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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 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 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!


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?

NYC Embraces 305 Fitness Club

What’s hot, sexy, and even NYC want’s to imitate?  Miami!

Miami is famous for its heart-pounding music blaring in neon-lit clubs open through the early morning hours.  Vacationers and locals line up to enter the hot-spots along South Beach to mingle, have fun, and DANCE.  If you have ever found yourself on the dance floor, I’m sure you have noticed that you can work up quite a sweat out there and have fun doing it too.

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305 Fitness is Born

It took one young Miami party girl who used her smarts from Brown University to turn fitness classes into a Miami-disguised dance fete.   Sadie Kurzban, the founder of 305 Fitness, started giving classes in New York City in October of 2012 after winning an Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition.   Being from Miami herself, she wanted to take some of the sexy vibe of Miami to NYC, hence using “305” to describe her unique fitness club’s name.  Now less than a year later, 305 Fitness is all the craze.  New York is loving the Miami beats and atmosphere that radiate throughout the teacher-led madness, and people want more.

And you will probably ask what are these classes like?  The response from the company itself, “Look, we can’t really explain it.”  It’s one of those, you have to be here to experience, kind of classes.  But to give you a better idea, it’s a bit like Zumba on energy drinks in the middle of a night club.  You get that excitement you feel jumping around to electric dance music in the wee hours of the morning except its daylight out and you are sober, but feeling the rush of endorphins.  The choreographed moves have a great balance of working legs, arms, core, and providing a sweaty dose of cardio.  Don’t worry though, they just feel like dancing around to your favorite beats.  The high-energy instructors, music, and dance moves leave everyone with a smile on their face, a lot of sweat on their clothes, and sore muscles the next day to leave you feeling awesome for a workout that just seemed like fun.

Now Miami is catching on to this new fitness style as well.  We cannot let NYC be the only place to take advantage of Miami style! Club-goers can now workout the way they like.  Vixen Workout is the brainchild of former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones. Her 60 minute workouts are based on the latest night club dance moves, and ladies… the class is done in heels. Why? According to Vixen Workout, it intensifies your workout by 40 percent!

LazerFitness, a very similar fitness program, is opening up in Miami with their launch party at Grand Central on September 17, 2013.  Regular classes will begin in October, 2013.  The bar will even be open, but don’t expect alcohol in your cups; instead cool down with smoothies and protein shakes and even munch on some healthy recovery food.

Move over Zumba and CrossFit; you need to make some room for your new fitness neighbor.  I’m sure we will be seeing more of this new craze, because who doesn’t like to have fun while burning calories!

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //


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 //

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.

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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. 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: 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.

Chic Place At Lincoln – South Beach Living for the Sophisticated Traveler

Chic Place at Lincoln is located just steps away from the famous Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach.  Whether for business or pleasure, you will be sure to feel at home in one of our furnished rentals.  Stay for a weekend… stay for a couple months!  With a full-sized European kitchen, ipod dock, comfortable queen murphy bed and the luxuries of walking right out the front door to the excitement of Florida’s hot spot, you are sure to want to stay as long as you can.  Even if you prefer to relax in the apartment, you can kick back to watch TV on the screen that transforms from the mirror… or maybe you would rather watch a movie on the screen in the ceiling above your bed!

Check out the rest of our uniquely-decorated rooms at the South Beach Hotel’s Website.  Each presents their own character and charm through the art you even can purchase right off the walls.

Living Room Picture at Chic Place at Lincoln

One of the stylish apartments

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