It’s not any different from a week-end ‘golf package’ at your favorite Beach resort, or jetting away for a ‘week-end gambling junket’ at some fancy hotel in Las Vegas, but an ‘art lover’s week-end’ in Miami? Yeah! That’s different, but an adventure nonetheless.
Clinton, Virginia resident Sandra and her significant other came across this website last February while internet surfing one evening after dinner for a very special kind of Florida week-end ‘fun in the sun’ get away. Sandy said the weather last February in Clinton, a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington DC was at its absolute worse. “Chica and I simply needed to get away for two or three days” she said.
Sandy is a tax attorney and her partner a CPA. Both are hard core art aficionados but favoring different genres of the arts. Sandi is into sculpture or trying to get into it, while Chica is more the serious nature photographer type who would not think of leaving their luxury condo, any day or anytime of the day, without her D300s SLR Nikon hanging over her shoulder. Sandy and Chica wanted to do something different … but fun.
The ‘art lover’s weekend’ creation in Metropolitan Miami is the brainchild of Nina Eberlijn, Concierge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami. She structured a two-day art immersion adventure program of sorts with a lot of free time to enjoy the City. “This was perfect for us because we got to explore our passion first and foremost, then we got to people watch at Bayside, at SoBe and to enjoy the Miami scene without any stress whatsoever” Chica said.
Nina’s ‘art weekend escape’ begins with (Day 1) exploring the Wynwood Art District area, just off Biscayne Boulevard, and pretty much spending a day there. The Wynwood Art district is considered Miami’s epicenter for the visual arts. Day 2 you get to have breakfast on South Beach and then, at around 10:30 a.m. or so, you’re off on a walking tour of the Art Deco district of Miami Beach.
In 1979 Miami Beach‘s Art Deco Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States because it has the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world. On Miami Beach, one can see the ‘deco’ influence in hotels, apartments and on other structures erected between 1923 and 1943. After the Art Deco experience you’re pretty much on your own to enjoy whatever Miami Beach and SoBe has to offer which is nonstop.
Nina’s ‘art week-end escape’ is just the thing for a Thursday night arrival into Miami with a scheduled departure anytime the following Sunday. Having an all day Friday and Saturday free to roam and enjoy cultural and artistic Miami is quite an artsy experience in Metropolitan Miami.
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