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“A bad day in New York is still better than a good day anywhere else.” Just ask Carrie or the other 8 million people in NYC. We are off to NY to discover everything new and happening–along with the perfect place to rest your head. As if you will ever sleep in NY.
Does being married or single influence Where2Stay? Do you want your hotel hip & modern (perfect for singles (S), or quiet & elegant (perfect for married (M))? Sometimes you want to “marry” the two. (MS)
Where2Stay – The Library Collection Hotel’s – Offering fantastic value, unparalleled service & amenities (all offer free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, wine & hors d’oeuvres) befitting a 5 star hotel. Who says nothing in New York is free?
The Library Hotel – In Midtown, ideal for those who read–we know you exist! Enjoy books in your room or head to their free reading room. Have a romantic getaway in the special “Love” room with private terrace overlooking Madison Ave. An oasis awaits in their rooftop poetry garden & terrace. (M/S)
Elysee Hotel –Location, location…Romantic & elegant, located on 54th St between Madison Ave and Park just steps away from the Madison Ave shops! Offering free passes to NY Sports Club, water, Belgian chocolate & comfy but elegant rooms, its NYC at its best. Traveling alone? Dine at the famous Monkey Bar Restaurant. You never know who you’ll meet! Turn heads here wearing a Saint Laurent Biker Jacket (M/S)
Casablanca Hotel – Steps away from New York’s phenomenal tourist attraction- Times Square! This boutique, European-style hotel is great for couples on a romantic vacation and families. Escape from the hustle & bustle of New York to the upstairs exclusive club room, Rick’s Café. (M)
Hotel Girafee —Embodies the grace of a giraffe! In Manhattan’s hottest new neighborhood-Nomad! Visit their unique rooftop garden. Great value. *Speaking of NoMad it’s the newest area to meet men! (S)
Where2Dine – Newest hits
Gato – Celeb chef Bobby Flay does it again w/ Mediterranean cuisine. Toro – warehouse, meatpacking district, loud, fantastic Spanish tapas; it saves you a trip to Barcelona! General Assembly – Quality Meat & Italian owners brings farm to table dining. Try Claudette for Provencal cooking, Batard for those who wish to actually dine (another Drew Nieporent hit & Bar Primi, a hit from day one in the Bowery. Head to the East Village for the edgy, hip and cool.
Where2Play – Whether day or night there is always a place to go! From Bergdorf Goodman, to Jeff Koons at the Whitney to the Split Rocker in Rockerfeller Center – it never ends.
Gilded Lily – Once a private club, now open to the public. Down a freight elevator this gold dusted club offers a sunken dance floor. Wednesday night is “Feel Up” where Paul Sevigny and other NY celebs can be found. Look for sister Chloe.
Grand Banks – Lower anchor on the hottest new Oyster Bar in New York City. Sail along on the last of fleets of schooners that sailed the Grand Banks.
Sheltering Sky – The new hot place Brooklyn. Formerly known as the King & Grove Williamsburg, the McCarren Hotel has created The Rooftop Bar. Sit back, relax, enjoy the view.
Madison Avenue is loaded with hidden gems and consignment shops. Stroll to our favorite store Michael’s, in business for over 60 years. Affordable designer labels! Stop by Encore, the first consignment store to open in the USA. Expect to find everything from Givenchy, Chanel, Alexander Wang and Rick Owens. Visit Roundabout’s newest location on Madison and 82nd.
New Store Openings – The Bay Plaza Mall: first shopping mall to open in the NYC area in almost 40 years, set to open on August 14th, Georgia NYC, small boutique with a wide selection of vintage women’s clothing, La Petite Mort, Lower East Side, vintage shirts that are now becoming collector’s items
Upcoming Events – New York Salsa Festival – August 27-September 1st; Spring Fashion Week – September 4th-11th, Burlesque Festival – September 25th-28, four nights of dancing, feathers & lace!
Broadway – Check out Disgraced and The Real Thing opening in October!
Notable Openings: Park Hyatt – Dig deep because this hotel will set you back. Ideal location 57th St. and 6th Ave. Sophisticated & elegant. Opening in the fall: Baccarat Hotel – across from MOMA on 53rd and 6th. Imagine the crystal -For those seeking glamor, celebration, seduction & intimacy. SLS Park Avenue – in the heart of the trendy Nomad neighborhood (S)
Singapore -no longer just an endless mall with an airport attached. (but leave time to visit the #1 airport in the world complete with swimming pool & movie theater!) Fused with expensive casinos, football size infinity pools & ethnic food markets all wrapped into an ultra modern, obsessively clean city (warning, no gum, but warm toilets.) Don’t miss the Marina Bay area comprised of Vertical Gardens, promenade w/nighttime light shows, cutting edge designers, the Singapore Flyer (world’s largest ferris wheel) steamy jungles & night safaris. Whether traveling alone or on romantic vacation don’t forget to have that Singapore Sling at the world famous Raffles Hotel. Want to travel in style? Flight Courtier, an internationally based company will provide you with luxury travel services by saving you 30-50% off published fares. Is there a better way to travel? Tell them we sent you!
For more travel tips visit our W2W media page for our newly published article on Singapore appearing in Silicon Valley’s luxury lifestyle magazine Caviar Affair.
Does being married or single influence Where2Stay? Do you want your hotel hip & modern (perfect for singles (S)) or quiet & elegant (perfect for married (M))? Sometimes you want to “marry” the two (MS).
Where2Stay – Sleek & Sultry Singapore “Stays” in style.
Fullerton Bay Hotel- Waterfront hotel with unsurpassed views. Optimal location lined w/ cafes & bars outside your door. State of the art technology – you’re never out of touch. Reserve a bay view room w/ infinity jacuzzi for your romantic getaway. Fireworks a bonus (M)
Do you want shopping literally outside your door? Look no further than the luxurious St Regis Hotel on Orchard Road. Elegant rooms, indoor tennis courts, private art collection (think Chagall, Picasso & sculptures by Taiwanese artist Li Chen). Don’t miss their famous Chili Padi Bloody Mary at the Astor Bar. Perfect business fit – private and quiet. Take a break and indulge in the spectacular spa and lounge in the warm marble chairs for a quick nap. For a unique slice of France, dine in their signature Restaurant Brasserie Les Saveurs. A perfect married/single destination. (MS)
The Scarlet- Singapore’s first luxury boutique hotel located in Chinatown near trendy Club Street. Mind blowing and uninhibited, the interiors of this 80-room hotel pulsate with eclectic tension. Imagine experiencing one of their 5 themed suites aptly named Splendor, Opulent, Passion, Lavish and Swank. The Scarlet is a perfect place for pleasure whether traveling alone or a secret weekend getaway! (MS)
Visit Sentosa Singapore’s lush resort island and stay at the astonishing W Singapore Sentosa Cove. With beaches, golf and rainforests you are minutes away from the mainland. Have dinner at Skirt, the aptly named steakhouse and cocktails at Woo. A perfect place to wear your new resort wear. You won’t be traveling single for long! (S)
Where2Dine – Singapore is a food gastronomic orgy
For lunch – Maxwell Hawker Center ( indulge in food stall heaven), Drink at Tippling Club, 45th best bar in the world. Dine at KuDeTa overlooking Singapore Harbor. Reserve early for Burnt Ends – an 18-seat foodie restaurant and if your budget knows no boundary head to either Restaurant Andre (#37 in the world) or Waku Ghin 50th in the world for the ultimate dining experience.
Where2go / What2Do
Visit Gardens by the Bay with its “supertrees” & Marc Quinn’s floating “baby sculpture.” Amazing Dale Chiluly glass sculptures and Frank Stella 3 ton installation at the Ritz Carlton. Stroll Chinatown, India St. & the Arab Quarter for atmospheric flavor of old Singapore. Don’t miss the nightly Marina light water show! Still awake? Walk the “steamy” side of Singapore in the Geylang Area – leggy street walkers mixed with the best local food on the island.
September 19-21- Formula I Grand Prix Night Race.
October – The Thimihi Festival fire walker ceremony. Certainly a “hot” ticket!
Wonderful Light and Water Show at Marina Bay.
Where2Play at night
Roof Top Bars
Kinki Restaurant and rooftop bar (Marina Bay Area) – decked out in street art and specializing in signature cocktails with Japanese ingredients. “Japanese with an Urban Attitude” Halo – in the Wangz Hotel, featuring a wrap-around terrace. Top-notch cocktails. Not an H for heli Pad but lighted seating! L Attitude – the highest multi experience in the world. Voted best restaurant to impress. If you strike out, play their outside simulated golf course!LeVeL33- Also a urban craft brewery, with stunning views of Marina Bay
Shop: Men’s Travel Gear
Mens GiveNGo Quick dry Brief– keep everything in place with these, comfy travel briefs. Grid-It Organizer– nothing will go missing again! Audio-Technica Headphones– Block out the rest of the world with noise canceling head phones. AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic Sleep -Headphones– Relieve stress and fall asleep with the softest headphones you ever wear.
Co-Authored by: Fiona Tolley
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Be on the lookout… sailors everywhere!
As Journey sings, “When the lights go down in the City and the sun shines on the Bay, do I want to be there…” ABSOLUTELY!
With San Francisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup July 4th – Sept 21st, and starting preparation for the fall social season, (we are) this city is the ONLY place to be right now. For the first time in America’s Cup history, the race is confined to the Bay, close to shore so it’s all about up close and personal. Not a bad seat in the house. Where to start…
The America’s Cup Village on Marina Green, two locations, free access on Marina Green w/ 6,500 bleacher seats & the Yacht Club Peninsula. Offering live viewing of the races from of 1.400 seats. Also cool for kids is the Fan Zone & Digital boathouse where fans can interact in real time all over the world.
Pier 27/29 is the America’s Cup Park. Inside is the AC Pavilion. You can shop – Louis Vuitton store, Puma Yard (shopping), and the AC Shop . You can play (the adult kind) from the Puma Bar. Fantasize about being on one of 13 super yachts docked there. You can rock out in the Amphitheater. This 9,000 seat theater will host major concerts, shows and on race days a video screen. Also a Fun Zone for the kids.
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Does being married or single influence Where2Stay? Do you want your hotel hip & modern (perfect for singles (S)) or quiet & elegant (perfect for married (M)). Sometimes you want to “marry” the two (MS).
St. Regis Hotel – Official hotel of the America’s Cup. Ideal location, great bar. Perfect set up to meet the superstars of the sailing world. (MS)
Hotel Zetta – Owned by uber chic Viceroy, this new kid on the block offers the perfect urban retreat. Modern decor, oversized rooms, special playroom (shuffleboard anyone?) located in the heart of Downtown. Perfect for (S)
Argonaut Hotel – Boutique hotel in refurbished warehouse, w/ exposed brick, Frette linens, free wine, WiFi & yoga on the TV. In-room Starbucks. Perfect location with Fisherman’s Wharf right outside your door. Perfect for families (kids love that sourdough bread). (M)
For sea dogs & landlubbers alike, the shipwrecked-boat-turned America’s Cup Sports Bar on Pier 27 is the perfect place for drinks between races. The world’s largest pop-up bar also serves brunch. Another pop-up is the anticipated Waiheke Island Yacht Club straight from Auckland. Huge airy warehouse, a bit of Kiwi hospitality. As day turns to night, try the new Roka Akor in FiDi for the freshest sushi (flown in from Japan) and coolest whiskey lounge.
In addition to sailing, eating & drinking don’t miss the new Exploratorium on Pier 15/17. Interactive exhibits of science, arts and perception. Great for grownups too. Experience the new fog bridge!
Bay Lights – A light sculpture’s dream – a 1.8 mile installation. Running the length of the Bay bridge artist Leo Villareal, w/the aid of computer software has created the ability to control 25,000 white LED lights into twinkling, shimmering patterns. Attached by cables, it’s another way SF lights up the Bay!
Save the date! Prepare for Fall! Symphony Gala September 3rd and Opera Gala September 6th. What is better than dining in City Hall?
City Hall in all its Glory
Co-authored by: Tiffany Do