There is nothing wrong with a spring break vacation right in the comfort of your own town. Spring is here and a great cure for winter blues. So go buy a pair of classic loafers (Ferragamo or for ladies ask Ra Hall the shoe expert) or a classy rain coat (Burberry or Marc Shale). I am not a big shopper but I love to buy great pieces at great prices. Doesn’t a great sale make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. After this winter any thing warm is welcomed.
If your Presidential Lifestyle allows you to live like the rich and famous you will be spending spring break in Paris shopping at little french boutiques, eating at out-door cafe’s and enjoying a bordeaux with your foie gras. If you like that kind of fancy fair.
If you don’t have the time, money or inclination to get to Paris and eat foie gras create your own Presidential Spring break. You can be as elaborate or as conservative as you like. The objective is to stay in budget, don’t stress yourself or your loved ones out and relax for a few days. Do not forget to have fun, do something new and if you can check off an item on your bucket list. Promise me that you will not fuse and complain this weekend. Just let it go and let it flow.
Here is my idea of a fun, relaxing, innovative weekend. Feel free to take some of my ideas and add your own to make it personal. First of all the start the weekend Thursday after work. Go from work straight to a hotel. If you have kids or a spouse you all should get a suite (instead of separate rooms). A suite will make you feel more Presidential and it’s about the same price. You can pick a hotel that isn’t full and negotiate if downtown is too much. Also, try hotels in the suburb. My personal recommendations are in Chicago, the Elysian Hotel. This is my favorite hotel in the whole world, so far. In Los Angeles Le Parc or The Grafton. (These are the hotels ABC used for Extreme Makeover) In Atlanta the W Midtown or St. Regis. And in New York I like the Muse or the Paramont.
Don’t order room service unless that’s your favorite thing to do. I like to order from nearby restaurants that deliver. It’s usually cheaper and you have more choices. Ask the concierge desk for menus. The hotel often has movies that are still in theaters. This is a treat because you can pay once for the whole family. (This beats buying everyone a ticket and it beats buying a boot leg movie.) Everyone should find a comfy spot on the bed and cuddle up. Remember no fusing. Enjoy show.
The next day sleep in a little. If you awaken about 10am you will be just in time to get dressed and check out. Today, do something cultural. Take a tour of the city you are in our go to a museum. In Chicago I always enjoy The Museum of Science and Industry, but the view from the Sears (Willis) Tower Sky Deck is awesome. In Los Angeles I recommend the Hollywood walking tour.
Don’t over do it. Just see a little and enjoy the town but don’t tire yourself out or stress yourself out. Tomorrow you should find a place for the children and make Saturday an adult day. Go to Scoutmob.com, livingsocial.com, or coshoperative.com and find a few deals on dining, spas and fitness. I recommend a hot stone massage to pamper yourself. But you choice whatever makes you feel Presidential. Go to the gym or a fitness class first. Try hot yoga or Pilates or a spin class to sweat out your frustrations. Follow that up with a spa treatment. You better not start fusing or complaining, you promised, this is your break from the norm. Relax!
When the day is done it is time for a night on the town. Try dinner and drinks with friends, a private date or invite a few couples and make it a party. Indulge and go in a limo or rent a luxury car for the day. In Atlanta I recommend Prestige Luxury Rentals. In Chicago I recommend Chicago Livery for luxury limos. For dinner in Atlanta I like Seasons 52 for their wine selection and low-calorie, but great tasting, food. I also like Park’s Edge in the Inman Park area. In New York my Sister Ra (the shoe expert) recommends Gemma in the East Village. If you want to go out after dinner email me and I’ll give you some suggestions. Or if you are not in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. Email me (email@example.com) your city and I will ask my partners in your city what they recommend. My network is your network, I’ll help you find a fun place to create your perfect lifestyle.
On Sunday you should do some spring cleaning but also enjoying your hobby. Whether it’s golf, tennis, gardening, shopping, reading or people watching. Go do it. Play some ball with your boys or work in your
yard. Whatever your hobby is enjoy it. It’s up to you whether you want to make it a family thing, an alone time or a friend connection. All are good choices just depends on what you need more of in your life at this time.
Nowing how to have fun no matter where you are…..Now that’s Presidential!