While visiting a relative in Columbia, MD, I decided to drive to AC on Sunday. After heavy traffic and numerous tolls, I began to appreciate my rural midwestern lifestyle. Arrived three hours later and parked near the Boardwalk. Going in, I had heard AC paled compared to Vegas, but it was more depressing than I had imagined. It wasn't the casinos themselves, but the area around them. I walked the boardwalk and checked out a few casinos (Hilton, Caesers, Trump). Boardwalk was kinda neat to walk along, even though it was 40 degrees and windy. Afterwards, went to Absecon Lighthouse and climbed the 228 steps to the top and caught a view of the surrounding area. This lighthouse is purported to be the third highest in the country. Several on this board suggested I check out Borgota, which I did and found it to be the highlight of the trip. Thanks for the tip. Indeed, this was a classy place to check out. Played BJ and found AC rules to be fair enough. Tables limits ranged from $15-100. For a Sunday afternoon, the casino was relatively crowded. Also did their $30 dinner buffet. I would rank it among the top of the second tier of Vegas buffets. Their seafood (especially broiled bay scallops on the half shell), meats and side dishes are outstanding. They do not overcook their seafood like Vegas buffet. They lack in the salad and ethnic departments. Desserts were fine, but not top scale. Originally, I was going to do an overniter in AC, but never got enough of a vibe to stay over. Instead, left later in the evening and drove back. Strongly doubt if a return trip is in the offing, but at least my curiousity is satisfied.