NEW IN NEW YORK
LOCATED IN NEW YORK CITY’S NoMad neighborhood,
just blocks from the Empire State Building and Madison
Square Garden, Mondrian Park Avenue is a 20-story hotel
with the swanky feel of a Manhattan apartment. Opened
last November, the hotel has 189 rooms and suites, each
with plush linens, oversize rain showers, an LCD smart
TV, leather wing chairs and a minibar stocked with
locally curated treats and create-your-own cocktail kits.
Many rooms o;er “floating” writing desks that can swing
alongside a chair or bed, and some rooms on the top five
floors come with a private balcony.
Cleo, the hotel’s restaurant, serves Mediterranean fare,
including Moroccan lamb, grilled Spanish octopus and
kebabs. An indoor-outdoor lounge and terrace named 15
Stories is a musical oasis by night and a relaxing space for
late afternoon light bites and sunset views. Bring your pup
and book the Bark Avenue package, complete with a dog
bed and a “Bark Box” that includes all-natural treats and a
toy (a recent Chinese-themed box contained a dumpling-shaped toy). Dog walking is available upon request.
Rates at Mondrian Park Avenue start at $459 per night.
444 Park Ave. South, New York, New York; 212-804-8880,
FIRST HELD IN 2016, southern Delaware’s Winter
WonderFEST o;ers a trifecta of festive activities to put
you in the holiday spirit: a Christmas Village, ice rink
and lights display. ;e Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal
grounds are transformed into a colorful Christmas Village
with a giant Ferris wheel, games and holiday-themed
carnival rides. Warm up with cocoa and cocktails in a
large heated tent dubbed ;e Lodge. Skate under the
lights to holiday tunes at the open-air Visit Delaware Ice
Rink, also at the ferry terminal.
Less than 2 miles away, a 1½-mile drive-through Light
Spectacular transforms Cape Henlopen State Park with
more than 100 displays, including a giant igloo, leaping
gingerbread man and juggling snowman. On opening
night, Nov. 17, you can tour the lights on foot ($35;
$20 kids; prices include a T-shirt, light fare and other
goodies). ;e remainder of the season, car passes are
$15 in advance and well worth it for the express lane into
the show (call 302-727-0221 to reserve); $20 at the gate.
Hours are 5-9 p.m.
Spend the night on Lewes’ waterfront at ;e Inn at
Canal Square, which is known for its holiday finery.
Several of the coastal-themed rooms have balconies.
Two-bedroom suites feature a wood-burning fireplace.
Rates from $140 per weekend night, continental breakfast
included. A two-night WinterFEST package includes
admission to the Light Spectacular and an $80 dinner
credit, and starts at $475 on weekends. ( 122 Market St.,
Winter WonderFEST runs from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31.
;e light festival and Christmas Village are open Friday
through Sunday; the ice rink is open Tuesday through