Hello, Atlantic City!

We took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Atlantic City this weekend. We got woke up, sent the boy off to school (he’s with his Dad this weekend) and headed off to AC. I had never been and although it was a long drive, we were up for it. I was very sad about missing trick-or-treating this weekend, but I will make it up to him somehow. I love my boy!

The drive down was very scenic. We’re at the end of the color-changing season for fall, but there was still plenty of red and gold to go around. Plus the scenery through PA was absolutely gorgeous!

It took us about 8.5 hours to go from Ancaster to Atlantic City, and that was with some traffic in Philly due to the Phillies World Series something-or-other + rush-hour. Sorry, I don’t follow baseball enough to know more than that. 🙂

We landed at AC right at sunset, so there wasn’t too much to see other than the lights of the casino — which was enough to invigorate us! After checking in, we took a short walk on the boardwalk and then visited the Claridge. I wanted to see it because it’s “classic” AC, and seemed like a fun thing to do. Then we headed over to Bally’s and played some pai gow tiles in the Asian Games room. Very, very cool. Despite being the only “white” players in the room, and being asked several times if we’re sure we know this game…it only took a few hands for them to realize that we indeed, do know the game.

Pai Gow Tiles is one of the best games in the casino, in my opinion. It’s a difficult game to learn, and is really a slow win or loss, but it’s fun. I’m affectionately known as “the white girl that plays tiles” at Fallsview, Niagara Falls.

One of the really cool things about Atlantic City is that two of the three casinos we ventured into had the Asian Games room. Baccarat, Pai Gow tiles, Pai Gow poker, and a game called Asian Poker that we didn’t get a chance to try out. We’ll have to go back to try out Asian Poker because it’s apparently only played in AC.

We also did a bit of shopping. There’s a big outlet/big box section not far from the shore. We hit a few stores. I was in desperate need of some fall/winter clothing for work. I have to be presentable to clients and not everyone can appreciate my Green Lantern sweatshirt. 😉

We also ate at Morton’s and The Melting Pot. Both were amazing. Morton’s was delectable and The Melting Pot was intimate and fun. You can expect The Melting Pot in your area soon because the fondue fad is spreading and so growth of that particular restaurant. It was a great dinner and I would highly recommend it for any date (first date or gazillionth).

I took a picture with my Blackberry and sent it to Tony at What I See Out My Window.

We left this morning and took a different way back, this time through Reading instead of Scranton. (Sorry I missed you, Whistler!) It was still a long drive, but just as pretty. Jake took some great pictures on the way back. I hope to coax him into offloading them soon.