In a city as vibrant and full of life as Miami, finding a little peace and quiet can be difficult. Fortunately for those looking for a serene sanctuary, the Deering Estate at Cutler is a short drive away. When the weather is right–which in Miami is nearly every day–pack a picnic basket and grab a blanket for a romantic day date with your sweetheart. The estate was originally the home of businessman and philanthropist Charles Deering, who built the main house and outbuildings in the early 1900s, cultivating the fields and gardens to resemble the opulent estates of the northeast. Today it’s a public park favored by visitors looking for a rare glimpse at a unique slice of Florida history, as well as nature lovers curious to see the largest virgin coastal tropical hardwood hammock in the continental United States. Enjoy your lunch under the shade of a leafy tree, then take a guided tour of the Stone House and the Richmond Cottage, both preserved to their original state. If a history lesson doesn’t interest you on this particular day, a walk along the Mangrove Boardwalk should be in order. As you stroll hand-in-hand along the path, keep an eye out for colorful butterflies and songbirds, a perfect complement to a pair of lovebirds like yourselves.