Samantha Brown’s Romantic, Affordable Fun in NYC

Would you like to plan a romantic getaway in New York City for the holidays…but with an eye on the budget? We checked with travel expert Samantha Brown to learn about budget-friendly romantic fun in New York. This Travel Channel travel expert calls Brooklyn, New York home when she’s not on the road, and on Dec. 19, 2009 she hosted a special called “Home for the Holidays” on the Travel Channel.

We asked Samantha for her suggestions on romantic NYC holiday travel on a budget. Here are Samantha Brown’s tips:

No matter what time of year you’re in NYC, there’s always something to do and you don’t necessarily have to shell out tons of cash! Holiday time truly makes it that much more enchanting, from the elaborate window displays to the street craft fares and outdoor skating rinks. For those looking to nestle in some inexpensive romantic moments during the holidays, here are my recommendations:

  1. The Under The Stars light show at the Time Warner Center offers a magical display of lights & music. It starts at 5pm every day during the season, and the best part is – its free! Stroll through the shops at Time Warner Center afterwards to finish up your last minute shopping or grab a bite to eat at one of the amazing restaurants.
  2. One NYC institution that can’t be overlooked is the classic carriage ride through Central Park. It’s not free, but for about $34 you get a 20-minute, 1-mile ride through the park. It’s a great photo op and a chance to engage in wonderfully private conversation.
  3. Whether or not you’ve been to NYC, you’ve surely seen the tree at Rockefeller Center in a movie or on TV. It’s even more breathtaking in person, and is another great place to take in the sights and get your picture taken with your loved one. If you have time to wait and want to brave the ice, you can even go ice skating on the famous rink!
  4. Your outdoor adventures will likely require some warming up! Head over to Serendipity 3 for their famous hot chocolate – pretty affordable at $5.50 a pop! You may recognize it from the holiday romance flick Serendipity – many couples have fallen in love at this historic NYC eatery.

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