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Miami Beach Survival Guide

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Find the Best Place to Stay in Miami Beach

Chic Place at Lincoln Short Term Apartment in Miami Beach - Blue Living Room

South Beach is full of excitement, shopping, sexy beaches, crazy nightlife, interesting people watching, unique culinary creations, and just about the best vacation spot one could ask for.  Even those who are here on business find some time for fun while in this city.  So while you are here, you might as well find a place to stay that is cozy enough to call home and have all the amenities you need while being close enough to everywhere you want to visit.  What makes a hotel, vacation rental, or short term apartment the best place to stay?

We feel Chic Place at Lincoln is a perfect example of exactly what both vacationers and business travelers are looking for, and that’s why we think Chic Place at Lincoln is one of the best places to stay in South Beach.  Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

Location, Location, Location

Steps away from the famous Lincoln Road Mall, Chic Place at Lincoln is in a perfect location for its guests.  Lincoln Road has all the best shopping, restaurants, cafes, and of course people watching.  The Miami Beach Convention Center, which holds numerous events for both business and pleasure is just down the street less than a mile away.  Also within the same distance, are other places of interest for those appreciating the artistic and cultural side Miami has to offer: The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, New World Symphony at the New World Center, and The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater.  Just as though you are in your own neighborhood, you will easily find your favorite places to grab a bite, book stores and coffee houses such as Books & Books, and even the nearby Movie Theater… all this within walking distance.

If you are wanting to explore other parts of Miami, the location of Chic Place at Lincoln is perfectly placed to get to the mainland of Miami.  It is half of a mile from the Venetian Causeway, or just under 2 miles to either i375 or i195, which will take you to some other great neighborhoods in Miami such as the up-and-coming Wynwood, Downtown, Coconut Grove, or Coral Gables.

If you want to stick to Miami Beach, there is plenty more to do in all directions, as Chic Place is centrally located.  Of course you will want to take a trip to the beach!  It’s just under a mile to reach that hot Miami sand.  Take a stroll over there in just 15-20 minutes.

Home Away From Home

It’s nice to feel like you are at home even when you are traveling in a different city.  One thing that can help you feel that way is having everything you are used to at your fingertips.  Chic Place at Lincoln has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and even a terrace to relax or entertain.  It isn’t just a hotel room… Chic Place is a full apartment so you feel like you are right at home.  Choose from studio apartments or for larger parties, you can stay in a two bedroom.

The private entrance with a secure gate is right next to the short term apartment building’s own parking lot so you can come and go at you please easily.  Chic Place also makes sure their guest have bottled water and snacks available to them, because you never know when you might have some late-night cravings.  And your place may even look a little better than home with the daily maid service.

Fun Extras

Hammocks at Chic Place Apartment Hotel at Lincoln on Miami Beach

Chic Place at Lincoln is all about being trendy, relaxing, and artsy.  Some of the cool extras each of the rooms has is a built-in television in the ceiling above the beds!  Where is the other TV?  You may have mistaken it for the mirror, which transforms to your entertainment screen with a click.  Each room also has an ipod dock to play music.  The walls are decorated with fantastic art that you can even purchase.  And if you want more space, you can fold your bed into the wall.  This is the perfect combination for South Beach living.

You can also rent bicycles during your stay to check out your surroundings.  Or if you’d prefer to stick around the apartments, there are hammocks and an area for lounging outside or even throwing your own little get together.  Host a perfect party in your own backyard when you Chic Place at Lincoln.

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.

305 Fitness, Miami Beach dancing, Miami Beach club, Lincoln Road Miami Beach, Chic Place at Lincoln

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!

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, 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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