Travel Diary: Miami Beach, Florida (Weekend Getaway)
Miami Beach, Florida is a popular party scene. Whenever I travel, I more inclined to find the quieter side of things, since I’m not a partier. For this trip, I did not have much time, I was not working so I was low on money, and I was not planning trips then the way that I do now. I loved what I saw of the Art Deco District, and of course the beach is beautiful, so ultimately this trip was a nice change of scenery more than an explorative trip.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
At the time that I went to Miami, I was not as into interior design. If I had been, I would have photographed their amazing farmhouse decor. When I think of southern culture, especially where food is concerned, I don’t usually think of Miami, but I was pleasantly surprised at the comfort food they offered and how tasty the food was. The dining area looks more upscale than I would imagine a fried chicken spot, but it’s still a casual and affordable eaterie, especially if you are a foodie. Although I’m a drinker, I also should mention that Yardbird has a notable, extensive bourbon collection.
Art deco District
As I mentioned, I was low on money and was not planning trips the way I do now. For those reasons, I spent time just walking around this area and taking in the beautiful architecture. There are more than 900 historical buildings, a notable one being the home of Gianni Versace. I often wish that Virginia had more spaces like this for the purpose of taking photos. With its modern look, and clean, geometric lines, it’s an internationally popular style, and I can definitely see why.
The Hub Cafe & Big Pink
The Hub Cafe, where I got these lovely, photogenic pancakes and housemade lemonade, has closed since my trip to Miami, however, there are plenty of bistros and cafes along Collins Ave., one of which is Big Pink. As you might be able to tell by the look of it, it’s a retro, diner style restaurant with lots of options from breakfast to lunch to dinner. If you’re in a larger group, there’s likely something for everyone, but without a reservation, it can difficult to get into at certain times.
Blue Moon Hotel
This hotel is right on Collins Ave. in the Art Deco District of Miami, so it’s beautiful as far as scenery. It’s a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, so to me it would seem expensive, but it really is a reasonably priced hotel. There are plenty of places to eat and shop within walking distance and the beach is just a short walk away as well. Lincoln Road Mall is where we did our shopping, mainly because I wanted to browse at Zara. Blue Moon has a lovely pool and garden area, free wifi, and Fix restaurant. There is champagne upon arrival for guests, and this is honestly not a big deal, but one of my favorite features was the fruit water available in the lobby throughout the day. If I’m away from away, I want style and comfort, and Blue Moon provides some of both.
The beach closest to the hotel where I stayed is South Beach, which is just one block away. Being on the beach is one of my favorite things to do, and of course is an unmissable, free affair when you’re somewhere on the coast. Miami has a growing bike culture and the cost is reasonable to rent a bike just to cruise the beach or around the city.
Eventually, I’ll go back to Miami Beach with better plans, but overall, it’s certainly a nice place to get away for a couple days, whether you are about the party and nightlife or you are more interested in the historical culture, design, and quieter activities of the city.