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Staycation: Four Seasons Downtown

Sometimes living in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan leaves you craving an escape, but with a busy schedule, it doesn’t always work out. That’s why I very much love the idea of a staycation. This past weekend we packed our bags and checked into the new Four Seasons Downtown.A warm and friendly staff greeted us in the lobby and brought us up to a breathtaking suite overlooking Downtown Manhattan. The Four Seasons is known for going the extra mile to make you feel completely welcome. A beautiful spread of vegetables, home-made hummus, and freshly pressed juices from Chef Acosta were in the room waiting for our arrival. We enjoyed our healthy snack as we settled in before heading to Jersey Boys on Broadway to celebrate my husband’s birthday.The next morning we had a delicious breakfast in bed – fresh avocado toast, smoked salmon omelets, home-made kombucha, matcha tea and roasted potatoes with diced peppers. After putting the finishing touches on our Halloween costumes for the night’s festivities, we squeezed in a late-morning workout. The …

W Montréal

This past weekend I ventured off to Montréal for a quick getaway with friends and stayed at the trendy W Hotel. What I love about the W brand is that their hotels have a clean, young and sexy vibe and are always consistent no matter what city you stay in. Our room was spacious and modern with views facing the city. And let’s talk about the bedding! I always look forward to the beds at a W because it’s so comfortable (they’ve started selling the bedding because demand is so high)!This W location is covered in street art from popular local artists like What Is Adam and Stikki Peaches. They have several different bars and lounges staffed with mixologists who curate unique cocktails. The spa was also a perfect way to start the day off right – I received an hour deep-tissue massage (my fave) and felt rejuvenated to take on the day. Each morning we ordered a delicious kale, spirulina, almond milk and apple smoothie — I was thrilled to see this hotel had …

GQ x Lands’ End

Last week, I teamed up with GQ and Lands’ End to try out the new, “Canvas by Lands’ End.” The American-designed collection is youthful and modern for both men and women.I met the other nine GQ Insiders at the Skyport Marina to catch a Blade (the new “Uber for Helicopters”) to Montauk, New York. Being able to see Manhattan from above was truly a special experience. Forty-five minutes later we arrived in the Hamptons and headed straight to Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Spa for our fittings with the Lands’ End team. I chose green, sea-foam swim trunks and a full-body wet suit to wear before heading to Ditch Plains Beach: it was surfing time.I always wanted to give surfing a try, so I was excited (and a little nervous) as I stepped into my surf lesson. I’ll admit – it didn’t help that two days prior to hitting the waves I saw “The Shallows,” a film centered around a shark attack just 200 yards from shore, but I was determined to successfully surf. After a …

The Grand Floridian, Walt Disney World

This weekend, I partnered up with the Grand Floridian Hotel for a Disney takeover!This Victorian-themed hotel is surrounded by water and looks as though it was plucked straight out of the 1900s. We were instantly greeted by a jazz band playing instrumental versions of the classic Disney tunes. The resort has its own private beach and two pools (we definitely jumped in between park hopping in 90-degree heat). The monorail is attached to the building for quick and easy access to the parks. For such a short weekend getaway, the convenience of being one stop away from the Magic Kingdom was crucial in maximizing our time.One of the reasons we were looking forward to this was because Disney just opened Animal Kingdom at night. The Tree of Life now transforms into a beautiful light show, morphing into an array of colors, animals and imagery throughout the night. There’s also a new Jungle Book show on the river set to music and special effects that celebrates the new film. My favorite update to the park is …

Bali: The Beginning of Forever 

When we booked our honeymoon to Bali, I knew the trip was going to be special. What I didn’t know was that the trip was going to become life-changing. After a beautiful wedding weekend surrounded by close friends and family at The Historic Walton House, an enchanting jungle oasis tucked away in the Everglades region of Miami, we started our 36-hour trip to Indonesia. Four flights (and a little jet-lagged) later, we arrived in Bali and made our way to Ubud, a town tucked away in a rainforest surrounded by rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines. I could feel the tranquility of this island immediately. We arrived at our home for the next week, the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, a hotel built on the side of a mountainous jungle along the sacred Ayung River. We were surrounded by nature everywhere we looked — an 18-acre sanctuary of gardens and paddies with over 1,000 different bird species flying around. Butterflies painted in a vibrant palette of colors flew throughout the resort, joining the tropical lizards, frogs …

The Fontainebleau

An important weekend deserves a memorable hotel. That’s why for our wedding tasting we stayed at the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel. I always heard impressive things about the Fontainebleau and being a huge fan of Old Hollywood, I loved the history behind it. The hotel opened in 1954 and everyone from Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley to Presidents like John F. Kennedy have stayed there. The Fontainebleau surpassed every expectation I had. We opened the door to our room and were greeted by floor to ceiling windows with a balcony overlooking the ocean. The view was picturesque and the room and view instantly made me feel zen. The hotel has several different heated pools around the property and connects to its own private beach. Being a total beach boy, we grabbed our towels and headed to the sand where servers brought over Sancerre & Pear White Sangria…heaven!After a little R&R we retreated back to our room to get ready for a night out with some friends. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, I hopped in …

24 Hours in Vegas 

Las Vegas. I didn’t quite know what to expect while looking out the window high above Sin City. I had never been before, but of course have heard the stories and watched the infamous film “The Hangover.” While I was excited to check out this mysterious and unknown city, I was certain that I would not be waking up in a room next to a tiger, but rather waking up after spending an unforgettable night watching the Jennifer Lopez show, “All I Have” at Planet Hollywood. For my 30th birthday, my incredibly thoughtful fiancé surprised me with a trip to see one of my favorite performers.  We landed in Vegas and checked into the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I was blown away by the room – it was directly above The Fountains of Bellagio and we could watch the show throughout the entire night from our terrace. The room was modern and spacious and the bathroom is designed as an open-concept with views of the fountain.  We then explored the strip and had a bite to eat …

Road tripping

Sometimes the best adventures are hopping in a car and seeing where the road takes you. This weekend’s road trip around New England was a beautiful one. That part of the country is stunning, surrounded by plush green forests and never ending mountain ranges. The road trip kicked off with a stop in Salem, Massachusetts to learn about the witch trials from the late 1600’s. The town definitely has an overall haunted feel to it!  After learning about the origins of witchcraft and being chased around a haunted house with a man holding a chainsaw (in which a mixture of laughter and terrifying yelling occurred), we checked out one of the oldest standing houses in the village. It blows my mind that people used to cook in gigantic stone fireplaces and that is what was considered their kitchen! It was also exciting to check out some locations from the film Hocus Pocus, one of my all-time favorite movies growing up. The building pictured below was from the famous scene in the film where Bette Midler …

Lakeside Retreat 

I’ve always believed everyone needs some nature in their lives. I have been drawn to the water since I was a little guy, spending summers down the shore and finding comfort in hearing the crashing of waves. It’s one of those rare moments that you stop and realize how small you really are in comparison to this gigantic planet we live on, and there is something truly mesmerizing about that. While I mainly grew up going down the shore to my family’s house out in New Jersey, I have later in life developed just as much of a love and appreciation for lakeside retreats. My Aunt and Uncle a few years ago bought a vacation house near Lake Joseph and it is one of the most relaxing, stunning, and zen places I have been. Living in New York City, it is essential that us New Yorkers find time to escape the non-stop hustle and constant grind of everyday life and work and retreat to an oasis where you can unplug, spend time with loved ones, and …

East Hampton

 I’ve grown up going down to my family’s beach house summer after summer at the Jersey Shore but today decided to check out the beaches in Manhattan’s backyard: The Hamptons.  East Hampton was stunning. The beaches were miles long full of white powdered sand and the water was crystal clear. The town was full of unique and quaint shops and the restaurants were delicious! For breakfast we stumbled upon this mom and pop restaurant that served the best smoked salmon omelette I have had in my life (and home grown teas…#heaven). After a day soaking in the rays of the sun, we found a great seafood restaurant and maybe loved the coconut shrimp spring rolls so much that two orders were ordered. ? Walking to the second restaurant, we came face to face with a beautiful windmill in original condition from the 1800s. Every piece of the wind mill was hand carved and we climbed the three stories of the old tower to see the architecture of the top. It’s amazing to see how people …