Take a Walk on the Wynwood Side


It took one man with a vision to transform an anonymous neighborhood of one-story warehouses into Miami’s hippest outdoor art gallery.

Artists: Trek6 and ChorBoogie
Artists: Trek6 and ChorBoogie

Once a thriving garment district, Wynwood fell into neglect in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. By the late 1990’s, artists and collectors began purchasing some of Wynwood’s unused industrial buildings and converting them into studios and galleries. Real estate developer Tony Goldman conceived the Wynwood Walls in 2009. He thought that Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings would provide the perfect canvas for street artists.

Painting by Kashink, Wynwood, Miami
Artist: Kashink

Goldman would supply the buildings, paints and for visiting artists, air fare and hotel accommodations. Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch, who had expertise in street art and would serve as the project’s curator. Deitch and Goldman had previously collaborated on a project in New York City honoring the late artist, Keith Haring.

Ryan of Wynwood Mural Tours
Ryan of Wynwood Mural Tours

A fun way to see the Wynwood murals is on a guided cycle tour led by someone who really knows street art, Ryan the Wheelbarrow, of Wynwood Mural Tours. On Sundays, join him for a free one hour bike tour of the Wynwood murals, exploring some of the most influential pieces in the neighborhood. Tips are appreciated.

No bike – no problem. Citi’s Miami bike sharing program has two locations in Wynwood.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

If you’re hungry, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar located next to the Wynwood Walls, has a creative tapas style menu and in nearby Midtown, Sugarcane has a great happy hour serving inventive artisanal cocktails and tasty small plates.

Painting by Ino, Wynwood, Miami
Artist: Ino

Since its inception, over 50 artists from 16 countries have painted over 80,000 square feet of Wynwood’s walls. In a few short years Tony Goldman’s gamble paid off. Property values quadrupled and a revitalized Wynwood is now Miami visitors go to destination after South Beach.

Atelier Brancusi


Sitting in the shadow of the flamboyant Centre Pompidou is an easy to miss modest concrete box. This is Atelier Brancusi, the re-created studio of one of the fathers of modern sculpture, Constantin Brancusi.

Sculptures in Atelier Brancusi
Sculptures in Atelier Brancusi

A lifelong Parisian, Constanin Brancusi emigrated from his native Romania to Paris in 1904. After studying sculpture at Scoala Natzionala de Arte Frumoase in Bucharest, he continued his studies in 1905 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The following year, his sculpture debuted at the Salon d’Automne, where he met the French master Auguste Rodin.

At the age of 30, Brancusi’s career path seemed secure when he joined Rodin’s Paris studio. But after just two months he left the employ of Rodin with the explanation “Nothing grows well under the shadow of big trees.”

Within a year Brancusi’s stone sculpture “The Kiss,” marked this change of direction. His reputation as one of the great innovators of modern sculpture was assured with the first “Sleeping Muse,” a marble ovoid head with delicate stylized features lying peacefully on its side.

The sculptor had settled in Paris but returned frequently to Bucharest and exhibited there almost every year. In 1913, five of Brancusi’s sculptures were included in the Armory Show in New York. Alfred Stieglitz presented the first solo show of Brancusi’s work at his gallery “291,” New York, in 1914.

Tools in Brancusi's workshop
Tools in Brancusi’s workshop

In 1920, Brancusi sent his sculpture “Princess X” to the major Paris exhibition Salon des Independants. It was denounced by a conservative faction as indecent and police removed it from the show.

After the incident, Brancusi’s studio became his gallery and exhibition space. He was so disgusted with the Paris art world that he never exhibited in Paris again for the rest of his life.

Before  his death in 1957, Brancusi willed his studio to the Paris Museum of Modern Art with the proviso that it be preserved intact. The Atelier Brancusi collection consists of of 137 sculptures, 87 bases, 41 drawings and over 1,600 photographic glass plates and original prints. Architect Renzo Piano successfully preserved the intimacy of Brancusi’s workshop studio while protecting it behind glass walls.

While Atelier Brancusi is free, most Paris museums have admission fees. The Museum Pass for Paris is a convenient multi-museum pass available online or at The Paris Tourist Office’s Main Welcome Center at 25 Rue de Pyramides. Skip the queues and visit as many times as you like. The Paris Museum Pass is available for 2, 4 or 6 consecutive days.

Golf Horseshoe Valley


Just as McBroom and Cupp took advantage of Muskoka’s natural gifts to create Deerhurst Highlands,  noted “hands-on” designer, Rene Muylaert and his protégé, Sean Watters, created two very different courses from a series of horseshoe – shaped hills near Barrie, an hour south of Deerhurst.

Horseshoe Highlands, on the Globe and Mail’s “Top 50 Best Courses in Canada” list, hosted a Canadian Tour championship in 2006. The course reflects the minimalist design esthetics of both men who planned the holes very carefully to move as little soil as possible.

Hole 1 Horseshoe Highlands
Hole 1 Horseshoe Highlands

The opening downhill par four, ranging from 286 to 316 yards, tempts big hitters to go for the green. The rest of the holes on this scenic front nine, completed by Watters in 2002, play longer thanks to sloping fairways, sprawling sand traps and perception – altering backdrops that challenge the most skillful player.

Excellent views of Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia and Georgian Bay await players at the par-4 elevated 5th tee, the hardest hole on the course. Most shots to the raised green will catch the elephant-backed fairway rolling balls off course.

Like most of these holes, length trumps accuracy; take more club than what your eyes and distance markers suggest. The par-4 14 th, the best hole on the maturing back nine, demands a shot to the right rough to outwit the hillside fairway that kicks balls sharply left into the trees.

Driving west on Horseshoe Valley Road from the Highlands Course you’ll see some of the best holes on the older Valley Course which, engulfed in maples, makes for a colourful autumn round. Opened in 1974, it’s a favorite with walkers who appreciate the parkland setting that backs onto Copeland Woods, home to curious moose, cougars, wild turkeys, deer and rabbits.

Horseshoe Valley Par 3
Horseshoe Valley Par 3

The tight fairways, lined with mature trees require strategically-targeted shots to avoid low-hanging branches on the many short, dogleg par fours. Players get a break on the scenic par-4 15th where all shots feed down to the hole. You’ll rarely see a straight putt on any of these greens.

The round ends with the best hole on the course, a par-5 played from an elevated tee, complete with panoramic views of the valley and a fairway that cuts sharp to the left and out of If you don’t have time to play both of these excellent tracks, play the front nine of Horseshoe Highlands and the back nine of the Valley course to experience the best of Horseshoe Resort golf.

When visiting the Simcoe region of cottage country, don’t miss the opportunity to play these beautiful and challenging tracks by notable Canadian golf course designers.

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