Post # 1
I am a city gal..always have been! Born and raised in San Francisco but then moved down the coast to be with my FI. Since we live in a beach town and frequent the beach and get warm weather I am not really into a “beachy” honeymoon. Since we are getting married in December 2014, I was thinking it might be fun to go to New York City and spend New Years Eve there and take in the “Christmas” sights. Anyone have any suggestions on hotels, etc.? I know it will be busy, crowded, etc but we just think it will be super romantic! Then maybe we can go to Hawaii or something the following Summer.
Post # 3
I have never been there so I don’t have any suggestions…I just wanted to say that sounds like so much fun!
Post # 4
@boogiewoogies: Thanks! I thought it would be fun and different. Go ice skating, stay in a cozy hotel, etc! Not to mention, start the new year off right! 🙂 I have only been to NY once and I am dying to go back (FI has never been.)
Post # 5
@XmasBride2014: Can you say pure romance!
Post # 6
I’m from NYC, I would recommend the Waldorf-Astoria, the Drake, the Inter-Continental – look on Expedia and other sites for good deals, they have plenty of them. One caution though – do not go to Times Square unless you wanted to be squished into a 10 block radius with 1 million of your closest friends and no access to a bathroom for hours lol!
Post # 7
I’m from the Midwest but travel to NYC for the week between Christmas and New Years almost every year. It’s so much fun! Way more crowded than going in the summer, but so beautiful. I’ve never done Times Square that day though and have zero interest in ever doing that.
Post # 8
I live in CT but am in NYC for work a lot and have been during NYE as well. NYC is amazing and can be really romantic but I wouldn’t consider times sq for that night romantic. You will spend 99% of your day out side in a spot so you can see the ball drop and freeze your butt off! If you do want to see the ball drop try to find some place that you can see it while sipping on cocktails indoors! Other than that there are ton of Christmas things to see during that time as well! You will definitely have a good time just remember to bring lots of warm cloths!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I don’t have a huge desire to be in times square during the ball dropping. I’d prefer to just have a nice dinner or something (or watch it on tv from bed! lol) Last time I was in NY I didn’t get to do any of the fun site-seeing things! So I think this will be a good time! Too bad it’s 14-15 months away! haha
Post # 10
@XmasBride2014: I have to agree with staying away from Times Square on NYE. Hours on your feet in the cold with no access to bathrooms–no thank you!
My friend lived in a high rise in jersey City and I spent NYE with her. I was able to see 9-10 fireworks shows all ove the city. I was so beautiful…and warm!
Post # 11
Do you want to do tourist stuff if so:
Festive Holiday Stuff
Seeing the tree in Rockefeller center
Rockette’s Christmas spectacular
Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center (You can ice skate in other parks/places but this is the most popular) Usually a really long wait during holidays.
Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park the ride is 45 minutes (I heard they are doing away with this…not sure if it will be around for when you go)
Look at the storefronts – beautifully decorated go into places liek Macys FAO Swartz Serendipity’s Frozen Hot CHocolate … they have plenty of other things too.
General Tourist Stuff:
Ride Staten Island Ferry
Go to Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty
Museums – The Met,Museum of Natural History, MoMa, 9/11 Memorial etc. There’s tons depending on your styles and interests.
Great Views of the City – Top of the Rock, Empire State Building
Times Square – Wax Museum Madame Tussads, Ripleys BElieve it Or not, Be a kid and ride ferris wheel in Toys R us. Tons of gift shops regular shops, chain restaurants (not your typical prices – same food for a little extra $ though). Also here you can find discounted broadway tickets (oerfect if you are spontaneous might be a little harder to get during holiday season)
Check out typical tours – bus tour, nbc studios tour, etc.
Non “tourist” attractions:
See the craze of the cronut at Domonique Ansel’s Bakery
Take classes or do tasting tours (check groupon sometimes they have) for example trapeeze school or even a drink and paint class
Comedy Clubs (pretty cheap and fun)
Nightclubs – There’s even themed ones (Carnival, Culture Club which I heard is fun if you LOVE 80s music) or you can go to a more upscale lounge ….regardless where you go drinks are expensive and of course cover charges everywhere.
There are some amazing restaurants in New York city I don’t know where to recommend specifically but I say do some exploring. Also if you want to not be touristy for lunch try to hunt down a food truck amazing food. You can search some on the internet and follow them on twitter to see where they will be (not so convenient for a tourist but would be soething different and reasonbly priced)
Book these things in advance because christmas/new years its busy in New York and of course a little pricier.
Yea i agree def avoid times square for NYE I say that day get massages at the hotel get some room service and watch the ball drop in your room.
Post # 12
@XmasBride2014: Make sure if you are doing this you book your flights and hotel ASAP.. in the next month or so they will probably be gone if not skyrocketed. I am in the hotel industry in NYC and the ones I know of are already booked into November.
Post # 13
It can be life-or-death cold out on NYE (especially if you aren’t used to the climate) and cabs are nearly impossible to catch in Midtown. There are plenty of out-of-the-way restaurants that are more easily accessible and would be great to have a few cocktails.
Post # 14
Bring good shoes and a good coat that you feel moderately presentable in, and you will be ok. NYers are very forgiving of outerwear, but anytime November- January1, I recommend RESERVATIONS!!!!!!
Post # 15
I’m going to NYC this December 25th until January 1st! So excited, I’m staying in an apartment, looks lovely (fingers crossed) And really cheap $750 for the 7 nights. We booked in July btw, if anyone has any more suggestions in what to see/do I’d love to hear them! We have been to NYC twice before, and getting married there in october next year.
I’d like to hear suggestions on what to do on NYE, we are not going to Times Square! Was thinking fireworks somewhere? Any suggestions? Thanks bees!
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@XmasBride2014: Our favorite hotel in NYC is The Excelsior – that’s where we got engaged on New Year’s a couple years ago!! It’s right off Central Park, has gorrrrgeous views of the city, very clean & historical, and near Zabar’s which has the best pastries and coffee for breakfast.
A super romantic restaurant for a somewhat fancy (but not even too expensive!!) Italian dinner is Caffe Storico – I highly recommend!
We spent 5 days there over New Year’s and did tons of romantic things; I created a Pitnerest board with all of our activities so we could re-create our trip. PM me if you want a link to the Pinterest board if you need any other tips!