So, whenever I need a quick getaway, Miami is my “old faithful”! I don’t need a passport, the flight is only two hours and I get a taste of the tropics without leaving the mainland; it never disappoints. In my 20s, this would be an ideal time to plan a trip to the “domestic paradise”. With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I can’t help but reminisce. Ahhhh, Urban Beach Week, a weekend of pure rachetness, debauchery and utter foolishness; an otherwise good time! However, my Miami experience has evolved as a 20something vs. a 30something year old.
In my 20s, I wasn’t too particular about my hotel accommodations. If the place was “clean”, cheap and accessible to south beach, I was cool. I can recall one “hell hole” we made the mistake of reserving. It reminded me of the movie “Hostel”. It met all the requirements “tho”, including being extremely creepy! Listening to Nikki, “we just need a place to get dressed, we won’t really be sleeping”. (THE HELL!) Needless to say we checked out the next day. Clubbing all day and night was our main form of entertainment, hitting up “Wet Willies” for drinks, suffering through terrible hangovers and running the streets of Ocean and Collins was the norm. It was crazy fun!
In my 30s, I had come to realize there is a completely different Miami, which I had yet to really appreciate! Instead of attending Urban Beach Week in May, I graduated to the Black Film Fest in June. It’s a bit calmer, somewhat artsy and a tad bit reserved. There is a completely different crowd and different vibe.
My most recent trip in August, 2015 was classic. I stayed in mid-town (not south beach), resort accommodations were “4 star” (not bad for a last minute trip). I have become a bit of a hotel snob so where I lay my head is important these days, the Diplomat Resort and Spa was perfection.
Dinner: PROHIBATION – A trendy Midtown speakeasy with plush red banquettes, butter-yellow leather chairs and 1920s-inspired artwork may emphasize its large cocktail program and nightlife scene, but it doesn't skimp on its global food options. Modern-day flappers and swells can dig into small and large plates of eclectic comfort food like the Lobster Ravioli, which was my fav!
Entertainment: ART WALK (Wynwood Art District) - Occurring every 2nd Saturday of the month between from “6PM to 10PM” and extending throughout the night! It features street art as well as art galleries. It’s a party in the streets with hundreds of people enjoying live music and the Miami Art Scene.
Relaxation: Typically it would be just a day lying out on the beach but thank goodness for family! Instead we decided to take the boat out. It’s Monday morning in Miami, why not! Never a dull moment!
As I sit here planning my next Miami vacation, whatever I decide to get into, I know Miami will never let me down. What are some of your fun Miami moments? You have any favorite restaurants or hangouts? Let me know.
Enjoy the Journey,