Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Weekend Getaway

Instead of taking a big vacation during Spring Break, we spent a long weekend in Miami and Palm Beach. We stayed the first two nights at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Check out their website at Fontainebleau.com . This hotel recently underwent a massive BILLION dollar renovation. It is currently Miami's hotspot. I spied Russell Simmons hanging by the pool. Despite all of this, we will not be staying at this hotel again. Too big, too glitzy, too much show, and not enough service.

While in Miami, we ate at Maison d'Azur at the historic Astor Hotel. It was wonderful!!! Next time we go to Miami, I definitely want to stay at this hotel. It was small, quaint, and stylish. The French cuisine was mouth watering. Excellent.

We shopped at Bal Harbour shops...tres chic! We saw several women shopping with their fancy little dogs in tow. It was funny seeing a miniature Pinscher sitting on a sofa in the shoe salon at Neiman Marcus. What happens when the dog needs to go poo poo? Who is in charge of this? Does the owner bag it or just leave it for someone else?

Koi fish are beautiful but they kind of gross me out at the same time.

A very lucky turtle...

On the way home, we stopped in Palm Beach for the day and spent the night at The Colony on Worth Avenue. It is also a historic hotel with European flavor - small, quaint, beautiful.

This pool was waaaaay more relaxing than the mega-pool at Fontainebleau!

We ate dinner at Cafe Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel (another favorite hotel). Gorgeous!

Lesson learned - less is often more. Good day!

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