Before I discovered the thrill of journalism in my early teens, the only other calling that seemed anywhere near as exciting was the life of an airline pilot. Everything about aviation fascinated me then — and still does — and I easily envisioned a world filled with blue skies, far-flung destinations and an endless supply of ginger ale.
My journey wound up taking a more grounded, word-based route. But my respect for the friendly skies bloomed into a lifelong love of travel. Needless to say, I was on board when we decided to build this, our first Home & Away issue. We supercharged our always-stunning spring home design and décor content with additional travel coverage.
From Coral Gables to Cruises, Islands and the Keys
To start, we put writer Eric Barton on a plane to Puerto Rico. Because of the deep connections so many of us in South Florida have to the picturesque archipelago, our hearts ached when Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico last year. We wanted to see whether San Juan and its neighbors were ready to welcome tourists again, and if our hotel stays and spa treatments and restaurant meals could make a difference in ongoing recovery efforts. (Spoiler: Yes and yes.)
We had writer Erin Michelle Newberg set sail with two top Miami chefs on the Regal Princess’ latest culinary cruise. Cruising — like going to Disney or the Florida Keys — is such an essential vacation for those of us who live in Miami. We figured it was time for an insider’s guide to the very best of dining at sea.
Back on shore before Mother’s Day, we profiled some impressive local moms with unique perspectives on the place we call home. Nadege Green is WLRN’s social justice reporter who manages to show her two sons the best of Miami despite covering some of the city’s most difficult topics. Annie Lord is a Miami native who left for Boston and Dallas and is now back to lead Miami Homes for All, where she hopes to end South Florida’s affordable housing problem.
Taking a closer look at where we live, we go inside the magnificent Coral Gables home of cover stars Gordon and Sasha Stula. Originally built in 1923 with an all-coral-rock façade, their expanse in the exclusive Stonegate section of Ponce/Davis is a crescendo of classic architecture and modern interior design with a distinctive sense of place. And because bigger is usually better, writer Christie Galeano-DeMott explored the latest local trend in ultra-luxury condominiums: combining multiple units into giant mansions in the sky.
My commute to the office takes me right past Miami International Airport on the Dolphin Expressway. Every day when I see those majestic jetliners lift off toward destinations unknown, I think about the glamorous pilot life I dreamed of as a child. But while I once romanticized the allure of leaving, part of what I love about traveling now is the feeling of coming home, to Miami.