A Wonderfully Wintry Adventure In Atlantic City!

Achievement: #74. Visit Atlantic City

We love to travel, but we rarely find ourselves in tourist destinations during the on-season. We like the lack of crowds, the ability to wander around like a local, and also the ability to save a little money (which we in turn spend on more trips). For Christmas last year, Michael surprised me with a 2-day mini getaway to Atlantic City. It was a great deal through Groupon – 2 nights, $50 in food vouchers, free admission to the casino nightclub, and some dollars to play the slots, all for under $150. The only catch: it was in March. And Atlantic City is COLD in March.

So what is there to do in a beach town during winter? Follow us on our photo tour of sights to see and find out!

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We left crazy-early in the morning. Atlantic City is about 6-7 hours from Pittsburgh, depending on how you hit traffic. So if you leave around 4am, you’ll make it in time to grab lunch and hopefully check into your hotel early.

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We left a little too early, so we had to pause for a nap in a rest stop parking lot.

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Which wasn’t the worst thing, because it gave me an excuse to add to my Photos of Me in Breezewood file.

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We took a detour to a National Park just off the route!

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Before long, though, we saw the signs for Atlantic City!

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The casinos are really like mini-resorts. We stayed at Revel, which is the very last casino/hotel on the Boardwalk.

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Revel is so fancy that its lobby has a lobby.

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I think I was in love with this place because the room style reminded me of a Kimpton (which is merely the best chain of hotels ever).

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Oh, and also because there was this amazing view.

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Seriously, beautiful. (And yes, that’s snow.)

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I thought the snow was neat. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a beach with snow before.

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It was a little on the cold side, but still gorgeous.

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One of the main reasons we went to Atlantic City was to see the sights from the HBO show, Boardwalk Empire. We found out that they do not actually shoot any of the show on location, but the sets are incredible and look just like the Boardwalk looked in the 1920s. (This is not one of the sets. This is just a model. Promise!)

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We found the Ritz Carlton, which is the hotel where Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi’s character) lives on the show.

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The Ritz is no longer a hotel, but an upscale apartment building.

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These signs are all along the Boardwalk.

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We learned that Atlantic City is home to the Miss America Pageant each year. We also learned that Michael was sadly not a contestant this year.

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Even though it was cold as hell outside, we could still watch the sun come up over the ocean from our room on our second day.

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And once the sun was up, it was time to go exploring again!

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We walked from our hotel down the Boardwalk to one of my favorite casinos, the Tropicana. Stopped outside the Pier Shops at Caesar’s.

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The Tropicana is the cutest. Like many of the casino/hotels, it’s an entire little city inside.

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In the Quarter at the Tropicana.

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Seriously, Michael had to talk me out of painting our ceiling like that when we got home.

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After we left the Tropicana, we walked back up the Boardwalk, but not before stopping on the beach for some more photos.

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And a stop to let everyone know how I *really* feel about that song that features my name.

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No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stop at Fralinger’s! They’re open year-round.

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Good luck narrowing down the selections to fill your tin!

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The Boardwalk has a lot of stray cats. Seems strange, but they are well cared-for by volunteers and appear to be quite happy, even in the snow.

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In addition to Boardwalk Empire, I was excited to see the scenes from one of my favorite movies, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. The Steel Pier was the home to Doc Carver’s Diving Horse Show, with Sonora Webster as the star diving girl!

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The high-diving horse show has been replaced by an amusement park (which was closed for the season in March).

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To recover from our disappointment, we stopped in Caesars.

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Again, it’s like its own little city.

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In the Pier Shops, there are two floors of restaurants, and just to the side of them are these cute little beach chairs where you can sit in a patch of sand and look out at the ocean without freezing!

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And if you’re up for a little bit of a drive, you can head down to Margate and see the famous Lucy the Elephant! (She closes a little earlier than posted in cold weather, just be warned. When she is open, you can climb up to the top and take photos.)

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We made one last stop at the Steel Pier after returning from Margate, just so that I could pose with my horse t-shirt and my copy of Sonora Webster’s book, A Girl and Five Brave Horses.

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Finally, we headed back up the snowy Boardwalk one last time for the night to settle into our little city for dinner, drinks, and dancing!

We’ll be back with a second post to highlight some of the best places to eat and drink in Atlantic City!

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