By Meri Alexander
Trips with your family are great, but so are quick, fun trips with your friends to just unwind, sleep late & gamble! How about a place that can be both?
I just got back from a very short (less than 24 hours) overnight trip that really helped recharge the batteries. I went with 4 girlfriends (one was the Points Mom) to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Now, before you judge…we have been playing in a girls poker group for about 10 years, so we had an ulterior motive…to play in the poker room…and we did!
We arrived at the hotel to a super helpful and nice staff. The hotel is very pretty with every amenity you can imagine. We valet parked the car and checked into a beautiful suite that ended up costing about $100 a person. We immediately relaxed with our beautiful water view from almost every window.
We then headed down for dinner. There are endless food choices…from two food courts, a Johnny Rockets to real 5 star restaurants by Bobby Flay. We ate at, Toms Urban, a middle level restaurant that was very good. We then left to explore the vast shopping area before we hit the tables. There are stores from Sephora to Victoria’s Secret to Dylan’s Candy Bar, plus a Starbucks. Before heading home the next morning, we had a delicious hearty breakfast at Hash House a go go.
If you can’t steal the time away with your girlfriends, the resort surprisingly offers a lot for families as well. I had been here before with my husband and 3 kids…thirteen year old twins & a sixteen year old and they loved it too. The indoor/outdoor pool is amazing with a full poolside snack bar so they loved hanging out at the pool and swimming. There is a great kids arcade that they spent hours in (and lots of dollars), and we got to sit at the tables while they had fun. For the younger kids, they have a staff that babysits.
The hotel is also nearby some great family towns…we spent a whole day exploring Mystic, Ct and had a yummy meal at the famous Mystic Pizza. We further enjoyed a great afternoon/ dinner time in Stonington, CT which besides enjoying the most delicious meal at Noah’s Restaurant, we found some very rare Pokemon.
So, it’s a great place to visit with or without kids. I haven’t even touched upon all of the concerts and comedy shows that the hotel has to offer. However, on those nights the hotel tends to be more expensive and more crowded.
Despite the Points Mom being with us, we paid for our room. Or should I say, the Points Mom, true to form, paid for our room and collected the cash. She used her new Chase Sapphire Reserve card and earned 3x Ultimate Rewards points on the stay.
Looking forward to a spring repeat of our 24 hour girls getaway!