Fun fact: There’s nothing I like doing more than spending a day at the casino. I am not much of a gambler--I’ll throw a hundred or so away on the slots, but that’s about it. I like playing Blackjack but I suck, and I’m overly-intimidated at the tables. I have no idea how craps works, but roulette’s ok. And nevermind Baccarat or Pai Gow Poker--that shit’s for the high rollers--and I’m barely rolling at all! No, I mostly go for the ambiance, the food, the fun, to people watch--and, as Foxwoods likes to say-- "for the wonder of it all".
A Day At Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino
Because the casinos are so generous (and want me coming back for more), I occasionally get comped shows, events and other various little goodies. This week, I received tickets to Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis at Foxwoods, and Lee Ann Womack at Mohegan Sun. I enlisted my good friend Holly to join me on my excursion and headed up north on a Friday afternoon.
Our first stop, because we were running a bit late, was the Cirque show at Foxwoods. Now, I have to imagine a 2 p.m. show on a Friday before Easter weekend = no blockbuster, and unfortunately, I was right. It was “meh”. Not great, not awful, just meh. And that’s not to say that these folks were NOT phenomenal acrobats and performers--they were outstanding! I think it was just the show in general. It had no oomph. Or maybe it just wasn’t for me, I dunno.
Photography and recording devices were not allowed (I frickin’ hate that), so I was unable to get any pics for you, but check out this video I copped off YouTube:
Foxwoods actually has four separate casinos under their roof: The Fox Tower, The Grand Pequot, Great Cedar and The Rainmaker. The Rainmaker casino is the only one of the four that's strictly non-smoking, so that's where we spent most of our time. Holly did pretty good this trip, she wound up walking away from Foxwoods’ slots in the green. I played mostly the Elvis slots, but he ain’t no friend of mine, cuz I walked away in the red. Or as I like to call it "Making a donation to the tribe".
After the show and the slots, we decided to stop at Sugar Factory for dinner. Holly and I are drawn to bright lights, glitz and glitter, so this place drew us in like moths to a flame. Scroll down and just look at those chandeliers! Absolutely amazing decor. Sugar Factory is known for it’s outrageously large fishbowl type drinks poured over dry ice. These babies are pricey, and getting one would have cut into our tribe donations. So Holly settled for a glass of wine, and I tried out a grown up root beer float. It had root beer, cream and something alcoholic in it, but I don’t know what (according to this recipe, it could have been vodka and Galliano). What I do know is that it was TASTY AF. Yum yum.
For grub, Holly got a club sandwich and a salad. I went for pasta--parpadelle with chicken and sun dried tomatoes in a lemon-y type sauce. Dinner and drinks weren’t cheap, but they were delish. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up from us.
After dinner, we left Foxwoods and made the 20 minute drive over to Mohegan Sun to catch the Lee Ann Womack concert. Not surprisingly, before the show we just had to dump a few $$$ into the slots. I love playing Big Bang Theory because it’s fun, and it takes a little longer for it to eat up all my money than most other slots (and oh yeah, bright lights).
Now I’m not a huge fan of country music, but there was a brief time in the 90s when I went pretty hard. Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Sammy Kershaw, Alan Jackson, and even Garth Brooks were a few of my favorites. I remembered the name Lee Ann Womack, but I couldn’t place a song (or a face), until I did a bit of You Tube research. DUH. Of course, Lee Ann Womack, the “I Hope You Dance” lady. Sure, I’d see her in concert--FOR FREE.
Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit--this babe (and I do mean babe, she is a knockout, wow), was AH-MAZ-ING. What a voice! And because Lee Ann is a badass, photog and video were allowed. I went live for a few minutes on Facebook and took a couple pics, but to be honest, I didn’t want to watch the concert through my phone. Our seats were not that great as it was, so I had to rely mostly on the monitors to see what was going on (how cute, she took her shoes off!). She played for about an hour, hour and a half--and she and her band were simply fantastic. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up--such a great show!
Last on our agenda was to donate a little more to the tribe but alas, our donations ran short. I won back what I had lost at Foxwoods playing electronic roulette, and Holly recouped some of what she had lost before the concert. Dare I say I think Mohgan's slots are a little "looser" than Foxwoods??? Thanks, Mohegan!
All in all it was a great day slash night, and if you get the opportunity to go either casino, the concert, or heck, even the Cirque show--go. You’re guaranteed to have a good time!
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Have you ever been to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below!