Local: Weekend Escape at Foxwoods

IMG_20150719_174109455_HDRSo far we’ve covered a lot of fun family getaway ideas on Bronxmama. But we know how important it is for parents to have some me time as well- whether it’s a date night, girls night out, or just grabbing a close friend and hitting the road. While the Real Housewives might have the money and childcare options to plan week long trips to exotic islands, for many of us just a night away with a trusted babysitter is what we’re working with. So, we set out to find a place within driving distance of the Bronx to pack in as much as possible for some overnight fun. This time, we chose Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Located around 2 hours away from the Bronx, Foxwoods Resort Casino has a casino, entertainment options, an outlet, restaurants, a spa, and more. Even if you’ve just got one night away, there are quite a few options you can go with when planning your trip. We had the chance to hit up Foxwoods this past week and enjoy gaming, dinner, and an R. Kelly Show.

We arrived at Foxwoods for check in on a Sunday. When we got there, their pool party, Liquid Sundays, was in full effect. If you’re going this summer on a Sunday and want to be part of the fun, be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time as this party-complete with a DJ and drinks, does sell out. If you’re more interested in being able to just relax by the pool, the other days of the week have a regular pool schedule. There is also an indoor pool at the spa you can inquire about upon check in.

IMG_20150719_173212082There are over 4,800 slot  machines to choose from at Foxwoods within their six casinos. To plan ahead, you can check out lots of gaming options on their website, including booking poker seats. Whether you are a first timer and want to stick to the penny slots or you’re ready to hit the tables, there is plenty of action at Foxwoods.

IMG_20150719_182826619_HDRWe had reservations for the Cedars Restaurant at 6pm. As Foxwood’s signature steakhouse, this fine dining establishment offers many beef, poultry and seafood dishes. For appetizers, we went for the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with a Cajun Rémoulade and the Oysters on the Half Shell. Both were delicious.

For dinner we opted for steak and surf and turf options- also amazing. We couldn’t resist a side of steak fries and some beer and cocktails to wash it all down. While this is one of their fine dining establishments and on the pricier side, it was well worth the prices and we left completely satisfied.

IMG_20150719_212639068It was then time for a concert. We headed down to the Grand Theater to the R. Kelly concert, which just so happened to be the last of his sold out shows at Foxwoods. As long time R. Kelly fans, we had a blast going back into time with him as the audience belted out all of his classics throughout the years. Every seat in the theater had a great view of the stage and Kellz did a great job involving the audience in the show. At one point he even appeared in the crowd and was able to soak in the moment of the audience signing I Believe I Can Fly word for word. That must have been an amazing feeling for him!

Once the concert ended, many of the concert goers hit up the casinos themselves as well as a bar located in the middle of one of the casino floors. We hung out at the bar for a bit with the DJ playing some more hits, and then tried our luck at the slots again.

IMG_20150719_175832744Overall, it was a great night away and we loved how much we were able to pack into one night. We looked forward to sleeping in and picking up the kids refreshed after a much needed break.

Depending on who you’re going with and your interests, there is a lot to choose from when planning your own trip to Foxwoods. For a girls night, the spa and some shopping would be a great part of the itinerary. There is also golf, bowling, and even an arcade. In the summer if you’re looking forward to enjoying the pool, keep in mind the Liquid Sundays option or plan for a day where the pool is open to everyone. At only 2 hours away, Foxwoods was definitely a great choice for a night away to really pack in as much fun as possible before it was time to head back home. For more information and to plan your trip, visit www.foxwoods.com.


Our stay and activities were comped at Foxwoods to facilitate this review, but as usual all opinions expressed are our own.

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