Spent this past weekend in NYC, soaking up the holiday spirit. Despite the hectic pace, my family and I had a wonderful trip. Here are some of the highlights:
- Since most of the large chain hotels were sold out by the time I made reservations this summer, had to pick something different. The results were fabulous. Stayed at a boutique hotel, 70 Park Avenue (a Kimpton Hotel) where the service was outstanding, the rooms wonderfully appointed, and the location top notch.
- Radio City Christmas Show – fun for the whole family; my boys loved the live Nativity scene with camels, donkeys, and sheep. I was partial to the figure skating, and my husband loved it all!
Best Dining Experience – PJ Clarke’s. For 125 years this venerable New York institution with its colorful history has entertained the famous, the infamous and everyone else who appreciate the ambiance and food of a real saloon. This will be a must stop on my next visit to the city.
Moonstruck Diner – Since our boys are still relatively young we decided to skip the formal dinner scene. Which was a huge relief, I’m sure, to my in-laws who were thus able to dine in peace. Instead we hit a local diner just a few blocks from our hotel. Standard food, but wonderful wait staff. The boys loved starting the meal with an ice cream soda. Yum!
Shopping – Coach store on Madison Avenue. Both my husband and my in-laws picked out Christmas gifts here after I insisted that I had plenty of purses…LOL! They don’t listen very well! Other stores such as FAO Schwarz, M&M, and Hershey were extremely crowded and therefore slightly overwhelming.
Best Extra – My father-in-law insisted on hiring a driver for Saturday. Let me tell you, this made a huge difference. Instead of waiting for cabs to scurry us around in the cold, a nice warm vehicle followed us everywhere.
Best way to wrap up the weekend – celebrated Sunday Mass at a beautiful church across from our hotel. The Church of Our Saviour is a lovely, rather intimate church with a gorgeous interior. The service equaled St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Okay…must get myself together. Laundry. Birthday party this morning. Holiday Office Party tonight! Hugs until later!