One of my requests in planning out our victory lap of the MLB stadium tour was to end the trip in Miami! We went just a year and a half ago for our third wedding anniversary, so we didn’t feel too pressured to see a lot and we even repeated a few things from our last visit. In Miami, I like to dine at restaurants outside of South Beach and spend as much time as possible relaxing by the pool!
The Eating House
We wanted to try a new restaurant this time around and The Eating House was a great recommendation from a coworker. Located in Coral Gables, the place was about a 15-minute drive from our hotel (and approximately 25 minutes from South Beach). The tiny, low-lit restaurant was decorated whimsically, with artwork on the walls and a bookshelf near the back.
The menu at The Eating House changes with the seasons. Our waiter recommended ordering several plates to share, but we ended up being more traditional with a small plate as an appetizer and two larger plates for entrées. We first ordered a tomato appetizer adorned with coconut, an Asian sauce, and peanuts. It was unbelievable. For our entrees, Chris ate perfectly seared sea scallops and I had the most delicious pasta carbonara ever. It was a great experience overall.
EPIC Kimpton Hotel
I wanted to come back to Miami just to stay at the EPIC Kimpton on Biscayne Bay again! The pool and view are just spectacular. I happened to wake up just before the sunrise one morning and stumbled into a magical moment.
There is a spa at the hotel and various workout classes (for additional prices). The service is incredible. Our original room didn’t have the best view compared to our stay last year, so I asked the concierge if we could switch and they were able to accommodate it. The hotel also offers coffee and granola in the morning, infused water throughout the day, and a wine happy hour each evening. There are several restaurants onsite; we stopped by happy hour at Lilt Lounge one evening for $1 oysters!
As is the case with much of Miami, the hotel is quite a scene. There were bachelorette parties, couples arriving in cars nicer than I’ve ever seen, and rich housewives talking about their botox treatment at the pool. In the end though, it really felt like a nice getaway.
Chris did it! With our Marlins Park visit, he completed his life goal of seeing all thirty Major League Baseball stadiums. To celebrate, we decided to splurge a bit and get Diamond Club seats, which meant seats behind home plate, a great parking spot, access to a lounge with a buffet, and service at our seats for additional food and drinks.
The Marlins ended up crushing the Reds, which made the game really fun. Their retractable dome stadium is the newest MLB park right now, built just back in 2012. Unfortunately, the stadium wasn’t very full. It was hard to pull ourselves away from our great seats, but we managed to take a quick lap around the stadium in the middle of the game. We took a closer look at the Homerun Sculpture, a tropical island that moves and lights up whenever the Marlins hit a homerun. The park as a whole reminded me of the Rainforest Café!
Latin music greeted us and sent us off as we entered and exited the stadium. Other highlights included a great view of Miami through the windows behind the outfield, larger-than-life photos of Marlins players on each elevator door, and a real aquarium with fish serving as the barrier between the home plate seats and the field. There is also a cool “Taste of Miami” area serving up delicious Latin food. It was a great way to finish off the tour!
Another repeat for us this trip was dinner at Michael’s Genuine. We were stuffed from the Marlins game, but couldn’t pass up another chance to visit this delicious restaurant located in the Design District. Our favorite dish continues to be the stracciatella with burrata, peaches, basil, olive oil, and fleur de sel. Last time, we had it with tomatoes instead of peaches – both are delicious flavor combinations! We also tried the grilled octopus with fava beans and the butter lettuce salad with avocado, nuts, and mandarin oranges.
I can’t believe our trip is over! I’ve been so used to working baseball stadium visits in to most of our vacations, but we won’t need to do that anymore – though obviously, I know we still have plenty of baseball in our future.