And Just Like That ~ The Travel Squad Made Memories!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Granddaughter Beckett has wanted to go to NYC because her two older cousin’s work and live there. The idea was hatched and the girls in our family said “Let’s Make it Happen!” A girl’s trip to NYC was planned and we had the best time! My daughter, daughter-in-law, Beckett and grandson’s fiancé flew into NYC and older granddaughters, Hailey and Maggie helped plan an itinerary that we all loved!

We stayed at a lovely boutique Hotel, The Giraffe Hotel, off Park Avenue and 26th. They had a roof top with seating, waterfalls, flowers and a statue of a giraffe. It was really fun to gather there, after our busy days. Madison Square Park was close by and such a lovely place for New Yorkers to gather. The weather was perfect and so glad no rain like it had been all week.

We did such a variety of things: stopped and saw were Maggie works for designer, Kobi Halperin, and went through some of the show rooms filled with his designs (simply gorgeous), then made our way to Times Square. Of course we went to the M & M store where Beckett was in heaven, so much to choose from! There was so much going on! The National Puerto Rican Day Parade shut down many streets and was so loud it was hard to hear anything! In Washington Square Park the colorful NYC Ratha Yatra-Hare Krishna Festival was in full swing with music and all kinds of food booths.

 We made time to see the Empire State building which was a treat as I have not been in many years. To me I’m in awe that developer John. J. Raskob used innovative assembly line technology to complete the project in an astonishing 13 months! At peak times there were 3,400 tradesmen on site!

We shopped, had wonderful lunches, dinners, went to see Lion King which was an amazing production!

We had tea at The Plaza Hotel that was incredible, such a beautiful hotel and delightful experience and one my Geno loved.

We walked through Central Park after stopping at Levain Bakery for their double chocolate chip cookies. Beckett was shocked at the impatience of drivers and people. She loved the vibrancy of the city but didn’t think she could live with all the noise and chaos!

 When we first got there Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York announced that she was indefinitely halting the Congestion Pricing Project that had been decades in the making in NYC. It was interesting to hear many New Yorkers who compute daily to Manhattan from the suburbs were elated and there was quite a buzz on the announcement! Now the anticipated yearly billion dollars in revenue earmarked to update the subway system will not be happening and they will need to look for other options.

It was an exciting trip and one I know we all will never forget!

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.” – Robyn Yong

“Together, we make the perfect travel squad.”



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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What an exciting time Dorie Dillard Austin TX , thank you for sharing it with us. Great pictures, great memories.

Jun 12, 2024 01:26 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm  it was a great time!!

Jun 12, 2024 03:38 PM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Wow. look at that! Your hotel was one block away from my Manhattan office. The thing is I work from home 99% of the time these days and wasn't in the office any of the days you were there so I won't feel so bad for not seeing you in person :) Glad to hear you had a fantastic trip!

Jun 12, 2024 02:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Craig Daniels that is amazing your office was so close to where we were staying. We did have an incredible time!

Jun 12, 2024 03:40 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Wow, Dorie Dillard Austin, TX, what a fantastic trip to NYC. I have not been there in decades. Look at the choice hotel you chose. Even better are the traveling companions. I am sure your Gino would approve. 

Jun 12, 2024 02:59 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I know Geno would have approved Hannah Williams. He lived in Manhattan for 25 years before I knew him!

Jun 12, 2024 03:41 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie that is a trip Beckett will remember for a life time.

Jun 12, 2024 03:53 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes she will George Souto 

Jun 13, 2024 06:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, sure looks like you all had so much fun, but always fun with a girl's get-a-way.

Jun 12, 2024 04:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I agree Joan Cox !!!

Jun 12, 2024 06:33 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

How wonderful a trip Dorie to my alma mata place of residence in my early years!  I love the Plaza Hotel and glad you experienced it with the girls.  The private residences there are something else.  You certainly hit so many of the high spots.  

Jun 12, 2024 05:26 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

One of my granddaughter's friend and co-worker lives in the Plaza Hotel Residence Ginny Gorman. It was a hotel my Geno loved and we went their for tea one Christmas when we were there to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds.

Jun 12, 2024 06:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- I love everything about your post!!! What fun to get the "girls" together and create memories that will be with them forever. I love the photos and loved seeing all of your happy faces. 

Jun 12, 2024 07:47 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib was so much fun..we crammed a lot in our trip!

Jun 13, 2024 06:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

It has been about 35 years since we went to NYC and in all fairness, it is OK do not miss it, got many good meals in the fantastic restaurants and have now many cookbooks because of it... do I need to go NOT Really glad you and the family had fun, Endre

Jun 12, 2024 10:44 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

NYC is an adventure and one I am so happy us girls experienced together chef Endre Barath, Jr. . It's been awhile since I've been there (2017 for New Years Eve) and it's a place to really see the world through different lenses.

Jun 13, 2024 06:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - how exciting for all involved and your description as well as photos capture the togetherness quite well.  And fashionista-in-making Beckett looks quite at ease in the setting despite some apprehension.    And your post title nicely pays homage to the SITC sequel too.  

Jun 13, 2024 04:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Michael Jacobs ,

There is nothing quite like a girl's trip especially with all my girls. It will long be remembered and I'm sure another adventure will be hatched in years to come!

Jun 13, 2024 06:38 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that your trip went well - I'm not surprised!

As for all you did while there, whoo hoo! It sounds amazing. I've also seen the Lion King on Broadway and loved it. And yes, people can be impatient. And I'm glad the congestion fee is going away - it's so expensive for commuters to get there already with bridge fees, road tolls, parking costs, etc.

Jun 13, 2024 05:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Kat Palmiotti ,

Geno and I saw Lion King in London years ago but it is amazing now! So much improved..absolutely loved the cast.

Jun 13, 2024 06:39 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, so much fun was had and I love M&M's too, but can't really recall the last time I ate them, haha.  That chocolate chip cookie looks really good too, haha.

Jun 13, 2024 05:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Brian England ,

The M & M's come in all different colors! So many to chose from...Beckett went crazy! Trust me the chocolate chip was amazing! 

Jun 13, 2024 06:41 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

What a wonderful trip that must have been. You were certainly busy. The photos are wonderful.

I haven't been in NYC in many years - we had a trip planned but it was the day after 9/11 so obviously it didn't happen.


Jun 13, 2024 10:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

The last time I was in NYC Jeff Dowler, CRS was for New Years in 2017. It was the last time Geno and I were there. He passed in 2019 so glad we made it one last time while he was still with us.

Jun 13, 2024 06:42 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

This is a fantastic memory for you all to treasure, Dorie! Thank you so much for sharing and am glad you had a wonderful time!

Jun 13, 2024 12:59 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

We really had a wonderful time Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! many fun things we did together!

Jun 13, 2024 06:43 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

What an absolutely wonderful girls vacation in NYC Dorie!  Your photos tell  the story - they are fantastic!  So happy you gals had such a fun time - are plans in the work yet for the next one.  And PS Love that Beckett got to enjoy the M & M store!!

Jun 13, 2024 04:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I'm sure we will be hatching another trip in the future Anna "Banana" Kruchten  It was hard getting us all together for a week-end with everyone's activities.

Jun 13, 2024 06:44 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Wow, Dorie! What an amazing multi-generation girl's trip that was. After having so much fun, I bet there will be many more in the future.

Jun 14, 2024 09:05 AM
Joseph Jones
SEO - University of Wyoming, WY

Great jacket! Love the Arkansas Razorbacks design in white. Perfect for showing team pride while staying stylish and comfortable. Arkansas Razorbacks

Jun 15, 2024 04:21 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX   Wow!  I need to step up my blogging game.  What great photos and story.  I am glad you had such a wonderful time with so many of the family. I wonder what the guys did?  I am sure your husband would have loved seeing what you did...and probably did from on high!  Have a great week! Mike

Jun 17, 2024 07:04 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Oh, Dorrie how fun! You all did a lot and it looks like a ton of fun.

Jun 19, 2024 04:08 PM