When I finally accepted a job offer and was given a start date, I planned my last two weeks of freedom – made a quick trip home to Wisconsin to see the fam, spent a few days dealing with admin in NYC and then swanned off to Miami Beach for a few days (which lasted longer than planned due to winter storm Stella – thank you Stella!). There aren’t many pictures but to be fair, this is what I did: yoga, coffee, brunch, beach, pool, sleep and repeat. It was the perfect escape – sunshine, peace and quiet, avocado comas… the usual.
Where to stay:
- The Confidante, South Beach – gorgeous Miami Beach hotel in full art deco style, throwing back to the classic Miami look. Amazing amenities, beautiful pool/beach area, private beach with lounge chairs – far enough away from the insanity of South Beach’s party scene.
- Shelborne, South Beach – further south from the Confidante along the boardwalk, this is a fab four/five star hotel closer to the action. Pretty packed pool area on the weekend but the beachfront is fantastic.
- Mondrian, South Beach – this is the most secluded of the hotels we stayed at, being on the west side of South Beach, facing downtown Miami across the water. It definitely had the nicest room, amenities and pool/waterfront area.
Where to eat:
- Nobu South Beach – brand new Nobu in Miami Beach at the Nobu Hotel and Eden Roc Resort. The food is fantastic and totally worth the pricey price.
- Front Porch Cafe – we had brunch here four days in a row… mostly because they serve breakfast all day and they have the most amazing avocado toast.
- Alma Mexicana – this was the cheapest of our fave finds… horchata, huevos con chorizo, huevos rancheros and guac on guac on guac.
- CVI.CHE 105 – really unique Peruvian fusion bar and grill… I had the most delicious pasta and fresh fish specialty with basil, spinach and fresh Peruvian Paria cheese sauce. DELISH.
On our last day, I got a call from HR (UGH HR) and my start date got pushed two weeks…. so I may entertain another adventure or two before time runs out on my freedom! Stay tuned!