Monday, July 23, 2012

Big Money: Bachelorette Party in Atlantic City, NJ

I was in Atlantic City this weekend for Shelby's bachelorette party.  Since I likely won't be going on vacation this year, I've decided to make every overnight trip into a real-live travel post, since that was the whole point of this blog at one point.  And it might be again soon.  We'll see.

Friday, July 20, 2012: Mahopac, NY to Atlantic City, NJ

After meeting up with a few Mahopac friends for drinks on Thursday night, Shelby, Aprill and I woke up early and hit the road on Friday morning at around 8am in Shelby's fancy new car.  The trip was pretty uneventful, with a quick stop for Aprill to buy a hat and to fill up on gas, and we made it with good time despite the GPS on Shelby's phone conking out about half-way through.  We made it to our hotel, the Tropicana, by noon, and met up with Shelby's cousins, Dana and Caitlin.  The hotel appears to have a bit of a Communist theme, with a Cuban-style decor all around the casino, and three "commie" restaurants in a row: Red Square, PF Changs, and Cuba Libre.  The downstairs area, and all the restaurants we tried, were really nice, but the rooms weren't anything special, and for the price that each room cost, I would definitely recommend staying somewhere else on the boardwalk.  While Aprill and I brought Shelby out to a nice outdoor restaurant on the boardwalk, Dana and Caitlin decorated the room with a variety of purple decorations and more penis decorations than I knew existed.  They did a lot of the planning for the weekend, and really made it a wonderful time for us.

On the boardwalk.

We relaxed in the room for a while before getting dressed for going out.  If there was anything I was disappointed in this weekend, it's the very small fact that the weather wasn't very nice (mostly rainy the first day, gray the second day), and so we never got a chance to hang out on the beach.  The upside to this is that it was pretty cool out, and having any relief from the heat that's encompassed Manhattan for the past few weeks was just wonderful.  We all wore matching t-shirts the first night, and got a lot of attention for them (of course).  We ate at Hooters, a place I've heard many things about, but never actually been to, and wondered why so many people would bring their kids there.  It wasn't the greatest food I've ever had, but it was a fun way to start the day, and someone who was there for his bachelor party came over to wish Shelby well and pour us some free beers.  After that, we headed over to the Wild Wild West Casino, which has a really great bar with all-night happy hour and a great DJ.  It was a lot of fun, and we stayed there most of the night, dancing and drinking.  We enjoyed some of the cooler weather on the walk back to the hotel, and walked on the beach.

Matching shirts!

Saturday, July 21, 2012: Atlantic City, NJ
After our night out, Shelby, Aprill and I woke up pretty late on Saturday morning, and headed to the pool to try and find the mentholated sauna we'd heard was up there.  We never found it, and learned from one of the guys at the desk there that the women's locker room has a steam room and the men's locker room has a sauna, but neither one was mentholated.  We were pretty disappointed, but spent some time in the steam room and the (teeny-tiny) hot tub before walking around on the roof deck for a bit.

All the girls in front of the beach.

We headed back to the room and met up with Caitlin and Dana for a quick lunch of bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches at a deli in the hotel.  Then we wandered along the boardwalk, musing about getting bad tattoos at one of the shops there, and ending our walk at the Pier Shops.  It's a really nice mall, and we stopped at Lush and sat in the massage chairs at Brookstone before walking around to the outside pier and watching the ocean.  I'd forgotten how nice it is to be on the shore, and it really was beautiful, even if the weather wasn't really right for sunbathing.

All the girls ready for dinner.

We went back to the room, discovered the pay-per-view movie feature wasn't working, and when we called down to the front desk, they said they'd send someone in 15 minutes.  We watched Minority Report on regular cable and got dressed for going out before someone came to fix it.  Like I said, a really great hotel to visit, but maybe not the best one to stay at.  They do have some really great restaurants and shops, though, and we had dinner at PF Chang's.  I'd never been to the Chinese food chain before, but really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.  Given the dearth of good Chinese food in my neighborhood, I was really glad to have some in AC.  We then headed to Red Square for some post-dinner drinks.  It's a really nice place, with a great bartender and an upscale-casual atmosphere.  I had a great cocktail, a "black and white Russian," which was delicious and made with a cup of half-and-half.  It seemed like a really great date place, and had private dining nooks, which is maybe my favorite thing ever.  After a few drinks there, we went to the Trump Plaza Beach Bar.  I didn't like the vibe there quite as much as I'd liked the vibe at the bar the night before, but we still had a good time, and it was great to be able to sit outside.  We ended the night with some deep fried dough (and seemingly endless heckling by guys about the fried dough), and walked back to the hotel.

Sunday, July 22, 2012: Atlantic City, NJ to New York, NY
Sunday morning, we were all sad to be heading home, after a wonderful weekend.  Shelby and I woke up early and booked 9am appointments for massages at the Blue Mercury spa.  It was quiet, and a very relaxing atmosphere.  After a short wait in the lounge, we both went for our massages.  I had the basic Swedish massage, and it was really wonderful, although I wished that the masseuse had focused more on my back than my extremities.  We relaxed in the steam room for a bit afterward, which was also great.  Relaxed, I went to Francesca's Collection, a nice little boutique, and bought a bright orange dress with swans printed on it as a work-friendly souvenir, and we headed up to the room to clean up and check out.

Shelby at Blue Mercury

It was a perfect weekend to celebrate Shelby's impending wedding, and even the terrible traffic on the way home didn't dampen our spirits.  I'd never been to AC before, and while I was a little nervous about my first trip, it was wonderful to spend some time with these ladies, and we had a blast in Atlantic City.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like so much fun! I'm sorry the weather wasn't nice. It was kind of cold and yucky here too. Sounds like you made the best of it though. :)