PERFECT PLACE: NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE.

Happy Monday! We got home yesterday morning from our ten day trip to New York and West Virginia. We had an absolute blast and it was so great to see friends and family, explore New York and spend such quality time with Jesse and Lillian. I know it was also special for Jesse to spend so much time with Lillian. It is remarkable how much she grew over the trip-- she is saying more words, her comprehension is really incredible and she is so much fun! I will share more tips about traveling with a little one later this week.

While we had a great trip it was so wonderful to be home yesterday and get back into the swing of things. I just dropped Lillian off at daycare and was on 24th street running a few errands and I felt my soul reinvigorated- I am excited to work hard and get ready for the holidays.

The last time we traveled to New York was February of 2014 when I was pregnant with Lillian. It was a combination of work and play- Jesse and his co-founder Dustin were meeting with New York VCs about investing in BuildingConnected and I was there for NY Fashion Week. Like I mentioned earlier it was beyond freezing. This time I was expecting perfect fall weather but we were surprised with humid weather in the 70s and 80s. It was so lucky that I threw my favorite Club Monaco white shorts in there last minute--- literally we were walking out the door and I put them in my carry-on, just in case. I wore them three days in a row!

Traveling in New York could not have been better. I think it makes a HUGE difference to be traveling with a baby. EVERYONE was soooo nice to us- helping us open doors, being helpful with anything we needed, chasing after us when Lillian dropped her stuff animal- it really, really was a pleasant surprise. Also traveling through the city with Lillian was great! It made us do things that we normally wouldn't have done-- we took it slow and didn't try to do too much. I also didn't take a lot of photos. I barely had my phone with me and just took it all in-- it was such a nice change.

Here are the things we did, ate, saw, and I what I suggest. I know there are endless options but what we did was come up with two things we wanted to do each day. It was great! (This isn't the "coolest" guide to New York but I don't try and do cool things, I just try and do what I like so if you want to see cool things in New York you'll have to check somewhere else!)

A special thank you to our friends Kevin & Nicole, Hector, Jenni and their new baby girl, Jesse's parents, my parents, and my sister Claire and her husband Mike. Everyone contributed to a great trip and we are so thankful!

PLAY

  1. CENTRAL PARK ZOO- This teeny, tiny zoo was AWESOME! Because it was so intimate you could really get close to the animals. Yes, I definitely thought the Snow Leopards were going to jump out of their cages but it was cool to see them up close.
  2. CENTRAL PARK- This is an obvious choice-- we went to the park every day and explored new spots. 
  3. HIGHLINE- This was on my must-do because it seemed so cool! It is an old railroad track above the ground that has been turned into a walkway-- A MUST-DO if you are visiting NYC!
  4. ELOISE SUITE AT THE PLAZA- I will share all about our visit tomorrow!! SO excited!
  5. MADISON AVENUE- I'm definitely an Upper East Side girl and I loved walking up through the park and back to our hotel along Madison and seeing all of the designer shops.
  6. BROOKLYN BRIDGE- I really did not know what I was getting us into when I suggested we walk to the Brooklyn Bridge from our hotel- almost four miles later there we were at the most crowded spot in NYC. It is beautiful but not as enjoyable to walk across as I imagined- bicyclists SCREAM at you if you are in the bike lane. I have so much respect for bloggers who take photos here- it is quite the endeavor. I am glad we did it though.
  7. 91st STREET- As a child of the Sacred Heart you cannot go to a city with a Sacred Heart School and not check it out. I took Lillian and Jesse there but it was around 5pm so the school was closed but I got to show them the exterior and lobby. Once a child of the Sacred Heart, always a child of the Sacred Heart.

STAY

  1. WESTHOUSEI will share more about our hotel later this week but what was really great about our hotel was our suite-- it made such a huge difference for Lillian to have her own room so that she could go to bed earlier than us. The amenities were great and we also loved that the hotel provided breakfast, high tea, and drinks in their Terrace. It was so great to start the mornings with breakfast in the hotel- once less thing to worry about.
  2. CARLYLEI was fortunate to stay here a few years ago and it was amazing. We paid a quick visit the the bar to check it out. And guess what-- out of all of the restrooms I used in all of NYC, the Carlyle was the only place with toilet seat covers!! 

EAT

  1. PALOA'SWe loved this Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side and I would recommend it to anyone who is going to New York. One of the hardest things, especially when traveling with a toddler, is trying to find places to go eat. Luckily, Claire and Mike suggested this spot and since it was so warm we could eat outside.
  2. AUGUST- On our last night we went to August and had a delicious meal and Lillian loved their pasta. Definitely a place I would go back. 
  3. WHOLE FOODS- Yes, we went all the way to New York to go to Whole Foods ;). When traveling with a toddler it is important to have a place with quick, healthy meals. After we landed in Newark, ubered to the city, got to our hotel, we were ready for some food. We headed to Whole Foods at Columbus Circle for a quick bite and to get a few snacks for the food. 
  4. WAFELS & DINGESWe enjoyed delicious wafles and dinges during our walk through Central Park. Delicious and extremely not-nutricious.
  5. RALPH'S COFFEEThis was a MUST-DO for me and it was amazing! We had the best time and Lillian loved their silver spoons. I got a decaf mocha as a treat to myself since I never drink caffeine. It was really, really delicious and maybe one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had!

We had a really great time and I am delighted we went and we probably won't go back for a few years! We have too many other places on our list to explore!

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Travelcaroline curran