5 Reasons to Head to Long Island City for NYC Views

5 Reasons to Head to Long Island City for NYC Views

First it was the Empire State Building and then it was Brooklyn. Guidebooks have been sending visitors around the city for the perfect views of Manhattan. Yet somehow Long Island City got skipped over. It’s the perfect place for skyline views and the tourists have yet to discover it. For the best views, head to Gantry Plaza State Park. Read More

How to Have the Perfect Day in Midtown Manhattan

How to Have the Perfect Day in Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is so much more than Times Square. It’s got lots of museums and tons of food options. Here’s my guide for the perfect (fully packed!) day in Midtown. Read More

How to See the Tony Award Winning Shows

How to See the Tony Award Winning Shows

ICYMI, the Tony Awards were this past Sunday. They’re a celebration of the past year’s Broadway shows and a celebration of all things Broadway. It’s also a huge marketing tool for all shows – whether they win or not. Here’s how you can see this year’s top shows: Read More

Travel Roundup 6.9.17

Travel Roundup 6.9.17
  1. Have a whale of a time… in NYC?

Humpback whales have returned in New York after nearly 100 years. Experts say it’s due to better water quality and algae for whales to feed on. They’ve had so many whale sightings that tour companies are popping up including Gotham Whales. Read More

Review: Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

Review: Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

Whether you know the name Chihuly or not, you’ve probably seen his glass sculptures on display somewhere, whether a chandelier hanging in a lobby or his glass blown flowers coating the ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. He’s actually been on my radar for a few years. Just last month I checked out the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida.

So when I saw Chihuly’s works were coming to the New York Botanical Garden through October, I had to go. And it’s an absolute must if you’re in NYC. Read More

NYC: A Perfect Day on the Upper East Side

NYC: A Perfect Day on the Upper East Side

The Upper East Side of NYC is known for the home of the wealthy (and hard to get to via the subway) but is actually a pretty cool area full of museums and shopping. Check out my guide for the perfect day below. Read More

NYC: A perfect on day on the Upper West Side

NYC: A perfect on day on the Upper West Side

Here’s the start of my neighborhood guides in NYC. My goal is to get tourists out to different areas of the city or if you already live here, become a tourist in your own backyard. I started with the Upper West Side which is where I spent the last couple months subletting. Enjoy! Read More

How to Get into NYC Museums for Free (or close to free)

How to Get into NYC Museums for Free (or close to free)

Always free:

The New York Public Library (free guided tours at 11am & 2pm Monday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (weekdays December-February) Read More

How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

I’ve been working on Broadway and off-Broadway shows since I moved to the city 5 years ago. Needless to say, I’ve seen A LOT of shows and I have rarely ever paid full ticket price. Here are my tips so you can too.

Playbill keeps a great list of rush and lottery policies for all Broadway shows here.

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4 Favorite Weekend Getaways from NYC

4 Favorite Weekend Getaways from NYC

Newport, RI – if I could live here, I would

The stunning cliff walk
The stunning cliff walk

How to Get There: Drive (3 hours)

Where to Stay: Gilded – a boutique B&B within walking distance to the town. Fun décor and delicious breakfast!

What to Do: Cliff Walk, Newport Mansion tours, relax, walk around the adorable town

The Breakers
The Breakers

Where to Eat: 22 Bowen’s (romantic dinner)

View of the marina from the town
View of the marina from the town

Roxbury, NY – town where I got married!

GORGEOUS views in Roxbury, NY
GORGEOUS views in Roxbury, NY

How to Get There: Drive (3 hours)

Where to Stay: The Roxbury Motel – THE coolest hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Themed rooms and stunning mountain views

Amadeus' Bride - a fitting room for an actual bride
Amadeus’ Bride – a fitting room for an actual bride
The Wizard's Emeralds
The Wizard’s Emeralds

What to Do: Summer – hiking, kayaking, all the outdoor activities. Winter – skiing or staying in

Where to Eat: Peekamoose (for dinner), Phoenicia Diner (for breakfast)

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East Hampton, NY – go in the winter!

IMG_1671How to Get There: Hampton Jitney

Where to Stay: Mill House Inn – possibly the most expensive B&B I’ve ever stayed at (and that’s in the OFF season) but the rooms (& baths) are oh so relaxing, the cookie & snack bar is amazing and the breakfast is INCREDIBLE. Get the lobster frittata!

French Toast at the Mill House Inn
French Toast at the Mill House Inn

What to Do: The Beach, explore East Hampton or neighboring Hampton towns, shopping, relax in the incredible rooms, take a bath in the gigantic bathtubs

Where to Eat: Honestly, one breakfast + the complimentary snacks can last you the whole day (did I mention how amazing the breakfast is?)

 

Atlantic City, NJ – bear with me, totally trashy but so close

IMG_1809How to Get There: Bus from Penn Station (2.5 hours)

Where to Stay: Since the Revel closed (which housed my favorite spa – still to this day), stay at the Borgata. It’s off the boardwalk and has the Las Vegas feel without having to get on a plane.

What to Do: If all of the amenities of the Borgata aren’t enough, it’s an easy cab ride to the boardwalk for some great people watching or you can head to the outlets

Drinks at the Borgota
Drinks at the Borgota

Where to Eat: If you want to venture outside of the resort, check out the Irish Pub (off the Boardwalk) or Scales Grill & Deck Bar for outdoor drinking (bonus points for pet friendly!)

Drinks on the AC Boardwalk
Drinks on the AC Boardwalk