My First Trip to Miami!

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Well it’s been FOREVER since I posted and I’m really sad about it!! I’m still alive!! The short story: I’m moving to a new city (more on that soon! :O), I’m at a new workspace, I’ve been taking on new projects, it’s been a total whirlwind! Sarah shared her big announcement a few weeks ago and it’s such a bittersweet thing, but we’re both so excited to continue sharing our life adventures with new perspectives (her new blog!), new inspiration and LOTS of recipes. So I’ll just jump right in. My most recent adventure/project is what I’m sharing today…my first trip to Miami (what? why had I never?) on a SUPERFUN collab with Starwood Hotels.

Before I work with a brand on an Instagram or blog campaign, I have to make sure our missions align. If they’re interested in inspiring people to live adventurously, to experience the world, to fall in love with moments and to share those moments with others, I’m in. I don’t like collaborating for one-off promotions, I like collaborating as means to build a relationship with a brand I believe in. Starwood is one of those brands. When they invited me down to Miami to experience the city, the culture, the food, their properties and their team, I jumped on it. I made fast friends with them and I will waste no more time. Here are 6 things I learned about Miami with SPG

1. The food scene is incredible. From J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in North Beach to KUSH and Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Wynwood, I experienced fresh, local, wonderfully diverse dishes and unique dining environments that truly inspired me. Miami is a treasure trove for foodies.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Outside Mandolin Aegean Bistro where I had the most amazing variety of Tzatziki sauce I’d ever tasted!

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Breakfast overlooking the pool and the ocean in the dining room at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

The bar area of the Dutch in the W South Beach. I fell in love with the decor and design of this space!

 

2. I fell in love with the people. There’s a colorful joy and life about them that’s truly contagious. I explored Little Havana for an afternoon, and the string of intrigue was endless. I visited Domino Park which was a scene straight out of a Pixar movie, a cigar shop with a sweet owner serving some of the best Cuban coffee I’d ever tasted, and happened upon so many individuals that were bursting with stories to tell. I was offered a welcome that made me feel at home.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

An intense game of dominos at Domino Park in Little Havana.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Chef Dagan in the kitchen at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, about to create the famous Truffle Pizza.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

My favorite chess player at Domino Park in Little Havana! He loved the camera!

 

3. Miami has an aesthetic that is so unique among the top destination cities in the US. I learned so much about the origins of the beach and sunset-toned buildings, the fashion and the architecture on a walking tour of the Art Deco District. It was fascinating to find out about Gianni Versaci’s impactful role in developing the city’s look and feel. I loved the retro vibe of South Beach, and knowing where it all came from made the experience even richer.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Wonderfully nostalgic architecture in South Beach.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Colors of sunset in South Beach.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

At Domino Park in Little Havana, people flock to play chess and dominos at these public tables.

 

4. I had never seen anything like the Wynwood Walls before. I’ve been an admirer of graffiti art for a long time, but exploring the Wynwood neighborhood and all of its captivating installations was life changing. The buildings and streets were just covered with originals by incredible artists — and that was just a fraction of Miami’s art scene! The lobby and The Dutch at the W Hotel are beautifully curated with a collection of original Warhols and other pieces that left me enchanted.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Just a fraction of the Wynwood Art Walk.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

A gorgeous and inspiring space in the lobby area of the W South Beach.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

The walls of The Dutch at the W Hotel were covered in such an amazing variety of artwork.

 

5. I’m a beach baby. I grew up on the East Coast and spent almost all of my summers “down the shore”. The sand and the ocean are very near and dear to my heart. Needless to say, experiencing the white beaches and bright blue waters of South Beach was UNREAL and such a comfort. I LOVED it.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

A walk to the ocean outside the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Loving those blue waves!

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

View from the balcony of my room at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

 

6. SPG encourages adventuring. They want to help you see the world and authentically experience the cultures surrounding their resorts and hotels. Earning Starpoints just from taking an Uber around town is wonderful proof of that. I saw 3 of their Miami properties, and each of them were so different that I knew no matter what the circumstance, I could find a home away from home with them. At the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, I experienced utter relaxation. The staff displayed an incredibly rare excellence in their welcome and hospitality. At the W South Beach, I was inspired at every turn by the nostalgic and beautiful design of the space. At Aloft Miami, I was blown away by the homey feel of the rooms, the Keyless entry option, their delicious cocktails and last but not least, a Nate Ruess concert that I’ll be dreaming about for years to come! It was actual magic. SPG truly covers it all and they don’t just care about the hotel experience, but about the culture that each of their properties calls home.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

The stunning kitchen in my room at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

The bar at Aloft Miami.

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

The lounge area outside the W South Beach.

So yeah! I can’t wait to go back!!

What are your favorite cities to visit and what do you love about them? Dreaming up what to see next! Please share in the comments below!

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Nate Ruess!!

 

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Comments

  1. Awhhh gorgeous pics, you captured some great moments! I went to Miami for the first time too, and it was so much fun!

    xoxo,
    Sarah
    http://www.fashioncatapult.com

  2. Well Tiffany, it looks like you did Miami in style and grace just as your blog always presents itself! I am excited for you and Sarah on your new journeys! I have always loved your blog but usually haven’t left comments… kind of on the quiet side but this time I just couldn’t keep quiet. I wanted to congratulate you on your new journey! I know you will succeed with flying colors no matter what you do… I’m cheering you on sweetie. Don’t stop sharing all of your exciting wonderfulness along the way 😀
    Hugs always!!!
    Beth P

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww thank you so so much, Beth! I’m so glad you left a comment! Thank you for the encouraging words and I definitely won’t stop sharing! Thank you AGAIN and hugs right back! 😀

  3. Such beautiful pictures. I love the kitchen in your room, its gorgeous!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww thank you so much! That kitchen was INSAAANE haha!! I wish I had cooked up a storm in it!!

  4. Firstly, I’ve always wanted to go to Miami… looks like you had a helluva good time. Secondly, if it’s not too forward, does this mean you are leaving Kentucky and that your apartment will be up for rent?

  5. You captured Miami beautifully and it looks like you had an awesome time! I visited there last fall and had an absolute blast. The culture + food there is incredible (and the beaches of course!). Glad you had fun!!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much!! I really did have an amazing time. I would love to visit in the fall when maybe the heat isn’t as OVERPOWERING haha!! 😀

  6. Looks like a blast !

    x
    StephC

    http://sstephcc.blogspot.com/

  7. I live in south Florida and so close to Miami. I’m saving this post to visit places you mentioned, that I haven’t even been in. So thank you!! I can’t believe you were in my side of the woods!! So awesome!!
    Ps I love Wynwood!!!

    http://Www.thebluecurtain.blogspot.com

  8. I’ve never been to Miami, but I’ve been to other parts of Florida. My brother and his family live in a small town called Navarre, it sits right next Pensacola. I’m obsessed with the beautiful emerald water and white sandy beaches, every time I go I never want to leave!! It looks like you had an amazing time, and your pictures definitely capture the beauty of Florida!

  9. I absolutely loved Miami as well! 🙂 Love your pics and I’m glad we share that we both loved the people in Miami and the nightlife!

    Characters & Carry-ons

  10. Great photos! I love when I see such good pictures! Your trip to Miami was fabulous! I am definitely interested in visiting these great places during my travels. Miami is definitely very beautiful! Congratulations for the move! I am also moving to a new city soon. I’m going to start a new job and live a completely different life! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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