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Fall is in the air in South Florida and that means not much is going to change. The temperature will still be in the 70s to 90s, but the rain and humidity are starting to drop. Hurricane season doesn’t officially end until late November, but snowbird season usually begins around now, in October. Snowbirds are when northerners leave their soon to be much cooler homes to come and inhabit their more tropical homes during the winter months.
Now you can take this influx of people in different ways. Yay! More people on the grid! “Dating” apps are getting even more comprehensive. The bars are getting fuller and fuller. Roads and highways are increasingly congested. It is very noticeable in all aspects.
One thing I like to do in the fall and winter is actually my local travel game. As people enter our space, I branch out a bit to explore what’s just around the corner. Here are a few things I’ve done recently that I’ve loved the experiences.
Have a quick hit in a hotel –
When it comes to finding good dining options, we often stick to what we know or areas we know. An often untapped dining resource in any city are hotel and resort restaurants.
Drop the “dating” app and open your GPS – Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Located on the largest stretch of private beach in South Florida, the resort recently welcomed into a new Chef who is definitely there to please. Chief Damoriae Graham has shaken up the menu at 3030 Ocean Restaurant and Bar.
It’s worth making the short five-mile drive from home to indulge and sample the offerings of the resort’s new Senior Sous. Chief and executive Chief of 3030 Ocean. Damoriae Graham has previously worked with various West Coast restaurants. His goal and that of the restaurant was to blend the unique culinary styles of the Caribbean and Cuba, as well as flavors from across the Atlantic. We think he did well because my mouth is watering just thinking about the flavors he combined to make our taste buds dance.
You still can skip the quickie and consider a stay at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. We were there on a rainy weeknight, but wanted to see more of the resort, especially outside. It is located on 16 acres of private beach, home to four restaurants (3030 Ocean Restaurant, Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar, Riva and Loggerhead Sand Bar) as well as HB Fresh and Starbucks. A wellness haven for travelers, the resort features an advanced fitness center and 22,000 square foot spa where guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments. Perhaps a dip in the lagoon pool, water sports or possibly enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches.
For more information, please visit www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/fllsb-fort-lauderdale-marriott-harbor-beach-resort-and-spa/overview/ or call 954-525-4000
Get your culture –
I have been to the Boca Raton Art Museum several times and am impressed with each visit. The shows and exhibits they provide to the community are some of the best I have seen. One of the most unique recently, and which is still around until January 22, 2023, is the The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: The Creative Legacy of Cinema. It is the first museum exhibit dedicated to painted Hollywood backdrops and had its world premiere in South Florida (April 20, 2022 – January 22, 2023). Yes, we can all imagine and remember those actors in front of those famous scenes, but this exhibit pays homage to those who created those monumental canvases for the camera. The exhibit creates a magical portal that takes the terms ‘large-scale’, ‘immersive’ and ‘virtual reality’ to a whole new level.
This exhibition of 22 scenic sets, made for the cinema between 1938 and 1968, celebrates an almost forgotten art. It’s a well-deserved moment in the spotlight for the dozens of unidentified studio artists. Their uncredited craftsmanship made possible scenes of Mount Rushmore, Ben Hur’s Rome, the Von Trapp family’s Austrian Alps, and Gene Kelly’s Parisian street dancing.
The exhibit was created by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and is co-curated by Thomas A. Walsh and Karen L. Maness, who played pivotal roles among a group of passionate Hollywood insiders in saving these American treasures. . For their story, here is a video from CBS Sunday Morning.
It was breathtaking to see them in person and of course it brought back so many memories of some of the movies we love.
You have until January 22, 2023 to see this exhibition. But check out other exhibits, especially Reginald Cunningham: Black Pearlsthe first-ever museum exhibition of Cunningham’s work, curated by Kelli Bodle, assistant curator. The Museum commissioned Cunningham, nationally renowned for his BePureBlack.com brand, this new series of photographs to honor the historically black neighborhood of Pearl City, celebrated as one of the oldest and most enduring African-American neighborhoods in Florida.
Park the car and take the train –
I really don’t like driving in Miami. There, I said it. I drove from Fort Lauderdale to Miami for 3 years and this was West Miami which is much less unpleasant in terms of congestion than going to Miami proper.
What is the solution? Man oh man, I had a constant exhalation, a sigh of relief when I was on the Light line down to Miami. Zero worry about traffic, other drivers, obstacles in the road, road rage (mine or others). That’s what I had on the Brightline. I also had snacks and alcohol given to me on the train! Much better than getting caught with a road soda.
Since my first ride on the Brightline in Miami I’ve been paying attention to their webpage for specials, programs and incentives but seriously remembering this expiration I know it’s a better option than the reader. And I’ve also kept it in mind when I feel like discovering new restaurants, going to a game, a play or a musical, or even visiting South Beach. The next promo is actually for people coming to Fort Lauderdale.
The largest afloat boat show in the world, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), will begin on Wednesday, October 26.
New this year, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will offer Light line exclusive shuttles for riders to get to the show. For those who come from the north or the south, Light line offers the perfect options for traveling stress-free and arriving in style. When the guests arrived at Light line Fort Lauderdale station, they will go to the lower level and jump on the red FLIBS shuttle loop to receive free service to and from the Riverside Hotel. Free FLIBS shuttles will begin operating one hour prior to show opening and cease service one hour after show closing.
Light line groups of four or more can use code ALLABOARD to save 25% off SMART fares for FLIBS.
So when the gay district is packed, of course we can stick around and see what the cold northern weather has brought for new options. But we can also branch out and take another look at the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and the new culinary, cultural, or transportation options that exist nearby. And when you come back to the gay district, tell everyone about the fun you had. I just did.
About Boca Raton Art Museum https://bocamuseum.org/
Founded by artists, the Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. The organization has grown, now in its eight decade, to encompass a museum, art school and sculpture garden. As one of South Florida’s premier cultural landmarks, the museum offers educational programs and a robust exhibit schedule to the community and visitors from around the world. Support for #BocaMuseumatHome