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When I was a child, my family used to have a tradition of baking apple pies together every fall. We would gather the ripest apples from our backyard and spend hours peeling, slicing, and mixing the ingredients... Read more
In Miami, you’ll generally pay a good deal extra to stay in sceney South Beach and have easy access to the beach and/or trendy Ocean Drive. If that’s a priority, consider the luxe oceanfront W South Beach (from about $600; 2201 Collins Ave., map) or the all-suite Z Ocean Hotel South Beach (from $326, 1437 Collins Ave., map), where rooms have oversize terraces (and some have private rooftop hot tubs).
A bit more down-to-earth is André Balazs’s minimalist-cool The Standard (40 Island Ave., map) in Miami Beach. Rooms start at $219 and amenities put a premium on guests’ well-being. Expect a super-stylish spa (including complimentary access to a handful of baths, tubs, and saunas); an outdoor infinity pool, mud lounge, and spa tubs; an on-site restaurant that emphasizes organic ingredients, and a decidedly non-South Beach-y vibe. Still cheaper is South Beach’s Townhouse Hotel (150 20th St., map)—rooms generally range $145-$295, depending on season, and include breakfast, which is great value if you don’t mind not having a pool (though there is a cool rooftop lounge).
Moving a bit north to Fort Lauderdale, we like the funky, well-priced Tropi Rock Resort (standard rooms, $76-$128; 2900 Belmar St., map), a block from the beach. Lush gardens, hand-laid mosaics, a palm-fringed pool, local art, and whimsical accents create a unique and tropical atmosphere.
More northern still, in West Palm Beach, the chic 43-room Hotel Biba (320 Belvedere Rd., map) combines historic architecture—an updated 1940s motor lodge—with modern design, vibrant colors, a great pool, and a hip wine bar. Garden queen-bed rooms range about $90-$135, depending on season.
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