By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Travel Writer – Don’t Let The Teens Have All The Fun. Miami has many restaurants, hotels, tours, historic districts, spas, and hotels that attract adults. Grab your sunglasses, swimsuits, and your sense of adventure for an adult getaway to America’s favorite beach town.
South Beach beckons
The Washington Avenue area is two blocks from the water and south of 13th Street. It has new hotels, up and coming restaurants, and lots of people watching. The beach, night clubs, Lincoln Road Mall, Wolfsonian FIU Museum are all within walking distance. Especially when you anchor in the friendly, newly renovated 132 room Kimpton Angler’s Hotel. Make your choice: studios, lofts, suites, villas and spa villas. Or try a three-story rooftop bungalow by the pool with its own sundeck. Swim and splash in a pool on the main building or in the adult-only mermaid pool. Dine at the Seawell Fish N ‘Oyster and order in-room spa treatments such as Girls Trip Body Therapy, Facial & Massage or The Grounded Gentleman’s Body Massage, Hands & Feet Journey. Sometimes the atmosphere of the hotel is festive, like it was during the Afro Disco Retreat to celebrate Ron Carroll’s 50th birthday. Another time it is quietly sublime. Just go with the mood and enjoy.
Española Way is a cafe-lined pedestrian mall between 15th and 14th Streets off Washington Ave. to Drexel Ave. leads. It is a Mediterranean-style promenade with a Euro / Latino flair. The cobblestone walk with its multitude of cafes and boutique hotels is packed with tourists and locals, especially when the sun goes down. There is a party atmosphere, with serenades by musicians al fresco, and Italian, Cuban and other cuisines in an area reminiscent of bustling MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. For delicious Roman cuisine, you can pull up a chair in the Hosteria Romana restaurant. Start with the delicious ham Taliato a Mano (hand-carved ham aged 24 months with parmesan cheese) and try the homemade fettuccini with porcini mushroom sauce as a starter.
Accommodation is the quaint, intimate El Paseo Hotel, an oasis within an oasis. Request a suite right above all the restaurants and the noise of happy eaters will lull you to sleep at night. The hotel offers 15% discount cards to local restaurants, three bottles of water, beach towels, a refrigerator, and yoga classes. Two free lounge chairs are provided on the beach near 14th Street. The very attentive staff make you feel at home every time you walk in the door.
Sunset Harbor is a largely residential neighborhood overlooking Biscayne Bay. It offers travelers a very sophisticated experience compared to the tourist areas. Here you can put on your elegant casual clothes and have dinner among adults. The Tequiztlán Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar serve the freshest corn tacos (try the chorizos) and excellent enchiladas suizas. Next door, the Thai street food is the main attraction at NaiYaRa Thai & Sushi Miami. Just around the corner down a sidewalk, the legendary Icebox Cafe is famous for its creative brunch menu (try the Eggbox combo). Across the street, The Fresh Market, Miami’s counterpart to the upscale Wegmans grocery store, is known for its prepared foods and wines. Get a fried chicken take away or dine at an outdoor table for a tasty, economical dinner. Yachts moor in Tony Sunset Harbor for a reason.
Historic Overtown – Miami’s Harlem – full of culture
The copper door B & B. is the place to book for cozy days and nights. This award-winning 22-room bed and breakfast was once a hotel from the 1940s. Under the direction of Jamila Ross and Akino West, their warm presence and hospitality can be felt in every corner. West is a great gourmet chef who prepares a sumptuous breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in his new pop-up restaurant that has become a staple of the Rosie’s neighborhood. This is the best brunch you will have in your entire trip. Especially when you order the new signature dish: Wild Mushroom Polenta (fried mushroom over creamy southern polenta, topped with a poached egg and herb gremolata). Wash it off with a chilled Jamaica (ice cold hibiscus tea). Impressive!!
Red Rooster Overtown is the proud new southeastern counterpart to head chef Marcus Samuelson’s legendary Harlem restaurant. Hearty food with a certain flair is served by staff who live in the community. The restaurant buys its supplies from local suppliers, exhibits works by local artists, and features musicians. Expect an elegant meal in equal parts from soul, Caribbean, and Ethiopia. Start with Samuelson’s Deviled Eggs with Chicharron, Caviar, and Mustard. Then go big with the Yassa Ribeye Steak or the dramatic-looking fire-roasted Wagyu oxtail, which is served whole. Sides should include the Jerk Sweet Potato, Succotash, and Mac & Cheese. For dessert, Viking of the Keys Key Lime Curd is the answer. Eat, drink and be seen in the indoor and outdoor bar areas and tables.
Lil Greenhouse Grill started as a food truck and developed into a family-run, healthy neo-soul food restaurant run by Nicole Gates. She is a former broadcast legend and her business partner Karim Bryant is a former butcher. Expect Gates, a community activist, to greet you at the door like family with her warmth and bubbly personality. Expect Bryant, who personally cuts the meat that is on the menu, to put top-notch, delicious smoked BBQ ribs on your plate, slowly smoked with his secret herbs and spices. The food is tasty, there is a painting by Jimi Hendrix on one wall and the atmosphere is so cozy that you will expect to see your cousins at the next table.
Tour of Overtown and the surrounding area
Historic Courthouse and Museum of the Black Police Precinct: Miami’s first black police station around 1950. The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater: Black Theater with 400 seats around 1913 (Overton’s Apollo). DA Dorsey House: Home of Miami’s first black millionaire / philanthropist Dana Albert Dorsey in 1915. Historic Hampton House: 1964 meeting place for Ali and Malcolm X, famous for One Night in Miami.
10 vacation tips that bring Miami to life
- Let yourself be pampered with a glow body scrub and deep tissue massage in the Exhale Spa at the Loews Mami Beach Hotel. Then hang out by the pool in a private, chic SOAK cabana.
- Buy a Cuban wedding shirt or fancy brim in the Futurama 1637 Art Building in Little Havana.
- Keep eating Chicken Tortilla Salad at the Malibu Farm Miami Beach Restaurant at the Eden Roc Hotel.
- Pose with fantasy backgrounds and deceptively funny paintings at the Museum of Illusions Miami.
- Spend an evening in the Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen in the trendy bohemian district of Wynwood. Start with jerk ribs. Finish with Brown Butter Cake. Groove to old school and hip hop DJ music.
- Discover the visual beauty of Miami When you take a Biscayne Bay Sunset & Full Moon Boat Cruise aboard a 45 catamaran with Miami EcoAdventures. As revealing as it is romantic.
- Continue to feast Creamy polenta at the Scarpetta by Scott Conant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.
- Improve your tennis game at Cliff Drysdale Tennis – The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, expertly run by director Max Mangones, with 10 knee-friendly Har-Tru courts.
- Order delicious Seafood linguine at Il Mulino New York – Miami @ Acqualina Resort.
- Have a quieter vacation. Stay in the middle of Miami Beach. Get away from the hustle and bustle with apartment-sized accommodations and free on-street parking at great rates at the Waterside Hotel on 6700 Harding Avenue. Perfect for everyone who wants a bit of serenity on vacation for adults.
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