My Coast to Coast Summer : Part 1 : NYC

This Summer I was lucky enough to travel to two of my favorite places within months of each other.  And they just happened to be on opposite coasts of the country.  I started out with a long weekend with some of my favorite friends in NYC, and ended with almost 2 weeks beach side with friends and my love in California.

PART 1 : New York City

See Part 2 : LA : HERE

I was lucky enough to meet 3 of my greatest friends a few years back who also happen to be photographers.  We traveled for the first time together to Tennessee and had a blast.  We kept trying to plan another trip but you know how photographers can be…BUSY.  But after some searching, we finally found 1 weekend that work for us all and off to NY we went for a girls trip.  In NY, we had planned to walk around and explore together, eat some great food, and enjoy the sites.  The weather fought us with the heat and humidity scaling crazy heights, but we powered through and enjoyed the trip regardless.

I started day one with Maria walking all around the Chelsea neighborhood, watching the sun set over the buildings, and enjoying an amazing steak dinner together at Marble outside watching the people and cabs go by.  It was the perfect night to celebrate the beauty that is the sites and SMELLS of NY. 😉   Even better?  I found some #muralsfindLiz murals the minute I got out of my cab from the airport. 

LOVED exploring the ‘High Line’ (similar, but a lot more narrow than the 606 in Chicago) trail.

Our hotel happened to be steps away from the famous flat iron building so of course we got pictures in front of it. 😉

Maria showed us some of her favorite spots to take portraits when she comes for sessions.  Loved this little street!

Sorry, not sorry to all the people who live there.  We were having way too much fun in front of your beautiful homes.

Camera timer for the win!

AMAZING french bistro for lunch : Claudette (many, MANY orders of madeleine cookies).

The rest of our day was spent exploring, finding fun buildings to photograph, and eventually see…


Day 2 with these lovelies was a blast!

And the views weren’t half bad either.


True tourists here, riding bikes and all!

We would end up riding down past One World Trade Center, stopping at Battery Park, and making our way back up.  Such a gorgeous night!

If you ever get a chance to ride bikes along this path, do it! So pretty and so fun!

Day 3 and our Nicki girl joined in on the NY fun! We got cocktails at a fun rooftop bar called Gallow Green and explored the city together after. We ended our night with a delicious dinner at Stone Street Tavern.  That was a fun hidden little area!

I was so excited to get a pizza slice though more than anything! 😉The next day we got to explore Brooklyn with brunch and views by the river.  It was HOT out, but still fun. 😉And off to DUMBO, Brooklyn where these amazing elephant murals were literally begging for me to pose in front of them! <3 Loved the view of Manhattan from here!

The sunset that night was GORGEOUS!!!  Will definitely need to go back and explore more of Brooklyn soon! So fun!

Our last day was spent in Central Park.

I loved getting to go back to Tavern on the Green where my sister was married 11 years prior.  It had changed so much, but the food was sooooo good for lunch!

Touristing it up by the Dakota, Strawberry Fields, Poet’s Walk, and the Bathesda Fountain.

You can spend so much time walking around the gorgeous Central Park.  I’ll always enjoy exploring in it.

Until next time NY, thanks for the beautiful views and memories!

HUGS to my lovely ladies!

I won’t soon forget THIS trip. 😉 <3

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