What are the most important birthdays you have in your life? 1, 16, 21 and 40! These seem to be major life milestones, and you want to celebrate them with people you love in places you love! This past September I turned the big 4-0. I thought I would do one last post to share all my favorite moments, tips and necessary particulars for each of my adventures. Yay!
The month kicked off with a trip to Amangiri, Utah. What an incredibly gorgeous and serene destination!
The Particulars: A wide-brimmed hiking hat decked out with patches and pins representative of my personality and the special weekend.
Daytime attire: Athleisure style; CamelBak, Tevas, Birkenstocks. Basically wilderness chic! Channel the movie Troop Beverly Hills!
Evening attire: Denim, casual tees and a glass of wine.
Must do’s and highlights: Sandstone (tip: this is NOT a hike and is extremely crowded but awe-inspiringly gorgeous), signature massages and the hotel’s signature margarita!
A few weeks later I headed east to NYC to celebrate in the Big Apple!
Hotel: The Whitby
Attendees: My Vegas Girlfriend crew and my awesome Mom.
The Particulars: Cross body bags (easy access for shopping and site seeing), kitten heels (so you can walk many blocks) and a simple scarf (for unexpected cool weather).
Must do’s: Lunch at Barneys restaurant: Barneys Greengrass, order the fries. Trust me.
Morning: Woke up early AF to be on the Today Show and yes – we did get on!
Dinner: La Esquina. You walk through the kitchen to get to the restaurant – how cool!
Stop by Flour Shop for an incredible sweet treat and, if you are lucky enough, grab one of their cakes. It is surely going to be a surprise.
Spa: Get an in-room massage at The Whitby and ask for Zara…she’s a game changer!
Feel like dancing? Make your way to The Blonde at the 11 Howard Hotel.
Want to get fancy? Have dinner at the old school French eatery La Grenouille. It is my dad’s favorite restaurant in the city!
Sightseeing: I had a run through Central Park, which is always a treat! Then we toured the Heavenly Bodies exhibit at The Met.
Soho Farmhouse in The Cotswolds….need I say more?
This almost movie-like getaway about 90 minutes outside of London is meticulously curated to the very last detail. We stayed in Cabin One, outfitted with fresh bread, cheese, milk, plus a variety of crisps and tasty beverages both alcoholic and non. To add onto this incredible experience, the only mode of transportation around the property was using the signature baby blue bike! Yes – we had several accidents! There is a plethora of activities from clay pigeon shooting to horseback riding and cooking classes. On top of this, an “island” that houses two outdoor jacuzzies, steam and sauna rooms plus an ice room (the best part is the cocktail delivery to the jacuzzi, so if you ever pass through, get into it!). We had three special dinners in three different areas – we really experienced the entire property. Each night ended with dancing in the Mill Room, which led to ordering many rounds of tequila and sodas and endless amounts of tequila shots… endless…
Casual welcome dinner in the Main Bar where we had family-style pizza and pasta, then off to the Mill Room.
The weather was gorgeous with a high in the 60’s, so naturally we went for clay pigeon shooting. It was boys against girls! Then lunch about twenty minutes away at another farm called Daylesford in Gloucestershire.
That night we ate at Pen Yen – the Japanese restaurant at Soho Farmhouse – and shared another family style dinner the Japanese way.
We learned to make our own homemade pasta and sauce in the Barwell Barn located at Soho Farmhouse, which took a few hours and required a few glasses of wine. The final dinner in the Deli was beyond my expectations with an impromptu jam session from my dearest friends and my most loving awesome husband. They serenaded me to the Allman Brothers “Sweet Melissa” and John Mayer’s “New Light”. As well as several speeches and rap poems. It was a magical, unforgettable experience with people I love and – so grateful to call – my friends.
Fourth and Final Location
I was treated to a heartwarming and amazing big LA party, and all I can say is that I am so grateful for my friends and family!
Hotel: Sunset Tower Hotel
Event planner: Mindy Weiss