Follow your hearts to one of Connecticut's great destinations for romance.
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MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket
It’s that time of the year—the busy (and often stressful) holiday season is over and you’re due for some serious relaxation and entertainment. Now’s the perfect time to sneak away with your Valentine for a romantic getaway. Where to go? Somewhere away from home, but not too far, that offers everything you could ever want under one roof: the brand-new MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
Open since May 2008, the MGM Grand is, just as the name implies, a grand experience. You’ll feel right at home in any of the splendid rooms, from well-appointed Deluxe rooms to luxurious Producer and Director suites. We would spring for the Director—after all, how often do you get away, just the two of you? It’s worth it. These spacious suites feature panoramic window walls, a bedroom complete with a king-size feather bed, an enormous walk-in closet, a private sitting area and a master bath featuring a five-fixture bath and Jacuzzi with a view of the forest.
Now that you’re situated, head down to G-Spa, a 21,000-square-foot oasis of serenity featuring a full range of hair, nail, massage, facial and body treatments. Pamper yourselves with rejuvenating body treatments, soothing facials or, even better, the “Double Your Pleasure” couple’s massage. The spa also allows access to the fitness center, sauna, steam room, hot tub and indoor lap pool. (There’s also a 5,500-square-foot, fan-shaped outdoor pool, complete with eight cabanas with flat-screen TVs and minibars—that alone is worth a return trip next summer.)
If that wasn’t enough, there are fine shops where you can pick out the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for each other. MacAppeal offers the latest Apple products and accessories, Bally carries the best in men’s and women’s shoes and leather goods and Dunhill boasts clothing, leather goods, jewelry and fine gifts.
We can’t deny the obvious draw of the MGM Grand: gaming. With 1,400 slot machines and 60 tables, you two can try your luck at blackjack or roulette to your heart’s content. When you’re done, take your winnings and indulge in a great meal at one of the three on-site fine-dining restaurants: Alta Strada, which serves delicious Italian cuisine; celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, where you can feast on the perfect cut of steak; or Shrine, offering small and large plates of modern Asian cuisine, as well as tempting sushi.
After dinner, stick around Shrine, which doubles as an after-hours hotspot featuring bottle-service, a DJ booth, stage and multiple bars, and often hosts celebrity guests. You can also find a commanding spot at Center Bar, located right in the heart of the casino action and featuring specialty drinks and signature cocktails.
If there’s a show happening during your visit, so much the better. The impressive 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater showcases comedians, concerts, sporting events and off-Broadway shows. At the MGM Grand, you’re in for a relaxing day, an exciting night and a wonderful getaway spent with the one you love. —Lauren Brancato
MGM Grand, (866) 646-0050 or mgmgrand-atfoxwoods.com.