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Miami on President’s Day Weekend: Boats, Yachts, Art

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In many parts of the nation, people are trudging through snow and trying to keep warm in their Canada Goose parkas. Not in Miami, and not over President’s Day weekend. The long February holiday always seems to attract its fair share of wealthy snowbirds, jetsetters and tastemakers, not only because of the beautiful sunny weather (temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 70s this weekend), but also because of the mélange of A-list events on the calendar. There’s a little something for everyone happening this weekend: the Miami International Boat Show, the world’s premier boating event; Yachts Miami Beach, the multi-million dollar presentation of yachts on Collins Avenue; Art Wynwood, the winter art fair in the urban and edgy precinct of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District; Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the outdoor fine arts festival stretching through the “The Grove.”

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Author, Renée M. Grossman

As a longtime Miamian, I can tell you that the city truly “heats up” on President’s Day weekend, which is a good thing if you’re trying to escape the subzero temperatures in the Northeast over the next few days (and not such a good thing if you’re a local fighting the traffic on Collins Avenue)! About 100,000 people from more than 80 countries are expected to hit our sun-kissed shores this weekend, according to Miami Dade County officials. Still—it’s not too late to pack your best weekender and head down South to experience some truly mind-blowing vessels, eye-pleasing works of art and non-stop glamour. Just make sure to bring your sunglasses…

2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

If you fancy yourself a boater or just an admirer of these incredible feats of high sea design, then you must give the Miami International Boat Show a whirl. Recognized as the world’s premier boating event, the show is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year at the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, the first purpose-built stadium for powerboat racing in the United States. The venue is located on Virginia Key, a barrier island in Biscayne Bay, south of Brickell, and north of Key Biscayne, and connected to the mainland via the Rickenbacker Causeway, which stretches four miles over the beautiful azure Biscayne Bay. The Miami International Boat Show will feature more than 1,200 boats both on land and in the water in more than 400 boat slips from approximately 2,000 vendors. Whether you are shopping for a new dinghy, on the hunt for the latest marine electronics or just curious about the local boating scene, the Miami International Boat Show is a must-see.

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Yachts Miami Beach

Now in its 28th year, Yachts Miami Beach transforms Millionaire’s Row at 41st Street to 54th Street along Collins Avenue into a multi-million dollar in-water only show of the world’s most extraordinary yachts and megayachts. Since the show is literally right outside my front door, I can’t wait to see what the best custom boat builders will be showcasing this year. Trust me, there is nothing more thrilling than hopping on one luxurious mega “floating home” after another. More than 500 new and brokerage yachts valued at more than $1 billion will be resting on the Indian Creek Waterway, which is enough to make most of us stop and admire their design and state-of-the-art craftsmanship. On the very top of my list is La Pellegrina, a super duper yacht built by Couach. This finely crafted vessel stretches out a mere 164 feet and moves at a cruising speed of 24 knots. The impressive leisure and entertainment facilities spare no detail, offering space for a perfect intimate day or night party of 12 in six exquisite staterooms – one VIP cabin (just for me), two double cabins, two twin cabins, deck Jacuzzi and WiFi onboard connection. This year, Yachts Miami Beach will add a new second site at Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina on Watson Island, the first deep-water super-yacht marina of its capacity in the Western Hemisphere at the heart of Biscayne Bay, between Miami’s Arts and Culture District and South Beach, to accommodate a limited selection of deep draft vessels up to 500 feet. At this site, I’ll make a beeline to Double Down, an enormous vessel built by Codecasa. The yacht’s luxurious interior layout with timeless styling and beautiful furnishings accommodates up to 12 guests in nine staterooms, including a master suite (again, for me!), five VIP staterooms, three twin cabins and one pullman bed; there’s also room for 17 crewmembers to ensure a relaxed yachting experience. Yachts Miami Beach will no doubt leave you with a serious case of yacht envy!

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Art Wynwood

Art Wynwood is one of my favorite events. The winter art fair takes place in the urban and edgy precinct of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District—home to eclectic bars, restaurants, art galleries, retail shops and converted warehouses and buildings, which graffiti artists from around the globe have adorned with colorful and spirited murals. The show will showcase its fifth edition of captivating works from a roster street artists, muralists, and emerging, mid-career and world-renowned contemporary artists from more than 13 countries and 70 top international galleries. More than 80 of this year’s 600-plus artists will also come from Latin America and a quarter of them from Cuba. As an art enthusiast, this event always leaves me inspired. I can never get enough of the color and the burst of talent flowing from its walls. I always want to see more, more, more of the cutting-edge artworks, the artists who created them and the people who enjoy viewing them.

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53rd Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival

This is another fun show that attracts art aficionados from around the world. As one of the nation’s top outdoor fine arts festivals, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival stretches one mile through the winding streets of what the locals call “The Grove,” a charming boating village bordering Biscayne Bay and sitting south of the Brickell and east of Coral Gables areas. The fair will showcase the works of over 380 global artists and craftsmen, some of which focus on Miami’s scenery and popular areas while others incorporate their own style and flavor into the mix. Many artists often create their works as the crowds meander through the fair, which makes it the ideal place to see sculptors shape and mold, artists draw and paint, woodworkers carve and join, and attendees revel at the wonder of art all around.

About the author: Renée M. Grossman, is a long-time resident of Miami and global luxury REALTOR® for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami Beach. She is a passionate foodie, follower of the arts and globetrotter.

 

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