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The “Golden Girls” Miami Tour You Secretly Want to Do

Travel Tips | Jim Werner | February 19, 2018

The timeless Golden Girls are enjoying a popularity surge beyond the normal hum of adoration. You’ve probably started your GG binge on Hulu, which just began carrying all seven seasons, and at least one of your friends has posted the Rue La Rue Café on your Facebook timeline with a tempting “!!!”

While you’re on your Golden Girl kick, pay homage to Bea, Betty, Rue and Estelle with a trip to their show home, Miami. It has so much appeal.

Here’s where you can tap into your Golden obsession:

Joe’s Stone Crab

In the pilot episode, when gay housekeeper Coco makes his first and final appearance, Blanche announces that she accepted Harry’s marriage proposal at Joe’s. She had the stone crabs, and so should you. Harry may have turned out to be a jerk, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from trying the key lime pie.

Photo Courtesy of Joe\’s Stone Crab Restaurant

Miami Beach Boardwalk

At the start of season 3, Sophia bonds with her friend Alvin along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. Walk the 40-block path and take in classic Miami views—beautiful beach, blue ocean and swanky hotels and condos.

Miami Beach Boardwalk photo by Glenn Contreras

World Erotic Art Museum

I don’t think Miles would have taken Rose to this museum on a date. They did visit the fictional thimble museum in season six, so you can tap into their offbeat taste in culture here. It’s the largest collection of erotic art in the Americas, and—how perfect is this—it was founded by a grandmother.

Photo courtesy of World Erotic Art Museum

The Murder Mystery Co.

In season seven, Blanche gets caught up in a real-life murder during a murder mystery weekend. A full two days might be a bit much. Lucky for you, this one lasts for a single intriguing evening.

Photo courtesy of the Murder Mystery Company in Miami

Cabaret South Beach

In the same season, Dorothy steps into Blanche’s spotlight at the Rusty Anchor piano bar. No one can match Bea Arthur, but the waitstaff at the Cabaret South Beach inside the Shelborne South Beach serve, sing and entertain the eager crowds.

Photo courtesy of the Cabaret South Beach

11th Street Diner

No Golden Girls getaway would be complete without a late-night cheesecake run. This South Beach spot can satisfy your craving, and then some. The only question is whether to indulge before or after your visit to Twist nightclub next door.

11th Street Diner, South Beach photo by Ruth Hara

The Carlyle

After the series finale, three of the four best friends starred in a single-season spinoff called “The Golden Palace.” Rose, Blanche and Sophia invested in and ran the hotel. Nothing against the ladies, but I don’t think they’d make it at the Carlyle, a fabulous spot on Ocean Drive.

The Carlyle, South Beach, photo by Phillip Pessar

Whenever you go, plan your Miami trip here.

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