Atlantic City Journal - Day 2: Down by the Boardwalk

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) A view of Bally's, Caesar's, and Trump Plaza from the Boardwalk.

After a whirlwind first day, I have officially survived 24 hours in Atlantic City! Day two was my first full day in the city, and boy did I keep busy.

I started my day off as all writers should — with a fancy breakfast:
(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) A little room service never hurt anyone.

Ok, so maybe it wasn't fancy — it was just a muffin and yogurt, but it was rolled into my room on a cool cart. Was the cart necessary? No. Did I enjoy it? Obviously.

After devouring my breakfast, I set to work for a few hours before meeting up with Caitlin P. (Yes, the two Caitlins.) We decided to hit the Boardwalk to see what the fuss was about.

We soon learned that the infamous Boardwalk is quite desolate on a Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. during the off season. But rest assured that didn't stop us. Both of us being AC newbies, we took it all in.

From the Taj Mahal, which I still think resembles Aladdin's castle:

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Anyone who doesn't immediately start singing 'A Whole New World,' is kididng themself.

To the lively and colorful Bally's Hotel and Casino:

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) In case you were wondering, these casinos are HUGE.

I personally really enjoyed just being in the fresh ocean air. Although it was a cloudy day, the sea breeze was cool and crisp — a refreshing break from NYC. The seagulls were calling, the waves were roaring, and the Boardwalk cats were in full swing. Yes, you read that right. Boardwalk cats.

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Here kitty, kitty.

So, today I learned that in fact, Boardwalk cats are a real thing. There are a number of stray cats who call the Boardwalk — and the beach around it  — home. The kitties are fed on a daily basis by volunteers and members of the Boardwalk Cats Project by the Alley Cats Allies. (Side note: best name ever.)

The feral cats are quite calm and aren't aggressive. In fact, as you can tell, they quite enjoy being the center of attention. I could have honestly ended my day here (seeing cats has that effect on me), and I would have been happy. But it was only 3 p.m., so I figured I should see more of AC.

Another great Boardwalk stop was Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy. Caitlin P. and I stopped in Fralinger's first thing and proceeded to buy every flavor of taffy available. Here's just a glimpse of the gloriousness that is Fralinger's:

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) And they ask you to pick your favorite...

We were literally like little kids in a candy shop, except we were two twenty-somethings in a taffy shop.

I, obviously, did not walk away empty handed. I made my own assortment, which is heavily skewed to the peanut butter and chocolate sides. No shame.

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) I just can't get over the cool retro-style designs on the boxes.

We then continued down the Boardwalk, stopping at another candy shop (surprise, surprise) and some of the shops at Caesars.

But the most interesting thing I learned today is that a popular way of transportation on the Boardwalk is a rolling chair. Drivers line the Boardwalk offering to push you around. And apparently it's an Atlantic City tradition since 1887. Sounds cool, right? Well, yes. Until you realize it's just an adult stroller.

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) I was torn. Do I like this or hate this?

See what I mean?

After walking for several hours, we headed back to the hotel for a bit of R & R.

That evening we regrouped with the whole StyleBistro team and decided to venture out to the Boardwalk again at sunset. And let me tell you, that was the BEST decision. I would highly recommend hitting the beach around 6:30 p.m., so you can catch the sun setting. It was VERY pretty. Don't believe me, check it out:

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Nothing quite like a beach sunset.

Told you.

We then ventured into Caesars Hotel and Casino where we saw a cool fountain light show:

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) All I could think of was the last scene of 'Ocean's Eleven.'

And duh, Caesar:
(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Caesar was clearly the man. I mean, he has a casino named after him.

It was almost like being in ancient Rome — you know if Rome had flashing lights and slot machines.

We ended the night as all writer's should: with a fancy dinner. On our way to Angelo's, we passed the famous White House Sub Shop. This is a super famous sub shop where a ton of celebs have eaten over the years. And we're talking the big ones. The Beatles ate here. OMG.

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Ok, so not the best pic ever, but quite possibly one of the coolest spots in AC.

It's also the sub shop in 'Ocean's Eleven' where George Clooney recruits Bernie Mac to help with the big heist. The movie buff in me freaked out. FYI.

But we arrived at Angelo's hungry and ready to eat:
(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) It's a way off the Boardwalk, but completely worth it.

And eat we did. Angelo's may be a few blocks off the Boardwalk, but it was completely worth it. The food was incredible. And not to mention huge. I ordered manicotti with a meatball. Or in this case, a meatball with a side of manicotti. Seriously, the meatball was the size of my fist.

And with that, we finished out day two in AC. And I drifted off into sleep and dreamt about my day at the Boardwalk down by the sea.

Follow all my Atlantic City adventures on my Twitter: @CaitlinSMiller.

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