Pack Fido’s flashiest collar for a winter weekend getaway in dog-friendly Miami. Who wouldn’t want to escape to the Sunshine State for a weekend trip to MIA? The "Magic City" is home to The Big Game in 2020 and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February, making it the “pawfect” time to travel with your pup.
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4 p.m. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel
Bring Fido to relax and enjoy beachfront views in the heart of South Beach at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. Four-legged guests are provided with pet beds, food and water bowls, and waste bags for use during their stay. In addition to daily activities and on-site pet-friendly dining at The Social Club and High Tide, the resort welcomes dogs poolside and at evening wine receptions from 4-5 p.m. The hotel concierge is also available to make arrangements for pet sitting or grooming services. Pets of any size are welcome to stay at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel for no additional fee. Nightly rates start at $190.
5 p.m. Duck Tours South Beach
Introduce your pup to Miami on a dog-friendly excursion with Duck Tours South Beach. Duck boat tours take place on amphibious buses that can explore by both land and sea. The tour starts in Miami’s South Beach with informative tidbits about Art Deco architectural landmarks before splashing into Biscayne Bay, where you and your pooch will get a close-up view of homes of the rich and famous on Star Island. Duck Tours South Beach last about 90 minutes and cost $37 for adults, $30 for seniors, $18 for kids (4-12), $3.50 for toddlers (3 and under) and free for pups. A 10 percent discount is available if you purchase tickets online.
8 p.m. Lobster Bar Sea Grille
Located in the SoFi neighborhood of South Beach, Lobster Bar Sea Grille is super pup-friendly and offers a Pooches on the Patio menu. Order your dog a Dirty Dog Martini (filtered water with veal jus) or the refreshing SoFi Dog (filtered water with slices of cucumber) to wash down his main course. Offerings include Beef Short Rib Stew, Grilled Chicken “Chop Chop,” Beef Meatballs, Vegetable Plate or Filet Mignon. While Fido chows down on his grub, try the restaurant’s stone crabs, lobsters, seafood dishes or USDA Prime steaks.
10 p.m. South Pointe Tavern
After dinner, walk to nearby South Pointe Tavern for a nightcap. The dog-friendly watering hole hosts a monthly yappy hour and welcomes dogs on the patio every day. Choose from one of the espresso drinks or cocktails on offer, or combine the two with an Irish coffee or an EsSPTini (an espresso martini made with Kahlua, Licor 43 and Ciroc Vanilla Vodka). Grab a seat and enjoy a healthy dose of people-watching, the unofficial pastime of South Beach.
8 a.m. Flamingo Dog Park
Let Fido begin the day with an off-leash romp at Flamingo Dog Park. Pups can play in separate sections for big and small dogs, tackle the agility equipment and quench their thirst at the water fountains. It’s a popular spot on the weekends, so you and your canine might even make a new friend or two!
9 a.m. The Lido Bayside Grill
Break the fast with your furry friend at The Lido Bayside Grill, located waterside at The Standard Miami Beach hotel. Treat your good boy to a side order of bacon or chicken sausage to enjoy while you munch on healthy fare like a fruit plate, vegan scramble or avocado toast. Don’t forget to try one of the signature smoothies like the Magic Mushroom, which is a blend of cordyceps, chaga, reishi, cacao, wild blueberries and oat milk.
10 a.m. Hobie Island Beach Park
No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to one of its beautiful beaches. Bring Fido to Hobie Island Beach Park (also known as Windsurfer Beach). Your pup will love running off-leash in the sand and taking a swim in the shallow water. Beach admission and parking are free, but there is a $1.50 toll to cross the causeway into Key Biscayne.
1 p.m. LoKal Burgers & Beer
When it’s time to chow down, take your salty dog to Lokal Burgers & Beer. This Coconut Grove burger joint from Miami restaurateur Michael Kushner welcomes man’s best friend with scratch-made dog biscuits and a doggy menu. While you nosh on a gourmet burger made with grass-fed ground beef from a local ranch, your hungry hound can devour chicken and rice or meatloaf and wash it down with a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer.
2 p.m. Dog Bar Miami
If Fido needs to get scrubbed and fluffed after his morning at the beach, look no further than Dog Bar Miami. Book his appointment in advance and do some shopping while you wait. Pick up a souvenir from the salon’s boutique, which sells collars, leashes, apparel, bedding and accessories.
4 p.m. Art Deco Tours
After your mutt has freshened up, take her on an educational walk with Art Deco Tours and learn about Miami’s famous architecture. With advance notice, dogs are welcome on this fun and informative excursion. Art Deco Tours even provides a pet companion who will keep Fido company outside when the party heads inside a building! The tour costs $30 for adults, $15 for children (age 6-12) and $30 for dogs.
7 p.m. Sawa Restaurant & Lounge
Sawa Restaurant & Lounge in Coral Gables serves Mediterranean-Japanese Fusion cuisine for humans and caters to its canine clientele with a three-course menu just for dogs. Fido can chomp on a Beggin’ Strips appetizer, munch on the main course of salmon kebab and then lap up coconut-pineapple ice cream for dessert on Sawa’s large patio shaded by palm trees. The human menu features sushi, tapas and cocktails like the Sawa Kiss Martini, a shaken mixture of Ketel One vodka, Chambord liqueur, raspberry and sparkling water.
9 p.m. Wynwod and Cielito Artisan Pops
Before calling it a night, head to the bohemian, artsy Wynwood neighborhood. Walk around the open-air art gallery of murals and browse the funky shops, many of which allow pets inside. Don’t miss a pit stop at Cielito Artisan Pops, a "pop shop" that serves unique paletas (popsicles). Cielito caters to canines with special diet-appropriate options so your pup won’t be left out. It’s a delicious way to end your day on a sweet note!
8 a.m. Pinetree Dog Park
Play in the shade at the quaint Pinetree Dog Park, which houses two dog runs. Let your pup play off-leash while you watch from a bench, or get in some cardio and exercise with Fido. Remember to always clean up after your pooch!
9 a.m. The Social Club
Back at the Kimpton Surfcomber, enjoy breakfast at The Social Club. The South Beach eatery welcomes your pup on the patio while you dine on Biscuits and Chorizo Gravy, the Lake Meadow Omelet, or Chicken and Waffles. Pair your meal with a strong cortado coffee or bottomless mimosas, served with your choice of juice: Kennesaw Orange, peach, mango or guava.
10 a.m. Club Nautico
Exercise Fido’s sea legs with a day on the open water in a rented boat or chartered yacht from Club Nautico at Crandon Park Marina. The owner, Greg, loves dogs and allows them on the entire fleet. Drive yourself or hire a captain for $40 per hour to navigate for you. Call for rates.
1 p.m. International Smoke and Depart Miami With a Pooped Pooch
Enjoy one last meal at International Smoke, a barbecue restaurant from renowned chefs Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry. Sample wood-fired meats while your four-legged friend feasts on Doggy Loco Moco (ground beef and steamed rice), a Smoked Beef Bone or Assorted Treats. He’ll sleep well on the trip home with a full tummy and tired paws from all the fun he had in Miami!
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