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6 Perfect Road Trips from NYC

6 Perfect Road Trips from NYC Behind the Scenes NYC

Today, we bring you 6 Perfect Road Trips from NYC that will not only be amazing, but will create unforgettable memories and stories!

6 Perfect Road Trips from NYC Behind the Scenes NYC

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it increasingly difficult to bear with all the noise and stress in crowded cities. So, we will share with you 6 amazing road trips from NYC to start planning!

However, escaping into nature and great scenery can indeed come in handy in relieving stress and regaining energy.

To that end, here are 6 perfect road trips from NYC that will leave you wondering why you hadn’t taken them before!


Discover the beauties of the Hudson valley

For ages, artists, poets, and novelists have found their source of inspiration in the Hudson Valley, which is a National Heritage Area.

It is an area that is as unique, wild, rich, and inviting as any in the world.

If you are planning to take a road trip to the Hudson Valley, the MINI dealer in Mt Laurel advises that the best time to do so is in the summer or autumn.

These seasons are the best since in them you will be provided with most of the attractions and possibilities.

You can make your stops along the way to some idyllic villages and towns such as Nyack, a nice town with a rustic spirit and old traditional houses, small souvenir shops, but also you will be able to see and visit the cultural aspect of it in terms of some great art galleries and trendy marketplaces.

Just nearby, you can stop at Bear Mountain State Park, get some rest at the mountains and enjoy nature.

Furthermore, you can also enjoy the amazing scenery of the Hudson River.

As already pointed out, make sure you visit these places in summer or autumn, as some roads are closed in December, April, and a few other months.

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is another great roadway from NYC, but certainly more suited for more adventurous types of people.

Spanning almost two thousand kilometers, the road is perfect for not only bikers but also hikers.

You can take a shorter route by going through Pennsylvania, and the towns of Bethlehem, Allentown, Lancaster, and others.

You may also stop at Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, where you will be able to enjoy hundreds of kilometers of the forests and mountains.

Road Trips from New York City to Miami

The road trip from New York to one of the most beautiful cities in the US will give you an unforgettable driving experience.

As you travel, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery on some of the most fascinating beaches along the Eastern coast.

Not only that, but this route is also a fast one since it should get you to your destination for about two weeks, depending on your driving speed.

What is more, there are a number of great stop spots where you can rest and have a great time.

These are some stops that you can easily make on the route:

  • The New Jersey Shore
  • Ocean City
  • Norfolk
  • Cape Hatteras
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Key West

For instance, Ocean City is a resort town and one of the most beautiful ones that you will encounter on the route.

It has a lot of restaurants, shops, and hotels, which makes it a great place to stay in and take a rest!

Washington, D.C.

The road to Washington D.C. may not be the best one, but it is certainly worth it.

First, it is worth it because of the great monument complex that you will find there. The view will simply leave you absolutely amazed.

Second, the architecture of the buildings is amazing, and the touch of history will enchant you.

Nevertheless, be wary of the parking problems when you arrive, for Washington D.C. is known for very scarce parking lots, so do not be surprised if you find it difficult to park.

Killington, Vermont to enjoy skiing

November or December is the period when the ski season is open and you can enjoy skiing to the fullest.

In addition, traveling from New York to Vermont is not extremely tiresome and long, but since you will probably travel during the winter, it may become somewhat slower to get to it, and you should definitely take the necessary precautions.

Niagara Falls on the Canada border

The distance from NYC to Niagara Falls is over 400 kilometers, but don’t be discouraged by this. Niagara Falls is one of the most amazing wonders of nature not only in North America but in the world.

On the other hand, it is recommended that you visit Niagara Falls in autumn, and since the drive will take you around eight hours, prepare for staying the night at a hotel or some other place.

New York is a great jumping-off station to get to almost any cool place in the US. In that sense, make sure you use this golden opportunity and spend some quality time with yourself, and your loved ones!


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How To Plan An Exceptional Wedding In New York City

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New York is also known as the city of dreams and many brides do dream about getting married here! So, take a look at how to plan an exceptional wedding in New York City!

Shop Wedding How To Plan An Exceptional Wedding In New York City

New York ranks fourth out of 51 states in its number of weddings, performing over 137,000 weddings in 2019. Today, we’ll give you some tips on how to plan an exceptional wedding in New York City.

It is a popular wedding destination for so many reasons, and being one of the greatest cities in the world is just one. New York City boasts so many places to hold a wedding ceremony, from sparse industrial spaces to lush outdoor parks, and it’s difficult to narrow down where you would like to exchange your vows.

One thing is sure though: each wedding that is performed in NYC is unique, and it’s not that difficult to plan one of the most unforgettable moments in your life.


Select A Unique Venue

NYC has loads of fantastic venues that you can choose from that will make your wedding unique. Fancy a wedding in Central Park, the New York Public Library or a cruise on the Hudson River?

If you’re a history buff, you can also arrange for your vows to be exchanged at the American Museum of National History. Note that if you’re choosing a venue that’s a public place, you might have to work your way around timings, since there are plenty of people in the area and you might not get a good photo op.

It’s also vital to include the pandemic regulations in selecting your wedding site. For example, mass gatherings might still be banned, and even if the ban is lifted, you must be flexible enough to plan or reduce the number of guests you can invite to comply with the rules.

Flexibility is vital in planning a wedding in NYC, from setting dates to changing reception venues.


Plan A Memorable Reception

If your wedding is held at an iconic venue, make sure that you offer a memorable menu at your reception.

A wedding at Central Park Zoo can feature vibrant colors and enticing entrée options. After a City Hall wedding, there is a plethora of restaurants that propose international menus if you have a diverse group of guests or if you have just flown in for your wedding.

It also goes without saying that you can transform your wedding venue to suit your personal style, even if it is held in a public space or a quintessential spot.

As long as it’s allowed by state or local ordinances, you can throw down an aisle rug and deck the assigned area with flowers for a wedding that is truly memorable. You can make any space work for you: the most important thing is that you’re getting married!

Getting hitched in NYC is a dreamy option for many couples and their guests. The city that never sleeps offers many possibilities for venues, not to mention the magical spirit of the metropolis that radiates from any event.


And lastly, if your dream wedding has always been in nature, don’t worry! The State of New York is amazing and won’t disappoint you.

Take a look at Stephanie Karvellas’ destination wedding at her Cedar Lakes Estate, a luxury custom NY wedding venue located in the heart of the Hudson Valley!

Wait! You prefer the beach!? Not a problem! You can take a look at this fantastic wedding that took place in one of the trendiest resorts in Montauk!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Trung Nguyen

Seeing The Best Of New York City By Motorcycle

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Have you ever thought of seeing the best of New York City by motorcycle? Let us give you a few pointers on how this could be an amazing experience!

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New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America, attracting more than 60 million guests each year. This, thanks to its world-famous landmarks, eclectic cuisine, and unique culture.

If you’re looking for something other than the typical take on the NYC experience, ditch the buses and walking tours! They are quite touristy anyway… Instead experience the best of New York City by motorcycle.

Exploring by bike makes it easy to see parts of the city secrets that other tourists rarely get to enjoy, and it also makes it easy to snap pictures, grab some street food, or simply take in the view.


Exploring Landmarks Downtown

Downtown, you can find many of the major landmarks of Manhattan, including the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and Freedom Tower. You can also explore more hole-in-the-wall places, including small restaurants and specialty shops in Chinatown, Little Italy and the up and coming, South Seaport.

You can also see the filming locations of certain famous movies, including the Ghostbuster Firehouse, the Tiffany & Co. flagship store from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and many more. For a thrilling ride, you can cruise through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the longest continuous underwater road in the U.S.


Experience Uptown Scenery

Uptown is known for its stadiums, like the famous Yankee Stadium, and museums through out the artsy Museum Mile. But, primarily tourists head up to see the scenery.

From the perspective of an automatic motorcycle, you can get some of the best possible views driving up the West Side Highway along the Hudson River. You might also see the palisades that rise over five hundred feet above, cross the George Washington Bridge, head up to the Medieval inspired MET Cloisters and wander through the less well known northern areas of Central Park.


Tour Midtown Monuments

Midtown Manhattan is home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, and other impressive bastions of culture and architecture.

Are you looking for something a little bit more out of the ordinary? You can visit sites such as the mysterious Rose Hill Historic House, the historic C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, or the quirky Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library.

You’re looking to avoid the crowds and experience New York City from a unique angle? So, simply tour the city by motorcycle. Traveling by bike makes it easy to get around. You’ll be able to find all of the hidden gems that NYC has to offer.

Whether you’re riding through the streets of downtown New York, enjoying the sights of midtown, or exploring the refined uptown area, touring New York City by motorbike gives you a unique and exhilarating look at the city.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sandra Frey
*Last Update on March/2020.*

10 Lifesaving Hacks to Travel Around NYC

Curiosities Our Bucket List 10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC

There is just so much we want to do and explore when we come to New York, right? Check out these 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

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These 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC will help you better navigate the city and make your visit memorable!

Check them out below and keep them in mind when you get here!


#1 Drop your luggage off, so you can focus on having fun

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Photo Credit: Winona Ryder by Steven Meisel, Vogue 1999.

For only $6/day you can drop off your bags at over 50+ locations in the city so you can free your arms and not worry about dragging your luggage around during the day.

Book here for a 10% discount or use code “BEHINDTHESCENES”.

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#2 Screenshot the subway map before you get onto the subway

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Some subway cars aren’t yet updated to show the next upcoming stops/transfers so use your phone to navigate where to get off.

You can catch a cellphone signal in between some stops, but play it safe with having it already on your phone. This way, you don’t get lost or have to hover over someone to check the subway car map.

And still, if you’re more into tech-hacks, just download an APP called “New York Subway MTA MAP”. It’s works with no wifi too!


#3 Bring a selfie stick

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It may seem like such a tourist thing to do, but if you don’t want to bother a busy New Yorker to take your picture, then this is the best way to snap a quick pic!

Which one we recommend? Try the one from DJI, named Osmo Mobile 2.

Also, for inspiration, follow Fomofeed to find all the cool free NYC instagram-worthy shots.


#4 Pack comfortable walking shoes

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With so many great walking spots in NYC, you will need a good pair of shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a few miles.

Some favorite (and free) walking spots include Fort Tyron Park, FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and the gorgeous pink Williamsburg Bridge, that has been featured in countless movies!

If you’re into adventure, you might want to explore the beauty of an upstate New York day trip or our NYC’s Maritime History Tour. So scary and curious!


#5 Use travel APPs to make your life easier and save some cash

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Here’s a list that may come in handy when traveling around NYC.

  1. Check out Yelp for check in discounts to restaurants around the city and Open Table to make a quick reservation.
  2. Use Lyft or Uber to share rides and get around the city, or the Citibike APP if you prefer biking around.
  3. Download Splitwise to make it easier to track and split expenses amongst your travel party.
  4. Check out the HotelTonight APP for exclusive hotel deals.

#6 Carry a portable phone charger

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This is crucial, especially because with pictures and social media, your battery will drain in no time. You’ll be out and about all day in New York, so be sure you buy a phone charger so you stay plugged in all day – most will be under $30 and well worth it!

But we love the Mophie products, even though they are a bit more expensive. They have a (RED) Collection where “a portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED™ purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa”.


#7 Beware of street food

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NYC is well-known for their delicious hot dog stands and roasted peanuts, but be careful with where you choose to eat! You might have a bad time during your trip if you pick the wrong one!

Find a food cart that has a long line or keep an eye out for the most trusted food cart, like the traditional “The Halal Guys”. We love them, and so does every other New Yorker in town.

You can find them at West 53rd Street corner with 6th Avenue, and a few other spots in the city!


#8 Save money on Broadway tickets

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If you have time to spare, you can find steeply discounted Broadway show tickets the day of at the big red TKTS booth in Times Square, South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and Downtown Brooklyn. Check their website for queue hours.

Want another secret to the currently most coveted show on Broadway: Hamilton!? They have an APP called “Hamilton – The Official App” where, twice a day, they have a lottery giving out tickets for $10/each and you can buy up to 2! Note: Tickets for the show starts at $199, and skyrocket to over $800 for the premium seats.

Oh! And if you want the true “behind the scenes experience”, you might want to have dinner with 2 cast members from Hamilton before the show, watch the show from the best seats, then go back stage to meet the entire cast! How? Contact us!

Not a fan of Hamilton? Don’t worry! We have this experience for all Broadway show!


#9 – Don’t fall for street scammers/hustlers

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NYC will always have people hustling outside on the streets so beware of the scam! You may wind up with fake tickets, blank DVDS or something else counterfeit that you just paid for.

Just go straight to the official website or authorized resellers to purchase and be safe.


#10 Research pay what you wish museum days

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Some of the major museums in NYC have donation based nights that can save you some serious cash!

The 9/11 Museum, Bronx Zoo, New Museum, and the Frick Collection all have weekly donation based entrance fee hours to name a few.

Plus, many have specific days/hours with FREE entrance.


The list can go on, but these are probably the top 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

If you are looking for any type of help during your travel, let us help you out. But, if you’re a company looking for assistance for your team or your valuable clients, contact our experts.

Have fun and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!


Text Credit: In collaboration with UseBounce
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*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Most Coveted NYC Helicopter Tours: Seeing NYC From Above

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Some NYC Helicopter tours can be more of the same, but our experiences are certainly the most coveted ones! Come find the top shared and private tours, luxury travel experiences, transfers to the airport, flights to the Hamptons, charters across New York and other destinations, and more! Explore NYC from above!

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Have you ever through on NYC helicopter tours? Seeing New York City from above is a literally priceless experience. The city is gorgeous, regardless of the perspective you’re seeing it from, but seeing our concrete jungle from the air is taking it to another level.

We have countless NYC helicopter tours for you to pick from and to fulfill all your dreams and needs.

Find below a description of each experience and book now to guarantee your spot! It will surely be a memorable part of your New York trip, as well as giving you the possibility of shooting great pics!

All tours and services are also offered for Corporate Groups.


Shared Helicopter Tours

 1) The Instagram Photo Flight

Are you on tight budget and therefore, not looking for a private aerial photography flight?

You have the option to purchase individual seats, sharing a 3-passenger Robinson R44 with other photographers. The experienced helicopter pilots will create a flight plan that works for everyone, covering the most photographed New York landmarks.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Doors are removed for unobstructed views (except in extremely cold temperatures);
  • Instagram photo flights start and end at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY;
  • Instagram photo flights are 1 hour and cover entire Manhattan;
  • We fly Robinson R44 helicopters so everyone on board has window seats;
  • Available 7 days a week (day, sunset, night), 7am – 7pm, year-round;
  • Flights go out with a minimum of 2 passengers;
  • Private Flights available, starting at $1,150 (for up to 3 passengers) + airtport fee
  • Weight restrictions apply.

Duration: 60min
Price: $475/person + airport fee

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2) Scenic Helicopter Tours – from Westchester

Helicopters lift off from Westchester Airport and reach New York City airspace in just a few minutes.

On a 30-minute helicopter tour our skilled pilots will dazzle you with bird’s-eye views of Central Park, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, Harlem, Yankee Stadium and the George Washington Bridge. NOTE: The 30-minute tour does not reach the Downtown Manhattan/Statue of Liberty area.

Opt for an extended, 45-minute helicopter tour and fly all the way Downtown to see the Freedom Tower, Battery Park, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Both tours include flying over historic Westchester landmarks such as the Tarrytown castles, Tappan Zee Bridge and Hudson Palisades.

Roundtrip hotel transfers are available from Manhattan (additional cost).

Duration: 30min (Shared)
Price: $305/person + airport fee
Helicopters: Robinson R44 or AS350

Duration: 45min (Shared)
Price: $445/person + airport fee
Helicopters: Robinson R44 or AS350

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3) Seasonal Scenic Tours – from Westchester

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Marvel at the cascade of blazing reds, yellows and oranges of Hudson Valley Fall Foliage from the comfort of a helicopter.

Take off from Westchester Airport, fly over historic landmarks such as Castle-on-Hudson, Lyndhurst Mansion, Kykuit (Rockefeller Estate), Tarrytown Lighthouse, Tappan Zee Bridge, Hudson River Palisades and the infamous Sing Sing Prison.

Opt for an extended, 45-minute helicopter tour and fly all the way to Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, US Military Academy West Point and Indian Point Energy Center.

In winter time, witness the snow-covered Hudson Valley and the crystallized trees of Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain. A low and slow perspective of the beauty of winter.

Roundtrip hotel transfers are available from Manhattan (additional cost).

Duration: 30min (Shared)
Price: $305/person + airport fee
Helicopters: Robinson R44 or AS350

Duration: 45min (Shared)
Price: $445/person + airport fee
Helicopters: Robinson R44 or AS350

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Private Helicopter Tours

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1) Open Door Photography Tours

If you’re interested in Photography, this is the tour for you! The open-door photography tours are especially created for professional or amateur photographers, so they can capture iconic New York sights without glare from the sun.

We can organize a professional photography instructor to fly with clients who have no prior experience with photography.

Open-door tours are 1 hour long and fly over Central Park, Empire State Building, Midtown, Financial District, Freedom Tower, Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge.

Clients can plan custom itinerary with their pilot for special projects. Clients must have their own equipment (camera or smartphone) secured with straps for safety.

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2) Private Scenic Helicopter Tours – from Westchester

Same description as Shared Scenic Tours (above). See the 30 or 45-minute private tour, for up to 3 passengers. There are other options for bigger parties, upon request.

Duration: 30min
Price: $730 (for up to 3 passengers) + airport fees
Helicopter: AS350

Duration: 45min
Price: $1,015 (for up to 3 passengers) + airport fees
Helicopter: AS350

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3) Private Seasonal Scenic Tours – from Westchester

Same description as Shared Seasonal Scenic Tours (above).

Duration: 30min
Price: $730 (for up to 3 passengers) + airport fee
Helicopters: Robinson R44

Duration: 45min
Price: $1,015 (for up to 3 passengers) + airport fees
Helicopters: Robinson R44

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Charters around NY and other destinations

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In today’s world, everything from communication to travel is happening faster than ever. Helicopter charters are changing the way people get from one place to another.

Stop stressing about your daily commute, missing your flight or an important meeting. Skip traffic and fly with the best charter helicopter service New York has to offer.

Moreover, as our guest, rest assured that you will be flying in the safest, most modern charter helicopters in New York.

The fleet is second to none, with pilots boasting years of flight training from some of the best aviation schools around the globe!

Our partner is registered with Wyvern, a global aviation safety auditing firm, a testament to our outstanding safety record and reliability.

Destinations are:

Manhattan, New York Airports, Woodbury Commons, Hamptons, Atlantic City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Vermont Ski Resorts, Lake George, Lake Placid, Niagara Falls, Rhode Island, Downtown Montreal, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and Maine.

In addition, there are also options for Luxury Jet Charters!

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Airport Transfers

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This is surely the fastest way to get to the airports!

Since rooftop helicopter landings are not permitted, Manhattan has three heliports open to the public.

So, with convenient access to all New York-area airports and Manhattan heliports, the helicopter charter service will pick you up and deliver you to your destination quickly and comfortably.

Available from the Airport/Heliport Closest to You:

West 30th Street Heliport (Hudson River)
East 34th Street Heliport (East River)
Downtown Manhattan / Wall Street Heliport (East River)

Oh!!! The helicopter airport transfers can be combined with NYC sightseeing tours too!

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So, if you enjoyed these NYC helicopter tours, we have quite a few other options for you!

If you’re interested in arranging an unforgettable wedding proposal or engagement day, see how we can help!

Finally, buy the coolest gift ever: a NYC Helicopter Ride Gift Card and lastly, explore our Luxury Travel Experiences or head to the Hamptons for a relaxing weekend!


Disclaimer: All liabilities are signed directly with and are responsibility of our helicopter partner. Behind the Scenes NYC, LLC only intermediates the experience to our clients.


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Photo Credits: Courtesy of our partner, @m__g__v and TomDurante

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Exclusive Art Tours in New York City

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Come explore our exclusive Art Tours in New York City! The city that never sleeps had endless option for the art connoisseurs and aspiring artists and fans!


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BTSNYC Experiences On Going Art Tours in New York City

We know that New York City is considered one of the best places in the planet for the art lovers! There is just so much to see that it can get quite overwhelming, especially when you have so little time in the city.

We offer some exclusive art tours in New York City that will blow your mind!

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Having a Masters degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in addition to being an art historian and educator, our partner and art expert offers guided tours through the best contemporary art galleries in Chelsea.

But wait! This is not all!

Why we love it? Many of the places explored are completely off-the-beaten-path and unknown by the touristy crowd! Just how we like it!

The tours have the duration of 2 hours and usually covers from 6 – 7 exhibitions during the walk.

At each exhibition, our expert gives an in depth presentation on the artists and their work, using an iPad for additional visual references.

In case you can’t attend the scheduled tours, private tours are also available on the day and time of your choice. Our clients and readers have greatly enjoyed them, so contact us to book your experience.

In addition, our art expert can be booked for guided tours of specific museums, as well as for visits to the gorgeous outdoor museums upstate for an exclusive and super fun day trip!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: Scheduled tours are US$100/person
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Payment Method: You can pay on the day of the tour with cash, credit card or via Venmo or PayPal, directly to our partner.

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Are you a company looking for Corporate experiences for your team? Or do you need to put together a priceless and memorable experience for your clients? Our team of experts can cater to your needs and create customized experiences!

If you’re in other tours, take a look at our BTSNYC Experiences!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of our partner
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Cedar Lakes Estate: A Hudson Valley Luxury Estate

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Cedar Lakes Estate, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is the perfect upstate luxury estate to explore not only during the summer, but also during winter season!

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We are always looking for and exploring unique properties in upstate New York to share with you. Cedar Lakes Estate is certainly on the top of our list.

We also know that many people aren’t really sure where to go or what to do during the harsh New York winter, so we decided to help out!

This past weekend, we packed our bags and headed upstate to stay at a place called Cedar Lakes Estate. We’ve been following closely experiences they’ve been creating for guests and couldn’t wait anymore to go and explore!

Located in the heart of our gorgeous Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estate’s story is quite special.

To start, the property is family owned. A few years back, the sisters Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas, that have countless unforgettable childhood memories at the Estate, decided to share the property not only with friends, but with outside guests.

They started working and organizing everything, building new rooms and cabins and renovating what needed a fresh look. In no time, they got so much organic press that not only people started reaching out, but also super young companies like Uber and Google decided to host team gatherings and activities during the year.

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The property is really something! You’ll be able to indulge in their 500 acres with 2 lakes, 2 pools, miles of hiking trails, boats, tennis, basketball courts, football fields, ziplines, and the BLOB.


Let’s talk about their accommodations!

They have rooms for every style, pocket and need!

The Bluebird Cottage and the Lakeside Cottage are great for a complete experience. These cottages boast with spacious formats, king-size beds and private patios. Plus, each one has its own cool amenities like full modern kitchen, heated stone floors, fireplace, living room and/or dining area.

In addition, the 10 Sleepy Pine Cottages are under a beautiful cluster of pine trees! It offers one queen or two full size beds, rain shower, Nespresso machine and mini bar. Perfect in size.

Furthermore, the Poolside Cabana is fully equipped with a fireplace, washer/dryer, with access to pool area, patio, outdoor wet bar and refrigerator, gazebo (extra bathroom in gazebo) and it’s also pet-friendly!

The Garden Suite is perfect for families, or for the more demanding couples. It has a fully equipped din-in kitchen, a fireplace with sitting area and a beautiful, large bathroom.

And, their option for Glamping (glamour camping), is called Campstyle. This communal house can host up to 43 people common room seating areas and a kitchen. Don’t worry, the bathrooms are just as nice as the other options above, and also offer complimentary toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and body wash).

Finally, the Rustic Cabins are for people that really have camp roots with bunk beds, ceiling fans and a communal bathhouse. But, they offer fresh linens and towels!

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Now, not many people know or can even imagine how many activities are available at properties upstate.

Cedar Lakes Estate is perfect not only in the summer time, but also during winter.

As they explain:

“Guests have full access to all that the grounds has to offer, including the use of the lakes, pools, hiking and biking trails, bonfire pits, tennis and basketball courts. With outdoor activities like The Blob, “drive in” movies under the stars, and guided yoga classes, we have everything needed for a memorable and refreshing getaway.”

Super cool right?

So if you’re the adventurer type, sporty-type or lets-chill-type, they have it all. Swimming, fishing, countless sports and games – basketball, tennis, volleyball, kickball, softball and football; plus, everyone’s favorite lawn games, like bocce, horseshoes, cornhole and ladder toss. Phiuf! What a list!

Close by the property, you can take some time to explore too. The region offers restaurants, breweries, farms, antiquing, markets, distilleries, artisan shops, ski mountains, and breathtaking hikes.


You might be asking…but what about the food and drinks!?

Where do we begin? We had a delicious, tasty experience and loved it all.

They have a garden where, not only they grow their own produce, but they also host summer outdoor dining experiences.

“Walk into our expansive Chef’s Garden and see where it all begins. The garden charms with its white picket fence and twinkling lights as we bring out the season’s best, harvested right beyond your feet. A 50-person farm table sits on a reclaimed brick patio in the center of the garden for a truly farm-to-table experience under the stars inside this expansive 4,000 square foot wonderland.”

“This Chef’s garden is a testament to our farm-to-table values, as we tailor our crops each season to grow produce specifically for the menus chosen by our clients. Whatever we cannot grow or make ourselves is sourced from our small-town farmer neighbors. We believe that cultivating a network of local purveyors ensures the most outstanding seasonal fare for your event.”

During winter, they put together a Après CLE Party and some really private Pop Up Dinners that gathers the coolest crowd from NYC and neighbor towns! The menu is to-die-for!

The Après CLE party is every Saturday, from 12pm – 6pm.

You can expect the grooviest tunes, a group of happy campers, old school toboggans, giant jenga, hot hot hot crackling fires paired with some yummy spiked hot cocoa!

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We all know how cold upstate New York can get, but this party will certainly keep you pretty warm! From entertaining conversations, gorgeous folks and a bonfire pit that will be roaring all day long, you won’t want to leave!

You can also hop inside the Canteen every now and then, for some melty grilled cheeses, fig and brie hot sandwiches and some boozy hot beverages!

If you enjoy it, and still want to hang around for more, don’t forget about their multi-course Pop Up Dinners that happens 1 Saturday every month!

Just so you can get an idea of what these dinners look like, see the menu from our dinner:

  • Amouse Bouche: Roasted breakfast radish, sorrel butter, crispy white anchovy
  • First Dish: Diver scallop carpaccio, cured olive labneh, preserved winter citrus, charred fennel and toasted red millet. For Vegetarians, they substituted the scallops for potatoes.
  • Second Dish: Handmade braised wild boar tortellini, tomato rosemary sugo and fontina fonduta. For Vegetarians, they substituted the wild boar for ricotta.
  • Third Dish: Citrus seared Hudson Valley duck breast salsify 2 ways, braised endives, blood orange and brown butter roasted hazelnuts. For Vegetarians, they substituted the duck for Japanese fingerling sweet potatoes.
  • Grand Finale: Cinnamon panna cotta cardamom roasted persimmon, dark chocolate espresso bean crumble and anise shortbread.
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How much better can this get, right? Super creative, innovative, entertaining, in a breathtaking place with the coolest crowd.

In addition, if you’re looking for a fantastic spot to organize your destination wedding, Cedar Lakes hosts luxury destination weddings and corporate retreats year round! Stephanie Karavellas actually organized her own wedding at the property, and it was nothing less than perfection.

So, after experiencing it all, we can only say that Stephanie and Lisa have really done an outstanding work. It’s surely all done from the heart and it reflects on every single detail around the property!

Contact us for any Corporate request for your team. They host throughout the year amazing getaways and company retreats!

Be sure to book your experience and have fun!

Location: 1 Team Usa Way, Port Jervis

http://cedarlakesestate.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Stephanie Karvellas and Derek Baynton’s Upstate NY Wedding

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Stephanie Karvellas’ destination wedding at her Cedar Lakes Estate, a luxury custom NY wedding venue located in the heart of the Hudson Valley!

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Cedar Lakes Estate, a luxury custom wedding venue, was founded by entrepreneurial sisters Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas after recognizing the raw natural beauty of their parents’ 500-acre former summer camp in the heart of the Hudson Valley.

On a beautiful day in June, Stephanie herself got married at the Estate. As the owner and site coordinator, she was given carte blanche to host the most spectacular wedding imaginable. After building a team of the industry’s best, including Mindy Weiss as the planner, her vision came to life and the wedding was truly second to none.

About Stephanie, Derek and the Wedding:

Derek Baynton and Stephanie met Memorial Day Weekend 2012 in a share house in Montauk…not your typical love story. 25 singles in a beach house seemed like a recipe for disaster, but those who don’t believe in love at first sight, their housemates will tell you otherwise.

Since Stephanie spends all of her days planning other people’s weddings at her Estate, she wanted her wedding to feel different, and custom to what her and Derek care most about: extraordinary food, masterful cocktails, and creating an unforgettable experience for their beloved friends and family. Luckily she also had access to the industry’s best, who all couldn’t wait to make this wedding a showcase of their best work as well.

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They held her ceremony at the 85-year old deck overlooking the lake and nestled under a pine tree sky. Their first look was when she walked down the aisle and Derek couldn’t contain his genuine tears. It was romantic and intimate yet dramatic and breathtaking.

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Furthermore, she wore a backless Ghalia Lahav lace gown and looked ethereal against a 100-foot pine tree backdrop with thousands of candles flickering in the branches. The bridesmaids all wore floor length nude gowns of their choice. And, the groomsmen wore custom slim-fit midnight blue tuxes.

Stephanie and Derek offered three different cocktail hours in three locations.

The first one on the bluestone patio surrounding the infinity pool overlooking the lake, with a Montauk vibe. They offered lobster rolls, fresh sashimi cut to order, classic rum punches and live beachy music.

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Moreover, the second, on the mountain top with views that span for miles, a live doo wop band (the same one who was present at their proposal under the Washington Square Park Monument). Plus, a variety of specialty cocktails all made with fresh pressed juices, herbs from the on-site garden, homemade bitters, and local craft spirits – all shaken by professional mixologists from NYC.

In addition, the final cocktail hour was in the open air pavilion with a massive stone fire pit. Decorated with tufted leather couches, cigar bars, cow hyde rugs and antler chandeliers, the men (and ladies!) enjoyed dirty martinis and small-batch whiskey flights.

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Finally, the reception space was masterfully lit and draped with romantic, airy fabric and lace. Elaborate, wild green and white centerpieces hung from the ceiling. And, eucalyptus garland ran down the center of the barn wood tables. The tables had handmade lace runners and lace overlays draped on the chairs.

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Tastings In New York And Upstate That Will Blow Your Mind

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We contribute with Glamour Brazil magazine and on this post we wrote about great spots for tastings in New York and Upstate.

Here is the Portuguese version and below, the English version:

New York is not only a perfect place for people who love art, shows, nightlife, shopping, gastronomy, but the “city that never sleeps” offers great options for those who enjoy wine, beer, whiskey and gin tastings.

Since several of these tastings take place inside their own factories, many are located in Brooklyn – a neighborhood big enough to host these huge buildings.

Another cool spot is a winery only 2 hours from Manhattan with tastings, outdoor yoga classes and happy hours with jazz music.


The Red Hook Winery

NY Distilling Company


If you have no time to organize any of these tastings in New York and need help, see below what we can do for you! After all, they are great spots for tastings!

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Carly Heitlinger: 7 NY Spots That’ll Make You Move To NYC

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The lifestyle and fashion Blogger, Carly Heitlinger, aka Carly, shares her favorite 7 NY spots that will make you want to move to NYC!

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This week, our Founder Fê Paronetto interviewed the Connecticut & NYC Blogger Carly Heitlinger. She’s known as only Carly, on Instagram!

Carly launched her life and style blog The College Prepster as a freshman at Georgetown University in 2008.

She was born in Tampa, Florida, but is currently based in Connecticut.

Her blog features attainable style and inspirational life advice, encouraging girls to live their dreams.

Here are Carly’s Top 7 NYC Hot Spots:

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“Joe’s Shanghai is my favorite spot for soup dumplings and peanut noodles! It’s well worth the wait. Even though I now live in Connecticut, my boyfriend and I will sometimes take Metro North into the City just because we’re craving those dumplings! Bring cash and an appetite.”

The restaurant was launched in 1995, in Flushing, Queens.

And, in no time, it became a hot spot for soup dumplings and crab pork meat!

Locations:
9 Pell Street, Chinatown
4 West 56th Street, Midtown
136-21 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens

www.joeshanghairestaurants.com


“I can’t get enough of Sarabeth’s amazing brunch. While many locations can have a ridiculous line, swing by Park Avenue South for a shorter (or no!) wait.”

Opened over 30 years ago, Sarabeth’s is definitely a must go if you’re in NYC.

They offer delicious homestyle cooking in a relaxed, non pretentious environment.

It’s great for Happy Hours too, so check their website to figure out which of the 5 locations will suit you best.

Locations:
381 Park Avenue South, Kips Bay
1295 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side
40 Central Park South, Midtown
339 Greenwich Street, TriBeCa
423 Amsterdam Avenue,  Upper West Side

http://sarabethsrestaurants.com


Curiosities Insider Interviews Carly A Heitlinger Pommes Frites

“After closing for a while, Pommes Frites is back in business! The authentic Belgian fries or poutine make a great afternoon pick-me-up. I have a personal rule to try a new dipping sauce every time I go– you can’t go wrong.”

What to expect?

A specialty shop serving authentic Belgian fries, perfectly doubt cooked (yeah!), topped with countless tasty sauces.

Can life get better that this?

We don’t think so. Ha!

Location: 128 Macdougal Street, Greenwich Village

www.pommesfritesnyc.com


“There tons of spas around the City, but if you’re short on time and still want to squeeze in a little pampering, try Heyday. Conveniently located in NoMad, the express spa offers 30-minute facials. Walk out of there with glowing skin in a New York minute!”

This is the perfect way to keep your skin healthy, even with a stressful NYC agenda.

They are soon opening a 2nd location, in August, in TriBeCa.

Locations:
1130 Broadway, NoMad
92 Reade Street, TriBeCa

www.thinkheyday.com


UNFORTUNATELY THIS STORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED, BUT THEY STILL SELL ONLINE!

“Described by the NY Times as “intoxicating, “CW Pencil Enterprise is the place to go for pencils. It’s really one of the city’s more unique shopping experiences whether or not you’re a pencil enthusiast!”

Founded by Caroline Weaver, we couldn’t agree more with Carly as being a must-go spot to unleash your creative side!

We’ve written about CW Pencil, so check it out for further information and pictures!

Location: 100A Forsyth Street, Lower East Side

http://cwpencils.com


Curiosities Insider Interviews Carly A Heitlinger Stick With Me Sweets

 

“Stick With Me Sweets is the place to go if you have a serious sweet tooth. The chocolate shop offers ridiculously delicious bonbons, caramels, truffles, and more.”

The store was launched in December of 2014 by Susanna Yoon, Founder and head chocolatier.

They offer over 24 unique flavored, hand made treats like bonbons, flavored caramels, chocolate truffles, crisp brittles, toffees, nougats, nut butters, and elegant small cakes.

Oh! And, their chocolatiers were trained under this city’s finest Michelin-starred chefs.

Can’t be less than “amazing”, right?

Location: 202 Mott Street, SoHo

www.swmsweets.com


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“For a quick afternoon getaway, hop in the car and head up to Fishkill Farms, in the Hudson Valley. Depending on the time of year, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables to pick. Apple season is my favorite and their organic varieties are out of this world.”

Carly has been to Fishkill Farms several times – notice the different seasons in the pictures.

It’s a third generation Hudson Valley farm with ecologically-grown fruits and vegetables, with over 100 years!

The farm store and pick-your-own are open from 9am-6pm.

Location: 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY

www.fishkillfarms.com


Here are a few other fun questions we asked Carly:

What does NYC mean to you?
“It sounds cliche, but I think NYC really does mean opportunity. Not only do you have the chance to make it in almost any career you could possibly imagine, but there are also so many opportunities for experiences. No matter what time it is, or what day it is, or what neighborhood you’re in, there’s something interesting and exciting going on.”

What will a New Yorker never tell someone?
“If you’re in a pinch and need to use a restroom, skip the $5 Starbucks coffee toll and pop into a hotel lobby instead. They’re generally easy to locate and super clean.”

What piece of advice would you give someone that just moved to NYC?
“Get an unlimited MetroCard and commit to exploring different neighborhoods. I like to pick a restaurant or park in a spot I’ve never been to and then do some exploring before and after my visit.”

Take a look at her website to follow her work and find her on her Social Media Channels!

www.thecollegeprepster.com


Thank you, Carly, for sharing with us the places you love the most in New York and upstate!

Didn’t it just make you want to move to NYC?!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Carly, the venues and Sean Ainechi
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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