Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, CT is about a 3 hour drive from my house. Usually my husband, cousin and I make an overnight trip up there about once or twice a year. We made a trip up there this past weekend.
Foxwoods has 3 different hotel towers that are part of the main building, the Grand Pequot Tower, the Great Cedar Tower and the Fox Tower. The Fox Tower is the newest and furthest away from the main gaming / dining area but you can tell that it is the newest. There is also Two Trees Inn which, while owned by Foxwoods, it is not connected to the main building. There is a shuttle bus that will transport you back and forth.
For this stay, we were in the Great Cedar Tower. We had a very nice room but you could tell it was one of the older towers. The elevator was clean but had seen better days. And we all commented how small the flat screen TV was in the room, though I’m sure it was impressive that it had a flat screen TV at all when it was installed.
We have developed somewhat of a routine to our visits. We drive up to arrive midday, get checked into our room and then have a sit down lunch. This time we decided go to the Hard Rock Café. It was a little busy but we were seated right away. While nothing fancy, I enjoyed a burger and fries there.
After lunch, we part ways. My husband will go off to the poker room and my cousin and I will hit the slots for a while before Bingo. Yes, I like to play bingo. J Since it was a Sunday night, the admission was $15 dollars and then I usually get about $15 worth of specials (games played in addition to the regular games). The bingo session will usually last about 4 hours, with one intermission. I figure it is worth $30 to play bingo for 4 hours. I would be broke quickly if I spent 4 hours playing slots. Instead of dinner, we usually get a few snacks to munch while playing.
We have been going to play bingo at Foxwoods before it was even a full casino and it was just a bingo hall. I would guess that it has been at least 20 years. In all that time, we have NEVER won! To say we are overdue for a win there is an overstatement. But guess what? We didn’t win again! Oh well.
It was about 11 pm and we left the bingo session to play a little bit of slots before calling it a night. I was in search of the “Ellen” machine (made with the theme of the Ellen DeGeneres show). My husband had looked around for it and texted me the location so that is where we headed. Thankfully, his luck had been better at poker so he called it a night while we went to play. I was down some money but Ellen was lucky and I made some back (and the machine was fun!) before we called it a night about 1 am.
The next morning, my cousin and I were up and ready for breakfast by 9. We like to go to Junior’s which is in the Fox Tower. I had a pastrami omelet which was tasty and I was eyeing up cheesecake to pick up later to take home, though I never got back over there to do that. My cousin and I played some slots over in the Fox section but I wasn’t having any luck so I wanted to head back to Ellen! Meanwhile, my husband slept in a bit, checked out of the room and went back to poker.
I got my Ellen machine and once again Ellen was good to me! I tried a few other machines too and decided to call it a day with about a $30 loss total. I went and got a coffee while waiting for my cousin. She was still playing and I saw a machine that I like with a kitten theme. What the heck, I’ll play $20 more since I am waiting. And then I hit the bonus game and won $100! That was good enough for me so I cashed out just as my cousin was finished as well.
We texted my husband who was also wrapping up at the poker table. We had planned to leave around 1 pm so we wouldn’t hit rush hour traffic on the way back. So all in all, it was a successful and pleasant trip to Foxwoods.
I would really like to make a long weekend trip there soon. There is more and more to do in the area, besides gambling. Foxwoods is going to be adding a Tangers Outlet that appears will be connected right to the main building. They already have a nice shopping and food court area that has been redone. Mystic Seaport and Aquarium are about a 15-20 minute drive from there. I also took note to a Hilton and another hotel (I can’t remember the name) within a few minute drive of Foxwoods that are new if you don’t want to stay right at Foxwoods. Weekend prices can be a lot which is way we usually go on a Sunday – Monday or a Thursday – Friday which are more reasonable.
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