King of Prussia, PA
Valley Forge Casino/Resort
CTMH season expressions
December 1-3, 2017
I had signed up to attend what I have decided is my last Close to My Heart corporate event a few months ago.
Historically this mini vacation has been a weekend of fun with my CTMH friends, scrapbooking, good times and the added bonus of a CTMH event. I learned after I signed up to attend the event, that several of my favorite people would not be attending. I was out a room mate, and I was thinking that I may simply CA the trip all together when hubby came to the rescue and afforded us (he and I) a little weekend get away at the area casino resort. Yeah for Hubby!!!!
I took Friday off and was ready to roll, when I was informed of a MANDATORY meeting at work. I signed up quick to get into the am session and planned to leave ASAP.
The conference was SOOOOO difficult to get through and SOOOOO serious I didn't even take a picture of me and my co-workers enjoying ourselves. Most pictures would be with glazed over eyes, threats of self harm and ferociously searching the want adds. Yes....it was that bad.
At any rate....fast forward to 12:31pm. I was OUTTA THERE!!!!
Mark and I were off. The nearly 4 hour drive towards Philly went quick enough despite the consistent PA traffic which we missed by a hair as we were nearing rush hour while we headed towards the Philly area. The goal was to get to to the King of Prussia area and situate ourselves to our new home for the next few days. Valley Forge Resort and Casino.
Mark had gotten us a suite for the weekend. Yes I am spoiled.
Our suite was very nice. We also had this odd little veranda off our bedroom. It really didn't suit much purpose except to allow some light in from the outside. But I thought it was cool.
RESORT/ROOM review: We had a suite. It was "nice". I was not BLOWN away for the price. Easy access to the casino. Bed was AWESOME! Kitchenette had dorm sized fridge, kurig coffee maker, sink and microwave. Bathroom had LARGE glass enclosed shower with rain like shower head. FREE Wifi. The gym (although I did not use it.) seemed standard, but it was shared with both hotels. I never saw inside the spa. It was closed when I was in the area. (Located next to the gym.
What I disliked....safety. Anyone could get access to our room floor. (I was unable to figure out the locks- Mark finally did.) PARKING!!! There is no designated hotel parking. I found out after the fact that there is valet for free as a guest. (This was never a big deal. BUT it did make bringing our things in and finding the area to enter a bit difficult.) There is TWO places to stay here. The casino tower and a Raddison. They are both attached to the casino., I would have been just as happy to stay in the Raddison plus it had Most of the restaurants in that area.
I also disliked that there was NO indoor pool. Apparently there is a large pool and outside oasis area. I never saw it. CLOSED for the season. This was disappointing. Shower was COLD. It took a long time for the water to heat up the first time I took a shower and the second morning it never seemed to get hot.
First thing, we had to get our players card. Generally casino's offer some sort of incentive for getting a card. Valley Forge offered up to $100- in free play (we both got $25-) once you play out enough to get 1 pt. What total you need to play to gain that 1pt, well I finally got my point, but it sure took some time. Lucky for me I scored a nice $300- win before hand, but if your not generally a gambler and your simply want to "play" for the fun of it on the casino's buck...this place is not going to offer you that option. Basically you have to sink in deep with your own penny in to get that FREE $25- bucks. Mark played for quite some time and sunk in a few big dollars before his FREE play popped up. We had fun getting to that free point before we were ready to find dinner. No harm no fowl. This is what we do.
Second.....its not a big casino. There is no definition between smoking and non-smoking except by the small smoking sign located on the machine your are playing. There were limited machines, and most were pretty old (to us). Located smack in the center of the casino is a large bar area. Music blared from a DJ all night. I did not mind. but it could be intrusive to some. Mark and I also noticed that there was no drink station and I only realized late on the second day that servers offered FREE drinks throughout.
No buffet!!!! This was a SHOCKER! There seems to ALWAYS be a buffet. Only restaurants located in the casino area are three walk up stations. Pizza/pasta, Burgers/Fries and an Asian place.(all over priced for the quality.) We ended up getting dinner and breakfast for free from here anyways due to points but the price was jacked.
Above the casino was the VERY expensive restaurant. The Vault. (we only glanced at the prices and decided we would rather drop that money into a machine. LOL)
There are additional restaurants in the Raddison hotel area. Finding this areas was not easy and a hike to get to. Poor sign indicators. We did have a very nice dinner at the Valley Tavern on our first night.
It was confusing to understand the accommodations at some of the restaurants as there were several places that seemed to have personal parties going on. Mark and I struggled to figure out if these places were only private parties or open to the public. When we asked about one location we only got a shrug. I still think we choose wisely. This was yummy and we got to sit next to some old time professional football players who were at the casino for the weekend's main event. (I didn't know anything about who they were, but it was still exciting.)
On Saturday...my main event was to attend the Close to My Heart Seasonal expressions launch. Mark dropped me off at the location with plans for us to meet up after and head to the area's largest attraction The King of Prussia Mall.
I refuse to be one of those people, but I will note that this CTMH event was perhaps one of the most disappointing and unorganized events I have ever attended. That's enough said BECAUSE I HAVE LOVED CTMH!!!!!!So I refuse to say anything else negative.
I saw several old friends, enjoyed the new catalog review, completed my projects and FOUND a Sticky boy!!!!! YEAH!!!!
We had gotten up early as we seem to always do and welcomed the new day. We discussed exploring the area a little more, but honestly there isn't much else to see except Valley Forge Historical site, and we had visited years ago when the kids were young. I suggested possibly checking out places on our way home, but there was not much on our route either. At least nothing Mark was willing to get off the turnpike for. So I had George jr. take a bite out of the Casino and we were soon on the road heading home.