Last weekend I was invited by The Zimmerman Company to stay at the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut, and attend concerts by the legendary Liza Minnelli and outspoken Kathy Griffin; both large supporters of LGBT equality. This was my first trip to Foxwoods, about a 2-hour 30-minute drive from NYC, and it definitely did not disappoint. Boasting as the largest resort casino in North America, the Foxwoods complex, owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, offers six-casinos, AAA Four-Diamond hotels, gourmet to express restaurants, state-of-the-art theaters, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, and exclusive retailers.
Upon arrival and after check-in, I entered a room in part of a newly renovated section of the Grand Pequot Tower. The accommodations were beautiful and very comfortable! There were two queen beds, an entertainment/desk center, a large standing wardrobe, a couch with a rather tall coffee table and a bathroom that many Manhattanites would probably kill for; the waterfall shower-head was very welcome. And the best part was the free Wi-Fi along with power outlets all over the room. Comfort and convenience all in a very nice space with views of the forest that surrounded part of the casino.
After a quick stroll around the casino it was time for a quick nap before seeing Liza Minnelli perform in Foxwoods’ beautiful MGM Grand Theater.
Liza Minnelli, a supporter of amFAR, is entertainment royalty and performed on Friday night with her backup band lead by pianist Billy Stritch. The 4,000 seat MGM Grand Theater was sold out to capacity with fans of all ages. I sat in the Parterre section of the theater with an unobstructed view of the stage and a perfect view of the entire lower level of the theater; it is unbelievably big. Liza performed her standards and classics that delighted the crowds and kept everyone wanting more. Seeing Liza perform truly is an experience to see in person!
After the show I grabbed some incredible Chicken Lo Mein from Noodles, located near Rainmaker Square, and I strongly recommend stopping by while there for some Chinese food that will rock your taste buds. The nighttime crowds had picked up by then and the casino was in full bloom with the slot machines and tables games packed with people looking for a touch of Lady Luck.
On Saturday, after sleeping in a bit and enjoying the very comfortable bed, I spent the day exploring every part of the casino to see all areas of the gambling sections and what each store has to offer. For lunch I stopped by the Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods, located in Rainmaker Country, and had a Honey Citrus Grilled Chicken Salad with a well-done California Burger. Talk about delicious overload! I strongly recommend the Honey Citrus Grilled Chicken Salad to anyone wanting more than just a plain salad with their meal. To top off the meal I had the Hot Fudge Brownie and this is a chocolate lovers dream. The service was very personable, making for a nice relaxing meal during the middle of the day.
Back in the room, I finished some necessary social media work before taking another nap to get ready to see Kathy Griffin.
Kathy Griffin is not only one of my favorite comedians but is a GLAAD Vanguard recipient (2009) and a Trevor Project Life Award honoree (2011). She may be demure in stature but talks like a sailor and tells the best, most entertaining stories. Her show was in the MGM Grand Theater and all 4,000 seats were sold out! I sat in the Orchestra section, fourteen-rows from the stage dead center; talk about having a great seat. For two hours Kathy kept the audience rolling in laughter with stories about her mother, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and many others. Her outspoken nature is a warm welcome in a world where sometimes people are afraid to speak up.
After the show I wandered around the casino some more before stopping by Noodles, yes again, and got more Chicken Lo Mein, it’s that good, and retired to my room to finish some work before heading to bed; Sunday morning was to be an early rise morning.
On Sunday morning I stopped by Veranda Cafe for some Eggs Benedict and a short-stack. For some reason I have always judged a restaurant by how well the pancakes turn out, and Veranda Cafe did not disappoint; they were light and fluffy. A quick check-out and off to the bus back to NYC.
I would recommend Foxwoods for a weekend getaway with friends since it really is not that far from NYC. There is always great entertainment lined up, plenty of gambling areas and an array of various restaurants, shops, and even a bowling alley.
This weekend gets my two-thumbs up!