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Why I Love New York and so should you!

Yesterday, I attended the "Focus on U.S.A" session at the New York Times Travel Show which is taking place this weekend at the Javits Center in New York City. I listened as Visit California, Visit North Carolina, and I LOVE NY took the stage to talk about new developments, hot trends, and must-see areas in their respective states.

The Panel, which was sponsored by Visit California as moderated by Steve Cohen, Senior Vice President, Travel Insights, MMGY Global.
Panelists were:
Caroline Beteta, President & C.E.O. of Visit CaliforniaWit Tuttell, Director, Visit North CarolinaRoss D. Levi, Executive Director, Vice President, Division of Tourism- I Love NY, Empire State Development OK, so lets dive into why I LOVE NY, and why you should to. From Broadway shows, to skiing, to hiking all in the same 24-48 hours is just one of the many reasons I love New York. The large misconception that New York City is the only thing in New York blows my mind all the time. It's funny work…

Reservation for one: Industry Kitchen

If you are in New York City and haven't already tried Industry Kitchen,  highly recommend making a reservation. I made a reservation a few weeks ago, while the holiday decorations still happen to be up and I was able to snag a seat at the window. Those views, if you can ask for a window seat.

70 South Street; at Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Industry Kitchen located on the East River, steps from South Street Seaport has stunning views of both the Brooklyn & Williamsburg Bridge as well the Brooklyn Skyline. There is ample outdoor seating for those warm summer nights along the river.

The Bar happened to be my absolute favorite part of the restaurant. Location on the opposite side of the dining room the bar has high tops, bar seating and even high top booths, which make watching those sporting events, even more comfortable. It's always a pleasure striking up a conversation with the bartender on quiet nights. It just so happened that there was one other party at the bar…

Checking In: AC Hotel by Marriott New York Downtown

My first memory of travel includes staying in hotels, swimming in the indoor pool, and running through the hallways. Whenever my family would travel we would stay at Marriott properties, as my dad was a rewards member for his extensive travels. 
That is just one of the reasons I went to college for Hospitality Management and today work for a hotel brand. Marriott is known for top notch customer service, attention to detail, and wide array of different properties. 

Located steps from the South Street Seaport this new hotel (opened Nov 2018) is situated right in the heart of downtown Manhattan and the Financial District. Easy access to Wall Street, the nearby East River Brooklyn Bridge, and the World Trade Center make this a prime location for both business and solo travelers. With restaurants such as Industry Kitchen, Locanda Verde, and Cipriani you have so many options to choose from. 
Don't want to leave the hotel, check out the AC Lounge for a drink to satisfy any palette. Pre-…

The Best of New York City Restaurant Week 2019

Are you excited for New York Restaurant Week 2019? This is one of my most favorite times of the year. If you are not familiar with restaurant week, it's two weeks of incredible dinning deals at some of the cities top restaurants. The 2 course lunch is $26 and the 3 course dinner is $42. I mean how amazing are those prices? 

Here are a few tips for restaurant week before I dive into my list of favorites and places I plan to try this time around. 
Top 3 Tips: Research some of the restaurants you already know you want to try. As you do that make a list of those places in order of importance. Once the list is created decide on lunch or dinner. I live by the 3 lunch 5 dinner. Side Note: Budget for these. Even though they are discounted, each meal could add up.Make your reservations as far in advance as you can. Some of these restaurants book up very quickly. Now lets dive into my favorites. New York has so many amazing restaurants and it's hard to choose one over the other as my fa…

OK, 2019 I'm ready for you!

I can't believe we are less then a week away from 2019. Do you remember the highlights of the year? What about the disappointments? Wonder what you could or would have done different? What about your proudest moment? I've been asking myself a lot of questions as of late. Some I have answers for and others I just can't find the words. Yet at the same time I feel like I am ready to enter 2019. 2019 is the year of:
- Smashing goals
- Traveling more
- Filling my life with more genuine people
- Taking care of my health
- Nourishing my soul
- Living my most positive life What's on your list for 2019. Are you calling them resolutions? I don't like that word, and try to not use it in my vocabulary. More and more I believe if we speak it, we will manifest it. There has been a lot of soul searching, deep conversations with colleagues, and sitting quietly and writing and reflecting. Change is hard. If it was easy we would all do it, and do it often. Sometimes in life, you ju…

Moxy NYC Downtown

The Moxy NYC Downtown is located just steps away from the World Trade Center and right around the corner from the Fulton Street Station. With its innovative design, focusing on the guest rooms as well the communal space where guests and visitors can work and party all night long, this is bound to be the hottest new spot Downtown. This new 30-story, 298-key property has meticulously designed bedrooms, a retro-inspired bar and lounge, and a hip vibe.

This bold new hotel experience with it's quirky details is the perfect place for a mini staycation, a place to crash after a wild night out, or for a small bachelorette party! As someone who work in the hospitality industry and loves to travel, I am always on the lookout for a new place to check-out! After working Thanksgiving I decided to treat myself to an overnight staycation in New York City and the Moxy NYC Downtown caught my eye!

Arriving a little after 6pm I walk into the lobby, which is a small space with a tiny desk for check-i…