2015’s winter forecast

love-opera-victoria-bakerMeteorologists are saying that this winter will be even harsher than the last and remember last year’s was grueling.

I can’t even bear the thought of living through that all over again. So I’ve decided I’m just not going to think about it at all. I’m going to bury my head in the metaphorical sand in an effort to stave off the Arctic winter. I will dream of beautiful beaches…the feeling of white sand and blue waters ahead.Yes, these thoughts will be solace.

My ultimate summer happy place is Miami’s South Beach. I fell in love with the salsa-like rhythm of the place and, of course, those endless white sand beaches. But as I dream of my favorite beach getaway I won’t reminisce too generally, my thoughts will return to one place in particular. There are a million hotels to choose from in Miami but there’s one I return to time and again.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is my go-to place when I’m lucky enough to find myself in that Floridian paradise. A hotel is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a magical place where memories are made, a place where loved ones can reconnect, families bond, friendships can be formed. It’s a place where guests can step out of their everyday lives and be made to feel special. The perfect hotel is not merely about nice amenities and renovated rooms. It’s all about the staff. They are the life of any hotel.

Located just steps from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road: a 10-block pedestrian esplanade, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach offers an oceanfront infinity pool, the beachfront DiLido Beach Club and the luxury of strolling to the best restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping and entertainment that give Miami Beach its sizzling vibe.

The DiLido Beach Club is their oceanfront restaurant: a great spot for lunch or snacks. It has a European flair to it in that it’s a ‘toe’s practically in the sand’ dining experience. In France dining beachside is big and the DiLido is one of the rare, if not the only, beachside dining experience in South Beach. The food is fresh, delicious and with a distinct summer bite to it- no doubt the ocean breeze contributes to the flavors.

Miami was once a tranquil Native Settlement before it was fertile coconut farm land and before becoming an art deco fashionable spot in the 1920’s. Today it is a trendy piece of paradise, tomorrow who knows…one thing is certain: the palm trees will continue to sway in the breeze and bear witness to it all. And on a wintry evening I will close my eyes and allow the memory of those same palm trees to envelop me in their warm and sunny memories.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]


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