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Miami Beach Survival Guide

About Miami Beach Located at the southern-most tip of Florida, Miami Beach is like a scintillating, multifaceted diamond encrusted upon the toe of an elegant gilded sandal. A once sleepy, swath

What’s Happening in Miami Beach June 2014

A visit to Miami wouldn’t be complete without experiencing at least some of the highlights that this gorgeous city has to offer. Start off with these recommendations from a local.

The Art of Frequent Business Travel

The Art of Frequent Business Travel Being a frequent business traveler is a balancing act filled with incredible rewards but unique challenge. Sometimes you can’t wait to get out there

David Beckham’s Miami Plan

One of the worlds most beloved and famed soccer players, David Beckham has big plans for Miami. Like many Englishmen, he wants more time in the sun and to plant

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Miami Beach

Saint Patrick’s Day Miami Beach 2014 This weekend, everyone is Irish!  Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t until Monday, March 17, but with a holiday America has centered around fun times, green

Miami Beach Survival Guide

Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach

About Miami Beach

Located at the southern-most tip of Florida, Miami Beach is like a scintillating, multifaceted diamond encrusted upon the toe of an elegant gilded sandal. A once sleepy, swath of mangroves, Spanish Moss and Tequesta Indian swampland, Miami has blossomed into a modern, pulsating city with an invigorating and heart-palpitating signature rhythm. Youthful, energetic, exhilarating, Miami/South Beach is the reflection of the many people and influences who have succumbed to her charms and remained steadfast in her beguiling web. And Miami Beach proudly wears the face of her multicultural unique heritage with the variety of regional museums, local art galleries and multitudes of cafés al aire libre. But with all Miami’s five-star restaurants, popular shopping malls and outdoor activities, where do you start?

  1. Beaches:

    A visit to the coastal beaches and the pounding Atlantic surf is a must on your Miami/South Beach vacation. With miles of uninterrupted beachfront, all you will need is a bathing suit and a gallon of sunblock to keep the tropical sunrays at bay. Of course, you may want to bring a little coverup especially when some of the area’s bronzed and beautiful people start showing up. While vacationing in the South Beach area, meander along Ocean Drive and 5th Street, and follow the sand until you can dip those sun-starved toes into the ocean. Just think of it as a little beach therapy.

  2. Shopping:

    Lincoln Mall is shopping nirvana. Retail stores of every name, genus and description abound. Whether you are seeking the more touristy route of t-shirts, towels and postcards or are looking for trendier fashions, Lincoln Mall will not disappoint. With blocks of open air restaurants and pedestrian-friendly walkways, you might even be tempted to try a flavored hookah or two.

  3. Mojito made with rum, lime, sugar, mint, club soda, served in a tall glass.Mojitos: 

    Okay, maybe they’re not on the top of everyone’s list, but if ever you were to indulge in this refreshing minty libation, South Beach would provide the ideal incarnation. With a flirty pinch of bitter citrus, a kiss of simple syrup and a punch of rum, all you need is a balmy breeze and a comfortable lounge chair to fully appreciate.

At the end of the day, Miami is the culmination of her folksy southern charm, ethnic cultures and beachside enclaves. She permeates a breath of signature local dishes enjoyed throughout the balmy equatorial breezes and plumes of acrid cigar smoke. Visiting this tropical paradise is more than a primer in history; it is a vacation for all the senses. Bring the whole family, and experience what Miami has to offer.

Visit ChicPlaceAtLincoln.com for more information about renting furnished apartments with washers and dryers in every apartment, just steps away from dining, shops, and that Miami flavor, perfect for your next vacation.

What’s Happening in Miami Beach June 2014

A visit to Miami wouldn’t be complete without experiencing at least some of the highlights that this gorgeous city has to offer. Start off with these recommendations from a local.

Eat and Drink

Hit up Joe’s Stone Crab for a taste of Hollywood. This famous 100-year-old Miami hot spot at 11 Washington Avenue was featured in the movie “The Mean Season,” and remains a favorite dining destination for the likes of J. Lo and the Kardashian clan. Open for dinner in June on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 6-10, Friday & Saturday, 6-11. Belly up to the bar as early as 5 p.m. in your clean and casual attire that does not include beachwear.

Florida Stone Crabs - Miami Beach

Don’t leave Miami without dropping in on Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti. Get there before 9 p.m. and enjoy $2.50 well drinks and pitchers of Bud, Bud Light and American Ale for only six bucks, plus other specials. This hidden gem at 5501 NE 2nd Avenue has live music many nights in June. If you’re a fan of jazz you won’t want to miss The Miami Jazz Jam & The Theater de Underground on June 16th and 23rd ,2014. Strictly an alluring grunge atmosphere.

Step it up a notch with a visit to the Meat Market at 915 Lincoln Road in South Beach, which is just a short walk from Chic Place at Lincoln Boutique Hotel. Sip on some of the most exotic cocktails in South Beach. Happy hour is on Fridays from 5 to 8pm, when you can enjoy select premium cocktails for $7. Tempt your taste buds with this sexy twist on a traditional steakhouse restaurant. Reservations recommended.

Get Tangled UpSalsa Classes in Miami Beach- What to do in Miami Beach

Sizzle up the dance floor while you learn the Argentine Tango at the Tango Times Dance Company in North Miami Beach. This is perfect for soaking up that Miami flare, moving your body, and having fun! Classes are Thursday nights from 8 to 11pm. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

Laugh Out Loud

Try your luck at Magic Jack Casino. After you’re finished winning a small fortune at poker, slots or racing, laugh all the way to the bank while you enjoy the live comedic entertainment trio of Rob Base, Debbie Deb and Lisette Melendez, starting at 7:30 on June 13th. Reserve your tickets over the phone for convenience. Your admission price includes a drink and dessert samples.

Get Dolled Up

Speaking of the Kardashians, you can get dolled up at the famous Dash Miami store at 668 Collins Avenue in South Beach. Bring your camera and your credit card. You’ll need both in case you run into one of the well-known owners. You know who we mean.

Get Wet

Spend a day at the Miami Seaquarium at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Plan a dolphin encounter that is appropriate for adults and responsible children between the ages of 5-9. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

See Dolphins Play in Miami Beach - Miami Seaquarium

For even more information, check out our EAT, SEE, and PLAY pages at ChicPlaceAtLincoln.com or call our office to help plan your vacation days in Miami. Whether here for business or pleasure, we want your trip to be memorable and simply delightful!

 

The Art of Frequent Business Travel

The Art of Frequent Business Travel

Being a frequent business traveler is a balancing act filled with incredible rewards but unique challenge. Sometimes you can’t wait to get out there to tackle the latest and greatest opportunity and other times the journey itself challenges every inch of patience you have. Delayed flights, car rental reservations lost in the system, no WIFI in the public WIFI zone, and the universal frustration of your smartphone letting you know that you only have 5% battery life left. But at the end of day, the job is done, you’ve got some new stories to tell, and let’s face it, it beats sitting at the same desk around the same people for 40 hours a week.

Frequent travelers are in a class of their own. They’ve mastered the art of getting from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible all while getting work done along the way. It’s an incredible skill when you stop to think about it and the only way to acquire it is in the trenches. They scoff at the novice traveler trying to figure out where to go for his connecting flight, “get out of my way you over packed rookie!” It brings to mind a New York City native pushing their way right through lost tourists trying to make sense of it all.

Traveling is a system best suited for the well-traveled and the prepared. Like any system, many of its moving parts are dependent on each other. One chink in the armor and boom, potential disaster! Have you ever thought the types of skills you have developed? Time management is the first skill that comes to mind. How do you make the most out of every minute and turn challenges into opportunities? Flight delayed? No time to fret, time to get the iPad out and shoot off those emails you were planning to send while you were waiting to depart. Now that’s done, which pushes up the proposal you were planning to review when you landed to takeoff. Before you know it that seemingly annoying delay has bought you more time and in the end you can watch the football game in the hotel tonight because you crossed every item off your to-do list with time to spare. Nice!

So, how do you do it? How do you keep it all together in the face of all the little things that could go wrong? If you have some golden frequent travels tips please do share!

David Beckham’s Miami Plan

One of the worlds most beloved and famed soccer players, David Beckham has big plans for Miami. Like many Englishmen, he wants more time in the sun and to plant some roots in this vibrant city. His plan is to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami and wants the city to help build a new arena in PortMiami. But there are few problems.

David Beckham Miami

First, the world’s busiest cruise port also houses the world’s 2nd biggest cruise company, Royal Carribean. They argue that added traffic would interfere with their cruise line operations and add to congestion in the Biscayne Bay area. Coincidentally, the world’s largest cruise line and Royal Carribean’s top competitors, Carnival Cruises is owned by Micky Arison, the owner of the Miami Heat.

The second problem is tax payer funding but if they built an arena for the Miami Marlins you’d have to think they’d grant David Beckham’s wishes. David Beckham isn’t taking any chances and has even hired a lobbyist to help convince the Florida legislature to help him fund the project.

Miami has no lack of celebrity athletes but Miami always has room for more. Just take a look down the road from where David Beckham wants to build a stadium – the two-time defending champions Miami Heat, which features a super-star trio of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Celebrity wise, David Beckham is on the same level as Lebron James, if you consider they both raked in $42 million in endorsement deals in 2013, according to Forbes magazine. There have already been rumors circulating on the internet that Lebron James could join the ownership group headed by David Beckham. Would Lebron James team up with another major athlete? He’s already done it before (Dwayne Wade) so who knows?

First off, Mr. Beckham has to convince Miami-Dade to lease them the ultra-valuable space. He envisions the new soccer stadium ushering in a new commercial district that could house new hotels, shops, and retail space. I say, give Mr. Beckham his stadium and let him bring another major league sports championship to Miami. After all, he’s shown that he is an astute business man; already having negotiated a Major League Soccer franchising fee of $25 million (other owners pay $70 million). Only time will tell it Miami can finally become the soccer town that everyone thinks it could be.

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Miami Beach

Saint Patrick’s Day Miami Beach 2014

This weekend, everyone is Irish!  Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t until Monday, March 17, but with a holiday America has centered around fun times, green beer, yummy food, and sing-a-long music and dancing, it’s sure to attract some celebrating the weekend prior as well as the holiday itself.

What to do in Miami Beach for Saint Patrick's Day

Miami has tons to choose from for St. Paddy’s celebrating, so you will need to narrow down your choices.  Although there are a ton of activities and parties all over Brickell, Coral Gables and Tobacco Road, don’t rule out South Beach for having some of the best times for Irish Cheer this weekend and on Monday.

Here are some places around Miami Beach that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with events, specials, music, and of course plenty of fun.

Playwright Irish Pub

Here it’s always Irish, so even though their main St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is on Monday, there will be the traditional Irish fare on menu, Irish whiskey and beers to pour, and the atmosphere will make you think you could be in a pub in Ireland.  Try a night out for dinner Saturday, for a loud but laid-back time.

On Monday, stop by Playwright for an Irish coffee to start off your day, as they open nice and early.  Fill yourself up with a traditional Irish breakfast.  Of course they will have all the favorite Irish food like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, and plenty of green pints to wash it all down with.  A classic rock band will hit their stage later to keep the celebrating going into the night.

Radio Bar

This eclectic, cozy bar is gearing up for St. Paddy’s celebrations all weekend long.  They will be having drink specials Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as well as a fun St. Patrick’s day contest.  Here you can get an Irish Car Bomb or shot of Jameson for $5.  Or try one of their tasty, unique cocktails on special too.

 

Monty’s Sunset

Monty’s Sunset is a casual restaurant right on the water even with their own pool.  Even if you drive or walk, you’ll feel like you just got off a boat.  Typically known for their seafood, Monty’s is feeling Irish with St. Patrick’s Day specials.  They are offering a delicious corned beef and cabbage meal served with a tall, refreshing Guinness for $19.95.  Another special for the holiday is $5 pickle backs.

 

For more information about events happening around Miami for Saint Patrick’s Day, check out what New Times, Miami.com, and Miami Herald have to say.

Watch The Miami International Film Festival 2014 at Regal South Beach

Miami International Film Festival 2014The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has been opening its doors to enlighten us with truly artistic expression on the silver screen since 1984.  The internationally renowned festival has introduced us to promising filmmakers, and is a nice change of pace to the hundreds of commercial movies advertised to us more often than we’d like.  Famed Hollywood actors come out in droves to experience this truly special event. Everybody from Viggo Mortensen to Kate Hudson has walked the MIFF’s red carpets.

This year’s MIFF kicked off on March 7th and will host daily viewings at multiple venues until March 16th. Luckily for us, many of the viewings are in walking distance from Chic Place at Lincoln! The Regal South Beach, located at 1100 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, is arguably the best place to be to experience the most of the this year’s Miami International Film Festival. MIFF films will be shown every day of the 10 day event at 4 of the cinema’s 18 theaters. To see the full schedule of all the viewings at the Regal South Beach visit the Miami International Film Festival’s official website.

For a truly special event, visit the Miami Beach Cinematheque on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Renovated by the Miami Beach Films Society, this cinema hall is South Beach’s premier viewing destination. Many of MIFF’s special events such as the master classes, panels, and industry programs will be hosted at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

If you find yourself outside of Miami Beach, there are a number of great venues to enjoy the Film Festival such as the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and the O Cinema in Wynwood.

The Immigrant, MIFF Miami Beach

Marion Cotillard, actress in “The Immigrant”, A Must-See at this year’s Miami International Film Festival

With over 100 films being shown during the 10 days of the festival, it’s difficult to narrow it down but thankfully Miami NewTimes contributor Hans Morgenstern has provided us with some guidance. In his well-written blog “Five Must-See Films at the Miami International Film Festival This Weekend” he challenges his readers to catch all 5 of these films:

  1. The Congress
  2. The Immigrant
  3. The Sacrament
  4. Locations: Looking for Rusty James
  5. Young and Beautiful

If you can’t catch them all and want to narrow it down even further the Miami NewTimes article has trailers posted for each and a short description.

There are a variety of festival packages and tickets for everyone from die-hard movie buffs to first timers. To purchase tickets for the event visit the Miami International Film Festival’s website and if you would like to be in walking distance to the viewings, check room availability Chic Place at Lincoln.

What’s Happening in Miami This Weekend: November 23-24, 2013

Miami is always full of entertainment.  There’s delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches, high-energy clubs, entertaining people-watching, and plenty of shopping.  If you are looking for something else to get into this weekend, we have some suggestions.

Music

Janelle Monae in Miami

Janelle Monáe

There are a few big music names performing in Miami this weekend: Macklemore, Janelle Monáe, and Stephen `Ragga’ Marley.

Janelle Monáe will be performing Saturday November 23, 2013 at The Fillmore Miami Beach, which is just down the street from Chic Place at Lincoln Boutique Hotel and Apartment Rentals.  This funky lady will be jamming out and singing starting at 8pm, but tickets (which are still available) are all general admission, so you might want to get there early to get a good spot!

Macklemore has gained a lot of fame and popularity recently, so it’s great to get a chance to see him in Miami.  His show which also has tickets still available, is at the American Airlines Arena on Sunday, November 24,2013 at 7:30pm.

Stephen Marley is headlining at the Miami International Reggae Festival, One Love Nutrifest this Saturday, November 23.  This day-long festival, which will have several other artists performing as well, will be held in Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park.  The event begins at 1pm, and you will get in free if you come before 3pm with a food donation.

Beer

BrewFest at FIU Miami

BrewFest at FIU in Miami

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Florida International University (FIU) is hosting a beer fest where you can relax, mingle, and taste lots of beer.  Local beer brewers have created some awesome craft beers, and here you will be able to meet them as they share their beer knowledge while you sip their tasty brews.  Over 20 different breweries, brewpubs, and home brewers will be there including Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing, Miami Brewing Co., and Daddy Brews among many other Florida places.  Get 50% discount on your ticket by going to http://www.sflbrewfest.com/ , clicking buy now and selecting “Day of the Event” ticket and type in coupon code “brewfest50”.  All proceeds benefit Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  The BrewFest event will be held at FIU’s  Kovens Conference Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus.

Sports

Miami Heat

Miami Heat

There are a couple of home football games this weekend.  Miami Hurricanes take on the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday, November 23 at noon.  The Miami Dolphins try to leave the negative media aside and concentrate on the field as they play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday’s 1pm game at Sun Life Stadium.  The popular and talented Miami Heat will roar up some cheers as they play the other Florida team on Saturday night.  The game vs. Orlando Magic starts at 7:30pm, where you can see LeBron James in action.

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