A couple of weekends ago, my mom and sisters and I had planned to go to Washington DC for our annual girls trip. All week long we watched the weather and when it became clear that there was little to no hope for anything but cold, wind and rain (and possibly even snow), we decided to cancel our plans. But instead of doing nothing, we decided to be tourists in our own city and stay in New York City the the night.
Our choice to do this reminded me of an older episode of one of my very favorite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin . She and her sister Elizabeth discuss tips and tricks for implementing happy habits into everyday life. It's one of my favorites for a few reasons. First, I have two sisters and so I love the sister relationship between Gretchen and Liz. Second, they touch on so many things that affect everyday life and both women seem so relatable...like they have realistic stories about spousal arguments over duvet covers and how sometimes you just don't ever think to change the bathroom light bulb that's been out for months. Guilty.
Anyhow, in episode 15, they talked about being a tourist in your own city. I have always wanted to do this. Sure, I come to NYC every day for work. I go out for dinner, drinks and see shows. But I've never stayed in a hotel in the city and if I do go out, I always had in the back of my mind that at some point I'd have to mosey on back home to Jersey City at the end of the day or night.
The weather was still pretty garbage on Saturday in NYC also, so it didn't leave much time for traipsing around. We kicked off the afternoon with a spread at Doughnut Plant.
I've had these at the office before but have never been to an actual location. We got a bunch to share, including pb & jam, tres leches, chocolate blackout, and a creme brulee and pistachio dough seed. Also flat white.
After we were stuffed and sugared, we headed uptown to catch Disaster, a really fun, silly, clever show starring none other than Adam Pascal.
Any Rentheads out there know he needs know further intro. He was sweet and adorable and I just really wanted him to belt out 'Miiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!'
It was just the afternoon I was craving.
We headed back to check into the hotel and were lucky enough to score two rooms right across the hall from each other. I really loved this hotel.
We got ready for dinner (aka we all put on black/NYC nighttime attire clothing) and then grabbed drinks at the hotel bar.
Dinner was at Almond and it was soooo good. We shared buffalo cauliflower and poutine and I enjoyed steak frites for dinner. Dessert was a sticky toffee date cake and it was amazing.
We were all stuffed and heavily wined after our lingering three hour dinner, so we headed back to the hotel after.
On the walk back, we got to gaze at this.
The next morning, we had early breakfast at Sarabeth's on Park Avenue. I have always wanted to dine there so I was happy to enjoy it and cross it off my list. It was bright and beautiful and sort of feminine, a perfect spot for girls brunch.
Our getaway was way too short and it left us all feeling like we'd have to plan another one this coming Fall...I see Central Park and exploring some different neighborhoods in our future!
Have you ever been a tourist in your own city?