Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big Plans in the Big Apple

Guess what Brad and I are doing this Thanksgiving. Give up?
We're going to New York City! Yahoo! Yea! Yippee!! Holllllaaaaaa!!! We're going to spend the whole week in The Big Apple, and the best part is, we are going to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live! Ohmygoodness. I honestly couldn't possibly be any more excited ever, ever. Eeeee!!!!

And while the Parade will obviously be the highlight of our trip, there's another event edging in at a very close second: We're going to see Wicked on Broadway. Holy cow, I absolutely cannot wait!

We have big plans for the week that we're there. We've spent months pouring over every available activity in NYC, including landmarks, tours, museums, shopping areas, etc. and grouping them by location. Our poor visitor's map has already been well worn in.

We've decided that this will definitely be more of a "trip" than a "vacation," since there will be no relaxing for us in the Big Apple. We plan to wake up early each morning (especially Thanksgiving morning), eat a quick breakfast at the hotel, then head out for the entire day, only to come back late in the evening to crash for the night. Our itinerary is jam packed, and it's just how we like it. (Don't judge me for my color-coded excel spreadsheet. The level of my nerdiness is directly proportional to my level of excitment. Just consider yourself lucky that you don't have to view all the other tabs in that workbook. Ha.)

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New York City has so many iconic locations. The Statue of Liberty. The World Trade Center memorial. Central Park. The Empire State Building. Times Square. So many! I mentioned to my mom that I want to have breakfast at Tiffany's in honor of the classic film, even if it's just a donut by the entrance, and she surprised me by sending me this Tiffany and Co. coffee mug to prepare. I already feel so ritzy just from that pretty packaging alone!

Oh my goodness! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! I know that we're going over Thanksgiving, but I have to admit, I'm mostly excited about Christmas in New  York.  Can you believe we'll actually visit the real Macy's on 34th street? We'll get to see the Plaza like in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. We'll get to shop at FAO Schwarz and walk past the men dressed as toy soldiers at the door on our way to stepping on the Big piano. We'll get to ice skate at Rockefeller Center, all bundled up in our winter scarves. And we'll witness, live, Santa Clause starting off the Christmas Season at the end of the Parade!  This trip is a Christmas fanatic's dream come true!

Seriously, I have to calm myself down when I start thinking about it. Brad and I haven't been on a week-long vacation since our honeymoon six years ago, and neither of us have ever been to New York City. I can't wait to make all those wonderful memories!

Any recommendations, if you've visited the Big Apple in the past? Or if you love a movie scene or TV location in the city that's a must-see?

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Emily J said...

Can't wait to hear all about it!! So glad to see wicked and serendipity on your list :)

Laura C. said...

This sounds SOOO fun!! Sounds like you have a lot of great things already planned. I didn't see half of that when I was there (for a day or two). We did eat at Serendipity which was fun. If you get a chance to have a romantic/crowded date AND you love the movie you should try it.

amber said...

i think about you alot, and this :) also, ive memorized the soundtrack to wicked (about 5 years ago) and saw the show (about 2 years ago) and am CURRENTLY reading the boooooooooooook!!!!!! i think

Bethany said...

I got to go to the Macy's parade a few years ago. It was great! Just make sure that you show up early enough to get a spot close to the street. And go to the bathroom beforehand! ;-)

Heather Shaw said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE NYC too! Little Italy was a definitely a fav-we had pizza at Napoli's and yummy treats somewhere else over there. SOHO was cool. Don't skip over the Disney Store-we almost did, but it was awesome! Wish I had planned a little more time for Central Park than we did, and the ferry around Statue of Liberty was fairly iconic too.

Andrea Bell said...

Sounds awesome!!! Hope you guys have a wonderful trip!

Kimberly Washer said...

That has been a dream of mine for a long time!!! Thanksgiving in New York!! Have so much fun and I'll live vicariously through you!!

Ken Murray said...

I hope you have good weather... you will LOVE it. You have to eat at John's Pizzeria on 44th between 7th and 8th (just off times square in across from Majestic Theater where Phantom plays). One of the best I have ever had... and there is a LOT in NYC! Don't dare go to a chain!!!

Lee Ann Childers said...

Sooooooo jealous! I love love love NYC!!! You'll have a great time!

Erin Howell said...

eeeeek! How exciting!! I'm totally going to still your itinerary if we ever get to go for a week, looks awesome! I've only been in the summer, but I think the holiday season in NYC would be fabulous. have a blast. take lotsa pictures. etc. :)

stephanie said...

oh my gosh your itinerary makes me so tired just reading it! but you two have endless energy so no doubt you will pull it off. you should add ellis island because it is awesome, espcially for nerdy types that like history :) (like me)

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