Thursday, December 13, 2012

Let's hear it for New York...

Remember when I told you that A and I were heading to NYC? If you don't, read this for a refresher. Well, we went last week. And now we are back. It was a whirlwind 4-day trip but we had a blast.
We saw so much of the city in a short amount of time. I think we might've walked the entire length of Manhattan twice (at least).
Let me tell you all about our adventures.

First, I'll start by saying that we traveled in style on this trip. We flew Jet Blue on a red-eye Wednesday night and arrived at JFK at 5:20am on Thursday morning. Our car service, which buys you a real New Yorker with mad driving skills in Lincoln Town Car, was waiting at the gate holding up a sign with our name when we landed. Stanley loaded our bags in the car and away we went.
We will definitely be enlisting their services again.

We stayed at a very hip, swanky hotel in the meatpacking district called Dream Downtown. Thanks to my ambien, I could've headed out to explore the city. But A was exhausted as he didn't sleep on the plane. Luckily, the hotel accommodated my request for an early check-in and we were in our room by 7am.

After a little three hour nap, we hit the streets. It was a sunny, brisk morning, perfect for sightseeing. Our first stop was Rockefeller Center where we had lunch at Bouchon Bakery. After that, it was up to the Top of the Rock. The views were breathtaking and it turned out to be the only sunny day on our trip so we were glad we did this on our first day.

Next, we walked all through midtown and up 5th Avenue taking in all of the holiday displays in the store windows. There were more people than I remember on the streets which may be due to the popularity of NYC during the holidays. But the Christmas decorations were spectacular!

Finally, we arrived at Central Park, where we had intended to take a horse-drawn carriage ride. But hubby sabotaged that plan by telling me it is cruel to the horses. I didn't believe him so I googled it and found this. Once I read all of that, I couldn't do it. I love horses too much. So we just strolled through the park.

Afterwards we were starving, cold and tired. Thanks to my friend Yelp, we found a warm, cozy Italian restaurant called Vivolo on the Upper East Side for dinner. Our waiter was super charming and attentive. The food was delicious and a heater was blasting right next to us. Perfection.

But the best part of the experience was the most unexpected. The three chatty ladies from Connecticut that were seated next to us. They wanted to hear all about our plans and had tons of advice and recommendations. By the end of the night, they'd talked A into going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For those of you who know my husband, you may now pick your jaw up off the floor. I know. I was impressed as well.

So with full stomachs, we bundled up to make the trek back to our hotel - an 1 hour and 20 minute walk. Yes, you heard me correctly. The entire day we never took the subway, a taxi or even a pedi cab. Our tour was entirely by foot. Just from the restaurant at East 74th St and Lexington back to our hotel at West 16th St and 8th Ave is almost 4 miles. I reckon we walked at least 12 miles that first day. Needless to say, when we got back to our room, we collapsed from lack of sleep, jet lag and pure exhaustion.

Stop by tomorrow to hear about Day 2 of our trip. It may or may not have something to do with Justin Bieber. 
Yes, the Biebs.
Nuff' said.


Melissa_Before_40 said...

Oh Jess - I love your pics, makes me want to visit NY again! Have fun!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

These pictures are gorgeous, New York is the best. My sister lives there and I've actually taken that Jet Blue red eye out of Sacramento a few times to visit her and it's great. I've never gone to NYC during the holidays though and I'm super jealous because my mom is flying from Michigan tomorrow to go visit my year I'm definitely going to have to go visit at Christmas for sure! Also, the Dream Hotel is a place my sister and her friends go out to occasionally but the rooms look really great! Also, I'm super impressed by all the walking you did...the Upper East Side to Meatpacking is FAR. Can't wait to read more of these posts! xoxo

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Looking forward to hearing more. So glad you guys had a good time!

Heather said...

That hotel looks so fun! I've always wanted to go to NYC during the holidays. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

Team Harries said...

Wow, awesome pics! Looks like a great trip!!

Dream Chase said...

Looks like you guys had an amazing time. The pics are absolutely incredible!

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