When you get the chance for a girls’ getaway to NYC, you take it!
It’s been almost two weeks since my ‘mom’ getaway to New York and I’m still revelling in all the fun and chaos we got up to in only 48 hours. Us moms sure know how to pack it all in. And it’s amazing what you can accomplish when only taking care of yourself!
If you’re heading to the Big Apple, check out our weekend recap for lots to see and do:
Where to Stay?
We had no clue how lucky we were booking a room at this hotel. Still a bit of a hidden gem (sorry for giving it away!), the Arlo Soho is in the perfect location for walking, shopping, quick subway rides to any major attraction, easy trips to Brooklyn and cheap cabs to all the trendy hangouts (because us moms know all the hot spots thanks to Google!).
The main floor has a super cool vibe as soon as you walk in. With a coffee shop and 24-hour candy bar (yes, that’s right), you can grab a snack and seat in the lounge, outdoor courtyard, library or living room depending on your mood. Like any New York hotel, the rooms are tight but the Arlo really packs a lot into their ‘pods’ (as they like to call them), tucking the bed right against the window in its own little alcove in the sky.
And with free drinks included in our stay (thanks Arlo!), we quickly learned that the rooftop is ‘the’ spot for happy hour on Saturday afternoons. Frosé, appetizers, music and city views are what this party is all about!
What To Do?
Get Out and Walk
Walk your neighbourhood, walk the city, just walk. There is literally so much to see and do in this city. And each neighbourhood has its own flavour to explore. From the famous brownstones, to this adorable kid’s playground and park we found at Washington Market Park (can you tell we’re moms!), a good chunk of your vacation should be spent just wandering this beautiful city.
High Line Life
Have you heard of the High Line? Located in New York’s Meatpacking District, this old railroad was transformed into an elevated greenspace. Grab a seat and watch the world go by from one of the carved out viewing areas. While here, don’t forget to visit Chelsea Market for shopping, restaurants and the best olive oil taste testing around!
Bike (maybe walk) the Brooklyn Bridge
Everyone told us walking the Brooklyn Bridge was a must. But after tripping on the sidewalk and breaking my sandal, walking was no longer an option. So, biking in a dress, with a broken shoe seemed like a great idea!
Not knowing how far we were from the bridge or our hotel, we hopped on a Citi Bike and started pedaling. And here’s what we learned from our adventure:
- It’s further than it looks. We were 6 miles from our hotel, so the quick, leisurely bike ride we had hoped for was not happening.
- Know your options. The Citi Bikes were great, but we opted for the unlimited 30-minute trips which didn’t make sense for how far we had to go.
- Three’s a crowd. The bridge is absolutely packed on weekends, which makes biking a challenge without running into someone or having to constantly ring your bell.
Don’t follow the signs for biking the Brooklyn Bridge, trust Google Maps. The signs will take you to ‘stairs only’ access where either yourself (or some very nice water vendors you meet) will have to carry the bikes up to the bridge for you!
Shop, Shop, Shop
Everyone knows a trip to New York is not complete without a little shopping. Depending on your budget, there’s a long list of shopping districts to check out. Staying in SoHo, we stuck to our hood and made our way along Broadway for a morning well spent!
Stroll the Park
As cliché as it is, there’s nothing better to do on a hot, sunny day than grabbing a coffee and wandering through Central Park. With so many paths, there’s something different to see every time you visit.
Check Out the View
There’s no better way than the New York City rooftops to gain a little perspective of how big this city really is. Grab a glass of bubbly at Public Hotel and watch the sunset with 360-degree panoramic views. Or hit up the Gansevoort for the best dirty martini (extra olives are a must!) and a seat overlooking the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River.
Find the Late-Night Gems
Ever ventured into the back of your local pawn shop or coffee house? This is the norm in New York, with speakeasy bars and clubs hidden all over the city. For our first night, we made a late dinner reservation at Beauty & Essex, which got us front of the line access and a table for the night. Then we hit up Bathtub Gin our second night, entering through Stone Street Coffee which is open during the day.
Where to Eat?
Visit the ‘Woodstock of Eating’ in Williamsburg
With 100 local food vendors and over 20,000 people, Smorgasburg in Brooklyn is your perfect stop for lunch. Grab a sampling of food and head over to the waterfront for a beach picnic and incredible view of the city.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at Locanda Verde
Need I say more? This urban Italian taverna sits at the bottom of The Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa. From the beautifully lined cobblestone streets to the all-day bakery counter, walking the neighbourhood with pastries to-go isn’t a tough decision.
Cookshop for Lunch
This super trendy, farm-to-table hot spot is the place to be on the weekend. With an open-air atmosphere, the restaurant is constantly packed. Booking a reservation through Open Table was key to getting a spot. The burrata is a must and paired perfectly with the delicious red wine on the menu.
Patio in the Park
The stunning patio at Tavern on the Green is the perfect way to start a visit to Central Park. Serving delicious local plates, the ambiance will have you feeling instantly relaxed and as though you’ve been transported to another place. The chopped vegetable salad and daily flatbread were super filling and perfect for sharing.
With only 48 hours and having visited NYC before, we couldn’t possibly see it all so stayed away from the major tourist attractions this time and took a more local approach to the city life. Places we missed? Comment below with your favourite NYC spots for next time!
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