With Massachusetts soon to get three of its own casino complexes, we thought it appropriate to check out the ones two hours away in Connecticut.
Having visited the Mohegan Sun a couple years ago, we just spent a weekend at America's biggest casino complex, Foxwoods in Ledyard Connecticut.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe's Foxwoods is a complex of four hotels and six casinos covering over 4,700,000 square feet with more than 380 gaming tables for blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker and more than 6,300 slot machines. Foxwoods has 2,266 hotel rooms and a two-story arcade for children and teens and is now the largest casino in America.
A boon to the state's taxpayers
The contribution to the state of Connecticut since Foxwoods opened in the two decade since it opened in 1992 is over $3.5 billion.
The Boston Globe reported last week that Foxwoods Resort Casino has shaken off its referendum defeat in Milford a month ago and is searching for a way back into the Massachusetts casino sweepstakes, with a focus on the southeastern region of the state.
Fall River's Mayor Flanagan recently gave an enthusiastic sales pitch for his city, listing a number of reasons it would be an excellent place for a resort casino. Flannagan cited Fall River's convenient location near Boston and Providence, as well as two nearby airports, Logan International and T.F. Green.
As a failed applicant in another region, Foxwoods and its partners are exempt from the September deadline and could propose a casino in the southeast without paying another application fee.
Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the top entertainment destinations in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, it offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers.
Hotter than a fox in a forest fire
Foxwoods is a beautiful casino deep in the Connecticut woods, and everything under one roof. with a very friendly staff and spotless surroundings.
The dealers were friendly and supportive, and this casino seemed to actually appreciate the action given to them and the casino.
Foxwoods is definitely not just for gamers. They have a great, state of the art spa, gourmet dining, shopping and entertainment shows. They also have a Tribal Museum which provides information about the local Native American tribe whose land the casino sits on.
Not just for Gaming
Foxwoods is enormous, and there is plenty to do besides gaming.
Foxwoods is spending $23 million to make over 785 hotel rooms and suites, and it will spend an additional $13 million to renovate the retail concourse. Additionally, Foxwoods is spending $115 million on a new outlet mall with 85 stores to be called Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods.
We stayed two nights at the Grand Pequot Tower, (on right) one of four separate and connected hotels in the complex.
The views from our room were spectacular.
The ambience is warm and inviting, and there is far more to Foxwoods than it's half dozen separate casinos.
We spent one evening at the Fox Theater which was presenting a Broadway review which was very entertaining.
Where to dine
The complex has over a dozen restaurants, and we ate at two of the best.
As shown above, we began with Sweet and Sour Lobster Tempura, and superb Foie Gras.
The Paragon is famous for its beef, especially its Japanese A-5 Wagyu served with house picked porcinis, $90 which literally melted in my mouth.
Pat had the Native Black Sea Bass steamed with ginger and scallions, $35.
We still had room for a shared Banana Foster prepared table-side flambeed with Dark Rum, Carmelized Pecans and served with Cinnamon-Tangerine Honey Gelato, $18.
Another night we dined at David Burkes's Prime where we tried the excellent Surf and Turf Dumplings and the Pretzel Crusted Crab Cakes followed by a 3-lb Stuffed Lobster and one of David Burke's 55 day Ribeye Steaks.
Burke's menu is expansive.
It is perfect for both recreation and business. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
A great Spa and a new Skating Rick
Foxwoods has as excellent a Spa as we have ever visited. Pat had a 100 minute massage while I had a wonderful facial.
Foxwoods recently opened a new Ice Skating Rink & Winter Patio where off the ice, friends and family can cozy up in Adirondack chairs around 60-inch fire pits and roast S'mores.
The World's Largest Native American Museum
For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com and the Tribe’s world-class and the World's Largest Native American Museum and Research Center .