No need to head out west: East coast gaming resorts offer it all

SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 5/9/2019, 3:57 p.m.
Las Vegas is its own world, but that’s not to say that you can’t get your gaming groove on elsewhere. ...

MGM National Harbor

Oxon, MD

If grand is part of your name, you bring it hard. The $1.4-billion MGM resort does. It claims the largest gaming floor outside of Sin City. The two-level casino has more than 160,000 square-feet of space filled with slots, table games and poker and more poker. There are more than 300 guest rooms, an entertainment theater that holds 3,000, and more than a dozen places to satisfy your hunger. Feel like shopping? There’s 18,000 square feet of designer shops. When you’re ready to relax, it’s easy at the 27,000 square-foot destination spa and salon. Get a load of all the artwork by renowned local, national and international artists, such as a soaring archway by legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan and an enormous steel interpretation of Cinderella’s shoe by Chinese artist Liao Yibai. Another plus about National Harbor is its proximity to Washington, D.C. You can spend part of your weekend doing the history thing at the city’s landmarks and iconic museums.

Resorts World Catskills Casino & Resort

Monticello, NY

This is a destination where kids as well as mom and dad alike will be happy. For the children there’s the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark that just opened in April. It’s the largest in New York and includes a ropes course, bowling alley and rock climbing. Meanwhile parents can game to their hearts content on the 100,000 square-foot gaming floor. There’s a luxury spa, bars and plenty good-eats, like Cellaio, an Italian inspired steakhouse by food guru chef Scott Conant.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort

Nichols, NY

Here you get your gambling fix, not just at the slots, table games, but harness horse racing. The 160-room Tioga Downs Casino Resort Hotel recently opened. There’s a golf club, an event center for concerts, and 10 spots for eating, drinking and merriment to live music. The AgeLess Spa is there when you need to chill, an indoor heated saltwater pool or outdoor plunge pool and waterslide that overlooks the racetrack. Take advantage of being in the Finger Lakes region, with its wineries, breweries, quaint shops and more.

Mount Airy Casino Resort

Mount Pocono, PA

Who doesn’t love the Pocono Mountains? They are a doable weekend drive from Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York or Philadelphia. Mount Airy Casino Resort has the distinction of being the only resort in Pennsylvania to receive AAA’s Four Diamond designation. You know you’re in for a treat. The 65,144-square-foot gaming floor offers over 1,800 of the latest slot and game tables a plenty for blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more. The fun doesn’t begin and end on the casino floor. There’s a lakefront 18-hole golf course, spa, several restaurants and a recently completed $40 million expansion that serves up 100 new guest rooms and an additional 16,000 square-feet to the ballroom and events center. While in the Poconos, go wine tasting or commune with nature at Big Pocono State Park.