Memorial Day Weekend, aka the unofficial start of summer, has snuck up on New Yorkers, leaving many looking for plans for the long weekend. If you’ve procrastinated on booking a trip for this holiday weekend, fear not: below are some of our favorite places and fun packages – in the city and out – that would be the perfect way to kick off the summer.
New York City
Following a multimillion-dollar rebrand and renovation last summer, the fully refreshed Gansevoort Meatpacking reopens as an established art destination, housing works by Banksy, Hasan Hajajj and most recently, Enrique Cabrera, who debuted his sculpture El Toro de Oro outside of the hotel on Cinco de Mayo. In addition to the hotel’s own collection, the hotel is home to the iconic Gansevoort Rooftop that features a plunge pool and a new omakase experience, Saishin is led by a Michelin Star-trained sushi chef and 20+ year veteran Chef Frankie-Yong Doon.
To kick off summer, Gansevoort is offering the Summer Sessions package for an elevated city stay. Guests can book any room or suite Sunday through Thursday and receive 20% off their stay and a chance to enjoy poolside perks like suncare goodies from new brand DUNE, poolside reads from Random House, skincare from KORRES, and popsicles. They will also receive $25 to spend at Coffee + Cocktails for al fresco dining in the heart of Meatpacking. To top it off, all suite bookings include a chilled bottle of Whispering Angel Rosé.
Walker Hotel Tribeca
To kick off Memorial Day weekend, Walker Hotel Tribeca offers its guests an exclusive Summer Fridays membership. Members can enjoy a downtown staycation, complimentary sips, and skincare products. The seasonal bundle will include 3 Friday stays of choice at Walker Hotel Tribeca, in-room goodies and a complimentary P.volve workout at their Tribeca studio.
Guests who purchase a membership can expect 3 Friday stays at Walker Hotel Tribeca, seasonal sips and skincare from the hotel’s partners Italian Spritzers from Ramona and The Morning Minis Set from Summer Fridays (June); French Craft Cocktails from Hello Gorgeous and the Summer Skin Start Kit from Farmaesthetics (July); Wind Down Wines from Bridge Lane Wine and a selection of skin care goodies from KORRES, including their Greek Yoghurt and Olive Oil ranges (August). Guests will receive Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 and a complimentary fitness class, Summer Bod by P.volve at P.volve Broadway.
The Rooftop at Selina Chelsea
Sister venue to HOWM Cocina + Cocktails, The Rooftop at Selina Chelsea is the ideal spot to enjoy Latin American street food by the Rooftop’s Chef Julieta Vera and unique cocktails created by Gilded Group Beverage Director Daniel Bedoya. The vibrant atmosphere lends itself to both the Hudson Yard’s happy hour crowd and evening events, hosting DJ sets and regular programming.
For a sit down dinner, head down to HOWM for a shared plates style meal in the back garden, where iconic New York City nightlife legend, Walt Cassidy, is completing his latest mural, The Dance of the Plumeria.
Happy Be is the verdant rooftop with landscaping from Marek Pundzak, part of the landscaping team from the Highline, features an unobstructed 180-degree view facing North to Mid-Manhattan from the Hudson to East River. Leaning toward the wildside, the plants show the life cycle of nature with perennials, shrubs, trees and grasses with dramatically changing color palettes from spring to fall.
Scheduled to open on June 1, Happy Be will feature Agave and Sugar Cane-based spirits in a bright fresh cocktail menu highlighting Mezcal, Tequila, Rum, and Cachaca. This year the mezzanine of Happy Be, a 300 sf space above the rooftop, will be available for private parties and special events.
Just a three-hour car ride from NYC, is Montauk’s surfside boutique hotel MARRAM. Situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean, the resort, which has long been a place for noteworthy surfers to gather, has a surf shack on the property that offers lessons with the world-class surfers of Engstrom Surf, a family-run surf school helmed by the Engstrom siblings.
Marram features 96 guest rooms, an open communal lounge and a South American café, Mostrador. Other offerings include yoga, meditation and tarot sessions.
Located atop the ever-popular lifestyle hotel Ace Hotel New Orleans, Alto Rooftop Bar‘s pool and garden is an urban oasis and green escape when the temperatures rise. Poolside bites including pizzas, sandwiches as well as frozen and classic bevs are available from Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman.
Open to guests until 10pm and the public for a $20 cover charge until 5pm, the rooftop is a local hotspot, so get there early to grab one of their plush chaise lounges or day beds.
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