Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

Correspondent

  • Florida Keys, Florida, USA

Stephanie Goldberg Glazer is a correspondent who lives in the Florida Keys and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. Goldberg Glazer blogs at FloridaKeysGirl.com about her food, wine and travel obsessions (and sometimes about her dog, Babka). She’s also a travel agent and the owner of Babka Bars, a company that makes gourmet dog treats.

  • On May 29, 2015
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What restaurants does The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort have?

    The décor of The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Spencer’s by the Sea restaurant is filled with dark wood, red velvet and provocative pictures. While the room is dark and intimate, we prefer the ambiance of the outdoor terrace. It overlooks the beach and is just beautiful.

    The steak house menu includes various cuts as well as fresh fish and seafood, along with some delectable potato dishes. Try the twice-baked potato, but share it with a friend; the cheesy, carb-loaded side is too big to indulge on your own.

    We could not talk about Spencer’s by the Sea without mentioning the decadent 24-layer chocolate cake. The imposing 12 layers of cake, 11 layers of chocolate filling and semisweet ganache frosting make it seemingly impossible to eat in one sitting. But it is a showstopper.
  • On July 2, 2014
  • On November 22, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What is the design style of Hawks Cay?

    Warm, coastal breezes and a relaxed luxury describe the overall feeling at Hawks Cay. From guest rooms to public spaces, the warm, rich woods and large windows and doors create a carefree and welcoming environment. The resort is expansive, and facilities that spread throughout several buildings enhance the feeling of an exotic island escape.

    If the sparkling Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough, take a dip in one of the resort’s six pools, each of which was created for a specific purpose. From the kid-friendly entertainment to a quiet area for adults, and even a pool built with spectacular sunset views, it’s clear that considerable thought was put into Hawks Cay’s design.

    The natural beauty of the ocean waterfront, combined with lush, tropical landscaping make Hawks Cay a sure choice for a variety of getaways, whether that’s a fun family vacation, a romantic trip for two or even a destination wedding. All you have to do is show up, unpack and relax.
  • On November 22, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What restaurants does Hawks Cay have?

    With all the activity going on at Hawks Cay, from tennis to volleyball, you’ll need to stay fueled (even if it’s just to get you from the pool to the tiki bar). Thankfully, the resort comes well stocked with culinary options, ranging from a casual beach bar to a Mediterranean eatery.

    Enjoy drinks or a laid-back meal at the Beach Grill, where the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean are mere feet from the restaurant. Serving up a combination of American food along with island-inspired cuisine, the restaurant serves plates such as a mahi mahi BLT, chicken quesadilla, Caesar salad or a roasted vegetable wrap.

    Stop by Ocean, the resort’s casual, full-service restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The charming eatery is outfitted with stark white interiors for an airy, coastal vibe, along with Mediterranean-inspired food using local, sustainable ingredients. If the weather permits, be sure to grab a table outside overlooking the water. For a romantic meal, enjoy dinner at Alma, Hawks Cay’s Latin-inspired, fine dining venue. Alma’s menu changes frequently with the availability of fresh, local seafood, but you can expect tasty dishes such as crispy Florida snapper with vegetable hash, baby spinach and confit tomato broth, or even herbed roasted filet of beef with fried sweet plantain, pan roasted vegetables and peppercorn essence. The bottom line is simple — dining at Hawks Cay will leave your stomach satisfied.
  • On November 22, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What’s the best time to visit Hawks Cay?

    It’s safe to say that any time is a good time to visit Hawks Cay. The Florida Keys are blessed with beautiful weather year-round. Fall is a perfect time for Florida residents to make the drive to the Keys, as rates are reasonable with many resident specials. Christmas and New Years are the busiest times of the entire year, but if you’re looking for a quieter experience, check out the resort in late November and early December, during Hawks Cay’s “Christmas in the Keys” celebration that’s chock-full of holiday themed activities.

    The winter months tend to attract more couples, and vacations during this time are centered around food, drink and live entertainment. Of course, summer brings many families and a huge Fourth of July barbecue, complete with fireworks. With so much going on at Hawks Cay, be assured you’ll have a great time any time of the year.
  • On November 22, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What are the rooms like at Hawks Cay?

    There are several options when it comes to booking a room at Hawks Cay. All rooms are decorated in a similar, coastal style, complete with neutral tones, wood furniture and Tommy Bahama bath amenities. Some of the 170 guest rooms boast private balconies, while some have lanais that lead directly to the pool. (If you’re looking for a relaxing, poolside getaway, and can’t bear the thought of walking more than a few feet to the pool, these are the rooms for you).

    The 266 villas on property have either two or three bedrooms, along with full kitchens and laundry facilities. It’s all you need to make Hawks Cay your home away from home for a few days, or a few weeks. All of the accommodations are within a short walk of the main building or marina, but there’s also a tram that circles the entire property on a regular basis.
  • On November 22, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    Where is Hawks Cay located?

    Hawks Cay is uniquely positioned in the middle of the Florida Keys island chain, on a small island called Duck Key. It’s a short two-and-a-half-hour drive from Miami or, if you prefer, you can fly your private plane right to the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, just under 20 minutes away from the resort. Better yet, you can arrive via boat into Hawk’s Cay’s full-service marina.

    The island resort’s location, at mile marker 61, makes it convenient to enjoy a day trip to the attractions of Key West, or even a short jaunt to the dining and shopping in Marathon. Of course, once you get to Hawks Cay, you may decide that you don’t want to leave the comfort, convenience and beauty it affords.
  • On November 1, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What is the design style of The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?

    The design style of The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is tropical, understated elegance. The resort evokes feelings of luxury, all while maintaining a casual atmosphere complete with thoughtful service. There are cozy nooks, couches and comfortable places to sit and read, relax or people-watch throughout the resort, whether you stake out a spot in the sand on the private beach or relax from the furnished balcony in your room.   

    From the cream rooms with sand-colored accents and modern light-wood furnishings to the recently renovated pool deck, each area of the Key West hotel exudes charm. The all-white in-room bathrooms have been renovated with glass-door showers and dark wood furniture to go with the property’s overall clean, contemporary look.
  • On November 1, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What restaurants does The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort have?

    The décor of The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Strip House restaurant is filled with dark wood, red velvet and pictures of scantily clad women. It isn’t X-rated, but we prefer the ambiance of the outdoor terrace. It overlooks the beach and is just beautiful.

    The steak house menu includes various cuts as well as fresh fish and seafood, along with some delectable potato dishes. Try the twice-baked potato, but share it with a friend; the cheesy, carb-loaded side is too big to indulge on your own.

    We could not talk about Strip House without mentioning the decadent 24-layer chocolate cake. The imposing 12 layers of cake, 11 layers of chocolate filling and semisweet ganache frosting make it seemingly impossible to eat in one sitting. But it is a showstopper.
  • On November 1, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What are the rooms like at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?

    Each room at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is comfortable and well equipped, with an iPod docking station, an LCD flat-screen television and a Nespresso machine — just because you are on vacation, it doesn’t mean you should give up your espresso. Additionally, each room comes with a furnished private balcony. It’s a scenic spot for your morning caffeine fix.

    Filled with tan and cream, the soothing tropical décor makes each room feel warm and homey. Beds, framed with woven dark-brown headboards, are extremely comfortable, and may make you question getting up at all. If you are traveling with your dog, The Reach is pet friendly. Pay the pet deposit, and your room will be equipped with a super-comfy dog bed, as well as bowls for your furry friend.
  • On November 1, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What is the design style of Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?

    Casual yet decidedly upscale is the best way to describe Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. From the moment you enter the portico entryway, you can tell that the 1920 hotel is luxurious. Built by architects Thomas Hastings and John M. Carrere (who designed the Metropolitan Opera House and New York Public Library), it still maintains a Keys-like atmosphere, from the airy white lobby with large windows, hardwood floors and a coffered wood ceiling to the contemporary tropical furniture in each guest room. The rooms don’t do island kitsch; they are elegant, with dark wood and shades of tan mimicking the sand just outside.

    The design style always goes back to the scenery — simply sitting at one of the oceanfront pools, or the Sun-Sun pool bar, and gazing around the property, it is easy to lose yourself in the beauty of it all.
  • On November 1, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What’s the best time to visit Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?

    Because tropical Key West is a year-round destination, you can time your visit to Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort whenever you want. Each season has its merits, from the festive Fourth of July picnic, complete with poolside fireworks, to wintertime’s cooler weather (well, “cooler” for Florida — the average January temperature is a balmy 74 during the day and 69 in the evening). On the other hand, the summer humidity typically keeps the crowds at bay.

    There is always something going on in Key West, and you needn’t leave the luxury hotel to stay occupied. Swim in one of the oceanfront pools, lounge on the 1,100-foot private beach or detoxify with a seaweed wrap at the onsite Spa Al Mare. Though if you want to explore the rest of the island, the staff at The Casa can point you to all the hot spots and help you decide how to best spend your vacation.
  • On November 1, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    Where is Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort located?

    Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is located at 1500 Reynolds Street on the southern edge of Key West, the quieter side of the island. As you arrive at the grand portico entrance, you can tell it’s a place with history. The main entryway harkens back to the 1920 hotel opening, and you can almost see the guests entering in their ball gowns and tuxedos.

    You may decide it is too good to leave the Key West hotel’s two waterfront pools or its private beach (the largest in the city), but if you do want to get out and explore a little, it is a leisurely walk or quick bike ride to the heart of Old Town. “The Casa,” as it is known around town, is a convenient base from which to explore all that Key West has to offer, from the small lanes that you might drive past in a car, to the wine bars and cafés of Duval Street.
  • On October 9, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    What restaurants do La Mer Hotel and Dewey House have?

    From your first morning at La Mer Hotel and Dewey House, you’ll feel like a VIP. All guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast, including fresh, local products, on the Dewey Terrace, far away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Just next door is Southernmost Beach Café, which begins serving breakfast daily at 8 a.m. and seats the last guest for dinner at 10 p.m. There are also two cocktail bars on the Southernmost property: the Shores Bar and the Pineapple Bar. And if none of these options suits your tastes, you’re just a short walk from all of the other great restaurants of Key West. You won’t find many chains here, but you will find an abundance of fresh seafood, strong drinks and friendly people. Explore the quiet neighborhoods of Key West to find Azur, with key-lime-pie-stuffed French toast for brunch, or Santiago’s Bodega, a local’s favorite for tapas. Head in the other direction to the quirky Flaming Buoy Filet Co. for unique twists on seafood.
  • On October 9, 2013
    Stephanie Goldberg Glazer answered the question: Stephanie Goldberg Glazer

    Where is La Mer Hotel and Dewey House located?

    La Mer Hotel and Dewey House is located at 506 South St. in Key West, which is between Simonton and Duval streets. As a guest, you’ll enjoy easy access to all Key West has to offer, while luxuriating in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Just a few blocks away from the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, you’ll see the southernmost point in the United States marked by a buoy. Mallory Square’s world-famous sunset celebration is on the other side of this tiny island. From the inns, it’s just a quick five-minute bike ride or a leisurely stroll. You might want to stop for a cool beverage along the way as you head to see the nightly performers and possibly catch the elusive green flash above the setting sun. Whatever you want to experience in Key West, you’re in easy proximity to it all.