an artful & inspiring trip to miami.
by victoria comment


an artful & inspiring trip to miami. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have seen from my instagram feed, i popped across the country to miami, florida this past weekend — my very first visit! hoteltonight invited me to stay at the very beautiful beachfront nobu hotel and get inspired visiting art basel, the epic art festival that happens every year in miami (and worldwide). if you’ve not used hoteltonight before it’s one of my very favorite apps — hotels give hoteltonight their unsold rooms, the app shows you each day’s best deals, and you score the deal and live your holiday dreams! you can also use the app for available rooms in the immediate future (100 days out!) — so not just those last minute adventures. and if you’d like $25 off your first hoteltonight booking use my referral code VISMITH2 (that’s a capital “i” after the V to clarify) and have your own spontaneous getaway!

inspiring details inside the nobu hotel in miami. / sfgirlbybay

colorful artwork in the nobu hotel bar. / sfgirlbybay

the nobu hotel is a gorgeous, japanese-design inspired hotel, with a pretty fabulous collection on display of its own, and really peaceful, zen-like rooms. it’s smack-dab on the beach, so all you need to do is wander from the beautiful lobby through three lovely pools and out to their beach cabana where fresh towels and beach chairs await you. i spent a few hours soaking up the sun and all those miami vibes and not only was the people-watching great, the ocean was gorgeous (especially with that magical miami-light!). the nobu hotel, of course, features its famous sushi bar of the same name (it was so good i ate here twice!), as well as the organic farm to fork restaurant malibu farm and pool & beachside drinks and snacks, not to mention 24-hour room service. pampering awaits at their spa, too!

pink lifeguard station in miami beach. / sfgirlbybay

white pop-up beach shack for water at hotel nobu. / sfgirlbybay

on the beach at hotel nobu in miami. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring architecture and beach landscape of miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

the nobu hotel pool in miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

and then i was completely immersed in all that wonderful art and creativity. there’s nothing like an experience like this to get my creative juices flowing. so much color and clever, thought-provoking art surrounding you, it really can’t help but get into your head. i came home with all kinds of new ideas for the blog, for my shop — for my life! art basel miami features work from leading galleries from all over the world, showcasing significant work from the masters of modern and contemporary art, as well as a new generation of emerging artists. paintings, sculptures, unique installations, photographs, films, and artworks of the highest quality are on display in miami’s convention center. to say that viewing that much art is daunting and a little overwhelming is an understatement, and i loved every crazy minute of it! i’m going to share just a few of my favorite pieces with you, along with a peek at nobu hotel and a couple of great recommendations for fun spots to eat and drink around miami.

colorful photography on display at art basel in miami. / sfgirlbybay

modern art installation at art basel in miami. / sfgirlbybay

artwork and artists at art basel in miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

okay — amidst all this fun and inspiring artwork, a few places that were recommended to me — i didn’t make it to many of these because i spent most of my time at art basel and the pulse art fair, but they came from very credible sources: the vizcaya museum and gardens and the bass look incredible, and the pérez art museum is must-visit and right on the water with a great restaurant. a walk through the miami’s art & soul the neighborhood of wynwood to see a huge array of artists’ murals is cool. and right nearby the design district has some of the best shopping around. restaurants recommendations were as follows: upland,michael’s genuine food and drinks, mandolin aegean bistro for greek, casa tua is said to be very romantic, and kiki on the river (also greek). The beach restaurant at the Setai hotel also came highly recommended. fiorito is great for argentinian food, and a little off the beaten track. whatever you do, i think you’ll love miami — i was honestly so impressed with how beautiful it is there — swaying palms, balmy breezes, and lovely architecture! a dreamy getaway to be sure. have a great getaway with hoteltonight, and don’t forget my discount code up above. happy travels!

art basel art installation in miami, florida. / sfgirlbybay

black and ivory framed graphic prints. / sfgirlbybay

painting at art basel, miami. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

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