapore Slings. Tall ceilings soar over the oval-shaped gaming complex, absorbing ripples of live music that sneak in from the nearby amphitheater. Among the hotel's four restaurants, Fire Steakhouse couples prime steaks with fine wines, and Taste Buffet runs the gastronomic gamut. At The Cooking Studio, culinary experts deliver hands-on instruction, allowing studious protégés to devour the fruits of their labor by the end of the class.
Atmore, Alabama: Quaint Village with Abundant Outdoor Recreation
About 50 miles northeast of Mobile, Atmore teems with small-town charms. Orange brick ramblers line Main Street, imbuing the thoroughfare with residential appeal. At the intersection of Main and Craig Streets, historical buildings mark the location of Atmore Heritage Park. The park bustles with alfresco entertainment year-round, hosting events such as seasonal concert series and southern-cooking celebrations. About 2 miles northeast of the park, locals at the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts deliver dramatic, comedic, and musical performances. In October, guests can aim their gazes at Simply Divided, or, throughout November and December, create thought-souvenirs during A Cab Fare to Remember.
About 12 miles north of the hotel, Little River State Forest offers hiking, fishing, and swimming amid 2,100 acres of longleaf pine forests. Boats, pavilions, and cabins are available for daily or hourly rent. About 13 miles east of the hotel, a natural lazy river curls through the Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, ushering tourists in inner tubes and salmon in water wings over the sparkling waters. Throughout the year, the forest resonates with the sounds of clip-clopping horses, trickling streams, and rustling pines.