a) On the East Coast somewhere
b) A fan of pop culture, entertainment, celebrity, etc.
c) Write about it
d) Know who Bret Michaels and Jackie Collins are
Then shoot me an email – I have something for you that you’re going to like.”
I know curiosity killed the cat, but Bret Michaels and Jackie Collins? I couldn’t pass that up. It turned out to be a blogger night hosted by Peter Shankman. Myself and several other bloggers were invited to spend the night at the luxurious new Waterfront Tower at Harrah’s hotel and casino in Atlantic City.
Upon arrival, my guest and I checked in (VIP, I might add) and went directly to our fabulous room with a view, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Hurriedly, we changed and met Peter and the bloggers for dinner at The Steakhouse restaurant. We dined on a 5-star meal consisting of common indulgences like king crab legs, steak and shrimp, along with specials from the chefs. Cocktails were flowing, and the company and conversation were cool.
After dinner, our group headed to The Pool for more VIP treatment. The Pool was a grotto-like nightclub surrounding (duh!) the hotel pool. Inside, palm trees, cabanas and scantily clad cocktail waitresses instantly transformed the hotel to an exotic destination in the Caribbean. While we sipped on more libations, a line formed across the other end of the pool to meet Bret Michaels. Uninterested in waiting in line, I snuck up on the side and managed to get a close-up shot of Bret, who looks even more ‘interesting’ in person.
Numerous drinks later, we were headed back to our room, comfortable bed calling my name. Because of a serious hangover, I never got to meet Jackie Collins but hanging with Peter Shankman, indulging in the finest food and drink, meeting the coolest group of bloggers and Bret Michaels at the Pool was well worth it.
- Peter Shankman of Help a Reporter
- Ross Currie and Jill Ivey of Phillyist
- Jen Miller of Down the Shore with Jen
- Jane Porricelli of Pinks & Blues Girls
- Chris Shott of The New York Observer
- Douglas Quenqua of The ClickZ Network and The New York Times