Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Babymoon

I've always loathed the term "Babymoon," but I can't think of anything else appropriate for this trip, so "Babymoon" it is! 

We decided on a whim to go to Miami in late June. We browsed around AA.com and saw they had great flight deals to Ft. Lauderdale {with a deal going on with Hyatt} so we booked quickly for a trip over the Independence Day week/end. 

We left bright and early on July 3 {following an incident with TSA that I just can't get into because it still makes me mad} and were in Ft. Lauderdale by lunchtime. 


We rented a compact car, and of course got the Mini Cooper. It was so cute and really fun to bee-bop around the Florida coast in. 


Our first stop before we headed down south was Le Tub for lunch. {You didn't think this preggo would skip a meal? No way.} 


It was a funky little restaurant right on the water with handwritten menus. The waiters weren't exactly the most helpful and/or attentive, but it was good food. The burgers are huuuuuge; next time Brandon and I would just split one. But it was a nice place to decompress from our flight and start our miniature vacation. 


Then, we headed south for Miami. It really was a quick 40 minute drive {and perhaps I'm from Texas and it takes me 30 minutes to get to work every morning, so it doesn't seem that long...} and checked into our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables


It was a beautiful, newly-renovated hotel. Brandon and I booked the Petite Suite with a free parking pass every day, which really saved us in the long run. Our first room {more on that later} was on the 10th floor and overlooked the Miami skyline and the hotel pool. I promptly got into a robe and house slippers and lounged on the bed. 

We spent the rest of the afternoon/evening by the pool and had a nice dinner at the hotel restaurant, Two Sisters


The next day {Independence Day} we ventured to Miami's famous South Beach. It was packed, but it was a really cool atmosphere. Once we finally found parking, we had lunch at The Carlyle, where the movie "The Birdcage" was filmed. 

The meal was so-so, but the people watching was excellent. We're talking people in thong bikinis just wandering the streets, people in Maseratis revving their engines, and men in Speedos galavanting along Ocean Drive. It was hilarious. 

Oh, and see this drink? It was $24. They don't advertise their prices, so when you order, be sure to specify a small or they'll bring you this monster and you'll end up with more Long Island Iced Tea than you know what to do with. 


After lunch, we rented an umbrella and laid on South Beach all day long. It was very crowded since it was Independence Day, but the atmosphere couldn't be beat. We would venture into the crystal blue water when we felt like it, took little naps and enjoyed weather that was way cooler than any July we've ever seen or felt in Texas. 


After South Beach, I was starving {go figure}, so we stopped at Shake Shack for a hot dog. What's the Fourth of July without a hot dog?! I was super impressed with Shake Shack...and their prices! 

After devouring my hot dog, we wandered around Lincoln Road Mall in our swimsuits and cover-ups. Ha! But that's the thing about Miami: anything goes! 

We had big plans to watch the fireworks at The Biltmore Hotel, but we were both swamped, so we stayed in the hotel and watched the fireworks on TV. Ha! 


We spent the next morning relaxing in the hotel room before we both {yes, both!} got facials at Skintique. It was such a relaxing morning/afternoon! 

That evening, we had dinner at Whisk -- our favorite meal of the entire trip, and perhaps one of our favorite meals ever. If you're in the Miami area, I highly recommend Whisk. We even saw actor Carlos Ponce there! 

Brandon ordered wine and I had a really good fruit-flavored, fresh-squeezed soda, along with fried green tomatoes {with herbed buttermilk dressing} to start. I ordered the Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits and Brandon had the Buttermilk Marinated Bell & Evans Fried Chicken Breast, along with the best smashed potatoes I've ever tasted in my life and some veggies. We even got daring and had dessert: bourbon bread pudding. Y'all, it was seriously a fantastic meal. We were thoroughly impressed. 

{Dallasites: it reminded me of a mix between Tillman's and Smoke.}

After dinner, we ventured out to Key Biscayne to watch the sunset and marvel at the gorgeous, stately homes. 


Our last day, we laid out by the pool at our hotel before driving back north to Ft. Lauderdale to catch our late afternoon flight home. 


Okay, now onto the whole "first room"/"second room" situation. As I mentioned, our first room was on the 10th floor...but it was literally right behind the elevators. Which meant it was loud and we were kept up all night. We called the front desk and they graciously put us in the same room, but on the fifth floor. However, the piping was ridiculously loud {and obviously old} because every time you'd turn on the sink, shower or flush the toilet, it made a loud rumbling, grunting sound until it was turned off. And it wasn't just our room. It was all the rooms above us, below us and in our vicinity. So that, too, was a nuisance. 

But, when we checked out, Brandon kindly let them know they needed to get that checked out. They were so horrified they comped a big meal we had at the hotel restaurant and even put money back on our credit card as a credit. It was very nice and meant a lot to us that they were willing to go the extra mile for their customers. 

Their customer service was excellent and they had everything you could possibly want or need on-site. The only thing I would request is a room on the 16th floor nowhere near the elevators. :) Oh, and request extra pillows because theirs are the size of Band-Aids. 

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All in all, it was a fabulous trip and I can't wait to go back to Miami soon!

1 comment:

  1. I love Miami and I love the idea of a babymoon! This sounded like the perfect weekend :)

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