School is back in session and it’s time to think about spring break! When your daughter says “it’s time for a girl’s trip” do not wait. Pack your bags for New York City! There’s so much to do that there’s no time for a teenage girl and her mom to argue or even disagree! We hit the ground running. After checking into our really neat, luxury boutique hotel, The Blakely, perfectly located at 55th between sixth and seventh, we headed out for a bite and literally stumbled upon Benoit, a gem of a French bistro. We each had a 3-course meal exquisitely served and wonderfully tasty. The lobster bisque was to die for! Much better than the street side pretzel we had envisioned grabbing before taking the subway downtown to visit the 9/11 Tribute Center and Memorial. The Tribute Center is different than the Memorial but a ticket to the Tribute Center ($14) includes a visit to the Memorial. Tickets to the Memorial are free (you must order ahead of time online) and do not include a visit to the Tribute Center Museum. Spend the $14. You will not leave the Tribute Center with dry eyes and will never forget the experience!
We were quickly sidetracked from introspection when the subway dumped us at Times Square. The lights! The people! The Naked Cowboy! We had just enough time to absorb it all before the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” Part opera, part African spiritual, part puppet show, and part improvised dance, the production and message were exciting and memorable! The short walk back to our hotel seemed interminable after such an action-packed day!
The rest of our long weekend was spent more leisurely. We walked and subway-ed all over the city. We shopped some and browsed a lot at Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf’s, Tiffany’s, Sax Fifth Avenue, and the Apple Store. We stopped in at the St. Regis and took in the King Cole Bar and lunched at Rosa Mexicano. Like everyone else, we had the tableside prepared guacamole and it was as delicious as word-of-mouth had promised! We fell in love with SoHo and spent an entire day shopping the area and eating at the famous Balthazar’s. Noisy, crowded, and expensive, it’s worth it. The french onion soup is a must have and if you like waffles, there are none better.
Our last evening we poked around Grand Central Station and caught a glimpse of the luxe Campbell Apartment (under-aged patrons are not allowed in). On the walk home, we passed and, on a whim, stopped in at the Peninsula Hotel. The concierge said we’d be welcomed in the roof top bar and how magical it was! The view was spectacular as was the service, martini, and diet coke! Make it a stop on your next visit!
Squeeze a little more into your New York visit by scheduling a late afternoon flight home. We had enough time on our last day to breakfast at a local diner, visit the Metropolitan to enjoy the Matisse exhibit, and even pop in to Serendipity for a frozen hot chocolate and decadent chocolate blackout cake. It was a perfect ending to a perfect mother/daughter weekend! Rebecca
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