(Closed) Honeymoon help from NYC Bees!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

While I cannot help you out, I am glad i found this!! We are actually planning on getting married in niagara falls and then spending our honeymoon there with a 3.5 day visit to NYC! And dont worry about cheesy, Romantic and cheesy are really the same thing! Hahaha jk. We will be flying to toronto airport, driving to niagara falls, and then after a few day stay driving back to toronto to fly to NYC. Right now it’s $99 + tax for next August. Then well be flying home (back to Canada) from NYC. It’s actually cheaper and more time efficient for us to do it that way!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I grew up in Buffalo and currently reside in NYC. They are about 8 hours driving/train ride apart, only about an hour in the air. If you want to go to NF fly for sure but with all the airport security and such these days it will eat up a good chunk of the day.

Definitely fly into Buffalo if you want to go to the falls, there are plenty of cheap car rental places and you can be to the falls in 30 minutes.

Delta, JetBlue, and Us Airways all fly direct to NYC – BUF. If you want to save some time not having to hike out to JFK the small US Airways planes are the way to go, they are tiny but for a day trip might be the best bet. You will only get 9-10 hours in Niagara Falls if you fly in and out on the same day but if you are ready for a whirlwind trip it is definitely doable (I have flown to NYC and back to Buffalo in the same day for a job interview a few years back).

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Yokyee:  No way! I didn’t know that Buffalo was an option! Toronto is almost a 2 hour drive and the total flight price was $176. (Crazy taxes!!) But after checking out the Buffalo flight options, you can get a one way flight for like $90 taxes in from Buffalo and it’s only a 30 minute drive!! This was with Jet Blue and JFK, the other two seemed a lot more expensive.

However, we will unfortunately probably have to do the extra drive and spend the extra money to go back to Toronto… we are going to need a rental car when we land in Toronto and because of the stupid rules with having to return to the same rental place, it ends up being like 10X the price to do a one way drop off for a car haha. Except now I am going to check out flying into buffalo from the start and skipping Toronto all together… except we wanted to see a friend. Why is Canada so much more expensive haha.

PS I AM SO EXCITED NOW talking to you… AHHH. Hahaha too cool being honeymood twins!!!

@LindsayLoves:  Thank you so much for the air line information!!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@LindsayLoves:  Is crossing from Niagara Falls Canada to Buffalo much of a process?

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Yokyee:  Yes I can’t wait to hear what you are planning!!

I will be doing it all myself as I am quite the vacation planner haha, its kind of my addiction. We only have one airport and two airlines so what you see is what you get… no such things as travel deals as I live on an island.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@mrsgantz:  Usually not that bad, there are three different bridges you can use, one that is right in Buffalo (Peace Bridge) and the other two (Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge) that take you from Niagara Falls. Canada to Niagara Falls, USA. You can check day of to see what the traffic is like and pick the best crossing option from there. You can also park in the US and walk over the Rainbow Bridge into Canada with your passport which is kind of fun or vice versa.

If you want to get close to the Falls the US side is the way to go – check out Goat Island, you can be feet from the rushing water. Meanwhile the Canadian side has the best view of the American and Horseshoe Falls.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Yokyee:  It depends what you want to do in the city. What’s important to you on your trip? Some people say shopping, shows, sightseeing, food, a little bit of everything.

Hotels prices are pretty much high everywhere but all the tourist things are all pretty much accesible from anywhere below Central Park (aka tons of different subway lines to choose from, as you go uptown you have less options).

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Honeymooning in NYC seems like it would be lovely, obviously not for me since it would just be a Tuesday, but we have actually thought about taking a few nights in a nice hotel away from home. 

The airports are basically all the same. I hate Newark, but thats because I live in Queens and its far. I think LaGuardia is usually more convenient since the cab rides from there are cheaper, but you can more easily reach JFK by public transit if thats your plan. Either way, the cab ride into Manhattan is going to be $25-50. 

Anyway. I would definitely not stay near Times Square. There are lots of hotels there, but it is super crowded with families, conferences and other huge groups so you would have no privacy. There are lots of hotels on the Upper West Side that are convenient to Times Square, Central Park, and most of the museums, or you could go for something downtown that would give you a more New York experience. 

In terms of things to do, you should definitely go to a show, there are lots of amazing things playing right now that you would enjoy. Plus its a fun experience to dress up and go to the theater. If you are into classical music, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall seasons have started and those are also amazing experiences. 

Restaurants. If you are into food and can afford it, try to make reservations at one of the top restaurants, you will not have better service anywhere and its a fun experience. I recommend Le Bernadin or Jean Georges, and if you want something a little bit cheaper you could try the Bar Room at the Modern. Otherwise, just please please don’t go to chains, you can do so much better. If you need a fast and cheap meal, grab some street meat or go into the nearest Papaya King or Grey’s Papaya. 

This is so long! Is there aything specific you are curious about? 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hi! I am not a NYC local but my FI and I went there for New Year’s last year (he proposed in Central Park!!) and I spent a ton of time researching before we left!! I pinned all of the sightseeing ideas to Pinterest, here’s a link to my pinboard in case it helps:

http://pinterest.com/lhiester/new-york-trip/

ETA: We stayed at an AMAZING hotel right on Central Park West (literally across the street from the park, and around the corner from the Museum of Natural History) and it was very romantic, they put us up on the 14th floor with beautiful views of the park and the rest of the city. I would strong recommend the hotel, and we booked it through Expedia. It’s called The Excelsior. Also, it’s a few blocks from Zabar’s, a gourmet grocery store and deli with amazing pastries for breakfast 😉

Also, we celebrated our engagement at a very romantic, brand-new restaurant that’s built into the New York Historical Museum.  It’s called Caffe Storico, and it was great Italian food with fairly reasonable prices for a nice restaurant and a super super cozy atmosphere. Here’s a pic of the restaurant:

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would suggest NOT staying in Times Square… the prices are crazy (even for NY lol) and you can walk through it and get more than your fill of the insane crowds and bright lights. You don’t need them shining into your hotel room 🙂 Avoid chains, the little mom and pop/street vendors have the best foods. Look up the food carts, too, if you’re a fan of really unique yummy foods! they go somewhere new every day, generally.

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