surprise new york trip…

hey bloggers – hope you’re enjoying your week. no doubt many of you are busy getting ready for the thanksgiving holiday weekend.  i just wanted to share some highlights from a surprise visit to new york last week.  saturday morning we left ranger and headed to the airport to catch our flight home.  we returned the rental car like normal, but instead of going to the terminal, a car pulled up and mario said “get in…we’re going to the city”.  i was so excited i couldn’t believe it!  we’re going to new york?  for how long?  he said he wanted to surprise me with a weekend in the city since he knows how much inspiration i get from being there and visiting my favorite shops, and seeing the city all decked out for the holiday season – incredible…

we arrived in time square, checked into our hotel, and immediately hit the streets to head to our first (and most important) destination in new york city – tinsel trading company.  my friend marcia who is the owner of tinsel trading company happened to be there as well so i was happy to get to see her.  i absolutely love this place, filled to the brim with vintage findings, trims, and treasures.  i shopped for quite a while (heck i could have been there all day) and while we were there, mario got a text from our friend debby schuh who happened to also be in the city for her annual holiday event and teaching at tinsel that night – crazy huh?  we waited for her to get there to say hello, and then we were off again to explore more of the city…

of course one of the best things about new york is the food and we definitely took advantage of that.  from starbucks on just about every corner, pizza shops everywhere you look, and loads of bakeries and cupcake shops, it was all amazing.  our favorite place to eat in the city is right off times square at a diner called juniors – seriously some of the best food and cheesecake ever (you can tell how excited mario was to be there too)!  that night, we were lucky enough to get last minute tickets to see wicked on broadway so our adventure just kept getting better and better.  this was our 4th time seeing wicked, but first time to see it on broadway and it was definitely the best one yet…

the next day on sunday we set out early to the hells kitchen flea market where i found loads of vintage ephemera, photos, and several little antique trinkets to take home in my suitcase.  then we were off to walk through the city and then stopped at one of my favorite candy stores dylan’s candy bar.  i’m telling you it’s really like stepping into wonka with 3 floors of nothing but candy, life sized treats everywhere, and even the floor is filled with candy – insane!  next we walked through central park, checked out the windows at anthropologie (always great inspiration), and stopped by rockefeller center to see them decorating the massive christmas tree for the annual lighting next week.  while we were there i picked up a piece from one of  branches trimmed off the tree to put in my travel journal – love that…


i must say new york city should definitely be a must do on everyone’s bucket list, there is simply no other place like it in the world.  what a great way to end our travel year – thanks mario for this great surprise to fill my soul with ideas and inspiration, i needed it…t!m

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  2. So glad you had fun! My son lives there and many of your stops are on my bucket list, like Tinsel Trading FOR SURE!! TFS!!

  3. Julie says:

    Mario is simply THE BEST! What a great surprise to renew one’s spirit.

  4. LenaS says:

    What an awesome friend Mario is!!! I love the pic of him holding up the Starbucks sign and would those be his sneakers with NO SHOE LACES on the manhole cover??…LOL. Haven’t been to NY in almost 30 yrs. Never got to do all you did, but also feel your passion for the magic of that place. Thanks for the ride along…sigh.

  5. Debby Schuh says:

    It was so nice to see you both at Tinsel Trading and catch up for a bit! It’s great that you got to experience one of the best cities in the world with its “party clothes” on for Christmas! What a great surprise!!

  6. Nadine Milton says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure- I have not yet been to New York but hope to make it there someday! I’m glad that you had a wonderful time!

  7. Jane L Stash says:

    Thank you for the tips of Tinsel Trading Co and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. We will be there in May….cannot wait for these finds. Are you having any second thoughts about 12 Tags of Christmas? I’m missing the thought of them…… just sayin’

  8. Hettie says:

    Thanks Tim for the heads up on places to go in New York!! My Buddy and I are planning a trip soon (think Thelma and Louise) so I have now added some more places to my list of things to see!

  9. Kathy O'Brien Meyer says:

    Love that you picked up that bit of tree! For me it’s rocks: from a family trip to Ireland or a camping trip near the Loyalsock Creek in PA. I write the date and place with permanent marker and place them in a glass hurricane with candle on my coffee table.

  10. Janine Bertone says:

    Wow some fantastic surprise trip, I have a friend who lives on 34th st and this sounded like it is all in her area, want to go there someday and see it all. It ahs been many years since first trip to NY.

  11. Sabine B. says:

    Sounds wonderful. What a great start into the holiday season.

  12. Susan C says:

    It’s been years since I spent Christmas in the city, your photos and words brought it all back like it was yesterday. It is nothing short of magical, thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  13. Cheri says:

    We’re going there this weekend for the Rockettes dance experience with my granddaughter and daughters. There’s no place like NYC.

  14. Therese says:

    Wow, what a great friend to take you on an amazing surprised journey. Hope you and the gang had a great Thanksgiving.

  15. Rhonda says:

    Wow what a great surprise. Way to go Mario! Glad you guys had a great time!

  16. Wow! waht a magical time youboth ahd! I’ve only been to NY for one day. And we tried to cram everything we could in those few hours! Hope to get back tere and really experience it all! TFS your fun trip!

  17. Pat Baker says:

    Mario, you are THE MAN! What a wonderful and thoughtful surprise! I am going to have to put those special places on my list for the next time I visit NYC! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  18. Tammy says:

    AWESOME!!! I am so very happy for you!!! You are absolutely right!! My fam and I were blessed to get to go for a couple of days—about 17 years ago—I creid when we were at a show at Raido City Music Hall—it was between Christmas and New Years:) My STudmuffin was raised in a cowboy/country town (although he pulls off the city slicker look great, too)—-after returning from New York , he stated that he never thought he would have said that he loved his visit in NYC—-but he did!!! He’s awesome like that! Anyhow—Again I’m so thankful that you got to enjoy NYC and that you encourage others to go there at least once in a lifetime—it pretty much rocks:) be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

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