I love this shot of 1950s women in their bathers grabbing a cup of coffee. And it reminded me of one of my favorite hotels in Miami, The Raleigh. Their old timey cafe off the lobby is so charming – a real throwback. I like to go there in the mornings and swivel on a stool with my cappuccino before heading out back to the pool. I snapped that shot back in January and thought the juxtaposition of these two images looked cool.
Farewell Miami! Until next time…
Time for some kayak. Yes, that’s me!
Just over a mile due south of Key Biscayne is a collection of houses that is known as Stiltsville. We passed them whist sailing. They have a legendary past, from prohibition activity to corrupt government hideouts in the ’50s. Today the houses are embroiled in a debate on preservation.
Cool Change Sailing
I love sailing. The calm of the water and sudden bursts of activity. I hadn’t been since the Hudson River in July 2011. Sometimes you just have to live large. We chartered a 50 foot private boat and took her out for the day.
Our captain was Conrad Sargent of Cool Change Sailing, a former pro sailer from New Zealand who’s been around the world and then some. Look him up next time you’re in Miami.
There is nothing quite so promising as embarking on an early morning sail…
Panther Coffee in Miami is legit. I’d first discovered them at Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria (they serve Panther at the coffee bar), and I was eager to visit their headquarters in Miami. I dig the building’s bright green and orange honeycomb painting by graf artist Barry McGee.
Most importantly, though, they make a mean cappuccino. Rawr.
Afternoon bocce on Miami Beach.
We hit the beach to light some of our own fireworks afterward.
Happy New Year indeed!
New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Miami crib. 30th floor.
Then it was off to Miami for the new year.