Luxury Resort Experience: Chatham Bars Inn

The Chatham Bars Inn located in Chatham, Massachusetts was founded by Charles Hardy in 1914 as a luxury beach side resort on Cape Cod.

From the moment guest step on the property, the Chatham Bar experience begins with early 1920s New England nautical luxury vibes and warm, welcoming, wood work in the lobby. Walking into the resort guest will feel as though they stepped into a much simpler time filled with lawn games, sailing, good food & drinks, and an overall sense of relaxation.

chatham-bars-inn-21

34802360

Today, the resort is a popular destination for Cape Cod vacationers. The resort has 217 guest rooms (some with remarkable views of the Nantucket Sound), seven restaurants, a spa, a private beach & pool, and a fitness center.

The resort offers whale watching tours, fishing, pool side cabanas, croquet, sailing and so much more to take in everything a New England summer has to offer.

Guest have the option between luxurious cottages or ocean view suites or standard guest rooms in the main inn sleeping anywhere between 2 to 4 people. On average guest can expect to pay anywhere between $485 – $1,000 per night depending on the season.

IMG_0211

IMG_0198

Pro tip 1: Seeking a wedding venue? The Chatham Bars Inn is a popular destination for a Cape Cod weddings.

Pro tip 2: Looking to esCAPE for the day? Book a service at the spa. Guest have the opportunity to utilize the spa pool for up to an hour prior or after spa services. After relaxing at the spa guest can take a short walk to the main inn to enjoy sips and nibbles at one of the many restaurants on property.

Interested in planning a nautical vacation to Cape Cod? Learn more about the Chatham Bars Inn here!

 

 

 

Guide to NYC Rooftop Bars

Summer may be winding down, but the New York City bar scene is still in full swing! Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite rooftop bars that are a must try before the end of the summer.

Mr. Purple: Situated on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo located on the Lower East Side; twenty somethings are calling Mr. Purple the “IT” spot for drinks and killer views of Manhattan! This swanky rooftop spot is blowing up Instagram with its roof top pool, drinks, lounges, and view (Don’t lie you’d go for the ‘Insta pic,’ too). Not into their extensive cocktail menu or craft beer list? Mr. Purple also serves up coffee and pressed juice. 180 Orchard St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10002

2c7e3e31579ca5e3b3240c46c7d71d93

Le BainHands down my favorite rooftop in New York City! Located in the Meatpacking District, Le Bain at The Standard, Highline does an incredible job portraying a picnic like atmosphere 13 floors above the concrete jungle. The pink decor, turf grass, and crepe stand make you feel like you entered an exclusive party in The Hamptons. Kick-back and enjoy one of their signature drinks and breath taking views of Lower Manhattan. Looking to get your groove on? The lower level serves as a night club hosting some of the worlds most popular DJs. 848 Washington St., New York, NY 10014 

8265648222_f7a36d9e7f_b

230 Fifth Rooftop BarLooking for drop dead views of Midtown and the rooftop bar experience all year round? Then head to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar located on 5th Ave. At New York City’s largest rooftop garden and bar, guest will find palm trees, stellar views, tents to keep cool during hot summer days and heated igloos in the winter. Pro Tip: try the Raspberry Mojito (you’ll thank me later)! 230 Fifth Ave. (Corner of 27th) Manhattan, NY 10001

b307e51ffc9078f1239d486c50690c3f

Upstairs at the KimberlyWhether you’re a guest at the Kimberly Hotel or looking for a lively bar atmosphere, Upstairs at the Kimberly is situated in the heart of Midtown with European like vibes open 365 days a year. Upstairs at the Kimberly makes the list for its decor, location, and remarkable views of the Chrysler Building. 145 E 50th St., New York, NY 10022

Upstairs at the Kimberly - ROOFTOP

Explore Newport Cliff Walk

A short drive from Boston you’ll find Newport, Rhode Island, a quaint beach town filled with ice cream shops, fish joints, little buggy car rentals and the well-known Newport Cliff Walk. The Cliff Walk has been on my bucket list for awhile so I figured let’s take a mini road trip to cross it off the list!

The Newport Cliff Walk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rhode Island and is a combination of stunning ocean views and beautiful mansions. The 3.5-mile walk is the perfect getaway young couples looking for a relaxing afternoon from the city! I would advise everyone to wear toe-closed shoes as the trail is very rocky at points and can be challenging to keep your balance if not wearing appropriate shoes. (Also, bring a camera to snap some likable Instagram pics!)

Interested in doing a mansion tour? You can tour several homes including The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Rough Point and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door or here!

 Check out some photos from our adventure below!

IMG_0378IMG_0350IMG_0364IMG_0368

Set Sail With Mickey Mouse

Looking to take a cruise with standout entertainment, their own private island, larger than average staterooms, and ships with unlimited magic? Then look no further to the Disney Cruise Line.

Since Disney’s first voyage over 20 years ago, it has expanded to four ships sailing to ports worldwide including the Bahamas, the Carribean, Europe, The Mediterranean, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and more!

I experienced my first Disney Cruise when I was 12. Since then I’ve experienced other cruises but none stood out as much as the Disney Cruise. Now, some may say Disney Cruise is for kids, well yes, but they also tailor to families and couples.

Your Disney experience starts right when you walk on the ship with Disney crew members welcoming families by their last name. From there guest are free to explore the vessel! The ship itself boasts pure elegance with tasteful Disney features.

The cruise offers endless unique features other companies don’t offer like their private island on Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, rotational dining at themed restaurants, on ship firework show, themed voyages such as their Halloween Cruise, A Very Merrytime Cruise and Star Wars Day at Sea, characters appearances, and of course the Mickey Mouse shaped pool.

If you’re over the age of 18 you have the option to enjoy the secluded adult area on Castaway Cay, adult dining options, top of the line spa services, nightclubs and of course top notch Disney entertainment.

Planning on getting hitched? Disney Cruise offers destination wedding packages on the ship or on their private island. Learn more here.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your Disney Cruise here!

Guide to Eataly

Last fall Eataly opened in the Prudential Center located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Since then tourist and Bostonians alike have flocked to take in the culture of Italy through the Italian market, culinary school, and eatery.

Although the market is incredible, if you been to Eataly, you know it can be hectic! You go in with such high expectations then you walk in and it’s a zoo, their’s pushing, people standing around and literally a line to Italy to get your gelato! So how does one make their Eataly experience enjoyable?

  1. Go early: be one of the first in line to explore the Italian market.
  2. Dine first: if you plan on dining at one of their signature restaurants try and eat as soon as you arrive. If you arrive later in the day and get put on the waitlist, no worries your 45 minutes to hour wait will allow you ample time to walk around and explore the wines, pastas, produce and more!
  3. Postpone purchases: plan to make your purchases on the way out as the registers are at the exit of the market.
  4. Grab a cannolis or gelato around midday: I’ve found more people grab their sweet treats in the evening.
  5. Don’t stand around: my biggest recommendation would be to keep walking! This eliminates traffic and congestion throughout the store.

Can’t make it to Italy but want to experience the culture? No worries, Eataly has 33 locations worldwide with three other locations in the United States (Chicago and NYC).

Open daily from 9 am – 11 pm.

Eataly Boston 3/5 stars

thumbnail_IMG_8727

The Roosevelt Hotel – NYC

Take a stroll down Midtown in New York City and you’ll walk into the Roosevelt Hotel located at 45th E 45th Street. With its 1920s charm, grand entrance, and five-star hospitality you’re guaranteed to enjoy your stay.

You may be familiar with the Roosevelt as it’s the backdrop to many well-known Hollywood films and TV shows including Mad Men, Maid in Manhattan, The French Collection and more. But what those movies don’t show is traveler experiences in the historic hotel.

Walking into the hotel guest will walk up a flight of stairs and into America’s past with a breathtaking grand foyer, an eye-catching chandelier, sitting area, bar, and gift shop. The lower level includes shops, hair and nail salons (perfect for a girls weekend). While the 19th floor hosts a private rooftop bar Mad46 with their signature drink the MadMojito.

The history is shown throughout the hotel with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, old fashion elevators, and 1920s décor in both the hallways and rooms.

The rooms are small (be prepared) but hey you’re in NYC, you’re not supposed to be spending time in your room!

Although the rooms were small they were clean and comfortable. We stayed in room 1708 and we really enjoyed our stay!

Learn more about the Roosevelt here!

Mad46 is open to the public May – October on Tuesday-Thursday 5:00 – 11:00 pm and Friday 3:00 – 9:00 pm.

roosevelt_hotel_nyc

lobby-stairs-at-the-roosevelt-hotel-new-york

cozy-double-room-at-the-roosevelt-hotel-new-york.jpg

A Taste of Paris in Florida

nay_cassis0404b_bw_115440a_8col

Located at 170 Beach Drive N.E. St. Pete, FL sits Cassis American Brasserie a Parisian style restaurant overlooking St. Pete’s waterfront.

So what’s a brasserie anyway? A brasserie is defined as a restaurant serving simple hearty food and drinks at affordable fares, a place that brings people together in a vibrant friendly atmosphere; and that’s just what Cassis American Brasserie does. Walking onto the outdoor terrace, guest will feel as though they walked into a Parisian café in the heart of Paris with its well-designed exterior and interior.

Cassis is perfect for families, a night out on the town or date night as the restaurant caters to all crowds whether you’re looking for romance or a good laugh with family and friends.

The restaurant offers menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Each menu includes a variety of options holding true to the French/American flare that will satisfy anyone in your party from small bites to the dessert. It’s guaranteed guest will leave full and wowed by the service, atmosphere, and cuisine. Even four-legged family members get quality service with their own special menu making them feel like a king or queen.

Check out their menus here!

Not looking for a large meal? Stop by the bakery for pastries, ice cream or simply enjoy coffee or a drink on the outdoor terrace which looks out onto the harbor and surrounding St. Pete.

Cassis offers valet parking Monday – Thursday 5pm – close, Friday 4pm – 11pm, Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm