NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York is never a bad idea…even in February when the weather is freezing. Still, to see New York in the summer, when the streets are overflowing with alfresco diners, rooftop pool parties and denizens trying to catch a tan in Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow, is to experience it at its finest. Regardless of your interests, you won’t run out of things to do in the Big Apple, so we’ll just tell you what’s new: A market called Markato—think of it like the Greek version of Eataly; a new menu dedicated to everyone’s favorite summer drink, rosé, at cocktail lounge The Skylark; and every second Monday, there’s a new Drag Bingo at LeGrande Lounge at The Time New York that’s sure to be a riot. After you've spent a day walking around NYC's bustling streets, check in to Haven Spa for some R&R and enjoy the 30-minute “quickie” services, which include everything from facials and massages to body scrubs and scalp treatments.
Why you should go in June: The late spring weather is arguably at its best—with consistent, warm days and nights that aren’t sweaty like in July and August. And while Gotham ain’t cheap, flights there are this month, according to Skyscanner.
Where to stay: Lotte New York Palace. The hotel’s handsome lobby and restaurants are housed in a former mansion built around a courtyard smack in the middle of Manhattan’s chichi Madison Avenue and around the corner from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For baseball season, it offers a Pinstripe Package, a deal where guests receive half off select Yankees home games and receive two baseball hats, a copy of Yankees Magazine and more. So treat yourself to a game at one of the country’s most iconic baseball stadiums and at a luxe and familiar hotel (yep, Gossip Girl was filmed here too).
About 20 blocks south, where an affordable New York hotel room usually means you’re sleeping in a shoebox, you can find more contemporary apartment-style digs to spread out in at Hyatt House New York, all within walking distance to Macy’s, Union Square, and the shopping on lower Fifth Ave.