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40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
The Standard Miami is an adult playground for the stressed. Its hotel, bar, restaurant, and world famous spa are all designed for relaxation. For starters, it located about a mile from the beach. So while you still get the Miami glam, it's in a...
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Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
The 16 blocks of the Wynwood Art District between North 36th Street and North 20th Street include five museums, 70 galleries, three private collections, and five art fairs. Not to mention stenciled sidewalks, walls covered in murals and...
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1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
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Arrive by boat or auto at this fun, local seafood eatery tucked inside the famous Fort Lauderdale Marina to experience breathtaking views of the 17th Street Causeway drawbridge. Seafood dominates the menu, from shrimp ‘n’ grits with trugole cheese...
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900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
After a stretch of hotels along the oceanfront, there is an abrupt start of native vegetation and dense trees just past Vistamar Street. This is the setting of Bonnet House, a historical Florida home, which sits on 35 acres right off A1A highway,...
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3300 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33133, USA
The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove's signature restaurant Bizcaya has transformed into a pop-up Indian restaurant, bringing a taste of India to Miami. The restaurant is bathed in rich fabrics with dim lighting from lanterns placed throughout....
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95 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127, USA
The Rubell Family Collection occupies a former Drug Enforcement Administration warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District. Contemporary artists exhibited here include Jeff Koons and Kara Walker.—Meeghan Truelove 95 NW 29th St., (305) 573-6090. This...
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591 NW 27th St, Miami, FL 33127, USA
Showcasing photography, video, and sculpture, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse displays work by such luminaries as Donald Judd and Richard Serra.—Meeghan Truelove 591 NW 27th St., (305) 576-1051. This appeared in the November/December...
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1060 Scarlet Oak St, Hollywood, FL 33019, USA
The first U.S. outpost of the Colombian gift shop Inkanta is the perfect place to score a memento of design-mad Miami. (Hungry for a Kidrobot banana figurine?) The jewel box–like store—gleaming white walls contrasting with a perforated...
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3901 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137, USA
"Luminaire Lab showcases contemporary furniture and lighting in magnificent, museumlike exhibitions.” --Craig Robins This appeared in the November/December 2013 issue. Read more about Craig Robins’ Miami neighborhood.
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1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA
The intimate Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened its doors off Biscayne Boulevard in December 2013, offering world-class exhibitions, outdoor sculptures, and spaces for art, relaxation, and dining. Prior to entering the three-story...
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3203, 537 NW 1st Ave suite b, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, USA
A short walk from Las Olas Boulevard, Brew Urban Cafe serves Intelligentsia Coffee, a must for coffee connoisseurs. It's a quiet place where students study, decorated with local art on the walls, and worth the trek to grab a cup of coffee before...
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1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA
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Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar is a relatively new Mexican restaurant in Las Olas. If you order the guacamole and chips, they bring out avocados and make the guacamole to your liking (do you want mayo? how about more lemon?) at your table. Beyond the...
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999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
If you have never heard of Kava Kava, there is no need to travel to Hawaii or Fiji to try it in a social environment. This ancient drink has been used ceremonially for more than 3,000 years to help relieve anxiety and stress. I stumbled upon Fiji...
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Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Picture yourself gliding on water, each paddle stroke across crystal clear water propels you faster as you fly across the glassy plane. You'll feel completely relaxed surrounded by gorgeous sand, water, and wildlife. The Hawaiian sport of stand up...
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503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA
From independent flicks to special programs to film fest events, Cinema Paradiso brings to the big screen some of the edgiest movies at this church turned art house theater. It's a great rainy-day standby. There is also a second location in...
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Plage Marquet, 06320 Cap-d'Ail, France
It is so easy to stroll into France, many visitor cross the border without ever realizing they’ve been abroad. Instead of a coastal hike, the French Riviera offers a paved path that takes travelers from the Principality to Mala Beach on the Cap d’...
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3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129, USA
Completed in 1916, this Italian-inspired villa on Biscayne Bay was the home of the early 20th-century industrialist James Deering and is now a National Historic Landmark. The house was modeled after historic...
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40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
The tranquil spa at The Standard hotel offers top-tier massage services, group acupuncture, a full salon, massage and body treatments, fitness classes, and yoga, as well as a Turkish-style hammam and a Roman waterfall hot tub. To further your...
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1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
If you are into contemporary art, and of course people watching – this is a MUST! Forget the main 'Art Basel Miami' (which can be a little pretentious and stuffy) – just explore all the surrounding exhibitions on the 'Beach' and in my...
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Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
A fanciful three-week celebration of the arts, Fringe has been an annual asylum for artistic oddballs since 1994. Nearly 650 productions— theater, dance, poetry, magic, outdoor installations—enliven venues all over Dublin. 353/(0) 1-670-6106....
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113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Before the French Revolution, this park used to be the site of the Royal Palace. Today, the garden, which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, is a place where Parisians and tourists stroll amid Rodin and Maillol statues or relax...
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683 Rue Saint-Joseph Est #150, Québec, QC G1K 3C1, Canada
Having worked in the music industry for nearly two years before switching to travel writing full-time, I attended more concerts than I can count. However, Québec Festival d'été made my record label days seem like a walk in the park. The festival...
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Lake Geneva
With well over a thousand lakes, Switzerland is blessed with its fair share of stunning bodies of water. The most extensive, however, is Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman), where you can bask in seductive views and amazing sunsets....
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Hatillo, 00659, Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans seize every opportunity to gather and celebrate. Themed festivals are held year-round for people to watch traditional bomba and plena dances; buy jewelry, artisanal leather goods, and wooden toys and ornaments; and eat to their...
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Staroměstské nám. 1/4, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
Old Town Square, founded in the 12th century, is the center of Prague. In the middle of it all, the Old Town Hall (which also houses the famous Astronomical Clock), built in 1338, still provides the best  360-degree views of the city. For a...
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56028 San Miniato PI, Italy
Some say that in 1954, in the woods of the Medieval town of San Miniato, someone found a 5.5 pound tartufo bianco (white truffle)—the largest truffle ever found. Regardless of whether or not this is true, the little Tuscan town set between the...
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Sentier de l'Embarcadère 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
There are dozens of foodie festivals in Belgium throughout the year, but my favourite, by far, is the EAT! Brussels restaurant festival, in early autumn. Located in the vast Bois de la Cambre Park, you can sample your way around the Brussels...
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06039 Trevi, Province of Perugia, Italy
If you find yourself in Umbria during the month of October, find a way to Trevi for their Sedano Nero (black celery) festival. Different events occur on different weekends, but the sale of celery is marvelous. Sedano Nero is listed on Slow Food's...
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52420, Buzet, Croatia
The Subotina Festival in Buzet (held September 7–8 this year) revolves around white and black truffles, but there’s also abundant local olive oil, prosciutto, and herb-infused rakija, homemade brandy popular throughout the Balkans. The weekend’s...
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33022 Piano D'arta UD, Italy
Every May, the Festa dell’Asparago di Bosco, del Radicchio di Montagna, e dei Funghi di Primavera is held in the hilltop hamlet of Piano d’Arta in Italy’s Carnia mountains. Celebrating all the local bounties of spring—wild asparagus, mountain...
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1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
While staying in South Beach, I can't imagine wanting to dine anywhere else but on the water. The DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is the only oceanfront restaurant in the area. Make your way to one of the brown and Tiffany Blue...