long exhausting fun summer with my favorite three year old and just a few days shy of gearing up for my 12th year of teaching 2nd grade, I was in desperate need of a quick getaway to one of my favorite places: Miami Beach. Joined by one of my best friends Currie, who also happens to be a mama/teacher in need of girl time, we headed down to our little South Florida slice of heaven for a long weekend.
We left home amid gray clouds and threats of a weekend filled with rain showers to find ourselves stepping out of the Fort Lauderdale airport blinded by sunshine. After our Uber down to Miami Beach, we pulled up to our Mid-Beach hotel, Casa Faena, that had a Spanish style inn feel. Seriously y’all, I L-O-V-E-D our hotel (a review to come)! We checked in and had a glass of champagne to toast to the weekend, then quickly changed clothes and contemplated our first move.
Although we were itching to have our toes in the sand, time wasn’t on our side that first day and we only had a few hours before we needed to get ready for dinner. So instead, we jumped on the free Miami Beach trolley and headed down to Lincoln Road, which I had read a little about online. The trolley was equally great and cumbersome. Great because it was free and I fully live by the motto “If it’s free, it’s for me”, but certainly in no way the most efficient means of transportation as it takes quite some time to wind through Miami Beach. Lincoln Road was pretty well hyped on TripAdvisor and other blogs, but I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s an outdoor mall, but like, it’s literally an outdoor mall. I hoped for unique boutiques special to Miami, but it was primarily chain stores (think H&M, Urban Outfitters, etc.) and some over-priced (in my opinion!) restaurants. We did, however, spend a couple of hours popping in and out of a few stores and grabbing a quick bite to eat at Y.U.C.A.
For dinner our first night, we headed back down to South Beach for our reservation at The Social Club at the Surfcomber. We really enjoyed this place! The menu offers both social plates and large plates and we opted to share a few of the social dishes (I’m a sucker for tapas style). Our favorites were the Brussels sprouts and the Burrata…. :::drools::: The drinks were good too, but expensive, and if you check-in through Yelp you’ll get a *free* glass of white or red wine. Done and done, thank you very much! Sitting on the patio, we watched the busy South Beach scene pass us by and got free entertainment from a few guys who partied way harder than us! 😉 At the end of the night we tried to take the trolley back up to our hotel. Don’t do that. Just, don’t.
Saturday morning I was really excited to take Currie to Cecconi at the Soho Beach House, a restaurant my husband and I loved. I had been there for dinner and not only was it delicious, it’s probably the most beautiful restaurant I’ve visited. It’s in a covered courtyard area with trees wrapped in string lights sprinkled throughout and mason jar chandeliers hanging above. Breakfast didn’t disappoint. I had an acai bowl with an iced latte and Currie went for the goat cheese and asparagus frittata and a mimosa. Man, I really love that restaurant!
After breakfast we walked back to our hotel, quickly changed, and headed for the beach! I mean, y’all. Miami Beach is so beautiful! Our hotel had a reserved little spot on the beach with an attendant that set you up with your chairs, umbrella, and towels for the day. We spent the next several hours laying out and cooling off in the water. We even ordered lunch to be delivered to us by Uber Eats – a new discovery to us. Beach days are my favorite days!
Later that night, we left Miami Beach and headed to the Wynwood Art District for Wynwood Art Walk. I had read a lot about this event and was really excited to check it out! I’ll be sharing a separate blog post about this event soon! We had a really great time checking out the murals at the Wynwood Walls, popping into a few galleries and shops, and having our own little food crawl among the food trucks. We got there early, around 6:30, which was good because later in the evening it became incredibly crowded and we soon realized we may have been the oldest ones there! That’s never a good luck, so “home” we went.
After not spending nearly enough time at the beach the day before, because no amount of time at the beach is ever enough, we decided to head out earlier and waste the day away soaking in the sun. That’s just what we did. Another perfect day with perfect beach weather (we really lucked out with the weather in general, especially considering it was August). We, again, ordered lunch to the beach via Uber Eats, this time tacos. Leaving the beach that day was especially hard because it was our last full day and we would soon be back in the classroom!
Our time was very quickly coming to an end and I hadn’t been to nearly enough of the places I wanted to visit! Since this was Currie’s first time in Miami, I wanted to show her the quintessential South Beach that is the Art Deco district. I also knew I HAD to get some shots of a beautiful Miami sunset. So, after taking entirely too long getting ready (ugh, girls!) and having just a couple of hours before our dinner reservations, we took an Uber down to Ocean Drive. It was a quick introduction into the heart of South Beach, but we managed to see some of the iconic buildings along Ocean Drive.
I then decided the best place to see the sunset was from Southpointe Park (it was) and that we could walk there from where we were (we couldn’t, but did). We both were in heels, Currie in a gorgeous dress, and the humidity was about 1000%… so the fact that she didn’t kill me, or even yell at me, is proof that she’s an amazing friend. Next time I’ll definitely take an Uber, but it was absolutely beautiful watching the sun go down and the city lights of downtown Miami slowly come on across the bay.
For dinner our last night, we went fancy! 😉 As luck would have it, our visit coincided with Miami Spice, which is their version of restaurant week. I made a reservation at Lobster Bar Sea Grille, a very traditional and upscale place. The service was exceptional and the food was even better. We started with drinks, a Martini type for Currie and the St. Germain cocktail for me (I’m currently obsessed with anything St. Germain). For starters, Currie had the lobster bisque and I had shrimp cocktail. Can we just mention that it was served on an elaborate tray of ice all for 4 shrimp, lol! We both opted for the surf and turf for our main dish and then our server talked us into adding a side dish of corn mash (which is basically creamed corn, y’all). By that point, I was so full I don’t even remember what we had for dessert, but it was good! The food was absolutely delicious but waaay too much!
Our flight home on Monday morning was at 6:40 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, so that meant we had to leave the hotel around 4 a.m. (!!!!!) Leaving Miami was bitter sweet. The end to an amazing weekend with one of my best friends, but on my way to see my boys. With the lights of Miami behind us, we started planning our next trip back.
Until next time.