Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cashing In On Delta!

So tell me. . . if you had enough frequent flier miles to fly anywhere in the Continental US, where would you go?

I picked. . .

New York City!!!

I have wanted to visit New York for the longest time! I think it's kind of funny that I've traveled to most of the major cities in Europe (Paris, London, Rome, etc) but haven't been to my own country's most famous city. So since my Delta flight miles were going to expire at the end of 2008, I figured now was as good a time as any to book the trip! My parents are coming to Seattle for a visit and to stay with Kirsten, and Stephen and I will get to enjoy New York City without a kid for the entire first weekend of February! I'm SO excited!!!
I know it will be cold, but I'm so excited to. . .
*See Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and all the other major city landmarks
*Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and some other world-class museums
*See some Broadway!
*Fly the long, non-stop flights to and from JFK without a toddler or baby!
*Eat some yummy NYC food
Now. . . I need ideas and travel tips please!!! We already have a hotel booked, but what are the things I must see while I'm there and where should we eat?
Any tips are appreciated, since Stephen and I have both never been to New York City before! I'm looking forward to lots of advice! :)


  1. Jealous!!! I haven't been to NY since I was 8 so... couldn't tell you what to do. How about going to the Today show with a sign so we can see you on TV?? Got to see Wicked while you're there. Have fun.


  3. Oh my gosh, you MUST gi ti Carmine's! It's a family style italian sit-down. love. it. So tasty! Times square. Just wander around for a bit; it's sensory overload! FAO Schwartz & Toys R Us toy stores are awesome too. And don't forget Central Park and The Met! You would love the Met; admission is by donation (so you could donate $2 and still see everything), and all the art is amazing!washington crossing the Delaware is so gargantuan, I had no idea until I saw it in person! My BFF lived in NYC for years, so if you want I could get you guys to email back and forth to get more personalized info. My email:
    So jealous that you're going to my fave city! :)

  4. We used our FF miles on Delta to go there before Ethan was born- it was cold, but great! We went to the Metropolitan Museum- it was huge but so great! Also went to Chinatown, the United Nations (also a great tour), FAO Schwartz, Central Park, and just wandered around a lot. Pretty much everything was a ton of fun! Tiring, but fun!

  5. Wow! I am so jealous! I haven't ever been there either, but if I were going I would go see Wicked on Broadway! Oh wow! I am so excited for you.

  6. I went to NYC two years ago right after Christmas. Definitely got to see the Museum of Natural History (like in the movie Night at the Museum), see a Broadway show (unfortunately, I did not get to see Wicked), and eat anywhere cultural. NYC is known for authentic food of all kind, so don't be boring and eat "American." Have fun and take tons of pictures!

  7. I think I would pick NY too! And listen to me. I can fly SWA for free and I only go to UT or CA and twice to KY. How boring am I?? Can't wait to hear about your fun trip!

  8. Good for you!! I'd pick NYC, too. I've never been, so I have NO idea where to tell you to go. If it were me, I'd do another post titled "I'm going to NYC! Tell me where to go!" And post it mid-day so lots of the mormon mommies would see it. =D Or I'd look for east coast bloggers and ask them.

    It looks like you already have a lot of good suggestions. Have a BLAST!!

  9. How exciting! You should definitely go ice-skating at Central Park. Hope you have a fabulous time! Take lots and lots of photos!

  10. SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!! That will be so awesome!!! I can't wait to see your pictures, WOW!!! Go to the empire state building! I hear it's kind of spendy but WORTH it!! And, I think a helicopter ride around NY would be SO awesome too, I hear it's only around $100-$150. You can get close to the tops of the buildings, wouldn't that be so cool!!! Have fun planning!!!

  11. Do you read "None of your Beeswax?" She went to New York not long ago. Here's her post about it.

  12. I'm so bad about food recommendations in NYC. I usually just end up with whatever is closest because my blood sugar has crashed. However, one of my best friends lives in Queens and works in Manhattan. I'll ask her for recommendations and get back to you.

    Good for you for going! New York is such a great city! I go there every chance I get. I feel very lucky to live so close to the city. Oh, you MUST do central park! Hopefully, it won't be too cold for you. When are you coming in?

  13. Oh, and it's fun to go see shows taped in NYC. Letterman or Conan are good and are FREE! You have to reserve them in advance though.

    Also, in Times Square you can get deep discounts on same-day Broadway shows. You just have to be flexible about what shows you see.

  14. You MUST go to WICKED the musical...and any other musical you can! Seriously some GREAT entertainment and WELL worth the money.

    Canal Street

    Skip the Eiffel Tower...not worth it.

    Central Park...seriously just spend an afternoon there...take lunch over or something have a picnic...very cool and entertaining! :)

    St. Patrick Cathedral...or at least I think that is the popular one there.

    Of course the Toy Store...FAO Schwartz.

    Letterman wasn't worth it either...but I bet it has a lot to do with WHO is on the show...but its free.

    Eat at the carts on the side of the and delicious!

    Statue of Liberty Ferry is worth a ride...and Ground Zero is pretty neat.

    Okay...If I have more I'll come back! :)

  15. OOOH! I can't wait to hear about your trip once you're back home. The furthest east I've been is Pittsburgh, PA, and there's nothing fancy there. Just family! LOL

  16. I grew up outside New York and just adore it. Try to see a broadway show, go to the Met museum because it's amazing and enjoy the fabulous food!!!
    Go to and check out restaurants and make reservations...I used to like all of steve hansens restaurants...park avalon etc...there are some great restaurants at union square I looove.

  17. I LOVE New York. I haven't been since I was in high school. You have to go to Central Par and just see it--it's gorgeous, even in winter (we were there in late March last time I was there). Take the subway at least once. Go to all the museums you can. Ellis Island is a must.

    And frozen hot chocolate. And cupcakes from Magnolia. And the Empire State building or Top of The Rock. Go skating a Rockerfeller Center. Go to Tiffany's. (you MUST). Window shop of 5th. Go the the flagship Macy's.... Oh my goodness, I'm getting carried away.

    Have SO much fun!

  18. That is going to be SO fun!! :)

    My first recommendation is: -you might laugh- but you have got to ride in a taxi. Its better than a roller coaster because you really think you MIGHT die. Its way fun.

    Also the top of the EMpire State building is pretty cool. You have to have tickets though, so you might want to look into it.

    When I went we more or less just wandered. We took a train into Grand Central and bought subway passes and just wandered. We saw ground zero and Battery Park and Central Park. We had lunch in China town and shopped the street vendors and it was really fun.

  19. How fun! You must go have frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity! Ever seen the movie? Key is to go and put your names on the list and then go out and sight see around there (FAO Schwartz and central park are close by) and then return about the time they said to. We went at christmas time and it was a four hour wait. But well worth it! It is the yummiest treat!

  20. We lived in NYC two summers ago - it's such a fun place. There is a lottery for people to win front-row seats for "Wicked" (for only $25) that takes place a couple of hours before each show. We won tickets tickets once - I'd definitely recommend trying!

    There are also some great Cuban food in NYC. If you like Cuban food, let me know and I'll send you a recommendation.

    I'm glad you're going to the Met! Yay!


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