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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.

Sunday Brunch In South Beach… Macchialina Now Serving Your Taste Buds

Who doesn’t love Sunday Brunch in South Beach?  It makes a great meal… maybe the best one you’ve eaten all week, promotes relaxation mixed with good company and even better conversation, and of course it gives a good reason to sip on some tasty beverages as the ones from last night are still wear off.

New to Sunday Brunch in South Beach

Sunday Brunch in South Beach has a new player on the block, and it is one not to be missed.  Macchialina Taverna Rustica has been open just over a year, but is already a favorite eating spot to many, critics included… and here, you eat like a local.  As Chic Place At Lincoln, a nearby short-term apartment rental, already knows, it’s great to feel like a local, even if you are just visiting.  They have boasted about Macchialina in their SEE, PLAY, EAT section of their website.

Macchialina Brunch Menu - Photo Macchialina Facebook

Macchialina Brunch Menu – Photo Macchialina Facebook

Macchialina is a fresh take on a rustic Italian restaurant and gives a New York feel.  Their delicious dinner menu has a wide range of antipasti and pasta along with other snacks, sliced meats, and entrees.  Some fan-favorite plates including creamy polenta with sausage ragu and cipollini onions; or Mediterranean octopus.

But let’s move on to what we are really hear to talk about… BRUNCH!  Their official debut of this fantastic meal will be this Sunday, September 22, 2013, after finally succumbing to peer pressure and giving the customers what they want.  Talented chef and part owner, Michael Pirolo, who is responsible for this top-notch food menu was actually the one trying to hold off serving brunch… well because he loves going out to eat brunch himself.  But now he’s finally agreed to cook up some magic for the rest of us brunch-lovers.

Macchialina will be open on Sunday from noon to 4pm, in typical Miami fashion of “who eats before noon on a Sunday?”  A la carte options will be available, but the chef menu will rotate weekly to keep fresh options to future regulars.  For $35 per guest you will be able to sample six sure-to-be-scrumptious dishes split between 3 courses.

Sunday Brunch in South Beach

Macchialina Steak & Eggs – Photo Macchialina Facebook

Items on the brunch menu range from pastries and small bites to lavish meals.  Maybe the simplest thing on the menu, a scone and muffin basket with jam and mascarpone butter, sounds quite delicious, but wait until you hear the rest of the offerings.  To name a few: a breakfast pizza with  pancetta, potatoes, fontina and sunny side up eggs; steak & eggs with an Italian chili relleno and beef jus; Maine lobster roll with celery, tarragon and mayonnaise; and sweet Italian toast made with Panettone, maple pecan butter and crispy prosciutto.  Okay, still looking for a few more options?  Try the whipped ricotta with grilled figs, honey and country bread; or polenta and eggs with crispy prosciutto and arugula.

Don’t forget the drinks!  Peach Bellinis, Mimosas, or a Sicilian Kiss will be sure to do.

My mouth is watering… is it Sunday yet?

Book Your Hotel for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 Now

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013

Waiting until the last second to book a hotel for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 will cost you…a lot! Last year weekend rates for some hotels in Miami Beach started at $1,209 and went all the way up to $9,500 a night. For those of us who attend Art Basel to immerse ourselves in art, take in the special exhibitions, and wonder from gallery to gallery paying $1,000s for a weekend stay is not ideal. Getting an early start on accommodations will save you a buck or two and will let you focus on this dynamic cultural event. Last year the event attracted over 50,000 international visitors so don’t wait too long. The dates for Art Basel in Miami Beach this year are December 5-8, 2013. For more information about attending Art Basel visit the Art Basel Miami Beach official website. It truly is a can’t miss event and among the best art exhibition in North America.

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013

Art Galleries on Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is home to several acclaimed art galleries and the area is a perfect hub for enjoying Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013. Contact Chic Place at Lincoln at (786) 459-4571 for its availability during Art Basel. It’s a boutique style hotel; its art-inspired short term apartments in Miami Beach are just a couple of steps off Lincoln Road. You’ll be within walking distance to some of Miami Beach’s most famous art galleries such as the following:

ArtCenter South Florida

The ArtCenter first opened its doors on Lincoln Road in 1984 to support the needs of artists. In fact, ArtCenter is credited with being the catalyst for helping develop the Lincoln Road Mall into a thriving entertainment, dining, and shopping icon it is today. Its three properties on Lincoln Road currently house 42 artists’ studios and four exhibition spaces. Approximately 100,000 people visit the ArtCenter every year.

ArtCenter Lincoln Road Miami Beach

800 / 810 / 924 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-674-8278 // www.artcentersf.org

Britto Central

Britto Central is the showroom and gallery for Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. Britto is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been featured in museums and galleries in over 100 countries. He’s created public art installations in Berlin, London, and New York.

Romero Britto Central Lincoln Road Miami Beach

818 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-531-8821 // www.britto.com

Peter Lik Miami Beach Gallery

Nobody stands taller than Peter Lik when it comes to landscape photography. Internationally acclaimed and highly awarded, this self-taught Australian born photographer has 13 galleries of his own. A walk around his Miami Beach gallery will leave a lasting impression on you and redefine what you thought you knew was possible with landscape photography.

Peter Lik Miami Beach Gallery on Lincoln Road

701 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 786-235-9470 // http://www.lik.com

Miami Spice Comes To Lincoln Road

Miami Spice is Back!

 

From August 1st to September 30th Miami Spice will showcase some of Miami’s best restaurants by offering discounted three-course meals prepared by renowned Miami chefs (lunches are $19 or $23 and dinner are $33 or $39).The promotion is organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau who has done a great job this year by adding a kickoff event on August 1st and getting 193 restaurants to participate this year’s Miami Spice.

Miami Spice 2013 Miami

This year’s kickoff event is Miami New Time’s Iron Fork and is expected to draw thousands of food lovers to witness two of Miami’s greatest chefs square off for the prestigious Iron Fork Award. The event will be held at the stunning Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Biscayne Boulevard, in Downtown Miami. If you’re a foodie and a Miami fan, Miami Spice is great time to make the trip down to Miami. Enjoy fine dining every night at one of the many participating restaurants throughout Miami, Miami Beach, South Beach, Coral Gables, and more.

For this year’s Miami Spice, skip the hotel and go local by booking a room at Chic Place at Lincoln’s short term apartment rentals in Miami Beach. You’ll be in walking distance to all Miami Spice restaurants on Lincoln Road. Which ones will you try?

Miami Spice Restaurants on Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road Miami Spice, Chic Place at Lincoln

 

Baires Grill Resto

This award winning Argentinian restaurant was originally opened in 1999 by partners Marcelo Ferreiros and Ricardo Alietti. Its early success prompted the owner to move to a larger location on Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach. The 2600 square feet location can accommodate up to 180 patrons and has a main dining room, a cozy bar, and an outdoor sidewalk café. Check out the restaurant’s website for a 360 degree view of the restaurant. Expect authentic and high-quality Argentinian dishes, an exceptional selection of meats, and a great wine list to pair with unrivaled steak.

1116 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-538-1116 // www.bairesgrill.com

Altamare Restaurant

Altamare Restaurant is a relatively new restaurant owned by highly acclaimed restaurateur Claudio Gordano. The restaurant features an open kitchen, chef tables, exceptional wine list, a private dining room, and an intimate bar. We dare you to find fresher seafood in Miami Beach.

1233 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-532-3061 // www.altamarerestaurant.com

Rosa Mexicano Restaurant

The restaurant’s Miami Beach location has a stunning and vibrant dining room with excellent drinks and food to match. Zagat declared it the “gold standard” in “upscale” “modern” Mexican cuisine. Its patio dining is a great spot for people watching.

1111 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-695-1005 // www.rosamexicano.com

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

Identical twin brothers Chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro bring their perfectly executed Northern Italian cuisine to Lincoln Road. With its beautiful interior and authentic Northern Italian fare, Quattro transports its guest to Italy while embracing the warmth and style of Miami Beach.

1014 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-531-4833 // www.quattromiami.com

Meat Market

The Meat Market provides a sexy and more glamorous take on traditional steak houses. Acclaimed Chef Sean Brasel oversees a delicious menu that includes reflecting cuts of meat and delicate seafood. An array of dining options includes a sensual dining room, a Crudo Bar, and a combination of lounges and table services outside.

915 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-532-0088 // www.meatmarketmiami.com

Mayas Tapas & Grill

This popular restaurant combines elements of traditional Argentinian dishes and European cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a wide selection of meats, fish, and pasta dishes and a plenty of wines and drinks to pair with lunch or dinner.

809 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-538-0058 // www.mayatapasandgrill.com

Sushi Samba Dromo

SUSHISAMBA is born of the energy and spirit of these three distinct cultures a tri-cultural coalition that took root in the early 20th century when thousands of Japanese emigrants traveled to South America’s fertile soil to cultivate coffee plantations and find their fortune. In bustling cities like Lima in Peru and São Paulo in Brazil, the integration of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cultures flourished.

This cultural phenomenon launched a culinary coup. Hearty moquecas and colorful seviches found a place at the table alongside simple miso soup and tender sashimi. SUSHISAMBA serves these traditional dishes, plus more inventive fare, including Sashimi Seviche, Tuna Tataki and our Wagyu Gyoza. Equal parts imagination and history, the SUSHISAMBA experience is truly unique.

600 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-673-5337 // www.sushisamba.com

Miami Spice Restaurant Sushi Samba Lincoln Road

Deluca Food & Wine

The Deluca team says it best, “De Luca Food & Wine for the simple joy of eating well. High quality ingredients prepared with passion creates an affordable luxury in a casual and lively ambiance.” Gracious service and an a welcoming atmosphere!

530 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139 // 305-672-1009 // www.delucamiami.com

YUCA

YUCA, an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans, is an acclaimed restaurant widely considered as South Florida’s original upscale Cuban restaurant. Locals call the cuisine “Nuevo Latino” because of its unique spin on traditional Latin ingredients to create dishes unlike anything offered outside of the Caribbean and Latin America.

501 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 333139 // 305-532-9822 // www.yuca.com

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Miami Beach During the Summer

When is the best time of year to visit Miami Beach?  Well it could be debated because it truly is a great place to visit year-round.  Sure we can boast about the bustling streets and tropical temperatures even throughout winter months, but summer offers a great chance to enjoy Miami Beach with its set of added perks as well.

Top 5 Reasons Miami Beach Rocks During the Summer:

1.) Lower Rates: All types of accommodations including short term hotel rentals in Miami Beach offer reduced rates during the summer months.  Car rental companies usually provide better rates during the summer too. Beyond savings on hotels and transportation, this is a great to time to save on eating out and entertainment in general. After the snowbirds head back north, restaurants and bars gear their promotions to attract local Miami-Dade residents.

Chic Place at Lincoln in Miami Beach

Spoil yourself this summer with a discounted room at Chic Place at Lincoln.

2.) Beat the Crowds, Skip the Wait: While Miami Beach is bustling yearlong there is a noticeable difference in the summer months. There are a number of ways that you can use this to your advantage. Reduced traffic congestion immediately comes to mind. For locals it is a welcome relief from sharing its busy road with visitors from around the globe. Take advantage by renting a car and exploring some of South Florida’s other attractions such as Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura Mall, or Sawgrass Mills Mall.

3.) Miami Beach Relaxation: Less people + lower prices = Improved relaxation. Start you day early and watch the sunrise from the beach. Make a day of it at the beach, take plenty of sunscreen and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing in and the palm tree swaying in the wind. Next, go cool off and have some drinks at a pool party at the Clevelander. Not relaxed yet? There are dozens of spa options all over the city. We recommend you try Spa e located on famous Lincoln road.

Sunrise on Miami Beach South Beach

Start the day early by catching the sunrise in the morning.

4.) Experience the Miami Beach Culture: There is more to Miami Beach than amazing beaches, brilliant shopping, and a vibrant nightlife. If you get stuck with a rainy day or want to escape the heat for a few hours there are a number of unique museums to discover. Miamiandbeaches.com recommends you visit The World Erotic Art Museum, The Wolfsonian at Florida International University, and the Jewish Museum of Florida. Each three museums show unique pieces and collections from different eras.

5.) Discover the artsy side of Miami Beach: www.ArtCircuit.com is a great place to find upcoming gallery exhibits and art walks all over the city this summer. On July 26th make sure to the Little Havana Cultural Friday. Events in August start with the Coral Gables Gallery Night on the second of August, followed by the Coconut Grove Art Walk on the third. This is a great opportunity to appreciate art, history, and architecture while discovering new areas of Miami.

Lincoln Road in Miami Beach: A Year-Round Attraction

Lincoln Road ranks high in must-see attractions while visiting Miami Beach. This pedestrian road is home to some of the best Miami Beach hotels as well as famous restaurants, shops, galleries, and unrivaled people watching. The walkway is 8 blocks long starting at Alton Road and ending at Washington Avenue, a very walkable promenade for anybody. Even if you are not used to Miami’s heat, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, and galleries to get relief from the sun, grab a cold drink, and recharge.

Lincoln Road No Longer A Seasonal Tourist Attraction

Despite Miami Beach’s history as a seasonal tourist destination, today it is far from that. Expect Lincoln Road to be popping with hungry patrons, eager shoppers, and people watchers year round. This month marks the beginning of a new tourist season in Miami Beach. While the snowbirds are back home and the Art Basel crowd is months away, Latin Americans from south of the equator fill up Miami Beach’s hotels to escape their cold season, make an appearance at South Beach and hit the shops. Many Brazilians have made Miami Beach an annual visit and have helped transform Miami Beach from a seasonal tourist destination to an all year place-to-be. Come August, the Italian and French tourists will bring their Euro-style to Lincoln Road.

Miami Beach Hotels Near Lincoln Road Provide Easy Access To Shops, Restaurants, Galleries, & More

If you are planning on visiting Miami Beach soon and want to be close to the action, consider lodging at Chic Place at Lincoln for easy access to Lincoln Road Mall and for its beautiful and unique apartment-style hotel rooms.

Rooms at Chic Place at Lincoln Miami Beach

Feel like a local, discover as a tourist.

Available bike rentals make exploring Miami Beach a breeze and getting to your favorite shops, restaurants, and bars even easier.

Bike Rentals at Chic Place at Lincoln on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach

Discover more of Miami Beach.

All of the rooms come equipped with a kitchen; a perfect excuse to visit Lincoln Road’s Farmers Market every Sunday between 9am and 6:30pm. Cook up a romantic meal with Miami’s freshest and most delicious ingredients. After dinner, enjoy some wine in the hotel’s terrace while lounging on its tranquil hammocks.

Hammocks at Chic Place at Lincoln on Miami Beach

Relax after shopping.

To get the most of your stay at Lincoln Road make sure to check out Lincoln Road Mall’s website. It lists all the popular places to check out. Visit Chic Place at Lincoln’s Eat, Play, and See pages for more ideas and information on where to go. Follow Lincoln Road Mall on Twitter for tweets about the hottest deals and while you are on Twitter make sure to follow Chic Place at Lincoln on Twitter for deals, local happenings, and anything Miami Beach.

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