Miami Girl’s Trip
We are approaching Summer, which means family vacations and perhaps girl trips are being planned. I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in South Florida (SoFL) and most of my family still lives there. I am the eldest of three girls. My two younger sisters still live in Florida but one lives in Orlando and the other lives in SoFL. We each have significant others and children now, and generally only see each other during the holidays when our whole family gets together. So when my middle sister said she wanted us to have a sisters’ weekend to celebrate her birthday, we tried to make it happen. It was the first time in a long time that the three of got to spend quality time together. I’m giving you the highlights from my trip to Miami. Where to stay, play, and of course eat when you visit Miami!
I generally fly into Ft. Lauderdale International airport (FLL) when I travel to South FL. Miami airport can be a bit of a headache and FLL is about a 45 minute drive from Miami, so consider flying into FLL. Because my family lives in South FL, transportation was not an issue, however, I suggest renting a car or else you will be spending lots of money on Uber rides
We stayed at the gorgeous Nobu hotel which is connected to the Eden Roc hotel property. The hotel is quintessential Miami. Think modern lines, lots of white and marble. The service was top notch from the moment we checked in. I told them we were celebrating my sister’s birthday and they pulled out all the stops. From complimentary champagne in our room to champagne while we were at the spa. Lets just say we were on a champagne campaign this whole trip. Our room had the most breathtaking view of the ocean and the pools. Waking up to this view was heaven.
After we checked into our room, we headed to the Eden Roc spa for massages. We booked our Spa treatments when we booked our room and were pleasantly surprised that we were going to be there during Spa week. This allowed us to get big savings on great spa. We spent an afternoon at the spa and I got the best massages. I wish I could have kidnapped my massage therapist and bring him back to Dallas with me.
*TIP: Be sure to ask if any specials are available for your hotel spa. Also check the Living Social or Groupon app. For any deals going on in the city you’re traveling too. When I traveled to Hawaii we happened to find a Groupon for the Spa in the hotel we were staying in.
After our spa treatment we hung out on the beach and grabbed lunch at the hotel pool. What’s a trip to Miami without visiting the beach and getting some vitamin sea.
After the beach we headed to the Wynwood area to do some exploring and get some cute pictures. The Miami art scene has exploded since I moved away and there has been lots of gentrification in the city. One area in particular that has become the new hot spot is Wynwood. The area is famous for its graffiti walls, which you have probably seen all over Instagram. Throughout the few blocks that encompass the Wynwood area you can find beautiful walls with murals. The actual Wynwood Walls is an area where you can walk through and see a slew of muraled walls and modern art displayed. It is free to walk through the walls, however, most of the lots near by charge $5-$10 for parking. After exploring we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner and the turn-up.
We spent our evening at Purdy Lounge which is a spot where the locals go. It’s very chill and not pretentious like lots of the other SoBe clubs. We listened to old school hip hop all night and sang along to every song. It was great! Some other spots that were recommended were Liv in the Fontainebleau and Story. Miami is known for its clubs, and next to Vegas and perhaps New York, the parties don’t stop until the sun comes up.
If you’re walking through Wynwood be sure to grab an iced tea or iced coffee at Box Coffee. It’s a cute outdoor coffee shop that has a nice open air patio with murals on the wall. The baristas were friendly and gave us great suggestions. My sisters had an iced coffee with macadamia milk and since I prefer tea I opted for the hibiscus watermelon tea. It was so good! The barista muddled the mint and made it with such care, you would have thought she was a bartender preparing a cocktail.
Bird and Bone
We had dinner at Bird and Bone, located in the Confidante hotel, which is a block away from the Eden Roc. The menu is upscale comfort food. Our server made awesome recommendations and even gave us some ideas on where to go after dinner. I knew this dinner was going to be lit when the waiter brought out a basket of cheddar biscuits. The biscuits were so yummy especially when you smeared on some of the house made strawberry preserve. We ordered the shrimp and grits and the fried chicken, which is the dish they are most known for. The sangria was fruity and delicious. The dessert display was also a great touch for the birthday celebrations. The chocolate cake and fried apple pies were so tasty, but we were so full from dinner that we barely put a dent in it.
On our last day we enjoyed the buffet brunch at the Nobu restaurant, which is located in the Nobu hotel. There were lots of selections to choose from and everything was fresh and delicious.
We had a great time exploring our hometown as a tourist. There is so much to see and do in Miami but I discovered some new gems.