Gay & Away: Miami, FL May 2011

By: Jim Guttau

Travel writer Jim Guttau has been a busy boy. First he sent in a report of what to do in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, but now he follows it up with his May picks for Miami, Florida.

Jim gives us places to stay, dine, party, rest and relax, but what makes this list so great is that it's not just for the traveling gay; even if you're a local you'll want to hit these destinations and events—including how to meet hunky studs like these guys at SoBe Miami.

Check out his Miami May agenda, below.

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SAVE the Date Honorees and Hall of ChampsChampions of Equality

On May 20, SAVE Dade and SAVE Foundation will host their Sixth Annual Champions of Equality awards event at the Ice Palace in Miami.

Established to honor people who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the LGBT community in Miami-Dade County, the event's honorees include the ACLU of Florida, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. For the past 33 years, the state of Florida has banned gays and lesbians from adopting. In September of 2010, the ACLU of Florida victoriously struck down this ban.

Greenberg Traurig LLP, a for-profit law firm, stepped up to defend, pro bono, the rights of the two children who are now legally adopted by Martin Gill. Greenberg Traurig has publicly stated that this case was “most meaningful” for their team. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has led the movement for equality as a founding member and vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, a co-sponsor in the effort to repeal the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, a co-sponsor of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Glass_logoTickets to the event, which will include a cocktail reception and a silent auction, are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

Dolores-facebook1-440x221Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

I can only imagine answering the phone at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, which we will shorten to Dolores for this mention.

Formerly Miami’s Fire Station No. 4 when it was built in 1923, Dolores is located in the heart of Brickell’s Financial District. We opted for the romantic rooftop dining terrace, but when the Miami heat sets in guests can choose the indoor dining area aptly adorned in trendy white Miami décor.

When in Miami, I am used to paying a pretty penny for dinner, but Dolores offers a two column menu—one with $18.75 options and the other with $23.75 options. Each entrée also comes with an appetizer, so no need for sharing; everyone has their own hors d’oeuvre to enjoy individually.

The exceptionally long restaurant name made sense when we discovered that the downstairs area, called Lolita, transforms into a lounge late night with VIP areas with DJs.

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The Standard Spa

After late nights out in South Beach, I need a getaway, a sanctuary. So I venture to The Standard Spa, conveniently located by Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle.

My “Standard” routine in Miami always includes a visit to Fazli, my masseuse of choice, at the spa. I have had literally hundreds of massages in my life, and Fazli tops any contenders by far. My last visit included the lengthiest massage I have ever received, including what seemed like acrobatics on his part. Whatever he did, however, worked, as I had never felt more relaxed.

Don’t forget to visit the hamam, the spa’s traditional Turkish bath, and the infinity pool beyond the central gardens.



SoBe Social Club

Miami promoter extraordinaire, Edison Farrow, hosts parties for gay Miami, with themes like The Simple Life (held each Thursday) and Martini Tuesdays (held once a month).

Farrow’s events have garnered a massive following, as Miamians desired something besides the pounding bass and dim lighting typical nightclubs offer.

 So with that in mind...

When in South Beach on Thursdays, visit B&B (Burger & Beer Joint) at 18th and Bay Road for The Simple Life. Farrow never charges a cover, so make up for it by imbibing on the legendary Miami mojitos.


  AREA31-downtown viewEPIC Hotel

A part of the iconic Kimpton brand, EPIC embraces the style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort—all in the heart of Downtown Miami. The restaurant on the 16th floor of the hotel, Area 31 (pictured here), features seafood from its namesake region, Fishing Area 31—the ecologically sound marine waters off the Western Central Atlantic including the entire Florida coast, Central America and northern South America. Guests are encouraged to dine alfresco and enjoy the outdoor terrace and pool deck with breathtaking views of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. With its Mediterranean influence, the menu is complemented with a wine list expertly assembled by Master Sommelier Emily Wines along with an innovative cocktail list from Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout. Seafood aficionados will delight in the “Ocean to Table” section of the menu that includes Florida striped bass, sepia, yellowtail snapper, day boat swordfish, and mahi mahi.

Exhale, the hotel’s spa and fitness center, boasts an array of “mind body programs,” such as Core Fusion and Music Yoga Flow classes. In addition to traditional spa treatments, Exhale also offers a wide selection of healing and acupuncture services in the tradition of ancient Eastern medicine, including Cupping, Tui Na, and Acu-Organ Detox therapies.


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