A huge thanks to Ebates and ShopStyle for sponsoring today’s post.
Right before we took off on our (third attempt) to The Bahamas, we found out we had an opportunity to head to Miami for a fun project with Ebates! Knowing our original 5 days in the sunshine wasn’t going to be enough after the brutal winter we’ve been having, we jumped at the chance and I was able to extend our two trips into a full week — we ended up stopping in Miami on the way home from The Bahamas for 2 days before heading home to freezing cold Connecticut! I was actually able to easily book this leg of the trip (including our flights and hotel) using Ebates — and was able to use Expedia which offered 10% cash back!
I’m sure many of you are already use Ebates for your shopping to get cash back on your purchases, but did you know about their travel?! That extra step of searching for our flights and hotels via Ebates took no more than a few minutes and ended putting back some cash in our pockets that I was able to use for the rest of the trip! And the best part for YOUR next vacation!? Don’t miss out on 10% cash back at Ebates Hotels and more, today only for Travel Thursday’s!
WHERE WE STAYED
We landed in Miami after a quick 45 minute flight from Nassau and headed straight to our hotel — The Fontainebleau Miami Beach! Raj knows how much I love staying in historic hotels and it’s one of his absolute favorite places — he’s been dying to take me there for years! There have been so many movies and TV shows filmed there before and there’s a very rich history of the hotel dating back to the 50’s. I was looking up all the deets on the way to the hotel and when we walked in, there happened to be an ABC pilot called “Grand Hotel” using the lobby to film! We actually stood there for a while and watched all that goes into filming ONE scene. We happened to be standing behind the director’s chair — none other than Ken Olin, the same guy who directs This Is Us, which we both started watching right before we left for vacation thanks to so many of your recommendations!!!
The Fontainebleau property is absolutely massive — there’s multiple towers, pools, and plenty of amenities and restaurants, you seriously wouldn’t even have to leave if you didn’t want to! We also loved that it is directly on the beach — I wanted as much sand as possible and always love getting to spend time at the beach since we live about an hour from it at home. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a residential one bedroom suite (due to my hub’s being a regular down there for work), so we had a gorgeous room with a living room, full kitchen, balcony, and a washer/dryer (which I put to good use)!
We happened to be in town the same week as Miami Music Week so it was PACKED. There were parties happening at the hotel and a lot of people around, which created a really fun vibe by the pools and beaches! A few of you actually DM’d me and asked for my opinion about bringing small children there. There is a children’s pool and it looked like some stuff geared towards kids, but I would definitely look into it during a slower time of year. The property is also massive (as I mentioned) with a ton of stairs and a lot of walking is necessary, so probably not ideal for strollers!
WHERE WE ATE
Nobu. I feel like I always eat a Nobu in every city I go to when it’s there — so much that I actually told Raj “NO, WE ARE NOT EATING AT NOBU AGAIN EVEN THOUGH IT’S MY FAVORITE!!!” I wanted to get out and explore some restaurants that only Miami could provide! Unfortunately, we didn’t end up making a reservation for that first night, so we were VERY limited with options without driving 30 minutes away. Nobu happened to be two hotels away and we could walk to it in about .5 seconds and we happened to be able to get a walk in. It was absolutely delicious (as it always is), and I forgot all about my tantrum. We did get recommendations for Katsuya (which we had actually just eaten at in The Bahamas) and for Sushi Garage — which I would go back to Miami to try, it looked so awesome!
Le Cote. We only ate once at The Fontainebleau and Raj made sure it was here. He’s talked about how much I would love this place forever and said it would remind me of being in the South of France, and it totally did! We drank rose on the roofdeck and I had the most delicious farro salad — I’m planning to try to recreate it for #gourmetGLAMrecipes shortly!
Milos. We ended up meeting up with my girl Ashley from SideSmile Style in Miami and went to Milos — after majorly craving some Mediterranian cuisine!
Cecconi’s Miami. We stopped into Soho House right before we left and ate a beautiful lunch on the patio and were basically crying that we had to leave. I ate their black kale soup and a delicious arugula salad and Raj had their charred octopus. OMG, it was so good! We’re seriously still dreaming about that meal!
WHAT WE DID
Our first and only full day in Miami, we hung by the pool at The Fontainebleau and invited some friends and my brother-in-law to the pool with us who were in town for Miami Music Week! The weather was so perfect and we eventually made our way down to the beach and hung out there to watch the sunset!
Since we had most of the next day free, we wanted to get out and do a little exploring, so we took an Uber down to South Beach and walked to the Versace Mansion — we had JUST finished watching all but one episode of American Crime Story, so I really wanted to go see the mansion once again (it had been years since we went to it before). They were hosting a private event the days we were in town — we had multiple recommendations to try to eat brunch or dinner there, but it was unfortunately unavailable! Next time!
I’m so thankful for these opportunities we get to be spontaneous thanks to all of you and your support — seriously, from the bottom of our hearts. Every like, comment, and click makes this job of mine possible. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! If you missed part ONE of our trip, you can click HERE to read #GLAMtraveldiary for The Bahamas, and see the full post of what I wore on both trips (as well as sizing info) HERE!
& don’t miss out on 10% cash back at Ebates Hotels and more, today only for Travel Thursday’s!