The city over the holidays is a special thing — Christmas trees line the street corners and decorations line the streets. A simple stroll through Little Italy feels more like a walk through a busy wonderland:
Just across the street from the Ludlow is the newly opened Indigo hotel. We popped in for a peek and were blown away by the skyline lobby with outdoor pool and modern gathering space. This may just be a new spot to stay in on our list for 2016:
For those that know us, a trip to NYC is equally about the eats and the sights. This go round Tim introduced me to one of his local favorites, Black Tree. Known for their hyper local and seasonal food offerings, this is a spot for the must-see list — cozy, quaint and dee-lish-US:
...and it wouldn't be a proper trip without a stop into Shake Shack.
We meandered through our fair share of specialty shops, which provide endless sources of inspiration and made a yearly stop into West Elm Market — a favorite for stocking stuffers and general holiday cheer:
By day, it was such a great week to be in the office. I enjoyed the chance to attend the yearly Etsy Admin Makers Holiday Pop Up...
...and my competitive side emerged when it came to a "team building" gingerbread house making contest:
Our team's took the ribbon for "Safest During Zombie Attacks," which I have to take pride in given Tim and my's guilty binge-watching pleasure, The Walking Dead. We fashioned the house with pretzel sticks for log cabin appeal and completed it with faux taxidermy and a gumdrop chimney:
Perhaps a new calling?
To round out the week we donned a pair of matching bowling shoes, partaking in a few rounds in between holiday spirits at Brooklyn bowl for the Etsy holiday party — I even broke my first 100 game!
Etsy's holiday party is always one we look forward to and a fun way to celebrate with friends before heading back down south until the new year.
Now back home, we're hunkering down into the holiday spirit – decorating, prepping for Christmas dinner and generally just looking forward to time off to spend with family and friends. Thanks for popping in to see some of our favorite snaps from the latest trip!