Holidays 2017: Birthday Trip to N.Y.C Sponsored Post
So in my last holiday post I mentioned that my birthday, falling the day after Thanksgiving, was kind of a s*#t show. The good news is that my friends and family more than made up for it with a badass trip to New York where we ate, shopped, rested, ate and ate some more! We celebrated my birthday three nights in a row at some of my new favorite restaurants in the city and got to see Josh play at the city winery on the Hudson Pier, which was the real reason and inspiration for the trip. When I found out he had two shows in the city early December and that our friends here in Utah had already booked their tickets so they could see him play I had the most intense FOMO ever! I’m not much of an impromptu traveler and usually choose to stay cozied up at home if given the option. This time however I couldn’t bare the thought of missing all the fun. There’s nothing like New York at Christmas time and I hadn’t been able to enjoy it in years. So I called up my sister and mother and convinced them to take the trip with me by using it as a great excuse for a much needed Heigl gals holiday getaway! So without further ado, here are all the pictures of our fabulous New York City trip and links to all the best spots we found in case you want to plan you’re own getaway soon.
Our first night in the city we hunkered down at our hotel The James Soho and stayed put. We arrived around 4pm and were starving so although we had dinner reservations at the hotel restaurant David Burke Kitchen we couldn’t resist stopping in early for appetizers and cocktails. This was really the start of my martini soaked, food coma birthday trip. After our appetizers we went back to our rooms, freshened up, and then hit the hotel roof bar and lounge Jimmy for more cocktails which we took back downstairs with us for our dinner reservation. The food, the views, the vibe and the martinis were to die for! I loved every second of it!
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The following morning we were up and at it early. My sister and I hit the gym at the hotel before heading out to a blow dry bar to get our hair done for the day by someone who actually knows what they’re doing. I had never been to a blow dry bar before and let me tell you, I am a believer! My hair looked fantastic, took only about 45 minutes from wash to dry and lasted me two days with the help of a little dry shampoo. If there was one conveniently located near me in Utah I’d do it every week! Once our hair was runway ready we headed to one of my favorite places on earth, Bergdorf Goodman. I’ve mentioned my love for the high end department store before so I won’t wax on here, except to say it did not disappoint and was as magical as always. We had lunch in their Kelly Wearstler designed restaurant and then headed to the shoe department where my mother treated my sister and I to some extraordinary pairs. It was a perfect ladies afternoon! After exhausting ourselves shopping we headed back to the hotel, quickly freshened up and then met our friends back at the Jimmy bar and lounge for a cocktail or two (me in a pair of my new shoes!). After drinks we headed to dinner at STK steakhouse where we enjoyed another totally delicious decadent meal and another birthday cake for me! I won’t lie, I was soaking up all the lavish birthday attention! Especially since my actual day of birth had been such a disaster. After dinner we headed back to the hotel where my sister and I had the bright idea to have one more drink at the Jimmy. Needless to say we did not get up the next morning and workout!
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Our last full day in the city we had a lunch in the neighborhood before hitting my favorite knitting store ever Purl Soho. After perusing the yarns and projects and of course choosing a few, we walked around Soho window shopping and just savored each other’s company and the freedom to do as we pleased. Have lunch, sure, window shop, yup, take a nap, definitely! Honestly, I sort of needed to sleep off the martini hangover from the night before’s festivities. After my lengthy nap we got ready for another dinner with our friends at Scarpetta where we had a truly spectacular meal and I enjoyed my final birthday cake. By this point I was starting to feel a little guilty about all the celebrating but hey, I wasn’t complaining! After dinner we were off to see Josh’s show at the City Winery where we got to watch him kill it in front of beautiful views of the Hudson River and a packed house. It was truly a lovely day and an absolutely perfect night! The trip was everything I hoped for and more. My mother, sister and I are already talking about making it a yearly tradition. New York at Christmas time is kind of an amazing way to kick off the holiday season and really get you in the mood! I can’t wait for next year…too soon?