If you've read our engagement story, you'd know that we just got back from a Mini vacation in New York.
We were headed to a wedding in Pittsburgh and decided that landing in NYC and spending a few days being tourists was the way to go. I was planning on writing about the trip immediately, but some other things happened. I did take lots of photos, as usual, and fell in love with a lot of places and theres no way they'd all fit here. So, here are the highlights!
There are no words for how absolutely beautiful this park is. I don't know if it's being on vacation or the carriage ride or if I'm just overly enamored with green spaces, but I was head over heels for this park. I'm extremely jealous of anyone that gets to walk through it daily, especially with all of the dogs enjoying their walks, too. I went a little crazy dogspotting. I could have very easily spread a blanket out on the grass or on a large rock and just laid there all day watching dogs and kiddos play.
We stayed at the Plaza Athénée, just blocks from Central Park and the neighborhood was beautiful! Its was so nice to have everything within walking distance. Mark and I spent our first morning exploring the neighborhood and finding cute dogs and cafes. It was a nice upgrade from Houston! We can walk a bit at home, but Houston is still a mostly car city, even in our pedestrian friendly neighborhood. It was nothing compared to walking in Manhattan. The architecture, the ease, the warm perfect weather. We went on vacation at just the right time and in just the right neighborhood. I'm still trying to convince Mark that we should move into one of the brownstones, specifically the beige one in the above photo. I just want to sit on those steps and enjoy life passing by.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty was one of the few places that I wanted to see on our trip and I'm so glad we got to see it. We woke up super early one morning and Uber'd out before taking a lovely ferry ride to the island. I actually think the ride may have been my favorite part. Lady Liberty was surprising smaller than I thought she would be. I imagined she was much, much bigger but standing next to her she looked smaller. It didn't take away from the experience of seeing something so iconic up close though.
So, if Mark won't let me move to Manhattan, the least he could do is let the move to SoHo! After our tour of Ellis Island, we got on the subway and headed to Soho for lunch and people watching. This is the part of the trip that felt the most like home, to me. Well, maybe home with a little more oomph. The pope watching was the best and wandering from shop to shop would've been the perfect way to spend a morning.
Subways are just not a thing in Houston. It would be the quickest way to create an underground swimming pool! So, getting to travel all over the city, underground, in a train was a lot of fun. It was crowded and hot as hell at some points, but it was a amusing. Even the one time I accidentally swiped my metro card twice and still got locked out of the turnstile and almost made the entire group miss the train! I don't know if I could do it every day, or use it as my sole form of transportation (because I love my car) but for an occasional excursion when we can't find what we want in walking distance, it would be a trip.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
While we were in SoHo, we stopped at the world renowned Dominique Ansel Bakery to grab lunch and snacks. It was hard to pick just one thing, but a cronut was a must and I'm so glad we had one! The food and the pastries were so delicious. And the patio was beautiful, too. I picked up a few mini meringues as souvenirs for my younger sisters and a few for ourselves. My sisters are lucky I love the two of them, because they almost didn't get their meringues! They were that good. If you're stopping in for lunch, I recommend the cold sweet corn soup, especially in the heat of Summer. I am just a little sad that I didn't grab a frozen smore. I will be back to this bakery and have everything on the menu. Twice. It's my life goal.
We did end up heading to Pittsburgh after a few days in New York and that was the more calm part of our trip. We spent the time meeting with my fiancé's extended family and relaxing. We did go to a few absolutely charming places there, but it was more of a private, family time leading up to his cousin's wedding. I will say that if you are in the PA area, definitely visit Millie's Homemade Ice Cream (on S. Highland) and Noodlehead. They're the two places that I absolutely adored. I'm still dreaming about those noodles.
Now that we're back home, and sort of getting back to our normal lives, it seems like we've done a lot of slowing down (minus the wedding planning) compared to the days we spent in the city.
Karra Wade is a lifestyle blogger, boutique owner and content creator living in Texas with her husband and two dogs.
In 2015, she started Feather + Arrow to promote her work and share bits of personal life. It has slowly grown into a place where she can not only share musings about her day but also discuss fashion tips, lifestyle inspiration and peeks into her shop.