I can finally say I've added Brooklyn to the list of places that I have visited.
When BlogHer Food 2019 announced that it would be held in Brooklyn, I jumped at the chance to go. And, as you know, there are always discoveries with any form of travel. Here are a few of mine;
Discovery #1: I traveled via Amtrak. If you travel on Amtrak now through March 2020 in NYS you can get a 15% discount on all train travel if you book through ILoveNY.com = fantastic! It's a little tricky & looks like it applies to specific travel times, but that is not the case. Stick with the site, it takes a little maneuvering to get the time that is right for you. You can always do what I did and ask for help 😉!
The hotels that BlogHer had recommended were pricey. I reached out to my resident expert and she directed me to NuHotel, a boutique hotel in Brooklyn. It was perfect!
What I liked? It was eclectic, trendy and most importantly it was clean.
First pic is my room, which was more spacious than some hotel rooms in Manhattan. I liked that the flooring was not a rug (really liked that). Second pic is the fab tile at the entrance. Third pic is the colorful and fun hallway (my picture does not do it justice). And, the final pic is the chalkboard wall that you can write on in the bathroom = a fun element! I happened to spend my birthday in Brooklyn hence my note!
Discovery #2: Check out NuHotel if you are planning a trip to Brooklyn.
Discovery #3: Uber is much easier to maneuver in Brooklyn than grabbing a taxi. It's just the opposite in Manhattan. It was a little tricky getting to the conference, but once I realized that taxis were not the best option, I was fine!
BlogHer Food was held at Berg'n, which is an event space and beer hall. It's a trendy and fun venue, but I didn't like it for this event. There was not enough seating for the attendees and the seating available was very uncomfortable for a full day mini conference.
I did love the energy of the event and the introduction to new food companies. I do wish there had been more in depth 'how-to's' provided as well as more 'meet and greet' time with other foodies. Those I met who sat/stood near me were great. I did leave with a refreshed spirit, which was part of the goal.
My son happens to live in Manhattan and his girl lives in Brooklyn (a.k.a. my resident expert), so evening entertainment was easy and the itinerary was handled for me; my favorite way to travel 😉.
The first night I arrived we all met for a drink & squeezed in a game of darts at a place called Fawkner. They have these great little alcoves that you can sit in while having a drink. The alcoves are ideal for lending a bit of privacy; they actually feel like you're in an old ship.
The second night we were busy. Stop 1 = Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sunset (see below). It did not disappoint. We could see the statue of liberty & the Brooklyn Bridge from the park. It was a beautiful evening and the weather was ideal for a walk.
After the park it was on to Stop #2 = they took me to Colonie for my birthday dinner, which was delish! The entire dinner was fab, but oh...the burrata appetizer is a must try.
After dinner it was on to Stop #3 = they took me to Floyd for a drink and a game of indoor bocce ball, which I loved.
I missed the rest of my crew on my actual birthday but when I got home I was greeted with flowers, presents and a celebration continuation! And I say, there's nothing wrong with an extended birthday. Right?
In wondering if I'd go back to Brooklyn, I asked my resident expert what her top pics would be for a Brooklyn Newbie, which I still fully am. She suggested the following:
1. Brooklyn Bridge & the Brooklyn Bridge Park (check)
3. Brooklyn Museum
4. Brooklyn Navy Yard (home to rooftop reds vineyard, kings county distillery and a museum)
5. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
6. Axe Throwing
Since I've only done #1 on the list it looks like I'm definitely going back. There's more to conquer in Brooklyn before I can say 'been there, done that'!