A Wonderful Winter Weekend in New York

Even when the weather is frightful, this city is always delightful. Here, a unique itinerary for a quick getaway to the Big Apple.

Jan 3, 2012
  • Breakfast beneath 20-foot acacia trees at The Garden in the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel New York.
  • Ice Skating at The Standard's Skating Rink
  • Brunch at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens.
  • Big Apple antioxidant treatment at the Spa at Four Seasons New York.
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Day One

Start off with a savoury breakfast beneath 20-foot acacia trees at The Garden, right off the Hotel’s lobby. Then head over to the New Museum on Bowery to marvel at some contemporary art from around the world. The building itself is a work of art. On weekends, be sure to visit the seventh-floor Sky Room for an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Park Here is an indoor pop-up park at Nolita’s Openhouse Gallery, and it is just a short walk from the New Museum.  Complete with trees, benches and foliage, and free to the public during the day, Park Here is open through February 15, 2012, and lets you get a little taste of spring in the heart of winter.  At lunchtime, head next door to Daniel Boulud’s DBGB. After lunch, head to The Standard Hotel’s ice skating rink. It’s less crowded than Wollman Rink; skating here lets you enjoy the charm of ice-skating in the city without fighting for room, and it’s open late on Saturdays. Once you’ve turned in your skates, head back to the Hotel and get ready for the evening—out again. Have dinner at Park Avenue Winter, where Chef Kevin Lasko presents a special menu that highlights the best of the season with dishes such as Venison Steak Tartare and Seared Scallop “Sandwich.” And for post-dinner cocktails, Salon De Ning at The Peninsula Hotel is perfect. Based on the tale of Madame Ning, a chic Shanghai socialite, the space is a combination of clubby lounge and bar, and is packed with eclectic travel mementos.

Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
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Day One, Part Two

After lunch, head to The Standard Hotel’s ice skating rink. It’s less crowded than Wollman Rink; skating here lets you enjoy the charm of ice-skating in the city without fighting for room, and it’s open late on Saturdays. Once you’ve turned in your skates, head back to the Hotel and get ready for the evening—out again. Have dinner at Park Avenue Winter, where Chef Kevin Lasko presents a special menu that highlights the best of the season with dishes such as Venison Steak Tartare and Seared Scallop “Sandwich.” And for post-dinner cocktails, Salon De Ning at The Peninsula Hotel is perfect. Based on the tale of Madame Ning, a chic Shanghai socialite, the space is a combination of clubby lounge and bar, and is packed with eclectic travel mementos.

Photography Thinkstock
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Day Two

Sundays mean two things: sleeping in and brunch. Few cities do brunch better than New York. You’ll find one of the best spots a 20-minute cab ride, (or opt for a car service from the Hotel), from the Hotel at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood. Once you’ve tucked into a plate of their Eggs Huntington or Pecan Pie French Toast, you’ll want to return every Sunday. Polish off your Bloody Mary, or the choice of mimosa, Bellini, sparkling wine or juice that comes with every meal (after noon, in the case of alcohol), and take a stroll down Smith Street, where you’ll find a bevy of local boutiques and shops with offerings you may not see anywhere else. Browse antiques, clothing, home wares and more. Or, visit The Brooklyn Tabernacle and listen to the acclaimed 285-voice gospel choir. You’ll be glad you did.

Photography courtesy Buttermilk Channel
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Day Two, Part Two

After some shopping, it’s time to indulge yourself with the Big Apple antioxidant treatment at the Spa at Four Seasons. A brown sugar and apple full-body scrub will improve your skin’s overall health, followed by a rinse in the Vichy shower and a full-body massage with apple butter. Once you’re feeling supremely at ease, treat your taste buds to dinner at the elegant, two-Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Conclude your weekend with some laughs at a performance of The Book of Mormon, now playing at Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

Photography Getty Images

Don’t let the chilly temperatures scare you; winter can be one of the most interesting times to visit The Big Apple. Shoppers will find an abundance of post-holiday bargains, and there are a number of exciting events and festivals that’ll have you exploring a whole new side of this famous city. Foodies will delight in this season’s edition of NYC Restaurant Week, which takes place January 16 through February 10, as well as City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival, featuring a different hot chocolate flavour for every day in February. And while everyone else will be fighting the crowds at Rockefeller Center, you can grab a bench and enjoy a picnic right in the middle of winter at Park Here, an indoor “pop-up park” at Nolita’s Openhouse Gallery.

So if you’re seeking an atypical New York City experience, spend a weekend at Four Seasons Hotel New York and follow this suggested itinerary.


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