Miami is constantly reinventing itself, and over the past year, I discovered that Coconut Grove - hip and cool 30 years ago, then declasse and "tired," has been remaking itself in the classic "boom-bust-and-boom" Miami style. Its funky, artsy personality remains as glass-wrapped high rises line up along South Bayshore Drive. Here's more of what to find today in Miami.
National Independent Bookstore Day the last weekend in April is a regular reminder that indie bookstores are travel destinations And why not? Writer Ann Patchett, who owns the Nashville, Tennessee Parnassus Books I've visited, wrote about this eloquently in the recent special New York Times Travel section on bookstores. (There are several fascinating articles in this special section of Dec. 6, 2016 about literary adventures and bookstore destinations. Additionally the National Independent Bookstore Day link provides a long list of some but not all indie bookstores around the U.S.) When I'm on the road and happen upon an indie bookstore, my experience changes entirely. In fact, sometimes I change my experience to accommodate the bookstore. And often there's a two-fer (such as a cafe or cultural series) inviting me in often and keeping me there for hours. In Miami's Coconut Grove, I walk from my hotel to The Bookstore +...
Hurricanes aren't the only threat of the moment in South Florida. The Wall Street Journal's Evening Wrap reports today that an overzealous python should have considered bite-size portions before trying to gulp down that alligator.
South Beach Magazine in Miami Beach has declared the fab five top boutique hotels in its annual ratings by readers and staff. Focus on upscale, access to beach, and trendy decor. As the South Beach season begins after Thanksgiving when the hurricane threat is down, it's good to plan and book now (everyone else is) as the hot spots get taken very quickly.
The Victor hotel in Miami Beach is one of the latest re-inventions of Art Deco hotels, which represent the Depression Era indulgence and the South Beach Art Deco district that is one of the world's hottest tourism spots.