I don’t know about you but last week’s Christmas shopping and this week’s festive fêtes have me wanting some R&R (and cocktails) bad…Does anyone feel like their schedule cup runneth over?
In truth I can’t complain too much as each event seems to “out-holiday” the last and if there’s one thing I love is this time of year in New York City and celebrating every step towards Dec. 25. While my plans this weekend will be continuing the festive fun (ugly sweaters!) – I did want to share my events from a few weeks back as Krista, Lauren and I spent a festive day of pampering at the Plaza.
During the holidays – there’s nothing like Christmas at The Plaza Hotel. With tons of trees, wreaths in every window, Gramercy Flowers with insatiable New York at Christmas ornaments and kicking back to enjoy tea and cocktails among the decked halls at Palm Court was the best way to get in the holiday spirit!
SHOP THE OUTFIT
Thanks to our friends at The Plaza we also had access to one of their Legacy Suites. There are 29 in the hotel and all are newly renovated, elegant and timeless and my favorite sunlit with views of the park. I mean… yes please! So if you find yourself in NYC this holiday season and make it to The Plaza Hotel here’s a few not to miss hotel to-do’s:
Brunching/Lunching in Todd English Food Hall
Opening at 11:30 AM on weekends – make sure to make a reservation. Located on the lower level the marble tables, Bellinis and chicken and waffles are not to be missed.
The Shops at The Plaza
Located in the basement of the hotel – I spent a good 2 hours walking and perusing the shops at The Plaza. From an Assouline bookstore to the Gramercy Flower shop with beautiful Christmas ornaments there are tons of baubles and gift ideas. Krigler fragrance, MCM and a shop just for Eloise are all must-shop-stops. If you’re feeling fancy Armarium in the Beauty Shoppe provides members with borrowed pieces off the runway!
Afternoon Tea and Cocktails at The Palm Court
I first had tea at the Plaza for my 10th birthday mere steps from Eloise and her wall hung portrait. The tradition of tea at the hotel goes back decades and The Palm Court setting is romantic and timeless. With varietals to try and finger sandwich towers and desserts to be had – it’s an absolute must-schedule.
The cocktails at the Palm Court are one of a kind – and while our day didn’t take us back downstairs for a libation (we put on robes and watched Christmas movies!) we are going back because there’s a Chartreusian Velvet Sling with my name on it! The tribute cocktails on the menu are a nod to Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr.’s famous Polynesian-themed restaurant Trader Vic’s, which was located in the basement of The Plaza for 30 years. The two to try – the Chartreusian Velvet Sling or other signature drink Leche Dolce.
Thanks to our friends at The Plaza Hotel for hosting us for a great day!
P.S. Fun fact – The Plaza was featured in Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York and in the 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby!