Welcome to the first post from our European road trip. We spent our first day in Paris where we did what we do best, sit at open air cafes while people watching. We visited our favorite touristy spots like Place de Trocadéro which is the best place to get those iconic Eiffel Tower shots you see everywhere (it’s best if you go early in the morning). We also stopped by the Arc de Triomphe before being treated to an exquisite dinner at Ladurée. The next morning we picked up our gorgeous rental car from Sixt and took off on our road trip.
Follow our road trip on Instagram~ @LateAfternoon and come back to read our travel guides for Lyon, Provence, the coast of Italy and Florence.
This week Sam and I went on a mini getaway. We try to take short romantic trips at least once a month. It refocuses our energy away from work and the worries of life, shinning the spotlight on our relationship. It’s our secret to being together for over a decade. We call it self-care. It takes precedence over almost everything. Our relationship is the foundation of the life we are building together and it has to come first above all else.
For this getaway we decided to visit the Four Season Biltmore in Santa Barbara. The property is nestled into the coastline, making it perfect for sunset walks and early morning beach strolls. The resort is lush, overflowing with flowers and manicured gardens. The rooms are as luxurious as you would expect from a Four Seasons property. We brought along Fiona who was treated like the little princess she is. They brought her a gourmet meal, a plush bed, and bottled doggy water. It was adorable.
Our favorite part was the Coral Casino and Cabana Club which is a members only club on site. Guest staying at the resort can buy a day pass, but we were lucky enough to be invited to experience it during our stay. The club boasts stunning ocean views, a beautiful Olympic size pool, and delightful restaurants. We spent the evening on the balcony of the club’s Tydes restaurant indulging in dessert while watching dolphins play just a few yards off shore.
Today I wanted to share a quick little glimpse into one of our recent adventures with BabyBlue. We took her up to secluded ranch where we enjoyed a quite day of hiking, BBQing, and sunset watching. I love having a camper van for those moments when we want to escape from the world and get lost.
Little image diary of our weekend at Coachella. We made very little plans this year but everything seemed to fall into place. Our friends offered us a last minute room at their place and I was lucky enough to get a wristband to go into the festival on Friday. We spent the day Saturday party hopping. We ended our night at Neon Carnival where we rode bumper cars, played carnival games, and danced the night away.
Sam and I travel to Miami very often. Whether it’s for swim week, Art Basel or just because we’re craving a warm crystal clear ocean, we find ourselves in Miami a few times a year. Every time we visit we get to find new places to eat, shop, and play. Here’s a quick and easy travel guide for when you find yourself in Miami.
Where to Stay :
There are a lot of amazing airbnb options in both South Beach and downtown Miami. It’s a great way to get a taste of what it’s like living in the city. It can also save you a lot on hotel charges.
If you’re in the mood for a hotel, Miami has no shortage of beautiful resorts. Below are some of my personal favorites.
The Surfcomber is right on the strip, has beautiful decor, amazing staff, and two great restaurants.
The Nautilus is another great option for all the same reasons as above. It’s a bit pricier but has a hip reputation.
The Standard is not in South Beach but has a stellar spa, rooms with outdoor tubs, and activities like sunset paddle boat rides. You can see pictures from our stay here.
The Raleigh is a beautiful property, although I have never stayed in the rooms I’ve attended many events there.
Soho Beach House is perfect for splurging. It’s my absolute favorite, and the Cecconi’s weekend brunch is open to everyone non hotel guests and non members alike.
The 1 Hotel is also a splurge hotel but it’s absolutely stunning with the most incredible pool.
The Washington Park Hotelis well located in old Miami. They were kind enough to invite us to stay during their soft opening. They have an amazing team of talented bar tenders and one of the best restaurants, Employees Only, is onsite.
Where to Eat
As I mentioned Cecconi’s weekend brunch is mind blowing. An absolute must.
Juvia is a very hip spot with 360 degree views of Miami. The food is wonderful but it’s really the view that makes it special.
SuViche is a small chain restaurant that specializes in a mix of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine with an emphasis on ceviche and sushi. I loved their unexpected flavor combinations. Their dessert was next level.
Mamma Antonia’s is a cute Italian cafe with healthy alternatives for when you need to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Samba for sushi always gets the most recommendations.
Employees Only is another great option if you’re feeling like splurging.
Talde is a great spot for an Asian fusion meal that’s a little easier on the budget but the food is great as is the ambience.
What to Do
Wynwood district is bustling with art galleries, artist studios, cute shops, and an eclectic vibe. Pop into Gramps for their Drag Queen Disco Night on Tuesdays.
Bodegais a speakeasy type bar. You enter through a restroom of a small eatery. They play the best music and the cocktails are strong. Perfect for letting your hair down.
Vizcaya, an old chateau, is one of my favorite day trips. It’s a 30 minute Uber ride but it’s absolutely stunning. Bring a picnic, enjoy the gardens, and learn a little history.
If you have a rental car drive to Key Biscayne to watch the sun set over the ocean.
Coconut Grove is also a fun place to drive through if you have a car. It has some of the most stunning old style villas that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
Charter a boatand sail by Fisher Island, the 4th most expansive zip code in the US.
Make sure to checkout the downtown arts district. It’s often forgotten but worth the short trip away from the beach.
Visit C Madeleine’s for one of the most well curated vintage shops around.