- The Hamptons
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Orange County
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
Ayesha Khan, Misty Milioto and Janet Thomas | Edited by Alison Abbey and Allison Mitchell | Photo: Courtesy of the resorts and restaurants | June 5, 2014
After a long work week in the city, a weekend escape is a must. Whether you arrive by land, by sea or by air, these nearby destinations boast new or freshly renovated hotels, bars and restos along with super summer packages and cultural happenings. From the hip Hamptons and lively New York City to the happenin’ streets of NOLA and the sandy beaches of Florida, these dreamy locales deliver on sun, fun and good times. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your besties and a couture carry-on, and get ready to soak up the easy-breezy season of summer!
Play in the city that sizzles, even after the sun goes down.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Miami is home to Art Basel, the country’s hottest contemporary arts festival, so there’s no shortage of art for art’s sake. Launched in December, Pérez Art Museum Miami features 200,000 square feet for art in a sleek building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. Check out the museum’s on-site resto, Verde—with stunning views of Biscayne Bay—after you’ve worked up an artistic appetite. @pamm
Wynwood Arts District
Once a warehouse wasteland, Wynwood is now a sizzling hotbed of Miami art with more than 70 galleries, shops, bars and more. Check out Wynwood Walls, one of the largest graffiti installations in the world. And if you’re in town on the second Saturday of the month, galleries stay open till 10pm, offering a festive night of drinks, music and an ongoing parade of artsy peeps. @wynwoodmiami
Gale South Beach
Given that most hotels in Miami are leaning toward a brand-spanking-new ethos, the Gale provides a breath of fresh, err... balmy South Atlantic air. Although it was just renovated and relaunched, it includes all the decor and flair of its original 1940s aesthetic. Even the restaurant, Dolce Italian, is a modern-day throwback, featuring the glamour of Italy’s classic films (Fellini’s La Dolce Vita included). Fun fact: The rooftop—complete with infinity pool—is the only one on South Beach with full sun all day long. Plus, Menin Hotels will unveil the Suites at Kaskades this fall, a hotel across the street which will act as an extension of the Gale with a focus on comfort and luxury. Overnight rates from $169, @galesobe
Unleash your inner rock star at this Miami installment of the famed Hollywood and Vine establishment known and loved by music’s finest, which swung open its doors in December. Rooms feature Bohemian counterculture decor, and dining is unpretentious at the hotel’s Italian offering, Lorenzo. Staying here also gives you access to sister properties the SLS and The Raleigh Hotel, which happen to be the hottest spots in town for dining, nightlife and good old-fashioned people-watching. Overnight rates from $116, @sbecollection
The most anticipated hotel to come to Miami (this November, allegedly) is 1 Hotels & Homes, which promises to be totally eco-friendly, plus will include a new resto from celeb chef Tom Colicchio. Other haute hotels expected to open their doors include Argentina-based designer-turned-developer Faena’s Saxony and Ian Schrager’s The Miami Beach Edition.
It’s no secret that South Beach throws the best all-night beach bashes in the country, and Hyde Beach at the SLS is perhaps the best sandside party in town. Avicii has been known to spin here, and Djs Leo Medina and TonyG get the party going on the regular. If you party hard on Saturday, Hyde has the perfect hair of the dog Sunday brunch: The just-launched J’Adore Sundays midday spread serves up a modern Spanish twist on traditional brunch faves. @hydebeachmiami
EAT & SIP
Restaurant Michael Schwartz
With supercool poolside decor befitting of The Raleigh Hotel’s storied design past, this hip spot, which is coming up on its one-year anniversary, is the ideal place to grab a lunch of snacks or a boxed meal for the beach. Come back for dinner alfresco, where courses are separated in order of size (small to extra large) depending on how much of an appetite you’ve worked up while sunbathing. Tried and tested faves include local snapper ceviche (from the small column) and grilled rib-eye cap steak (from the large column). @theraleighhotel
AQ by Acqualina
Take a break from the crowds of SoBe and indulge in some seriously delish dishes courtesy of chef Dewey LoSasso. Head over to Sunny Isles to check out the Acqualina resort’s newest eatery, which opened in April. Small plates such as sunflower crostini with spaghetti squash topped with Saint Andre cheese and crispy onions perfectly complement more filling entrees like grilled skirt steak sliced and served atop a bed of wild boar black beans with foie gras tostones. @acqualinaresort
Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge
Launched in December, this posh Ocean Drive haunt is, in classic OTT Roberto Cavalli style, bathed in leopard and loud colors. The menu features Tuscan fare (Cavalli is from Florence, of course) such as wild boar ravioli with white truffle zabaglione, while the extensive beverage list features wines from the designer’s own estate. Don’t be surprised if you spot Cavalli cohorts like J.Lo and RiRi quietly noshing in a corner. @cavallimiami –AK