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Take a Walk on the Wynwood Side

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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.

Golf Hollywood

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In Hollywood, Florida, staying at the Westin Diplomat means you’re either at the high-rise on the beach sharing the infinity pool with the young (er) and more stylish set – and their children or you’re a few minutes inland at the quieter, more refined, Diplomat Country Club, overlooking the splendid golf course of the same name.

Between 1997 and 2000, architect Joe Lee completely revamped Robert von Hagge’s original golf course. From your balcony, it doesn’t look like the course occupies 6,728 yards, though the full practice facility is highly visible – perfect for spying on golfers whose swings are worse than yours.

Hole one is a 500-yard double dogleg with water in front of the tee and again on the approach. Only those playing from the red tees have a realistic shot at par. While water is present on all other holes except 10 and 11, it is not much of a problem except for holes 4 and 8.  14 is the hardest hole on the course, because of its length and the wind.

The par 4, hole 2 features the signature island green and at 385 yards, requires a good drive to get there in two shots, tricky as most of these layouts are usually found on a par 3. One of the best features of the course are the smooth, immaculate, greens that play at just the right speed.

Westin Diplomat Country ClubA free shuttle connects the Westin Diplomat Country Club with her sister on the shore, a good mile walk to the lively Hollywood Beach boardwalk. Refreshingly devoid of trendy cafés and pricey boutiques, the strip is well worth the journey for the open air breakfast/lunch/dinner specials served surfside amid cyclists, roller bladers and tacky tee-shirt shops.

The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive • Hollywood, FL 33019

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