52 Weekend Getaways: Foxwoods, CT

Risk & reward.

| Boston Magazine |

Rising up out of a forest (southeastern Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Indian reservation, to be exact), Foxwoods looks like a Walt Disney World castle. And yet, it’s no child’s play. Find proof between gambling sessions at the Scorpion Bar (where massive margarita “bowls” are ubiquitous), or at Shrine nightclub in the adjoining MGM Grand, hangout to “A-listers” like Lindsay Lohan. Then pick your protein at chef Tom Colicchio’s award-winning Craftsteak restaurant, and chase it with a show at the new Comix Comedy Club or the MGM Grand Theater (this month, Mary J. Blige performs). Leave in the morning either refueled (by the antipasti spread at Alta Strada) or fully relaxed (via the deep-tissue massage at MGM Grand’s G Spa).

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STAY: MGM Grand, 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, CT, 800-369-9663, mgmatfoxwoods.com.

DRIVE: Two hours