Romantic Shore: Atlantic City

New Jersey’s gambling mecca can claim a remarkable collection of luxury hotels, world-class restaurants and top-name entertainment—plus fabulous beaches and the original Boardwalk. It adds up to a great romantic getaway for couples who seek something more than a quiet retreat.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic City Aquarium's Facebook page.

WHERE TO STAY: Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa (609-317-1000) is not on the Boardwalk, but it remains AC’s top draw thanks to upscale rooms, five fine-dining restaurants and a steady stream of big-name entertainment. The contemporary accommodations feature spacious marble baths and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the Atlantic. The gym and pool are state of the art, but cost extra. There are also two spas, a salon and a barber shop. Room rates: $109- $500.

ROMANTIC EATS: There are plenty of excellent options at Borgata; the newest, Angeline by Iron Chef winner Michael Symon, host of The Chew, is an especially good choice for an intimate evening. Snuggle in one of the U-shaped banquettes and order from the menu of classic Italian dishes. At the Tropicana, Olón—with its unique ocean view—is another atmospheric option. For breakfast, head to Gilchrist (609-345-8278) in Gardner’s Basin, or its new location at the Trop (609-541-3093).

WHAT TO DO: Yes, you’ll want to hit the Boardwalk and the casinos, but you can also visit the Atlantic City Aquarium (609-348-2880), get a shopping fix at Tanger Outlets—the Walk, or take to the water for two hours of dolphin watching with Atlantic City Cruise (609-347-7600).—DC

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