What $500 Buys in Miami

Bruce Hutchinson

Art Basel Miami Beach may be over, but the city is still buzzing.

A round on the P. B. Dye–designed golf course and a private dinner for two in the Vanderbilt Mansion at Fisher Island. The exclusive retreat—open to residents and hotel guests only—just unveiled ten renovated guest cottages and villas, with the six remaining suites to launch in February. fisherislandclub.com.

Fried chicken, farmers’ salads and blackberry bourbon lemonades for 12 at Yardbird, a three-month-old Southern-style restaurant from rising local chef Jeff McInnis. The industrial-chic space features a bustling open kitchen and more than 50 types of bourbon. runchickenrun.com.

Five VIP tours of Will Ryman’s large-scale flower installations (revealed during Art Basel) at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. After a Champagne breakfast overlooking Pandanus Lake, Fairchild’s art docent leads guests around the garden’s 83 acres by golf cart. fairchildgarden.org.

Two full-body massages at the Remède spa at St. Regis Bal Harbour, opening January 19 across from the Bal Harbour shops. All 243 rooms have ocean views, and there’s also Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first Florida spot, J&G Grill. stregisbalharbour.com.

One Mi chair, made out of recyclable thermoplastic polymer, by Giovanni Pagnotta from Luminaire Lab, which recently doubled in size with a new second-story space. luminaire.com.

Compiled by Amanda Friedman and Candice Chan