Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Lincoln Road 
         
Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, Florida is a road restricted to just pedestrian traffic. It lies parallel from east to west between 16th Street and 17th Street. Where cars once traveled, shoppers can now enjoy a multitude of stores, galleries, restaurants, and businesses that stretch form the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay.
The History of Lincoln Road

The area where Lincoln Road is found was once a forest of mangroves. Carl Fisher cleared a strip of these in 1912 that eventually became the social center of the town. Over time it became a prime location for businesses including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bonwit Teller, and Packard and Cadillac dealerships.

Morris Lapidus was asked to redesign Lincoln Road in the 1950s. His design featured fountains, gardens, an amphitheater, and shelters with Miami Modern Architecture predominate. The road was then closed to all traffic except pedestrians making it the first pedestrian mall in the country.

Lincoln Road remained the same until a renovation in 1997 by Martha Schwartz. Fountains and landscaping that had deteriorated during the 1980s were restored. Today’s Lincoln Road is the home of a multiplex cinema, several local merchants, more than 200 boutiques, many national retailers, and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. It has become one of the top destinations for South Beach visitors.
Things to Do At Lincoln Road

The shopping is what draws visitors in. Lincoln Road takes on the atmosphere of an open air market with wares like hand crafted jewelry, homemade items, and origami displayed on card tables set along the road side or on textiles spread across the ground. On the weekends you can find a variety of food market stands selling everything from local produce to baked treats.

Lincoln Road isn’t just a flea market type of experience. This area is home to name brand stores too. Spend your afternoon browsing through trendy spots like Forever 21 and H & M. Top brands are found here such as J. Crew, Madewell, Lacoste, and John Varvatos. Unique shops like Books and Books, The Apple Store, and the Romero Britto Gallery are also scattered among the businesses.

There is no shortage of eateries on Lincoln Road. Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or a fancy dinner, they have it covered. It is also the place to be for a cup of coffee or a casual drink. Nespresso offers all the latest tastes in coffee. Grab a cup and enjoy the seating that comes with the perfect view for people watching. Later you can enjoy a cocktail at Haven. This place has an electric vibe and stunning views of the surrounding area.

Be sure to take the time to explore Lincoln Road on your next visit to Miami Beach. Along with plenty of shopping and dining, this pedestrian mall features street performers for your entertainment. There are several places to stay nearby like the
Marseilles Hotel with accommodations along the shore.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Miami Fashion Week

Miami Fashion Week is the largest fashion event for Caribbean and Latin American fashion designers. This week long show happens every year in the spring and features Latin and
general fashions from beachwear designs and intimate wear to evening and menswear. The designs often cater to the main culture and lifestyle in Miami.

The 2017 event will be the 19th anniversary of Miami Fashion Week. This year, it will feature Antonio Banderas who has been the MFW's honorary president since the fashion week last year. He is excited to play this role as he understands the important of fashion and also admires many of MFW's prominent designers. Also attending are top fashion designers who will also headline as speakers to the delight of the Miami Fashion Institute and Miami Dade College students who will be attending. Guests will be able to shop, view hundreds of pieces by many prominent designers, attend the many runway fashion shows and even rub elbows with celebrities both in the fashion world and from other areas.

The Fashions

It's always exciting to see what creations will be brought onto the runway. Last Year's lineup was pretty spectacular.

Ana Maria Guiulfo's designs have been featured in fashion shows since 2007. Her pieces offer a breath of fresh air while still being wearable.

Yirko Sivirich was another designer that caught everyone's attention last year. This Peruvian's designs for men include suit jackets, dress shirts and one-of-a-kind over wear. He also has some novelty pieces that are made up of bright colors, flowery designs and pinks for men and cool loose fitting clothing that are a welcome change from the norm.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada creates designs that clearly show some of the differences between Caribbean and Latin American designs and designs from other parts of the world. She designs clothes for men, women and children. Her designs are fun, light, sweet, and one collection featuring lovable casual wear for women is even given the name "Crazy Forever".

Andres Sarda's designs from Barcelona are bold and breathtaking. He designs a lot of lingerie and swimwear, but there are some day wear fashion pieces for women. He had the runway all to himself last year, and when you see his designs you will know why.

Rene Ruiz is another designer who secured his own personal runway at the 2016 Miami Fashion Week. His designs are both luxurious in style and in the textiles used. He grew up in Miami, and a lot of his ideas and inspiration is from this city. He designs dresses and gowns for women with painstaking detail, and has been the go-to fashion designer for celebrities for years now.

Whether you are an aspiring designer or you love fashion, you will enjoy the surprises 2017 Miami Fashion Week has in store.

Those who love fashion and are excited to go to MFW can get into the swing of things by downloading the MIAFW app and booking a Miami Beach Hotel before it's too late.

Whether you would like to be a sponsor, get your foot in the door as press or you are interested as a buyer, now is the time to go to the official site: http://miamifashionweek.com/ and registe
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tours of Miami Beach Abound


If you haven’t visited Miami Beach before, it’s advisable to look for a guided tour that will show you the places you want to see. Even if you’ve been here before, a tour is the best way to experience as much of the wonderful Miami Beach scene as possible and not be confined to following a map. Whether you want to see it by air, water or ground, you will not lack choice. Many of the tours should be scheduled ahead of time due to limited space. Most will pick you up at your Miami Beach hotel. It’s best to check in advance and be sure of pricing, times and where to meet. The more information you have up front, the more you can relax and enjoy your time in Miami Beach.

Boat Tours
The locals will tell you that the best way to see the sights is by boat. Several different types of boat tours are available. Whether you prefer bayside speedboats, duck boats, sailboats, private yachts, fully-narrated sightseeing boats, Zodiac RIB boats for small adventures or individual jetski, parasailing or deep-sea fishing excursions, an amazing list of experiences await. Depending on the time you have and the amount you want to spend, the choice is yours. Most of the points covered include the Miami Skyline, Miami Beach Marina, Biscayne Bay, Flagler Monument, Fisher Island, Port of Miami as well as sightings of celebrity homes along the shore. Airboats are also available for a tour of the Everglades only one hour south of Miami Beach. Hangliding, paddleboarding, waterskiing, jetboarding, kayaking, hot air ballooning and kiteboarding also lure the adventurer.

Land Tours
Tour the area by bus, car, bike or your own two feet. Double-decker buses where you can hop on and off, golf cart tours, pedicab tours, antique car tours and Segway and bike rentals take you through the heart of the city and along the beaches. You can even combine a bus and a boat for a full day's enjoyment. Specialty tours include pub crawls, club tours, rainbow club tours, culinary tours, shopping tours, local guide tours, art deco cocktail tours, and combinations of the above. It only takes a bit of research, maybe asking at your hotel, or a travel professional to get the most of your visit to Miami Beach.

Coastal plane rides and helicopters
From 15 minutes over Hollywood to one hour and 20 minutes gliding over the entire Florida coast, many air tours are available. Miami Beach Tour, for example, is a 30-minute ride over the spectacular shoreline including Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Ball Harbor, Port of Miami, Fisher and Star Islands and the world renowned South Beach. Even a romantic skyride at sunset can be booked.

The companies range from private tours run by two people to large, group accommodating ventures. Be knowledgeable and get a recommendation before you book. Miami Beach caters to all and the adventures are waiting for you
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Top Ten Things to See When Visiting Miami Beach

As the world's busiest cruise port, Miami is Florida's perfect host for visitors from around the world. Miami is packed with things to see and do from endless shopping opportunities to trendy nightlife. We have narrowed the list down drastically to highlight the top ten things to see in Miami.

1.Little Havana

To experience little Havana is to experience the sights, smells, and sounds of the Cuban district of Miami. Though most don't live there, this neighborhood is Miami Cuban's pride and joy. Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) is the main drag and reflects the life so many Cubans left behind after 1959 when Castro came to power.

2.Lincoln Road

Think of Lincoln Road as the Fifth Avenue of Miami. Browse art galleries, bookstores, and high-end boutiques at this street mall. Our Miami Beach Hotel is two blocks from all the action on Lincoln Road.

3.Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive, nicknamed The American Riviera is only four blocks from the Dorchester. It's in the heart of the Art Deco District/ This area in South Beach is the place to be for the best Miami has to offer in clubs, restaurants, and nightlife. It has a lively boardwalk and a cool, pristine park.

4. Key Biscayne

A stop in Key Biscayne is a must. The drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway is stunning, and the beaches are Miami's best. This sliver of land is between two major parks-Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.


5. Seaquarium

At Miami's Seaquarium, visitors will learn about Florida's fascinating resources. The Seaquarium's rescue and release program for sea animals will amaze you. You can even get in the water and get up close with the friendly dolphins.


6. Coconut Grove

Historic Coconut Grove with its Bahamian influences is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or bike ride. The streets are shaded with giant oak trees, and plenty of bay front parks are available for relaxing.

7. Jungle Island

Formally Parrot Island, Jungle Island has grown to be much more than parrots. Now you can meet Hercules the liger (part lion, part tiger) and a "Crocosaurus" named Hank. Jungle Island is located on Watson Island in Biscayne Bay.

8. Coral Gables

Swanky hotels, boutique shopping, and lush parks abound at this old Florida neighborhood founded in 1925.Although it lacks in waterfront views, you will find an old aquifer pool here. Coral Gables is also popular for its nightlife.

9. Surfside

If culturally diverse cuisine is your thing, don't miss a side trip to Surfside, the uptown beach town. It also has miles of beautiful beaches and is also known for its agenda of family-oriented activities.

10. Wynwood Walls

Art lovers won't want to miss the ever-changing display of large scale murals at Wynwood Walls. The walls are in an old warehouse district. The outdoor art work is spread among six buildings between NW 25th and 26th Streets.
As the world's busiest cruise port, Miami is Florida's perfect host for visitors from around the world. Miami is packed with things to see and do from endless shopping opportunities to trendy nightlife. We have narrowed the list down drastically to highlight the top ten things to see in Miami.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Miami Beach Art Deco Distric

The Art Deco District located in Miami Beach, Florida is part of the Register of Historic Places due to the historical significance of 800 buildings. Most of these were constructed between 1923 and 1943. The buildings are gorgeous with sleek curves, porthole styled windows, terrazzo flooring, glass blocks and shiny chrome.

Many of the buildings fly flags from the ocean liners that used the dock in the 1930's. The hotels are luxurious and extravagant. The Marseilles Hotel is in Miami Beach's heart and soul.
The Marseilles Hotel combines comfort, sophistication, serenity and charm. There are photographs available at http://www.marseilleshotel.com/.

The entire area is reminiscent of a postcard and has always drawn the biggest of Hollywood stars such as Rita Hayworth, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. It is no wonder when just a couple steps takes you to beaches filled with sapphire waves and golden sand. The skyline is stunning and nothing short of magnificent. Musicians sing and play instruments in the park filling the air with rhythm.

The Miami Preservation League was founded in 1976 and makes its home here. They have stopped the bulldozers and restored numerous hotels to the days of their grandeur. Their tours are fascinating and brochures and colorful books are available.

The Spanish styled mansion that once housed the Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace is a must see. This 1930 residence is named Casa Casaurina. This is now a private mansion featuring amazing parties.

There is even a tower twelve stories tall which was designed by L. Murray Dixon in 1936. This is an art deco monolith with beautiful porthole windows. The curves on the building are the epitome of art deco.

The buildings are restored and you can see the original light sconces, furniture and woodwork. There are illustrious collections of art, deco pools and waterfalls. Esther Williams used the outline of the waterfall in movies from the forties and fifties. MTV filmed a dance show in the same location several decades later. How much more luxurious can it be than to have a poolside bar with full service right next to a wood burning pizza oven.

There is so much to see and do in the Deco Art District. Lincoln Road is an outdoor mall with the most charming shops and boutiques. This entire area is steeped in history, stories, beauty, elegance and class. This is a place everyone should see only one visit will never be enough.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winter Music Conference

Long before EDM (electronic dance music, for those who don't know yet) became known as EDM, Miami's annual Winter Music Conference has been bringing artists, DJs, industry representatives, and aficionados together to celebrate the music and debate its direction. The conference has grown and developed over its 32-year history to become, as Amanda Savage described it for the Phoenix New Times in March, 2014, "the EDM world's most influential industry conference." She added, "It's a "Who's Who" of world-renowned DJs, beatsmiths, producers, mixmasters, and other EDM movers and shakers."

Bring Your Business Cards and Demos

The Winter Music Conference is attended not only by EDM creators, but also by artist management agencies, record label/A & R representatives, booking agents, venue and event promoters, music promoters, marketing and public relations agencies, advertising and brand activation agencies, and online music retailers, any of whom might become interested in promoting you and your work. You could meet a representative from a recording studio who might offer a contract or at least the chance to cut a demo. You could meet someone who might be interested in shooting a video. You could meet a representative from a video and visual services company or an event production company that could help you with the visuals, sound, lighting, and staging that would add more excitement to your performances. So, as EDM.com advised those planning to attend WMC 2015, "print lots of business cards and talk to every single person you encounter. You never know how the person next to you could help you achieve your dream."

WMC's Impact

The Winter Music Conference is one of the most highly publicized events for EDM. In 2016, nearly 2,000 artists and DJs took part in almost 400 performances at over 100 venues that included clubs as well as beach locations. The conference draws attendees from more than 70 countries. During the course of a year, the WMC website receives more than one billion unique viewer media impressions, and, during the 2016 season, more than 2,000,000 people from 209 territories and countries logged on to the site.

Seminars, Workshops, Competitions, Awards, Networking, and Parties


The Winter Music Conference combines club and beach parties with opportunities to learn how to take your career and skills to the next step. The parties are your chance to have fun and hear what's new from established EDM artists and DJs, but don't forget to introduce yourself, find out who people are, and let them know who you are. You never know what connections you might make. If you attend the Remixing and Editing Workshop, you can improve your skills and your music. At the Demo Listening Workshop, you can get the kind of feedback from the experts that will turn your demo into one that convinces them to sign you. At the panel discussions, you'll hear about the latest trends and issues within EDM. At the Q & A sessions, you can get your questions answered. You'll find the latest products, service, and technology on display at the two-day exhibit show. Enjoy, but watch, listen, learn, and be inspired as the master's compete during the VJ Challenge and the Scratching and Beat Matching DJ Spinoffs.

How to Register

You can register online or download the registration form from the Winter Music Conference site and email, fax, or mail it. The Conference runs from March 21 through March 24, 2017. Discounts are available for early registration. Deadline dates for discounts are February 24, 2017 for $150 off, and March 17, 2017 for $100 off. Full price admission is $495. Registration includes the WMC Sample Sack, free or reduced admission to WMC Official and Sanctioned Events, and access to the List and all other events, seminars, panels, Q & A's, and workshops with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshop. The List will help you plan your time so that you don't miss a thing.

Email: info@wintermusicconference.com
Fax Number: (954) 563-1599
Mail Address:
Winter Music Conference
3450 NE 12th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Make your Winter Music Conference hotel reservations at GoMiamiBeach.com now.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Where to Stay when Attending the Miami Boat Show

                           

When you are looking to indulge yourself in one of the most immersive boat show experiences in the world, head to Florida for the Miami Boat Show. The Miami Boat Show has been hailed as one of the greatest boat shows in the world by boating and sailing enthusiast for many years due to the amazing exhibits and boats on location. With daily seminars, water sports demos, amazing food options, and over 1,300 boats, you will never have a dull moment at the Miami Boat Show.

Visiting Miami is an experience that will be remembered for many years to come. The amazing local culture will make for a great vacation of fun in the sun, great entertainment, delicious foods, and a taste of the luxurious life. A big part of a great trip to Miami is choosing the right accommodations. There are many different hotels to choose from in the Miami area. It is important to choose from the best hotels in order to have the best experience at the Miami Boat Show.

When choosing the right hotel for your Miami vacation, you must do your research. Some of the amenities you will want to look for when booking a hotel include dining options, swimming facilities, beach access and location. There are many online reviews that will give you a better idea of what type of service and accommodations you will be looking forward to during your stay at any given hotel. Take time to look at online videos and photos of each hotel as well.
The Marseilles Hotel is a great example of a beachfront hotel that will give you an amazing experience during your Miami Boat Show vacation. Located in the heart of Miami's Art Deco District, you are bound to get a solid dose of local culture and entertainment staying on the ocean side of Collins Avenue. Just a few blocks from the convention center, you will have only a short walk to the boat show. If you want to spend time on the beach, you will only have to walk out of the hotel  to swim in the warm South Beach waters. Shopping is one of the favorite activities of guests who stay at the Marseilles Hotel due to the close proximity of the Lincoln Road Mall. If you are looking for a more relaxing and quiet experience, take advantage of the oasis that is available to guest out back.

Enjoying your Miami vacation can be a very easy thing to do when you take the time to plan accordingly. The Miami Boat Show might even turn into an annual tradition for your friends or family which will bring you to warmer climates and more relaxed cultures each year. Treat yourself this year not only to an amazing show but an amazing stay in one of the most exciting cities in America. Take a deep look at which hotel you will choose, at it can make a very big difference in the overall experience of your trip.