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Nick & Amy Penna’s Hot & Cold Spring Break Getaway Guides

May 5, 2016

We just got back from a couple really fun trips: we took the kids with us to Miami, Florida and Amy flew to Iceland for a yoga retreat. You can’t get any more opposite when it comes to comparing these two travel destination but both were amazing in their own way.  Nick’s picks, below, focus on Miami and Amy is all about Iceland.

 Places to Stay


HIS: 1 Hotel in Miami is amazing – it’s family friendly and unpretentious. The entire concept of the hotel is sustainable, organic and environmentally friendly – they even have a juice bar in the lobby! It’s a super cool concept.

HERS: When visiting Iceland, I would recommend staying at least one night at the Silica Hotel at the Blue Lagoon and the remainder of your trip at the 101 Hotel in Reykjavik. The views from both are amazing.



HIS: Spend the afternoon walking around the Wynwood Walls to check out the cool graffiti art murals. Also a morning spin class at SoulCycle (located at the 1 Hotel) gets you revved for the day.

HERS: Hike the glacier ice caves and get a spa treatment at the Blue Lagoon. Try the in-water massage; you lay under inches of water while they mask and wrap your entire floating body for the first hour. During the second part of the massage, they rinse the mask off and keep you under water for an hour-long massage. It’s an experience like no other!

 Places to Eat


 HIS: Stop by Sushi Garage for delicious sushi and nigiri served in a converted garage space.  Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is a great option for some inventive southern food that the kids loved too. We also discovered the delicious gelato at 4D Gelateria.

HERS: Try Friðheimar, a cool greenhouse restaurant located in Suourland, which is the town you pass through on the way from Blue Lagoon to Reykvajik. The restaurant is themed around tomatoes – every single course contains them, including the desserts, like homemade tomato ice cream.

 Where to Drink


 HIS: Grab at drink at The 1 Rooftop, or at the SLS hotel.

HERS:  There’s a small bar in Reykvajik near the ship slips called Slippbarinn that is cozy and fun for a pit stop.

 Where to Shop


 HIS: Swing by Illesteva for their sunglass collection and Marine Layer for casual and comfy clothes with a beachy vibe. Atrium also has cool, everyday clothes and is located right by the 1 Hotel for some quick shopping.

HERS: While in Reykvajik, check out the men’s and women’s clothing and accessories at Kronkron, the city’s best second-hand and vintage clothing store, Spúútnik, and the home goods section at Aurum. 

  What to Pack


HIS:  Brixton Plank Trunk Boardshort to wear by the pool, t-shirts by Saturdays Surf NYC and a pair of “Lemtosh Sun” sunglasses in black by the brand Moscot. Throw the essentials into a Herschel Supply Co. duffle bag.

HERS:  Jade Yoga’s travel yoga mat, found at Stil Studio in Dedham, the New Balance for J.Crew H710 Rainer hiker boots (sold out but similar here),  the Splits 59 Simone Block Print Performance Full-Length Tights from Legit Activewear in Wellesley, MA, the Day of the Dead Hamsa Coachella Tank by Spiritual Gangster, Noli Yoga’s  Chelsea bra in black, Covet + Lou’s Ace & Jig Talia Dress in Kente and the Giejo String Tie Triangle Top and Ruche Bottom in Floral. Of course, since it’s so cold in Iceland, a super-insulated Canada Goose parka is a must!


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