Date nights are always highly coveted when you are a parent. James and I *try* to make a date night at least once or twice a month.
Of course sometimes life gets extra busy and those “date nights” consist of wine, our couch and Shark Tank.
But then other times, the stars perfectly align somehow and we successfully persuade family members to watch all three kids OVER NIGHT and we get a mini getaway!
This rare alignment occurred last month when we were invited to visit Atlantic City and we naturally JUMPED on it!
Just 90 minutes from our home, Atlantic City has always been our “go-to” place for a weekend getaway, whether its as a couple or with friends.
The Tropicana hotel/casino is where I had my bachelorette party and is probably my favorite resort/casino in AC. The inside is decorated to replicate the French Quarter (below left) and is just gorgeous!
The picture below on the right is one of my favorite Atlantic City getaway memories– singing Karaoke at The Tropicana with our friends Tim and Marie. We have made a promise to do this again in 2015 and I am including it to hold us accountable.
Atlantic City is one of those places that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves.
It’s not Disney or a tropical island, it’s true– but it certainly has its beauty and is always buzzing with fun for the grown-ups!
photo credit: McKenna Bleu
Oh! Hello there Tanger Outlets, you sexy beast, you!
From concerts to lounges, OUTLET shopping (*high fives*) and of course … gambling– there is quite literally always the makings of a fun getaway– which is why we find ourselves there multiple times a year.
During this trip, we skipped the casino floor, as we had a full schedule which included a Wanda Syke’s comedy show, perusing the Pier Shops and checking out some new-to-us dining experiences.
chef photo credit: McKenna Bleu
This was a 2 hour cooking class that kicked off with the most delicious strawberry mojitos I have ever tasted in my life and quesidillas! If I received the same greeting in my own kitchen, we *might* have less pizza nights. Just saying’.
The chef walked us through preparing each dish, giving us not only some great hands-on cooking experience but some of his cooking tips as well.
When we were done cooking our 4 course meal (insert food coma here), we took our dishes to super cute dining room where they had a table set for us.
The Viking Cooking School offers a variety of different classes from pizza making to brunch and just about every cuisine you can think of- including occasional vegan and gluten free classes.
Not only is it a great date-night idea, it’s also a perfect gift-option!
Classes range around $89-$99 per person.
left photo credit: McKenna Bleu
This year Guy Fieri opened up his Chophouse restaurant in Bally’s Hotel/Casino.
You guys? So good. …SO. SO. GOOD.
Billed as a steakhouse with a “Twist” there is something on the menu for everyone– sushi, lobster, sliders, buffalo chicken…. and let me not even get into the Nutella tacos and “Cheesecake Challenge” that is layered in chocolate covered potato chips and is every flavor of heaven.
left photo credit: McKenna Bleu
The Borgata Hotel/Casino is home to some incredible restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille and Bobby Flay’s Steakhouse. Every year, the hotel hosts “Savor Borgata” which is a week of awesome food events and restaurant deals.
Street Eats is the last event of the week that offers a taste of all the deliciousness the Borgota restaurants offer.
Set up like a festival with food trucks, Street Eats attendees are invited to go up and down the rows of food grabbing a bite here and a glass of wine there. Wolf Gang Puck himself was even there serving his duck sliders! The event is a foodie’s dream come true.
Ticket price: $79
We most definitely ate our way through AC this trip– and if you were wondering we also avoided the scale for a good 3 days after. WORTH IT.