January 30, 2017

A Winter Weekend In Florida

It's been a week since my return to Erie, Pa from Florida and I'm already asking--is it time to go back yet?! There's nothing quite like sunshine, palm trees and fun new memories with great friends.
I arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Friday afternoon to a beautiful sunny day and it was so good to be reunited with my best friend. We had some birthday celebrating to do that weekend so we made a few stops for some decorations and balloons along with a visit to the biggest Target I have ever seen and a new mug from Starbucks.

That evening more people were coming in to town so we went for a bite to eat at a local bar Billy's which was perfect for this Steelers fan, Pittsburgh decor was everywhere. The pizza we shared was delicious and some of the other menu items were named after my beloved team, like the Roethlisburger. 

Saturday the group of us ventured to Miami for a day of fun. We started with brunch at Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita also known as Dolores Lolita in the Brickell area. When I was in Miami years ago visiting another friend, we came to this fun spot for dinner so enjoying it during brunch was a different type of feel. Everything was so good and they had me at $2 mimosas and the beautiful rooftop terrace where we sat.
Dolores Miami

Dolores Miami Florida

Brickell area Florida

Miami restaurants

Miami brunches

Dolores Lolita Miami

Our hostesses also planned a fun speed boat tour which was even more fun after an afternoon of drinks. We relaxed and enjoyed some daiquiris and watching the crowd salsa dance in the Bayside area and took off for our tour of Star Island in the late afternoon. The guides were funny and it was so cool to speed around the cruise ships taking off and see all the mansions. 
Star Island Miami

speedboat tour Miami

speedboat star island
Saturday night we dined outside at Louie Bossi and it was such a cute place. I loved the relaxed vibe of the outdoor courtyard. One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets nice is enjoy a meal outside, so doing this after 9 pm in January was a dream. We walked downtown for some more birthday celebrating and drinks. 
louie bossi fort lauderdale

fort lauderdale florida
We started the day Sunday with some delicious donuts and then a nice laid back day on Hollywood Beach, Florida. If living in Florida means visiting the beach every Sunday, we may just have to move.
hollywood beach boardwalk

Monday we enjoyed breakfast at another one of my Miami favorites, Big Pink. What I really wanted was a grilled cheese since that's all I ever eat there and only visit after the hour of 11 am or before 5 am ;)
south beach florida

big pink restaurant

It was a perfect weekend getaway...Florida in January is good for the soul, that's for sure. I'm so thankful I was able to visit our friends and be there to celebrate their birthdays. I can't wait to go back...until next time Florida- I'll be dreaming of palm trees, beach side brunches and 80 degree sunshine.

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Biana for weekending.

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