It is only once on every other blue moon when the stars align and your crazy aunt decides to do a raindance that we get the opportunity to take trips that focus on our relationship. Sure, we are a travel couple, but the last time we took a romance based trip was on our honeymoon… 8 ½ years ago.
Needless to say I was excited about heading to New York to live out my cliche Christmas in New York dream – complete with the handsome hubby on my arm.
So we decided to relish and savor every moment – absurdly so. And it was awesome.
Hilton HHonors invited us to stay at a very delicious hotel – the Hilton Times Square – to be a part of the “Diamond for a Day” experience. We get to see what it was like to be a Diamond member of the HHonors program.
…and we got spoiled. If you’re looking to join a rewards program like this one, Hilton HHonors (it is FREE and at HHonors.com) is on the top of our list.
We settled in after our flight from Austin into a room with a gorgeous view. We could see the New Years Eve ball! I squealed. I apparently squeal a lot when I’m happy. Shaun even captured this very epic panorama from our top floor room.
Comfy bed. Check!
Internet. Check! (Diamond members get free internet from AT&T, the nation’s largest 4G network!)
VIP chocolates and spring water? Check!
And we hit the town in a romantic fury.
I have a confession. I was in my 7th grade dance team (mainly because I couldn’t get into cheerleading but that is another story). My mother was a well known flamenco dancer. I’ve been around dance my entire life. It has been on my bucket list to see The Rockettes Christmas Special for [mumble mumble] years!
HHonors has this really awesome concierge service that uses points from the HHonors program to set up experiences.
I would say that first row mezzanine was a pretty awesome way to do that.
It was like MAGIC! *jazz hands*
Even Shaun liked it. *gasp*
Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Center:
What better way to spend your romantic NYC day than flailing like a crazy person while trying to avoid little kids that stop randomly in front of you? It was worth every painful moment to experience my first bit of ice skating in one of the most iconic urban areas in the world.
…my attempts at rollerskating at home to be a rollerderby girl actually paid off. I was able to glide (although that word may be pushing it) across the rink in a semi-graceful manner.
I swear this is adventure travel. Ice skating is adventurous… I think.
Memories of my childhood rollerskating rink popped into my head as Shaun grabbed my hand and we skated to Christmas music on a crisp winter day. I looked up and we grinned at each other. I’m not sure our job gets much better than this.
…and then as I was trying to show off – I bit it. Buttcrack a blazin’ I got back up though!
Museum of Modern Art:
I have a small obsession with Van Gogh – as in, he is my favorite painter of all time. I was a bit surprised in Amsterdam when I found out that my favorite painting, Starry Night, was actually in New York City.
Luckily we had an hour and a half to make a speed run through the MOMA.
It was awesome. *swoon*
An Evening Carriage Ride Through Central Park:
Our driver pulled up with the most pimped out carriage I had ever seen. Blue undercarriage LEDs made him easy to spot. Although, I was expecting him to participate in Japanese Street Racing by the looks of it.
It had personality. We hopped in.
Of course, in Over Yonderlust fashion, it was raining. I’m not talking about the misty drizzle you think of in big cities. I’m talking about big, fat drops falling from the sky.
It made the experience so much more unique – and romantic. Tucked away in our covered compartment, wrapped in a blanket, our breath in the air, and the swaying carriage may have been straight out of a movie.
It was a bit silly that our guide kept pointing out locations of films and TV shows – Gossip Girl, Maid in Manhattan (I can’t believe I’ve actually seen that one), and the fountain where they filmed the Friends intro. Or pointing to buildings in the distance that Madonna and other big names live in.
I suffer from princess syndrome. Watching too many episodes of Sex and the City made me hold New York so high – but this – THIS – was living up to my expectations.
I’m so glad we got the chance to visit New York again – as a tourist, on VACATION. It is such a different experience – especially for that special Christmas in New York.
I can finally understand the throws of shirts you find hanging in the souvenir shops.
I LOVE NEW YORK.
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Disclosure: Hilton HHonors invited me to New York City and covered my airfare, transportation, and hotel, and I was compensated for my participation. All opinions and comments within my posts about the trip are my own.