By Joshuah Marshall
New York is perhaps the most famous city in the world and certainly one of the most overwhelming and bedazzling. In a single stroll around the block you can see restaurants selling every different cuisine as well as all manner of attractions from the sublime to the bizarre.
It has to be said though that this city is a lot to take in and seeing it all in a single weekend is not easy. So for the discerning traveler we thought we would put together a sample menu of some of the best that New York has to offer.
So, are you ready to see New York in style?
Take A Helicopter Tour
The New York skyline is spectacular at any level, particularly at night when lit up and on show. But the only way to truly take it all in is to view it from above. A helicopter tour of the city gives you the chance to rise above all of the chaos and enjoy the scale of it all in a way that is peaceful and serene.
Tours start at around $150 per person, but if you pay a little more you can have a helicopter to yourself with a loved one (plus pilot of course). There are few better ways to rise above the noise of the city below.
Or Maybe A River Cruise
It has to be said that getting around New York by road is just too inconvenient to be worthwhile and there are certainly more stylish ways to see the sights. So once you have seen the bird’s eye view of the city, taking a river cruise is a great way to get a peaceful look at the sights close up.
Simple river tours can cost $100 or less, but if you want to splash out then chartering a private yacht is the way to do it. There are also less expensive options such as taking a more exclusive cruise which includes dinner by the harbor.
Depending on the route you can see all of the sights such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline without having to navigate through any traffic or crowds of tourists.
See A Broadway Show
This is arguably one of the things that New York is best known for and if you are going to see a live show anywhere than Broadway in New York is the place. As you walk down Broadway in your smartest evening attire you will see countless tributes to the stars who have walked there before you and on the night of a big show the atmosphere is simply electric.
Top Of The Rock
Top of the Rock is the named dubbed to the observation deck of the GE Building, which is itself a skyscraper and the center piece of the Rockefeller Center in the center of New York and going to the top to enjoy one of the most inspiring cityscapes in the world is practically mandatory.
The real advantage of Top of the Rock compared to the observation deck of the famous Empire State Building is that from the Top of the Rock you can see the Empire State Building as part of the panoramic view.
Chef’s Table, Brooklyn Fare
Once you’ve had enough of sight-seeing you will undoubtedly want to experience some of New York’s famous food culture. This is a city where practically any type of cuisine is available 24 hours a day, so choosing where to eat can be tricky.
One real gem though is Chef’s Table in Brooklyn, this is a 3 Michelin starred restaurant but with a twist. The Chef in question is Cesar Ramirez and the restaurant consists of just 18 seats around one table.
For around $255 per person you will be fed a seemingly endless stream of small courses, all prepared right in front of you by Ramirez. The Cuisine is mostly Japanese but it really depends on what Cesar feels like cooking at the time and the details of the menu change on a daily basis
About The Author
Hi there, my name is Joshuah, I work at Quintessentially.com and I am something of an expert in luxury travel. I love finding and writing about the most exclusive and unique sights to see and things to do around the world. New York is certainly one of my favorite cities in the world and I recommend anyone to pay it a visit.
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I recently hit 20,000 views on my SKEdaddle blog ~ aside from saying a great, big thank you to all of you who have been loyal readers and followers this past year (even through my migration from SKEdazzle’s and to a self-hosted site), these stats don’t have much relevance to me.
However, having hit this mark, it did make me curious to look at some other statistics that I hadn’t checked out in awhile, such as what my most popular posts were since I started this blog. For fun, I took a look at my top five posts. There was definitely a surprise or two but after thinking about it, the most popular posts were ones that made sense and made me realize that all those bloggers that give feedback on how to attract readers and make your posts more popular, actually do have some good advice!
So since we’re all trying to make a tiny dent in this blogging world, I thought I would recount my top five posts and share with you why I thought they fell in line with those “experts” advice – not that I did it intentionally but it worked none-the-less. The ranking is by how many views it received, not how many “likes” on the post. I lost my “likes” when I migrated from .com to .org anyway so unfortunately they’re not even reflected on some of the most liked posts. (click on the titles to view the original post)
I’m actually surprised this one wasn’t a little higher on the list because I still get a lot of comments on this resort. It was a popular post though, and I believe the reason for it is because it is such a unique property and not many people have heard of it. This would fall under the advice of post unique and fresh content.
This post was my most popular post as far actual “likes” went ~ before going to a self-hosted site, I had over 100 likes on it. I can’t take credit for the photos here, I borrowed the inspiration and images from a friend but again, I think the draw for this post is the quality of the images, content and interest factor.
Another piece of advice you frequently hear is write from your own experience – in the first person. Any time I write a story from something I personally experienced and express it from a personal point of view, it always does better.
This was one of the surprises to me. I never would have thought that this post would have made my top five, and certainly not #2 but in hind sight, another piece of advice that is always given is give your post a catchy title. I think that’s what worked in this case, along with the fact that it’s a quote from a famous author.
This was not a surprise to me. I constantly hear over and over, to get your post noticed do a “Top (#) List”. I’ve seen this advice frequently, right up there with good content. You’ll notice that a lot of the popular magazines use top lists. I can’t say I know the reason why this works but I can now attest to the fact that it does work! And you’ll be seeing a lot more “lists” from me now on.
I would love to hear if you have other little tricks that work as well. Happy blogging!
Guest Post by Andy Hayes
I do love a relaxing long weekend in wine country, but some of my favorite spots are overrun these days. I’ve been hearing a lot about Walla Walla, Washington becoming the “next” Napa Valley, and being a huge fan of Washington state wines, I was eager to see for myself.
What I found was an inviting community full of Pacific Northwest pride, and a luxe wine experience that was well worth the long drive.
Walla Walla has always been farmland, but the area was once covered in apple orchards. Today, farmers’ fortunes have changed, and most have realized the return on their investment is grapes – and today, 1,200 acres (and increasing) of land is devoted to viticulture.
I really can’t believe how robust the wine industry is in Walla Walla, considering how little I hear about it from traditional wine sources. Wineries are clustered into three distinct areas: the downtown tasting rooms, the airport wineries (which you must see – they are former military barracks and buildings), and tasting rooms collocated with their vineyards to the south of town.
What Walla Walla wines do you recommend?
Wine is so subjective, but I do think Walla Walla has something for everybody, considering the wide variety of winemaking styles on offer. Revelry is one of my favorite winemakers, located at the airport. Downtown, I would check out DaMa, a woman owned and operated operation with a fun tasting room. For the south vineyard area, visit the kind folks at Balboa for an elegant wine tasting experience.
Wine isn’t the only draw for Walla Walla; you’ll also find world-class dining (Whitehouse Crawford and Brasserie Four being two of the best), as well as several small playhouses in town.
How difficult is it to get to Walla Walla?
Walla Walla is definitely a drive. Located in a remote corner of southeast Washington state, it is 4 hours from Portland, Seattle, or Boise, all the closest major cities. The drive is wonderful though, especially the wonderful route along the Columbia River Gorge which takes you from Portland to Walla Walla.
The city does have an airport (with its own cluster of vineyards, of course); the only service currently is twice-daily flights to Seattle on Alaska Airlines. It is worth nothing that currently, wine flies free on Alaska Airlines.
What are some good places to stay?
Walla Walla is a great opportunity to stay on a vineyard if you haven’t done so before. We stayed at Girasol Vineyards, located south of town and surrounded by wine in all directions. Vineyard stays are mostly B&B-style accommodation, with just a few rooms. A big bonus with staying on a vineyard as they all have relationships with each other; the Girasol, for example, gave us free access to many of the surrounding tasting rooms.
If you don’t want to do any driving and don’t have a driver lined up, you’ll want to stay downtown. I just love the luxury apartments at Walla Faces – they are right downtown, a couple of blocks from the grocery store and also a couple of blocks from the many tasting rooms downtown.
Byline: Andy Hayes is the founder of Plum Deluxe, a community of friends and family who enjoy life’s luxuries, big and small. While based in Portland, Oregon, you can connect with him on Pinterest to talk more about luxury – and wine!
All statements of fact, images and opinion are those of the guest authors.
In a 1913 letter, Stanford’s first president, David Starr Jordan, wrote: “The yellow sandstone arches and cloisters, the ‘red-tiled roofs against the azure sky,’ make a picture that can never be forgotten, itself an integral part of a Stanford education.”
I have to agree with Mr. David Starr Jordan. Call me a little crazy, but these next two images make my heart sing with joy ~ such exquisite beauty.
Did someone actually design these amazing angles or was it a serendipitous alignment?
Such divine detail…
I think I hear Rome calling me!
Guest Post By Mark Tomich
Australia is a truly magnificent continent – the vast plains of the Outback, the untamed nature, the beautiful flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. And all of it in a modern country ranked among the top three in the world when it comes to living standards.
Australia also presents us with unique opportunities of exploring the exiting and enchanting wilderness of the Outback, without having to subject ourselves to its harsh conditions, live of the land, sleep in a tent and ride in a jeep for hours on end.
The modern Outback experience can be as luxurious as your wallet can handle – it is safe, fun, accommodating and relaxing.
The thing that really hooks people is the amazing paradox of being away from civilization, in the midst of a vast empty space where nature remains unaffected by our human presence; and yet having all the commodities that a luxury resort has to offer and being able to safely admire ones surroundings.
What separates the Outback resorts form similar nature tours?
There is a distinct difference between going on a safari – where you dress in your finest 19th century British hunter outfit, ride in an old terrain vehicle and have very basic accommodation options – and enjoying all the luxuries of a modern vacation resort while surrounded by untouched, albeit scarce nature.
You start to feel almost like an adventurer from a technologically advanced race who is on a mission to explore an alien planet. It is pretty much like the Star Trek crew landing on an unexplored world: a feeling of awe washes over you as you admire the scenic view and proceed to carefully explore the vast wilderness, but you are safe in the knowledge that you are one short ride away from all the high-tech gadgetry, tasty meals and other comforts that the modern world has to offer.
In fact, you can stare into the untamed bushland as you lay back on a soft pillow, a glass of wine in hand. The whole thing feels like a nature documentary that you are directing.
How difficult is it to get to these Outback resorts?
A trip to the Outback doesn’t have to involve a camel caravan or a long uncomfortable drive in a terrain vehicle. The easiest and least stressful way to get to your destination is by plane.
Remember, Australia is a huge continent and a bus or train ride can take quite a while (for example, a trip from Sydney to Perth would require a non stop two day drive). It is much better to spend a little extra money, travel in style and save loads of time.
That being said, plane tickets can be reasonably affordable, particularly if you fly often. Members of a frequent flyers club have a number of great benefits that include advanced seat selection, upgrades, priority boarding and complimentary baggage allowance.
In the Australian Outback helicopter rides are a great travel option as well, since they are fast and give you a great vantage point from which to observe and admire the breathtaking sights.
What are some good resorts?
There is plenty to see in the vast Outback, but I will name a couple of very popular and accommodating resorts just to give you some good vacation spot ideas.
First of all you can visit the Ayers Rock Resort with several luxury hotels and 65 different wilderness tours, including breathtaking scenic helicopter tours, intriguing camel back rides, and even adrenaline filled big cruiser bike rides out into the bush.
The Prairie Hotel is located in Parachilna, SA, in the midst of wide desert plains. The hotel offers exceptional accommodation with deluxe and executive rooms, as well as exceptional traditional cuisine.
There is also the beautiful and newly refurbished Captain’s Cottage located about 30 km outside of Parachilna, perfect for those looking for a more private and rustic setting.
The Berkeley River Lodge hosts one of the worlds most famous pools. During your leisurely swim in this pool you are able to look far within the dry wilderness and experience the dissonance of plenty and lack all at the same time, making you aware of how lucky you are to enjoy a life of luxury and deepening your appreciation for life.
The Australian wilderness is a unique gem, an unspoiled natural surrounding that is as beautiful as it is vast.
It is quite a privilege to be able to get out of a comfortable bed, have a tasty breakfast and some strong coffee, and then head out into the wild like it’s your backyard. It is an experience that I wholeheartedly recommend.
Byline: Mark has the biggest luxury life can offer – a lovely wife, awesome children and a place to call home. He has been all over Australia and visited plenty of other countries too. Catch up with him on G+ (here)
All statements of fact, images and opinion are those of the guest authors.