A picnic in Central Park is a classic autumn-in-NYC experience – crisp weather, leaves transforming into fiery hues of red and orange, and fewer crowds clamoring for a space on the Great Lawn. You could pick up sandwiches from the corner bodega and call it a day, but here’s a better idea: Let The Chatwal handle your alfresco adventure. As part of the 76-room hotel’s new curated experiences program, guests staying in one of the Midtown property’s 12 themed suites can take advantage of locally inspired adventures. Check into the history-themed Heritage Suite, for example, and set off on a two-hour private tour of the Theater District, or book the Garden Suite and visit Brooklyn for a workshop on herb-infused oils at the world’s largest rooftop farm. And for that aforementioned picnic, Sanctuary Suite guests head to Central Park, where a spread of local cheeses, plus baguettinis and sweets from Balthazar Bakery, awaits. Too full to walk back? No problem – the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz will pick you up.


Fall in Central Park.

All photos: Annie Fitzsimmons.