The intimate, 27-room Coral Gables inn evokes Old World Europe at every turn, from the paddle fans to the parquet floors. Dinner at the superb Restaurant St. Michel, complete with piano player, only adds to the romance.

Hyatt Regency,
expensive, (305) 358-1234.
This downtown hotel within walking distance of the Miami Convention Center is located on the Miami River and makes a fine biz hotel, but what draws us is the occasional $75 Internet rate we've been able to nab.

Dining
Doraku,
moderate, (305) 695-8383.
Unique ingredients and a happening vibe combine to make this the coolest sushi joint in Miami Beach. Our favorite nibble is the Dancing Roll with ultrafresh unagi. Pair yours with a flight of sake and you'll be set for the night.

Scotty's Landing,
inexpensive, (305) 854-2626.
This seafood spot down on Biscayne Bay, next to the Dinner Key Marina, is strictly a locals hangout. So if you go, don't tell 'em it was us who clued you in to its convivial vibe, simple but satisfying menu, and endless sea breezes.

Tropical Chinese,
moderate, (305) 262-7576.
Looking for the best Chinese food in Miami-Dade County? Look no further. In Tropical's open kitchen, seasoned chefs cook up an extensive menu of what's described as Hong Kong-style specialties, which are all good, but we're nuts about the knockout dim sum.

Nightlife
Macarena Tavern,
(305) 531-3440.
A SoBe hot spot for flamenco and salsa dancing, Macarena draws a large Latin crowd. Before you put on your dancing shoes, sample the Spanish specialties like paella and sangria.

Purdy Lounge,
(305) 531-4622.
A relaxed feel, mood lighting, retro soundtrack, and funky decor (guests recline in plastic hand-shaped chairs and thrift-store couches) put the "lounge†in Purdy Lounge. It does get crazy crowded, but it's usually well after we've paid up and hit the pillow.