A get-out-of-the-house-for-any-reason bike ride south along beautiful and under-appreciated Riverside Drive, which stretches from West 158th Street to West 72nd on the far west side of Manhattan along the Hudson River. You’ll find lots of beautiful parkland, gorgeous apartment buildings, presidential monuments, churches oh, and this red-tailed hawk. 🚲 🌃 ☀️ 🌳
My friend who owns the gorgeous and super LGBTQ-friendly Inn on Randolph in California touched base with me. With stay-at-home orders still in place and most people unwilling or unable to travel, business has been very severely affected — as in many very worthy venues. The all-woman-run Inn on Randolph is just fabulous, with a relaxed yet luxurious feeling, super comfortable rooms, DELICIOUS food and of course fantastic wines from nearby Napa, Sonoma and beyond.
I wanted to include the piece I published in ManAboutWorld Gay Travel Magazine here as a reminder of an unforgettable visit with a group of LGBTQ leaders and travelers a few years ago and a hope to visit again soon!
Here’s the gorgeous garden where they’ve conducted same-sex wedding ceremonies.
We love the LGBTQ-welcoming Inn on Randolph, an incredibly hospitable 10-unit bed and breakfast. It’s located on a leafy residential street a pleasant, brief walk from downtown Napa, California. The (all-woman) staff is cheery, super accommodating and knowledgeable about the innumerable options worth considering in the area. Don’t miss the gourmet breakfast, and be sure to return later in the day for their delicious cookies. Accommodations include bathrooms with heated, hardwood floors (much of which is original to the 19th-century mansion), pillow-top beds, wine refrigerators with bottles for purchase, televisions, bath robes and slippers. We stayed in the main house which gives you instant access to those cookies, but the five separate cottages provide more privacy.
Today’s socially distant exercise bike ride — birthday edition! A bit grey and cold and yes there were a few snowflakes BUT the sun popped out along with my iPhone and I snapped a few pix. At the end I included a few from a previous walk in a nearby park. A little green to brighten up this surprisingly cool spring. 🚴♂️
I had sincerely intended to simply hop on my bike and enjoy a nice long socially distant exercise bike ride … but I just can’t help myself. A historic building caught my eye; then a view of Brooklyn and before you know it, I snapped a few more photos. Sigh! Hope you enjoy these haphazard images. 🚴♂️
One image I think is symbolic of these rides is the near perfect trace of Manhattan as captured by my Strava (cycling tracking) app. (Check out the last photo.)
Today’s socially distant exercise bike ride took me east through upper Harlem and across the Madison Avenue Bridge through Mott Haven in the Bronx and onto Randalls and Ward Islands, which I just learned are conjoined islands separated from most of Manhattan by the Harlem River, from Queens by the East River and Hell Gate, and from the Bronx by the Bronx Kill.
Despite these scary-sounding place names, it’s a gorgeous parkland offering myriad sporting activities. Well, normally they do. No baseball games these days! But plenty of socially distant cyclist, walkers and a few picnickers.
I have my first quote from my work at NYU. It’s in this article in Skift, Hospitality School 2020 Graduates Confront an Evaporated Hotel Jobs Market. I’ve been quoted a number of times in Skift regarding my work in the travel space in general so they know me there. I’m happy about the quote but my heart breaks for seniors graduating into this bleak environment. They’ll come out of it with amazing experience but it’s going to be a tough path ahead.
Excerpted from the Skift Piece by Cameron Sperance
Faculty members are bringing coronavirus into daily lessons to offer real-life crisis management training. Ed Salvato, a professor at NYU’s tourism and hospitality marketing graduate program, cancelled the business case study he originally planned this semester in favor of having students follow a brand and analyze their coronavirus recovery strategy.
Faculty at NYU’s graduate hospitality program have incorporate the coronavirus downturn into lessons.
“It’s not that I’m expecting students to come to class with a magic bullet for the industry, but I want to get their heads in that space,” Salvato said. “Ideally, they’re going to be at a job on a group still thinking of recovery into 2021.”
New York City has become the opposite of what it’s known for: quiet, empty and pretty much shut down. It feels like a perpetual Sunday morning especially in these gorgeous first weeks of spring. But there’s an undeniable beauty to this city which I’ve attempted to capture during my socially-distant exercise bike rides.
Of course too many people are dying and we are taking quarantining seriously to keep ourselves, loved ones and fellow New Yorkers safe. We have bottomless gratitude to those incredible first-responders, hospital staff, front-line workers, grocery store clerks, public transportation and others who risk their help to keep us all safe, healthy and fed.
Which ones do you recognize here? Comment below! I’ll publish more here as I get the time and inspiration.