A Jersey Shore favorite, Atlantic City is always reinventing itself—and there is no better time to visit than now
Atlantic City’s sun-drenched shores are filled with resorts, restaurants, casinos and shops—and there is always room for more. Beyonce was on hand for the debut of Revel, the glistening new resort-casino while The Golden Nugget is showing off a $150 million makeover. July is for foodies as celebrity chefs host the Food and Wine Festival and August welcomes back “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” one of the largest airshows on the east coast. There is also the magnificent beach, historic boardwalk and a bevy of sensational spas for seasonal pampering.
1. Revel: Atlantic City’s First New Casino in 10 Years Wows the Crowd
The new kid on the boardwalk, the $2.4 billion Revel resort-casino commands the skyline like a massive silver beacon. It is smoke free property–a daring move for a casino—and has plenty of wide open spaces to relax in between trips to the roulette table..
Revel’s fun and funky décor borrows heavily from “Mad Men” and there is no lack of entertainment inside and out of its 130,000 square foot casino. 14 restaurants appeal to every taste–from tapas to Iron Chef–and “revelers” can enjoy two nightclubs, 10 pools, a world-class spa and more. Visit Revel Resorts.com for more information.
Makeover Mention: The Golden Nugget took over the Trump Marina Hotel and gave it an ambitious tip-to-toe makeover. Accessible and stylish, it is the place to stay on the Marina this year. Fine dining tip: The Chart House has it all.
2. Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival: Eat and Drink with Celebrity Chefs
Four days of wining and dining with celebrity chefs Paula Dean, Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern, Anne Burrell and more await foodies at the annual Food and Wine Festival From the poolside launch party at Harrahs to sunset sliders, “Blues, Brews & BBQ”, cooking demos and a live concert by Meat Loaf at the House of Blues, each day is packed with culinary events to suit all tastes. Presented by Caesars Entertainment, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit a local food pantry. Visit Atlantic City Food & Wine for events and pricing.
3. “Thunder Over the Boardwalk:” Patriotic Airshow Rocks the Boardwalk
The party starts on August 15, 2012 as the 10th anniversary of “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” roars into town. Featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, parachute teams, fly-bys and more, this seasonal party salutes the Armed Forces in grand style. Soaring over the beach and boardwalk, the air show is a signature summer event enjoyed by hundreds of thousands. The Boardwalk parade kicks off at 6pm and includes patriotic favorites from military bands and plenty of fun for all ages..
4. Sensational Spas: World-Class Seaside Pampering
Spas are all about pampering and Atlantic City is the perfect setting to do it in. Bask, Revel’s 32,000 square foot retreat has a salt grotto, heated mineral pools and a Zen lounge while The Spa and Salon at The Golden Nugget features 24Kgold treatments. The Roman-infused Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars include signature Roman Rituals with any treatment and The Borgata’s European-style Spa Toccare offers an extensive menu of rejuvenating regimens and supercharged massages. Relaxing by the shore never felt so good.
5. The Beach and Boardwalk: Fun in the Sun
Atlantic City’s world famous beach and boardwalk have been entertaining summer crowds for nearly 150 years. Built in 1870, the historic boardwalk is an eye-popping mix of old and new venues all aimed at showing you a good time. Entrance to the beach is free and ripe for people watching. A good place to do that is The Beach Bar at Trump Plaza. Named one of the 21 sexiest beach bars by the Travel Channel, it is perfect spot to sip a tiki drink, listen to live music and do some serious downshifting. A sunset stroll along the beach closes the day and kicks off the night.
For more information on visiting Atlantic City this summer go to www.atlanticcitynj.com.