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Virgina may be for lovers, but Maryland is where the action is

By Karrie Zukowski


Maryland is the birthplace of the national anthem, abundant waterways and your next dream vacation. When seeking out the perfect stop for your spring escape this Mid-Atlantic state has it all: exceptional food, culture, excitement, and everything from seaports to mountains. But most notably, here are two exciting casino properties that embrace all of these beloved qualities: Live! Casino Hotel and Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

Live! Casino & Hotel

Hanover, MD

You’ve always had plenty of reasons to visit, but now there is a reason to stay – Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover is the epitome of fun and excitement! With approximately 4,000 slots, 200 live action table games, one of the largest poker rooms nationwide and giant jackpots, what more could you ask for?

Boasting 310 luxurious rooms and 52 suites, incredible restaurants, an Event Center and spa Live! Casino & Hotel is easily Maryland’s top tourist destination. As one of the largest commercial casinos on the east coast, Live! Casino & Hotel distinguishes itself as a preeminent all-inclusive gaming destination, with world-class amenities and a reputation for spontaneity and fun.

Connected to Live! Casino, the 17-story, 350,000-square-foot hotel, features luxurious accommodations for the business and gaming traveler, equipped with the latest in technology, lighting and amenities. The property includes:

■ 132 Deluxe King rooms, featuring a spacious bathroom with an oversized walk-in shower and water closet, a plush robe and a 55” HDTV. A comfortable chaise is included. Some rooms connect to a double queen room.

■ 126 Deluxe Double Queen rooms include the same bathroom features as the deluxe king, along with a 55” HDTV and a desk area.

■ 33 Signature Suites provide a 55” HDTV, a seating area, a spacious bathroom with an oversized walk-in shower (some with a deep soaking tub), a separate water closet and vanity table and chair.

■ Two Luxury Suites offer a separate living room, a 65” Ultra HDTV, a wet bar, powder room and some with a dining area. The spacious master bath has dual sinks, an oversized walk-in shower, a separate water closet and a vanity table and chair. The connecting room provides luxury linens and another 65” HDTV.

■ 10 Presidential Suites offer a spacious living room and a 75” Ultra HDTV, bar area, mini-fridge, a powder room and a master bathroom with the same features as the luxury suite. Some rooms include a dining table as well.

■ Five Spa Suites include the spa villa that has a private terrace with sweeping views of the Baltimore landscape. Both the spa suite and spa villa include a private spa treatment room, expansive living room with a dining table and two 60” Ultra HDTV. Both also boast an oversized bathroom that includes a soaking tub, dual sinks, walk-in shower and water closet.

■ Two Penthouses include the grand West Wing Penthouse, offering a private terrace and expansive suite with a powder room, built in wet-bar, dining and living room, two 86” ultra HDTVs and a game room. The Southview Penthouse features an in-suite movie theater room with an 80” curved screen. Additionally, the expansive living room has a 55’ Ultra HDTV, a dining table that seats eight, powder room and wet bar. Both penthouses offer two luxurious king bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath and a wide screen HDTV.

And whether you want to stay for a day or move in for a month, Live! Lofts has it covered. From the minute you arrive to your last good-byes, you’ll enjoy Live! signature service that treats everyone like a VIP. Each of Live! Lofts’ 250 hotel rooms, suites, and meeting facilities have been fully renovated, combining style and sophistication, comfort and convenience, accessibility and affordability. Dozens of amenities including indoor pool, business center, free wi-fi and hard-wired internet for secure communications, free parking on-site and the Live! Grill Restaurant. Complementary shuttle service whisks guests to nearby BWI Airport and Amtrak station, the gaming action at Live! Casino & Hotel, Arundel Mills outlet mall and other destinations. The hotel also features a host of amenities including:

■ The Live! Spa, with a full menu of services including massage therapies, body polishes and wraps, private in-room treatment areas for couples or friends, nail and hair services, and an outdoor patio area ideal for groups of girlfriends, bridal and private parties.

■ David’s, offering 24-hour service and an eclectic menu of culinary creations inspired by the world travels of David Cordish.

■ The Lobby Bar At David’s, with more than 50 seats and live entertainment.

■ Luckies, offering expertly crafted espresso, Starbucks coffee drinks, fresh-baked pastries and a wide variety of Italian specialty gelato.

■ Expanded shopping.

■ Fully-equipped gym offering full-body strength and cardio training, with window views of the dramatic surrounding landscape.

Experience the hottest venue in the region, Live! Event Center! The 4,000-seat concert venue, showcases the best in music, comedy, sports and variety entertainment. Upcoming acts include The O’Jay’s (April 19), Howie Mandel (May 17), Tom Segura (June 14) and Boz Scaggs (June 28) to name just a few. To see all that Live! Casino Hotel has to offer, book a room or reserve tickets, visit or call (443) 445-2929.


Rocky Gap Casino Resort

Flintstone, MD

Whether you enjoy the soothing tranquility of the great outdoors, or prefer to ramp up the excitement to a fevered pitch, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone will help create your perfect Maryland getaway. Tap into your luck at the casino, grab a bite to eat with friends or hit a round of golf—Rocky Gap is designed to please.

From lush views to lavish details, the Rocky Gap Casino Resort turns weekend getaways into lasting memories. Resort amenities include a casino floor featuring over 600 of the latest slot machines, blackjack, craps and roulette, four different restaurants, a bar and Event Center. Imagine yourself recharging in your suite overlooking the breathtaking view of the mountains and lake.

Spring is here, so plan to make your stay at Rocky Gap a true adventure by taking part in any of the numerous onsite activities including: canoe, kayak, peddle pontoon boat and YOLO Board rentals (“You Only Live Once” stand up paddleboards).

If you’ve got a touch of the angler’s spirit, the adjacent Mountain Lake has a number of largemouth bass—with some lunkers weighing in at over 10 pounds. The lake also supports smallmouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish and trout. A wide variety of fishing poles, bait and tackle are offered for hourly rental.

Such an amazing property certainly must have equally amazing restaurants. Have no fear—Rocky Gap doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting your feast on. Choose your preferred dining destination—all are terrific—and let them fill your visit with flavor. Here are some of our favorites.

Lakeside Restaurant. Enjoy casual dining with flair. Lakeside Restaurant offers you affordable and stylish buffet dining with a breathtaking lake view, prime rib, chicken, seafood and more.

Signatures Bar & Grill. Signature’s has it all, live entertainment, great views, relaxing atmosphere, premium sports viewing on a multiscreen TV wall, so grab a chair and get comfortable because fresh food and high spirits are on the way!

LB’s Place. With fantastic salad bowls, flat breads, signature burgers and delicious Maryland Crab, LB’s is one of Western Maryland’s best casual dining restaurants! Enjoy a full bar with a well suited wine list and during the warmer months, enjoy outside seating with a beautiful lakeside view.

For the ultimate in relaxation, treat your body and mind to a rejuvenating session at The Spa at Rocky Gap Casino Resort. Pamper yourself with a wide variety of services specific to women and men of all ages. Services include massages, soothing skin care facials, waxing, body treatments, manicures and pedicures.

The Event Center at Rocky Gap Casino Resort provides you with a rich venue to catch your favorite acts. Upcoming acts include: John Evans (May 2), KIX and Great White Concert (May 18), John Knight (May 23), Vanilla Ice and Coolio (July 20), it’s sure to be a blast!

Finally, during your stay enjoy exclusive access to Maryland’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Nestled in the foothills of the ageless Appalachian Mountains, the scenic vistas and shimmering lake offer the perfect backdrop for a round of golf with friends. For more information, visit

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