Monday, April 13, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Where To Stay In Miami For A Relaxing Vacation

So you're planning a trip to Miami. Congratulations, bro, you made the right choice! Now, if you could only decide where to stay...

Miami is like a choose your own adventure book so picking the right hotel for your vacation is critical to setting you off on the right foot. Lucky for you, we're your Cruise Port Advisor Miami insider and we're here to help. Today we're sharing our favorite five laidback boutique hotels because, if you have a relaxing vacation in mind, we want you to spend your Miami stay looking for your zen, not a pair of earplugs. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full list. Bon voyage!

Which hotel sounds most appealing for a relaxing Miami stay? What other laidback boutique hotels do you recommend to travelers looking to unwind in Miami? Is there anything else you would like to see is cover for Cruise Port Advisor? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

#ThankYouMiami for "So Miami" Experiences - 1930s House

As Miami locals, we are very careful to avoid places that promise a typical Miami experience. These types of places are generally expensive and unauthentic tourist traps. However, every once in a while, we come across a spot that offers a genuine "So Miami" experience. A place that, on its own accord, makes the perfect local hangout - like the Thompson Miami Beach's newly opened 1930s House.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Locally-Owned Surf Shops - Localeur

Miami is not really known for being a surfer's paradise. The surf is inconsistent thanks to our geographical and topographical conditions so local surfers reluctantly spend most of the year chasing waves further north, traveling abroad to surf, or coming up with creative surfing alternatives. When there's a hint of rideable surf, the line-up is crowded and tensions run high. It can be a really frustrating experience for the surfer...and their friends and family (hint, hint).

We are grateful that we have amazing locally-owned surf shops. Yes, our surf shops like all others sell surfboards, leashes, clothes, etc., but they also promote a sense of surf community and keep our surfers sane. For example, our neighborhood surf shop F1rst Shop puts together surf movie nights and other great events throughout the year. They also initiate daily discussions via their social media accounts on local conditions, global surf news, and new surf products. Thanks to these initiatives surf shops like F1rst Shop keep Miami surfers calm until the surf gods finally shine upon Miami (think, Hurricane Sandy or two weekends ago).

Today, #ThankYouMiami contributor and Miami surfer Brad Wells shares the five surf shops he thinks are Miami's best. Read the excerpt below and click on the image for the full list! For more about surfing in Miami and for local surf forecasts, make sure to check out Brad's blog at

Have you been to any of the surf shops on Brad's list? Which one is your favorite? How do you keep entertained on flat days? Where do you travel in Florida or abroad for surf? Where would you like to surf next? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Food, Food, and More Food Events

Photo: Manny Hernandez
Dear Miami foodie, unbuckle your belt and start making room because this week is going to leave you stuffed. It seems the stars have aligned in your favor and are serving up a buffet of food events every day this week. Here's what you need to know:

What: The District Miami is hosting a joint celebration of National Beer and Empanada Day that is "So Miami" featuring rare brews from local breweries Miami Brewing Co.Wynwood Brewing Co. and Funky Buddha Brewery at 50% off, as well as complimentary empanadas prepared by The District's own Chef Horacio Rivadero.
When: Wednesday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 190 46th Street, Miami

What: Gables staple Frits & Franz Bierhaus will host the 12th Annual Paella-Fest with classic Spanish paella samples, live music, and drink specials, including an $11 Bierhaus Sangria Cocktail. The restaurant's party-ready plaza will be lined by liquor and beer bars and will feature performances by Conjunto Progresso, Rudy Gil, and Cortadito.
When: Friday, April 17 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 660 Merrick Way, Coral Gables

What: Dolce Italian launched a special prix-fixe tasting menu in celebration of their Bravo's Best New Restaurant win. For only $65, you can get your hands on the mouthwatering dishes that you reluctantly coveted from home during the competition, including the crispy zucchini flowers and the ricotta cavatelli.
When: Now until Sunday, May 31
Where: 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

And, in case you missed it...

What: Soho Bay Restaurant, a Japanese-inspired Brazilian restaurant with stellar views of Biscayne Bay, celebrated its grand opening with over 500 guests. During the event, guests sampled signature drinks like the molecular Cucumber Mojito and Guava Coladas, as well as 15 varieties of hot and cold dishes from Chef Ricky Sauri's menu.
When: The grand opening took place last Thursday, April 2. Soho Bay opens to the public on Tuesday, April 7.
Where: 520 West Avenue, Miami Beach

Which of these events are you most excited to attend? Why? Are there other Miami food events you will be attending? Which? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, April 6, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - Weekending

Weekends are a blast when you live in paradise. The world is your oyster because, well, the weather is beautiful and you have a full itinerary of indoor and outdoor activities at your reach. In this week's #ThankYouMiami for Fashion we talk about our preferred Sunday afternoon activity. We'll give you three hints: (1) it's outdoors; (2) it involves a Sector 9; and, (3) it takes place at our favorite park. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature. Make sure you keep an eye out for the Sound of Music reference we threw in for good measure!

What is your favorite weekend activity? How do you plan an outfit that is appropriate for that activity yet chic? How do you accessorize ultra casual outfits? Would you wear the look from this week's post? Which was your favorite piece from this week's look? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!