I spent the weekend in South Beach for a friend's bachelorette, and after waking up to an insane hailstorm and 30° temperatures this morning I'm ready to turn around and get back to sunny skies and rooftop pools.
This was my first time in Miami, and I honestly had no idea what to expect. I mean, I knew enough to pack heels, party dresses, and fake eyelashes, but beyond that I was at a loss. Generally I'm a pretty serious travel planner. I like to read up on where I'm going, take notes on what to see and eat (mostly eat), and make a to-do list twice as long as the trip itself. It's called having options. But a bachelorette trip is a different kind of beast, so I just showed up with the aforementioned heels and fake eyelashes ready for anything.
We stayed at the the Nautilus, and the second we walked into the lobby I knew we were off to a good start. The hotel was all midcentury lines, bright art, and killer wallpaper. And how good is the... everything in the Driftwood restaurant? If I could have fit a couple of those amazing brass sconces into my carryon luggage you know I would have.
We pulled ourselves away from the beach for a morning to explore Wynwood for a bit. That started, naturally, with coffee and pastries at Panther Coffee. From there, we checked out the Wynwood Walls and I fell head over heels in love with the street art. Let's treat all our unused and unloved walls like giant canvases.
The street art wasn't limited to the fenced-in Wynwood Walls area, but instead covered every coffee shop, gallery, and restaurant in the neighborhood. It was spectacular.
Apologies if you were following me on Instagram that day. I took a lot of photos.
We ate well all weekend, but the undisputed highlight was our dinner at Beachcraft in the 1 Hotel. Guys, I would go back to Miami just for that alone. The food and service were as good as it gets. Because we had a big group we managed to get through a lot of the menu, and every last dish we tried was fantastic. The octopus with avocado and jicama and the white bean agnolotti with clams and pork belly were two stand outs. I didn't get any pictures here because a giant camera really didn't go with my outfit, but I highly recommend scrolling through the Interior Design article and photo gallery on the 1 Hotel. It was, hands down, one of the most stunning hotels I've ever seen. After dinner we had drinks by the rooftop pool and discussed whether or not the staff would notice if we just slept in the cabanas and never left.
Overall, it was an over-the-top wild weekend with an amazing bunch of women. We would have had a blast no matter where we were, but I'm so glad we got to explore Miami. It was the neon-colored cherry on top.
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