Getting Here: 2 hours 20 minutes from Poughkeepsie
Rates: Starting at $279/night
Vibe & Crowd: Featuring a stunning Chihuly glass sculpture and raging waterfall in its lobby, Mohegan Sun places high emphasis on presentation and décor. The resort’s striking, elegant, terrestrially oriented aesthetics complement the festive spirit felt among the crowds on its gaming floors and provide a pleasing backdrop to (hopefully!) win big. Accommodations in the casino’s Sky Tower and brand-new Earth Tower are plush and spacious, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Thames River Valley.
Place Your Bets: With three casinos (Earth, Wind, and Sky) comprising more than 5,000 slots and 300 table games, Mohegan has something for nearly every type of gambler. Poker aficionados will likely breeze into the Casino of the Wind, which features 42 tables of various poker iterations, including Texas Hold ’Em, Omaha, and seven-card stud.
Beyond Gaming: Mohegan pulls in top-level acts for its eponymous arena, its more intimate Wolf Den, and its separate, dedicated comedy club, COMIX. The casino’s shopping concourse is populated with upscale retailers including Kiehl’s, Swarovski, and Coach. Those seeking a little (or a lot of) pampering can avail themselves of Mohegan’s 22,000 sq ft Elemis Spa, which features a full-service hair and nail salon, and a 24-hour fitness center for hotel guests.
Ace the Experience: Nonsmokers, rejoice: Mohegan maintains completely smoke-free gaming areas in all three of its casinos, including slots in the Casino of the Earth, poker in the Casino of the Wind, and blackjack and roulette in Casino of the Sky.