By Eric Trump
There’s never a shortage of work at The Trump Organization -- between our global Trump Hotel Collection, award-winning Golf Clubs, Residential/Commercial properties, The Celebrity Apprentice, our new Virginia winery and continuous flurry of acquisitions -- to say we’re all “on-the-go” would be a true understatement. However, on the rare occasion that we do take the day off, I spend it doing the things I love with those I care about the most.
My perfect day off starts with a run in Central Park with my longtime girlfriend, Lara, and our 2-year-old miniature Beagle, Charlie. Charlie is a bundle of energy and loves a good run. However, when he’s done, he’s DONE. I could be in the middle of a full sprint and suddenly he’ll decide he’s had enough, hit the brakes, extend his legs and jerk me back to a dead stop. For being a 17 lb. lapdog, he certainly knows how to make his point, especially in front of an audience. A true Trump!
After our run, I go meet with my trainer Mike at the gym in Trump Tower. Mike puts me through a serious hour of lifting, sprinting and intervals, which, to say the least, is not for the faint of heart. But there’s nothing better than starting every day, even a day off, with an intense workout.
Naturally, as a family we love golf. We wouldn’t build some of the best courses in the world, if we didn’t truly love the game ourselves. I especially enjoy getting out on the course with my father. Aside from being an incredible golfer, he has an amazing personality, is beyond competitive and isn’t afraid to bust the chops of his competitors -- teammates and family alike. As I’ve learned, don’t miss that three-foot putt, as you will regret it for weeks to come! It is, however, what makes our family so special; the fact that we can not only work together everyday, but still enjoy each other’s company on weekends.
When I’m not on the golf course, you can probably find me on our family property in Westchester, NY. I love fresh air, the outdoors and the escape from the concrete jungle we call our home. Charlie, Lara and I love hiking the trails around the property with Charlie’s nose leading the way! When it’s warm enough, Charlie drags me to the pool where he will literally swim all day! Who knew beagles were such great swimmers!?
Aside from being beautiful, Lara is an excellent chef, having graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York. After a long day outdoors, there’s nothing more satisfying than grilling up some steaks, corn-on-the-cob and making homemade guacamole - and I can’t forget Lara’s famous peanut butter brownies, which are fantastic!
We often finish off the perfect day with a bonfire in front of the house roasting s’mores with Don, Vanessa and their four kids. No emails, no cell phone, no work -- just a clear night sky with family, great conversation and the best dog in the world. •