Posts Tagged ‘romantic getaway’

24 Hours in Providence, RI

Labor Day weekend Drew and I headed to Providence for a wedding we last minute realized we had a ride to. I am not really the most spontaneous type but it wasn’t excessively formal so I knew I could pull something together.

Being from the West Coast, I haven’t been to most of the quaint North East cities, and I’m always trying to check off another place on my world wide game of bingo in my head. And we had a free ride. This was an excuse to add to my “places I’ve been” magnet collection.

After a 3.5 hour ride in a bright red rental car, we were desperately searching on Yelp for a place to get a lobster roll, because that is the North East thing to do I guess. We ended up at Providence Oyster Bar and indulged in a variety of oysters, clams casino, and a lobster roll washed down with some Harpoon UFO beer. Oysters are something I have admitted to knowing nothing about. Despite my love for anything seafood, happy hour, and bougie yet accessible, I tried them for the first time in the Hamptons.

Don’t kill me but I kind think oysters, like crawfish, and wings, are the type of food that is less about the taste and more about the act of actually eating them. The vinegar based sauce I do like. I overloaded on oysters this weekend considering the wedding also had an oyster bar. To be honest, maybe this makes me tacky, but the bacon filled clams casino is much more up my alley.

 

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24 Hours in the Catskills

It’s no surprise that I managed to turn my anniversary into both a weekend getaway and excuse for me to plan a trip (which you probably know is my favorite thing to obsess over). Thankfully, this one was simple, and something different from my usual. Rather than party-centric, visiting friends, music festival, or multi-city European getaway, I went on my first ever ~romantic~ weekend trip.

GOALS: Do this once a month.

Welcome to The Catskills (specifically, Phoenicia, NY)

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The entrance to The Graham and Co. the perfect hotel/motel we chose for the night

Ok- so it wasn’t exactly a weekend getaway, because we only stayed one night, but it really felt like enough time to be worth it. We boarded a 2.5-3 hour bus ride from Port Authority Bus to The Catskills Sunday morning at 9 am, to arrive around noon. The bus was unlike any grimey Chinatown or Greyhound I had taken before, had decent sized seats, and didn’t smell, which was nice considering it was $65 per person (round trip).

I chose Sunday-Monday for a few reasons

1. Sunday is basically a weeknight for hotels, which makes it cheaper (the room was $185 for one night, and worth it)

2. Who doesn’t want a long weekend. Fuck Mondays.

3. Most boutique hotels, especially in peak season, require a 2-night minimum for weekends, and I didn’t want to spend too much.

I haven’t even been gone a full day and I am already dreaming of returning. This adorable boutique hotel is a great combination of rustic and hip, clearly you’re out of Brooklyn, but the staff knows their clientele and their needs (they hand you a Budweiser at check in, all the toiletries are their own signature packaging and scent). This isn’t too surprising because the owners are also designers of Brooklyn based boutique, OAK.

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Me thinking I am never going to leave

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