A Day in NYC

Wow. As much as I LOVE Fall Cookie Week (and I hope you do as well), it has put me a bit behind in keeping you up to date with what’s been happening around here. Even though I’ve spent a good deal of time in the kitchen lately, there have been other events that I’m excited to tell you about.

Almost two weeks ago, I hopped in my car and drove to New York City, which is about 4.5 hours from my house. It’s not a terrible drive, until you go through the Lincoln Tunnel and have to actually drive in the city. Now that, my friends, is scary. Of course, it was totally worth it because I absolutely love visiting NYC, and it had been almost a year since I was last there.

times square new york city

The reason for my trip was the Annual BHG Stylemaker Event! If you’ve been counting, you know that this was the third one I’ve had the privilege to attend. Two years ago is when I actually met all of the amazing folks from BHG for the first time, and it’s been a beautiful relationship ever since. Although visiting the city is expensive, it’s one event I wouldn’t miss.

As always, I got to chat and hang out with some of my favorite people, including bloggers who I’ve admired for years that have now become friends. This ultimately is the highlight of the trip. While I’m so grateful to live where I do, it’s not easy to find like-minded folks with whom I can talk shop. Connecting with other bloggers allows me to learn so much, helps me stay current, and ultimately be inspired to continue on this sometimes-crazy path.
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Avi Gerver Photography via Better Homes and Gardens

I’m also so grateful to BHG for putting on this amazing event. I still find it surreal that I get to rub elbows with the people who create this magazine that I’ve read and been inspired by since I was a teenager. (Yeah – I actually read BHG when I was in high school.)

And if all of that wasn’t enough, here’s the icing on the cake. Brace yourselves. I finally got to meet Nate Berkus.

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(I know. It’s not the best picture, but it’s all I have. Let’s just pretend. Okay?)

BHG invited Nate to host the Stylemaker Panel. (You can check out all of the Stylemakers in the BHG September issue). He obviously (and unintentionally) stole the show. He is as kind and genuine in real life as he is on TV. Since I had the opportunity to work with Nate earlier this year, I made it a point to introduce myself. He even remembered who I was and mentioned that he read the post I created as part of our collaboration. It was nothing short of amazing and a memory that I will hold near and dear forever.

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So, as fabulous as my trip was, my time in NYC was very brief because I needed to get back home and back to work. I was only able to spend a few short hours soaking up the ambiance of the city.

Now, I could go on and on about the event, but I’m not going to do that because it would not be very beneficial to you. Instead, I created a quick list of some of my favorite places to visit if you find yourself spending a day in NYC. I’m not a travel blogger so this isn’t a definitive guide to the city. It’s just a quick rundown of things that I highly recommend doing when you get a chance to visit.

Levain Bakery – seriously, the best chocolate chip cookie you will ever eat.

The High Line – a beautiful 1.45 mile-long park built on an abandoned portionof the New York Central Railroad. It’s packed with lush gardens and places to stop and visit along the way.

A Broadway Show – if I could see a Broadway show every time I visit, I definitely would. It’s an experience unlike any other. Wicked is easily my favorite.

Central Park – for a more relaxing day in the city, take a walk through this amazing park tucked in the heart of Manhattan.

SoHo – the best shopping in the city.

ABC Home and Fishes Eddy – located across the street from one another; this is a mecca for home decor enthusiasts.

Rockefeller Center – when I’m walking in the city I always find myself here. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but it just “feels” like NYC. Plus, Anthropologie and Magnolia Bakery are nearby.

I hope to return to the Big Apple in the future, so feel free to make this list even more useful by adding your favorite NYC locations and hot spots in the comments. I’d also love to read your recommendations and why you love NYC.

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And finally, and probably most importantly, I just want to let you know how very much I appreciate your encouragement and support. I feel like I don’t thank you enough, but without you visiting this blog, leaving comments, sharing things on social media, etc – Inspired by Charm would not exist. Opportunities like this recent trip to NYC would just be a dream for me. So thank YOU.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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  • Liza at

    Try Brooklyn Bridge Park and Grimaldi Pizza in Dumbo. There are ferry services from Brooklyn to Manhattan and vice versa.

  • Jodi at

    i used to work in the curved building on the left (in the first photo)!!

  • Jason at

    love NYC – try to go every May. TAO, Morimoto’s restaurant, Café Lalo and Del Posto are delicious. hear Peter Luger’s is best steak ever, but haven’t been able to go yet. Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway is incredible – even though NPH is no longer in the show, the show itself is amazing. Coney Island is fun. St. Marks Place/8th Street is a great place to people watch – so much diversity! Strand bookstore is you love books.

    and thanks to you for your blog – I’ve pondered starting a blog so many times I’ve lost count – I feel like I have nothing interesting to contribute – so reading yours keeps me entertained and gives me great ideas.

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    So glad we finally got to meet in person, but bummed we didn’t get a picture…I’m terrible about that!

  • Erica at

    I LOVE New York. All of your suggestions are spot on! I would add Eric Kayser French bakery in Columbus Circle, for their “to die for” pastries. And if you are a garden person, The New York Botanical Garden is beautiful!

  • Debra White at

    Oh my goodness. Who wouldn’t want to meet Nate Berkus. A great designer as well as gorgeous. And he does look like he would be so friendly. Love the pictures.

  • Laura at

    Michael – It is always a good trip when I get to spend time with you. As always, you are an inspiration and thank YOU for all that you share with us!

    Take care friend!

  • Tammy at

    Great picture! I love your enthusiasm for NYC. My last few visits I’ve been stopping at Chelsea Market for good eats & the nearby area (under the High Line) for great art & shopping; Dean & Deluca for more good eats & Pear River Mart in SOHO for shopping. Then I’ll usually try to at least drive by the Lion Brand Yarn Studio to see their window display. If you have a free day, going up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is awesome. I haven’t been to ABC Carpet & Home in so long… will definitely be on my next trip, thanks for the reminder!

  • tina at

    You lucky duck!!! NYC and Nate…what a day!! Love your blog and recipes!! PS I thought the picture was great:)

  • Terri at

    I am so happy for you! Honestly, I squealed with delight when I saw the picture of you and Nate Berkus!

  • Cindi at

    Michael, I just recently found your blog and I love, love your style! Thank you so much for sharing your home and ideas with us!

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  • Elle at

    Sounds like a great trip! I’m also a huge Nate Berkus fan. Lucky you!!!

  • Catherine at

    I love New York so thanks for the recommendations! I am not sure when I will get there again but I would happily visit very regularly if I could. A few of my favourite bloggers attended this event and it is fun seeing all your photos from it. Lucky you getting to meet Nate! I would have babbled like an idiot I am sure. 🙂

  • Anele @ Success Along the Weigh at

    Glad you had a good time even if it was a short visit!

    I’m always grateful for NYC suggestions as we’ve never been there and I’m thinking we’re rectifying that in the next year or two. I hear Levain over and over again.

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