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Miami


Florida

Coral Gables

Designed by George Merrick in the 1920s and nicknamed "The City Beautiful," Coral Gables is indeed a breathtaking site to behold. Sprawling, Mediterranean-style homes with red-tiled roofs dot lushly landscaped streets named after cities in Spain, and a winding network of waterways offer anchorage to sleek yachts. A reserved yet opulent we-have-arrived city, Coral Gables is home-base for several multinational corporations and a mecca for fine dining where world-renowned chefs such as Norman Van Aken specialize in what is now called “Miami New World” cuisine. On the first Friday of each month, art lovers flock to Gallery Night’s celebration of the visual arts. The Gables is also home to the Hispanic Theater Festival, the Coral Gables Farmers Market, the Coral Gables International Festival of Craft Arts and the Merrick Festival.

Miracle Mile, an upscale shopping district, beckons visitors with its smart boutiques and bookstores. A major nearby shopping and entertainment complex currently on the drawing board is expected to add to the area’s allure. A walking tour will take you past some of the meticulously preserved landmarks that grace Coral Gables. Coral Gables City Hall, the city’s most important publicly owned building, is decorated with interesting interior murals and a distinctive portico. Not far away, two fountains mark the ornate entrance to the Country Club of Coral Gables Historic District, typical of the master-planned city. Beyond, many charming houses may be seen in streets with evocative names. The Venetian Pool, carved out of a spring-fed coral rock quarry, is a popular landmark and local attraction. Other Coral Gables landmarks include the University of Miami, the oldest university in the Greater Miami area dating back to 1925. The University enhances Coral Gables’ cultural amenities with the on-campus Lowe Art Museum; The Gusman Concert Hall; the Bill Cosford Cinema and the Ring Theater.

Red brick paving, sidewalk cafes and tropical landscaping give character to Miracle Mile, the stretch of Coral Way between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road. Shoppers flock to fine boutiques and specialty stores to find the hottest new styles in everything from casual to couture fashion, bridal gowns and accessories and elegant home furnishings. The Downtown Coral Gables area is also noted for fine art galleries, which are a feature of Gables Gallery Night on the first Friday of each month. The events bring in thousands of people to view the works of local and international artists.

Check out any list of fine restaurants and you will see that Coral Gables has a selection of highly rated dining establishments. Coral Gables restaurants appear on the culinary map for a variety of cuisines: French, Spanish, Brazilian, Floribbean, Cuban, Italian and classic steak houses. Their elegant ambience and exacting service are taken for granted in a city dedicated to fine living. Never unduly loud, Coral Gables gently winds down after-hours as a more mellow mood takes over. Energy is redirected to quieter pursuits – live music in an art café, smooth jazz in a supper club or a film in one of the city’s three art cinemas.

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