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ATLANTIC CITY RANKS AS MOST ROMANTIC DINING CITY IN US; BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN NEW JERSEY
Finishes in the Top 5 on Most Romantic List second year in a row
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Friday, February 6, 2015) – With idyllic oceanfront/bayfront views and dozens of delectable dining options at an assortment of eclectic restaurants, Atlantic City has been named as America’s Most Romantic Dining City by OpenTable.
Atlantic City topped San Antonio, Texas; Providence, Rhode Island; Key West, Florida; and Birmingham, Alabama to take the number one ranking. Atlantic City jumped three places from its fourth place finish in 2014. You can view the entire list here http://blog.opentable.com/2015/opentable-reveals-top-25-most-romantic-cities-in-america-2/.
“This recognition by OpenTable confirms what we already knew: that Atlantic City has world-class cuisine, first-rate dining amenities and some of the most beautiful scenery around,” said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri. “This combination of assets blends together to make Atlantic City a terrific destination during Valentine’s Day or any time throughout the year.”
OpenTable’s Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated by using three variables: the percentage of local restaurants that were rated as “romantic” according to OpenTable’s diner reviews, the percentage of tables seated for couples; and the percentage of individuals who made dinner reservations on Valentine’s Day in 2014.
OpenTable also recently named Atlantic City’s Cafe 2825, along with two other New Jersey restaurants, to its Top 100 Restaurants in the Country for 2014. Cafe 2825 is known for its Italian dishes and is located at Atlantic and Brighton avenues. OpenTable compiled its top 100 list from five million reviews of nearly 20,000 restaurants nationwide.
With so many great restaurants to choose from in Atlantic City, it’s a great time to reserve your spot for the upcoming Atlantic City Restaurant Week from March 1-7. For more information, log on to www.acrestaurantweek.com.
Additionally, the Atlantic City region’s plethora of championship-caliber golf courses recently garnered many well-deserved accolades by GolfStyles New Jersey Magazine in the “Public Golf” category. Below is a list of local courses, their location, honor of recognition and place of finish from the GolfStyles “Readers Choice Rankings:”
Atlantic City Country Club (Northfield): “Top Clubs in New Jersey” (1st place), “Favorite Courses” (2nd place), “Best Course at the Shore” (1st place), “Best Conditions” (1st place), “Most Scenic” (1st place) and “Best Food” (1st place).
Shore Gate (Ocean View): “Top Clubs in New Jersey” (2nd place), “Favorite Courses” (6th place), “Best Course at the Shore” (2nd place), “Best Conditions” (5th place), and “Most Scenic” (8th place).
Ballamor Golf Club (Egg Harbor Township): “Top Clubs in New Jersey” (4th place), “Favorite Courses” (5th place), “Best Course at the Shore” (4th place), “Best Conditions” (3rd place), and “Most Scenic” (honorable mention).
Twisted Dune (Egg Harbor Township): “Favorite Courses” (honorable mention), “Best Course at the Shore” (7th place), “Best Conditions” (honorable mention), and “Most Scenic” (honorable mention).
Stockton Seaview Bay Course (Galloway): “Top Clubs in New Jersey” (honorable mention), “Favorite Courses” (honorable mention), “Best Course at the Shore” (3rd place), “Top Golf Resorts” (mention), “Best Conditions” (10th place), “Most Scenic” (honorable mention), and “Best Food” (4th place).
Blue Heron Pines (Galloway): “Favorite Courses” (honorable mention), “Best Course at the Shore” (5th place), “Best Bargain” (honorable mention), “Best Conditions” (9th place), “Most Scenic” (9th place), “Best Family Clubs” (honorable mention) and “Best Food” (8th place).
Harbor Pines Golf Club (Egg Harbor Township): “Favorite Courses” (10th place), “Best Course at the Shore” (6th place), “Best Bargain” (honorable mention), “Best Conditions” (6th place), “Most Scenic” (honorable mention), “Best Family Clubs” (9th place), “Favorite Golf Course Management” (6th place), and “Best Food” (honorable mention).
“Having so many courses honored by GolfStyles Magazine in so many different categories further validates Atlantic City as one of the top golf travel destinations on the East Coast,” said Harry Bittner, president of Shore Gate Golf Club and the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association (GACGA). “Shore Gate is certainly thrilled to receive the positive feedback in these Readers Choice Rankings and I know my colleagues at the other 16 GACGA member courses hold that same sentiment.”
For more information on the many championship-caliber golf courses throughout the Atlantic City region, log on to www.playacgolf.com.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic CityConvention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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