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Art & Design

This month Art Basel Miami Beach returns once again, the 12th installment of an arts celebration that has seized the attention of the pop universe. Also on our culture calendar: the opening of the Perez Art Museum Miami, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and inspired by Stiltsville—the atmospheric collection of shacks off the coast of Key Biscayne (stay at a Bal Harbour–area hotel for free admission to PAMM and three other museums). In Fort Lauderdale, Flagler Arts & Technology Village is a neighborhood of downtown warehouses transformed into studios and galleries.

Meanwhile, in Tampa, a civic initiative called Lights on Tampa has noted artists—such as Chicago-based Tracey Dear—illuminating local landmarks after dark. See them all along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Literary Loves

Key West was once the go-to bolt-hole for Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. Stop by the Hemingway Home & Museum to visit the author’s Spanish-colonial house (note the many six-toed cats, supposedly descendants of Hemingway’s own pet, and his 18th-century walnut desk with three secret compartments). Today’s writers flock to the island in January for the annual Key West Literary Seminar. This year’s theme is “The Dark Side,” exploring the noir part of life—never in short supply in Florida—with writers such as Joyce Carol Oates.

Locavore Florida

Our two can’t-miss experiences for farm-to-table foodies: Near Naples in Collier County, Lara Collier—yes, she’s a relative of the region’s legendary entrepreneur Barron Collier—hosts alfresco dinners on her organic farm ($$). South of Miami in the Redlands, Paradise Farms ($$$$)—a chef favorite for its edible flowers and oyster mushrooms—organizes regular brunches and dinners with visiting chefs (most recently Julie Frans of Miami Beach’s Essensia).

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