Valentine's Day in NYC

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For Valentines Day I surprised Adam with a weekend trip to New York City. We'd of course both been there many times before, but never together. We made the 5 hour bus trip early Saturday morning and arrived ready for a quick NYC weekend.

After checking into 70 Park Avenue Hotel, just steps from Grande Central Station in Midtown, we headed to Sarahbeth's for brunch with our friends Kathryn and Justin. The two have lived in the city since October 2011 and mentioned it was one of their favorites. It certainly lived up to it's reputation—everything was delicious! We so enjoyed getting to catch up with the Sparks before heading out for a day of site-seeing.

Our first stop was the grande opening of Georgetown Cupcake in SoHo. Georgetown Cupcake is DC's destination for designer cupcakes and the subject of TLC's hit reality show, shadowing owners and sisters Katherine and Sophie. We thought it would be fun to see the NYC location, and of course stop in for a cupcake.

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Afterwards we headed down to the site of the World Trade Center memorial. No matter how many times you've been to ground zero, it's always a haunting yet memorable experience. Adam and I could hardly believe it had been nearly 10 years since September 11.

Later that night we headed to John's Pizzeria in Time Square. John's was another top-notch recommendation of Kathryn and Justin. Located in a restored church, John's is consistently voted one of New York's top pizzas. All of their pizzas are made to order in one of four coal-fired brick ovens—and they are delicious!

The next day we woke up early for a trip to the Top of the Rock. This was one NYC attraction neither Adam or I had done. We were one of the first in line that morning to take the elevator 70 stories to the Rockefeller Center observation deck, which provides a 360 degree view of the city. The views of Central Park and the skyline were spectacular!

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While the 850-foot building is shorter than the famed Empire State building, it provides great views of the actual city and the Empire State building itself. We stayed outside as long as we could (it was really cold!) before heading inside to warm up and to learn a bit more about the buildings rich history.

We spent the rest of the morning visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral and doing a bit of shopping before heading home to DC. Although quick, it was a fun 48 hours in NYC.