Travel Destinations

Seaside Casinos - Jackpot!

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January 2020
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By
Brad
Kovach

Whether you love the thrill of gambling or simply enjoy the glitz and glamour at today's world-class casinos, these waterfront destinations are a sure bet. Split into region, the following seaside casinos and gaming establishments are flush with exciting games of chance and endless hours of entertainment.

New England

A gaming getaway to this historic seafaring region of the northeast United States promises a windfall of memorable experiences. Berth your vessel in a charming harbor next to working boats and private yachts, then stroll the cobblestone streets lined with boutique shops, art galleries, whaling museums and fresh seafood restaurants. Don't miss a trip to the rocky headlands along the coast, home to pocket beaches and majestic lighthouses.From north to south, you can try your luck at Encore Boston Harbor Casino (grand-scale glamor) in Boston, Atlantic Beach Casino Resort (old-time beachy) in Westerly, RI, and Mohegan Sun Casino (modern luxury high-rise) in Montville, CT.

Atlantic City, NJ

Last time we checked, Las Vegas was still landlocked, which makes Atlantic City the seaside casinos capital of the United States. More than $1.7 billion in investments in recent years has enhanced the resort town's magnetic appeal with big name restaurants featuring famous chefs, headline entertainment, lavish spas, championship golf courses, elite shopping and more.Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Tropicana Atlantic City are both located on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk and all its sun-and-sand attractions. Golden Nugget Atlantic City is in the Marina District, a less congested and more chic setting away from the hubbub of the beach.

Baltimore, MD

A stay in one of America's oldest seaports, bustling and diverse Baltimore could be the ending to a wonderful, nature-filled cruise up the Chesapeake Bay. The city's downtown and many of its neighborhoods are being revitalized, with special attention given to its greatest assets: the Inner Harbor and Patapsco River waterfront. Family-friendly museums, eclectic restaurants, exciting nightlife, and historic monuments and ships are just the tip of the iceberg here.The Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, located on Baltimore's south side a short distance from the Inner Harbor, has 122,000 square feet of gaming space and offers easy access to both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, where the Orioles and Ravens play.

Washington, DC

National Harbor on the eastern shore of the Potomac River invites stunning views of the monuments of Washington, DC, from the top of its 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel. But that's not all. This celebrated waterfront entertainment district features fashionable shopping, restaurants from top-rated chefs, and renowned attractions including indoor and outdoor art collections, relaxing full-service spas, noteworthy buildings and estates, and a full-service marina.

MGM National Harbor is a 300-suite hotel with a spacious casino, high-end retail, fine and casual dining, a

MGM National Harbor Closeup | Seaside Casinos | Marinalife

1,200-seat theater venue, and conservatory. Plus, you can take the water taxi or cruise up the Potomac River to Old Town Alexandria and DC waterfront hotspots, memorials and Nationals Stadium, home to the 2019 World Series champs. The District Wharf and The Yards marinas offer convenient dockage in DC.

Bay St. Louis, MS

This quaint coastal community, located about 90 miles east of New Orleans, has been named one of the Coolest Small Towns in America by Budget Travel, and a Dream Town by Coastal Living Magazine. Picture vintage architecture, quirky shops and galleries, and mouth-watering eateries set against a backdrop of marshlands and a wide, sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The perfect spot for a laidback sojourn.When it's time to up the ante with some excitement, stop in at Island View Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino Marina or Silver Slipper Casino Beachfront RV Park each with sweeping seaside views and games galore.

Vicksburg, MS

Rising from the banks of the Mississippi River and claiming a pivotal site in the American Civil War, Vicksburg lies at the crossroads of old and new. Paved-brick streets, antebellum mansions and colorful murals painted on the floodwall show the heritage of the downtown district, while specialty shopping, outstanding New Southern cuisine, and a thriving arts and culture scene look to the future.But the best views could be at the casinos. Ameristar Vicksburg is a stationary riverboat packed with the latest electronic and table games. Lady Luck Casino and WaterView Casino are both on the water's edge and offer Vegas-style gambling, restaurants and full guest services.

New Orleans, LA

The Big Easy is a place like no other. Between the multifaceted festivals, soulful music, unique cuisine, historic tours, curated shopping, and dark-to-dawn nightlife, it's impossible to overstate the city's melting-pot charm.That extends to the seaside casinos, too. Twenty-six stories tall, Harrah's New Orleans has spectacular views of the skyline and is just steps from the French Quarter. Boomtown Casino & Hotel, across the Mississippi River on the West Bank, operates a 380-foot stationary riverboat with games, food and more. Treasure Chest Casino, about 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans, is another riverboat with red-hot slots, table games and dining against the backdrop of Lake Pontchartrain.

Florida

Florida is a big, beautiful, diverse state, as demonstrated by its richly influenced cities and attractions. Known as the home of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Race, Daytona Beach is also a spring break hotspot with its activity-filled boardwalk and 23 miles of sand. Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club works racing into the betting repertoire, with live and simulcast greyhound races.The Casino at Dania Beach hosts Jai Alia the fastest game ever played by man and recently renovated its court to seat up to 500 spectators. At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Davie, the setting evokes a posh rock ‘n' roll feel and hosts performers such as Sting and Alicia Keys. In the heart of the Everglades south of Miami, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming treats guests with a salon and spa, top-notch food, and events that highlight the culture of the native Miccosukee tribe.

Lake Tahoe, NV

Carved from the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains during the last ice age, cerulean-blue Lake Tahoe is a major destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and those looking for seaside casinos. The 22-mile-long by 12-mile-wide body of water straddles California and Nevada, with the latter boasting several casinos divided between the North Shore and South Shore.Up north, Crystal Bay Casino and Tahoe Biltmore Casino & Lodge combine traditional alpine charm with modern amenities. If you're looking for an overtly glamorous experience, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa to the south tap into the pampered traveler inside us all and provide high-rise views and extravagant resort features.

Southern California

The ultimate Southern California boat trip could start on secluded Santa Catalina Island, where you can explore the beautiful wildlife above and below the waves before spending an evening at Avalon's circular, art deco Catalina Casino the kind of timeless landmark where James Bond wouldn't seem out of place. Then, it's over to Ocean's Eleven Casino in Oceanside. You probably won't see Brad Pitt or George Clooney on your visit, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the 22,000-square-foot gaming space with 50 tables and slot machines.Last comes a trip to San Diego's seaside casinos (don't miss the Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park) and a stop at Barona Resort & Casino, winner of Best Casino, Loosest Slots, and Best Casino Buffet in the San Diego Union-Tribune's Best Of Readers Poll for nine years in a row.

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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Located on Conanicut Island, Gould Island and Dutch Island, Jamestown welcomes boaters to Narragansett Bay.  Its southernmost point is on Gould Island and marked by Beavertail Lighthouse and State Park. The northernmost point is marked by Conanicut Island Lighthouse.  While Conanicut Island is the second largest island on Narragansett Bay, it is near the western mainland in Kingston, and Newport lies to the east on Aquidneck Island.  Hop on the Jamestown Newport Ferry to get the lay of the land and sea.

Jamestown was settled early in colonial history and was named for James, Duke of York, who became King James II in 1685.  By 1710, many of Jamestown’s current roads were already in place and a lot of its early architecture is well preserved. Soak up some local history at the Jamestown Fire Memorial Museum, Beavertail Lighthouse Museum and Park, Jamestown Windmill, Watson Farm, Conanicut Island Sanctuary, Fort Wetherill State Park, and the Jamestown Settlement museum.

The main town, shops and restaurants are located on the eastern shore of Conanicut Island.  But even from the western side, Dutch Harbor and other attractions are easily accessed with a one-mile walk.

WHERE TO DOCK

Conanicut Marina
401-423-5820

This full-service marina has a ships store/chandlery, gift shop, extensive dockage and a large mooring field.  It’s located in the heart of town overlooking Newport and the Pell Bridge, but bring your fishing poles for the kids.

Dutch Harbor Boat Yard
401-423-0630

Located on the west passage of Narragansett Bay, this small, local marina has good moorings, launch service and facilities.  At times, the harbor can be rolly from a SW wind up the West Passage.  The holding ground is excellent for anchoring, but the dinghy dock is by seasonal permit only.

Safe Harbor Jamestown Boatyard
401-423-0600

Jamestown Boatyard is renowned for excellent workmanship on all types of boats.  It also has a large mooring field and is in a beautiful location on the East Passage.

WHERE TO DINE

Slice of Heaven
401-423-9866

This family-owned café and bakery with an outdoor patio is an ideal spot for breakfast and lunch, especially if you’re looking for tasty gluten-free and vegetarian options.

J22 Tap & Table
401-423-3709

This lively, year-round restaurant specializes in classic American cuisine and local seafood dishes such as New England clam chowder, lobster tail and seared yellowfin tuna while accommodating meat eaters with wings, burgers and steak tacos.

Village Hearth Bakery & Café
401-423-9282

Take a seat inside this rustic eatery or outside on the patio to enjoy wood-fired bread, pizzas and pastries with a cool beer or wine.  To start your day with a smile, order a cup of the eco-friendly coffee.

Bay Voyage Restaurant
401-560-7979

Inside the Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn, this casual dining establishment presents a seasonal menu of American cuisine standards and seafood with fresh ingredients and a stellar view of Narragansett Bay.

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Explore the Spirited Lakefront of Burlington, VT
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A vibrant, compact city hugging the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain, Burlington abounds in scenic beauty, four-season recreation, a college town vibe, arts and culture, and a quirky character all its own.

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Eclectic shops named Anjou & the Little Pear or Common Deer, and restaurants called Zabby & Elf 's Stone Soup or The Skinny Pancake dot the urban landscape. A local artist's satirical comment on the bureaucracy of urban planning called File Under So. Co., Waiting for..., consists of 38 filing cabinets welded together to a 40-foot height. Birds frequently nest in the upper chambers.

History buffs stroll through the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum or the Fleming Museum of Art's multi-era artifact collection while hikers trek the 12.5-mile path at Burlington Waterfront Park, which offers bicycle, rollerblade and kayak rentals. In season, the path connects to the Lake Champlain Islands via bike ferry.

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Since the 1800s, the Old North End has been the city's melting pot, and global cuisine from Nepalese dumplings to the African Market can be found here today. Between munches, stroll over to historic Elmwood Cemetery, whose residents include Revolutionary War soldiers. Hear their stories and perhaps have a chance encounter with a local spirit on a Queen City Ghostwalk Tour. Liquid spirits rule when the internationally famous, regionally beloved and hidden gem breweries line up for the annual Vermont Brewers Festival. Year round, enjoy homemade bratwurst and drafts at Zero Gravity Craft Beer. At acclaimed Foam Brewers, the patio faces Lake Champlain waterfront and the Adirondack Mountains. Hop on the Sip of Burlington Brew Tour for a dozen tastings and the sights of this dynamic, energetic city.

Where to Dock

Burlington Community Boathouse Marina

802-865-3377

This full-service marina is the centerpiece of a growing waterfront. Amenities include 105 slips up to 65 feet, Splash Café and a fantastic sunset over the Adirondacks.

Burlington Harbor Marina

802-540-6869

With 160 slips (60 transient slips up to 80 feet), this new marina's tranquil harbor setting is convenient to downtown amenities and recreational activities.

Where to Dine

Honey Road

802-497-2145

Savor sophisticated Mediterranean small plates, cocktails and creative desserts in a comfy tavern setting.

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

802-859-0888

This farm-to-table gastropub dishes up local burgers, charcuterie and innovative specials. Sip on local brews in the beer garden.

RíRá

802-860-9401

According to Irish playwright Brendan Behan, The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you. RíRá fuses classic Irish with pub grub to satisfy the first two.

Leunig's Bistro & Café

802-863-3759

Step inside the lush garden courtyard to watch fresh local fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood transform into classic French dishes. Come enjoy a romantic evening meal.

Hen of the Wood

802-540-0534

Enjoy a true Vermont dining experience in a romantic, rustic atmosphere adjacent to the Hotel Vermont.

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Discover the Island Charm of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts
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Ever wish you could hop in a time machine and go back 50 or 60 years to experience a less frenetic pace of life? It's not as far-fetched as it might sound. There's a place off the coast of Massachusetts where you can do just that ... at least for a weekend.

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"It's like 1960 --you're stepping back in time," notes Captain Jono Billings, who owns and operates the Cuttyhunk Ferry out of New Bedford, about 18 miles north of Cuttyhunk Island, a 580-acre arc of stone and sand that's the westernmost of the Elizabeth Islands that lie between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.

For such a small place, Cuttyhunk has a long, colorful history. In 1602 --nearly 20 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock -- Bartholomew Gosnold sailed from Falmouth, England to establish a colony in the New World, explored the areas near present-day Kennebunkport, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and built a small fort on what he christened Cuttyhunk Island.

A 70-foot stone tower was constructed in 1902 commemorating the 300th anniversary of that historic landing. After passing through the hands of several English earls and dukes, Peleg Slocum purchased the island in 1693, and her family continued to live on Cuttyhunk for the next 165 years.

In 1865, a group of Rhode Island fishing enthusiasts bought a large portion of the island and built the Cuttyhunk Club and a few fishing stands, enhancing its reputation as a prime spot for sport fishing. In fact, two 73-pound, world-record striped bass have been caught off Cuttyhunk in 1913 and more recently in 1967.

Local fishermen know all the qualities and quirks of the area's waters, offering their services to visiting anglers and acting as expert navigators for ships sailing into New Bedford Harbor, piloting them through the dangerous Sow and Pig Reef on the west end of the island.

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Cuttyhunk Island | Ben McLaughlin

Fishing isn't the only way to interact with nature on Cuttyhunk. Half the island is a nature preserve, home to a variety of birds and mammals, as well as wildflowers, sweet peas, bayberry and a host of other flora. Plenty of hiking trails wind through the landscape that's largely craggy and reflects Cuttyhunk's glacial origins. It's covered with the same kind of rocks and stones found in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Although largely a day-tripper destination, visitors can overnight on Cuttyhunk with some advance planning. Most boaters prefer to stay aboard their own craft if properly outfitted, but limited accommodations are on land as well. Avalon, the Inn on Cuttyhunk Island, offers seven rooms, while Cuttyhunk Fishing Club has eight. A few cottage and house rentals are also available through Pete's Place Rentals.

Where to Dock

Cuttyhunk Marina

508-990-7578

The marina offers 50 transient slips that can accommodate vessels up to 110 feet and have freshwater hookups and 30- and 50-amp electricity capability. About 50 moorings accommodate vessels up to 50 feet. Pump out, ice, picnic area and restrooms are available.

Frog Pond Marine Moorings

508-992-7530

This mooring field is located in the outer harbor off the port side of Bell 6 upon entering Cuttyhunk. Bright white balls mark the moorings, which are first-come, first-serve. Tie up to any mooring that doesn't say PRIVATE, and the mooring collector will come to your boat to collect a $45 rental fee.

Jenkins Moorings

508-996-9294

Located in the outer harbor to the right of the channel's entrance, moorings are first-come, first-serve during the high season. If you spend the night, call and they'll deliver fresh oysters and raw-bar items to your boat.

Where to Dine

Cuttyhunk Café

508-802-8633

This coffee shop is located on the town fish dock. Start your day with coffee and pastries, pick up chowder and sandwiches for lunch, and finish the day chowing down on fresh lobster boils with corn, potatoes, onion, chorizo and steamers.

Cuttyhunk Fishing Club

508-992-5585

Just south of town on Cemetery Road, this B&B offers the best breakfasts/brunches on the island, and you don't have to be a guest to enjoy it. They don't take reservations, so grab a cup of coffee and an Adirondack chair while you wait for your table and enjoy the porch with a million-dollar view.

Cuttyhunk Island Market

508-538-1218

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this rustic spot offers all the essentials: dry goods, sundries, bread, dairy, fresh veggies, plus 10-inch subs with a bag of chips. We may be small, but we have it all.

Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms

508-990-1317

This floating raw bar provides fresh Cuttyhunk oysters and clams, along with stuffed quahog and hot clam chowder to boaters during the summer, delivered right to your boat. Call them on VHF Channel 72 or stop in at their shack on the fish dock during the day to place your order.

Soprano's Pizza

508-992-7530

The only sit-down restaurant on Cuttyhunk, this in-season eatery serves gourmet brick oven pizzas and seafood specials. Think a pizza oven held hostage in a garage, four picnic tables in a driveway lit by tiki torches, and a croaking bullfrog in the pond! Can't beat that kind of ambiance.

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