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Birthday celebrations continue at Mohegan Sun

August 30th, 2010 · 23 Comments · Uncategorized

I think it’s safe to say that last week Adam’s birthday turned into birthweek – we had something fun planned for nearly every day, including of course dinner at Mooo, a cirque du soleil show Ovo (amazing!!) and last but definitely not least – a trip to Mohegan Sun. Adam loves casinos and aside from Vegas, Mohegan Sun is hands down his favorite place to gamble – it’s clean, beautiful and large enough that there is never really a time when you have to wait for a table + I can entertain myself with window shopping while he’s (hopefully) winning some money. 😎 So yeah, when I told him that I planned a trip there for the weekend (including an overnight stay, which was comped by Mohegan – thanks Michelle!!) he was seriously speechless of excitement for a moment, and then he couldn’t stop talking about it until the weekend finally arrived. 😆 Our friends Kyle and Tiffany even decided to make a day-trip there so we were able to share one super fun day with them as well. This weekend seriously rocked!! How about some pictures? 😉

After checking into our hotel room (VIP check-in at Aquai was so smooth and pleasant btw… they even offered us drinks before we went up to our room!) we settled in, I snapped some photos, and we were off to explore…

The room was spacious and clean

I loved the cute little details such as this tea and coffee holder :)

… and the cute toiletries

The view from our window

Dang, I should have brought my bathing suit (it was 95* out!!)

Big spenduh 😆

Mohegan has a pretty nice gym for hotel guests (I actually used it last time we stayed there 2 years ago). We both brought our gym clothes but were too excited to “waste” time on a treadmill.

We got a little exercise from walking around – the grounds at Mohegan are extensive (it’s the second largest hotel in the US). The decor is so whimsical – don’t the bright colors just make you happy?

[Hotel lobby]

[Shops at Mohegan]

I knew I’d have plenty of time to check out the shops later – lunch was our main priority! There were quite a few restaurants to choose from – it took us awhile to check them all out…

[Birch’s – we ate a casual lunch there last time and loved it]

[Bobby Flay burger joint – aka, Adam’s favorite burger place.]

There is a whole Asian gambling section (with their special gambling games) – I was *this* close to having lunch in their little food court. I wonder if it’s pretty authentic…

The Dunkin Donuts fit right in… there was a sign in Chinese (?) there after all. 😆

After walking around for ages, we finally settled down on Summer Shack. The owner Jasper White is a seafood legend in New England.

I agree! 😀

I guess I was in full vacation mode because I ordered the fried whole belly Ipswich clams (appetizer) for my lunch, as well as the heirloom tomato salad

The clams were a bit too soft (although tasty) and the salad was definitely of just regular tomatoes and a little too much oil, but I managed to pretty much polish off both plates (Adam helped a bit).

Adam LOVED his fish tacos. I was no longer hungry. Mission (kind of) accomplished. Dessert at Ben & Jerry’s made everything better… Adam kindly modeled it for me 😀

I got scoop shop only flavors – pecan butter (rich buttery ice Cream with roasted pecans) and chocolate therapy (chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookies and swirls of chocolate pudding) – both amazing!

Finally Kyle and Tiffany arrived and the boys headed straight for the poker room.

Tiffany and I pretty much went straight to the bar. 😉 I had a glass of cabernet which was watery but it was fun to just sit down and people watch. :)

Eventually it was time for dinner. We had reservations at Todd English’s Tuscany. This dinner was one of the best (if not THE best) dinner experiences of my life (and Adam’s… and probably Kyle and Tiffany’s). I was originally going to just do 1 recap post for our trip but this dinner definitely deserves its own post (coming tomorrow!).

After dinner, with full bellies, we went… dancing.

Haha, there was NO WAY we were going to be able to shake it after a nearly 3-hour 8+ course meal (yup). Instead, the boys went back to gambling… and the girls went shopping! I was going to just window shop but somehow ended up with a little make over at Bare Escentuals (Tiffany, you are bad influence! 😉 ).

Now I was ready for dancing. Ha! Instead we went back to find the boys; Kyle and Tiffany drove back home, Adam went back to gambling (the boy had a ridiculous amount of energy – he stayed up until 3am!!)… and I went to sleep. It was glorious. I was so so happy we didn’t have to drive back home. Staying overnight is definitely the way to go.

Is it time for breakfast, already?

How do you all feel about pizza for breakfast? Hey, it was like 11:30 by then. Let’s call it brunch. 😀

My dad RAVES about Frank Pepe pizza (they stop by the original shop every time on their way to NY). I think he’ll be proud of our choice of… brunch. Yes, I’m sticking with that.

Original tomato pie with mozzarella and roasted red peppers

Pepe’s specialty white clam pizza

The original pizza needed a bit more seasoning but nothing that extra garlic powder and salt didn’t fix. The white clam pizza was fishy at the first bite but after the second bite, the cheese, garlic and herbs really stood out. We got 2 small pizzas and only ate 1/2 of each. At the end we really loved them and the leftovers made for great car snacks and dinner.

Adam ended up gambling after brunch. I made some good dice rolls at the craps table for him. :) And then, at some point at the black jack table, the guy sitting next to him just gave him 2 chips of $25 and said: “It’s just money, have fun!” I’ve never seen anything like that – it was so exciting. Adam’s luck totally turned around then and he ended up winning his money back (he was down before) and then some. It was amazing. What a trip!!

Do you gamble? Do you like casinos? I don’t gamble but I love nice casinos for some reason (they have to be nice though). Aside from a few sad people you see (that you know are gambling away their life savings) and the smoke, the energy is just so fun. I love hearing the cheering from the craps table, seeing the ridiculously corny slot machines and just everything about being transformed to a space where time doesn’t matter. Thank you again, Michelle and Mohegan, for hosting us. This was absolutely the most amazing end to a birthday week and I am certain that among others, we will not forget the dinner at Tuscany for a long time.

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Husband Adam

    Great recap! Thanks to Mohegan for hosting us.

    I like the picture of me looking at the gym, because that’s as close as I got to any exercise this weekend :)

  • #2 - Lauren

    Sounds like you guys had a wonderful weekend trip! I’ve never been to a casino, but they’re not really my scene. I guess I never know for sure until I go…

    I’m looking forward to reading the recap of your dinner!

  • #3 - Shannon

    sounds like an awesome time!! glad adam got to celebrate in style 😉 I can’t wait to hear about dinner!

    i’m not a gambler… so i don’t usually frequent casinos. maybe i just need to head there with someone else who doesn’t like to gamble? lol

  • #4 - janetha g.

    wow, it looks like you guys had a blast! and i love that adam comments on your blog :)

  • #5 - Tiffany

    That night was so much fun! We had so much fun joining you guys. I really can’t wait to read your dinner recap (my tummy still feels full!!) :)

  • #6 - Kelly

    I’m so not a gambling person, not my thing at all. I went once in college and have never been back since. That said, I am obsessed with Chihuly Glass ( that Ican see in one of your photos so I wish I went there to see it.

  • #7 - style'n

    Wow you got a lot of great shots! I have never been there but it looks like fun. I also love that your husband is leaving comments-very cute :)
    and I must say I am very hungry after looking at the pizza

  • #8 - Michelle

    I don’t gamble but a few years ago, after a big case of mine settled, Bret and I looked online to book a flight to anywhere warm and cheap! We had an amazing time in Vegas and were even comped an upgrade to a suite!

  • #9 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Happy Belated Birthday, Adam!
    I do not gamble, but I love watching other people gamble. I generally like being in a casino assuming it’s a nice one and not totally trashy. We vacationed a lot to casino cities when I was a kid (Vegas, Tahoe), so I have fond memories of walking through them. Sounds weird but just one of those family things!

  • #10 - Sues

    I can’t believe I’ve never been to Mohegan! Definitely been on my list for a while… But then, so has Vegas! Everything looks fabulous and I am a big fan of pizza for breakfast :) Normally cold though :) Glad you had fun!!

  • #11 - Bridget

    Looks like such a fun weekend!! I too have never been to Mogehan but I think I would love it. I like to play the games but dont really like spending money to gamble…so I wouldn’t play much, but it is fun! I’ve heard Tuscany is fabulous, can’t wait to hear about it!

  • #12 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    Wow! What a great birthday week! I don’t gamble and don’t generally like the casino atmosphere, but the shops and restaurants look awesome, and the room is so nice!

  • #13 - MelissaNibbles

    Looks like you had a great time! I hate casinos and gambling, but the restaurants look good :)

  • #14 -

    i cant tell if its more fun for Adam that his birthday extended into a fabulous long celebratory week, or that you got to celebrate along with him!! Mohegan Sun <3

    haha he looks so happy for pizza!! Brunch pizza sounds AWESOME :)

    hope lifes treating you well love xoxo

  • #15 - Daisy

    I love the casino atmosphere! I’ve been to Mohegan and Foxwoods a bunch and spent 5 days in Vegas. It is so much fun!! I don’t really gamble either (a few slots here and there.) So glad you had such an amazing time and got a free room!

    Pepe’s in New Haven? I’ve been! There pizza is amazing.

  • #16 - Cara

    Sounds like a great time! We have been there a few times and I have to say the best meal was a multi-course, family-style dinner at Micheal Jordan’s steakhouse. This was a on company trip my husband they seriously went all out… yum :)

  • #17 - Cara

    oh, and ps I don’t even like steakhouses!

  • #18 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    I don’t gamble at all but go to AC a couple times a year just for fun anyway. I’ve been to Foxwoods but never Mohegan Sun- how do you think they compare?

  • #19 - Josh

    Man, I wanna go back to Mohegan!!!

    Looks like you had a good time. Wish you talked more about the gambling. :) Tell Adam congrats on his winnings!


  • #20 - Megan

    I love Mohegan! I always feel like I’m at Disney when I’m there. And this is going to sound weird but the last time I stayed there was about 5 years ago, and I still remember that we were all impressed at how gorgeous the tiles in our bathroom were.

  • #21 - Todd English’s Tuscany at Mohegan Sun

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  • #22 - Tina

    I’m glad you guys had fun!!! :)

  • #23 - Elina

    Cara – we went to Michael Jordan’s last time we were there. I seem to recall it was pretty delicious. :)

    Lauren – we definitely prefer Mohegan. Foxwoods has some nice (newer) parts that a great but so much of it is crazy outdated. The new MGM is nice too.