Miami Beach

There is always a feeling of excitement when I board a flight headed to Miami.  Today was no exception.  After three straight weeks traveling via Amtrak, I had to remember how to pack appropriately for a flight…and a hot & humid location.  This was also my first Road Trip stop where I had company traveling with me, and I was looking forward to the getaway with my husband after 9 weeks of solo missions.

Sean and I got up at 5:15 a.m. to catch the 7 a.m. flight from LaGuardia, and gave our puppy many hugs goodbye as he quizzically peered at us as we walked out of our apartment.  As much as I’ve enjoyed the addition of a puppy in our lives the last six months, I was overjoyed at the thought of 5 nights in Miami sans a 4 a.m. wake-up call to take Scotch out.  It’s the little things…

For those that question why there are so many New Yorkers in Miami at any given time of year, I can assure you one reason is that the trip could not be easier.  Case in point, we boarded our flight, I was asleep before we took off, I woke up as we were preparing to land, and we were on the ground 7 minutes early.  The ease of travel hardly ends at the flight – Sean and I were in a cab within minutes of passing through the jet bridge and we were a ride away from our mini vacation in paradise.

I love that as soon as one crosses the bridge to South Beach, he or she can see the art deco turret atop the Loews Miami Beach which stands guard at the intersection of Collins and 16th Streets.  Our cab pulled in past the large Loews sign, drove around the palm tree-lined circular drive and then ducked under the entrance portico.  Our car doors were instantly opened by the Loews team as soon as we came to a halt and before I knew it we were being led inside to the check-in line as the doorman tended to our bags.

 

 

The lobby in the Loews Miami Beach is like no other hotel entrance I’ve experienced.  There is great energy to the space that always feels welcoming – there is always hustle and bustle, no matter the time of day or night, and today was especially lively with a large group from France checking into the hotel.  We checked in quickly with Lily’s help and headed to our room on the 9th floor.  I always look forward to seeing what my balcony view is when I stay at this Loews, so, before I settled in, I pulled back the curtains to reveal some of the hotel’s best assets: the pool, SOAK cabanas, and the beach.  This is what ‘vacation’ must look like in the dictionary.  

Sean, what are we waiting for? Let’s go to the pool!

Piper