Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Gansevoort Hotel, NYC

I've dropped off the blog-o-sphere. Again. I'm sorry. I know it contradicts one of my last posts about my New Years Resolution, and all I can say is sorry. And of course, now all of the topics I have to write about are outdated - but I'm sure I'll come up with something.

I've been looking through my planner trying to decide what to tell you about - events I've been to, venues I've seen...and a notable venue that I visited was way back in December, but it's still there, so why not give it a review? The Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District in NYC.

I like to visit NYC as much as possible. Don't get me wrong - I love Boston, but there's just something about the atmosphere of New York that's just so....well, so New York. I really don't know how else to describe it.

Last December, we had a gorgeous day and even better night, and instead of hitting up your standard club scene, I was taken to the Gansevoort Hotel...I was a little leery of going to a hotel bar, thinking it will be full of corporate travelers or the older, rich crowd, but I was pleasantly surprised by the young, yet classy, NYC crowd.

Sadly, my camera wasn't behaving this evening, so I don't have any pictures. All pictures here have been taken from the hotel website itself. But walking into this penthouse, roofdeck bar is what I have always pictured as quintessential New York City. Dark room, uplighting, lounge seating, and beautiful, fancy people everywhere. Of course though, drinks were $13 each. Yikes!

Although I only spent a few hours at the hotel, it was one of the nicer NYC evenings I've ever had. Great atmosphere, excellent music, and at least the drinks were worth what you paid for them. Table service was also an option, which is great if you don't want to leave the one you're with and wait at the bar.
It was a nice break from the crazy NYC club scene and gave for a nice place to relax and hangout with a group or even for a date (although the music could get quite loud)! I don't usually like to make repeat appearances when there is so much to see, but I'm hoping I get to the Gansevoort Hotel again very soon.

Eventfully Yours,

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hilton Hawaiian Village - Honolulu, HI

As promised in my last post, I'm going to start putting more of a review spin on things here.

I recently took one of the most amazing vacations of my life to Honolulu, HI. This wasn't just any vacation. My 15 year old brother plays the trumpet for the Danvers High School Marching Band, and they were playing in the Waikiki Holiday Parade, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The band also had the opportunity to play at the USS Missouri. My dad and I decided to tag along - tough choice, right?

Danvers High School Marching Band at the USS Missouri

For six nights, we stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. I had my doubts given that it's a Hilton (personally, I think Hawaii and think resorts), but this was definitely a resort and I was more than pleased with the accommodations. It was great arriving after an excruciating long travel day to having the room ready with some of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in at a hotel.

We stayed in the Rainbow Tower, which unfortunately was under construction, but was still nice. It allowed for a partial ocean view. It also had a nice view of the city, too, which was gorgeous at night.
View from the room during the day

View from the room at night

The food and drinks at the hotel were great - there wasn't a single drink or meal that wasn't enjoyable. The "Tropical" drink was my favorite - 1/2 ounce bourbon, 1/2 ounce Lemon Hart 80-proof rum, 1/4 ounce orange curacao, 3 ounces passion fruit juice, dash of Angostura bitters, topped off with 151-proof rum. One of those pool side was the definition of perfection.

As great as the trip and the stay was,, there are a couple of things that really could have made the trip better - the main thing being the elevators. I guess you wonder how an elevator could really make or break it for a hotel - I'll tell ya, this broke it for sure, mainly because the elevators themselves were broken for the entire time I was there.

In the Rainbow Tower there were 5 elevators. These didn't have the simple up and down buttons we're used to - in the elevator lobby you're asked to punch in your floor number. Out of the 5 elevators, only 3 were in service, causing there to be extreme delays as well as very packed elevators.  Not only did I get stuck in them one day and almost miss my bus to Thanksgiving dinner, but on our last day there, it took us nearly 40 minutes to get down to the pool - and we were then instructed to use the freight elevators for the rest of the day.

I was impressed though, by the power of social media in this situation. I had tweeted that I was disappointed with how the staff reacted and the fact that the elevators hadn't been up to par the entire week, and within 5 minutes I had a private message sent asking for my confirmation number, and asking for an email with more detail. In no more than 15 minutes from my original tweet, $100 had been taken off our bill and the hotel staff was made completely aware of our inconvenience and addressed it at check out. I was very impressed.

Palm trees at the pool...gorgeous
 That being the one snag of the trip, I'd say overall it was amazing. Grade for the Hilton Hawaiian Village - B. That's taking into account the elevator scenario, and the lack of  late night restaurants/bars on property. There were also a lot of weddings going on while we were there, and they didn't seem to be private enough. If I were at the wedding, I would want my ceremony/reception to be more private from the rest of the resort.

Eventfully Yours,

Happy New Year! My Resolution to You

Happy 2012!

Just like the influx of resolutioners are your gym this month, I'm sure this is a common resolution for bloggers everywhere. My promise to you is to really get this blog (and the Twitter handle, @Eventfully_YOU), back up and running again. I have a list of topics I want to talk about already that I'm excited to start writing about.

I'm still going to talk about weddings (because I love them, even though having one of my own is far away in the future) but I want to focus a lot on reviews of venues and events that I attend. And as always, I'm always happy to feature a guest blogger, as well as take suggestions on posts. I promise you a shout out if you don't want to write the actual article yourself.

Hopefully this resolution lasts longer than February...I'm confident that it will.

Eventfully Yours,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

You Don't Always NEED a Florist

I know, I know. I've been slacking on the blog again. It's amazing how much time gets away from you when you have a full-time job that actually keeps you busy. It's a really nice change of pace and I love my new gig, but I do miss my blog and my social media presence.

So to get back to the purpose of this post. One of my roommates best friends got married a couple of weeks ago. I was looking through the pictures with her after the weekend, and commented on how beautiful the flowers were. I was shocked to hear that they weren't from a local florist that I probably hadn't heard of. They were from...wait for it...Stop & Shop. Yes, the grocery store, Stop & Shop.

I hope you're as shocked as I was when I found out. I think these are beautiful and really goes to show that it doesn't always need to be expensive to be perfect.

Carrie-Ellen and Don also had a videographer capturing their special day, too. I can't stream it into this blog because it's not on YouTube, but here is a link to see the preview of Carrie-Ellen and Don's Wedding Video.

Congratulations, Carrie-Ellen & Don. Many years of happiness!

Eventfully Yours,

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Bridesmaid Dress I'll Actually ENJOY Wearing? I Never Thought I'd See the Day!

So knowing that the Bride-To-Be, Brittany, wrote and posted about the bridesmaids dresses she picked out on her blog, I now know that it's okay for me to talk about them, too.

I've heard plenty of horror stories about terrible bridesmaid dresses - too poofy, too short, awkward colors, too expensive for a one-time wear, etc. Up until last weekend, I'll admit I was a little concerned/curious as to what I'd be wearing at two of my best friends wedding next summer. But I can rest easy - I LOVE what she picked!

Last weekend, I went with Brittany, our friend Lisette, Brittany's sister Kaitlyn (maid of honor) and Brittany's mother, to go try on our bridesmaid dresses and see what we liked. Brittany had been earlier in the week with Brian's sister, Ali (maid of honor) to go pick out some styles and some colors so that we weren't going into our fitting blind. They picked out a beautiful blue color in a couple of different styles, and Brittany's (original) thought was that as long as we were all in the same color and same fabric, she didn't care what style of dress we were. After seeing the different styles, Brittany actually changed her mind on that one...and lucky for her (and us!) we all really liked the same style! And I'm super excited also, because the dress is my absolute favorite color...

The dresses for the maids of honor are a little bit different, to have them stand out a bit. Same style, but has a nice pattern to it (and still matches color scheme)...

Needless to say, I am SO pleased by her choice of dress style and color. My dress will arrive in August...the hardest part for me might actually be waiting until next June to wear it!

Eventfully Yours,

P.S. - Dresses from David's Bridal

Friday, June 17, 2011

If You Went to Bentley, You've Been to This Place

If you're one of my classmates from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, I'm sure you're familiar with Thursday nights at the Skellig on Moody Street. At least I really hope you are.

I was discussing with some friends last night that apparently the Skellig AND Watch City are closing to build some more apartment/condo housing (like Waltham really needs more people). I'm not sure when it's closing, but we discussed having a "last hurrah" of sorts when we find out. Poor Bentley Freshman won't know what they're missing, so we'll arrange something via Facebook to get the fans together.

Anyways, the discussion of last night brings me to this blog post. I went on the Skellig website today to see if there was a closing date or any special nights coming up in celebration/mourning (which I didn't find, but will keep you posted on) I learned, though, that they apparently have 80s Night every Friday (which, not gonna lie, I would LOVE to see).

The big kicker though that caught my eye was their WEDDING tab/site...

And I think I'm just going to leave you there, and let you develop your own thoughts on that. Again - if you went to Bentley, chances are you've been to the know what you're dealing with...

Eventfully Yours,

Friday, May 20, 2011

How Much Does A Wedding REALLY Cost?

For all of you planning weddings, I found a fun chart about average prices for weddings in the US. Something worth taking a look at! (IF THE IMAGE IS WARPED, CLICK HERE)

Eventfully Yours,