76-Second Travel Show: ‘Monopoly Travel to Atlantic City’

Episode #043
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Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City Monopoly tourQuestion: Can a Monopoly board be used as a guidebook?

Why yes! In Atlantic City, it can.

Parker Brothers first published Monopoly 75 years ago this year — it began in various forms decades before as ‘Landlord’s Game.’ Some people don’t realize that the color-coded properties encircling continuous layout (i.e. Connecticut Avenue, St James Place, Marvin Gardens, Park Place) — are based on real ones in New Jersey’s famed seaside beach destination. And with the exception of one — St Charles Place — all can be visited, and doing so (sometimes) leads to Atlantic City’s best survivors from past-gone eras.

I followed the board around Atlantic City recently. Several locals independently advised that the Baltimore Grill on Atlantic Avenue served ‘the best pizza in the world.’ It didn’t — and didn’t have a grill either — but I loved the ’50s-era throwback. Meanwhile, at the corner of Vermont Ave & Pacific Ave, I peppered the keys of an antique pianola in a 19th-century lighthouse, now surrounded by housing blocks.

Marven Gardens, Atlantic City Monopoly tour


But the best stop? Easily St James Place, home to a classic pub and hotel at the Inn at the Irish Pub. Most memorable stay in an American hotel I’ve had. Like walking into a Little Rascals set, with picks from local estate sales that date to the Depression era, lacy curtains blowing in A/C-free rooms, slanted floors and — in my room at least — an embroidered Norwegian scene hanging opposite an inspirational quote taped onto a paddle.

About Robert Reid

Robert Reid is a travel writer (Lonely Planet, New York Times, ESPN), travel expert (Today Show, CNN's Headline News), travel videographer (76-Second Travel Show) and travel artist (don't ask).
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6 Responses to 76-Second Travel Show: ‘Monopoly Travel to Atlantic City’

  1. Rutila says:

    What about the four railroads?

  2. Diana Nguyen says:

    I loved this! Very original topic (and wish I had thought of it myself). So MarvEn Gardens, huh? Had no idea!

  3. Natalie Taylor says:

    What a great idea Robert! Looks like you put a lot of work into this …did it take a long time to get around to all of the different streets? Glad you were “Just Visiting.” I don’t think the prison guards could handle your hyperactivity. :)

  4. Robert Reid says:

    Sadly the railroads don’t exist — they tore down the original railroad station a few years ago. Also B&O never made it here. Short Line ran along the coast — cute.

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