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by traveling engineer
February 14, 2010
Queens, New York
July 23, 2007
From journal Mohegan Sun Casino
albany, New York
April 6, 2005
Why does it have so many names? First, it is known as a martini bar because the house specialty is over 50 specially mixed martinis. Up to that point, I had never had a martini. However, I now order martinis whenever I am on vacation. Being a chocolate lover, I of course ordered their chocolate dream (Skyy vodka, Baileys, crème de cacao with whipped cream, and a drizzle of coffee liquer).
It also is known as a planetarium, since the ceiling of the bar is actually a huge dome (definitely the largest I have ever seen) where star constellations are displayed. Of course, the display changes as if you are outside watching the stars for real!
It is also known as Wombi Rock. To get to the bar, you walk up a winding "staircase" of stained glass and other crystal glass wall hangings --the bar is actually at the top of this three story creation inside the Casino! The bar itself was composed of blue purple little tiles which complemented all of the other glass and sculptures in the room.
It also is known as Leffingwells. I had to do some research before I found out that Thomas Leffingwell was a "friend of Uncas, chief of the Mohegan’s". Considering the casino is Mohegan Sun in the town of Uncasville, I think the name is from Thomas.
By the way, this bar is one of at least eight bars/lounges at Mohegan Sun! And the price of a martini was reasonable – less than $10, including tip. Not bad, considering all the atmosphere, as well as the great drinks.
From journal Fantastic long weekend in Connecticut
April 5, 2005
Some of the other interesting stores included a large display of puzzles at the Discovery store, the memory foam pillows at Brookstone (and I am now a believer in those pillows), and memorabilia from the old days in Nostalgia (including a "I Love Lucy" section). I also was able to redeem a Godiva gift certificate that I had received as a gift several years prior!
If you still were in the mood for shopping and didn’t get your fill, there were other options. One option was at the other casino, Foxwoods. The stores there were more traditional. In addition, we stopped at the Westbrook Factory stores and the North Country outlet (both very close to the Water’s Edge condo).
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
December 31, 2004
Now, not even 10 years later, Mohegan Sun is almost a village unto itself. There are two casinos, the original Casino of the Earth and the newer Casino of the Sky. Both are primarily filled with slots, but there are all sorts of table games as well. I find the Sky more attractive, as it is lighter and feels more spacious. The roof actually has a planetarium dome above the Wombi Rock martini bar, but it’s visible from the casino floor as well. The Earth casino has free concerts on the Wolf Den stage, with the occasional big-name act (for instance, Chubby Checkers and Greg Allman are both expected to perform there soon, in January '05).
The shops are pretty good, and OdySea has a large aquarium with live sharks swimming around! There are stores, like a record and bookstore, "Nostalgia," and a Discovery Channel store, all of which should fascinate kids and maybe some adults. Also for kids, there is a playroom and arcade, so kids can have fun while parents play elsewhere.
There are a number of restaurants to satisfy about every budget and taste bud. My favorites are the Summer Shack (seafood) and Bubba's BBQ, both fairly priced.
The hotel tower doesn't have any rooms as cheap as the Two Trees Inn at Foxwoods, but the Mohegan Sun hotel is more luxurious and pampering. If you aren't trying to live on a budget, then this hotel is great.
The arena holds some of the bigger concerts, and I had the opportunity to see Simon and Garfunkel here this past summer. For an arena-sized venue, it's a pretty good place. It also is the home of the Connecticut Sun WNBA basketball team. Mohegan Sun offers much for everyone, big gamers or not.
From journal CT Casinos and surrounding activities
February 25, 2004
There was an entire I Love Lucy section to bring back memories. There were several vintage jukeboxes (with real records!) displayed. There were a lot of old Coke bottles, terrific signs, and children’s books available to buy. Unfortunately, I just looked and did not buy. I almost felt that I should have paid an admission price to the "museum"! Of course, there was a ‘57 Chevy Belair model to drool over. Not only was there a life size statute of Elvis, I also saw one of John Wayne. What sweet memories.
There were many other great stores at Mohegan Sun. I suggest that you first just wander through the indoor "mall" and stop in at every store that seems interesting. The storefront displays are so inviting that I am sure that you will visit them all. Once inside, you will find the contents are so unique. After completing your tour of the stores, pick up the map and see if perhaps you have missed any stores. Make sure you allow yourself enough time. Most times when I shop, I am finished within an hour. The first day of shopping at Mohegan Mall took over three hours! In addition, I returned the next day for more exploring.
Click here for lots of information about the shops at Mohegan Sun.
From journal Watching US Davis Cup (Tennis) at Mohegan Sun
Excellent Play: It was a great seeing the American pros playing for their country against Austria. In the first match, Robbie Ginepri came back from a two-set deficit to win in five sets. His drive and determination were fun to witness. Being fans of doubles, we also enjoyed seeing the Bryan brothers play. However, the most impressive highlight was when Andy Roddick hit a 150-mile-an-hour serve, setting the record for the Davis Cup. The audience roared with delight.
Audience Participation: I had seen the "net heads" on TV, but actually seeing and hearing the noise these dedicated fans make live is entirely different. Not only were they colorfully attired (in red, white, and blue, of course), they had lots of signs. After Andy set the record for the 150 serve, they had a 151 sign made up for Sunday’s match. After each ace by Andy, they let us all know how many aces so far. In addition, many other fans waved the red, white, and blue streamers that we got at the door. I had goose bumps from all of the excitement.
Patriotism: The feeling of patriotism started when each team was announced and continued throughout playing the national anthems and continued even after both teams exited the auditorium.
Camaraderie: This was definitely a team effort. All the players rooted each other on. The players really enjoyed playing for their country.
Money’s Worth: For $90 - $350 for the three days, you got to see over five hours of singles on the first day (the first match went to the fifth set), three hours of doubles the second day (the Bryan Brothers are ranked #1 doubles team in the world), and three hours of singles the third day. We paid more for our seats to be closer, but frankly, our friends in the $90 section also had excellent seats. There really was not a bad seat in the house. For the third day, we moved up to the fifth row!
Other: There was plenty of free merchandise (free headbands, for example), as well as official USTA merchandise for sale. The tournament was held at Mohegan Sun arena, which afforded me the opportunity to wander around the beautiful casino.
What is included in the property called Mohegan Sun?
Two casinos: One is called the Casino of the Sky which has more stained glass walls and ceiling fixtures and the other is the Casino of the Earth. Before we were told that you could not take video of the casino, we had taken some footage of the architecture of Sky Casino. The pictures do not really have the same impact of the genius of the architect.
Shopping: There are so many shops that there is a separate brochure that describes the stores all under one roof at Mohegan Sun. The brochure uses words like distinctive and unique and that is definitely accurate. It is hard to believe that I spent hours shopping when I thought I might spend minutes shopping.
Restaurants: The restaurants included the fine dining of Tuscany (see the waterfalls outside that restaurant), some chain restaurants such as Michael Jordan’s Steak House, and some quick cafeteria-style restaurants such as Johnny Rockets.
Theaters/Lounge areas: There are several large rooms for performances. Of course, we spent much of the three days in the Mohegan Sun Arena, which holds concerts, or for the weekend, a tennis tournament. While we were there, Little Anthony and the Imperials was playing the Cabaret Theater and Neil Sedaka was playing the Wolf Den. There is also a ballroom but I did not venture into that this weekend.
In addition, I guess I should mention:
Slot machines and tables: As I said, I did not gamble but there was lots of action going on. Some of the rooms are dedicated smoke free and of course, there was a high stakes area.
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