Posts categorized: Leisure

The pool at The Standard Spa Miami, my pick for the best hotel for locals.

  The New York Times‚Äô¬†Frugal Traveler Lucas Peterson recently¬†paid our fair, seaside city of South Beach a visit¬†and like so many travel writers and first time visitors before him, he fell into the typical tourist traps of Ocean Drive and its surrounding streets, rattling off (for the most part) a list of bars that no self respecting local would be caught dead in. He even called Mango‚Äôs the ‚Äúquintessential‚ÄĚ South Beach club experience‚ÄĒuh, not quite, bro. See: LIV, Story. To […]

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Books & Books Miami

I love perusing the shelves of a nice independent bookstore. In a world where they’re becoming increasingly harder to find, we’re lucky to have Books & Books in Miami. With its original location founded in Coral Gables in 1982, there are also outposts in South Beach on Lincoln Road, inside Bal Harbour Shops, and at Miami International Airport, as well as locations in Fort Lauderdale,¬†Grand Cayman, and Westhampton Beach. It’s so much more than a bookstore. It’s an intellectual gathering […]

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Sunset Harbor, 7:30 pm, Friday, April 5.

One of the reasons I’ve loved living in South Florida for the better part of the last seven years is the beauty in the sky–the spectrum of colors that wash across it, thanks to the sunset, sunrise, a thunder storm, cloud formations, the full moon (or just a sliver); its reflection dancing upon the water. The sky in Miami has a way of continually catching you off guard and awestruck by the beautiful, unexpected ways that it changes. I took […]

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Krista relaxing in Tiburon after a successful ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.

What’s the best way to experience the Golden Gate Bridge? Take a bike ride across it. With stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and the skyline, the picturesque towns and spectacular views of Marin County await on the other side. A 24-hour bike rental at Blazing Saddles starts at $32 per person and includes a map with self-guided tour options and a ferry ticket back to Frisco. Bonus, you‚Äôll get your harbor tour in, too. You‚Äôll¬† quickly realize that […]

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The Standard High Line.

After New Years Eve, birthdays are my favorite holidays to celebrate. For mine last weekend, I decided to live out a long held fantasy of residing in a luxe hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District, more specifically The¬†Standard High Line. I’ve had a fascination with that hotel ever since it was erected straddling the newly minted High Line. Both developments seemed to have breathed new life into the neighborhood that I’d made so many memories in back when I […]

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Image courtesy rockysan.

A visit to Canada’s crisp and cool British Columbia should include a day at Vancouver’s Granville Island. The island is actually more of a peninsula jutting out from underneath the Granville Bridge and it’s home to a thriving public market, a marina packed with boats offloading the day’s fresh catch, and the Granville Island Brewing Company. Established in 1984, the brewing company has been brewing up tasty small batches ever since. For those curious about how the whole process works, […]

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