About Stephen C
Lives in Arlington, Virginia
Since Aug 2007
The Washington D.C. Metro area has been my home for the last three years. I am originally from the UK but now live in the U.S. with my wife and daughter. I love to travel and am always keen to get up close to new cultures and foods. Only local knowledge can unlock those truly special travel experiences.
Piers & Boardwalks
Factory Outlets, Shopping Malls
The famed boardwalk is one of the main reasons that many people visit Atlantic City. Built in 1870, America's first boardwalk has been the subject of songs, appeared in movies, inspired the board game Monopoly, and most recently featured in the popular show, 'Boardwalk Empire.' All for good reason. To this day, the smell of the ocean, a light breeze, assorted entertainers, and quirky souvenir shops selling saltwater taffy all make for an enjoyable wander along the strip.
After you've worked up an appetite, stop at The Continental for a leisurely lunch or brunch. Located in the Pier Shops at Caesars this restaurant has a fun vibe, with a squat ’50s facade that feels something like a summer lodge. The lunch menu features an array of classic and casual sandwiches and salads, as well as some unique small plate options, such as cheesesteak egg rolls.
Long a haven of high-end shoppers, the Pier Shops at Caesars is in a bit of a transitional period, as is much of the AC at the moment. Many of the shops may be shuttered, but this windowed mall on the pier is still a lovely place to spend a bit of time wandering. Here, you can escape the heat but still have views of the ocean, and there are still plenty of brands to browse too.
Opened in 1898, Steel Pier is almost as old as the boardwalk itself. It has been rebuilt many times over the years, but it still remains a waterside wonderland, featuring classic rides, tasty food, and a whole lot of fun above the Atlantic Ocean.
Situated on the 1913 Garden Pier, this small museum is a repository of local lore, from the horse who used to perform a high dive at Steel Pier to Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson, the corrupt Prohibition-era politician who inspired Steve Buscemi's character in 'Boardwalk Empire.' There are plenty of vintage photos and cool artifacts on display too.
Spreading over nine blocks just north of the boardwalk, Tanger Outlets features shoe, clothing, and some specialty shops — with discounts up to 70%. Brands including Coach, Nike, Old Navy, and Toys 'R' Us.
With 2,600 slot machines and 160 gaming tables, featuring everything from Craps to Baccarat to various poker games, Tropicana offers plenty to keep hardcore gamblers and gambling dabblers busy. It also offers an array of shops, restaurants, nightlife spots, and spa options.
When the sun goes down on the boardwalk, the lights go up. At Boardwalk Hall, this means a free 3D Light and Sound Show projected on the building's gorgeous 1929 facade.
What better way to end your day than with a meal at an Atlantic City institution? The Knife & Fork Inn was established in 1912 as an exclusive men's drinking club (the feminine set waited in the 'ladies lounge' until they were 'summoned'). The club managed to defy Prohibition laws, openly serving liquor until it was raided in 1927, at which point it was converted into a public restaurant. Today, the restaurant has been restored to its former Jazz Age glamor, with rich mahogany interiors and elegant vaulted ceilings.