In Miami

From the Publisher: Spring in Miami is as comforting as rain on a tin roof

The Marina at The Perry in Stock Island in the Florida Keys.
The Marina at The Perry in Stock Island in the Florida Keys.

The sweet melody of a tropical rain shower on a tin roof is the epitome of home for me. Growing up in Cuba, I was both lulled to sleep and pleasantly awakened by this distinct sound. Indeed, the evocative imagery of rain on a tin roof is captured in song lyrics and countless YouTube videos — who knew? During the frequent summer rains, it’s one of the many reasons our family enjoys the boutique hotels and tropical eateries in the Florida Keys, our favorite Staycation destination.

The billowy front-porch curtains and welcoming red carpet of Key West’s Saint Hotel deliver on all that is uniquely special about our subtropical escape. From the moment you walk into the eclectic lobby, meander through the lush courtyard pool deck, and relax in a lovely room with bed covers that encourage you to “sleep saintly,” this spot will become your second home. It’s the only place I know where you can walk across the street to take in a first-run film at the Tropic Cinema and be back at the Saint’s stylish Burgundy Bar, drinking one of the Seven Deadly Sins cocktails expertly prepared by bar manager Paul Murphy, all before midnight. I hope we inspire you to take a drive down to the Keys, supporting our neighbors’ efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Irma.

Lesley DeCanio. Photograph by Nick Garcia.

Miami Gives Reasons to Celebrate This Spring

With the cool days behind us, we’re welcoming back warmer weather, and there’s no better time to enjoy a refreshing margarita, which immediately makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even when sipped in my own backyard. In this issue’s Pour, we’re sampling premium tequilas and offering recommendations for South Florida’s most intriguing libations — like the Casablanca Margarita, courtesy of Jorge Islas, bar manager at Byblos in South Beach. If you prefer something more exotic, head out to Wynwood’s Beaker and Gray for their Lavagave, or to Rácket for El Joven, beautifully garnished with mint and a watermelon popsicle.

Next, meet Jose Dans, founder of WOW MKTG and this issue’s My 305 Style influencer. He exudes an energy that is both contagious and inspiring. Dans is a curator of all things stunning, from his impeccable wardrobe to his impressive art collection. Time passes quickly in his Coral Gables office, relaxing in luscious chairs and admiring exquisite pieces from Jonathan Adler’s Muse collection. These matte-white collectibles are set off by rich dark walls and cabinets, and before you’ve had an opportunity to peruse them all, you’re ushered into yet another breathtaking space. His office, wow!

For many of us, our spaces are important to our well-being. I loved learning how the couples profiled in our Home Away From Home feature describe their second homes as their “little sanctuaries” in France, Martha’s Vineyard, Aspen and Birmingham, Michigan. They all seem to cherish how these homes bring family, friends and neighbors together, nurturing a sense of peace, balance and fulfillment.

Whether it’s a charming boutique hotel (with a tin roof, of course!), a local tequila bar, a second home of your own or a friend who has invited you to stay the summer, we hope the stories we’ve gathered here will resonate in your own life.

And finally, as we savor the beauty of the season, my wish for you is the same contentment I feel as a warm, soothing Miami rain dances on my home’s tin roof. Happy spring!