Travel Diary: Miami

Heyyyyy Miami!  Hellooooo South Beach! Ethan and I just got back from a long weekend there and it was the first time either of us had been.  We had such a good time and didn’t get to go to nearly as many places as we would have liked so we will definitely be back.  Here is a little recap of the places we did squeeze in.  If you all are going to be in the area soon and have any questions please feel free to ask me!  I’ll be happy to give you more feedback!

HOTEL CROYDON

I’m not even going to lie to you–the black and white umbrellas were totally what attracted me to Hotel Croydon.  When I was searching around online and saw a photo of the rooftop deck I was like, ok sold!   Ha! Overall it was a great choice though.  The decor was just as cute in person, the room was small but nice and they even have a complimentary happy hour every night down at the bar!  The location was perfect–close enough to everywhere else we wanted to go.

NAKED TACO

A fun little Mexican spot–they even serve you a “welcome shot” when you sit down!  We went here for a quick lunch and sat on the patio.  They do a great job of filtering in air from the fans and music to drown out the heat and loud noise from the street.

KITH

A really neat street style boutique in the heart of South Beach.  Definitely worth stopping in if you are shopping around!  They carry everything from unique sneakers, to graphic hoodies, to amazing coffee table books (think 500 pages of the best Kate Moss shots of all time), to Givenchy sunglasses & even a few Chanel mini bags.  I picked up these little gems and I am loving stacking them with my diamond studs.  Wearing the combo actually has me thinking I want a third hole pierced!

KATSUYA

The sushi restaurant in the SLS Hotel.  We went here for dinner one night and we loved it.  Good sushi but an even better bar by the pool for a drink beforehand.  So…if you go make sure you arrive early for your reservation so you have time for a glass of champs outside.  Ethan spotted Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad drinking with his buddies right beside us when we were there!

CRAFT CAFE

One of our favorite things to do when we travel is try new coffee shops.  We actually had a really hard time finding one in Miami.  When I searched I kept coming up with Starbucks…really?  We ended up at the coffee bar inside the Avalon Hotel (I learned that several hotels in Miami have options like this in the lobby) and I am glad we did.  The iced lattes were yum and it was right by all the beach volleyball!

ONO POKE SHOP

Ethan has been to Hawaii and he fell in love with the poke there.  I hadn’t ever had it before and I knew I would love it so when he suggested we go to Ono Poke Shop I was SO excited.  It was wonderful–if you’re in the area you HAVE to go.  Plus it was some of the best and most friendly customer service we had on the whole trip.  The shop is so adorable and very photo worthy.  Plus it’s a great lunch to have while traveling since it’s on the lighter side. Sold yet? haha!

WYNWOOD WALLS

Located in the coolest area of the design district.  We took some photos around the painted walls that I can’t wait to share with you all.  I really wish we had a full day to spend here.  It’s where Ono Poke Shop is located and we were told there’s also some other great restaurants here.

GULFSTREAM RACE TRACK

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational (horse race) is actually the reason why we came to Miami for the weekend.  Ethan works for a horse farm here in Lexington and they own the horse that won the Breeder’s Cup Classic, Arrogate.  We got a win for the day and had the best time!  It is a really pretty track and if you haven’t been then you definitely should go.  SUCH a fun atmosphere & so different from Keeneland here at home which is where we’re used to going.

SCARPETTA

My friend (@mrscocowyse) highly recommended this little Italian spot to us and we we’re so thankful because we LOVED it.  It was intimate and the food was spectacular.  They make their own pasta in house–&&& YUM.  It’s located in the Fontainebleau hotel & again, go early to have a drink in the Bleau Bar–it’s full of blue lights!

THE SARSAPARILLA CLUB

We had brunch here before we left for the airport.  It was a chilly, drizzly day but it was actually really nice to sit on the patio by the pool because it was empty and the decor was too cute.  However–the service and the food was really lacking.  So I’d say skip this one unless it’s just for a glass of wine by the pool.

Side Note:  We made reservations for all of our dinners on Open Table.  HIGHLY suggest doing that so you are able to get in some great spots.

IN MY SUITCASE:

A recap of some of the items I packed for our trip:

If you have any favorites for us to try on our next trip to Miami please let me know!

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