How much are you willing to spend on a memorable long weekend? Two hundred dollars? Five hundred? A thousand?
If money is no object and you've always wanted to explore the luxe life in New York City, there's a package for you. (This package has since expired.) The Four Seasons Hotel New York offers "An Insider's View to New York" was designed to bring guests up close and personal with some of Gotham's famous personalities and institutions. It included:
New York art-gallery tour led by fine art and antiques expert Giovanni Foroni LoFaro
Visit with gallery owner Mary Boone
Behind-the-scenes tour and talk at Sotheby's auction house
Studio visits to clothing designer Andra Gabrielle and jewelry designer Angela Cummings
Talk by Bergdorf Goodman's Betty Halbreich, author of "Secrets of a Fashion Therapist"
Cocktails with Jeffrey, owner of the eponymous trendy downtown department store
Lunches at Restaurant Daniel and Le Bernadin with a talk and kitchen tour by chefs Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert
Cooking class focusing on party hors d'oeuvres with Four Seasons Hotel executive chef Susan Weaver
Veuve Cliquot Champagne tasting
Dinner at the hotels' Fifty-Seven Fifty-Seven restaurant
The package includes four nights (double occupancy), daily breakfast, tax, and activities listed in the above itinerary.
And don't forget your checkbook, for those little extras you'll want to pick up at Sotheby's....and Bergdorf's...and Jeffrey.
If, on the other hand, you'd still like to get away but prefer something more affordable, check out these ideas: