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So tell me about Atlantic City...........

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So tell me about Atlantic City...........

I apologize - ask me about Disney in Florida, St. Louis or Vegas & I will be the one handing out advice! But I have never been to AC - closest is Washington DC!!! So I have a few questions & I am sure I will have more!

This morning I won one of the Total Escape 2 night trips to Atlantic City. I figured I would take my mom (degenerate gambler at about a nickel at a time.....) but my husband is telling me he would like to go. He has until Monday to decide since I have to get those affi's back.

The trip includes 2 nights at Harrah's Atlantic City. I am trying to read reviews on it on TA but also uploading photos from my Vegas trip at the same time so it isn't going too quickly. Although the overall reviews look very good for the prop itself. Evidently from a previous winner who has received the info, they fly you into Philly - so I will probably rent a car.

But do some of my AC friends have other helpful info?

1. Fav restaurants at Harrah's or in that area - if not at Harrah's which casino is it at? (Or a must-do restaurant just for AC itself).

2. Are drinks free while slot playing like in Vegas or do you pay? (I see comments that they have on-screen ordering).

3. Same question for VP at bartops - are drinks free?

4. Are there any good restaurant.com selections in that area that I should pick up? (I'll watch groupon too).

5. Any other things in the immediate close area that warrant taking a couple hours in the afternoon to go to? If we have a car, driving out a short way isn't an issue.

6. Is there any line cutting for Platinum or do they cater only to Diamond like St. Louis does? (At both check-in and at restaurants.)

7. I believe there is a taxi cap in AC so it shouldn't be too expensive to go from Harrah's to the Boardwalk area - but how do you 'get around" - do you drive over to the Boardwalk or what?

8. And if mom does go instead of DH does the concierge in AC rent scooters like they do in LV?

Going to try to do an early morning flight & return later in the day on return day so we can at least get two full days. If not, I'll see if they will book the flight one later day out & I can probably get a comp at Harrah's for one more night myself on my card. And since we will probably try to wrap into one of the few weekends my DH gets off, I don't know if it will be fall or summer - so not sure if Boardwalk will be open or not.

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1. Harrahs has a bevy of restaurant choices. I like the Steakhouse, myself. If you are willing to venture outside of Harrahs (but still stay in the Marina area) Golden Nugget has a Chart House and Vic And Anthony's Steakhouse. The Borgata has a whole host of fine dining by celebrity chefs from Bobby Flay to Wolfgang Puck. The best at Borgata in my opinion is Old Homestead Steakhouse. If you just want something fairly quick and casual at Harrahs, you may like Bills Burger--I like it, but the reviews overall are generally mixed.

2. Drinks are free--except premium drinks. If you are diamond, then just about everything will be free.

3. Ditto for VP bartops in my experience.

6. Platinum benefits are limited, but at Harrahs they do have a separate check-in line.

7. Taxis are capped at around $13, I believe. A very popular form of travel in AC is the "jitney". These are like minibuses that stop at all the major hotel-casinos. Last I was there, it only cost $2.25 per person per ride.

Edited: 14 April 2012, 20:56
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Not Diamond any longer but I also don't need top-shelf liquour. I am still Platinum though - so at least check-in will be easier. And I don't drink that much! Thinking once we get there unless we go OUT of town to see something, it might be easier to just leave the car parked.

I will get to reading the Top Questions area on here - just still a bit amazed right now.

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Since you are Platinum, you can park for free at Caesars,Harrahs, Ballys, and Showboat. The top questions are definitely worth reading. They will answer many of your questions in better detail. Congrats on your win and don't forget to check out the Irish Pub (just off the boardwalk) and Bill's Gyros on the boardwalk!

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Congrats on your win. I was just reading your post on Vegas Message Board, so it sounds like you enjoy Vegas also. Harrahs AC is a great property. It is much nicer than Harrahs in Vegas, and I would rank it as a little nicer that Planet Hollywood.

In terms of towers, the bigger, nicer rooms are in the Bayview and Waterfront Towers, and the atrium tower is generally for the higher rated players and is comparable to an Embassy Suites from what I have heard. I have never stayed in the marina or harbour towers, but the reviews are mixed on these "deluxe" rooms.

The pool area is unique. It is a big pool, with jacuzzis, bar, cabanas etc. and it is all under a huge dome that allows it to be used year-round. On weekend nights, it turns into a huge nightclub.

There are trains that will get you from the airport in Philadelphia to AC, but if you can get a good rate on a car that makes the trip easier. The airport is not far from the Walt Whitman bridge to NJ, and once you cross the bridge just follow the signs to AC. The trip should take about an hour or so. Once you get on the AC expressway traffic moves fast, and once you get close to AC just watch for the signs to the Marina area. Signage is easy to follow until you get close to the marina area. On more than one occasion, I have ended up taking the Borgata exit. There is a side road that leads to harrahs from there, so that isnt the end of the world.

I havent used them yet (I am going next weekend though), but Harrahs has just installed the total touch system for drinks at the slots. You order the drinks right at the machine, and the cocktail waitress delivers the drinks with preference given to seven star, the diamond, etc.

One last tip, if you have an iphone, sign up for the Total Connects App. It gives you some perks like diamond line access, free parking, and special deals during your stay.

Enjoy, and congrats on your win.

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To visit the Boardwalk or any of the casinos in town from Harrah's, I agree that the jitneys will be better than driving your rental car ... sure, you'll wait a few minutes for a jitney (maybe) and sure it makes stops like a bus does, but it will save you time as compared with driving around the huge parking garages looking for a spot and then walking.

As far as the Boardwalk being "open," it's open all year 'round. A vast majority of Boardwalk shops are open all year. And if you're talking the fall, I can't imagine that the few that close will have closed that early.

I'm a local. My favorfite restaurant in the city is The Continental, which is located in The Pier Shops at Caesars. It's a unique tapas-style menu (you can see the menu on their website) ... they have entrees, but my wife and I tend to order a salad to share and about 4 appetizers to share.

At some point during your brief stay, you HAVE TO go to the Boardwalk just to see it once. All of the casinos, except for Harrah's and Borgata and Golden Nugget are located directly on the Boardwalk. I don't want to over-sell it, it's not like seeing Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon or anything like that, but it's just one of those iconic American things that you should see once.

And if you've never seen an ocean before, you should stroll on the beach for a bit, too. Maybe I'm weird or too sensitive or something, but to me there is something very cool and awe-inspiring about standing at the very edge of the continent.

Other than the Boardwalk and its environs (the casino "strip" on the Boardwalk is about 2 miles long) and the beach, I can't say there is any sort of must-see attraction in the area. There are certainly other things you COULD occupy yourself with, but nothing that's a must-see.

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So, I'm the first to mention that the Monopoly board is named after Atlantic City streets?

I suggest if you want to go on another short car trip, try Lucy the Elephant http://www.lucytheelephant.org/ and just accross from Lucy is Venturas Greenhouse http://www.venturasgreenhouse.com/ which has excellent oysters florentine.

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Here's another road trip if you decide to rent a car. It's just a cut&paste from an old post of mine, which was also a cut&paste tripadvisor.com/…35829076

edit: the cut&paste starts here: >>The already mentioned Cape May Zoo is a great choice also. Free & gladly accepts donations. Here is an old post of mine from Cape May forum, but the butterfly shop may not have live butterflies in Nov<<

>>You mentioned Cape May Zoo, Further North on Rt9 in Clermont is Cape May Wicker. You may have been to the one in Cape May, but this one is huge. There is no website, it does business by word~of~mouth.. or we could call it a well~known secret. Cape May Wicker 1930 N Route 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 624-3031 ‎

Once you've parked you can visit two other places on foot

Next door is Teaberry Antiques http://teaberryantiquesnj.com/

Accross Rt9 is Woodland Village It's a bunch of little shops including a butterfly house http://www.imaginebutterfliesnj.com/ Here is a YouTube video I just found for Woodland Village

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usQsViqrlT8 Please use caution when crossing rt9 as there is no signal and the speed limit is 50mph

If you get to Cape May Winery, be sure to do a Tim~Tam Slam with port wine. They sell them so you can take them back to the house with you for some more later …groundspeak.com/forums/…ShowThread.aspx <<

If you plan to stay in AC during your visit, I would suggest the SEPTA train 30th St Stn and the AC line. No need to rent a car just to have it sit in the garage. Unless a rental costs less than the trains

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60795-c122798/Philad…

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>>Same question for VP at bartops - are drinks free?<< You'll find a lot of them along the boardwalk do not have free drinks. Tropicana has stickers on them. Which are spelled wrong. They replace the stickers periodically and it's still spelled wrong. It says drinks are not COMPLEMENTARY while playing at the bar. So.... I suppose these machine are silently making fun of my Forman Mills wardrobe while I'm playing there. One of these days I'm going to wear Van Heusen and see if they continue to mock me

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Okay, rship - you made me look it up:

Usage tip: complimentary vs. complementary

For me, the easiest way to remember the difference between these two is to remember the definitions of compliment (something nice you say about someone) and complement (something that completes a set or group).

Something that is complimentary is either a) free or b) flattering. (Maybe another way to remember it is to think "I like things that are complImentary". Or maybe that's just really corny.)

Something that is complementary completes a set, matches a pair, or fills out a group. Angles, base pairs, and wines can be complementary, but statements and newspapers generally aren't.

So, you can sip complimentary coffee while contemplating the complementary angles on the rafters above your head. But if you start encountering complimentary angles, you might want to get your eyes (ears?) checked...

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Would a martini that is not complementary be served in a glass like this? fineartamerica.com/images-simple-print/image…