Thanksgiving and Black Friday Weekend New York City
Nov 23, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016
Renaissance Hotel New York in the Heart of Times Square
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Do you usually have a traditional Thanksgiving with your whole family? As wonderful as this tradition is, we all know that sometimes it can be extremely challenging, to say the least. Year after year, it can begin to feel like the same drama, same menu, and the same overstuffed tryptophan coma. Just once, wouldn’t you like to give yourself permission to breakaway from “the norm”, and spend the holiday doing something different and exciting?
Join a group of fun and amazing women for Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend in the heart of New York City!
“I’ve always wanted to do that!”
A 4-Day Woman’s Travel Experience
Sponsored by Chatoyant Living. Hosted and guided by our Founder, Linda Murray-Figueroa
Wednesday Nov 23- Sunday Nov 27, 2016,
(Thanksgiving, Black Friday Weekend)
NYC offers so many incredible holiday experiences!
Have you always wanted to:
- Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in person?
- Do your Black Friday shopping on 5th Ave, SoHo, and Midtown Manhattan?
- Experience Bicycling and Ice Skating in Central Park?
- Visit the Imagine dedication to John Lennon at Strawberry fields?
- See the Rockettes and the Christmas Extravaganza at Rockefeller Center?
- Attend a Broadway show?
- Delight in the view from the top of the Empire State Building?
- Dine on delicious fare at exquite NYC restaurants?
- See the 911 Memorial, the Statute of Liberty, and other amazing sites around Manhattan?
Then this is the number one travel experience designed for you! A weekend in NYC is an exhilarating adventure anytime of the year but especially at the Holidays, so make no mistake; this is not a retreat, this is an experience!
Renaissance Hotel New York City in the Heart of Times Square
The Perfect New York City Location! Cosmopolitan luxury comes to life at this most vibrant NYC boutique hotel which has a AAA Four-Diamond rating and the prime location of Broadway and Seventh. Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel is the epitome of an urban oasis in the heart of it all, amidst the dazzling lights of Time Square; one of the most visited places in the world, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Universe, the heart of The Great White Way, and the Heart of the World. It is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, rising 26 stories above Times Square, is a luxury full-service hotel and is located just steps from the top NYC attractions. The view of NYC is truly unmatched at the Renaissance’s sophisticated restaurant. R Lounge which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the ultimate panoramic view no matter what time of day. The restaurant and bar are a welcome oasis and stylish escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC Black Friday Shopping.
Thanksgiving weekend accommodations in NYC are highly coveted, increased in $$$$ and Time Square hotels always sell out early, requiring that reservations be booked well in advance. Chatoyant Living has secured the following luxury accommodations for your stay at the Renaissance New York Times Square:
SUPERIOR GUESTROOMS LOCATED ON A HIGH FLOOR WITH EXCITING CITY VIEWS
Distinct among Time Square hotels, the Renaissance New York Times Square features 330sqft guest rooms with beautifully crafted interiors by renowned designer Jordan Mozer that feature hardwood furniture, luxurious bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology
- All designer rooms feature 2 double beds with luxurious bedding, pillow top mattress, and lovely duvet, for a rejuvenating experience during your stay.
- Exquisite marble bathroom with lighted makeup mirror
- Organic Aveda products provided
- Soundproof hotel rooms silence the buzz of the city
- Flat-panel HDTVs and plug-in connectivity panels.
- Coffee maker / Refrigerator for your convenience
- In-room Media and Phones
- In-room Safe
- Smoke-free policy in rooms and throughout hotel
- Air-conditioned with windows that may be opened
- Newspaper delivered to room daily
- Complimentary use of state of the art Fitness Center
- Enjoy the hotel’s popular and ultra-chic R Lounge, which boasts panoramic views of Times Square.
*Rooms are shared occupancy
Linda Murray-Figueroa, RN, BSN, CC, Founder of Chatoyant Living, is a former resident of Manhattan Midtown East and will be your NYC Guide and Shopping Strategist.
An advocate of holistic and integrative healthcare with the focus on the well-being of the whole person (mind, body, spirit), Linda naturally evolved into an experienced and certified life, spiritual, loss & grief coach, a professionally trained women’s workshop and retreat facilitator, public speaker, blogger, and an author whose first book is scheduled for release in early 2017. She is an intriguing and inspiring balance of left-brained intellect and right-brained intuitive.
Linda is also a registered nurse with a 27 year healthcare career. Beginning with a compassionate foundation in hospital based patient care, her role expanded into areas that influence and elevate the nursing and healthcare communities at large. Her work has transcended beyond a career and into a heart centered life of service and resultant joy and clarity. The spiritual understanding and the compassionate nonintrusive support she offers to other women comes to her through the gifts and humility of deep wisdom. She has been joyfully and painfully refined by the lives she has connected with during her nursing and coaching career, and also by her own intimate experiences of trauma, profound loss, and healing.
Linda feels her greatest contribution and joyful purpose has come from founding Chatoyant Living, LLC and assisting other women with their awakening and self-realization as they turn life’s challenges and painful transitions into the gemstones of their own personal and sacred works of art.
For more information on Linda and Chatoyant Living please visit our About page.
-MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
One of the best ways to celebrate Thanksgiving is by attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Since 1924, a traditional event in the city like no other! Fulfill a childhood dream and be dazzled with over 3 million spectators who line the streets as hundreds of floats, marching bands, dancers, celebrity performers, giant balloons, and of course Santa Claus, usher in the holiday season. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY begins at 9am EST at 77th Street and Central Park West and travels through the heart of Midtown culminating at 12pm at 34th Street in front of Macy’s Department Store.
-BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING IN NYC:
Expect BIG sales and plenty of bang for your buck! Score some amazing discounts on hot items like (Apple) tablets and phones- Black Friday is the only day in the year that Apple gives discounts! Most products are on sale at their lowest prices of the year including top fashion brands and accessories at high end boutiques, electronics, popular toys, and much, much more.
This will be the Super Bowl of shopping- this is the busiest shopping day of the year, and there's no place to shop like New York City! Count on long lines, big crowds, and shopping excitement like no other. So be prepared to go with the flow and enjoy the ride! The best items do sell out fast; however, so we’ll be setting our alarm clocks to be among the first early birds to take advantage of the special deals and get those highly desired items on your Christmas lists.
Linda is a former resident of Manhattan and is a knowlegeable and entertaining guide. Linda will research the pre-sales, promotions, and ads, and will suggest a shopping itinerary in advance which will be based upon your requests, and she will provide the strategy to help you make the most of your shopping adventure! So get ready to revel in the city's best bargains and be sure to bring some very comfy walking flats, a small back pack rather than a purse, water and snacks, something to entertain you and help you keep your patience intact while you wait on line (smart phone, Kindle, etc.), and your shopping lists!
A complimentary, roomy shopping tote will be provided as a gift for your shopping convenience.
One of the most unique features of New York City is its beautiful oasis- Central Park. Both a National Historic Landmark as well as the most visited urban park in the United States and the most filmed location in the world, it is a critical piece of New York City’s distinctive character. On our 2-hour Central Park Bike Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at many of the iconic, essential attractions of Central Park, including the Cherry Hill fountain, Strawberry Fields and Imagine Mosaic, Shakespeare Garden, Belvedere Castle, the Great Lawn, and so much more! The sensation of being surrounded by such lush nature, framed within a sea of towering skyscrapers is truly surreal. By the time our tour is over, you’ll have a profound understanding of why it has served as a muse to many artists, filmmakers, designers, writers, and beyond.
-THE ROCKETTES AND THE RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA:
Welcome in the Christmas season in your premium seat for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular- the fantastic annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall, the world's largest indoor theater! This joyful 90-minute show features more than 140 performers, an original musical score, and combines singing, dancing and humor with traditional scenes. The star performers are the women's precision dance troupe the Rockettes: 72 legs kicking in perfect harmony! Since the first version of the extravaganza was presented in 1933, the show has become a New York hallowed holiday tradition selling out shows all season long.
Broadway shows are one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City, and many people believe the theatrical productions on Broadway are the best in the world. The Theater District is home to 40 large professional theaters. Each of these theaters seats 500 or more people with Broadway shows combined typically sell more than $1 billion in tickets a year! Each season there is a changing variety of productions, including plays and musicals staring famous and beloved stars, and because a few shows are so popular, they have been running for years and years. Chatoyant Living will secure your choice up-close seat to one of the most popular shows of the season.
-EMPIRE STATE BUILDING:
Miraculously erected during The Great Depression, the Empire State Building serves as a symbol of hope, perseverance, and prosperity for the many who travel to NYC to see it. One of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks in the world, the only thing more spectacular than looking up at the Empire State Building from the streets of New York City is heading up to its 86th floor at 1,050-feet above ground and stepping out into the observation area to look out at 360-degrees of “the greatest city in the world”—a must do for any visitor to feel the heart of NYC!
The 9/11 Memorial is a national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women, and children killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. On the Tribute Center 9/11 Memorial Walking Tour, your tour guide will provide a brief history of the World Trade Center, the attacks, and the aftermath of 9/11.
All tour guides are 9/11 survivors, workers who assisted in recovery efforts, or family members who lost loved ones in the tragedy. They will provide you their unique accounts of survival, loss, and healing. After sharing their unique personal experiences, your guide will discuss the rebuilding of the new World Trade Center. The amazing perseverance and strength displayed by these volunteer guides as they talk about the future of the World Trade Center is truly inspiring and humbling.
As you explore the stunning, expressive memorial, you’ll see nearly 3,000 names of those fallen inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools. Each of the Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are nearly an acre in size, and feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. The Memorial commemorates the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on US soil, and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history. Standing in the imprint of where these glorious towers once stood has been described as a life-changing experience.
Travel Experience Details:
We will begin each day with a brief Morning Gathering of quiet meditation and set our intention for the rest of our day.
Before dinner each day we will gather again for a brief Evening Gathering of reflection and inspirational sharing.
Upon landing at LaGuardia or Newark airport you will be transported by chauffeured car into Manhattan and to the hotel. At 6:00PM there will be a short meet-and-greet in the lobby followed by our get-acquainted dinner. After dinner we will “trip the lights fantastic” on the sidewalks of Time Square and become acquainted with the sights of the nearby area.
We wake up early in the city that never sleeps and begin a full and exciting holiday. After our brief Morning Gathering and a quick breakfast at the hotel, we’re off to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Following the parade, we will enjoy a traditional and yet not so traditional Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner at The View- New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge, where the breathtaking skyscraper views are matched only by the restaurant’s signature menu. Express elevators will whisk you 48 stories above the city, where you arrive to an unparalleled dining experience. The revolving floor makes a 360° turn every hour, ensuring an ever-changing view of vibrant New York City.
After our delicious Thanksgiving meal we walk the 15 minute walk to nearby Central Park. During our 2 hour guided bicycle ride in the park, we will leisurely tour the paved trails which meander over and under bridges, as we take in the beauty of the famous landscape, including the Imagine tribute in Strawberry Fields where we will stop to meditate with other park visitors. We conclude our visit to Central Park at the famous Wollman Ice Skating Rink where you may choose to enjoy the ice or relax with a cup of hot chocolate and take in the fun as a spectator. Thanksgiving Evening we take to our premium seats and experience The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Extravaganza featuring The Rockettes. We will enjoy a late dinner following the show.
We meet up for our morning gathering in the wee hours and head out for early bird shopping. Bloomingdales, Fifth Avenue, Macy’s… Black Friday Shopping at its finest and most exciting. In the early evening we will return to the Renaissance Hotel to dress for Dinner at a fine New York Restaurant and fabulous seats at a Broadway Show.
Opportunity to mail any necessary shopping packages this morning before heading out for a full day of NYC Sightseeing, where there will be plenty of photo opportunities: The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, and other famous sites and neighborhoods. Our Celebratory Dinner this evening will be an evening of fun, laughter, food, and wine.
Unless your flight is very early morning, breakfast at the hotel is included. If you don’t have time for the sit down breakfast service, there is a breakfast on-the-go provided for you to carry with you on your way. You will be transported by chaffeured car back to the airport for your flight home. Hotel checkout is prior to 11 am.
Travel Experience Fee:
At first glance our fees may seem slightly higher, but look closer and you will see that you can relax and enjoy the ease that comes from knowing that all the accommodation, excursion, and travel details are premium and are included and thoughtfully taken care of from the time you land at the airport until you return. Any cost to you upon arrival is for personal extras such as alcohol or shopping items, and are always fully disclosed without any hidden fees, and even the tips and gratuities are taken care of for you. When you travel with us you can also be assured that every traveler will be assisted promptly with questions, concerns, or issues that might arise prior to departure and during travel.
This 4 day “I’ve Always Wanted to Do That!” Experience begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 and concludes following breakfast on Sunday Nov27, 2016. Retreat Fee is $2448 and includes:
- Transportation by car to and from LaGuardia airport or Newark airport to the hotel located at 7th Avenue and West 48th Street*
- 4 nights luxury double accommodations at the exciting Manhattan Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
- All dining experiences (3 per day) from dinner on Tuesday through breakfast on Sunday. Vegetarian and gluten free choices available.
- Attending/Viewing Thanksgiving Parade live
- Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at The View Restaurant
- Premium seating for the Rockettes Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
- Bicycle equipment rentals for Central Park bike tour
- Ice skating Central Park all fees
- Guided Black Friday all day Shopping- Bloomingdales, Macy’s, SoHo Boutiques, FAO Schwartz, Midtown and Fifth Avenue Stores*
- Full day of sightseeing including the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial, China Town, and much more. All fees
- Top of the Empire State Building all fees
- Celebratory Dinner with wine our final evening in a choice restaurant in Manhattan
- Broadway Show Tickets premium seating
- All transportation fees to and from scheduled activities
- All morning and evening group sessions with Linda
- A complimentary Black Friday roomy Shopping tote
- Bottled water, coffee, and teas complimentary as desired to be taken to your room.
- All taxes and tips included. No hidden fees.
*Airfare is not included in the Experience fee.
*For provided and paid transportation to and from airport, your flights must arrive and depart from either LaGuardia or Newark Airport
*Please contact Linda once you have made your final travel plans so she is able to coordinate advanced arrangements for your chauffeured round trip airport transportation.
*Also not included in Experience Fee: Souvenirs, gifts, and shopping items, Hotel Internet Wireless/Wired High Speed: for $16.95 USD/day and Enhanced High Speed for $19.95 USD/day, Hotel Movies, pay-per-view, Hotel in-room beverages and snacks for purchase, Travel insurance (recommended). Alcoholic beverages are not included unless indicated.
Any cost to you upon arrival is for personal extras such as alcohol or shopping items. Costs are fully disclosed without any hidden fees, and the tips and gratuities are always taken care of for you.
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$324.00 is due at time of registration ($162.00 of this is nonrefundable)
The remaining $324.00 of deposit is due by October 1st, 2016 (after this date the deposit is nonrefundable)
Special arrangements may be possible at the discretion of Chatoyant Living, LLC which allows splitting the deposit into 4 payments of $162.00 each (the first $324.00 of deposit is nonrefundable with this payment arrangement). The entire deposit would still be due by October 1st, 2016 and would be nonrefundable after that date. Please contact Linda.
If you haven't made a deposit:
If you've already paid the deposit in full:
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The entire fee is due no later than November 1st, 2016 (after this date there are no refunds)
Call Linda at 321-759-7474 or Skype 321-473-7432