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Issue 11: Miami

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    A bold mural gives the lobby a mod look. Photographs by Claudia Uribe.
     
    Bright tablescapes.
     
    Dramatic city views from the pool.
     
  • The state park's lovely lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    The state park's lovely lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

    Issue 11: Miami

    Don’t believe in heaven? Cape Florida State Park might change your mind. A long, white sand shoreline dotted with swaying palms, a historic lighthouse, and an array of appealing waterside restaurants make the park an ideal fun-in-the-sun day trip and a picture perfect slice of South Florida.

  • Dig into the white escolar tuna salad with crisps. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
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    Curl up in style in a chic white cabana. Photographs by Claudia Uribe.
     
     
    Whole free-range chickens are slow-roasted on the rotisserie daily.
     
    Bamboo details.
    • A riotous portrait of Basquiat by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      A riotous portrait of Basquiat by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • A mysterious trio of women is the star of this installation by Miss Van. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      A mysterious trio of women is the star of this installation by Miss Van. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • Mural by Greek painter Stelios Faitakis. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      Mural by Greek painter Stelios Faitakis. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • The Wynwood building packs a graphic punch. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      The Wynwood building packs a graphic punch. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • Wild murals adorn every wall. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      Wild murals adorn every wall. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

      Issue 11: Miami

      This low-key 2 hour guided tour, held on alternate Saturdays, leads walkers through street art installations and small galleries that dot the vibrant and up and coming Wynwood Arts District, a former industrial neighborhood that’s recently been reborn as a creative hub. Full of hip restaurants, coffeehouses, bars, galleries–and literally a mile of buildings covered top to bottom in cutting-edge murals–it’s a must-stop for graffiti buffs or anyone with a passion for the arts.

      • Vintage album covers, modern lines, and pops of tropical color add to the cool, modern Floridian look. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        Vintage album covers, modern lines, and pops of tropical color add to the cool, modern Floridian look. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      • A secluded spot to escape for some sunbathing or socializing. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        A secluded spot to escape for some sunbathing or socializing. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      • The stunning rooftop pool has incredible views of the city and beyond. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        The stunning rooftop pool has incredible views of the city and beyond. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

        Issue 11: Miami

        An eye-popping, all-suite Art Deco boutique hotel with rooftop pool and panoramic views of the ocean and downtown Miami, the Boulan is the perfect place to unpack when you want to get a real taste of the good life, Miami-style. Don’t be afraid to stretch out: the rooms range from 700 to 2,100 square feet and all include fully-equipped kitchens, plush living rooms, and gleaming, oversized marble baths.

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        To satisfy cravings on the go, look for the El Rey de las Fritas food truck. Photographs by Claudia Uribe.
         
        A classic "frita."
         
        The diner-style counter.
         
        Cool and creamy batidas.
      • A visitor admires a colossal yet delicate piece called "Boat" by Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        • Local ceviche with calamari, tiger shrimp, celery, ginger, sweet potato, concha, and aji amarillo. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          Local ceviche with calamari, tiger shrimp, celery, ginger, sweet potato, concha, and aji amarillo. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        • A cheerful, comfy banquette at Cena by Michy, chef Michelle Bernstein's pride and joy. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          A cheerful, comfy banquette at Cena by Michy, chef Michelle Bernstein's pride and joy. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        • Baked Alaska with pistachio cake, dulche de leche ice cream, Italian meringue, and passion fruit salsa. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          Baked Alaska with pistachio cake, dulche de leche ice cream, Italian meringue, and passion fruit salsa. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        • Cena by Michy jewelbox of a dining room features lacquered floors, funky oil cloth upholstery, and capiz shell chandeliers. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          Cena by Michy jewelbox of a dining room features lacquered floors, funky oil cloth upholstery, and capiz shell chandeliers. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        • Short ribs with puree of parsnip, shaved celery, apples, pea shoots, and gremolata. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          Short ribs with puree of parsnip, shaved celery, apples, pea shoots, and gremolata. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

          Issue 11: Miami

          Teeny-tiny but big on talent, this stylish Upper East Side boite (think: azure floors and capiz shell chandeliers) is the pride of acclaimed husband and wife restaurant team David Martinez and Michelle Bernstein. Chef Bernstein excels at upscale comfort food and seasonal preparations, like squash blossoms with shrimp mousseline and salt-crusted snapper with artichoke and olives. And for dessert? Just try to say no to the baked Alaska.

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          An eye-catching light installation in the minimalist lobby. Photographs by Claudia Uribe.
           
          The Traymore bar.
           
          Lounges await poolside.
           
          A server sets a table.
          • Short rib tartare with apples, quail egg, green mustard, tobanjan, and pinenuts. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            Short rib tartare with apples, quail egg, green mustard, tobanjan, and pinenuts. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          • Long tables and exposed bricks in the dining room. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            Long tables and exposed bricks in the dining room. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          • Skate cheeks with "amazu shoga" miso, sweet peppers, jalapeño, and cucumber. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            Skate cheeks with "amazu shoga" miso, sweet peppers, jalapeño, and cucumber. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          • Pigs are everywhere as Pubbelly's mascot and inspiration. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            Pigs are everywhere as Pubbelly's mascot and inspiration. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

            Issue 11: Miami

            According to the young upstarts behind the growing Pubbelly restaurant empire, the name isn’t just about an eatery, it’s about a way of life–one dedicated to exploration, fun, and of course, delectable food. This outpost, their first, focuses on Asian-inflected gastropub fare–and trust us, it works. The packed menu of small plates runs the gamut from short rib tartare to homemade sausages–so gather a group and come hungry.

          • The Biltmore's posh pool is the largest hotel pool in the U.S. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
          • The pristine grounds are home to thousands and thousands of species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            The pristine grounds are home to thousands and thousands of species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

            Issue 11: Miami

            Named for David Fairchild, the Jazz-age globetrotter who was one of America’s great plant “explorers,” this lush 83 acre park is a treasure trove of rare and exotic plants like cycads, cacti,  palmettos, and orchids, not to mention more than 100 species of birds. The short tram tour is fun–but if you’re more the DIY-type, a relaxing meander among the giant bromeliads and baobabs is also a horizon-expanding escape.

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            'Baja" tacos with grilled shrimp, cabbage slaw and sriracha salsa. Photographs by Claudia Uribe.
             
            Tomatoes and frozen coconut.
             
             
            An eclectic installation.
            • Hop in an airboat to explore the mysterious "river of grass." Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
              Hop in an airboat to explore the mysterious "river of grass." Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            • 10-ft long alligators are common in the Everglades. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
              10-ft long alligators are common in the Everglades. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            • An airboat glides gracefully over the water. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
              An airboat glides gracefully over the water. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            • Today more than 300 species of birds make the warm, shallow waters of the Everglades their home. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
              Today more than 300 species of birds make the warm, shallow waters of the Everglades their home. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
            • Sunsets over the sawgrass are colorful and dramatic. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
              Sunsets over the sawgrass are colorful and dramatic. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

              Issue 11: Miami

              Miami is known for its party scene–but leave the city glitz behind for an afternoon in the Everglades, and you’ll discover its other wild side. For the best introduction to this unique ecosystem–home to hundred of species of exotic birds, alligators, eagles, and even panthers–put yourself in the knowledgeable hands of the hosts at River of Grass Adventures, a family-owned airboat outfitter that offers afternoon and sunset excursions through miles of the area’s secluded canals and riverways.