Feeding Our Cultural, Educational, Artistic, and Culinary Appetites

Spoiled Rotten in the Big Apple

Written By Guest Writer & Resident, Winborne Chandler 

Around the Dinner Table at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Around the Dinner Table at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York is wonderful and so was the first theater trip to the city sponsored by Arbor Acres. Several residents, accompanied by staff, had a blast during the fun-filled 4 days and 3 nights in the Big Apple. One participant summed up the trip in a single word by calling it “rotten” – because we were all “spoiled rotten” the entire trip. Our “chaperones” were tireless in leading us from place to place and activity to activity.  In our short time there, we managed to see three plays, three museums, shop, and eat plenty.

We started our journey before dawn on Thursday, October 15th with sausage biscuits in tow thanks to our leaders, Denni Peebles and Kathy Gwyn. After our flight, we were met in Newark by Recreation Arts Director Lisa O’Donnell and our bus to the city. Welcomed with a box lunch to enjoy during our drive, it wasn’t long before we arrived at our hotel, The ROW NYC. Right in the heart of the theater district, it was very close to Times Square. After enjoying some free time exploring our surroundings, the first evening included a short walk to Lattanzi for a delicious Italian dinner. After the meal it was off to the first musical, An American in Paris.

Smoked Baby Beets at Metropolitan Museum of Art Member's Dining Room

Smoked Baby Beets at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Member’s Dining Room

While we had many options, most of us stayed on the planned schedule and just enjoyed being together. Many of us had not visited New York in several years. Over the next three days we enjoyed The High Line, Chelsea Market, The Whitney Museum, group cocktail parties, the plays Hamilton and Something Rotten and we had some time to look around the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As I remember it, two highlights of the trip involved food. First, a delicious dinner at L’ecole, the restaurant of the International Culinary Institute.  The restaurant is special to us since Arbor Acres’ own Chef Daniel graduated from there. Second, Sunday brunch in the Metropolitan Member’s Dining room thanks to the Duckett’s (also residents at Arbor Acres) membership.

Winborne Chandler In Times Square

Winborne Chandler In Times Square

Perhaps the most special bonus, was being with friends and getting to better know others traveling with us.  The entire New York experience fed our cultural, educational, artistic, and culinary appetites.  This wonderful trip is just another example of how Arbor Acres works to give us experiences alongside friends and staff who make us feel special, pampered and catered to. A complete success, that’s how I describe the whole experience.


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