Summer is here, and travel is back, y’all. It’s Ashley Elsey, a local content creator in Cola, and I recently partnered with Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) to spend a weekend in Miami celebrating the return of American Airlines’ nonstop flight from CAE to MIA. The trip was incredible, and the flight was a breeze.
I have long been searching for a local flight (since CAE means it when they say fly with ease) that takes you to a destination with crystal clear water by lunchtime — and this is it. 🏝 This nonstop flight has you in Miami by 8 a.m on Friday. So, you have the entire weekend to explore the city before returning around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Pro Tip: Fly out Saturday morning, return Sunday night, and you don’t need any PTO. (Yes, I have done this from CAE to NYC; 10/10 would recommend). Ready to book your trip? I have all the recs for the ultimate weekend so you can visit Miami with ease. Here’s how you can Try This.*
What we tried (with pricing):
Getting to CAE is easy, and parking in the garage is even easier with their parking guidance lighting system. Simply follow the green lights to find a parking spot. Garage parking is $14/day and you can pre-book parking for savings on longer trips.
We quickly made it through security, leaving us plenty of time to spare before our flight. Red Eye Express is a must-stop — we got two lattes and a breakfast sandwich for $20.
Did you know that CAE selects four artists each year to display through its Art in the Airport program? All four artists are female this year (we love to hear it).
What not to miss:
Miami Beach is known for its Art Deco District, so don’t forget to look up when walking through the area.
If you know me, you know I am serious about food. The Miami eats did not disappoint. Try Pane E Vino, Orilla, Swan, or Michael’s + after-dinner drinks at Minibar (The Whig-meets-Miami vibes), Broken Shaker, or Raspoutine. Pro tip: Make reservations for lunch or dinner right after you book your flight.
For a great way to experience some of the luxuries of Miami without breaking the bank, walk Collins Avenue and check out different hotels or grab a drink at the bar.
What we’re still talking about:
We took our love for art from the airport walls to the Wynwood Walls, a must-see spot in a hip, artsy district. Pro tip: Purchase your tickets online to avoid entrance lines. Tickets are $12 (kids are free).
How you can experience this:
Head to my Instagram for more tips for your next trip.
Things to know if you go:
- Experience: Fly nonstop to Miami from Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
- Price: Varies based on weekend activities
- Website: https://flycae.com/
- Address: 3250 Airport Blvd., West Columbia, SC
- Hours: 6:01 a.m. -7:48 a.m. CAE to MIA; 9:33-11:43 p.m. MIA to CAE; flight times could vary
- Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram*