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Travel Guide Miami, South Beach

It’s been just shy of two weeks since I left the city of Miami with all my girlfriends celebrating my 30th, and I miss the energy (and heat) there!  It is the perfect place to fly for a weekend trip with the family, girls weekend or bachelor/bachelorette!  Below you’ll find everything you need to know to make it an amazing trip!

How to get there:  You can fly into FLL or MIA airport.   With traffic, both come out to almost the same drive time to South beach Miami. I always put google alert flights on for multiple airports and route options months prior to get the best deals.  Flying from NC we ended up getting RT flights for $200!

When to visit:  Miami is a place I would visit year round!  The temperatures are ideal anytime 70-80s typically, but I would just try to avoid holidays, spring break, and ultra weekend music festival due to the crowds.

 


(Outfit by South moon under, picture kimpton surfcomber pool)

Where to stay: We stayed at both Kimpton sister properties during our time there, and both were amazing in their own ways.  You know I love some Kimpton Hotels, here are some things to note about each.  Since both of these properties are boutique hotels, its key to book early because they only have a select amount of rooms.

  •   Option 1:  The Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel:  If you prefer to be on the beach, this is the spot.  It is located at the heart of SOBE and easy walking distance to all the action.  They have an onsite pool that hosts some amazing pool parties & you can rent the side cabanas during the day.  They also have an onsite restaurant called The Social Club where you can dine inside by the lobby or outside.  I enjoyed their avocado toast one morning!  They also offer fun Splash Cycle fitness classes & several other events you can find on their calendar here.

(From beach to pool, they provide chairs and towels)

  • Option 2:  The Kimpton Angler Hotel:  I loved this hotel was located within blocks from the beach and around a fun area of SOBE.  We immediately enjoyed bites at the Minnow bar upon arrival.  I got the Charcuterie Board and the chef brought us out the lobster rolls to try too.  The outside area has a boho chic vibe, I would sit out here the entire night if I could.  Also their drinks were SO good!  My favorite thing about this hotel was their ROOFTOP POOL!  The rooms were so cute and the staff felt like family.  They even brought me balloons for my birthday, who does that?  Thank you to the Kimpton team, yall are amazing!


    (rooftop pool at Kimpton Angler)

    (Outdoor dining at Minnow bar)


    (Pimento cheese dip & Charcuterie board)
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    Where to eat: (besides the above hotels, we love to dine out in cities whenever traveling new places)Below are ones I have been to before and can vouch!  But here is a complete list online too
  • For Party/lively crowd (sparkles table kinda thing): Komodo, Baoli, Seaspice or Kikis on the river (sundays)
  • For upscale dining:  Nobu, Prime 112, Swan, STK
  • For Brunch Spots: Malibu Farm at Eden Roc, Nikki’s Beach
    (brunch at Kimpton Surfcomber, outfit by local shop Wallysposh)
    (on the yacht we rented from yacht charters of miami, my suit is from kyaswim)
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    What to do:
  • Book a Yacht for half the day or an entire day!  We did this on a Saturday with Yacht Charters of Miami and we wish we had done an entire day!  I also recommend booking these way in advance because the best companies get booked.  The entire staff on yacht Charters of Miami were so sweet and organized from booking to finish.  We went out on this yacht, but you can choose a variety on their site!  You can also choose to do Jetskis as well, but we ended up just enjoying the boat and sightseeing Miami from that point of view.
  • Explore South Beach and Art areas of Miami.  There are so many cute areas we didn’t have time to check out, but everyone suggested.
  • Shop!  One of the local stores I loved and wore clothes from is Wallys Posh. Shop all their looks online!


  • (Luggage is Delsey, You can shop all my looks here from the trip!)Its always fun Miami!  Until next time 🙂
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North Carolina Travel Stay-Cations

I was born & raised in North Carolina.  I went to school in North Carolina (except for a semester in Hawaii), and I now live in North Carolina with my family!  When it comes to traveling around the state, I find myself doing the same things I am so use to and grew up to know.  I wanted to break out of the ordinary and start traveling my own state like I do other cities.  These next couple months I am so excited to do several “Stay-Cations” in North Carolina and see some sides of these towns I haven’t before!  We have some upcoming trips to the mountains (Blowing Rock & Asheville) over these winter months so keep an eye out for those travel guides.

In NC, fall/Winter blend together for the most part. I wanted to show you my basic travel packing list for the kids when going on short one night stays in the area!
Here’s whats in their suitcase:

  •  Jackets: These Merrimane Jackets have been a life saver, not too hot, not too cold, perfect over the clothes jacket that’s so soft.  It also has a chic look too it, so we rock these jackets to church too :). * Fun Giveaway happening on my Instagram page, head over there for a chance to win a Merrimane Jacket!
  • Basic Tees/Leggings: My go to is H&M/ Carters for basic black/white tees for layering
  • Pajamas: Babybreez– I always try to put the kids in jammies when traveling for comfort.
  • Toboggans: Loving Love your Melon kid line right now!
  • Shoes: Uggs- so easy & Warm, I think im going to get black for both of them for christmas.
  • Essentials: Babybum products, from lotion to shampoo!
  • Packing Cubes: These making packing so much easier, got them on amazon here!

Below are some stays we recently did and Holiday events going on around the Triangle this month (Raleigh/Durham).  You can see my first Christmas post on events around NC here.

Winston Salem, NC
Where we stayed: The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

  •  Proximity: We chose this hotel due to its convenience to downtown and tons of restaurants within walking distance.
  • Kid Friendly:  If you saw my stories on my Instagram, they didn’t do it justice.  This hotel comes with a complete underground basement with a basketball court, Bowling Alley, Slide, ping pong tables, and so on.  Anyone from kids to adults could spend hours in this area having a blast.
  • Pet Friendly:  This hotel allows dogs.  Its rare that I am at a nice hotel that also allows pets, so bring your fur babies!
  • Rooms:  We stayed in a large king room, the showers were amazing with kids- double sided no fights!
  • Buffet Breakfast: Starts at 8am, I would have preferred earlier because my kids are early birds but nonetheless it was delicious and easy!

    Raleigh, NC
    Where we Stayed: Hilton North Hills

  • Amenities: Their Indoor Pool & Whirlpool was the hit of our stay with the kids.  I love when a hotel has a pool indoors because you can keep the kids entertained no matter what time of year it is!  The place was huge and stocked with towels.
  • Restaurant on site:  Their new restaurant 88 Oaks was an easy choice for dinner & Breakfast.
  • Service:  Everything was perfect from check in to check out, to getting us anything we needed quickly.
  • Rooms: We had a king bed room and the bed was very comfortable, I usually toss and turn not sleeping in my own bed and didn’t wake up at all here.  The bed felt like a cloud.
  • Proximity: This location is within a mile from North Hills shopping, and we happened to stay the night of the Tree Lighting at North Hills!  A lot of fun action happening around this area for kids to be entertained.

We went to the Christmas parade in downtown Raleigh yesterday and then scooted over to the North Hills Hilton! There seemed to be a ton of events going on.  A tree lighting at North Hills Shopping center with a ton of vendors/events going on, and at the same time they had one in Lafayette Village we didn’t get a chance to check out.

The Kids are wearing their Merrimane Jackets in these pictures I mentioned above- giveaway happening on my instagram page!

Upcoming Events I am excited to check out and share with you, check them out if you’re in the area!

  •    Santa at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC
  •    Tweetsie Christmas- Blowing Rock, NC
  •    Umstead Tea with Santa
  •    Pullen Park Holiday Express
  •    12 days of Shristmas at Carolina Inn
  •    Polar Express
  •     Museum of Natural Science, Durham NC