Wine & Conversation: Wines From Around The World + Travel Tips

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Episode 4 of Wine & Conversation is up and today we are tasting wines from around the world and talking travel.   What are some of the best travel tips and tricks?  What is the best way to get around?  Press play to get the answers to these questions and learn about some amazing new wines from Italy, New Zealand and France. 

xx,

Colleen

Where To Go When Visiting Miami

Miami is one of my favorite places to visit.  This past August I took a four day mini-vacation there for some rest and relaxation.  What I love most about Miami is that for east coasters it is a relatively short plane ride to a destination that has everything you need in one spot- beautiful beaches, great food and exciting nightlife.  You can do as much or a little as you want and there is something for everyone.  Below I have picked out my top spots that you have to visit when you are in town.  I can't wait to get back ASAP!

  • Prime 112 - This is one of my favorite restaurants on south beach!  It is an upscale steakhouse that serves amazing food and has a great wine and drinks list.  It is always packed and is a great spot to people watch and grab drinks before dinner.  You have to order the Caesar salad (which is big enough for four), a big steak and the fried Oreos for dessert.  One cautionary note: if you are planning on going on a weekend, be prepared to wait even if you have a reservation.  They very rarely seat parties on time and the wait can be pretty long.  Your best bet is to make your reservation on the earlier side and you will most likely sit at the time you originally intended.  Website:  Prime112
  • Zuma -This is a super hip and stylish Japanese restaurant that is located in the Brickell section of Miami. Brickell is one of the most up-and-coming areas of the city packed with new restaurants and hotels.  If you are staying in south beach, it is about a $15 uber ride downtown.  The menu is very unique and the plates are made to share.  This is definitely a hot spot and place to see and be seen.  Reservations are required, especially on the weekends! Website: Zuma
  • South Beach - This is probably a no brainer, but when in Miami it is an absolute must that you head to the beach for at least a day.  I usually prefer the pool, but the water and beach in Miami is so beautiful!  The water is crystal clear and the beach has some of the best people watching of all time.  
  • Delano Beach Club - The Delano is one of the hippest hotels on South beach.  In the pool area they have a lounge and bar called the Delano beach club.  It is steps away from the beach and one of my favorite places to grab a pre-game cocktail. Website: Delano 
  • Lucali Bar- Lucali is a restaurant and bar located in the Sunset Harbor area of the city.  This is an up-and-coming area of Miami where a lot of the locals go.  It is removed from all of the crazy tourist attractions and hustle and bustle of South Beach and consists of a few blocks of restaurants and shopping.  Lucali is a restaurant, but next door they have a bar/lounge area that is a great spot for drinks and some small bites.  The music is all old school hip hop and the vibe is fun and casual. Website: Lucali

These are just a few of my recent favorite places to go in Miami.  Let me know if you try any of them on your next visit!

xx,

Colleen

Costa Rica Travel Recap

This month has been so exciting and filled with a lot of travel.  My first stop was Costa Rica and I have to say it was different from any place I've ever been before.  Before going, I didn't do much research so I really didn't know what to expect.  We started our trip in San José which is the capital of Costa Rica.  I have to admit that you can probably skip this part of the trip if you are visiting and just go straight to the coast.  I think that's what most tourists do, but we had some business to attend to first.  After a few days in the city where we explored some of the local cuisine and artisan markets, we headed to the pacific coast.  Driving up to the hotel we stayed at, we were on a one lane road in the middle of the jungle.  It was a surreal experience especially since we drove in at night! I have never been to the jungle before so this part of the trip was by far my favorite!  Seeing animals like monkeys, crocodiles and anteaters in their natural habitat was really amazing.  Besides the jungle, we also did a few other excursions that made our trip. Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Zip Lining at Vista Los Sueños - I am always down for a little adventure so I was all about the Costa Rican zip lining experience.  When we arrived we got geared up and hopped on a tractor that took us up the huge side of a mountain.  This can be a little intimidating and I have to admit that I had a few butterflies during the trek up.  Once you arrive at the first zip line, you are high above the trees in the jungle and it is truly breathtaking.  Mid-way through our experience it started to mist which added a really cool element to the excursion.  If you are into adventure, I suggest doing this on your visit. 
  • Crocodile Tour at Josè's Crocodile River tour - Costa Rica is filled with wildlife, and crocodiles are abundant.  During our visit we took a guided boat tour down the river to see these animals up close and personal.  Our boat driver and guide actually got out of the boat onto the banks and got the crocs to come over so we could get a better view.  It was really wild how fearless he was and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  On the way back to the docks we were treated to a beautiful sunset.  
  • The beach at Jaco: Jaco is a beach town in Costa Rica known for its nightlife and surfing.  We took a day trip there to explore this quaint beach town and checked out the surfing championships that were going on that day at the beach.  If you are nearby, a trip to Jaco should be added to your list to absorb some of the local culture and nightlife!

xx,

Colleen

Travel Recap: Beautiful Bermuda

 

Hello City Luxers,

A few weeks ago I traveled to Bermuda for a friends wedding.  I was so excited to go back because I grew up vacationing here as a kid and have so many fun memories.  One of the best things about Bermuda is that if you live on the east coast, it is only a quick hour and half flight.   The pink sand beaches are so beautiful and there is a lot to do and explore.  Since I was only there for a quick weekend, most of my activities centered around the amazing wedding I attended, but I have included some of my favorite things to do below!  

  1. Rent a moped: Although the thought of driving a moped on the wrong side of the road in an unfamiliar place can seem scary, in my opinion this is the best way to see the island.  The island is very easy to navigate and there are so many beaches and parks along the coast that being able to jump on and off your moped anytime you want to explore is the best.  It sounds crazy, but riding around the island on my moped is one of my favorite things to do here!
  2. Elbow Beach:  This beautiful stretch of beach is one of my favorites.  It is incredibly scenic, clean and a great place to go swimming. 
  3. Church Bay Beach: If you are interested in snorkeling, this is the beach for you.  Just rent a mask and snorkel and you are steps away from reefs with some of the coolest fish around.  My only caution is that the waves here can get kind of rough so be careful!  
  4. Swizzle Inn:  This is my favorite place to eat on the island and is a MUST try if you end up vacationing here.  It is a casual pub with great food and drinks.  They are known for their Rum Swizzles with the slogan "Swizzle Inn, Swagger Out".  I personally come here for the chicken fingers....SO tasty! 
  5. St. George's:  The quaint and historic town of St. George is a great place to stop and check out.  Here you will get a taste of Bermuda's history and a few of the local shops. 

These are just some of my favorite things to do in Bermuda.  I recommend traveling here for anyone looking for a quick and easy getaway with great beaches.  My short time here reminded me of why I love this island so much, I cannot wait to go back! 

xx,

Colleen