Miami is a huge city made up of different districts that offer a variety of culture. Therefore, planning a fun-filled 3 day trip with relaxation mixed in was quite the challenge. Jon and I wanted to explore a few areas that we were unfamiliar with as well as spend sometime at the resort just relaxing by the beach.
When we arrived to Eden Roc Miami, we were very excited to learn that the resort upgraded us to a breathtaking ocean front view on the 19th floor. The beds in these rooms are positioned in the middle, looking out to the balcony. This setup gave the most beautiful views of the turquoise water. I told Jon several times that I could just lay there all day. It literally felt like we were sitting in the middle of the ocean.
By the time we checked in and quickly changed into are swimsuits, it was already past noon. We were eager to get down to the beach and began our mini vacation. The gentlemen working at Eden Roc were very generous with setting up our beach chairs near the water. A waitress then catered to our needs of food and drinks the rest of the afternoon.
Jon loves afternoon naps on vacations while I get ready. So, we headed back to the room to relax before our dinner reservations that evening. We left the hotel a few hours before our reservations in order to check out an up and coming area in Miami called Wynwood. My friend Alyson lived in Miami for 5 years, and she is always letting us in on the happening spots. (Check out her blog here) Wynwood is such a lively little district in Miami. All of the building are covered with murals by artists from around the world. Not only is the district something cool to look at, there is endless dive bars, breweries and eateries to check out.
The first stop on the agenda was to J Wakefield Brewing. This little brewery is full of flamingo graffiti which is right up my alley. They serve their signature beers that rotate frequently. I’ve heard they sometimes serve a “fruity pebble” beer. Jon and I decided on a flight to share consisting of one beer that tasted like coffee, strawberries and chocolate. We then continued on to The Butcher Shop which is a cute little beer garden and grill. Our only regret was not giving ourselves enough time to explore the whole area. We saw so many little spots we wanted to stop by, but we ran out of time before dinner.
We had dinner reservations at a Speakeasy called Prohibition. This was such a charming, tapas style restaurant with beautiful decor. Jon and I shared the grilled caesar salad, meatballs, truffle french fries and lobster ravioli. Everything was wonderful, and the staff provided amazing service. We finished with a nightcap at the W Hotel in South Beach at their little bar called The Living Room. It was a fancier place to end the night compared to the hipster vibe in Wynwood.
The next day we wanted to grab a quick breakfast, so we could walk along the marina across from the hotel. The Starbucks in the hotel was quite popular and wasn’t as fast as we would’ve liked. However, I didn’t mind waiting on my coconut latte. Walking along the marina looking at the yachts and the beautiful homes was so nice. We continued the day poolside snacking on grapes and froze. Lunch was served poolside at this cute little restaurant called Malibu Farms. The food menu was similar to the beach/pool menu, but the tables and set up was just too cute to pass up.
The second night we had dinner reservations in South Beach at Quality Meats. The weather in Miami in April is literally out of this world. Jon and I could not believe how nice it was and often compared it to California weather with no humidity. Since it was so nice out, we chose to sit outside on the open patio. The restaurant began the meal with complimentary watermelon with himalayan salt. With watermelon being one of my favorite foods, this definitely stole my heart. We ordered an avocado crab appetizer to start and shared the filet with roasted potatoes as our entrees. The waiter made us homemade steak sauce tableside that he muddled by hand. We concluded the night with burnt smores ice cream.
The final day began with breakfast in bed. The view from our room had to be savored for the last few hours before checkout. The hotel was gracious enough to hold our bags, so we could enjoy the last few hours in the sun. We spent the day poolside relaxing, reading and having lunch before heading to our late flight back to Myrtle Beach. Our mini vacation was well divided between fun and relaxation. Until next time. Cheers, the Greenes.