New York City

If you travel to cities with great museums, enjoying them like a local refines the experience. On a tip from another Womantraveler, I joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with a reasonably priced "National Associate" membership. Then, after more research, I discovered that certain museums closer to home provide reciprocal memberships with those across the country, so, for example, my membership to San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art admits me to the new Whitney in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, the Guggenheim and more than 30 others in the US and Canada. Read more →


Southern Vermont is sturdy in every season, its winding roads passing both quaint and gourmet country stores, year-round Christmas shops, challenging ski slopes and mountain hiking trails, local playhouses where famous actors guest-star in "the season" and brook-powered grist mills displaying the fundamental engineering of modern technology. Like these snapshots from the 18th century, Southern Vermont reminds us that timeless is good, but updating for modern tastes where pragmatic is OK too. Read more →


Waking up Christmas morning with a view of Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center and a block away from enchanting Fifth Avenue was a worthwhile tradeoff - at least this once - for the stockings hung by the chimney (at home) with care. If you are thinking about changing up your holiday traditions for Christmas in New York, here are a few tips and lessons learned. Read more →


Add these restaurants to my running list of recommendations in Manhattan. You can view more choices in these other blog entries - Food Faves in Manhattan Updated Fall 2013 and Autumn in New York 2013. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street (Greenwich Village): A culinary landmark since 1977, yet still delicious and unassuming, Cornelia Street suggests a neighborhood French bistro but amplifies with dishes evoked from Americana to Asia as well. Not only that but there are more than 700 cultural performances here a year. It's the type of place you'd love to have just down the street for frequent visits. Read Chef Dan's blog for more of the flavor. Shake Shack, Madison Square Park - Danny Meyer's global enterprise, which began as a hot dog stand in neighborhoody Madison Square Park across from the Flatiron Building, is probably worth the 30-plus wait in line, even if to tell the... Read more →


What's New York without knowing where to eat -- and particularly seasonal and regional ingredients wherever possible? This list is a continuing work in progress -- classy but comfortable get-togethers, suitable for friends, family and business...So stay tuned and more shall be revealed as time goes on... Read more →


Here are the highlights of culinary finds on an October weekend in New York -- particularly south of Midtown in the Flatiron District (and Madison Square Park), Chelsea and the West Village - all definites for your next visit - and ideal for the savvy Womantraveler. See more options on my other running list of Manhattan restos in a previous blog item. Read more →


While it's easy to return to a favorite Manhattan neighborhood over and over, what a treat to find a new day-tripping home-away-from-home in the city's Meatpacking District on the West Side downtown. This discovery comes from an Upper West Side perennial, now hooked on the food, fashion, history and reverence for bucolic open spaces in the Meatpacking District. Read more →


Girlfriends Getaways in NYC

The approach of spring-to-summer is precisely when I start planning a girlfriends trip to New York City (and a few other cities girls love). Fortunately the Big Apple's hotels think about us, too, and have come up with some fabulous ways to spend our time and money. These packages are not for the faint of budget -- but if you've got the bucks or are resolved to put yourselves as a priority for the splurge, you go girls! Read more →