Girls Trip to NYC

Ten years ago I got on a MegaBus with my Mom and some family friends and started the five and a half hour journey from Delaware to New York City. It was my first time heading to the Big Apple and I was beyond excited. At 15 years old I was all about American Eagle, Starbucks Frappucinos (before I needed to watch my sugar and fat intake..ugh!), and MTV. We saw Fiddler on the Roof, walked through Times Square including making a thirty minute stop in Sephora and ate at Ellens Stardust Diner.

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^ Mom and I ten years ago!

Since that very first trip my Mom and I have been numerous times and have seen multiple shows together. NYC holds a special place in my heart as a city that Mom and I share a love for and the energy is electric with each visit.

This particular trip could not have come at a better time. I desperately needed a girls trip and some quality time with my Mama. Mama got to Baltimore on Friday afternoon and we started the festivities a little early with margaritas at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants just two blocks from my house. We rented a movie and vegged before going to bed early.

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^ At the top of Fed Hill!

We woke up at the crack of dawn on Saturday and hopped in the green mobile to start the drive to Newark. Let me first preface this by saying that I am not a great driver. I can DRIVE but I get nervous easily so the three hour drive on the New Jersey Turnpike was a little intimidating. Knowing that it was the only thing standing between me and NYC got me through the drive and we were at Newark Penn Station before I knew it!

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^ Donut eating on the drive to the train station 

The train ride into the city was maybe 15 minutes and after a few wrong turns we found our hotel and dropped off our bags. First stop, CHELSEA! I really wanted to see Chelsea Market and The HighLine but for some reason the traffic was even worse than usual so we decided to walk around a little bit to find a clear spot for an Uber to pick us up. We quickly found the source of the traffic, a street fair! All of 9th Avenue was shut down for the fair causing major backups but we felt like locals walking through the fair eating and dancing as we went!

After stumbling around for two hours not really getting anywhere we decided to get the hop on hop off bus ticket for the sole reason of making sure we saw SOMETHING! We knew we weren’t going to make it to Chelsea when we had to be back for a show later in the evening but we still wanted to make the most of our trip. While riding it started to rain, we thought a few raindrops wouldn’t be bad but then it started to REALLY rain! The bus driver passed out ponchos and watching my Mom try to figure out how to put hers on was hands down the funniest part of the trip and remains one of the best memories from the trip.

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As we neared the stop for the Brooklyn Bridge we decided to be spontaneous and walk across it! After looking at the clock we realized we didn’t have time to walk all the way across and back so we just went halfway. The view was incredible!

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I was most excited about the show we were seeing Saturday night- Wicked! It’s my favorite Broadway show and the only one I’ve seen without my Mom. She took me to my first show, Fiddler on the Roof and since then we have seen numerous shows together in NYC and London. As a special treat for Mother’s Day I got us tickets and couldn’t have asked for a better night with her.

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Sunday morning we woke up early and the last thing on our agenda was a trip to Doughnut Plant in Chelsea. Every time I travel I make finding a gourmet donut shop a priority sine donuts are my weakness. We walked 20 BLOCKS THERE AND BACK to get these donuts and believe me when I say they were worth every step we took! I had the Strawberry Cake and Mom had the Brooklyn Blackout. We were in donut heaven.

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If you made it to this point in the post, God bless you for reading the whole thing! This trip was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate me and get me excited for the summer and spending time with family and friends. We are already planning our next trip to New York this Fall because you can never go too many times.

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