I'm going to New York for my friend's 30th birthday during October. The three of us girls will be going for the day, taking a round trip on the discount bus service Megabus. The tickets have been purchased. It takes about four hours to get there from our hometown. We're so excited! They haven't been and after starting to research it, I can't wait to go back!
I suggested that since the birthday girl has a husband and three sons, perhaps she would like a very girly trip and she just loved the idea! So hopefully it'll be very ladies who lunch, complete with champagne, chocolate for dessert, manis and pedis, shopping and sight-seeing until we drop! I love running away with a theme, what else can we do that is decidedly feminine?
I always love to eat the local food of a destination, so maybe a bagel for breakfast and slices of New York-style pizza for lunch! Gelato or a perfect pastry from Eataly. Or a slice of birthday cake from a bakery. I would love a European-style cappuccino and croissant myself!
In planning, I have been going through reviews on yelp which is great because you can enter a street or search a neighborhood and once you find something you like, you can see what's around it! (I can't wait until I move to a city and get to describe a great establishment on my block!)
I have also been looking up recommendations from back posts of my favorite blogs. Some of my favorite bloggers are in New York right now for Fashion Week, which is fantastic for inspiration. I found that a blogger I regularly follow likes the Chelsea Market, so maybe I could get my croissant there. It has been likened to the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and to the markets in Boston, which I love.
My friends seem to want to stick to one area and not spend time just trying to get from place to place. I tend to agree. Manhattan is a really really big place and I want the trip to be enjoyable rather than exhausting. It will be exhausting, but hopefully delightfully so! The Megabus stop seems to be in Chelsea. So, I was thinking that we could explore that and the surrounding neighborhoods: Meatpacking District, Flatiron, Union Square, maybe alittle further: West Village and Midtown West. I have been concentrating my search on those areas so far. I would love to have a few points of interest in mind from all three of us. Then, we can walk from place from place, stopping when we stumble upon something of interest. I really need to speak with them in person! I also have another girlfriend in New England who could meet us! I have about five more weeks to delight in my trip planning.
I would love recommendations! Please and thank you! Per favore e grazie!