On Not Gambling in Atlantic City – Things to Do at The Water Club at The Borgata on a 24 Hour Weekend Getaway

Last week, the husband and I snuck away to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the night.

It was 24+ hours of kid-free bliss. 

Pure magic – I tell ya. Sure, we love our kids, but it’s nice to have an actual break from them to relax for a bit. And it’s important to have actual time with your spouse every now and then too.

The night away was actually Charles’ birthday present from his parents. His birthday was back in October and they were asking me for ideas as to what he would like. That was when we were in the throws of serious sleep issues with Brooks and we were both dying for a night away to catch up on our sleep. With the holidays and all, the scheduling of our AC weekend was pushed back to March – which was totally fine with us, because it was something to look forward too!

A.C. is the perfect getaway for us – takes us an hour or so to get there and there’s so much to do. I’m not much of a gambler – I would MUCH rather shop, because I win every time, but there is always so much going on in AC, its easy to enjoy it all without playing any card games or slots.

We stayed in the Borgata hotel, but the newer tower which is named The Water Club.

It’s beautiful, bright and filled with all sorts of beautiful water displays and art pieces, not to mention it has a beautiful indoor pool as well, only for Water Club guests.

Obviously, I needed to get into that pool IMMEDIATELY.

outfit details:  leather jacket {similar} / floral top /

earrings denim / booties

After checking in, it was clearly time for me to hit up the pool. Sitting poolside, sipping prosecco, catching up on some magazines was exactly what I needed in my life.

It’s so nice to sit, take a break and not do anything for a while. Wouldn’t you agree?

// swimsuit {similar + under $25}

After some time in the pool I decided to head over to the Tanger Outlets, which are right around the corner in AC. I needed to pick the boys up some new spring clothes + some new shirts for Easter, so it was the perfect excuse to do a little shopping without the kiddos, but also for the kiddos – ha.

Again, I’d much rather shop than gamble, but the hubs enjoys playing blackjack for fun every now and then – so he hit up the casino while I shopped. It was perfect.

After a little shopping + a little gambling, we got ready to go out for drinks before dinner. I was recommended to check out Gypsy Bar in the Borgata by a few friends, as it was supposed to be a great place for drinks + live music and they were totally right. Such a cool vibe on the casino floor, I would for sure go back.

Also, I love a good Old Fashioned {my favorite} and the bartender there had a secret stash of infused cherries for an amazing cocktail. It was heaven.

Elevator Selfie, because #parentsgonewild

For fun, I put up a Insta Story poll to help us decide where to go to dinner – it was between Bobby Flay Steakhouse + Izayaka – and Bobby Flay won, so we went there.

We had heard amazing things about this place, plus the hubs wanted a steak, so it worked out perfect.

We both had steaks, which were incredible. All the food was delicious, especially these Gorgonzola Ricotta Fonduta, with grilled toast. It was amazing – I’m totally going to have to find a way to recreate this at home, because it totally knocked my socks off.

If you go to Bobby Flay in AC – order this!

outfit details:  jumpsuit {similar} / necklace / shoes 

After a fun night out with a great dinner, drinks + fun in the casino. You’d think I would enjoy a long nights rest and sleep in a bit. But nope.

Up at 5:30 am with the sun.

It’s annoying when I can’t sleep in, but I was able to get up early, get some work done and then hit the spa bright and early at 8:00 am – I had the whole place to myself before my facial!

Since I was staying at The Water Club, I was able to enjoy my spa day at Immersion Spa – which is the two-story spa located on the 32nd floor. This spa features floor to ceiling water views, which was beyond beautiful in the morning sun.

Seriously, if you are an early riser – make a spa morning day! I was able to enjoy the sauna, hot tub and more which is only available for people using the spa facilities – so its never overcrowded. There is also another lap pool + large hot tub for men + woman to enjoy {I was in the women’s only lock room spa area with the hot tub} But you can use either if you are booking a spa day with a partner.

I treated myself to a Total Radiance Facial and it was so amazing. I usually get a massage during any spa trip, but my face needed a little extra love – and I’m glad I did! I’m already planning my next spa visit when I will be back in July.

After my morning in the Immersion Spa, I met Charles for Brunch in the Sun Room – its a beautiful, light-filled room between both pools in the hotel. A bright a sunny spot to enjoy a drink or a meal for sure with gorgeous palm trees and more to relax and unwind with.

I started off with a Bloody Mary – because #vacation

And then enjoyed the Huevos Rancheros – sunny side up eggs, with tomatillo, corn tortillas + queso blanco.

It was just as it looked – incredible. I want this again right now.

After brunch we headed back to pick up the kiddos. Our weekend away was short but sweet.

 We arrived at The Borgata around noon on Sunday and left around noon on Monday so it was a nice, quick but relaxing 24 hours away. The kids, as you can tell – were completely worn out from their two days with Mimi + PopPop – just as we like it!

It was great to have some time to ourselves, to celebrate Charles’ birthday {5 months later} and for the kids to have a fun weekend with the grandparents. Everyone wins!

I’m crossing my fingers for birthday weekends away every year! It’s the gift that keeps on giving for the parents!






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  • Reply Patty March 13, 2018 at 7:16 am

    What a beautiful post, you sure did a lot in 24 hours! You are right, AC is a great mini destination! Enjoyed reading your day away adventure!

  • Reply Melissa March 13, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Can you do a make up post? Your face looks on point in this whole post and so curious what you use!!

    • Reply Leslie March 13, 2018 at 11:10 am

      You got it Melissa! Coming your way next week!

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