Weekend Getaway : New York City

I think you will strongly agree with me when I say that New York City has got to be one of the greatest cities to visit when one is in need of an exciting weekend.  Known for its remarkable restaurants, shopping, entertainment and so much more, it’s no surprise that many keep returning to the Big Apple. There is always something new to see and do and whether you’re there for a girlfriend getaway, a romantic weekend or just looking for a simple break from school, this destination never disappoints.  I recently visited NYC on a mother/daughter vacation and it was more than I had hoped for and far beyond my expectations. Although we had a long list of must-sees and dos, once there, we decided to visit places that we had never been to.

Hoboken, New Jersey
Ok, so this isn’t exactly in New York City but it’s so close (approx. a 20-minute drive from Manhattan) and totally worth making a stop.  We just happened to be visiting family in the area that evening and decided to stay overnight. What an amazing discovery!  From trendy restaurants and bars to vintage shops and the cutest cafés, this mile square size town is a little oasis from the madness of Manhattan. The Riverside Park and Hoboken Waterfront Walkway have spectacular night views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. I will most definitely be returning to this place to further explore!


 

DUMBO, Brooklyn
Dumbo (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), is a picture-perfect place to discover.  After walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, we headed to one of the most visited streets: Washington Street.  This is where hordes of people flock to get a shot of the iconic intersection of the Manhattan Manhattan Bridge and Clocktower Building. Be patient though and don’t expect to snap a selfie without anyone else in the picture.  This is also a great place to hang out by the waterfront to enjoy the east river views or do some people watching. Jane’s carousel is a gem and one of the attractions you don’t want to skip.  The vintage-like merry-go-round is beautifully enclosed in clear plexiglass and a real treat no matter how old (or young) you are. We wrapped up that perfect day with a yummy dinner at Pok Pok, where we enjoyed a lovely Northern Thai meal.

 

New York, New York
No trip to New York is ever complete without doing a little shopping and covering a little history and this is exactly what we did on the Sunday, even if we experienced torrential rain the entire day. We started by visiting the National 911 Memorial and Museum, which in my opinion is a must see. I had a truly moving experience, heartbreaking at times, as I reflected upon on the sequence of events 9/11 attacks.  After grabbing a quick bite, we made our way to 5th Avenue to do some shopping (Hello Henri Bendel, Uniqlo, Saks, Topshop and so many other beautiful boutiques!). That evening we had dinner at Via Carota in West Village, an Italian trattoria serving up traditional dishes in a rustic, cozy environment. It had been highly recommended to us by many and I can attest to the fact it is well worth the stop. I had the Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu and it was simply delicious! They don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait before getting a table as it is currently a sought-after place.

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Where to stay
We stayed at the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel in NYC, conveniently located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s fashionable Eastside, and only a few steps from major subway lines, one of which is right across the street from the hotel. It is also situated a short walking distance from some major attractions such as Park Avenue, Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art. We stayed in a newly renovated modern design Junior Suite featuring a partitioned relaxing area which was very much appreciated after a long day in the city. The desk area came in really handy for photo editing, catching up on emails and all the other blogger duty stuff I had to do.  The King size bed was super comfy (as were the pillows) and we never had any issues with sounds coming from outside, as this is often an issue in NYC hotels. As far as staff goes, the staff was extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome the moment we got there. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this hotel as it has all the great facilities, including a restaurant, the Met Grill, and modern amenities for any business or pleasure trip. They also offer Woodbury Common Shop and Stay packages including an overnight stay, Woodbury Common Outlets VIP discount coupon books and rebates off bus fare to Woodbury Common Outlets via the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

All in all, this was THE perfect fun-filled weekend and getaway.

*In collaboration with the DoubleTree Metropolitan, but all opinions are my own*