Adults Only Getaway, What?!?

It sounds like a mythical adventure. A child free weekend away with friends in the Big Apple.  Did I mention child free?  Don’t get me wrong, I love my children more than life itself, but sometimes, it’s nice to just enjoy husband and wife time.  Carefree grown up time where you can act immature, laugh non-stop, eat like its going out of style and make amazing memories without being interrupted by the kids arguing or the constant “mommy” holler.

So here is my run down on how we made our 3 day trip to New York incredibly memorable:

We decided very spontaneously to travel with two couples who we knew we would spend the entire weekend laughing with.  We all booked the same flight, same hotel and even shared a car service to the airport.  We were going to be glued at the hip.  We boarded our flight and surprisingly, even though the LOL and LMAO moments had started at the pre-boarding stage, we were still allowed on board.  I say surprisingly because clearly we were giddy from the freedom because we were definitely not acting our age.

On Our Way!

On Our Way!

Top of the Rock

When we landed and arrived at the lovely Westhouse hotel, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that everyday the hotel had free breakfast all morning, a high tea time between 2-5 and then  free wine, beer and appetizers from 5 to 7 pm.  The eating was going to begin and it was going to be endless!

When travelling to New York I always try to look for a new boutique hotel to try out, I’ve stayed at about 20 different hotels in the city at this point and I would say that the Westhouse ranked in the top 10 for the pricepoint of just under $300 per night.

Lots of great amenities including a nice gym that is open 24hrs per day (which we ignored!), and a fantastic location with hardly a 5-minute walk to Time’s Square, but just outside the high traffic and high noise area.

Our first day in NYC, included a ton of walking around the city and simply being tourists.  We visited the top of the Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) where we had an amazing view of the city and the Empire State building, and we wandered endlessly and a little bit aimlessly.


We then got on a bus tour called The Ride which I HIGHLY recommend!  I personally loved it.  Imagine a bus where the side of the bus is floor to ceiling glass and everyone sits in rows facing the side of the bus.  You have two people who are giving you a guided tour around the city but more than that, they are singing to you, telling jokes, making fun of each other and engaging with people on the street.  I can’t say that the sightseeing was particularly amazing, but the entertainment was fantastic. Definitely check out The Ride and search for online coupons as we ended up paying $50 per person instead of the advertised $75. Here is a little preview of the onboard entertainment:

Following The Ride, we visited Carlo’s Bakery –  or you might recognize him as The Cake Boss – where we thoroughly enjoyed some Lobster Tails (picture an oversized croissant filled with an amazing custard!)

Next stop was Ellen’s Stardust Diner.  If you haven’t heard of it, and I had not, it is the place to go for dinner and to be entertained by singing waitstaff performing all throughout your meal.  While the food was rather average, the experience is highly recommended because the singing and entertainment was stupendous.  Definitely worth a visit!

From there we moved on to Caroline’s comedy club where we can almost always be assured a great night of laughs.  We have been there several times and I highly recommend it if there is a headliner who you like.  It’s reasonably priced with great atmosphere. The headliner for the evening was Artie Lang and for those of you who are familiar with him from the movies and his involvement in the Howard Stern show, it was a truly disappointing and sad experience.  He has had many issues over the years including suicide attempts, jail time, addiction etc and that all clearly showed on stage.  It was actually painful to watch him.  No eye contact, he looked like he literally just got out of bed and had not showered in weeks and was dressed in old Adidas pants and sneakers that are likely older than me.  More importantly though, he really wasn’t funny.  A sad experience, unfortunately.

Our next few days were move of the same: eating and sightseeing.  We walked through Little Italy and Soho where we attempted to buy the famous Cronut at the Dominique Ansel Bakery only to discover that you need to be there in line early in the morning because they sell out by 9am! What?!

We ended our day at  Eataly which is located on 5th and I can’t recommend enough.  Unbelievable!  It is a huge market with amazing gourmet foods and quite honestly the BEST PIZZA I think I have ever eaten!  I dare you not to love it!  The Eataly Pizzaatmosphere in this market is amazing, you can spend hours just walking through the different departments and seeing all of the delicious gourmet foods.  Let’s not forget the gelato which I thought I was too full to consider, but guess what? Apparently there’s always room for gelato!

Our third day was again spent walking the streets, eating, laughing, walking some more and then stuffing ourselves at the amazing Shun Lee Palace prior to our flight.  Best Chinese food in New York City.  They are an institution!  A bit pricey, but they have been in business for over 40 years which I believe is a testament to the quality of their food.  We somehow managed to sneak one more trip to Carlo’s Bakery to grab a Fondant cake to bring back the kids because we didn’t want to go more than 10 minutes without visiting an eatery (heaven forbid!).  Verdict on the cake?  Don’t bother.  For $50, even my kids weren’t interested in finishing an entire slice so a pretty big waste.  He may make beautiful cakes, but not very tasty ones unfortunately.  His Cannolis and Lobster Tails on the other hand…

Okay, enough about the food.  This is how 6 adults enjoyed a 3-day getaway in the Big Apple, child free, stress free, and fat free. Okay, maybe not that last one!  I can’t tell you how re-energized we all felt coming back.  It’s like someone let us out of our shell for the weekend.  It was an opportunity to forget about responsibilities for a few days and act like the carefree kids we once were.

Grab your partner, find a sitter, commit to finding a date to get away, and make it happen!  Just the two of you or with friends – you won’t regret it!

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Comments (63)

  • Can’t do that where I live. All sitters here are weird recknecks with a tendency to smoke in your abscence.

  • A hotel with tea time and drink time sounds like my hotel

  • All sounds fun! Would love to get away with a few friends and enjoy ourselves. Be nice to be kid-free for a few day 🙂

  • I would love to travel to New York for an adult only getaway! And boy does that pizza look GOOD!

  • Couldn’t agree with you more Tara!

  • It was ridiculously delicious! My mouth is watering just looking at the picture!

  • Sounds fantastic. I could use one of these!

  • sounds like super duper fun! And you are right, I’m actually grabbing my BFF and we are headed towards an amazing international adventure in a few weeks.

    Melinda Jana
  • Oh, we would love an ‘Adult’ getaway in New York! It’s one of our bucket list locations to visit; we’ve never been.

    Yolanda Perez
  • With 3 kids, especially our with with the challenges we deal with, it’s hard to find a sitter for more than a night. And that night begins after dinner and ends at breakfast. But when and if we can get a sitter, we take advantage and go out to dinner, see a movie, or we go grocery shopping and hang out at home. It sounds funny but it is actually fun, without the kids. We don’t get it often. We have had a night away for our anniversary, or at least a day away, and even though it’s short in time, we still love it. If you can’t be two adults once in a while, you kind of lose yourselves and each other amongst the day to day. My youngest breastfeed by breast only so it will probably be a while before we can get away from her for more than a couple hours, but even bringing her sometimes is still fun.

  • Sounds like a fun trip just waiting to happen!

  • When travelling is not an option, alone time with your spouse is second to none.
    Time together is so incredibly important to keeping your marriage strong, and ultimately makes you better parents.

  • You will have a blast! Hope you try some of the suggested hot spots I highlighted!

  • My all time dream to go to NYC with my hubby. We never had a honeymoon & he has been battling cancer twice – so we are way over due for a trip. Maybe it will happen – looks fabulous.

    Julie-Lynne McCann
  • Sounds like so much fun! Once my kids are older I am really looking forward to a getaway like this!

    Nicole B
  • Being kid free for a day would be lovely lol

  • Thinking of you and your husband and praying only for the best! Beating Cancer is no small feat, and I’m sure having you on his side, makes all the difference in the world!

  • Since my first child is only 10 months, I still have the fear of an adults only get away!

  • Sounds so wonderful and really a healthy choice! Hubby and I do plan to get away and enjoy every minute of it. And no we won’t feel guilty.

    Debbie S.
  • A week cruise would be great with my hubby
  • Boy could I use vacation like this. We have 3 grandchildren and their mother living with us. So we could really use this

  • Would love to go on a cruise just my husband and I…. That would be so so so great!!!

  • Sounds amazing. Would love to get to NYC one day.

    Ashley S.
  • We was going to go to New York for our anniversary. But since it falls on spring break we decided to do a family vacation to myrtle beach. But I WILL go to New York one day!

  • being from new york i myself have never been to nyc and i cant wait to go try things see things

    Tiffany Vaughn
  • sounds like fun

    debra barden
  • I want to do this! New York pizza is THE BEST in my opinion, and I’m salivating over that pic up there! My twins are 5 years old, and I’ve never left them overnight. In. Their. Life. I’m thinking it’s about time to change that! Thanks for the inspiration.!

    Laura Upton
  • Would love to get away with a few friends and enjoy ourselves.


    Sharon Martin24
  • Don’t worry Shaylee, it took me until my first was 2 years old before I considered an adults only getaway and then I cried the whole way to the airport and most of the flight 🙂 But, it definitely gets easier. Especially as they get older and can talk back!

  • That’s the way to do it Debbie!

  • Myrtle beach is on my list of places to visit! I’m sure it will be a fabulous experience!

  • It would be magical, I have no doubt. Start a savings jar, make a goal date and start planning Joanna!

  • Sounds like you seriously deserve a vacation Anne!

  • Do it Laura! It is SO great for your marriage. Not great for the hips because the pizza was ridiculously tasty as was all of the food but totally worth it for the memories!

  • So glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for your feedback!

  • Fantastic Giveaway!!

  • That sounds absolutely heavenly!!! I’ve always wanted to go to NYC but am worried about you know paying for it first of all but also about my being a country bumpkin and redneck through and through. I don’t know how well I would fare there if I did make it.

    Leah Walker
  • That would be so amazing! I wish my boyfriend and I could do something like this! Maybe someday 🙂
  • These types of getaways are critical. We got lack in our date nights and even that was creating tension, so just recently we had one and now we’re committed to keep having them.

    Lee-Ann Sleegers
  • That sounds like an amazing vacation.

    Nancy Burgess
  • I wish, but I cannot travel due to having a disabled daughter.

    Doreen McSorley
  • Make a stay-at-home mini getaway. Ask for help and just spend an evening on the town with your hubby, it’s all about the quality time together Doreen.

  • Cant find a sitter that will work with a 1 year old a ten year old and an 11 year old disabled child…. or that would be perfect.

    Jeff Toplak
  • Would be so fun. Ive never had a getaway.

  • We have 7 kids. The ages range 11 to 21. It’s great because we can take an adult vacation any time we would like.

  • Sign me up!
  • looks like an amazing trip! i wanna try those pizzas – yum!

  • Don’t have anything similar where I live would like it if more places has it

  • We did an adult only giveaway to NYC 6 years ago … and that’s when my now hubby proposed <3 Then we got married, and keep having babies, so no traveling in the near future. At least for another 9 months 😉

  • WOW

    Jennifer Lo
  • Yes, adult only getaway!! I could just see myself and my husband, all alone!!

    Jennifer Ann Wilson
  • It’s hard to leave our 3 year old for any extended period of time, but we are going away overnight for Valentine’s day

    Ryan R
  • To travel with my husband would be amazing but Grama isn’t much of a babysitter so we gave up years ago trying to have date nights.
    We try to make things up at home.

  • It’s about time to have some adult getaway with my friends! I love to unwind and refresh sometime! This blog was very helpful to me!

    Ana Aquino
  • You would fare fabulously! Make it a plan of action and make it happen!

  • I am thrilled to hear that Ana, now let’s see those vacation pics when you return 😉

  • We’ve done a grownups getaway once since we’ve been married. It was nice to go away for a weekend to a hotel alone.

  • I Would Love to Go To New York with my Daughters & Granddaughter – Since i have never been able to go there with them!! This would be soooo Nice!

    Linda Sullivan
  • My husband and I have always wanted to go to New York. We live in a small town, what grand adventure would await!! Oh, if only..

  • My husband and I on occasion have a date night one day during the weekends. My mother is the only one I really trust to watch our son and he usually goes over to spend the night with her once every other weekend, so whenever that happens we get the chance to be alone but usually we just stay home and cuddle and spend time together since my husband works constantly so when he does have time off he is exhausted and wants to relax. I’ve always dreamed of going to new York or cross country since we live in Oregon. That would be a dream vacation of mine that I would love to share with my husband.
  • I would love to do an adults getaway. Our kids are 11 and 10 and we’ve only had one weekend away from them before and that was when they were very little.

    Rushell Tuggle
  • We took our first adults only getaway this January. It was tough leaving our 11 month old behind but it was nice to take some time away.

    Nicole L

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