Planning a weekend getaway?
Planning a weekend getaway?
Baby, it’s cold outside.
And it’s only going to get colder as the winter months march on.
But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to be a hermit. Take your action indoors, specifically to some area casino resorts. Gambling? Sure, try your luck. But there’s a lot more to these places than slot machines and table games.
Turning Stone Resort Casino
A virtual city within a city awaits you at this Central New York resort operated by the Oneida Indian Nation.
Need a place to stay? Try one of four hotels. Time to relax? Choose from two spas.
Add to that more than 20 dining choices, a 5,000-seat event center and a 125,000-square-foot casino, and you’ve got a lot to keep you busy at Turning Stone.
Take a look at these statistics:
• Two of the resort’s four hotels (The Tower and The Lodge) have earned AAA’s Four Diamond status
• An acclaimed RV park (The Villages at Turning Point) is one mile from the resort’s entrance
• The Skainá spa, which opened in 2006, has been named one of the top spas in the world by Spa Magazine
• The resort’s 72 holes of golf (three 18-hole courses; two nine-hole courses) were designed by the likes of Robert Trent Jones Jr., Rick Smith and Tom Fazio
• The Event Center, which seats 5,000, has featured Jay Leno, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, James Taylor and Barry Manilow; the more intimate Showroom (800 seats) has hosted Kenny Rogers, Rick Springfield, Tracy Morgan and others
• The jewel in Turning Point’s 20-plus-restaurant crown is Wildflowers, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant
And don’t forget. If you’re planning a trip to Turning Stone, the resort offers a number of year-round packages to suit almost any taste. A few include the Bingo Package, the Tennis Package and the Bed & BBQ Package.
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.
The mighty Niagara falls are just minutes away from Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, which is distinguished by a 26-story AAA Four Diamond hotel.
Run by the Seneca Nation, the resort features a large casino, 10 restaurants, two entertainment showrooms and a bar boasting a 43-foot high-definition video wall.
There are also eight stores to shop in, from Swarovski Crystal to the 24-hour NewsStand. A full-service spa offers pampering, and the fitness center helps you work off the extra pounds you might add.
On a nice day, visit the nearby Niagara Falls State Park, which offers the best views you’ll find of the falls.
But don’t worry if the weather gets snowy and frozen. An indoor pool will help you relax without ever having to step foot outside.
Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
The Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, featuring a AAA Four Diamond hotel and many other amenities, is located at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains near the Pennsylvania/New York border.
The casino floor has recently been redesigned, and gamblers will find 1,800 slot machines and more than 30 table games awaiting them.
Each of the resort’s more than 400 hotel rooms features mountain views, oversized showers, flat-screen televisions and free Wi-Fi Internet service.
The 2,400-seat Events Center has drawn the likes of Martina McBride, John Legend and Howie Mandel.
Outdoor activities abound, even in the winter months. Check out nearby Allegany State Park, or hop on a snowmobile or ski down the mountain at nearby Ellicottville.
Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel
The year-old Hotel at Batavia Downs is the newest attraction awaiting visitors to this gaming area. The $7.5 million hotel features four stories and 84 guestrooms.
If you’re hungry, you have four choices on site: Fortune’s, 34 Rush, Homestretch Grill, and Clubhouse and Rail Bar.
Many slot machines and table games will satisfy gamers, but non-gamblers can participate in other events, including free movies and weekly team trivia contests.
del Lago Resort & Casino
One of the Finger Lakes region’s premier casinos and resorts now boasts a new 205-room hotel to complement its many other offerings.
And with the new hotel comes new bedside iPad technology. Use the provided iPad to order food, set wakeup times, summon housekeeping or do other things during your stay. You might use it to book a treatment at the hotel’s spa.
Dining options include the upscale Portico by Fabio Viviani, the Farmers Market Buffet and a trendy wine bar called The Vine.
If you need a break from the casino’s 99 table games and nearly 2,000 slot machines, take in the comedy and music acts playing the showroom.
No matter which resort you choose, there’s a good chance you’ll have a great time. AAA can help you plan your trip.