As Thanksgiving sneaks up, hotels and restaurants seek last-minute business – Business –

Robert Festinger, vice president/managing director at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, said its restaurant, Kitchen 305, is geared up to serve 400 on Thanksgiving, compared to 250 last year. The company has been offering a discounted price for the buffet — $49 for two people — on The Miami Herald’s since last week.

In addition to locals who want to make reservations instead of a multi-course meal, Festinger said the 325-room hotel will be unusually packed for the holiday weekend, which he described as typically “a little bit of a valley.” Some of those guests, he said, are regulars who are coming from areas in the northeast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“I have customers that I’ve dealt with in the last five years and they’ve been calling and saying, ‘We’re coming down,’ ” he said. “ ‘We’re going to get out of New York, Long Island, Connecticut.’ ”

Airline and travel analyst Henry Harteveldt, with Atmosphere Research Group, said many people in New York and New Jersey are likely still dealing with too many hassles and expenses — and limited travel options — to plan last-minute getaways. But he figured some of those residents might try to make travel plans to warmer destinations for holidays later this year or early next.

But for James Dixion, a 29-year-old private investigator who lives in Manhattan and took a major hit from the storm, November was the time to get out of town. The Miami-Dade native said he’d been staying with friends and relatives and putting in claims for possessions he lost to flooding when he decided to head south for the holiday with his brother and sister to escape the post-Sandy ordeals — and the cold.

On Monday, Dixion said he planned to check into the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort on Tuesday morning after visiting friends in the area.

“I’m enjoying this weather and it feels good to be away from the mess,” he said. “Right now we’re like calm waters. I just want to enjoy some family, some friends and take it easy for a couple of days and deal with everything else later.”

As Thanksgiving sneaks up, hotels and restaurants seek last-minute business – Business –

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The Ultra Music Festival

The Ultra Music Festival

Bayfront Park -Downtown Miami, FL Weekend 1 – March 15th, 16th, & 17th – Weekend 2 – March 22, 23, 24

Celebrating the 15th year anniversary this year, and with over 150,000 music enthusiasts from 71 countries expected to attend, and nearly 1,400,000 attendees throughout the years, Ultra Music Festival is considered the pioneer of a cultural movement.

Featuring more than 400 of the hottest DJs, bands, and producers spread out over 3 days and 24 stages of music, Ultra Music Festival 2013 will be the largest, most impressive edition to date.

Art Basel 2012 VIP Experience

Art Basel 2012 VIP Experience

From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks. Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. And every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel – the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. We look forward to welcoming you at Art Basel in Miami Beach. For inquiries regarding VIP issues, please contact us at

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Kitchen 305 11/22/12 « Soul Of Miami

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Kitchen 305 11/22/12Enjoy Thanksgiving at Kitchen 305 Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012, 1p.m. to 6p.m. Kitchen 305 at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort 16701 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 For reservations, please call 305-949-1300Executive Chef Chris Wong has planned a Thanksgiving dinner designed for families and friends to enjoy at Kitchen 305. A combination of international gourmet cuisine and American holiday favorites, Wong is serving a hearty, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast for $35 per person.   The holiday meal begins with a choice of starters from the cold bar including cranberry and tangerine compote, Sicilian olive salad with artichoke hearts, imported artisanal and domestic cheeses, an assortment of pates and traditional dilled Icelandic gravlax with champagne mustard sauce.   Diners will enjoy a carving station of oven-roasted turkey with Gilbert gravy, clove-studded, Smithfield Ham with maple glaze, prime rib with horseradish mouselline and herb roasted salmon topped with grain mustard cream sauce and salmon caviar.   Turkey day trimmings include spicy andouille and oyster corn bread stuffing and toffee candied yams with pecan glaze and apple cured bacon and walnuts.   An array of confections from apple and pear cobbler with Jack Daniel’s sauce, mini fresh fruit tartlets, flourless chocolate cake and old fashioned pumpkin pies promise to satisfy the sweet tooth.   Celebrate the holidays with the Kitchen 305 family by calling 305-949-1300 for reservations.

via Enjoy Thanksgiving at Kitchen 305 11/22/12 « Soul Of Miami.

Festivals & events in Miami – Time Out Miami


Miami needs no excuse to party: from the traditional to the tacky, the city is fast on its feet when it comes to celebrations. Be aware that some of the bigger events – Art Deco Weekend, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Miami Book Fair and the Miami International Boat Show – take place on holiday weekends and draw huge crowds.

The two most popular events – Art Basel and the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival – have hotels reserved for years in advance and are pretty much city holidays. Expect traffic.

Festivals & events in Miami – Time Out Miami.