Tom Austin headshot
Tom Austin headshot

Tom Austin

A native of Miami, Tom Austin has contributed to Travel + Leisure for two decades. Among his many articles are two feature profiles of Miami, as well as stories on The Standard Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach — both fueled by his expertise in art and design. Apart from features on everything from Charleston to the surf scene on the North Shore of Oahu, Tom is also an astute chronicler of international society. He has published features on such opulent destinations as Newport, Barbados, and Palm Beach. Most of Tom's feature articles and coverage of hotels have been included in "100 Greatest Trips," an annual series of Travel + Leisure books featuring work by T+L contributors. For the past three decades, Tom has contributed to newspapers and magazines including Art News, The Washington Post, W, Interview, Paper, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Town & Country. He's served as a weekly art reviewer for the Miami Herald and has bylines in The New York Times: T Magazine for his design-related reporting.

* 30+ years of experience as an arts and culture reporter
* Miami-based correspondent for national publications
* Wrote, edited, and photographed "Miami: The City in Section-By-Section Maps," published by Alfred A. Knopf and part of the Knopf MapGuides series
* Author of Assouline's "The Surf Club," which examines the history of the iconic Miami social club that became a hotel and residential complex
* Author of "South Beach Century: a Cultural History of American Babylon," a multi-platform project and Knight Arts Challenge winner incorporating a University Press of Florida book
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On any blissful summer’s day in Portsmouth, NH, stroll by the harbor and you’re likely to come upon an ice cream parlor. And better yet, no ordinary ice cream parlor. This is Annabelle’s, whose owner, Lewis Palosky, likes to think of himself as “an artist, not a businessman.” The flavors here are indeed sheer artistry. Black raspberry, a New England tradition, pops on the palate like a Day-Glo billboard. July is national ice cream month—not that we need any additional encouragement to indulge. And every area of the country has a legendary ice cream parlor or two, welcoming refuges that provide a cooling escape, along with some serious culinary pleasure. Often these places are infused with nostalgia. South of Portland, ME, for instance, Shain’s of Maine Ice Cream conjures a vintage ambience with red-and-white old-time soda shop banquettes and bygone newspaper ads underneath the glass tabletops. In Seattle, Molly Moon Ice Cream proudly supports local purveyors; even its famous Scout Mint is made with Thin Mints purchased from the Western Washington Girl Scouts. Then again, ice cream can also be a bold-new-culinary-age proposition. In northern California, Ici Ice Cream in Berkeley, run by a former chef from Chez Panisse, features fresh market flavors like black mission fig, putting a cultivated twist on one of the ultimate comfort foods. In early 2014, pastry chef Nicholas Morgenstern also traded high-end restaurants for his own eponymous New York ice cream parlor, where he whips cream to order and fills cones with burnt honey vanilla and Szechuan peppercorn chocolate. New England, as ever, remains the epicenter of this national obsession; modern gourmet ice cream is widely considered to have been born at the original Steve’s in Boston. And the influence of these gourmet groundbreakers can be felt nationwide at spots that champion high-quality ingredients, freshness, and guilt-free indulgence. These ice cream parlors, America’s best, are all about keeping it real and, of course, homemade.
With the opening of Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony Building, the Magic City is ready for its next act. T+L takes a tour of Miami’s fast-changing neighborhoods.