Atlantic City receives nationwide exposure Monday when the 8 million viewers of "The Bachelorette" sit down and watch the two-hour episode that takes place in various locations in the resort.
Fans of the show will see the "Bachelorette," Desiree Hartsock, and/or the men pursuing her enjoying a number of spots in Atlantic City, including Bask Exhale Spa pool and The Social in Revel, Tony's Baltimore Grill, the Absecon Lighthouse, Steel Pier, James Candy, Boardwalk Hall and the Foundation Room in the House of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat Casino Hotel.
The men also engage in a Mr. America competition at Boardwalk Hall, with the judges' panel including Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford.
"Monday night, 8 million people will see Atlantic City," said Jeff Guaracino, chief strategy officer of the Atlantic City Alliance, who will host viewing parties in various cities, including Atlantic City.
Steel Pier amusement park is one of the places that played host to "The Bachelorette."
Hartsock and two potential suitors came to Steel Pier for two days in late March when the amusement park was closed, said William Catanoso, one of the pier owners. Hartsock and her dates played games, went on rides, hung out and ate. They filled themselves up with french fries, cotton candy and funnel cake, Catanoso said.
The filming of "The Bachelorette" in Atlantic City started with producers of the show reaching out to Revel to do some shooting. Revel executives made contact with the Atlantic City Alliance, which led to a citywide effort that will culminate in two hours of programming.
"It's great PR for the city. It's great for Steel Pier. It's stuff you can't buy. It's something that is incredible," said Catanoso, who added he will watch the episode.
Jean Muchanic, executive director for the Absecon Lighthouse, said a group of eight people from California representing "The Bachelorette" visited the lighthouse as one of a dozen Atlantic City places under consideration for filming. The filming took place during a day in April when the lighthouse was closed. Shooting took place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Muchanic said.
"She (Hartsock) was really cute, and she's very sweet. She seems like a really good sport and a nice person. I enjoyed her company. It wasn't too long of a meeting," said Muchanic about her time spent with Hartsock.
The episode will be a fantastic commercial for Atlantic City, Muchanic said.
"I'm thrilled for the lighthouse because we're in a situation where we can really use more tourists to make up for the loss that we're still experiencing in revenues as a result of a dip of tourists to the lighthouse as a result of Hurricane Sandy," Muchanic said.
Lisa Glaser-Whitley, executive vice president of sales and marketing for James Candy, said her company was flattered to be included.
The filming took place at the James Candy Factory at 1519 Boardwalk. They were there for 30 minutes. Hartsock was outside the store waiting for her date to arrive. When he showed up, they came inside the store and were filmed taking the factory tour, Glaser-Whitley said. Hartsock was incredibly personable, humble and very genuine, Glaser-Whitley said.
"We feel very fortunate that they included Atlantic City as a destination for 'The Bachelorette' because we believe this is a great place, and there are lots of things to do besides gaming," Glaser-Whitley said.
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Airs 8 p.m. Monday on WPVI-TV 6.
7:30 to 10 p.m. with special guest in the Foundation Room at House of Blues Atlantic City in the Showboat Casino Hotel. Complimentary valet parking for the first 100 people.