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New York & The East Holidays

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New York & The East Holidays

You’ve probably already decided that you want to visit the Big Apple at one point in your life. But remember about the other fantastic cities that also populate the eastern USA. Twin city adventures in the eastern parts of the USA are very popular, and every city enriches your itinerary with something new.

Try Boston for academic excellence, or stop by Philadelphia and discover where America was born. Alternatively visit Washington DC to see what America has flourished into, or experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Chicago.

Barrhead Travel are experts at planning stateside adventures and our team know how to make the best of your time on the Atlantic side of the country.

Highlights of the Eastern Seaboard

Chicago: The Windy City

A city steeped in culture and modern architectural elegance, a trip to Chicago will offer everything you desire from a city break in the one trip – shopping, an amazing music and theatre scene, over 5500 restaurants, professional sports and unique attractions. You’ll leave with unforgettable memories and anticipation to plan your next trip.

Combining the hustle and bustle of a major city with over 70 eclectic neighbourhoods, Chicago offers a completely dynamic holiday where you’ll experience the best of both worlds. Chicago’s synonymous with an impressive outline of skyscrapers and the striking views won’t disappoint. Check out Willis Tower, America’s tallest building, as it soars high above the sky. Other landmarks include the Magnificent Mile, the prestigious shopping district that sits on Michigan Avenue with many shops for you to love treating yourself in.

Michigan Avenue also hosts Tilt – an observation deck that extends outwards on the 94thfloor, that offers views of up to 50 miles of Chicago’s gorgeous skyline as well as Lake Michigan and four other states. Those who suffer from vertigo may want to instead try Navy Pier, a 3300 foot-long pier that sits on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Filled with attractions, shops and places to eat, you can spend the whole day discovering its delights. You can even take a sightseeing tour from the pier and discover the city by boat.

Other gems, such as the abundance of diverse neighbourhoods dotted throughout the city, offers an authentic slice of Chicago with boutiques, a plethora of dining options and history and culture as you’ve never seen it. Take a visit to the neighbourhoods in the North and experience jazz music and comedy sketches, and a cuisine that boasts Ethiopian, Mexican and Middle Eastern fare, as well as many more foods from around the world.

Now couldn’t be a better time to choose Chicago, with exclusive offers from Barrhead Travel. A fun-packed 3 night trip starts from £961, including return flights and accommodation, as well as a free sightseeing tour. Call us on 0141 242 1300 to book your Chicago adventure.

A Valentine’s Weekend in New York City

New York City: a metropolis of famous landmarks, around-the-clock energy and the romantic valentine’s weekend getaway of choice for couples across the globe. Regularly making top 10 lists of places that you must visit before you die, the Big Apple has something that appeals to everyone no matter what kind of holiday they are after. Alive at all times of year and never sleeping, New York is one of the most romantic places on earth if you’re looking to get away for Valentine’s Day. Ideally suited for couples who love to get lost in a metropolitan wilderness, New York City offers an endless possibility of romantic moments. Here are some of the events on offer for the 14th of February 2016.

Visit a private Valentine’s Day art show
If you and your other half have a mutual love affair for art, the Museum of Modern Art is hosting a special Valentine’s Day tour for the city’s romantic twosomes. Enjoy a luxury candle-lit wine reception complete with hors d’oeuvres before learning about the artwork on a private after-hours group tour.

Pretend to be your favourite on-screen couple
You can barely walk five steps in NYC without spotting a building used in one of your favourite films. If you and your loved one have a favourite romantic movie that was filmed in the Big Apple, it’s likely it will be on the Romantic Movie Moments Tour. This two-and-a-half-hour tour around Manhattan includes locations from When Harry Met Sally, Sweet Home Alabama, Maid in Manhattan and the first Sex and the City film.

Take an evening cruise on the waters of Manhattan
Every visit to New York requires a day where you do nothing but take in the famous Manhattan skyline. Imagine gazing at that skyline, at night, in a boat, with the person you love (plus wine and dinner). There are several companies that organise cruises on the Hudson river, and most are offering Valentine’s Day deals with drinks, dinner and dancing.

Star gaze in the Planetarium
February is a chilly month in New York for stargazing, however the Hayden Planetarium is offering a warmer indoor alternative. Located inside the American Museum of Natural History, the planetarium is hosting a Valentine’s event Romance Under the Stars complete with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music followed by romantic stories from the ancient past.

Pretend it’s Halloween
If you and your love would rather celebrate Halloween over Valentine’s Day, rest assured New York offers plenty of fright-fests all year round. The Blood Manor haunted house is an interactive show where guests take a guided tour around a mansion populated by trained actors. It’s open all year, and has a special ticket-only Bloody Valentine weekend event.

Top 5 New York Must-Visit Stores

When visiting New York City, whether for the first time or the fifth, you’re going to find an overwhelming number of stores in different shopping districts. So which ones to prioritise? We’ve composed a list top five New York Must-Visit Stores that are iconic, exciting, and not to be missed!

1. Tiffany & Co.
Unsurprisingly  first on our New York Must-Visit. This world-famous jewellers will truly live up to your expectations, and make you wish you had all the money in the world! Located on prestigious 5th Avenue, it’s a store which looks exactly like you see it in films, with a distinct air of sophistication and nostalgia. 4 floors of blissful, sparkling merchandise mean that you’ll definitely not want to leave without a little blue box of your own…

2. The Prada Epicenter
Designer doesn’t get any better than this! Located in the Soho district of Manhattan, The Prada Epicenter is one of only three in the world (the others are situated in Beverly Hills and Tokyo). This concept store is highly original, with fascinating architectural design touches, including a huge ramp in the middle, which transforms to become a stage used for gigs at night. The exhibition – like store is, of course, full of very expensive products, but it’s worth a trip for its aesthetic design alone.

3. Sephora
There are many Sephoras located across the globe, but the beauty chain’s Times Square store is wondrously innovative, utilising digital and interactive technology. Island displays feature iPads, specially used to identify which perfume you are best suited to, and such is the technology that it sprays out samples of different perfumes for your delectation. Check out the digital foundation colour matching system, and take advantage of the opportunity to virtually try on nail polish before buying. The store stocks a huge amount of beauty brands, so make sure you take plenty of dollars (bought at great rates from Barrhead Travel, of course!), because this is the right place to treat yourself.

4. Kate Spade
You’ll find Kate Spade on the iconic Madison Avenue, in the Upper East Side area of Manhattan. The flagship shop’s interior design imitates an iconic American townhouse and has four floors, each more intriguing and awe-inspiring than the last. It’s a stunning environment which represents the brand through its visual merchandising – even in the store’s lift! Feminine, bright and colourful, this doesn’t feel like a retail space at all. The brand sells everything from womens wear to stationery, and so there’s something for everyone!

5. Cake Boss
Family owned Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey became famous from the TV show Cake Boss and, due to its ensuing popularity, opened a store in the heart of Manhattan. This New York bakery is located only a five minute walk from Times Square, and sells the most heavenly cakes and mouth-watering chocolate covered strawberries. They also have a range of Cake Boss merchandise if you’re a fan! In store, there’s a glass window through to the kitchen, where you can actually watch the bakers creating the cakes whilst waiting on your order.


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