College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017

Are you in? Here’s where to go and what to do when you’re there.

CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA

Hard Rock Stadium, December 30th, 8 p.m. ET 

Miami vs. Wisconsin

 

Looks like a home game for the Miami Hurricanes, who play regular season games in the Hard Rock Stadium, so this one’s for the Badgers.

 

(Click on the bolded names of places we suggest below to visit their sites)

 

 

 

STAY

 

Stadium Hotel is the closest to the game, and while it is not the finest by luxury standards, it’s easy. Save some bucks and sleep here if you’d rather explore more of what Miami has to offer.

 

Provident Luxury Suites

 

 

Provident Luxury Suites, Fisher Island is a private beach resort that was once the 216-acre winter estate of the William K. Vanderbilt family. Guests gain access by auto-ferry or, even better, yacht, and it boasts views of the iconic Miami skyline. Three-bedroom oceanfront suites are 3,000 square feet and the property has six options for dining. What football game?

 

1 Hotel pool

 

1 Hotels South Beach location offers luxury with a side of reclaimed materials. Experience a natural setting with all the modern amenities imaginable, with 600 feet (or two football fields) of glorious white sandy beaches. They are home to the first Bamford Haybarn Spa in the U.S. and have a 2,600-square-foot SoulCycle studio. There is also a Seedlings program, so kids can stay occupied by learning about planting trees and shell hunting on the beach.

 

Hammock o’clock at Four Seasons

 

Four Seasons Miami, just a block from Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami, has everything you’d expect from a Four Seasons resort. Relax by the main two-acre pool with a fruity drink, or lounge around in the knee-deep Palm Grove pool in a beach chair. They also offer the Private Jet Tropical Tee and Golf tour if you’d like to make a week out of it and play on three world-renowned championship golf courses in three tropical destinations. It’ll set you back a cool $132,000, but that’s if you bring seven of our closest friends, or only $16,500 per person.

 

Edge Steak’s Berkshire Pork Tomahawk with Smashed Sweet Potato a la plancha

 

EAT

 

Edge Steak & Bar in the Four Seasons offers a farm-to-table experience inspired by Miami’s local and Latin flavors, combined with Chef Aaron Brooks’s Australian roots.

 

 

Ceviche Frutos dei mar***CVI.CHE105***

CVI.CHE 105 is an award-winning Peruvian restaurant with two locations–one in downtown and one in South Beach–owned by Chef Juan Chipoco, a native of Lima. Offerings include an array of unique ceviches, as well as traditional Peruvian cuisine.  

 

Zuma brings Chef Rainer Becker’s internationally acclaimed modern Japanese cuisine straight to the center of Miami. The restaurant’s design was created by Tokyo-based Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt, formerly of the design house Super Potato.

 

La Mar by Gastón Acurio is another fantastic Peruvian restaurant with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Chef Acurio often has Asian-inspired takes on Peruvian food and even has a dish that features the largest fish from the Amazon river.

 

Housed in an old Art Deco building that was once a private residence, gourmet pizzeria CRUST is the creation of chef and owner Klime Kovaceski and his Australian wife Anita. If your bowl-going buddies can’t find something to eat here, you may need new buddies.

 

 

DO

 

Charter a yacht or rent your dream luxury car and drive it to El Tucán Cabaret. Go shopping. Or just relax. You’re in Miami.

 

 

For a complete listing of this year’s bowl games and full TV schedule, visit www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/cfpbowls2017/2017-18-college-football-playoff-bowl-schedule.

 

Check out these links for the rest of our College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017:

 

ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

 

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

 

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL GLENDALE, ARIZONA

 

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC ARLINGTON, TEXAS

 

CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL ATLANTA, GEORGIA

 

CITRUS BOWL PRESENTED BY OVERTON’S ORLANDO, FLORIDA

 

OUTBACK BOWL TAMPA, FLORIDA

 

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE