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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.
This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.
Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.
Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.
Miami is known for a lot of things - beautiful beaches, the nightlife, shopping, and huge frozen cocktails.
On a recent trip to Miami Beach we were bombarded by hostesses offering 2-for-1 drink specials, 60 oz strawberry daiquiris, and martinis the size of our heads. We resisted falling into the giant drink tourist trap, but it did get us wondering: if you wanted to drown yourself in a mammoth Miami frozen margarita, where's the best place to go?
Here's a look at three Miami joints doing frozen drinks right:
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Next week is Valentine's Day and, if you haven't even begun to think about what gift to get your honey to show your affection, take it from us that plane tickets trump flowers or chocolates any day. With that, just any old city won't do to make the holiday a memorable getaway, so picking the perfect romantic destination is key.
From lovey-dovey beach weekends to a high-style cities, the United States offers up some perfect locations to be shot by Cupid's arrow. Put your passport away for once, as we've compiled the most romantic locations around the country to spend this V-Day with your loved one.
The 2nd annual Miami Beer Festival is less than two weeks away but it's not too late to get tickets.
The fest brings together dozens of craft, international, and local breweries on the Sun Life Stadium field. This year's featured breweries include Kona, Redhook, Widmer, Shock Top, Goose Island, Estrella, Vermont Hard Cider, Abita, Anchor, Sam Adams, Orange Blossom, Bells, Brooklyn, Miami Brewing, Harpoon, Florida Beer Company, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, Lagunitas, World of Beer, Ommegang, and Hollywood Organic.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Miami to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sunshine, sand, and stunning surroundings Miami is a great place to ring in the New Year. They certainly have something for everyone, as it’s a perfect place to do your thing among the beautiful people at various clubs, hotels, and bars. At the same time they have plenty of traditional stuff to do, as it’s easy to find some fireworks along the water.
For those looking for more of a club scene to welcome 2014 you can pretty much just make your way along the main strip in South Beach, and you’ll see plenty of options. At Nikki Beach Miami they’re celebrating with what they’re calling Glitz and Glam, and it can all be yours for just $100 per person. That includes private fireworks at midnight, a champagne toast, and a chance to overpay for drinks all night long—we kid, we kid. Other nightclub options include an open bar over at SET for $150 per person including three hours of open bar, and W Hotel South Beach is doing stuff at both of their clubs Wet and Wall—with the fun at the latter location going on to 5am.
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This weekend sees the conclusion of yet another successful Art Basel Miami Beach, the modern art fair that annually draws over 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. It's a good time, trust, but it's actually only one of a set of three Art Basel events every year. If you enjoy yourself at one, add it to your iCal to collect all three in 2014:
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This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:
· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.
· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.
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Milan is quite the hotspot lately, but then when hasn't that been the case?
Joining the aircraft on Malpensa Airport's tarmac is another American Airlines plane, as AA has just begun a new nonstop route from Miami to Milan. To properly celebrate the launch for these two capitals of style, American is asking travelers to tweet a quick video showing off a short runway walk.
Granted, you won't have the same backdrop as the video above, but it doesn't matter how well you sashay so long as you enter the contest. One winner will be chosen by random drawing to claim two roundtrip tickets from any US city served by American Airlines, to Milan.
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We told you yesterday Justin Timberlake and Jay Z are in Miami tonight to perform their last concert in their Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour. But we just learned about a special, super-secret Justin Timberlake concert being held at midnight at The Fillmore Miami Beach.
Apparently in a partnership between JT and MasterCard, the cool crooner is hosting an "Intimate Priceless Miami Performance" at the stroke of 12, right after his show at the Sun Life Stadium. Woo! Man must have a lot of energy to go back-to-back like that.
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Our sister site HotelChatter has been hanging in Miami for the last two weeks, and now it's perfect timing to take advantage of Miami Spice, the food-fest that stretches until September 30. If you've never participated, this is the time to hit the hot South Beach and Downtown Miami restaurants you've always wanted to try, but couldn't otherwise afford.
Over 170 restaurants are participating this year, including a few new spots in the up-and-coming artist-friendly Wynwood nabe in additionto Downtown Miami.
The premise: Get three-course meals for a song. Lunches are $19 or $23 and dinners are $33 or $39. And all feature signature dishes found on the "regular" menu, so you're assured a quality meal created by these renowned chefs.
Here are 7 restaurants worth hitting up while you're in town:
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Haven't yet made plans for USA's birthday celebrations next week? If your palms just got sweaty and you panicked a little bit, we've got you covered with our picks of the best ways to ring in the 237th year this fine country has been a republic.
Maybe you just convinced your boss to give you the long Fourth of July weekend off or maybe you simply need a getaway; whatever the reason, so long as you're looking to get your year's fill of fireworks, hot dogs and potato salad, these are the places for you:
During a recent stay at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, we mentioned to a local how we were looking to explore the local nightlife scene. He rattled off a few nearby bars, none of them too appealing, and then casually mentioned a male strip club about five miles away in North Miami Beach.
He even had a car, he said, and could give us a ride.
Four hours later, we were zipping down Biscayne Boulevard on our way to Swinging Richards.