My wife and I desperately needed a weekend getaway and we love the Jersey Shore in the summer, so we made plans to hit AC. With CET we are both gold, so I have a greater chance that the jack of diamonds will spit cider in my ear than getting a comp on a holiday weekend. Rates were typically obscene and we didn't want to stay offshore in Absecon or Pleasantville. We have stayed at the Wyndham Skyline Tower several times, so I sent an email to a guy I've used in the past and asked if there was availability for my dates. He booked us into a 1 BR unit at the Wyndham for two nights. My wife was able to take off Friday, so we made our way downtheshore. The plan was to hit the beach for a little sun, but there was a misty fog that didn't want to burn off, so that idea was scrapped. What's the next obvious thing to do when it's not a beach day? Find a beach bar! But we wanted to claim some free play and my wife played some Cashman. We made our way over to Bally's beach bar and had a couple of beers while the sun proceeded to burn off that fog. Lydia was our bartender and took great care of us, made sure we knew about the specials of the day. There was a DJ then later a band came on. A combination of the sun, the heat, and some day drinking made it a good time to leave Bally's Beach Bar. We had parked at Bally's and generated enough points to earn a free parking voucher, I think it was $20 otherwise. I would never pay $20 for parking but running $60 through the slots to get a voucher makes perfect sense. Check in at the Wyndham Skyline Tower was easy, they only offer valet parking, it's $10 per day but it's always well staffed and fast. We ended up in 1 BR 1 BA unit on the 21st floor with a king, but no jetted tub (when we came down here previously with our daughters, our room had a jetted tub, but when it's just the two of us, no tub!......No Fair!). We made our way over to Gardner's Basin and had dinner at the Back Bay Ale House. It's a tiny place that must have been an old house turned into a tavern. It was packed and they offer seating outside, on the front porch, we sat at a high top in the bar area because there was a slight drizzle. A burger for me and my wife had a salmon dish that was awesome. This place has a great happy hour and feature drinks in mason jars, either 16 or 32 oz., but I stayed with beer as I was driving. Made our way back to Wyndham and walked about 150 yards to Resorts. My wife went off to play slots and I found a $10 BJ table with a progressive jackpot feature and a match the dealer side bet. I buy in for a hundy, but play was a little choppy up and down. A $5 side bet on the progressive feature would yield a $105,000 payout if both player and dealer are dealt an Ace and King of Spades. Getting dealt a BJ would earn $10. If both player and dealer are dealt BJ (any suit) the $5 side bet pays $250. Just my luck, I was dealt BJ twice and pushed within the span of 10 hands (I didn't make the side bet). The dealer said that she has never seen a player push two BJ hands before in such a short time span. Well, there's a first time for everything. Ended up losing my buy in and decided to call it a night. a panoramic night photo from Wyndham Got up Saturday morning and walked over to Perry's for breakfast. This place is no frills and is next to Howard Johnsons. Great breakfast potatoes and big sausage links. Waddled out of there and grabbed the car out of valet to drive to our favorite beach about 2 miles south. Picked up a Wawa hoagie for lunch which we split. Almost a perfect beach day except for the wind, which tossed a few umbrellas. It was a land breeze, so there were a few green head flies and the water was a little chilly for swimming. panoramic photo of the AC beach, wind from the west at about 20 mph and 80 degrees. Left the beach and headed back to the Wyndham for a cocktail on the balcony and nappy time brought on by beers under the umbrella, a 4 mile walk, and the sun. Decided we would stay close to our home base, so we decided to hit the Landshark bar at Resorts for dinner. We lucked out and found two seats at the bar, so we decided to skip the table and eat at the bar. My bride had the burger, I had the fish tacos and a couple vitamin Y's.......Yuengling Lager. The tacos were decent, but would have been great with a side of rice and beans instead of a handful of chips. The boardwalk was absolutely packed on Saturday night, but we crossed the boardwalk and went straight to Resorts. I heard a lot of great things about this Chinese themed "88" slot machine, but I ran $40 through it and barely received any wins. My wife wanted to play in some Scarlett Lady slot, so I found a Super Times Pay nickel slot. Drink service was pretty decent and I had a couple of Black Russians while my hundo was getting chipped away. I found a newer Double STP machine towards the front of Resorts and proceeded to get the following flush, this one defines the saying "almost doesn't count except in Horseshoes and hand grenades" I drowned my sorrows in another Black Russian and tried to find my wife, but I saw this horse racing game which reminded me of Sigma Derby. My horse racing handicapping didn't improve from my sad Belmont picks. I slipped $5 and bet three races, I picked a pony and put $.50 across the board. Each pick came in 5th out of 6. I eventually met up with my wife and we called it a night and we walked back to the Wyndham. Unfortunately, check out is 10:00 am sharp and there is no way to extend as this is a time share resort. So after a quick coffee, we packed up and made our way back to Gardner's Basin and breakfast at Gilchrist's. There was a wait of about 30 minutes, this place was packed and it serves breakfast and lunch only. Lots of families at this place, didn't see any hung over party hounds. Get the Blueberry pancakes, especially in the next few weeks as the Jersey crop is harvested. In the Gardner's Basin area there is an outdoor bar with some covered and open seating along the inlet. There is a food truck and another take out trailer, I guess you grab beers at the bar and food from the truck and enjoy the views of Borgata, Golden Nugget and Harrah's. Clamming boat, or Scallops? Steel Pier Diving Bell Attraction from years ago Well it was close to noon, it wasn't a beach day, too cold and overcast. So this is when I get my cranky pants on. I just hate to leave the shore and head back home so early in the day, but I didn't want another round of day drinking and we couldn't spend another night away from home, so it's back on the Northbound AC Expressway watching all the happy folks in the Southbound lane heading downtheshore. Random Trip Notes: Strike at Taj Mahal was in full force, I have read that dealers are still on the job, but some have been pressed into cocktail service. Managers are cleaning rooms and carrying bags. Hope this gets resolved soon. We really enjoyed Bally's Beach Bar, I could spend the day here listening to the band and having beers. Resorts seemed to have a good crowd, although there were several $10 BJ tables on Friday, on Saturday it was $15 minimum. BJ pays 3:2. Bally's Wild Wild West casino had $5 craps and BJ tables open on Friday afternoon. The beach in AC was great, but like everything else, it's usually the minority of slobs who are not potty trained and wreck it for the rest of us. How hard is it to pick up after yourself? There are several trash cans at all of the beach exits. We don't own a time share, but this is one place that would consider buying into in the secondary market. There is mild pressure to attend a sales demonstration, I just politely decline. This was our 4th stay here and we have never been disappointed. I purchased my first stay on eBay, but now I just deal directly with the reseller. As soon as I pay his PayPal invoice, I confirm the reservation with the property. Rates vary dpending on the time of year, the number of nights and size of the unit.