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Best Staycations

A couple weeks ago, I sent out an email asking my clients for suggestions on some fun places to visit during the Spring and Summer. I wanted to share some of the responses I received, so that we can all begin making our summer bucket list...


Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery in Homestead 

This winery in Miami's Redland tropical countryside offers tours and wine tastings around natural coral waterfalls surrounded by lush foliage. Visitors can compare the taste of lychee, passion fruit, carambola, guava and mango wines. This is the southernmost winery in the continental U.S., handcrafting tropical wines without using grapes. The Grand Tasting Room has a Southern plantation agricultural style. The building is 5,000 square feet and has a view of the tropical courtyard, waterfalls, winery and Grand Tiki, Waterfall Tiki and more than 20,000 square feet of connecting tikis. Whether you want to visit for lunch, go on a wine tasting tour, or host a wedding, the Redland's Winery offers it all. More info here.


Bear Cut Preserve and Beach

Located just a short distance south of Miami, on the north end of Biscayne Key, Crandon Park offers excellent opportunity for recreation including hiking through a peaceful nature preserve. The natural habitats in the park consist of coastal hammock, mangroves, sand dunes, and pristine beaches where lots of wildlife and plant life can be viewed. The trails start from a nature center located in the park that offers guided tours and educational programs. There are set hours of operation for the nature center and hiking trails and a fee is required to enter the preserve. More info here.


Gilbert's Resort in Key Largo

Gilbert's Resort in Key Largo offers newly renovated, keys-style, waterfront view hotel rooms to stay the weekend, or enjoy all the hotel has to offer in the day. Gilbert's has been serving locals and tourists for well over half a century. This iconic Tiki Bar is known for its awesome seafood, unique specialty drinks and showcasing local and national bands/musicians. Hear the latest in classic rock, modern rock and top 40 at the largest Tiki Bar in the Keys every day of the week. They also offer a full service Marina where you can dock for the day, week or longer. More info here.


Mr. C Hotel in Coconut Grove

An oasis within bustling South Florida surrounded by breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the Coconut Grove skyline. Designed the by the world-renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica, the hotel’s interior features a nautical motif by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. A total of 100 guest rooms and suites with private outdoor terraces, a new Italian dining concept with indoor and outdoor seating and its rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar provides guests with attentive European service, complimented by luxury accommodations and amenities. More info here.


The Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne

Not far from Miami Beach and downtown, an island escape awaits at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. Stretching along the beachfront, the luxury hotel is an opportunity to experience Miami living with redesigned ocean-view residences and suites, the renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center, a Caribbean-inspired resort spa and Light keepers restaurant featuring Florida-sourced seafood. More info here.  


The Breakers in Palm Beach

Take the family to The Breakers Palm Beach, as it sprawls across 140 acres of oceanfront space and features five swimming pools, two 18-hole golf courses and nine restaurants. There’s a Family Entertainment Center with a playroom, arcade, mini-movie theater and arts and crafts room. A Kids’ Camp is available throughout the day, where they can join golf lessons, guided snorkel tours and enjoy kid-friendly pools or rent kayaks, floats and paddleboards. More info here.


Trump National Doral Spa 

Awaken your senses at our luxurious Miami spa resort that offers a uniquely customized level of service where each moment of the journey caters to the guest's selected intention. Through the careful stimulation of senses, guests are enveloped in a haven of relaxation. Offering world class treatments and relaxing massages, specifically designed for women, men, and couples, The Trump Spa seeks to create pathways for each guest to inner health and external beauty. Indulge in an extended escape with an overnight stay at The Trump Spa Suites. More info here.



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