Weekend Getaway to Atlantic City
We have now flown to Atlantic City every year for the past 3 years for a quick weekend getaway. The flight we take lands late Friday night and leaves early Sunday morning which means no time off from work. The total flight time is only 1 hour and 10 minutes from Myrtle Beach, and we are usually able to fly for under a $100. I was super excited about going to AC in the summer. The past two years we went in October and November which was a little quieter and less busy. There is definitely a lot more to do in Atlantic City during the warmer months.
24 Hours of Fun in Atlantic City
It is quite difficult to cram everything into just 24 hours, so my to do list continues to grow. We always stay at Bally’s which is right on the boardwalk with a beautiful view of the beach. After landing and checking into the hotel, we usually explore around the hotel before calling it a night. Our stops usually include the following:
- Wild Wild West at Bally’s: This place has everything you can think of in one area. They always have a band with lots of dancing, casino, arcade games and a mechanical bull. Loads of entertainment to keep any and everyone interested.
- Toga Bar at Caesar’s: Bally’s and Caesar’s are connected to each other without stepping foot outside. This is very convenient especially during the winter. My favorite little spot at Caesar’s is The Toga Bar. It is the closet thing to Vegas I could find at this hotel. They have a small bar with uplighting, great music and dancers.
Brunch in Atlantic City
My favorite meal of the day and one to never miss on vacation is brunch. We have been to a few amazing spots in AC, and I have a ton more I want to check off the list.
- Brittany’s Cafe: Of course when I discovered this “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant, I had to eat here. I mean it’s just too perfect, right? We actually took an Uber here but it wasn’t very far. We ended up walking back after and heading to Tropicana since it was on that end of the boardwalk. It’s a tiny, quaint little diner with great food and the perfect name!
- Buca di Beppo at Bally’s: We actually received a comped meal here this past weekend and boy was I impressed. Honestly, the prices were so affordable for a restaurant at a casino. They had $5 mimosas featuring my favorite prosecco, and all meals between $12-$19. Jon had the steak and eggs for only $19, and they also offer a buffet with bottomless drinks for a great price. I literally cleared my plate. Definitely check out this cute place for brunch, and we had amazing service.
- Sunroom Lounge at Borgata: This was actually on my list for this trip, but ended up at the restaurant above since it was a free meal. However, I do plan to return in the future. The Sunroom Lounge looks so awesome in pictures. Lots of greenery, outdoor seating and fireplaces everywhere. The menu is a little pricey but has some good looking items on it.
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Things to Do in Atlantic City
- Pool Parties: You can never go wrong with a day at a fancy pool. I was so impressed with Harrah’s Pool. Most pools in AC are covered, and Harrah’s pool is enclosed by a huge glass dome. It’s such a cool scene with hanging candeliers, palm trees and cabanas. I’ve also heard great things about the pool at Borgata and hope to check it out soon.
- Gambling or Exploring the Hotels: AC has a lot of cute hotels including Caesars, Ballys, Tropicana, Borgata, Harrahs and Golden Nugget. I also heard a little rumor that Hard Rock Hotel is coming soon.
- Beach Bars: I was so bummed we ran out of time and didn’t make it to the beach. I definitely want to return to check out Bally’s Beach Bar. We could hear the music and see the tiki hut with daybeds surrounding the location. I also wanted to check out Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar and Grill. It’s actually the only beach bar open year round, and offers views of the ocean, boardwalk and casinos.
- The Steel Pier: I mean who wouldn’t want to have a funnel cake while on the beach. I would love to see this little part of history.
- Escape AC: This type of concept has been popping up all of the US. Atlantic City’s Escape Room is located at the Tropicana and offers classic AC themes including The Poker Room and The Boardwalk to name a few.
- Shopping in AC: You can find tons of Tanger Outlets and other stores including Bass Pro Shop in the heart of Atlantic City. There is also a cool mall at the Playground which is located on the Boardwalk across from Caesars. You can find upscale shopping, trendy restaurants and beautiful views of the ocean.
Restaurants in Atlantic City
- Nero’s Italian Steakhouse at Caesars: We received a comped meal to Nero’s. Of course, who doesn’t love free food. We did enjoy the atmosphere, service and yummy steak and potatoes.
- Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Ballys: This past weekend we dined at Guy’s Chophouse and really enjoyed the experience. We had a great view of the ocean and loved the Jalapeño margaritas and sushi rolls. They also gave complimentary bread with dijon mustard butter. Very interesting and oh so tasty. I really enjoyed the vibe at this restaurant, and they provided free champagne to all guests waiting to dine. Customer Service at it’s finest.
- A few more restaurants I would love to try in Atlantic City: Chef Vola’s, Carmine’s at Tropicana, Bobby Flay Steak, Harry’s Oyster Bar, Izakaya, Casa Taco & Tequila Bar, The Palm and Wolfgang Puck American Grille.
Obviously, I need a few more trips to Atlantic City to complete my to do list. Don’t underestimate this fun City. It’s been dubbed the Vegas of the East Coast in the past, and could definitely make a come back in the future. Until next time, Cheers!