We booked New York a year in advance and although I was seriously excited I felt like it would never arrive! We booked to go in December around our birthdays which meant we would also get to see all the Christmas attractions. I’d read how difficult it was to fit everything in to 5-6 days so my most important consideration was a check list of everything we definitely wanted to do and strategic mapping which meant that we weren’t endlessly walking from one end of New York to another.
We flew with Virgin Atlantic and as always the flight was really enjoyable and comfortable. I watched ‘You before Me’ (yes, I shed a few tears) and Finding Dory and enjoyed a drink or two. As expected, we were pretty tired after the journey so on the first day we just checked into the Westin Times Square and had a wander around Times Square.
We stayed on the 23rd floor which had stunning views over Manhattan. The room was lovely and crisp and the bed was huuuuge and so so comfortable! We also got robes which I basically lived in while we were there and the room had a Starbucks coffee machine which came in very very handy!
Day 2 began with breakfast in bed. Our booking with Virgin Holidays gave us $15 dollars credit each, per day, which we could accumulate over our stay. I chose an egg white, cheese, onion and spinach omelette whilst Tom chose the maple syrup pancakes and we both had a latte and acai berry smoothie. The bill came to about $120 once the gratuity had been added which I thought was quite expensive, the food was average so I’m glad that it was included in the package.
After breakfast we headed to the Rockefeller tree which was as pretty in person as the photos shared all over the Internet. After taking countless photos, Tom pulled out a ring and proposed. It was so thoughtful and a perfect moment that we’ll both remember forever. Afterwards we both headed to the Rockefeller Ice Skating rink and skated for around 45 minutes. It cost about $80 dollars for two of us including skate hire and we only had to queue for about 10 minutes (we got there at 12ish). I would highly recommend ice skating if you’re going in December or January!
Next, we wandered around the shops and headed to Starbucks for a quick lunch break and to share the news with friends and family. Once we’d rested we headed to the Top of the Rock to take in the view after a magical morning. I’m scared of heights but it strangely wasn’t so bad. The view was breathtaking and we could see for miles and miles, the highlight was looking over Central Park and the Empire State Building! For this reason I’d definitely suggest visiting in the daytime.
We then headed back to the hotel to get changed as we had tickets for Aladdin that night. We planned to go to a Mexican restaurant to celebrate but the tight time schedule meant that we just ate at The Foundry in the hotel – really nice though! Aladdin was a fantastic show and I really enjoyed it plus we were lucky enough to get really good seats. After the show we were both exhausted so we swapped the late night drinks for a good nights sleep!
Keep your eye out for Day 3 & 4 which include Central Park, Avenue Q, Byram Markets & more…