Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend Part 2

I am a list maker.

A compulsive list maker, really.

I always have lists of things to do, goals I want to achieve, things I want to bake, blog ideas, a wish list, coupons I need to redeem, and so on. When I go on vacation, I research a ton of stuff in advance, then make a list of places to visit, restaurants to try, shops to incur credit card debt with, etc etc. I make a packing list, a gift list, I even make a list (a spreadsheet, actually) of my vacation outfits, which I mix and match with accessories (also included in the list). I like to think of my list-making as an art.

When Beth and I were finalizing our plans to spend three days at Mohegan Sun, of course I made a list of things I wanted to do: go to the gym, get a massage, have a bubble bath, try one of Bobby Flay’s restaurants, sleep in during the weekend, have a nice leisurely brunch, spend some quiet time reading. I know those aren’t things that one associates with a casino, but those are the things I associate with vacation, and I was looking at our girls’ trip as a mini-vacation. Thankfully, I was able to do all those things, and we were able to eat at not just one, but both of Mr. Flay’s restaurants.

For the second half of my Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend recap, I wanted to make another list of things I really loved during our trip.  I already wrote about some of my experiences (wanting a 2,000 lb pet, seeing a blue lobster and Nemo, and eating a fallen chocolate cake) but here are some of the other highlights from my weekend in Mystic and Uncasville, CT, in a Top Five list.

Five Things I Loved About My Weekend at Mohegan Sun

1) Riding a Stretch Limo for the First Time

I’ve been in a lot of really nice cars, and I even take Uber pretty often, but it was my first time being in a stretch limo! Mohegan Sun arranged for a limo to take us to the Mystic Aquarium and back, and it was a luxurious experience – made especially fun by our limo mates, Maria and Caitlin.

2) Hot Caramel Apple Cider at Mystic Beanery

Beth and I checked out Olde Mistick Village with Kim, one of the PR Associates at Mohegan Sun, and as soon as we saw the sign at Mystic Beanery for hot caramel apple cider, I knew I wanted a cup. It tastes exactly how it sounds, and it was a lovely little treat for the cool, brisk weather that day.

3) Bobby Flay’s Chipotle Ketchup

We checked out Bobby’s Burger Palace for lunch and while the fries and burger were really good (I actually ended up getting the burger on top of a salad but it didn’t look very photogenic – that picture above is Beth’s burger), it was the chipotle ketchup that stole our hearts. We slathered our burgers with it, and I liked the chipotle mayo that came with the fries, too.

4) Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain

Every single thing we tried at Bar Americain was incredible. It’s hard not to compare it to Tuscany, which is one of the other fine dining options at Mohegan Sun.  The dining experience we had at Tuscany was different, particularly because our big, food-loving group of bloggers were in a private room. At Bar Americain, Beth and I were seated side by side in one of those semi-circle banquet couches, and the whole place was pretty quiet (it was early Sunday evening). But in terms of the food, I definitely prefer Bar Americain.

If any of you are planning a trip to Mohegan Sun, I highly recommend dining at Bar Americain and trying one (or all) of these:  bread basket with savory corn bread fingers, shrimp and grits, cauliflower and goat cheese gratin (CAULIFLOWER AND GOAT CHEESE GRATIN!), blackened prime rib, and pistachio creme brulee.

5) The Gym, The Spa, and The King Sized Bed

The entire third floor of the hotel comprises the gym (where we banged out some HIIT workouts) and the spa (where we had Swedish massages). I wish every weekend workout could be followed by a muscle-soothing massage, but in real life I can’t afford that, so it felt extra special.

And at night, it also felt extra special to retreat back into our rooms.  I loved my entire room at Mohegan Sun, particularly the plush king sized bed with the soft pillows and crisp linen. It was yet another one of those pleasant surprises (who would think that a casino hotel would have the most luxurious beds, when most people who go there hardly sleep anyway?) but I was in dreamland after the wild nights we had at the casino. One of the best things about vacation, even mini-vacations,  is feeling refreshed and recharged afterwards, and that’s exactly how I felt after the weekend.

Big thanks again to Mohegan Sun for the generous invite and the wonderful weekend! Mohegan Sun is now on my list of Top Places to Go for a Girls’ Trip.

To read some of the other lists I’ve made, check out my posts on My Favorite Food Books, Tips on How to Survive (and Love) Hot Yoga, How to Balance Blogging with a Full Time Job, Top 3 Food Experiences in Madrid, and most recently, Top 5 Things to Remember When Eating at a Churrascaria.

Are you a list maker, too? What’s the last list you made?


17 Responses to “Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend Part 2”

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    Meghan posted December 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I am a huge list maker. I am always updating my top 10 places to visit, but there are also tons of day-to-day lists like the very long, post-travel grocery list I am making right now!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted December 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    What a fun weekend!
    I’m a fellow “lister” myself. Confession: I occasionally will write things down that I’ve already done…just so I can check them off. Checking the box is just so satisfying!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Yes, checking the box is part of my whole list-making obsession! Glad to find someone who relates ;)

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    Ashley posted December 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    We must be long lost siblings in list making because I make all of those lists before vacation as well — what to pack (arranged by outfits per day, with jewelry, shoes, and makeup that works for multiple outfits if possible…which makes me sound crazy…) and where to go (especially food and shopping). But I make lists for everything, especially when I’m sitting through seminars or meetings. I mean everything! It’s so comforting to know there’s someone else out there who lists as much as I do!

    Visiting Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill was my top priority for our trip to Vegas. I actually went back on my own for lunch the next day so I could try even more! Sooooo amazing. It’s probably better I can’t visit one without long distance traveling…

    Your weekend sounds awesome! Definitely a perfect girl’s weekend out!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hello, list-making sister!! The outfits per day spreadsheet is something I’ve tried to convince other people to do, but I’ve had low adoption rates hahaha. I am going to make another one soon for my upcoming holiday vacation :)

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    Michelle Collins posted December 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I am a crazy list maker! I just made my grocery list last night, and a “work list” this morning.

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted December 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I also, like you, LOVE lists!! I actually feel like I need them to be somewhat productive. Otherwise, I’d just go bananas or forget. I’m glad you got great things checked off! :)

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    The squishy monster posted December 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I’m a list-obsessed girl too–can totally relate! Holy smokes, that gratin does look amazing…so does that brulee…YUM! Found ya on twitter, btw =)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      I’m definitely planning on re-creating the gratin at home soon! Now following you on Twitter, too :)

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    honeywhatscooking posted December 4, 2012 at 2:53 am

    omg, when i read the first paragraph, i couldn’t believe it, i felt i was reading about myself. I ended up sending my husband your link and titled it, i’m not the only one. that’s scary! i make excel spreadsheets on vacation too.. i mix and match outfits, but i don’t make spreadsheets on that. :) i just do an obscene amount of research.
    I have yet to visit Mohegan Sun, heard so much about it, and it’s only 3 hours away. I need to visit and try Bobby’s restaurants, will definitely take your advice. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Yes, you’re definitely not the only one! haha

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    CCU posted December 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Haha lists are my life (a good thing for school) ;)
    Seems like a brilliant time!

    Choc Chip Uru

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Yes, lists are definitely great for school… and everyday life ;)

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    Caitlin posted December 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    The stretch limo was WAY fun and I still haven’t dined at Bar Americain – SO at the top of my must-try list of things at the casino I still haven’t experienced yet. Glad to hear you thought I helped make the limo more fun :) thanks for linking to your other lists! Blog posts in the form of lists are some of my FAVE to read so I will check it out. I love writing them too.

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    El posted December 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Looks like you had a great trip!

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    Molly Galler posted December 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I love absolutely everything about this post. Since I work in PR, I know all about making lists. It’s pretty much the #1 requirement to work in the business.

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