Lavish Labor Day Destinations Less Than 3 Hours From Miami
August 22, 2014 | by Chelsea Olson | Pursuits
Want to get away for Labor Day? If you haven't planned your weekend yet, we've got you covered with relaxing itineraries in destinations near Miami.
Enjoy French fusion cuisine with unparalleled views at Pierre's Lounge & Restaurant at Morada Bay.
STAY: Skip the traffic along the route to Mile Zero; instead, make a reservation at Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada. Start relaxing the instant you arrive at this secluded resort with a Gentleman’s Hot Towel facial or Signature Golden Veil Body Treatment. 81801 Overseas Hwy., 305-517-4485
DINE: An Islamorada mainstay, Pierre’s Lounge & Restaurant offers elegant French-fusion cuisine in the setting of a two-story plantation house. Watch the sunset while dining alfresco on the veranda for the complete experience. 81600 Overseas Highway, 305-664-3225
SPORT FISH: Named the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, Islamorada is the perfect place to charter a boat and try your hand at hooking a big catch like tarpon or swordfish. Bud N’ Mary’s marina offers a variety of charters for all skill levels and sizes. 79851 Overseas Hwy., 305-664-2461
Designed by Greg Norma, the Tiburón Golf Course offers two 18-hole courses with coastal views.
STAY: Take a jaunt to Florida’s west coast to enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico while indulging at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Lounge by the pool or pamper yourself with an extensive list of spa packages and salon treatments. 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, 239-598-3300
DINE: Campiello Ristorante & Bar is a must-try for its rustic Italian fare. For more than 15 years, Campiello has served wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastas, and delectable meats like its Sicilian meatballs, garnering many local accolades. 1177 Third St. S., 239-435-1166
GOLF: Play like a pro on the championship 36-hole Tiburón Golf Course designed by world champion Greg Norman himself. The serene, coastal setting is only three miles (or one shuttle ride) from The Ritz-Carlton. 2620 Tiburon Dr., 239-593-2200
The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach offers pool and beachfront fun with endless amenities.
STAY: Experience Palm Beach Four Seasons style. Book an oceanfront suite and try something new, like surfing lessons—or a beachside massage. 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., 561-582-2800
DINE: Chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud has established one of his award-winning restaurants in Palm Beach’s historic Brazilian Court Hotel. Café Boulud offers a taste of his French-American cuisine with South Florida influences in dishes like bison strip loin and chilled peekytoe crab salad. 301 Australian Ave., 561-655-6060
SHOP: One doesn’t visit Palm Beach without a trip to Worth Avenue. The European-style streets provide a scenic stroll as you browse more than 200 designer apparel, home furnishings, and art shops.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PIERRE'S, THE RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES, FOUR SEASONS RESORT PALM BEACH
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.