Staycation: Hotel Elysee
Summertime sadness used to get to me a lot more. I remember sitting on the train to visit my family at home on Long Island or walking home in the evening through the balmy heat and feeling very moody and cynical towards summer. I’ve had a job for every summer for the past years, so I’ve never been able to indulge in the hours of deep tanning or traveling around the world, but I’ve never wanted to – I like being busy and working. However, it was effecting my happiness when I didn’t take care of my schedule and myself by adding special moments to my summer.
Staycations are a beautiful thing. You get to explore your home in a new way. Maybe there’s a nail salon you’ve never been to, a beach you never had a picnic on, a beautiful house you always wanted to take the perfect Instagram photo in front of but you were too shy because it was your neighbor. Any week or weekend in the summer can be a staycation. You have to start by thinking like someone who wants to show someone they love your city from the best light possible.
Last weekend, I did just this. I sight saw. I got a crazy milkshake at Blacktap because it was my boyfriend’s birthday and that’s his favorite “food.” I went to the Museum of Ice Cream!!! These are all things that I would typically get bored of scrolling through on social media, but it was a good way to open my eyes to all of the incredible moments that go on and are put together to make this city as magical as it is.
Hotel Elysee in Midtown, which you might recognize from Peggy’s tryst with Duck Phillips in season three of Mad Men, was the most outrageous and luxurious hotel I’ve stayed in. Somehow, they set me up in the Presidential Suite honoring Vladimir Horowitz, which houses his famous piano. This room… if I had more time I would have had myself QUITE the soiree. The piano was grand and was depicted in original drawings of Horowitz. This type of charm, well I was completely surprised and speechless when I realized this still existed in New York. It’s like when around the holidays the MTA runs the old subway train, and you get a glimpse of it going by, or when you walk through Central Park and see the peaceful green pastures that lie in the middle of this city.
Hotel Elysee was romantic, and well-designed with attention to detail. It glittered like all of the songs about New York Claim to do. And it gave me a free bottle of wine upon arrival.
(Some very nice chairs at Hotel Elysee, above.)
Let’s get something straight – you do not need a hotel for a staycation. But you do need some peace! That’s what vacations are for in the first place. Change your sheets. Light some candles. Get some cheap slippers and fall back on your bed while eating a small box of chocolates.
I have to say, the people who worked at Hotel Elysee made it their mission to assure I was comfortable during my stay, so this staycation story is a lesson on surrounding yourself with nice people for your mini getaway at home. Seriously, unfollow some accounts and delete old texts. Be nice to you.
It you do feel like you need to get out for the weekend, try HotelTonight, an app for finding discounted hotel rooms, or even Airbnb. Ask your parents to go on a date and spend a few quiet hours at their house! And if you're feeling fancy, check into Hotel Elysee and order some Joe's Pizza in bed!
City Vineyard is this new wine bar on the piers in TriBeCa that I checked out to get a staycation sunset drink pic!!! that every good vacationer knows is necessary. Watching the sunset will never get boring, I promise, and there's always another type of wine you've never tried. Do this one night a week. It feels good.
I guess what I'm getting at here is that living in a city doesn't have to be so f-ing stressful. Even if you don't live in Manhattan, you likely have an iPhone or social media which makes you compare your life to everyone around you and therefore, stressed. Sunday nights shouldn't be depressing. Texts from friends you haven't seen in weeks shouldn't raise your blood pressure. I think if you take small special actions throughout the week, or at least month, you can reflect a bit about what you want to do and what makes you happy. It will also give you the opportunity to be happier on Monday morning when you head into the office!
Okay go staycation or at least take a chill pill or a small wine and let gooooooo.