Saturday, January 15, 2011

To The Beach

This weekend is the annual Art Deco Festival taking place on Ocean Drive on Miami Beach. As in years past, I’ll be there as part of the festivities, participating in the parade today with my Mustang convertible, along with a lot of other people out to celebrate the architecture and fun of the life on the Beach.

Just in time, the Miami Herald has a story about the rebounding hotel industry.

Drive through the main streets of South Beach and it’s obvious: Miami Beach’s iconic Art Deco hotel district is getting a facelift.

The improvements are wrapping up as Art Deco Weekend, created by the Miami Design Preservation League to raise awareness of the district, celebrates its 34th edition through Sunday.

With their postcard-famous facades intact but interiors brand new, a host of historic boutique hotels are reopening this season after millions of dollars in renovations.

As the post-recession appetite for travel returns, new hotels are banking on their spruced-up appeal and added amenities to draw visitors — a revival that is essential to keeping interest high, tourism officials say.

It looks like it’s going to be a great weekend weather-wise, so if you’re out and about, come on out to Ocean Drive and have some fun. I’ll be there both days; for the parade today and the antique car show on Sunday. And with any luck, I’ll be surrounded by some of the same scenery as last year:

I love a parade….