January in Massachusetts. It generally means freezing cold temperatures, impossibly high snow banks, and darkness starting somewhere around 4:30pm.

It’s no wonder that somewhere into that frigid first week, we decided to pack it up and head south. The Betties booked their trip to the land of sun, sand, palm trees, and delicious Cuban food. Miami.

Business Betties | Miami 2015

Pictured Above– Top: Espanola Way, Middle Left: Wynwood Walls, Middle Right: Art Deco Lifeguard Station, South Beach, Bottom Left: Some random chickens and roosters we found wandering around Brickell, Bottom Right: Ocean Drive

It was easy to get used to temps in the 80’s with a nice ocean breeze. Our shoulders were no longer hunched up around our ears, and eating lunch on a patio with a mojito in hand was an everyday occurrence. This wasn’t just a Betty vacation though- we hustled and got things done. (Some of which was for a top secret project we’re working on at the moment, sorry ladies. Details will be on their way shortly.) We connected with some amazing entrepreneurs (who we’ll introduce to you in our next Featured Betty article).

Business Betties | Miami 2015

Pictured Above– Top: Miami Airport, Middle Left: Ocean Drive/South Beach, Middle Right: Sidewalk Art, Wynwood Walls, Bottom: South Beach

 

Our impressions of Miami…

It’s population is incredibly diverse, and it’s easy for anyone to get a taste of the different cultures that make up this city.

Miami takes it’s art and design seriously. From maintaining it’s historic art deco buildings, to promoting beautiful graffiti and murals in the Wynwood district, to supporting independent designers in the design district, creativity in this city is thriving.

Everything is outside! Maybe we’re used to being holed up inside in the Northeast, but we were really struck by how much of everything was happening al fresco in Miami. Every single restaurant had patio dining, even the shopping malls were more outdoor plazas, really. Walking places was very easy (as was taking public transportation). And well, of course there were the beaches. Who wouldn’t want to spend some time there?

Where should we head to next? Let us know in the comments below. Maybe somewhere nice and cool during the summer?