Bienvenidos a Miami! We spent a weekend in Miami, a city that is a melting pot of cultures, diversity, food, art, and entertainment. Miami is unlike any other city in the US, which makes it the perfect weekend destination. It has a tropical climate, turquoise beaches, unique architecture, and a multitude of neighborhoods to explore.
Miami Travel Vlog:
Top Sights to See During a Weekend Trip:
1. Art Deco Architecture - One of the most distinct aspects of Miami is the architecture. The Miami Beach area offers the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco buildings, many of which are painted in pastel colors. Visit the Visitor Center for the daily walking tour.
2. Colorful Lifeguard Stands - Stroll down Miami Beach to see the vibrantly colored lifeguard stands. Each one makes a statement and is the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot.
3. Little Havana - A few minutes west of the Downtown is Little Havana, one of the most influential neighborhoods in Miami and home to the largest population of Cuban Americans. This neighborhood is a great way to experience Cuban culture without having to board a plane. The center of the action is Calle Ocho, a street filled with political monuments, cafes, cigar shops, and restaurants. Grab a cafecito at El Pub for a taste of Cuban culture.
4. Wynwood Walls - The largest outdoor art gallery, featuring blocks of murals done by international street artists. We found everything from black and white striped facades to a giant boombox.
5. South Beach - A visit to Miami is not complete without visiting the beaches, which offer pure-white sand, colorful umbrellas, and year-round warm swimming water. Relax on the beach or join the action with plenty of water sports, including boating, parasailing, and jet skiing to name a few.
6. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - For a slice of elegant old-world charm and European style, visit Vizcaya which is only a few minutes from the Downtown. The Great Gatsby-like estate was once owned by James Deering in the 1920's who lived there during the winter months. He styled the estate with a European ascetic, which is unique as it was adapted for the tropical climate. The gardens are the perfect spot for a photoshoot and resemble an ocean-front version of Versailles.
7. Perez Art Museum - This museum is located in Miami's Museum Park and contains an eclectic collection of contemporary art. Be sure to check out the visitor favorite called "Penetrable", an outdoor interactive piece by JesÃºs Rafael Soto. The museum also features and expansive outdoor space with a sculpture garden and stunning hanging gardens.
Getting Around Miami:
What are your favorite sights in Miami? Comment below!
A few weeks ago, I visited Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for the first time and had no idea what to expect. What I found out is that you need to come to Pittsburgh hungry and thirsty. Pittsburgh is making a huge comeback since the steel industry and at the heart of the city's revitalization are over 30 breweries, numerous unique coffee shops, and art communities.
We scouted the city for the top neighborhood craft breweries and coffee shops. Each spot offers authentic flavors, friendly hospitality, and local neighborhood vibes. These spaces are drawing locals and tourists and offer a place to socialize, work, eat and drink. The brew tour is the best way to discover Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time.
Pittsburgh Travel Vlog:
Top Craft Breweries:
1. Cinderlands: A tiny brewery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.
2. Brew Gentlemen: An innovative brewery in a newly revitalized steel mill neighborhood of Braddock.
3. Voodoo Brewery: A converted vintage firehouse turned funky brewpub in Homestead. Check out the upstairs which has a jail-turned-restaurant booth.
4. Grist House: A dog-friendly neighborhood brewery that brews unique beers onsite and has a spacious outdoor Biergarten.
5. Penn Brewery - An established brewery with an awesome outdoor Biergarten and historic beer caves. You can also catch this brewery at the airport for a last-minute brew. â
Top Coffee Shops:
1. Steel Valley Roasters: Located in Homestead, this small-batch roaster is community-focused and passionate about coffee! The space also offers onsite yoga classes, the perfect accompaniment to a morning brew.
2. Pear and the Pickle: Neighborhood coffee shop and diner with a blend of vintage and hip touches, like freshly brewed Stumptown coffee. Be sure to check out the upstairs sundeck which has a garden and views of the neighborhood.
3. Commonplace Coffee: Located in the colorful neighborhood known as the Mexican War Streets, this coffee shop serves the locals and draws people from around Pittsburgh for their freshly roasted brews.
1. Warhol Museum: Museum dedicated to Pop Art icon and Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. The museum has 7 stories of artwork including an interactive balloon room.
2. Mexican War Streets: A funky colorful neighborhood.
3. Randyland: One of America's most colorful public art landmarks.
What are your favorite breweries and local cafes in Pittsburgh? Comment below!
Looking for a weekend getaway that includes rustic scenery, friendly hospitality, and delicious wine? Head over to the Oregon wine region, which is a tranquil escape only a stone's throw from downtown Portland. The premiere wine region of Tualatin Valley has over 700 vineyards and is known for producing world-renowned Pinot Noirs among many other varieties.
Check out our favorite wineries and things to do in the region:
How to get there:
We took Alaska Airlines, which offers many direct routes to Portland. The best way to get to Tualatin Valley is via rental car or Uber. The drive is only 30 minutes from Portland.
When to Visit:
Late summer and early fall are great times to visit. During our trip in August, the grapes have color and are almost ready for harvest. Wine harvest season usually occurs in September through October.
One of the first wineries to put Oregon wine on the map is the Ponzi Winery, a beautiful estate overlooking 130 acres of vineyards. Winemaking at Ponzi is a family tradition that began in the 70's and continues as a family-run business by the Ponzi sisters. They have a true passion for their craft and the wine has even been served multiple times at White House State Dinners.
âVisit Ponzi: https://www.ponzivineyards.com
The vineyards at Ponzi are almost ready for harvest, set to occur around mid September this year. Be sure to try the Rose Pinot Noir - the perfect crisp summer wine.
Raptor Ridge Winery:
Located 500 feet atop a rustic view of mountains and valleys is Raptor Ridge Winery. This winery and tasting room offers family-like hospitality from the owners, husband and wife team Scott and Annie Shull. In fact, it is the only winery where were able to meet the owners, an experience that makes this wine region special.
The passion for winemaking grew from a hobby in the early 90s to the commercial winery that it is today. The vineyard has a close connection to the land, with hand-grown Pinot Noir sourced from a single vineyard.
We tasted a delicious flight of wine in the tasting room overlooking the vineyard. Be sure to try the Pinot Noir (a must!) and the GrÃ¼ner, a white wine variety that is grown by only a few winemakers in the US and usually found in Austria.
The vineyard offers tours and onsite yoga events - check the link for details:
Where to Eat:
Time to pair the wine with something tasty. Luckily, Cafe Murray Hill is located about 10 minutes from the wineries and offers a delicious brunch including banana pancakes.
Berry Picking Farms:
One of the best ways to complement your wine tasting adventure is to go berry picking in the local farms.
Hoffman Farm Store: http://www.hoffmanfarmsstore.com/
Where to Stay?
Check out these funky accommodations with AirBnB and don't forget to use our discount!
Have you been to the Oregon wine region of Tualatin Valley yet? Comment below on your favorite wineries and experiences in the region!
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