As I typed out the title of this post, I had to laugh to myself — “spring break” these days looks a lot different than it did ten years ago- but I kind of love it anyway! We’ve been to Miami a number of times, both pre-Nolan and with him twice. For us, it’s a perfect “tropical” vacation spot with big city convenience (New York spoils you); only a 2 and a half hour flight away. You can hit the beach, hang at the pool (or go to a schmancy pool party, if that’s your thing), tour the design district, do some day (ahem) drinking, shop – plus obviously, eat at some of the best restaurants in the country.
I shared some general travel tips for parents (particularly new/ toddler moms or dads) here, so I’ll focus more on what we did for our three night, four day stay in Miami.
We stayed at The Gale on 17th and Collins, which is kind of like the center of it all… it’s about a block from Lincoln road, which is a pretty big outdoor “mall” -like shopping center with everything from Rosa Mexicana to Zara, to J.Crew, CVS, and little Italian bistros lining the street- super convenient. We’ve stayed at lots of places in Miami (Eden Roc, Loews, the Dream to name a few) and have loved them all for diff stages of life… really, all we really need to be happy is a pool, access to iced coffee, and a bar downstairs!
So when we first arrived, we left our stuff at the hotel while they got our room ready and walked a block or so to grab salads on Lincoln road, plus shop for a few things we needed but decided to buy in Miami instead of packing (diapers, milk for Nolan, sunscreen, snacks etc). By the time we got back to the hotel, our room was ready, and all three of us were exhausted, so we just crashed and took a nap until dinner (we got a room with a terrace, so right before the naps took place, we took these pics of me sitting on the wall— TERRIFYING- with Nolan pulling my leg saying “mama get down!” Lolol). In the evening, we got some happy hour drinks downstairs at hotel bar and restaurant Dolce (INCREDIBLE) and then leisurely strolled along Ocean Drive taking in the Miami scene as we walked to dinner (although we hopped in an Uber halfway there bc we decided to eat at Joes Stone Crab, which is pretty much at the most southern tip of Miami Beach and it would have been past Nolan’s bedtime when we got there if we walked at his toddler pace!)
For the next two days, we rented a cabana at the pool at the Shelborne Hotel, a block away on Collins, where my sister and her boyfriend were staying ( there aren’t cabanas for rent at the Gale)… we like getting a pool cabana with the little guy bc it’s just an easy place for him to eat, chill, play and nap that’s a little more “contained”. We basically just hung at the pool, played games, laid out, ate and drank for the two full days we were there! The second night we went to Bodega for dinner (the best streetstyle Mexican!) and hung out at their “speakeasy” style back room bar for a bit (they let us bring Nolan in bc it wasn’t super crowded yet and it was only about 8 o’clock!).
One of my fave daytime vacation looks is to wear a fun one piece with denim cutoffs and cute sandals as an outfit for breakfast to the pool to drinks after. I have a hard time picking out cover up dresses bc they always are too sheer or too girly or too SOMETHING for me… I prefer the tomboyish vibes of a one piece bodysuit look with shorts (or a matching set like the pineapple one from River Island above!). For our last night in Miami we ate at Prime 112, and I wore the only dress I brought with me, the striped, tie front Faithfull the Brand number above (one of my fave designers for vacay outfits). After dinner, we would sit on our rooftop terrace and play cards and board games after Nolan went to bed— hence how I started off this post with “wow has spring break changed for me” since 10 years ago! Like I said though, I wouldn’t have it (mostly;) ) any other way!
hope you enjoyed, and that some of that Miami sunshine makes it’s way up here soon!