Of all the typically romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day, surely New York has to be one of them. My boyfriend, Mike, and I didn’t actually plan our trip to coincide with Valentine’s Day. I’m a teacher so we booked our trip for February half term. Only later did we realise we’d be spending February 14th in one of the most romantic cities in the world, and I could not wait.
We started how every day in New York should begin, with cream cheese and smoked salmon bagels. We found somewhere to sit down and ordered them without thinting to check the price. Oh if only we did. They were $20 each! “I guess we’ll have to skip lunch today!” (I’ve never skipped a meal before in my life).
We walked to Central Park and couldn’t believe our eyes. It was a dream come true; the park was covered in (a light layer of) snow. It snowed a few days before we arrived in New York but as the rest of Manhattan had lost its blanket of snow, we didn’t have high hopes for Central Park.
I’m sure the snow made the wildlife look more magical.
We had a much needed hot chocolate in the iconic Boat House.
Our plan was to venture to the ice skating rink at the Rockerfeller Centre, that was until we stumbled upon one in Central Park. I’d seen the rink there over Christmas a few years before but I assumed it would close soon after the new year. It’s amazing how much fun you can have going round in a circle over and over again.
We strolled along 5th avenue and stopped in Tiffanys and Co. Mike surprised me by buying me this beautiful necklace!
We made it to the Empire State Building just in time for sunset. I can’t think of many things more romantic than watching the sun set from 86 floors high in the sky. It was mesmerising seeing the Manhattan skyline perform a light show of different colours.
For dinner, we headed to Stella 34 Trattoria, an elegant Italian on the sixth floor of Macy’s. For somewhere with views of the Empire State Building and Times Square, it wasn’t too badly priced at all and the food was exquisite.
Finally, we ended the day in our futuristic and modern hotel, W New York, with a view over Times Square.
I think we might have peaked. This Valentine’s Day is going to be hard to beat.