We treated ourselves to a well-deserved weekend away — beginning with a leisurely drive along the North Fork of Long Island to the Orient Point Ferry. It was a pleasure seeing beautiful farm land, vineyards and old barns on our drive instead of the regular traffic on I-95 through Connecticut. It took more time than driving straight through, but what it lacked in speed was more than made up for in serenity.
After disembarking the ferry in New London, we drove less than a half an hour and were welcomed at the sprawling resort-casino by a very friendly valet who parked our car just before we entered the lobby.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, opened in 1992 … way back when I was a senior in high school. I wish we both aged as well. This place is gorgeous.
Though not my first time here, it was definitely a great getaway for my husband and I. A few years ago, we stayed the night following a hysterical performance from THE Jerry Seinfeld — one of my husband’s favorite comedians. This weekend, it was my turn to choose the “funny man.” We scored tickets to see Kevin James perform at the Grand Theater.
But first, let’s get cozy.
We checked-in to our Deluxe King Room in the Grand Pequot Tower. It had all the comforts of home (minus the mess!), including a coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, and desk. As soon as we got in the room, the bed beckoned me for a nap. I obliged. Happily. Zzzzzzz…
Guess who took a picture of my while I was snoring?!
Time to test our luck…
Following my two-hour slumber, I was on a mission to find a specific machine. I hit big on it before and was confident I would again (can we say SUCKER?!). Along my hunt, I tried a bunch of others. No luck. Like, none. All good though — at least when I played video poker at the bar, I was able to enjoy two glasses of Pinot Grigio “on the house” — though I am pretty sure they made out on that deal!
Words of advice: pack an extra shirt — you will probably lose yours. We did. We always do.
We had 7 pm dinner reservations and I was eager to eat since the last thing we had was a pretzel on the ferry. Can you guess where we ate? One hint…
The ambiance was fun; the server delightful, and the decor as cool as Guy himself. Check out the napkins! I got the burger and a side of Brussel sprouts; Ernie opted for the crab cake sandwich. Both delish!
Not your style? No worries. Offering something for everyone, Foxwoods has an eclectic variety of dining options. Gourmet options include Alta Strada, Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, David Burke Prime, VUE 24 and Red Lantern. More casual dining is available at California Pizza Kitchen, Golden Dragon, High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge, Junior’s, Scorpion Bar, Veranda Café and others.
Those looking for something quick so they can get right back to the fun can stop by CAKE by Franck, Dunkin’ Donuts, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Fay Da Bakery, Fuddruckers, Noodles, Subway, Sbarro, Pequot Bay Seafood, Regina Pizzeria and more. And, of course, Starbucks brought a smile to my face in the morning.
Drum roll, please…
Mr. Kevin James!
While best-known for his roles such as Kevin Gable on “Kevin Can Wait,” Doug Heffernan from “The King of Queens” and the big screen hit “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (SO FUNNY!), but if you ask me, I’d see him for his stand-up performance any day of the week.
His act focused mostly on parenting and middle-age—inspired jokes …. very relatable for the sold-out audience the evening attracted. And while I LOVE his hit comedy, I appreciate that his stand-up routine stood strong on its own merit and he didn’t even mention the show (that I can recall). His audience interaction improv bits were on-point and he could roll with whatever people threw at him — having the crowd laughing the entire show.
To our surprise, his brother, Gary Valentine — and “Kevin Can Wait” co-star — warmed up the crowd. Guess comedy runs in the family because this guy was funny.
I wish I could say I went home with something fabulous from one of the shops, but I tested my luck in the casino a few too many times — leaving little money for trinkets or treasures. Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods (which connects the Fox Tower Hotel and Grand Pequot Tower) features more than 80 retail outlet stores. High-end shops such as Michael Kors and others are available while more affordable retailers, such as American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, H&M, J. Crew, LOFT, Nike, Skechers, Steve Madden, are other favorites (there are plenty of others)!
Indulge in spa time!
I didn’t make it to either of the two on-property spas (Norwich Spa at Foxwoods or G Spa & Salon by Gretta Monahan) but I will definitely be treating myself to a massage on our next visit. At least I got to enjoy some Norwich Spa toiletries in our room.
Did you know?
Foxwoods Resort Casino is the largest resort casino in North America with 340,000 sq. ft. of gaming space, including 4,400 slots and 249 table games; 94 poker tables; high-stakes Bingo; Keno, and the Ultimate Race Book.
The resort complex is comprised of seven distinctive casinos, four hotels (Grand Pequot Tower, Great Cedar Hotel, The Fox Tower and the Two Trees Inn) with over 2,230 guest rooms and suites, 35-plus dining experiences, two spas, several boutiques, Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, two world-class theaters, six nightclubs, a luxury bowling facility, and two award-winning golf courses.
Foxwoods Resort Casino is at Exit 92 off I-95 in Southeastern Connecticut. It’s just 2.5 hours from New York City, less than two hours from Boston and within an hour of Providence and Hartford.
Rates vary according to room category and travel dates.
Foxwoods is a great option for a quick getaway if you’re just a few hours away (we are from New York) and equally great if you are coming from further away as there is plenty to keep you busy for several days. And if there is a performer you are interested in seeing, the Grand Theatre is a fantastic venue for a show.
Honestly (the only kind of review I would offer), I give Foxwoods an enthusiastic, Fonzie-style “thumbs up.”
Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Boulevard,
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3777
* We received a media rate for our stay. As always, all opinions and words expressed are honest and my own. Pinky swear!