Winter Weekend Getaway in NYC
It's christmas time in the city
There's something extremely magical about the city at Christmastime. Even with packed streets and chilled bones, you can feel the hustle and bustle warming your soul. Just before I went to Sarasota for Christmas break, I took a trip up north for a stroll down memory lane. I must say that I got a killer deal for booking such a last minute trip (Thanks, Delta!), and I am still so thankful that I decided to go for it. And although I spent a lot of time hopping from Starbucks to Starbucks to get out of the cold, I absolutely adore being in the city by myself. I feel like a pretty bad b*tch navigating the streets and subways with ease (for the most part). For anyone traveling to the city during the holidays - whether you're solo, coupled or with the little ones - these are some of my recommendations!
1. rockefeller center tree
Although I often brag about doing "off-the-grid" less touristy things when I travel, the Rockefeller Tree is a must see for me in the city at Christmas. Growing up in Jersey, the iconic skating rink and oversized tree were an easy train ride away and every year it was on our holiday to-do list. I haven't been in the city at Christmas time is over four years so to say I was excited was an understatement. Nathan and I enjoy some slices amongst the crowds and I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time. And, according to their website it is still on display until January 7th - so if you're in town, go for it!
2. times square
To be honest, I haven't been to Times Square as a destination in a number of years. But if you're hopping off a plane at night and want to start the trip on the right foot, I totally recommend hitting Times Square. It's also extremely easy to get to on almost any Subway line. It really is the most impressive when it's late because it feels like it could be daytime. For anyone traveling to NYC for the first time, I definitely think that it's worth the trip and it really is amazing when you turn down a street a few blocks away and it's pitch black.
3. radio city stage door tour
Another thing I used to do in the city growing up, was see the Radio City Rockettes every year. I had actually already been on this tour as a youngster and have a picture with a REAL Rockkette! Fast forward to now and I have a friend who is a real Rockette on these tours and got me in for free. Although it is mostly a tour of hallways, I did get to take a picture with my friend Shelby and see her in action. For familys on a budget, tickets for adults and children are both under $30 and can be a cheap alternative to the Christmas Spectacular (not that you shouldn't go see all those eye-line kicks if you can!). For those tight on time or cash, this is a fun way to get history about the show and snap a pic with a Rockette!
4. Brookfield / Battery Park
I met a friend for lunch who works in Brookfield Place and I was really surprised when I got there! Of course the view from Battery Park is beautiful, but Brookfield is sort of like a high end mall meets event space with offices as well. We opened for Tartinery for lunch, with scrumptious toasts and of course rosé for me! They have a Starbucks reserve and a bunch of stores to keep you out of cold for a bit. It's also really close to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum (which I did visit); so it's a great stop to bundle with that. This is an area of Manhattan that I don't normally visit and really enjoyed myself. Snag a seat by the window in Le District for a killer view or hit the shops for a few hours!
5. The Whitney
I've been dying to visit the Whitney Museum since last summer and I finally got the chance to go! After trudging in the cold, being inside and perusing these galleries was a perfect way to spend a couple of winter hours. I loved how the museum was set up and although it was brisk, the outside views are really spectacular. Located right over the highline, their collection highlights some of the most significant work by artists in the US throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. In fact, I loved the museum so much that I bought an out of state membership! At $50, if I go one more time in the next 365 days it pays for itself. And I know that I will be coming back in the warmer months to try their fab restaurants, see their new exhibits and check out the beautiful views.
Stay tuned for more about some of my favorite places to eat in NYC coming up in the next couple of months. I've been working on a master list (with pics of course) highlighting places I've enjoyed nibbles and sips and my thoughts on each. Coming to a laptop, tablet or smartphone near you!