New York Staycation

January 15, 2018

New York Staycation I wit & whimsy

I hope you guys had a good weekend! I largely spent mine recovering from my two-day migraine last week but was glad to be able to still be able to make it to some of the plans I had with friends. I also got in three workouts which felt like it was just what my body needed after two days of bed rest.

For today’s post I wanted to share a bit about my little staycation the other weekend! Upon signing on to do another project with dr. brandt, I decided to do so in a new setting as my bathroom isn’t the most photogenic. I originally figured I’d ask a hotel to shoot in a room for one hour but then decided “why not stay the night?” and so I booked a room at The Ludlow Hotel  and the staycation ended up being exactly what I needed!

Winter reading I wit & whimsy

Truth be told, between the craziness of the start of a new year, an internal (and then external) dialogue that was playing non-stop and the bitter cold that was gripping New York City, a little pause was so welcomed. After wrapping the shoot, I had a glass of wine, got takeout and ate it in my PJs. (I went to Sweet Chick by the way! Given it was 5 degrees out, it was perfect that it was next door to my hotel and it had been on my list for some time. In the spirit of trying a new-to-me NYC spot once a week, I indulged in chicken and waffles and mac and cheese and WOAH – #worthit!) Then I spent the rest of the night plotting my upcoming trip to Scandinavia and planning new content for wit & whimsy. I’ve been having lots of new content ideas and as I’ve resolved to get back to more personal posts, it felt good to have the ideas flowing in a new environment.

Winter Staycation I wit & whimsyWhile staying in town, I was also happy to check out a few other spots like Ludlow Coffee Supply (get the bourbon vanilla latte). When I first moved to New York I used to spend so much time on the Lower East Side but now I barely go to that neighborhood.


I also have to say, now that I live in Brooklyn, a night at a Manhattan hotel feels even more like a luxury. While I certainly have a comfy bed at home, being productive in PJs from a different environment can feel just as good. (And if we’re being totally honest, I have the loudest upstairs neighbors I’ve ever experienced and so any night away from their nonsense is pretty blissful :).)

Away Suitcase I wit & whimsy

I had intended to wake up Saturday morning and head to pilates but upon seeing it felt like -5 out, I cut myself a break and allowed myself to stay in bed to read magazines, my book & have a little room service. At 11AM, I packed up & headed back home where I further escaped the cold back in the comforts of my little studio. It was a pretty blissful staycation!

(By the way I’ve always had luck finding rooms on HotelTonight in case you ever want to seek a staycation in your own city at a more reasonable price.)

AWAY suitcase // Weekender Bag (this is the best!!) // Pajamas // Slip Eye Mask

p.s. the most Instagram worthy spots in NYC and an escape to Storm King Art Center.

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

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  1. Kendal says:

    Sometimes a staycation is all you need to recover from the week and get back on track! I’m glad you had such a great time 🙂

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  2. Jackie says:

    That looks lovely! Sometimes people email me asking for NYC hotel recs and since I’ve never needed to stay in any I basically have no idea what to tell them – this would be a nice way to get to know some hotels! Going to download that app. Glad you’re feeling better!

    • Meghan says:

      Yes the app is great and you can book out further than the night of which is nice! I’m always surprised to find a nyc hotel that feels worth the money but really liked the rooms at The Ludlow for sure!

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