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

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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 

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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

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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

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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!

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Favorite Skincare Products

We all want beautiful, young skin. I totally get it! I’ve been there, I’ve used that overnight mask from the drug store and all the Clean and Clear products in the book and was still left with poor results and skin looking worse than before.

When it comes to my skincare routine I take the process very seriously. Over the years I’ve found products I love and ones I hate. Now, I have oily skin, so if we’re on the same boat keep reading for some of my favorite skincare brands and products that get the job done and will leave you feeling refreshed and confident!

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Clinique (Acne Solutions): I’ve been using Clinique Acne Solution the longest. As a teen- ager I struggled with acne and as an adult living a busy lifestyle I still struggle with acne from time to time. When I have those days where I’m like, “whoa I look 16” I take the time to wash with Clinique Acne Solution. After using Clinique twice a day for two consistent days the acne usually is reduced leaving me feeling confident and acne free! (Really struggling with acne? Try the full Clinique Acne Solution Kit) Clinique is also a great option for makeup and other face washes.  – $20 at Sephora

Sephora Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes: Taking off your makeup at the end of the day is incredibly important if you want to keep your skin healthy and happy. What’s great about the Sephora brand cleansing wipes is it doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily after. You can simply wipe off all your makeup and don’t feel as though you have to wash your face again like you do with other cleansing wipe products. I highly recommend picking up a pack or two. – $7.50 at Sephora 

Origins (Clear Improvements): I love the Origins skin care line! The brand has everything from makeup to body wash to masks to cleansers to scrubs and anti-aging lotions. Origins has a solution to fight any of your toughest skin problems from acne, dry skin, oily skin, wrinkles, redness and more. I’ll let you in on a secret…Origins can truly fix anything. Not sold? Give it a try! – $17 at Sephora 

First Aid Beauty (Face Cleanser)I know I said I love all these products, but I love this product! I use it every night in the shower to take off all the grease, grime, and makeup from the day making me feel clean and refreshed. First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser is great for any skin type and leaves skin feeling soft. ***HIGHLY RECCOMEND*** – $20 at Sephora 

 

 

Guide to New England Wines

When most people think wine vineyards they think of Napa Valley, but if you’re from the New England area you know traveling out west can cost you a pretty penny. Lucky for all you wine lovers on the east coast, New England boasts over 20 wineries perfect for wedding venues, weekend getaways or day trips! Check out my top three picks below:

Truro Vineyards: Wine & spirit tastings, food trucks, and cape cod how much better could it get? Open daily Monday – Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm enjoy five of the vineyards 10 wines or partner up with a friend and try all 10! Tastings are  $10 and are held every half-hour in their outdoor pavilion and include a survivor glass. Pro tip: don’t pack up your glass too soon. After the tasting, if you want to continue drinking use the same glass for a discount!

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Truro Vineyards: 11 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA 02652

Russell Orchards: Located on the North Shore, wine lovers can spend the day picking fruit then head over to the barn to sample some incredible wines. Russell Orchards produces over 25 award winning wines, which are all fruit base and grown at the farm. Recently their Perry cider won Best Cider in Massachusettes at the BIG E Gold Cider Competition. For $5 guest over 21 get a wine glass and the opportunity to taste 4 wines. Tastings are held Friday -Sunday from noon till 5:30 pm.

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Russell Orchards: 143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938 

Newport Vineyards: Settled along the coast of the Ocean State sits over 60 archers devoted to producing some of the best wines in New England. Locals and tourist alike can enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting followed by sharing a bottle on the outdoor terrace. Newport Vineyards produces a wide selection of wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. With a slogan, “Bring the Napa experience to New England” you know this place is the real deal!

 

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Newport Vineyards: 909 E. Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

 

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

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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.

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A Taste of Paris in Florida

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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

Skip the Caribbean and Head to Virginia Beach

Just a short drive from Washington, D.C. both locals and tourist are sure to enjoy this quaint beach town. Now, I must be honest, when my family said we were going to Virginia Beach for vacation I was upset. All I could think was, “why can’t we go to Disney or the Caribbean?” I had no idea what to expect or even if I would like it. Well, guess what?! I loved it. From the beach to the boardwalk to the restaurants to the town itself; the whole experience was beyond wonderful. I’m already planning my next trip back!

I would highly recommend this destination to anyone looking for a reasonably priced beach getaway. Read more for your ultimate Virginia Beach vacation guide.

 Stay

One of the reasons why I enjoyed Virginia Beach is because we had an oceanfront view, which is very common for the hotels along the boardwalk. Visitors pay reasonable prices for breathtaking views, proximity to the ocean, restaurants and more. When booking your trip check out these hotels and resorts.

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No need to travel far for food! Most hotels along the boardwalk include their own signature restaurant (most seafood). All restaurants are around the same price and offer a variety of choices from breakfast to beach bites to happy hour and dinner! Here’s a list of a few that we tried. Pro tip: try the orange crush, which can be found at many of the restaurants along the boardwalk (you can thank me later).

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With Virginia Beach being the last largest town on the Virginia coast I can promise travelers will find something to do. After spending a few days at the beach, venture off to Bush Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Cape Henry Lighthouse or simply rent a bike a check out all the beautiful home along the coast.

 

What are you waiting for? Plan your trip today!

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Dining in D.C. & Georgetown

Among its historic landmarks, you will find D.C. offers a variety of dining options perfect to satisfy any foodie! The food scene in D.C. matches its diverse culture from small cafe’s near national landmarks to boutique style restaurants in Georgetown to larger chain options near the center of the city and more!

Having recently visited D.C. I had the pleasure of experiencing a few different restaurants and cafe’s that offered large menus with a variety of choices. Check out my favorites below:

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Martins Tavern: Ever wanted to dine with the president? Well here’s your chance (sorta)! Martins Tavern has seen its share of former presidents including a Henry Truman, The Bush Family, JFK and more. If your lucky you can even dine in one of the many tables the presidents sat in and let’s not forget the oh so famous booth where John proposed to Jackie. If you like a bar atmosphere, with comfort food and presidential history then I would recommend checking out Martin Tavern!

located at 1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20007 

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Ristorante Piccolo: Who says you have to go to Italy for homemade Italian food? Ristorante Piccolo is serving up popular homemade Italian cuisine sure to please any appetite. Pro tip: be sure to arrive early as the restaurant is small and fills up fast.

located at 1068 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

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Founding Farmers: Looking for a modern restaurant with homemade dishes? Then I highly recommend checking out Founding Farmers. In 2005 Mark White a third -generation farmer and the president of the NDFU  came together to showcase their passion by supporting their local farming community. That passion has led to having freshly sourced produce and more from over 40,000 farmers to the kitchen at Founding Farmers where all meals are prepared from scratch! I had the creamy vegetable bacon bucatini, which I gave two thumbs up. (pretty cool place right!?)

located at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20006