Tour operators planning New England itineraries have two resorts in northeastern Connecticut where their travelers will find luxurious amenities: Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. Groups can find everything they need at the longtime NTA casino properties, which each offer an array of experiences on-site.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
The basics: From its multiple hotel towers and casinos to its signature restaurants and shopping options, Foxwoods has become a major resort destination since it opened in 1992.
On the gaming floor: There are four main casinos—Fox Tower, Great Cedar, Grand Pequot, and Rainmaker—located throughout the property. The Rainmaker Casino was reimagined and opened in August. This new gaming space includes a number of new video slots, some of which are only offered at Foxwoods; a poker room; and an expanded race book.
Gastronomically speaking: With 35 restaurants, there is no shortage of options any time of the day or night. Patrons can choose between fine-dining venues, fast-casual eateries, and grab-and-go spots.
Top activities: Thanks to the on-site Tanger Outlets location, shopping takes center stage, and guests can browse at more than 80 boutiques and brand-name stores. For those seeking a few thrills, there are plenty of options at Foxwoods Extreme Adventures. They can choose from activities including a ropes course, going zip lining, and doing some go karting on a European-style indoor track.
What’s new: Foxwoods debuted the Topgolf Swing Suite in 2019. The new area features two state-of-the-art simulator bays for golfing—players can take on 80 golf courses from around the world—as well as simulated baseball, football, hockey, and soccer games.
Annual festival: Foxwoods Beerfest (November)
The basics: The 185-acre resort destination includes two casinos, 1,600 deluxe rooms, two world-class spas, a golf course, three entertainment venues, and more than 90 shops, restaurants, and bars.
On the gaming floor: Whether travelers choose the Casino of the Earth or Casino of the Sky, they can enjoy trying their luck at thousands of slot machines and table games, such as Texas hold ’em, blackjack, pai gow, craps, and baccarat. Additionally, and a high-tech race book shows daily live horse racing from across the globe.
Gastronomically speaking: From Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse to celebrity chef spots such as Bobby’s Burger Palace (Bobby Flay), Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery, and Todd English’s Tuscany, Mohegan Sun offers a range of dining experiences.
Top activities: Guests can enjoy a variety of massages and treatments at the award-winning Madera Spa, play a round on the 18-hole championship golf course, and do some shopping at the name brand merchants on-site. The property also features live entertainment and sports at 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, the Wolf Den (a smaller concert venue), and Comix Roadhouse.
What’s new: After welcoming upscale dining-and-drinking spot Novelle in 2019, Mohegan Sun will add Tao Restaurant to its lengthy list of dining options. The menu at the new 300-seat venue will feature Pan-Asian cuisine.
Annual festival: New England Food Truck Festival (August)
Top photo: Foxwoods Resort Casino Topgolf Swing Suite
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