When I need to escape the cold (and I often need to escape the cold), I tend to dream about palm trees and sandy beaches. Once outdoor activities in Chicago seem to grind to a halt as everyone hibernates, I ramp up my trip planning. If you’re looking for a sunny destination this winter, check out all the reasons I LOVE Miami!
The Wynwood Art District in Miami is home to some of the most amazing street art and art galleries. The warehouse buildings serve as canvases for graffiti artists. Walking around the neighborhood is one of my favorite activities in Miami. I feel like I could spend days wandering in and out of art galleries, little stores, and coffee shops. Panther Coffee and Frangipani are two favorite stops when I’m in the neighborhood.
If you want some sunshine-filled fun in Miami you will definitely end up on one of the beaches. Visitors and locals alike get sandy to socialize, sunbathe, surf, and swim. The beaches are beautiful – and packed – so check out this helpful guide to find the one that fits your idea of fun in the sun.
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without a night (or six) on the town. The city comes alive after dark, with people flocking to lounges and mega-clubs alike. If you’re looking for a unique night out, try BASEMENT, where you can bowl or ice skate below the swanky EDITION hotel. Developed by the legendary Ian Schrager of Studio 54, the vibes are faintly Saturday Night Fever and plenty of fun.
The people in Miami are really, really nice. Nicer than most tourist hot-spots, and nicer than in most cities. Is it the gorgeous weather and constant beach vibes? The fact that the city seems to take pretty good care of its own? Who knows. Swing by wxyz bar in Aloft South Beach for one amazing coconut beverage and two amazing bartenders.
During my last visit to Miami, I spent several nights at Turnberry Isle in nearby Aventura. If you’re looking for a visit of pure relaxation and indulgence, consider dropping by this beautiful resort. With the lush grounds and famous golf course, excellent restaurants, and luxe spa, a stay at Turnberry might be just the thing to detox after all that Miami fun.
I’ll be back in Miami this February, so send any recommendations my way! I’d love to add some more places to my list of Florida favorites.