Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack
This destination offers services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Not only does Harrah's provide gaming action, but guests can also enjoy simulcasting and live racing. At Harrah's Chester you will find a casino space large enough to fit three football fields.
Games to play: Live table games include blackjack, craps, card games, roulette and baccarat, along with a 35-table poker room. There are more than 2,900 slot machines, with denominations ranging from one cent to $100, as well as video slots.
Racing: Live racing days are on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from March through December. Simulcasting from all the major tracks is also available seven days a week.
Where to eat: The Cove, with views of the river and the racetrack, is the highlight of dining at Harrah's Chester. The restaurant features especially a new Tuscan-inspired menu. Other dining options include Temptations Buffet, End Zone Sports Bar & Grill and Mien Noodles. Two bars, the Copper Mug and C-Bar are also available.
Where to stay: The casino is just south of the Philadelphia International Airport, where hotel options are abundant. The casino offers space for conventions and meetings with full catering.
Getting there: Harrah's Chester is less than a two-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrah's Blvd., Chester, PA 19013. Call 800-480-8020 or go to harrahschester.com.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Court
Open year-round and 24 hours a day, Hollywood Casino offers multiple entertainment options, like slots, table games, live racing and simulcasting, as well a gift shop and museum. This destination is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc., which one of the largest gaming companies in the nation.
Games to play: Live table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, card games and baccarat, along with a 16-table poker room. The casino has 2,450 slots, including reel, video slot and video poker machines.
Racing: Live racing occurs every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Turf racing occurs on a seven-furlong course. Simulcasting of races throughout the nation is offered seven days a week.
Entertainment: Hollywood on the Roof is a venue for live music. Tribute bands are featured throughout the month, and classic rock and country bands play every weekend. Guests can also utilize the bar that is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day.
Where to eat: Options include a Final Cut Steakhouse, Skybox Sports Bar, Epic Buffet and other casual dining options on the casino floor.
Where to stay: Hotels in Grantville include Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites. Nearby Hershey, Pa., about 10 miles away, also offers numerous lodging options.
Getting there: Hollywood Casino is less than a two-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville, PA 17028. Call 717-469-2211 or go to hollywoodpnrc.com.
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
This 24/7 casino destination offers gaming, dining, a players club, entertainment, a bowling alley and harness racing.
Games to play: Table games include blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, card games and more. The poker room has 26 tables, with 6 tournament tables and live games like Texas Hold 'Em. The Meadows has 3,300 slot machines and video poker.
Racing: The venue also features harness racing with viewing from a brand new grandstand.
Entertainment: The Silks Lounge offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. An intimate, Las Vegas style lounge called Pacers features duos and combo bands. Meadow Lanes is comprised of 24 bowling lanes with an extensive menu, a bar and lounge and meeting rooms for corporate events or banquets.
Where to eat: Options include Bistecca, a steakhouse and wine bar, the Terrace Café, Delvins trackside, Gybsons Cigars + Spirits and a food court.
Where to stay: About a dozen hotels are nearby, including DoubleTree Meadowlands, Cambria Suites and Country Inn & Suites. Look for lodging packages that include free slot play or shuttle service to the casino.
Getting there: The Meadows is near Pittsburgh, about a four-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, 210 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA 15301. Call 724-503-1200 or go to meadowsgaming.com.
Parx Casino and Racetrack
This Pennsylvania gaming complex features 24-hour gaming, live racing and simulcast action, multiple dining options, bars and a nightclub. This casino is owned and operated by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc.
Games to play: Table gaming options include blackjack, craps, roulette, sic bo, baccarat, poker, card games and more. More than 3,500 slots are provided, including progressive, reel, poker, novelty and video machines.
Racing: Live thoroughbred racing takes place at Parx, complete with a grandstand, finish line bar, clubhouse, horsemen's lounge and picnic grove.
Entertainment: Guests can relax and socialize at the 360 lounge and night club, Chickie's & Pete's crab house and sports bar, Jax sports bar or the Finish Line.
Where to eat: Options range from Parxgrill, an elegant steakhouse, to the Sangkee Noodle House and the Club House Restaurant. Parx offers eight different dining options around the complex.
Where to stay: Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia and the Crowne Plaza of Bucks County are the closest hotels to the resort.
Getting there: The casino is about a two-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: Parx Casino & Racing, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020. Call 888-588-7279 or go to parxcasino.com.
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
This casino and resort offers hotel accommodations with over 300 rooms, event packages and discounts for special occasions, many dining options, venues to enjoy live music and drinks, new games and old favorites and the Shoppes of Sands.
Games to play: Along with poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, Sands has many other table games, including mini and midi baccarat, sic bo and pai gow tiles. A 30-table poker room is also provided. The casino offers more than 3,000 slot machines.
Entertainment: The Sands features live entertainment at the Molten Lounge with live music, Celtic entertainment at St. James, a bar in the middle of the casino floor and the Infusion lounge.
Where to eat: Both casual and fine dining options are available at the Sands. Emeril's Chop House has an elegant dining room and extensive wine list. This restaurant is joined by more casual options like the St. James Gate Irish Pub and Carvery, Burgers and More by Emeril, Emeril's Italian Table, Carnegie Deli, Cobalt Café and the Market Gourmet Express.
Where to stay: The resort offers 300 rooms with modern amenities such as wireless internet and flat-screen TVs. Room options include an Executive Suite and Presidential Suite. The Sands' professional catering service is offered with planned events and weddings. Additionally, the Shoppes at Sands has stores such as Talbots Outlet, Ultra Diamonds, Nine West Outlet, DKNY, and Guess.
Getting there: The Sands is about a three-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18015. Call 877-726-3777 or go to pasands.com
Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots
This racetrack and gaming venue is open 24 hours a day and is only closed on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. It is one of three venues on the East Coast to offer parlay sports betting on professional football. This destination offers racing, slots, table games, sports betting, golf and dining.
Games to play: Table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and baccarat, among others. Delaware Park's slot machines range from denominations of half a cent to $50. Reels and video machines are available, as well as progressive slots and electronic table games.
Racing: Delaware Park's 75th season will feature 100 days of live racing held on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Simulcasting of live racing at other venues is also provided.
Where to eat: A signature dish, Crab Cakes Delaware, can be found at the Legends Restaurant, along with ocean fresh seafood, steaks and home-style soups. Other dining options include: At the Rail Wine Bar and Grille, On a Roll Deli, Rooneys, Del Cap Room, the Beefstro, Kelso's Coffee Shop and Breakfast at the Park.
Where to stay: The casino's host hotel is the Christiana Hilton, which is just minutes away from Delaware Park and offers special rates for Delaware Park guests. Golf is also offered through the White Cray Creek Country Club.
Getting there: Delaware Park is a little more than an hour's drive from Baltimore.
Information: Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots, 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19804. Call 800-417-5687 or go to delpark.com
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Dover Downs has a smoke-free casino and AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel with 500 guest rooms and suites. This destination also includes the Toppers Spa/Salon inside the hotel. Live racing takes place from November through April, and guests can wager on harness and thoroughbred racing all over the country throughout the year.
Games to play: The table games include baccarat, roulette, craps, blackjack, card games and more. The Crown Royal Poker Room has 18 tables.The casino has more than 2,500 slot machines.
Racing: Live harness racing occurs for about five months of the year at Dover Downs, and simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available year-round.
Entertainment: The Rollins Center venue seats 1,600 people and features live entertainment, including music and boxing.
Where to eat: Nearly a dozen dining options are on-site, including The Deli, The Festival Buffet, Garden Café, Doc Macgrogan's Oyster House and Winner's Circle Restaurant.
Where to stay: Dover Downs offers 500 rooms and amenities such as a fitness room, indoor pool and sauna, along with the full service, Balinese-inspired Toppers Spa & Salon.
Getting there: The casino is about a two-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Call 800-711-5882 or go to doverdowns.com.
Harrington Raceway & Casino
Only an hour from Ocean City, this location is a one-stop destination for gaming, racing, entertainment and dining.
Games to play: Table games include craps, roulette, blackjack and other card games. Six types of poker are also available. Slot denominations run from one cent to $25, with more than 1,800 machines offering the latest themes and old favorites.
Racing: Live racing begins in April.
Entertainment: The casino offers live concerts and music. The Bonz Lounge offers live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night with no cover charge and is open seven days a week. The Gold Room also presents Friday Night Live entertainment every Friday night.
Where to eat: The Bonz Restaurant has an outdoor patio and indoor dining room and serves a variety of foods, including pasta, seafood, steaks and more. This dining option is also open for Sunday brunch, which costs $21.95 per person. Other eating options at Harrington are: The Buffet, The Café, Grab & Go, Murphy's Race/Sportsbook & Grill, Clubhouse and a Snack Bar.
Getting there: Harrington is about a two-hour drive from Baltimore.
Information: Harrington Raceway & Casino, 15 West Rider Road, Harrington, DE 19952. Call 888-887-5687 or go to harringtonraceway.com.
The Greenbrier Resort
At the Greenbrier you can decide if you would like to stay in a single room, a four-bedroom estate house or even a seven-bedroom suite. During your stay you can enjoy a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities, including gaming, tennis, shopping, billiards, bowling, golf, fishing, croquet, whitewater rafting and much more.
Games to play: At an elegant casino requiring men to wear a sports coat after 7 p.m., some of the table games provided are: Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Mini-Baccarat, Baccarat and Craps. Texas Hold 'Em poker tables are also available. The casino has 320 slot machines for guests.
Entertainment: Simulcast horse racing begins on April 1 at the Twelve Oaks. The Greenbrier Casino Club showcases theater and culinary expertise.
Where to eat: In-Fusion serves modern Asian cuisine, has a fresh sushi bar and provides a sampling of Pacific Rim dishes. Other dining options include Draper's, which has traditional southern cuisine, the coffeehouse Café Carleton, an equestrian-themed lounge called Twelve Oaks and the Greenbrier Royale.
Where to stay: Greenbrier guests can choose from a few different room options, with features such as a private porch or patio, in-room wet bar, dedicated entertainment and dining areas and a wood-burning fireplace. Greenbrier room rates are higher from May through October and are less expensive from January through April and November through December. All accommodations include wireless Internet access, televisions, refreshment bars and more. Guests can also enjoy the services of the Greenbrier Spa and Golf Club, as well as a collection of 37 stores and boutiques. The Art Colony Shops feature hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind specialty items and fine art.
Getting there: The Greenbrier is approximately a four hour and 47 minute drive from Baltimore.
Information: The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986. Call 855-453-4858 or go to greenbrier.com.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
Just 10 minutes from Harpers Ferry, this destination offers gambling and thoroughbred racing, as well as dining, shopping outlets and live entertainment.
Games to play: Table games include: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Big Six Wheel, Texas Hold 'Em and 30 poker tables.
Slots: The Hollywood Casino has 4,000 machines and, coming soon, Breakfast at Tiffany's video slots.
Racing: This location is home to the West Virginia Breeders Classics and offers simulcast horse and dog racing from around the country every day.
Entertainment: Open seven days a week from 12 p.m. until 2 a.m., the H Lounge has live entertainment, DJs and a mixologist who prepares a wide array of martinis and other cocktails.
Where to eat: Dining options begin with a contemporary American steakhouse called The Final Cut. Other choices include: the Skybox Sports bar, Epic Buffet, Zen Noodle, Skyline Terrace, Sun Dance Grill and a food court.
Where to stay: The Inn at Charles Town has guestrooms and 18 suites, all with views of the racetrack. The rooms have 42-inch Plasma HD televisions and wireless Internet access, and guests can use the fitness center, shuttle service and enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast buffet.
Getting there: The Hollywood Casino is approximately a one hour and 21 minute drive from Baltimore.
Information: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414. Call 800-795-7001 or go to hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com
Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack
This getaway provides guests with gaming, hotel accommodations, live entertainment and greyhound racing.
Games to play: Guests can choose to play craps, roulette, blackjack or poker. Wheeling Island provides over 1,800 slot machines.
Racing: Guests over 18 can wager on the greyhound races, and simulcasting of races around the country are available. Wheeling Island provides 120 individual carrels with televisions to simulcast not only horse racing, but also dog racing and harness racing.
Entertainment: Wheeling Island's live entertainment showroom seats 1,000 people, and guests can enjoy free entertainment by live bands on the casino floor.
Where to eat: Guests are provided with an array of dining options, including The Pointe steakhouse, a West Virginia buffet, the Breezeway Café, the Terrace Room and a food court. Trackside concessions are available, and guests can choose from three different bars at Wheeling Island. The Crescent Moon Coffee Bar will also satisfy your caffeine cravings.
Where to stay: The Wheeling Island hotel has 151 rooms with nine spacious suites. Guests can enjoy breakfast-in-bed room service, storage service, an in-room safe and high-speed wireless Internet access.
Getting there: Wheeling Island is approximately a four hour and 53 minute drive from Baltimore.
Information: Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack, 1 S. Stone St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Call 887-946-4373 or go to wheelingisland.comCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun