With Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Bryan and I both have 3-day weekends! Music to my ears! With the 3-day-weekend, it seemed the topic of choice at my internship last Friday was of 3-day-getaway vacations. Upon hearing about all of the fun everyone was planning, I decided to plan something too (we can finish unpacking and cleaning another weekend...)! Rather than spend loads on a getaway vacation, however, I opted to take full advantage of the free entrance we get at NYC museums and such (thank you Columbia University and New York Life) and plan an adventure a little closer to home…  As a result, I left the following on Bryan’s pillow Friday night:

Your Official 3-Day Weekend Staycation Itinerary
“New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York City has a significant impact on global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. As host of the United Nations Headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs” (the reliable and always accurate Wikipedia). Further, it is said that, “No other American city is so intensely American as New York” (Anthony Trollope). With so much exciting activity to offer, why would anyone follow the masses and plan a 3-Day Weekend vacation?

Join me now on the unsurpassed 3-Day Weekend New York Staycation—a staycation you’ll remember for the rest of your life! In this urban American city, you will find anything but dull; in this rich metropolis, you will find authentic adventure.

Saturday January 15
Meeting and assistance upon arrival (aka waking up) as your tour guide—the renowned Rachel Perry—welcomes you. Whilst the room key and check-in is organized, Rachel will introduce you to the tour over a delicious homemade American breakfast of omelets and toast. To get the fullest out of your stay, you are invited to assist in preparing the meal so to truly immerse yourself in genuine New York culture.

Your tour will then commence with the ultimate New York experience: shopping. We will be taking you to the heart and main shopping district of the New York metropolis: Costco. There you will see how true New Yorkers seek the best deals on food and other household products in order to maintain residence in the city. We will then return to the hotel to store any souvenirs you may have purchased at Costco, and to enjoy a delicious lunch of baked potatoes covered in a delightful homemade (canned) chili. Again, you are encouraged to immerse yourself by taking part in the meal preparation.

In the afternoon, we will be visiting one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). This world famous museum offers anything from Rembrandt Paintings and Medieval Armory, to Roman Statues and Ancient Egyptian Artifacts. It is truly an extraordinary experience. Following the MET, we will stroll down the outskirts of Central Park (dress accordingly) to the legendary toy store, FAO Shwartz. In this enchanting store, you will have the opportunity to examine countless games, dolls, action-figures, stuffed animals, and more, all of which are commonly used in the rearing of New York and American children.

Evening, we will venture to try to win the Wicked lottery. On our way, you will have the opportunity to visit one of New York’s most respected and holy sites: Starbucks. Starbucks is visited ritually by New Yorker’s and serves as many natives’ most essential daily support; some New Yorker’s are so devout, they will visit multiple times in the same day. You too will have the opportunity to receive Starbuck’s support as we purchase some hot cocoa to keep us warm. Then, with our hot cocoa, we will enter the lottery. The purpose of trying to win the Wicked lottery is for the experience. Win (we can sell them) or lose, we will next venture through a major commercial intersection in the borough of Manhattan—Times Square—where you will experience the crowds, lights, noises, and energy that make New York City so famous. Assuming the night will be January-brisk, we will then retreat back to the hotel where we will make a delicious meal of homemade cheese fondue and French bread, accompanied with grapes, and topped off with Martinellis (your choice of red or white); following dinner we will have the opportunity to watch a New York based movie in New York (options include but are not limited to: Night at the Museum, Enchanted, When in Rome, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 27 Dresses, I am Legend, Big, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Ghostbusters, An American Tail, The Muppets Take Manhattan, etc...).

Sunday January 16
New York City Sunday’s tend to provide a more relaxed environment. We respectively will spend the morning touring the LDS church; we will depart at 8:25am. Please wear business formal or Sabbath appropriate attire as you will have the remarkable chance to attend one of their services from 9am to noon. You are encouraged to observe, feel, and participate in the holy service; questions regarding any part of the church service are welcomed.

Following Church, you will have the afternoon free during which we recommend you immerse yourself in leisurely activities. Naps are also commonplace on this day, and are highly encouraged.

Our tour will reconvene at 5pm, where we will explore New York’s delectable cuisine by cooking a Sabbath meal (decided upon at Costco). You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in real life New York cooking, as you participate in the preparation, tasting, and eating of the finest of foods.

Evening, we will venture to a native New Yorker’s home, where we will experience authentic New York City social life. This New Yorker is known for throwing fantastic parties—complete with fun, friends, and games—and she graciously welcomes you to join in the festivities.

Monday January 17—Martin Luther King Jr. Day
After a leisurely breakfast of very American cold cereal, we will proceed late morning on a guided tour of the American Museum of Natural History. The Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural experiences; there, you can choose to learn about the brain, mammals, reptiles, cultures, astronomy, oceanography, geology and much more. The educational opportunities at this site are endless.

In the afternoon, we will travel all the way to the tip of the island where we will board the Staten Island Ferry for a glimpse of Lady Liberty—one of America’s greatest iconic landmarks. Please note while there is inside seating, you are still highly encouraged to dress warmly.

We will then be having an early meal at the all American/Australian and very New York, Outback Steak House. Outback serves delectable meals of steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, and much more. It is important for you to remember to bring the gift card you received at your recent wedding. Please be aware, we are not liable in the event that you should forget the said gift card.

Evening we will join the JCC for their annual presentation of powerful work by artists whose visions coincide with King's voice for justice, peace and civil rights for a Family Home Evening—a practice commonly found among those of the LDS faith. (Family Home Evening observance is for the purpose of fostering loving family relationships and educating family members on LDS faith principles.) The presentation begins at 6:30pm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre found at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990. Admission is free; no tickets are required.

*Please note all tours are subject to change due to unruly winter weather conditions.
*Hotel Used: Perry Residence Five Star Accommodations.

Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We hope you will use our services again for future staycations. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or desired modifications. We value your opinion.

Staycation pictures here.

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