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Winter Travel

That’s how we rolled

My wife and I spent a weekend at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun without gambling. We were too busy eating, people-watching, shopping, hiking, and soaking in a hot tub.

ACCORDING TO FOLKLORE, there are two things you’ll never find inside a casino: clocks or windows. Gaming companies allegedly want patrons to become numb to the passage of time and forget about the world outside. The reason is simple: They need you to keep gambling.

It’s difficult to reconcile this conventional wisdom with what actually happens when my wife and I check into the hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino. I ask the clerk what to do during our visit. Among the first things she hands me is a brochure. “Enjoy the Peace and Beauty of the Connecticut Woods on Our Pequot Trails,” says the cover. Inside is a color-coded map of nearby hiking trails. That’s right: Not only is this casino suggesting we walk outside, it’s also providing detailed instructions. The clerk mentions the comedy shows most nights, discounts at the upscale bowling alley, and the nearby Native American museum. If you didn’t know better, you might think you can have fun at Foxwoods without actually gambling.

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