• Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy

Regional Gaming Properties & Destinations

Regional Gaming Properties & Destinations

by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy

Planning a meeting with the perfect space, a choice of dining options, creative networking receptions and entertainment that’s top-notch can be quite a challenge. Finding all those components under one roof may seem nearly impossible.

But there are gaming properties and destinations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. that offer everything on this checklist - and more! Properties with endless amenities all in one place are a boon for planners, and the luxurious allure of meeting at a casino resort is incredibly enticing to attendees.

Enter the newest resort casino situated along the iconic boardwalk of the region’s longest reigning destination for those seeking surf, sand and gaming - the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Hard Rock Atlantic City made its official debut on June 28, 2018, set on 17-acres along the seaside resort’s world-famous boardwalk. The hotel, whose brand is widely known for its expansive nightlife, lounges and entertainment, offers lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites with views overlooking the ocean and city.

“The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City offers excitement and inventive ways to gather, build a team or inspire a crowd,” said vice president, hotel operations for the resort, Paul Juliano. “It has one of the largest footprints for meeting and event space with a combined total of more than 150,000-square feet. That includes Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, which is the perfect venue for... trade shows with room for up to 300 exhibit [booths] in 63,000-square feet of space.”

For those searching for a break from business, just a few of the options here include headline entertainment or a concert at the arena, a comedy or Broadway production in the theater, and live music on indoor and outdoor stages in the 400-seat Hard Rock Café.

The culinary team creates innovative cuisine, and Hard Rock has plenty of room for all occasions. The restaurant features menu items for which the franchise is widely known, along with some unique dishes prepared exclusively for this boardwalk location.

An eclectic variety of dining options await, including: Council Oak Fish, which serves an a la carte menu focused on ocean-to-table fare in an elegant dining room; Kuro serves contemporary artisanal dishes, Japanese beers and whiskeys, 30 sake brands and 110 wine labels; Song treats guests to plates from every region of China; Il Mulino showcases an Italian menu.

Meanwhile casual dining tempts the taste buds with choices like the famous White House Sub Shop, Fresh Harvest Buffet, and the YOUYU Noodle Bar.

As a casino resort known first and foremost to its devotion to music, Hard Rock’s gaming floor is infused with the sounds of classic rock-and-roll. Guests also can opt to exchange business suits for bathing suits and meeting chairs for lounge chairs at the property’s swimming pool, while enjoying favorite cocktails.

Rock Spa® and Salon boasts 31 treatment rooms and a salon for a day that’s filled with luxurious pampering. And there are the replicas of rock icons, memorabilia and other treasures on view as guests revel in some of music’s greatest hits at The Rock Shop®.

Hard Rock’s “The Sound of Your Stay” is a first-of-its-kind audio program for hotel guests who want to indulge in a complimentary, in-room music amenity program comprised of three components: Tracks, Picks and Wax.

Tracks® offers the opportunity to download a playlist and listen to favorite artists or to experience cutting-edge musicians. Picks® gives hotel guests the chance to rent Fender guitars, which are delivered right to the room. Wax® allows guests to checkout Crosley vinyl record players along with a collection of records to enjoy during their stay.

From one of the boardwalk’s newest casino additions to one of the mainstay resorts that has been a fixture in Atlantic City since 1981 - Tropicana Casino and Resort. This imaginative casino property has continuously updated and upgraded over the years - all part of an ongoing effort to provide its guests with the most outstanding event experiences.

With $200 million in renovations and expansion over the last five years, Tropicana Atlantic City is a convention and meeting powerhouse that offers everything attendees need for their group function right on property. The resort casino boasts nearly 2,400 guest rooms (including 900 added as part of its Chelsea Tower expansion) and more than 100,000-square feet of meeting space (including its refurbished Ballroom, Grand Exhibition Center and Havana Tower meeting rooms), but that’s really just scratching the surface of all that this property has to offer.

“Tropicana Atlantic City understands and embraces the importance and prominence of dining and entertainment for today’s group agenda,” said vice president of hotel sales for Tropicana, Jim Ziereis. “We’ve had great success with meeting planners who are looking for all-encompassing experiences.”

Tropicana houses a collection of 26 restaurants, including the new Chelsea Five Gastropub with a view of the ocean and a dining experience for every taste. From its outdoor terrace lounge, guests can enjoy beer, cocktails and a “small bites” menu - a great way for attendees to network. Three new dining concepts were added at the property in 2017 by award-winning Chef Jose Garces: Olón, Bar Olón and Okatshe.

The Quarter and The Marketplace at Tropicana are home to some of the most innovative dance clubs in AC for when business is done. Boogie Nights takes attendees on a trip to the era of 8-track tapes with its disco tunes, retro-style furniture and dance floor with a huge disco ball. Kiss Kiss Nightclub is inspired by the neon-fueled nights of Bangkok with bottle service, dancers in virtual cages, plus a kaleidoscope of lip imagery.

Entertainment at the Tropicana Showroom runs the gamut from revue shows and sporting events to Broadway productions and headliners. With 2,000 seats, it is one of the largest showrooms in Atlantic City.

“The Trop” also boasts world-class shopping in dozens of stores, access to the state-of-the-art AtlantiCare Fitness Center, and it is home to the only IMAX® Theatre in Atlantic City.

“Meeting planners and attendees are in for an all-encompassing experience when they book events at Tropicana Atlantic City,” said Ziereis. “Tropicana is the ideal meeting destination with newly renovated hotel rooms and suites, refurbished meeting spaces, many restaurants from which to choose, world-class shopping, unique and engaging group activities and so much more.”

According to Ziereis, to address a high demand for unique and engaging activities among convention attendees, Tropicana now offers Escape AC.

Escape rooms have become increasingly popular among meeting planners as a way to “spice up” conventions, and the rooms are designed to challenge groups to work together toward the same goal. The rooms provide a challenging experience that requires attendees to pay attention to detail and use critical thinking, communication and teamwork in order to “break out.”

“These assets set us apart from the competition,” said Ziereis. “The number of hotel rooms and convention space square footage are important factors for meetings planners when they book their next convention, but the experiences that are available on property that keep attendees engaged also are important.”

In Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Region, the AAA Four-Diamond rated, award-winning Sands Casino Resort is set in Bethlehem’s historical district, close to a number of museums. The 300-room resort boasts more than 15,000-square feet of meeting space and can accommodate everything from smaller groups to larger trade shows. It has on-site audio-visual experts, as well as meeting planners and award-winning cuisine by professional chefs.

Dining options include: Buddy V’s Ristorante; Emeril’s Chop House; Emeril’s Fish House; Burgers and More by Emeril; Chopstick; as well as the Steelworks Buffet and Grill. The aroma of coffee will lead attendees to Croissanterie, while a variety of favorite foods await at Market Gourmet Express. Carlo’s Bakery has an inventory of delicious desserts made from Buddy Valastro’s family-owned bakery that is featured on the TLC series “Cake Boss.”

There’s never a shortage of things to do here. Attendees can see a show at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, which hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment (Train, Harry Connick Jr. and Martina McBride, to name a few). Vision Bar at the event center, which features popular DJs as well as visits from celebrities, is the ideal spot for enjoying a few drinks before or after a show. Free nightly entertainment, specialty cocktails and signature martinis are served at Molten Lounge. Favorite beverages can be enjoyed at Coil, located in the middle of all of the gaming action.

For those attendees who want to try their luck on the casino floor, there are 200 table games, 3,000 slot machines, and 30 tables in the Poker Room. Those who prefer to bet on the best deals around can visit The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem for shopping.

“After being recognized for outstanding service in meetings by some of the industry’s most highly regarded trade publications, we’ve really set the bar for what an exceptional event should be,” said Sands’ national sales manager, Alyssa Lippincott.

With its sophisticated Marina District setting and long list of world-class amenities, Harrah’s Resort has become a premier Atlantic City destination and has all of the facilities, features, services and one-of-a-kind venues like The Pool, a year-round tropical entertainment paradise, to host unforgettable group events. With 125,000-square feet of total meeting space, including its world-class Waterfront Conference Center, Harrah’s boasts the largest meeting facility of its kind from Baltimore to Boston.

The 25,000-square foot Pool at Harrah's at the center of a 90-foot glass dome features six hot tubs and the Xhibition Bar. The award-winning Elizabeth Arden Red Door spa features 23 treatment rooms and a distinct menu of signature spa and salon services. Then there are the stylish, eclectic Waterfront Shops, and the non-stop gaming action of its expansive casino that includes table games and over 3,800 slot machines. So, when work winds down, the fun is just getting started.

At Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, part of Caesars Entertainment, an expert catering team works closely with planners and offers fresh, tantalizing ideas where everything on the menu is prepared by an award-winning culinary staff and served with elegance and flair. All of the on-site restaurants welcome groups, as well, and complete buy-outs are available. An option for something unique is a dine-around arrangement that allows guests to sample different venues.

At Caesars Atlantic City, attractions include: Circus Maximus with its marquee entertainers; the multi-level Dusk Nightclub; Toga Bar; The Boardwalk Beer Garden; shopping and dining on a 900-foot pier over the Atlantic Ocean; Caesars Beach; Qua Baths and Spa; plus, one of the largest continuous gaming areas in all of Atlantic City with table games, slot machines, video poker and more. Restaurants include: Morton’s The Steakhouse; Buddakan, Continental and Phillips Seafood - at The Playground; Nero's Italian Steakhouse, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill (his first restaurant in Atlantic City), plus a number of casual eateries.

Another Caesars resort, Bally’s Atlantic City boasts entertainment and nightlife, the Spa at Bally’s, shopping just steps away, as well as gaming action in multiple themed casino and slot parlors. There’s also a swimming pool with immense rooftop skylights and outdoor sundecks, and numerous dining options. Bally’s also features 80,000-square feet of versatile meeting space conveniently situated all on one level.

SugarHouse Casino opened in 2010 as the first and only casino within the city limits of Philadelphia. It offers a variety of function rooms and spaces for group meetings and events. Its columnless ballroom is ideal for large celebrations, or it can be configured to host smaller gatherings.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Ben Franklin Bridge make the casino’s 10,000-square foot Event Center the perfect location for social functions. This center features a private boardroom for smaller meetings, while private lounge areas are optimal for seminars, classroom-style sessions and small groups.

The variety of spaces available at SugarHouse allow each event to be customized to a group’s needs and preferences. In addition to scenic views, the Event Center features an outdoor balcony and pre-function space. As a bonus, the casino offers no-hassle, free parking for large groups.

Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House at SugarHouse - part of the legendary Gibsons Restaurant Group - has a USDA Prime Angus beef certification and also serves up fresh seafood dishes. Hugo’s is Gibsons only restaurant offering in Philadelphia.

Fishtown Hops, an urban beer garden on the riverwalk located behind the casino, is an outdoor waterfront sanctuary with views of both the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge that features live bands and DJs on weekends. Lucky Red pairs big-screen TVs with favorite drinks, while Mian offers Asian cuisine. Tacconelli’s Pizzeria tosses up a variety of brick-oven tomato pies; Geno’s Steaks, a Philadelphia staple, prepares cheesesteaks, hoagies and other sandwiches; Revolution Grill features salads, sandwiches and pastas; and Saxbys Coffee pours out coffee, tea, smoothies and more.

Attendees can try their luck with 1,891 slots, 103 table games, a 28-table poker room, as well as blackjack, craps, roulette and mini baccarat. The High Limit Lounge offers a private atmosphere while still part of the action. Boasting top-shelf liquors, it is ideal for small- to medium-sized groups.

Some of the best music acts and top comedians take the stage at the Event Center at SugarHouse. Whether attendees want to don their favorite ‘70s attire and dance along to KC and The Sunshine Band, hear their favorite Supertramp songs, or enjoy a laugh with Cedric “The Entertainer” and Friends, there’s a virtually endless schedule of events.

“SugarHouse offers something for everyone, giving the casino an advantage over traditional venues,” said vice president of marketing, Linda Powers. “Our wide range of service offerings and flexible accommodations allow us to meet the needs of all groups and guests, and the complete SugarHouse gaming experience is not found elsewhere in Philadelphia.”

Along the marina district in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa opened its 18,000-square foot Central Conference Center in 2017, bringing its total function space to 106,000-square feet. Whether for meetings of 30 executives, a general session for 3,000 attendees, or a fundraising gala, Borgata has the ideal space. With 37 total venues (24 at Borgata, 13 at The Water Club), the property’s on-site audio-visual professionals and high-speed Internet access help ensure success.

Attendees will look forward to the diverse dining experiences at Borgata, too. Whether it’s Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Bobby Flay Steak, Angeline, Izakaya or the Old Homestead, there’s something for every taste.

Looking for something extra special for a dining event? Planners who choose to host an event at The Water Club can opt from menus designed by Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the hotel’s culinary lifestyle consultant. With a career that has spanned more than two decades presiding over some of the nation’s top kitchens, Zakarian is on a continuous journey around the world to find new ingredients, techniques and challenges.

The gaming is non-stop at Borgata, which offers more than 3,000 slots, 180 table games, as well as roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, Pai Gow and more in its expansive 161,000-square feet of gaming space. Attendees can walk in just about any direction and they will find entertainment at Borgata, from breakout artists and chart-topping bands to live comedy to DJs to culinary events, there is always something happening at this casino resort. Upcoming shows by legendary performers include: Cher, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld.

The casino’s bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs are filled with fun and excitement for attendees who want to sit back and relax after a day of meetings. Premier Nightclub envelops guests in a party experience where “clubbing is theater.” Gypsy Bar serves a wide array of tequila and live music, and the Borgata Beer Garden offers the opportunity to bring the party outdoors. Still more choices include: The Bar at Wolfgang Puck; The Bar at Bobby Flay; Izakaya Sake Bar; the Wine Bar at Old Homestead; B Bar; Long Bar; Level One; Sunroom Lounge; and Boot N’ Whip.

Prior to dancing the night away or dining at a top-notch restaurant, guests may want to make an appointment at Spa Toccare (Borgata) or Immersion Spa (The Waterclub) where they can indulge in massages, spa treatments, signature services, hair and makeup and more. The Shoppes at The Water Club feature high-end designers. Vintage Wine Boutique provides samples of spirits before buying, and Whim stocks the latest in electronics, gadgets and gifts.

According to Borgata’s president and COO, Marcus Glover, the resort truly has something for everyone, whether they want to relax at one of the resort’s state-of-the-art spas, party the night away at Premier Nightclub, have a laugh at the Music Box, or shop at the boutique stores on-site.

Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania features 600 slot machines and 50 table games, as well as 100,000 total square feet of banquet, meeting, and exhibit space together with two luxury hotel towers. The Radisson Tower has over 300 recently remodeled rooms and the Casino Tower offers 150 renovated rooms.

Valley Forge Casino Resort also is home to eight dining options, live entertainment, and exciting nightlife.

The resort proudly features the Valley Forge Music Fair, which hosts nationally recognized musical acts and headline comedians, along with the hottest local DJs on Friday and Saturday nights at Center Bar. Weekly stand-up comedy shows, karaoke, and a “dueling pianos” show add to the on-site offerings. Valley Forge Casino Resort also has daily entertainment, live music, and non-stop gaming action in multiple nightlife spots.

The tallest building in Atlantic City, Ocean Resort Casino opened on June 28, 2018 offering expansive ocean views from its 1,399 guest rooms while situated on 20-acres along the city’s famed boardwalk. In addition to vast hotel, casino and meeting space, Ocean Resort Casino features six swimming pools, including a saltwater pool, a cabana filled sundeck, plus distinctive dining and entertainment venues.

Ocean Resort Casino, owned and operated by Ocean Walk LLC, is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Portfolio and is home to the 32,000-square foot on-site exhale spa. The casino resort also offers 18 different dining options in total, ranging from casual to fine dining created by local and celebrity chefs.

“We worked to create dining experiences for our guests that would offer them a reason to visit Ocean Resort Casino frequently. I believe we have created something for everyone with a wide array of different options in atmospheres that we hope make our guests feel comfortable and at home in our resort,” said Frank Leone, CEO of Ocean Resort Casino.

Casual dining options include: Café 500, a 24-hour casual dining restaurant; Cereal Town; The Ocean Buffet; along with SkyCafe. For a fun, social and unforgettable experience, there’s Topgolf Swing Suite, Villain and Saint rock n’ roll music hall and eatery, Pit Boss Beer & BBQ, and also Zhen Bang Noodle and Sushi.

Ocean Resort Casino has popular celebrity chef offerings, too, like the Boston burger restaurant Wahlburgers, started by the Wahlberg brothers, Mark, Donnie and their older brother Paul, the chef behind the menu; as well as award-winning Chef Jose Garces’ Distrito, with a taco truck design and additional seating in the heart of the casino, and his signature restaurant, Amada.

Additional celebrity chef offerings include: American Cut, by Chef partner Marc Forgione and LDV Hospitality; and making its coastal debut, LDV Hospitality is opening the first location of its Italian seafood concept Dolce Mare at Ocean Resort Casino as a variation of its award-winning signature restaurant concept “Dolce Italian,” which has become a Miami Beach essential.

Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Maryland is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country, situated in the Washington, DC/Baltimore corridor. Live! Casino features more than 200 live action table games, including a Poker Room, approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines, two High Limit rooms, as well as Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio, the region’s first outdoor gaming area.

The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel also recently introduced its flagship, luxury Live! Hotel, which is now officially open to the public, adding 310 overnight rooms, two new restaurants, an Event Center and spa as Live! Casino celebrates its six-year anniversary. Live! Casino & Hotel is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration on July 11, 2018.

Restaurant choices include: The Prime Rib®; David’s, a 24-hour café; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrity chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; as well as a number of additional casual dining options. Nightlife and nightly entertainment are available at Live! Center Stage; the R Bar; and The Lobby Bar at David’s. The new, 1,500-seat Event Center features headline entertainment, and more than 20,000-square feet of meeting and banquet space is available for group functions.

In the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono soon will offer more for meetings than ever before. While the property currently houses 4,000-square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space for groups of 30 up to 200 people, it will be adding a 16,000-square foot meeting and convention center along with ballroom space in spring of 2019.

A multi-functional, state-of-the-art venue for banquets, private and corporate events and entertainment, the combined 20,000 square feet of function space will be able to accommodate seated dinners for up to 750 guests and 1,200 attendees for events and concerts.

“Without question, Mount Airy Casino Resort is a ‘go-to’ destination for groups looking for a reprieve from city life and a unique meetings and events location,” said vice president of marketing and gaming operations for the resort, Vincent Jordan. “With the resort’s championship golf course and casino, groups have the ultimate experience complete with stunning Pocono Mountain views.”

With amenities to match top-notch meeting space, attendees will find that Mount Airy is filled with everything needed for their meetings. The casino houses more than 70 table games, from blackjack and craps to roulette and baccarat, along with more than 1,800 slot machines. For attendees who want to see the biggest talent in the business, Mount Airy is a haven for concerts, theater and comedy, too.

Groups can experience the golf course, inspired by Sports Illustrated’s “Best 18 Holes in America” and created by Hal Purdy, master golf architect. A full-service spa, celebrity chef restaurants, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, casino and nightclub provide a well-rounded group experience.

Mount Airy boasts a wide range of dining optons, too. Its offerings include: Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen, which serves hometown favorites with daring flavors; Bistecca by IL MULINO presents plates of hand-crafted pasta, seafood and vegetables; while Lucky 8 Noodle + Sushi Bar offers Asian cuisine in a modern atmosphere. There’s also The Buffet, Red Mango Yogurt Café, Nostalgia Candy Store, Get Wet Pool Bar, and Starbuck’s, too.

Whether for an hour or the entire afternoon, it’s always a good time to enjoy The Spa at Mount Airy. At Get Wet Ultra Pool, an indoor/outdoor swimming oasis, bar and nightclub, the pool is heated all year long and an underwater passageway allows guests to swim from indoors to the outside.

The exotic Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub’s DJs and bands will have guests dancing, and The Glass Bar in the middle of the casino floor is ideal for cocktails, watching sports on TV and playing slots. Get Wet Ultra Pool turns into Wet Nightclub and hosts headline entertainment, international DJs and live performances.

For something a little different, the resort transforms Gypsies nightclub in an assortment of creative ways for hosting cocktail parties, corporate events and even movie nights.

One corporate group transformed the club by bringing in lounge seating in a fun and relaxed atmosphere for its movie night. As a twist on movie concessions, there were themed snack stations, including a do-it-yourself popcorn bar, a soft pretzel station, and a candy bar.

Other options for groups looking for something a little different include intimate cocktail mixers and private dinners at the Get Wet Pool.

“We always collaborate directly with the meeting planners to come up with fun and out-of-the-box event ideas,” said Jordan. “We incorporate all aspects of Mount Airy throughout to ensure each event is customized.”

Those meeting at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, a Mohegan Sun property, will find exactly what they are looking for in its technologically advanced and all-digital Resorts Conference Center. The total meeting and function space on-site is more than 64,000-square feet, and the center’s showpiece is its Atlantic Ballroom, which spans 6,500-square feet and includes a multi-use pre-function area and four sets of operable walls.

Planners will find meetings here to be a breeze with the center’s wireless connectivity for multiple devices for up to 1,000 attendees simultaneously, and 12 breakout rooms that feature LED display monitors, drop-down screens and cinema-quality DLP projection.

Offering 942 guest rooms and suites, Resorts features the Rendezvous Tower (with the largest rooms on the boardwalk) and the Ocean Tower (for close proximity to the beach).

Attendees may want to extend their business trip just to sample the abundance of restaurants that Resorts offers, such as: Eastwind Chinese Restaurant; Cielo, an intimate wine bar; Capriccio’s Italian menu; as well as Gallagher’s Steak House.

Breadsticks Café and Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with homemade desserts. LandShark Bar & Grill is the only year-round, full-service bar and restaurant on the “sand side” of the boardwalk. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and LandShark Bar and Grill both feature live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

Gallagher’s Burger Bar features a new menu of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches plus old favorites. Bubbakoo’s Burritos Mexican Restaurant offers fast-casual fare. Grabbing something to eat in a hurry can be as easy as walking to the Quick Bites Food Court, and the first-ever Margaritaville Coffee Shop will perk up guests with a signature collection of gourmet coffees.

The 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar is stocked with a variety of cocktails and “flair bartenders” who perform while serving drinks. The Boardwalk Bar serves fresh ocean breezes along with its assortment of beverages. Meanwhile, Bar One is the spot to unwind with a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail.

At the Landshark Bar and Grill, being on 200 feet of beach frontage at the site of the Old Steeplechase Pier with a favorite beverage is the perfect way to end the day. The island vibe at Margaritaville Bar is a prime networking location serving up tropical cocktails surrounded by a stage for entertainment, a tiki bar and a giant blender at the entrance.

It’s a sure bet that Resorts will impress when it comes to the excitement of casino gambling, where its 100,000-square foot gaming floor boasts 1,500 slot machines and a variety of table games. Resorts Spa and Health Club includes an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, and extensive weight training sessions.

“Resorts Casino tops the list in Atlantic City for guests and corporate groups alike wishing to enjoy everything from newly renovated guest suites to incredible dining, fantastic gaming options and unbeatable entertainment while being right on the boardwalk and beach,” said Resorts’ director of sales and marketing, William Jackson.

Resorts’ All-Inclusive Meeting Package is an exclusive group meeting option in Atlantic City that’s available Sunday through Thursday. Prices vary by the season. The per person cost includes spacious, upgraded guest rooms, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Wi-Fi in meeting and guest rooms, audio-visual, parking, taxes, gratuities, resort fees, meeting room rental, and three meals a day.

Also owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Pocono is located on 400-acres in the hillside of Plains, PA just a short distance from attractions like Knoebels Amusement Resort, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, and Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park.

It is one of the largest and most distinctive entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in the state. Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000-square foot convention center. It is home to 82,000-square feet of gaming space, including more than 90 table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing.

The property features live entertainment every weekend at Breakers and Bar Louie, and only a short distance away is the 8,300-seat Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, which features the biggest acts in music as well as being home to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

In Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun was created by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut in 1996. A destination that is home to some of New England's finest dining - including over 40 restaurants, bars and lounges - it boasts more than 1,500 guest rooms, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events.

In addition to three world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun also is host to the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment facility, two luxurious spas, two indoor swimming pools, 275,000-square feet of world-class meeting facilities, a state-of-the-art Poker Room as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 350 to 10,000 people. Live concerts feature top headliners along with major sporting events (Mohegan Sun even has its own WNBA team).

Among its many spectacular features are an indoor 55-foot waterfall, an electrifying water wall, the world's largest indoor planetarium dome, Wombi Rock (a glowing crystal mountain made of imported stone), and more than 300,000-square feet of gaming.

New at Mohegan Sun, bowling, ping-pong, karaoke, craft beer, food, private event space and more is planned for GAME ON!, owned by the Lyons Group, when it opens inside the all new and expansive Earth Expo and Convention Center, this coming winter.

These casino resort properties share a common trait in that they all offer many options for dining, nightlife, entertainment, as well as meeting and event spaces, but each has its own unique setting and personality.

With so many choices available throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S., planners will be able to find the perfect fit to meet their needs.

Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy has extensive public relations experience in the hospitality industry, having worked with the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority and Morton's The Steakhouse.

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