If you have the winter blahs, Miami is an excellent place to get rid of them. Here are some ideas for one perfect day in the city:
Miami is known for its Art Deco heritage and architecture. Head downtown for a trip to the Miami Art Museum, with its cool retro vibe and two floors of thought-inspiring exhibits of modern art masterpieces. Until March 6 you can catch Susan Rothenberg’s exhibit, Moving in Place; or soak in the brilliance of Robert Rauschenberg in the Focus Gallery through April 10.
But this high-energy city doesn’t limit its art to museums; plenty of street art is on display, including works by the underground guerrilla artist Banksy, who became known to the masses in the film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Stroll through the Design District and see if you can spot some Banksys on walls or underpasses, while you shop in some of the city’s coolest shops or take in a drink at an outdoor cafe.
Just a few blocks down the street from the art museum is a great Italian spot with a sidewalk setting and open-air design. Tre Italian Bistro incorporates traditional Italian fare with the occasional Asian and South American twist in a modern, industrial feeling atmosphere, decked with metallic floor tiles and high-backed orange banquettes.
At night, head back over to South Beach for an unforgettable steakhouse experience at Red. Located in the trendy “South of Fifth” neighborhood of South Beach, Red is one of a handful of restaurants in the U.S. to serve certified angus prime. But it doesn’t stop there – Alaskan King Crab and stone crabs top the menu as seasonal favorites in this iconic celebrity haunt.
One of the newest happening neighborhoods of Miami is the area around Biscayne Bay, situated on the border of the Downtown Business sector and the bustling Miami Arts and Design District, home to the new Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Here, the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel has undergone a a $31 million dollar renovation, creating a luxe haven for discerning travelers. Complete with modern minimalist décor, the hotel boasts contemporary rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the bay, expansive pool and dining options such as Catch Grill + Bar and illy Coffee Café.
579 guest rooms, including 21 plush suites, are all equipped with a balcony or floor to ceiling windows with views of the bay and Downtown Miami. Guest quarters also include Marriott International’s latest features in design and state of the art technology, including flat screen televisions, Marriott’s indulgent Revive bedding, contemporary dual sink fixtures and rain-style showerheads in addition to a multi-functional desk.
Shelley Seale is a freelance writer based out of Austin Texas, but she vagabonds in any part of the world whenever possible. Shelley has written for National Geographic, Globe Pequot’s Insider travel guides, CNN, AOL, USA Today and Andrew Harper Traveler Magazine among others. Her book, The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India, follows her journeys into the orphanages, streets and slums of India where millions of children live without families. Her mantra is “travel with a purpose.” She can be reached at shelleyseale.com.
Check out more of Shelley’s work in her 52 Perfect Days stories: 1949 Hidden City: Beijing’s Hippest New Spot.