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Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings

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Visiting the Big Apple the city that never sleeps, perfect for romantic getaways Manhattan.

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings

The NYC skyline a natural romantic getaways Manhattan.

Romantic getaways Manhattan by Bill Watt, Bill Watt’s Worlds.

We wanted to revisit New York City and we also wanted to enjoy some autumn foliage that is always good for romantic getaways Manhattan.

We did both by taking a busy Greyhound from Toronto to New York City.

Traveling by bus between the two cities is comfortable. Far cheaper than flying. And it doesn’t take much longer door-to-door.

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings 

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings, Central Park, NYC

Central Park in the fall, NYC.

The Big Apple? It’s still recommended. If you haven’t seen it but if you have you’ll agree that it’s a lot like Toronto only bigger.

Now let it be understood that when we refer to New York we actually mean Manhattan. The principal borough that towers to the sky yet still maintains its island perspective. 

We were fortunate enough to be given a deluxe package of attractions by the New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hugely enjoyed was the Circle Line’s tour of Manhattan Island by boat. “Cruisin’ down the river” indeed as we saw the Manhattan Skyline pictured left.

Any visit to Manhattan must include the Empire State Building.

The Big Apple overflows with good eating places. Among them we enjoyed Kraft’s, Broadway Joe’s Steak House, Rumors, Olympia Deli and McSorley’s Old Ale House.

McSorley’s is in the East Village. It isn’t so much a dining spot as an institution. It’s been in the same location for 150 years. And hasn’t changed its décor at all!

The wood plank floors are still covered in sawdust. The same photos are on the walls where John McSorley placed them when he opened his establishment. There are still cats dozing in the comfortable ambiance too. Our lunch? American cheddar, raw onions, crackers and McSorley’s own ale. Ambrosia!

And just to prove again that it’s a small world we ran into a chap from Toronto at McSorley’s. Not only that he lives a few blocks away from where we were born. Nice to have met you Daniel Ryan. Visit

Look we know we’ve hit too few of the high spots of our New York escape. Perhaps we can expand upon the others in a future column.

For now just accept our recommendation. Take the bus to New York. Especially in the fall and especially with someone you love. Visit BW

New York City. The city that never changes but changes all the time.

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings, Grand Central Station, NYC

Grand Central Station, NYC.

By Lynne Gordon
What many people don’t realize about the city it that it is a collection of neighborhoods and communities. While New York treasures its historical landmarks it constantly changes. New buildings, areas and communities spring up. As well as massive restoration projects bring back past memories.

New York City is also a walking city.

I suggest when you plan to explore take one area at a time. This way you don’t waste time running from north to south and back again. Be sure to stop and talk to New Yorkers who touch your imagination. They will want to share information about new changes in the city.

I was happy to accept an invitation from the Roosevelt Hotel. I remembered dancing to the big bands. It is where Canadian Guy Lombardo began his New Year’s Eve tradition of broadcasting Auld Lang Syne over American radio airwaves from the Roosevelt Grill.Romantic Getaways Manhattan is a city that never changes, but changes all the time.

The hotel has been the grande dame of Madison Avenue and 43rd Street since 1924. It was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. When I arrived it was breathtaking to see how a $6.5 million renovation brought back that golden era. In spite of being reminiscent of the 1920s nothing is spared for up-to-date conveniences.

Guests bask in the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps. It is why politicians, corporate high rollers and celebrities alike are attracted to this historical entity.

The hotel can hold receptions for 20 to 1000 wedding guests. An event coordinator can help you plan the event.

Guests can arrange for any assortment of rooms and suites. The hotel has many options for dining and relaxing.

After a tour of the hotel’s amenities and friendly conversations with staff and concierge I began to plan my journey. At first I would find everything of interest within a few blocks. Then I would start down town to visit new haunts and old neighborhoods. Manhattan has always been one of the most romantic getaways. Visit

Catching Wedding photography at Grand Central Station.

Grand Central Station.
Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings, Bride and groom in Grand Central StationNothing captures the grit and energy of the city like the New York City subway and the Grand Central Station. Actually it is like a fairyland.

You can easily spend a few hours checking out the restaurants. The historical railroad products make wonderful gifts from the transit museum store.

The subways sparkle with beautiful plastic seats painted in many different colors. Taxi cabs are available at every station.

While I was visiting the Station I found a young bride and groom using the Grand Central Station as a backdrop for their wedding pictures. They were from out of town and wanted a record of the station. Great idea for postcards. Visit

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Hotels.

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings, Algonquin Hotel, Manhattan, NY

Dorothy Parker and her friends.

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Algonquin Hotel
I decided to have lunch at the Algonquin Hotel at 59 West 44th Street. It was made famous by the round table where the members met regularly hosted by Dorothy Parker. She was a poet, short story writer, and Oscar screenwriter nominee for the A Star is Born movie. But best known for her scintillating and scathing putdowns.

Her well-known friends named the viscous circle. They included humorist writer Robert Benchley standing far left. Drama editor of Vanity Fair Robert Sherwood standing in the back with mustache. Harpo Marx part of the Marx Brothers leaning towards Sherwood. Alexander Woollcott with glasses, a literary and drama critic for several magazines. And many more regulars.

The Oak Room Cabaret was revived during the 1980s. It certainly brought back memories of the days I was allowed to interview them.

Be sure to ask for the card pictured with all the participants described on the back. It is a great memento. Visit the Cabaret at

Romantic Getaways Manhattan Holidays to Weddings.

Official Guide for the Five Boroughs.
There is an unbelievable guide that covers all five boroughs. It lists items from restaurants, theaters, heritage spots and clubs. It has easy to read maps and walking tours to transportation. It is a perfect romantic getaways Manhattan gift. – LG

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