3 Tips to keep up with fitness goals when traveling

It’s hard to find exercise time when scrambling to and from business meetings or hitting every major landmark in a city when traveling. You’re also constantly going out to eat, not paying attention to what you’re ordering and just living in the moment. Trying to stay focused on your 2017 fitness goals becomes an after-thought and sooner or later you’re right where you began on December 31, 2016. Here are three tips to stay on track with your 2017 exercise regimen while on the road: Calendar time to work out We’re so consumed by meetings, calendar invites, networking events, etc. that if we don’t designate 30 – 45 minutes in our calendars to work out, we’ll completely forget.  Set a calendar event either early in the morning or at the end of your day to exercise. Having a 15 minute reminder pop up on your phone will signal when your workout is about to begin. In-room workout gurus The internet is chock full of at-home workout videos. Just because you’re traveling and can’t find a local gym to utilize, doesn’t mean you can’t have a high intensity workout in your room. Search through hundreds of videos and vlogs to find the best virtual coach to guide you through your fitness challenges. If you need a recommendation, follow Troy Brooks on his Facebook or Instagram Booking your stay with a gym While there are many factors to consider when booking your hotel, try to find one with a gym. This way you don’t have an excuse not work out as there is already a fitness center right in your building. Packing...

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan March 2017

We’re just as shocked as you are that it’s already March! Time flies when you’re having fun and enjoying everything New York City has to offer? Before we dive into spring, here are a few farewell-to-winter celebrations we suggest to round out the cold season: Orchid Show (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx; Now until April 9) It’s that time of year again and this year’s Orchid Show theme is Thailand. Travel to Southeast Asia to discover beautiful blooms without actually traveling there! Be sure to visit their website for special events and more details on Orchid Evenings. St. Patrick’s Day There’s nothing more exciting than celebrating Irish heritage with green beer or jumping into a parade! From Sunnyside to Midtown, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. For more St. Patty’s Day happenings, visit TimeOut New York’s complete synopsis on all Irish-related events. Sunday Brunch at the Met (Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, 30 Lincoln Center, New York; Now until May 7) The Met is now open on Sundays and this season opera fans are invited to explore the facility and enjoy an afternoon meal with a show! The $39 Prix Fixe includes an Endless Mionetto Prosecco cocktail and a performance by rising Met stars. NYC Craft Beer Festival (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York; March 24 – 25) There’s only one place to sample an extensive and diverse offering of craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits and that’s at the 2017 NYC Craft Beer Festival! Whether you love beer or cocktails, there’s something for everyone....

Travel Tips: Best Publications and Sources for Travel Inspiration

Do you have that one friend who travels to the most obscure places you’ve never heard of? You sit there, vigorously sifting through their recent batch of Facebook photos, wondering how the *** did they come up with the idea of traveling to BLANK? Two words: travel inspiration. It’s everywhere; on the internet, on your social accounts, billboards and more. The trick is finding what source best works for you! Here are a few outlets we recommend for travel inspiration: Blog Inspiration Be My Travel Muse. We roll out the red carpet for Kristin. As a former investment banker from Southern California, she sold all of her belongings to travel the world. Kristin is also an advocate for solo travel, something many find imperative for self-development and discovery. But enough about how awesome Kristin is—her website and blog are truly informational and dare we say, inspirational. From tips on what to pack to properly to budgeting funds for a trip, she tells it all. Nomadic Matt is another great source for planning your next adventure. Once you land on his home page, click on Start Here and then Get Inspired. Matt takes a ‘no excuses’ approach to traveling and will answer any doubt or question you have about why you shouldn’t say ‘no’ to traveling. Media Inspiration Turn your attention towards the experts. From Conde Nast Traveler to Trip Advisor, there are literally thousands of articles sprawled across the internet waiting for you to digest their information.  Travel & Leisure supports anyone’s wanderlust. With slideshows featuring the most detailed photographs to pages of vacation ideas, spend hours perusing their...

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan this February 2017

February Out & About Tis the season of love! Fall head over heels with New York City this February by exploring everything amazing it has to offer. From indulging in authentic Asian cuisine in Chinatown to exploring the latest gallery exhibit, here are four fantastic February NYC events: Wine and Dine with Chocolate (February 10, People’s United Bank, 250 Park Avenue, New York) Invite a loved one or fly solo at Ripple Effect Artists Wine and Chocolate Gala. Enjoy decadent food, sample mouth-watering chocolates and sip on elegant wines while meeting talented artists. Ripple Effect Artists is a local theatre organization that features productions and talk-backs with a purpose to support the arts. Take a Cooking Class at Brookfield Place (Institute of Culinary Education, Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, New York) New York City may be the restaurant capital of the world, it’s also a great place to learn how to cook or improve your skills. The Institute of Culinary Education is offering a number of Valentine’s Day classes throughout the month of February geared towards couples and singles! Visit their website for course descriptions and times. Celebrate Black History Month (The Center for Architecture, 526 LaGuardia Place, New York) ‘Say It Loud’ is an exhibition at the Center for Architecture that showcases projects from 20 different designers as well as a timeline covering the history of black architects here in New York City. The goal is to encourage and celebrate young black architects as only two percent of the country’s total licensed architects are African American. This exhibition is free through April 1. Asian Vegetarian Food & Culture...

Visiting One World Trade Observatory

Our ever expanding Q&A Perks Program recently added One World Observatory as a new partner! As a “welcome to the relationship”, our hotel marketing team was invited to experience this amazing new landmark first hand. Here is everything you need to know before checking out the most remarkable views of Manhattan and beyond: Fun facts Opened in May 2015, One World Observatory has hosted over 3 million visitors thus far. That’s just about 95 thousand guests every month! When walking through the ground level exhibits, you can’t miss the glorious LED screen display and special program, Voices, which pays homage to all of the construction workers who assisted with the project. The average construction worker spends anywhere from 3 to 6 months on a project, but the majority of construction workers for One World Observatory spent nine years lending their skills. Also fascinating—a number of these workers’ parents helped with the construction of the original World Trade Center! For another interesting fact, did you know there’s enough concrete in the building to lay sidewalk from Manhattan to Chicago? On your way up Pay special attention on your way up because it’ll be over before you know it! It takes approximately 47 seconds from the ground level to reach the 102 floor. One World Observatory hosts the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere traveling at 28 mph. While you’re traveling up, the floor to ceiling screens show a variety of NYC attractions from all sightlines. Visit during the day AND night The best time to visit One World Observatory is about an hour before sunset. This way you can see...