If you love all things vintage then of course a bespoke break away indulging in your passion for a weekend or longer could be one of the best holidays you have!
There are special interest holidays for the art lover, for the bird watcher, the dancer, the walker, the photographer and of course many more. But up to now the vintage community have enjoyed limited advice on where to go on their next holiday.
Sitting in Strawberry Holidays HQ it struck me to write this blog. If you want a holiday with a vintage theme, here are our top destinations that vintage enthusiasts will love!
Miami’s South Beach is known for it’s sun, sea, sand holidays and night-long parties. But did you know it has a lesser known appeal for vintage fans? It is home to flea markets, fascinating shops and huge trucks full of designer dresses from house clearances.
Start a weekend of shopping at the Front Porch Cafe on Ocean Drive (http://www.frontporchoceandrive.com) for breakfast, you’ll need to fuel up in preparation. I recommend you do vintage shops on Saturday and the vintage/antique market on Sunday.
Make your first stop Las Tias (2834 N Miami Avenue, lastias.com), an upscale secondhand shop with everything from fur coats, clothes and purses, to furniture.
Having whetted your appetite drive to C Madeleine’s (13702 Biscayne Boulevard, http://www.cmadeleines.com), which is famous with editors, stylists and serious fashion fanatics.
There’s stylish eatery called Gigi (3470 N Miami Avenue, giginow.com) in the design district, open till 5am at weekends and serves Asian fusion food and great desserts. The Design district has been transformed in the past few years. It’s now a hub for a young cool crowd, with art galleries on every block and new places to eat.
The Sunday Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market
Under the hot sun, make a start on the stalls at The Sunday Lincoln Road Antique & Collectible Market (http://www.lincolnroadmiamibeach.info). Savvy shoppers enjoy a look back at retro fashions and mid-century furnishings seek out the seasonal antique and flea market that runs from October through May.
And of course Miami South Beach sits right next door to the Art Deco District, here you’ll find all the colourful buildings, interesting decor elements and century-old history that offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Surely perfect for any vintage fan?
- The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club in Miami’s South Beach has doubles from around £173 a night. Virgin Atlantic flies to Miami from Heathrow from around £390 return and Thomas Cook flies direct from Manchester for around £490 return. Contact us if you’d like to know more.
Many people who visit Havana perceive the city as a live museum or a rare antique. Not only for the vintage Chevys, Fords or Dodges that are still running; or the eclectic architecture that appears anywhere and everywhere.
The city’s appreciation of its colonial past is on display at every turn and makes it one of the most culturally rich urban centres in the world. The love of music and dance spills out of clubs and cabarets into the streets and there locals celebrate this culture exuberantly.
The narrow two-block long alley between Aramburu and Hospital streets in Centro Habana has over the years become a shrine to Afro-Cuban religions through the art created by Salvador González. The buildings are lined with brightly-colored paintings, murals, sculptures and objects, which depict rituals and deities. Also, rumba groups play here every Sunday.
El Chanchullero (e/ Bernaza y El Cristo, 457 A bajos Teniente Rey, La Habana, Cuba, http://www.el-chanchullero.com/) has got to win the most surprisingly good place in Havana award. It looks like a hole in the wall in a downright run down looking part of Old Havana. It’s a little off the beautified Havana tourist track. It’s a small bar with wooden tables. Settle in for a drink swiftly delivered by the attentive staff and enjoy the music, the loud, happy music.
An unforgettable holiday destination Cuba has UNESCO Heritage sites in abundance, art, culture and dancing spilling on the streets. You will not see anything like this again.
- The 4* Hotel Plaza right in the heart of Old Havana has doubles from around £113 a night. KLM flies indirectly to Havana from Manchester from around £555 return. Contact us if you’d like to know more.
I’ve visited Glasgow a number of times, and the city is a wonderful place, with something new to discover on every visit. What I love about this quirky city though is their love of vintage. The big tourist draws are the Kensington Museum and Art Galleries, its neighbour the Glasgow School of Art and the Riverside Transport Museum. Which are all great starts for fans of all things vintage. But there is much more for you to discover.
Glasgow is known as a shopper’s paradise, there is fantastic city centre shopping. However they also have ideal vintage shopping, from retro, to granny chic this city is awash with eclectic stores.
Some of our favourites include:
Glad Rags (1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, http://www.gladragsglasgow.co.uk/), located in south side, it’s a not for profit vintage store. It has a great selection of men and women’s clothing and accessories. With new stock arriving all the time, you’re bound to find something “new”. And if you’re ready for refreshment after all that rummaging around, pop next door to the Glad Café, the sister cafe to the shop.
The Glasgow Vintage Company (453 Great Western Rd, http://glasgowvintage.co.uk/) is located in Kelvinbridge in the city’s West End. Shop owners Gavin and Mari O’Brien have selected an extensive range of unique clothing from the 1950s to the 1980s for men, women and children and you have over two floors of vintage attire to enjoy!
A vintage fan’s short break in Glasgow, doesn’t start and end with the shopping. The nightlife in this city is legendary but here are some of our vintage favourites.
Lucky 7 Canteen (http://www.lucky7canteen.co.uk/) is a great place to start yoru night. Above a thumping nightclub in a Bath Street townhouse, Lucky 7 is like a trendy timewarp. Candle lighting, mismatched vintage furniture and cushioned seats in bay windows provide the perfect low-key backdrop to watch the Glasgow revellers pass by.
A secret bar in every meaning of the word, The Berkeley Suite (237 North St, Glasgow, http://www.berkeleysuite.com/) on North Street is a decadent vintage style ballroom and late night bar. Hidden behind a pawn shop on the side of the motorway. A great Glasgow night out guarantees to feature kick-ass DJs, killer club nights, stunning surroundings and great vibes.
In the student hub of the West End almost every doorway takes you through to a cool bar or funky shop. But my absolute favourite is the Hillhead Bookclub (17 Vinicombe St, http://hillheadbookclub.co.uk/). The interior looks like a converted concert hall; a dramatic setting of ornate cornering and vaulted ceilings.
- The 4* Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City has doubles from around £77 a night. Travel by train directly to Glasgow from Preston from as little as £22 return! Contact us if you’d like to know more.
Looking for some inspiring vintages experiences while in Amsterdam? Look no further – the capital of The Netherlands has many of them, and they are all worth visiting.
There are many vintage haven shops and boutiques within Amsterdam but Episode (http://www.episode.eu/) is one of the best. The most famous shop is in the Nine Streets, but there are also stores at Waterlooplein, Prinsengracht and Nieuwe. The store is sorted by item: leather jackets, blouses, sweaters, dresses, hats, bags, etc. Most items are from the ’80s, but they also sell items from the ‘70s and ‘50s.
As the best-known and most central flea market in Amsterdam, Waterlooplein (Waterlooplein 2, 1011 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://waterlooplein.amsterdam/en/) has clad generations of tourists in flares, Hawaiian shirts and occasionally amusing T-shirts bearing slogans about being “high on life”. There’s now the added attraction of a selection of new clothes stands. Upcoming designers sell their creations before trying to make the big time
Avoid the tourist crowds at IJ Hallen (http://ijhallen.nl/en/), with more than 1,500 stands the monthly flea market in the north of Amsterdam is the largest in northern Holland. Shopping here involves a bit of an aquatic adventure journey. Take the free ferry across the scenic IJ river and follow the hordes of bargain hunters. There is a €4 admission charge, but it’s worth it if you have the patience to browse for most of the day.
Where to stay
Amsterdam’s most arty hotel the Pulitzer Amsterdam, A funky five-star hotel spread across 25 houses on the Prince’s Canal – doesn’t just offer gourmet dining, luxurious beds and glorious canal views. It also boasts an enviable art collection that showcases the unlikely, the aesthetically titillating and the absurd.
Seven Bridges Hotel is set in a 300-year- old canal house at the intersection of the picturesque Reguliersgracht right in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Rooms are decorated individually with genuine Oriental carpets, precious antiques (Baroque,Louis xv, Louis xvi, Empire, Biedermeier, and Art Deco). And all are embellished by handcrafted marquetry tables, mirror frames and beds made by a Dutch artisan.
- The 5* Pulitzer has doubles from around £408 a night and the Seven Bridges Hotel from £102 a night.. EasyJet flies directly to Amsterdam from Manchester from around £75 return. Contact us if you’d like to know more.