By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith
We’re all about a well-lived life, which is why we’ve uncovered the best rest, reading, dining, and rejuvenation that New York has to offer. Looking for a weekend getaway? We’ve got you covered. So get up and get out, the social calendar is calling!
Every spring, Macy’s in Herald Square bursts and blooms with the spirit of the season. During the annual Macy’s Flower Show, expert florists beautify the area with flowers from around the world. Special events throughout the show include live music, kids’ activities, seminars, and more. Step into the “Secret Garden” this year from March 22 to April 5 and get enchanted with magical displays, vibrant florals, and intoxicating scents. After all, now that winter’s officially over, it’s just what our senses need. Social.Macys.com/FlowerShow
Let the stress melt away with calm, meditative sessions at PureYoga in New York City. Our favorite, the Candlelight Flow, is a heated, dynamic class that encompasses a strong standing flow to warm the body with an emphasis on deep hip openers. After 15 minutes of challenging standing poses, stretching floor poses allow us to breath through all our pains and worries. Offered on Fridays at 6:15, this class will help you forget all your troubles of the week and start your weekend off fresh. PureYoga.com
Escape the city at the drop of a sun hat and head to Nizuc Resort & Spa located in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc Mexico. The resort sits on a 29-acre reserve, redefining the new standard of luxury for Mexico. From sunning at an exotic pool (take your pick!) or indulging at one of the six world-class restaurants, you’ll be embraced in historic Mayan culture and tradition. Ancient rituals set the tone at the Nizuc Spa, which offers invigorating showers, an aromatic steam room, a vitality pool, an ice fountain with cool mist showers, and so much more. For the active set, paddle boards and kayaks await on the beach, while two on-site tennis courts are ready to test your skills. Nizuc is a place to enjoy the luxe life where the warmth of the Mexican spirit envelopes each guest upon arrival and extends to every interaction from that point forward. Nizuc.com/
Be sure to book your reservation to dine at one of the city’s most stunning new restaurants located at Rockefeller Center. Limani is a glamorously modern, airy space restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean fare and the freshest seafood. With soaring ceilings, a sparkling pool, jeweled curtains, and swirling sculptures, the setting alone will leave you in awe. Chef Alam brings an element of simplicity and freshness to traditional Greek recipes, and the dramatic décor reminds customers of the crystal clear, blue waters of the Greek islands. Perfect after an afternoon of shopping or a romantic evening on the town, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner from noon to midnight, Monday through Saturday. LimaniNY.com.
For those rainy days ahead, snuggle up with a cup ‘o tea and the best read this spring. “Oh! You Pretty Things,” our very favorite new book of the year, is a Hollywood novel that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Jesse Dune and her mother seem to head into downward spiral until Jesse snags a career upgrade as a personal assistant for a famous film composer. While working, she turns up toting a suitcase-full of secrets, and there isn’t enough lucre west of the 405 to cover the emotional cost of the truth she’s been running from all her life. To find out what happens next, pick up a copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes/Apple IndieBound, or at an independent bookseller nationwide. (Hardcover: $26.95, Kindle: $10.99, iTunes: $12.99)