When is the best time to visit New York City?


If a four-way competition were held for the best time to visit New York City, it's quite likely autumn would make off with the golden statuette. (Of course, winter would be close on fall's heels.)

Thanks to New York City holidays, some say fall, others argue winter

If a four-way competition were held for the best time to visit New York City, it's quite likely autumn would make off with the golden statuette. "The nominees for the best season are Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. And the winner is ... Fall!"

(Of course, Winter would be close on Fall’s heels for runner-up.)

At The Sherry-Netherland, we’ve been penning insiders' notes about the changing seasons with each passing year since 1927. There simply isn’t a better Central Park hotel vantage point than ours at 781 Fifth Avenue, overlooking Grand Army Plaza at East 59th Street. Allow us to share a few observations about what makes fall (and winter) in Manhattan so special, starting with Central Park at its showiest time of year.

Central Park fall foliage

Book one of our guest rooms with a fall foliage view over Manhattan's leafy oasis. Then take a walk in Central Park to kick around a few colorful autumn leaves, or row a boat under the drooping willow trees surrounding The Lake. Stroll along The Mall from 66th to 72nd streets, where one of North America’s largest remaining stand of American elms is handsome in autumn. The quadruple row of beauties forms a cathedral-like canopy that makes these giants stand out among the 26,000 trees that can be found in the 843-acre park.

A fall tradition — the NYC Marathon

In 1970, the first New York City Marathon was held entirely within Central Park. Only 55 of the 127 all-male entrants actually finished the course that year because of the hilly terrain. Within a few years, the course grew to cover five bridges through all five boroughs, culminating in a Central Park finish where world records have been shattered.

Each year, more than 50,000 runners will participate in the world's largest marathon to accomplish personal triumph by crossing the finish line in Central Park at Tavern on the Green at West 67th Street. Supporting their efforts, millions of enthusiastic New York City residents and visitors come together to cheer them on. For the best view of the race, book one of our City View rooms or suites.

Winter in New York City

Prometheus marks the seasons. With this giant golden statue presiding over fall and winter festivities, the Lower Plaza at Rockefeller Center is a benchmark for New Yorkers to record each season as it’s ushered in. In late October, when patio tables, sun umbrellas and bar stools are replaced by one of the world’s most famous ice skating rink, it means the official countdown to the holidays has begun.

November brings big parades. From 23rd to 56th, Fifth Avenue hosts the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade. Next up — Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade along Central Park West and Sixth Avenue to Herald Square. A giant Tom Turkey leads the lineup of balloons as high as a five-story building. Then the annual appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus signals a new season of holidays.

At Rockefeller Center, the attraction’s main event transitions visitors from fall to winter when the 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is illuminated. And just outside The Sherry-Netherland, guests can see the world's largest Hanukkah menorah lit nightly for the Jewish Festival of Lights at Grand Army Plaza.

Holiday highlights are just a short walk from The Sherry-Netherland. Take in a view from Top of the Rock, watch the Rockettes kick up a storm at Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, fawn over faeries at The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and be there when the orchestra tunes up for the overture at your favorite Broadway musical.

NYC holiday shopping

When the agenda says shopping, The Sherry-Netherland's location is as good as it gets, beginning with Ghurka and A La Vieille Russie boutiques right under our roof. Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and midtown Manhattan shops are on our doorstep, and Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York are among our style-setting neighbors.

Ticking all the names off your shopping list is one reward in itself. Afterward, we'll save you a table at Harry Cipriani, the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy a break from shopping. Guests of The Sherry-Netherland are entitled to 20% off all meals at Harry Cipriani, adding even more incentive to plan your holiday shopping trip in New York City.

Special Offers

Suite Ninety Anniversary

Celebrate 90 years and book The Sherry-Netherland's Suite Ninety Anniversary package and stay in a beautiful one-bedroom suite, daily continental breakfast served via room service and a $300 credit to dine at Harry Cipriani's. Receive a bottle of champagne, a commemorative keepsake box of Louis Sherry Belgian Chocolate, and two plush terry robes to take home.

The Family Getaway

Book The Family Getaway package and receive a stuffed giraffe named Louis, four $10 MetroCard's, four tickets to the Central Park Zoo, and four tickets to the historic Central Park Carousel.

The ABC's of Luxury Shopping

Stay at The Sherry and experience the joys of shopping in our mid-town location. We will give you three $50 gift certificates, one for use at the Apple Store, one for Barneys New York, and one for Coach, to help get you started.

RESERVATIONS Rooms from $329 per night