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

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 dealsaver.com 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 – MiamiHerald.com.

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.

The Dana Agency Secures the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon on FOX’s Deco Drive – YouTube

The Dana Agency Secures the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon on FOX’s Deco Drive – YouTube.

Miami Beach Travel Tips | U.S. News Travel

Will Smith once rapped, “Ain’t no city in the world like this,” and thousands continue to travel to Miami Beach to confirm his words. Why else would MTV have relocated its tumultuous party crew, the cast of Jersey Shore, away from their northern abode? But don’t let Snooki and her friends fool you: A wide variety of people — including waifish models, amateur architecture critics, distinguished seniors, and sun-seeking families — enjoy the renowned shores of “America’s Riviera.” North Miami Beach is where you’ll find the kid-friendliest beaches, the most interesting Art Deco architecture, and the most affordable restaurants and hotels. Less than 10 miles away are the galleries, museums and theaters of Greater Miami.

And then there’s “SoBe,” or South Beach. This popular southernmost neighborhood proves that Miami Beach is more like two cities — a family-friendly vacation when the sun is shining and a super-chic hotspot once the evening arrives. If want to keep up with the Joneses (or Snooki, for that matter), you’ll have to flash your AmEx black card at the high-end stores, schmooze at the cutting-edge fusion restaurants, dance at the energetic nightclubs and relax poolside at the Art Deco hotels. For a little less pretense, window shop at the Lincoln Road Mall, chow-down at a low-key Floribbean joint and toss back a (decidedly cheaper) cocktail at a lower key watering hole.

Miami Beach Travel Tips | U.S. News Travel.

Red South Beach Hotel. Deal of the day! 3 days and 2 nights for $99

Red South Beach Hotel | BookedMiami | Lifestyle For Less – Hotels, Airfare & Packages.

| BookedMiami | Lifestyle For Less – Hotels, Airfare & Packages

| BookedMiami | Lifestyle For Less – Hotels, Airfare & Packages.