Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2019

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On our last full day, the four of us headed over to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the home of the Miami Dolphins, for the finals of the men's singles tennis, the first time the tournament has been held at this expansive venue since its departure from Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. I'm a longtime Roger Federer fan, so nothing could have rounded out the trip in a more satisfying manner than seeing him take yet another trophy at the ripe old age of 37. Following an exhilarating afternoon of tennis, we returned to e Ritz-Carlton for a quick swim and a Tom Collins, followed by another serving of the most succulent swordfish I have ever tasted. After a few days of swimming, walking and sundry activities, we permitted ourselves the indulgence of a decadent Baked Alaska, something you do not see on many restaurant menus these days. Replete with fish and enough memories to last at least another year, I felt fortunate to have found such a magnificent oasis in the heart of Miami Beach. On our final morning, the kids enjoyed a quick swim and a penultimate smoothie, desperate to soak up a few last rays of sunshine before the flight home. Loading up the rental car for our drive to the airport, I remembered my own childhood, when we would depart Miami Beach in the old family station wagon with a basket of fresh pastries from one of our favorite Jewish delis. is time, our trip began with a box of freshly baked croissants and some fresh coffee from Artisan Beach House, and yet more smoothies for the kids. Happy, well-rested, but feeling a touch of sadness for the end of a family tradition, we began the journey back north, back to school, deadlines and the last gasps of an Indiana winter. sl For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/bal-harbour. slmag.net 83

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