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I have spent many delightful hours at this art museum,since I moved to South Florida in 1979.This art museum has a small,but splendid collection of Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian paintings with splendid paintings by Master of the Blessed Clare,Sano di Pietro,Lippo Vanni,Guidoccio Cozzarelli("Scenes from the Life of the Virgin"),Bernardino...more
This is one of my daughter's favorite places. She is now at a magnet art middle school, and so she did a bromeliad picture for their bromeliads showIn addition to all the plants, there are sculptures throughout the gardenHoursGarden hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.mThe garden is closed on Christmas Day, December 25AdmissionAdmission to Fairchild...more
Coral Gables, The City Beautiful, stands out as a rare pearl in South Florida, a cohesive community built on a grand scale that blends color, detail, and the Mediterranean Revival architectural style to create a timeless grace and grandeur perfectly in harmony with the environment. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, Coral...more
Coral Gables has the greatest concentration of restaurants in Miami (except for possibly South Beach), all clustered within just a few blocks on the streets around Miracle Mile. Here you will find everything from old guard bastions like Christy's -- consistently ranked in the nation's top 10 steak houses -- to the latest in New World fusion and...more
Fairchild Gardens is south of Miami near Perrine, but it has a Coral Gables address. The 83 acres gardens were established in 1938 and are among one of the world's best. There are palms (photo 2), cycads (photo 3), flowering trees and vines (photo 5). There are also greenhouses with orchids and other tropical plants (photo 4) In addition to to...more
Coral Gables Hotels
We stayed for one night in December, 2007. Mostly a European crowd. Great service, food and...more
50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134, United States
Good for: Couples
An excellent staff with the added benefit of location. While I would say that my initial impression...more
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We ate lunch at this little place which is one of the tram stops. The website says "Light lunches and cold drinks are available at the Garden Café daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a snack under the sapodilla tree or observe the conservatory nursery through the large windows of the cafe"We ate outside on a picnic table, observed by a...more
This restaurant was recommended by our hotel's concierge. We enjoyed a fantastic meal at an incredible price. Our wallets would be the first to tell you-- we are not budget shoppers, especially when it comes to food. That being said, we were so amazed when we received our bill that we actually took a picture of the check! We ordered drinks, an...more
Visiting from Vancouver, a mecca for Chinese food, I had a craving for some food like back home. So I did some research and came across Gourmet Gourmet. A strange name for an Asian restaurant but I gave them a try and am glad I did!It's a true "hole in the wall", which I mean in a good way. It has very limited seating, in fact it's just a table...more
Coral Gables Transportation
It is very important to have a good detailed map of Coral Gables if you arent familir with the area. The street names are not listed on typical street signs, they are on stone markers located on the corner of the street, making driving, looking for streets, and reading a map quite difficult.more
Coral Gables, by local ordinance, does not put up street signs. Instead, the Gables has white stones placed on the ground with tiny black lettering which indicate the street. For this reason, ordinary directions in Coral Gables are worthless to tourists, or even locals at times. Always ask how many streets away from a main thoroughfare, i.e....more
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Coral Gables Shopping
Merrick Park opened a few years ago to much fanfare. Malls are popular here, as they probably are in most cities, and the residents of Coral Gables were very excited to have a mall of their very own.
Unfortunately, few people visit this mall. I'm not sure why, but, then again, I don't enjoy shopping malls myself so I've only been there twice. Merrick has a Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus and a bunch of boutique shops. Its a beautifully structured outdoor mall with a pretty courtyard area. Unlike most malls in Miami, you can actually find parking here easily, which is always a bonus. A few restaurants and coffee shops complete the package.
Merrick is a good stopping point for anyone with a layover in Miami who's looking for somewhere to go for a few hours. Its only a few miles from Miami International Airport and a fairly short cab ride.Related to:
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Favorite thing: My daughter and granddaughter in Miami insisted that we would like the Chihuly exhibit at Fairchild gardens even though we had been to Fairchild gardens two years previously. And they were right.
Chihuly at Fairchild
Admission was $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.
Tropical Chihuly Nights
Every Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Experience the magic of Chihuly at Fairchild and art & flowers after dark!
Admission is $20 for Fairchild members, $15 for member children 6-17; $30 for non-members, $20 for non-member children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.
Extended hours for Tropical Chihuly Nights starting March 15: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Fairchild is open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.
The Chihuly exhibit will be there until the 31st of May 2007
Fondest memory: This exhibit was much better than anything that could be done in a museum. After that visit Chihuly became one of my favorite contemporary artists. Whenever we saw intriguing glass sculpture after that, we looked to see if he was the artist. He has done some of the atrium sculptures for some of the cruise ships we have been on.
So keep an eye out for a Chihuly exhibit at a garden near you.Related to:
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