Art and More in Wynwood Arts District

Traveling to Miami presents miles of pristine beaches along with an exciting culinary and nightlife scene. Miami also features sports venues, family attractions, recreational activities and upscale shopping.

The city is well known for its dedication to the arts with numerous styles and mediums found in the Wynwood Arts District. It is a “must visit” destination for art enthusiasts and is a unique place to stay.

June Events in Wynwood Arts District

Edouard Duval-Carrié Artist - Wynwood Art Gallery Display

Pan American Art Projects currently has the work of Edouard Duval-Carrie on display through June 14. The exhibit includes older pieces as well as new work to include sculptures and paintings.

The monthly Wynwood Art Walk, scheduled for June 14 this month, features many of the city’s amazing local artists.  You can find three different one-hour guided tours during the Art Walk, each focusing on different creative art spaces.

The Children’s Museum will host Art After Dark on Thursday, June 19, from 6:30pm to 9pm beginning with a cocktail reception followed by artwork for sale by Bakehouse Art Complex resident artists.

Bakehouse Art Complex located in the Art Deco bakery building, has a Pancake Party scheduled for June 22 from 10am to 3pm. Guests enjoy contests, decorating, music and hands-on activities.

Wynwood Art Galleries

The Privee Gallery, at 2301 NW 2ND Ave. features an exquisite collection of contemporary art through innovative sculptures and paintings.

At the Warehouse, the Margulies Collection features seasonal exhibitions of sculpture, video, paintings, and photography from the collection of Martin Z. Margulies, along with work on loan, and special exhibits.

A long-standing point of interest, Art Fusion Galleries provides a platform for aspiring artists by pairing new and innovative art styles created through multiple mediums from artists around the world.

Miami Museums

Perez Art Museum has supported the arts in Miami since 1984. New art, paints, photography, and sculpture continue to intrigue with innovative and thought provoking artwork.

Constructed in 1914-1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named a Historic National Landmark. Enjoy a guided tour of the estate that includes the 34-room main house and 10 acres of gardens. Renowned artist, John Singer Sargent, created watercolors of the estate during his visit in 1916.

The Miami Children’s Museum offers a mixture of education, excitement, and discovery with interactive and bilingual exhibits in its 14 galleries. The museum has scheduled activities every Saturday in June.

Art Deco District

Take a guided walking tour of Miami’s Art Deco District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an awe-inspiring visual display of architecture with 800 buildings built from 1923 to 1943. From glass blocks and porthole windows to smooth curves and pastel colors, the district earmarks a significant period in art history.

Miami aims to please both the culinary palate of travelers through a smorgasbord of cultural cuisines, as well as visual palettes, with visits to local attractions and artistic destinations.

 

Shopping in Wynwood

When you are in Miami, it’s not just about the incredible beaches. It’s also about the shopping – and the Wynwood Arts District has some incredible shopping opportunities for just about anything you can think of. We have compiled a list of some of the hot spots to hit while you are in the city so that you can have something amazing to show for your vacation.

Fashion

There are plenty of retail shops available for you to explore including:

  • 1 of K Denim, the ultimate place for Italian jeans. Each style of jeans is limited to only 1,000 produced so there is a go chance of being the only one at the party in these stylish jeans!
  • Kore Boutique near Wynwood has 3 total locations and carries chic, trendy, and unique styles for all. Definitely worth several visits!
  • MVM Miami, a women’s boutique: The reviews for MVM Miami on Yelp say it all!
  • Mega Shoes, a fashionable place for footwear and the self-proclaimed leaders in distributing women’s fast-fashion footwear worldwide.
  • Maria Morena, finally an affordable boutique with all the latest styles!

Women Shopping in Wynwood

These places and more can be some of the best places to go to get your shopping on, especially when you want to purchase all of the latest fashion trends. If you don’t mind a short drive, you can also head into Bal Harbour for more shopping where you will be treated to the best brands, such as Gucci and Oscar de la Renta.

Outdoor Shopping

Throughout the Wynwood Arts District, you can do a lot of outdoor shopping. This gives you a chance to soak up the sun, view art through the gallery windows, and enjoy a lot of retail stores. Popular places to visit include:

– Bayside Marketplace: Over 150 shops including Victoria’s Secret and Gap along with jewelry stores and more

– Mary Brickwell Village: Tree-lined courtyards with incredible boutiques

– CocoWalk: a multi-cultural experience with lots of little shops as well as cafes for you to stop in for a bite to eat

– Shops at Sunset Place: Armani Exchange and Banana Republic are just a few of the high-end brands you will find here

– Village of Merrick Park: 115 shops and restaurants await you, including Tiffany and Burberry

– The Falls: More than 100 shops are here, including Macy’s and other large department stores.

Whatever you are looking for to buy, you will find it within these shops. Some are located in the heart of the Arts District while others are a short drive away. Depending on how long you are in town for, you will be able to shop until you drop with the variety that is found in and around where you are staying with us.

You deserve to enjoy some retail therapy and the shopping in Wynwood Miami has been explored by people from around the globe. There are plenty of stores and boutiques around for you to get what you want and tap into the fashion that has put Miami on the map

 

Experience The Wynwood Life Festival This Weekend

Wynwood Life Festival April 25-27 Miami

#WywoodLife

What better way to enjoy your weekend than to peruse the art-filled streets of Wynwood, move to the beats of some great music, sip on a cool drink, and chow down on some tasty fare, all while gawking at live art and fashion models??

Wynwood Life Festival happening this weekend, April 25-27, 2014.  It’s a cultural street festival that will feature all of the above-mentioned fun.  This festival allows local artists, musicians, and businesses to show you what they’ve got…  And lucky for you, it’s some pretty cool stuff!

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The whole festival sprang into existence based on a blog about what was happening in Wynwood and someone wanting to bring that blog experience to life.  Tony Albelo was the man behind this vision, who is also behind other big events in Miami such as the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, Govetoberfest and Sprung.  He took his ideas for street festivals and mixed them with his love for street art, which is so prevalent in the Wynwood neighborhood.  Throw in some music, food, fashion, bloggers, and locals and it sounds like one heck of a party.

Trek6 Wynwood Life Festival Poster

Trek6 Official Commemorative Poster Art – Courtesy WynwoodLife.com

Albelo got together with famous street artist, Trek6, who has painted many walls around Wynwood, and designated him the official poster artist.  Not only will the permanent works of art that make up the “Wall of Fame” be present, as the Wynwood Life Festival is set up right alongside it between 22nd and 24th Streets, but there will be a new wall at the event as well.  This one was constructed of bricks just for Trek6’s canvas to create the official poster art.  This mural will then be available for the first 300 people to take home a piece of the wall along with the commemorative poster print.

Tonight is the premiere of the event, kicking off at 5pm.  And although there will be plenty going on all night, some of the more notable happenings include the Miami fashion blogger fashion show hitting the stage at 7pm and the performance of Baloji.  Saturday events run from 12-11pm and will also include a Fashion Show at 7pm along with several live art and music performances.  Sunday will conclude the event with the same hours, where several local favorites will own the music stage.  You won’t want to miss out on the amazing food options or the great finds from locals selling art, jewelry, crafts, and so much more.

The expected turn out is around 20,000 people throughout the weekend.  You can purchase tickets for each day you would like to attend.  Tickets are still available online until 5pm tonight (use discount code: PRESALE50 for a discount) or you can purchase tickets at the event, starting at $15 for general admission for Saturday or Sunday or $25 for tonight.  There are also combo tickets and VIP tickets available.  For more information, please visit WynwoodLife.com.  See you there!

Best Apps for the Frequent Business Traveler

Best Apps for the Frequent Business Traveler

It’s Monday morning and you’re trying to justify to yourself hitting the snooze button one more time but who are you kidding? Time to sh*t, shave, and shower and go over some last second packing because you are a frequent business traveler and it’s time to go. It’s time to put your traveling face back on because the weekend is over and you don’t commute to work….you FLY to work.

Frequent business travelers are in a league of their own. Time management is not some term your HR manager preaches, it’s a necessity of life, literally a lifesaver. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and a seasoned traveler will tell you that they couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. Well, first-class would be the way to go but that’s a work in progress with no end in sight. At least, you have a nice expense account because hey traveling isn’t easy and you need it.

What is the most essential gear to frequent traveling success? Technology, of course! The last thing you are going to forget to pack is your laptop, iPad, and smartphone because without it things would get tricky. Considering our exponentially increasing dependence on technology I decided to ask the question: What are the best apps available right now to help you get the most out of your weekly travels?

Best Apps for the Frequent Business Traveler

Fortunately for us, CNN and PC Magazine have already asked those questions and dug into the research to give us the answers. Here are my best three apps:

 

Google Maps

This one is almost a given. Every Android phone or tablet comes ready to go with Google Maps out of the box. IPhone ditched it for their own map (oops!) but you can easily download it in the App Store. New updates make Google Maps even better with options to choose your transit mode between walking, car, or public transportation.

 

Worldmate

Specifically designed for the business traveler this app has almost everything you need. It consolidates all your travel booking info including hotels, cars, and flights and makes an organized itinerary. It’s topped off with nifty features like world clocks, hotel booking functions, and integration with Linkedin and Outlook mail

 

Evernote

If you’re familiar with Evernote’s desktop software then you’ll already have a head start. While not purposefully designed for traveling, it features are very well suited for frequent travelers who need to stay organized. Take pictures of important documents for viewing online or take a picture of a receipt to add to your expense report. This little tool make note-taking to another level.

Miami Music Week & Ultra Music Festival 2014

It’s Miami Music Week and if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet you should be worried because many of the events are already sold out! Miami is infamously known for its late entrances and procrastination so don’t feel too bad. The good news is that there are still general admissions tickets available (as of the posting of this blog at least).

Miami Music Week 2014

Miami Music Week started March 25th and has daily events, lineups, and artists through Sunday March 30th. Of course, the darling of this event is of course Ultra Music Festival, which takes place from March 28th to March 30th. Miami Music Weeks attracts thousands of DJs, performers, and music lover from around the world with a focus on Electronic Music. In only a matter of years, the Miami Music Week has become a world renowned electronic music event transforming the city into a bustling and music themed phenomenon. The lineup literally has too many to list and if you’re an avid electronic music fan you won’t see too many names you’re not familiar with.

Ultra Music Festival 2014

There are still general admissions tickets available for this year’s Ultra Music Festival, which you can buy Ultra Music Festival tickets online here.Your best deal to see it all is to buy the 3 day pass will run you $399.95 plus fees. But with a lineup that includes renowned DJs such as Avicci, Steve Angello, and David Guetta it is well worth it. There were also be live performances by bands MGMT, Empire of the Sun, and M.I.A making it one of the most stacked lineups of any music festival in the country. To see the full lineup yourself visit Ultra’s official website where you can find a list of all artists and dates they are performing. To stay up to date on the latest news and official updates from the Ultra Festival make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Ultra Music Festival Miami 2014

If this is your first year attending, Vibe gives some great tips on navigating the event like a true Ultra veteran.  Great tips considering you can expect to see 50,000 to 60,000 people a day at the event and traffic will be rerouted all over downtown Miami.

Enjoy Miami Music Week and the Ultra Music Festival and remember to share your pics with us on Real Living Residences’ Facebook page and if you are looking for a short term apartment near Wynwood to crash after the party make sure to check Real Living Residences for availability.

The Small Neighborhoods of Miami Full of Culture

Miami Beach may be the most well-known part of the fascinating city of Miami, but there are several smaller neighborhoods that have quite the culture and charm of their own, perfect example: Wynwood.  Some other less-well-known areas are found in the neighborhoods of Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Little Haiti, and Overtown.  These spots want some Miami love too!

It's So Miami in Wynwood Miami

It’s So Miami – MiamianBeaches.com

Now the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is going to put some more focus on these great neighborhoods and what they have to offer.  Good news is, these areas of Miami will be even more happening and providing more offerings for all its guests.  Bad news, these great local spots won’t be your little secret anymore!  They have too much to offer to keep favorite spots hidden.

Now all the best restaurants, shops, café’s, galleries, recreation centers, bars, markets, you name it are all asked to be exposed.  As part of a marketing campaign called, “It’s So Miami”, we turn to Miami locals to recommend their favorite gems to share with the rest of the world.  And to make sure no one is enticed to keep the secrets to themselves, SoMiamiInsider.com is having contests that could land locals $1000.

Miami also wants to invite visitors to step outside the “tourist” role, stay a little longer to explore, and make Miami feel like your city while you are in it.

Right now the focus for “It’s So Miami” is on Little Havana, where the scents of Cuban Coffee and Cigars fill the air where traditional Cuban music plays.  Little Havana is a quite unique, just as each of the other neighborhoods are.

Coconut Grove may seem a little more famous than some of the others mentioned, but few may know much about the historic Village West area or have really explored the Charles Avenue corridor.

Wynwood has gotten a lot more attention due to its transformation into a true art district, but there are still so many amazing boutiques, galleries, and other places that have snuck under the radar.  This neighborhood has so much to explore, especially when you never know what great find will appear around the corner.

Miami certainly has a wide range of culture to offer in each of their many regions.  Even Miami locals can venture outside their neighborhood to feel like they are visiting a new city or discover a place they never knew was so close to them.

One of the best ways to experience all of Miami is to snag a furnished short-term apartment in one of the local neighborhoods like Wynwood and start exploring!  This approach gives you all the amenities you need, such as a full kitchen, washer & dryer, plenty of space to even do some entertaining with new friends you make.

 

Wynwood Art Walk on Second Saturdays

Wynwood is a place of art, creativity, and unique style.  It radiates this throughout the prevalent galleries, retail shops, cafés, streets, and all over the walls of this hip, so-ho-flavored neighborhood.  Its artistic nature calls for people to come spectate everything it has to offer.

Wynwood Arts District - Second Saturday Art Walk

Every Second Saturday of the month, galleries open their doors and people flock the streets for Wywood Art Walk to explore all that Miami’s Arts District has to offer.  Most of the Art Walk stretches from NW 2nd Ave to NE 2nd Ave and approximately a block south of I195 to nearly I395.  The main hours of the monthly event are 6:00-11pm, but each gallery or exhibit may open or close a little earlier or later.  There are over 60 different art galleries, art complexes, and art collections in Wynwood, so plan on making multiple appearances since you won’t be able to see everything in one trip.  Artwork ranges from graffiti, paintings, photography, sculptures, multimedia, murals, sculptures, contemporary pieces, and other designs.

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Each spot is regularly updating or rotating its collections.  You will want to keep attending another Art Walk to see what’s new, what you missed, and just soak in the good vibes and entertainment happening amid the streets.  Wynwood Art Walk has really grown into an event about more than just art.  It’s got music, people watching, a bit of bar-hopping, and just about something for everyone.  The eclectic crowd includes a mix of art enthusiasts, hipsters, business professionals (in their weekend wear), and your almost-average Joe.  It is “the place-to-be” for locals, and the tourists are wanting to get a taste of Art Walk too.

Wynwood Walls - Real Living Residences Miami

This month of March, there is plenty to see at Art Walk.  One buzzed-about exhibit is at Locust Projects by the local artist, Christy Gast.  Her works reflect some of the issues going on today in Ukraine and Russia’s dominance that eludes to a reminder of the Cold War.  Read more about March’s Art Walk Exhibits here.

Some galleries offer some lite bites or beverages, but in between or after art-gazing, it’s fun to stop for a drink or bite to eat in one of Wynwood’s many bars or restaurants.  Or, take a trip to the yard full of gourmet food trucks where you are sure to find something to satiate your taste buds.  These trucks are located at the corner of NW 23rd St. and NW 2nd Ave.

If you aren’t sure where to begin or need a little direction, want the inside-scoop about the art, or just would like to tour in a group, try a guided tour.  WynwoodArtWalk.com does a few different tours, typically about an hour long.  One tour for the current Art Walk is a Jameson Graffiti Tour, where you will visit exhibits and areas displaying graffiti murals and receive a complimentary Jameson drink.

Explore The Nightlife in Wynwood Miami

Wynwood has become the new neighborhood that Miami locals love and tourists must visit.  Although many were first attracted by the art, Wynwood now has people coming for other reasons as well, and South Beach might even be getting a little jealous of this quickly-growing spot that’s continuing to show off its trendy culture.

Let’s talk about the Wynwood Nightlife…

Cocktail pour red - Happy Hour Drinks in Wynwood

It’s the laid-back version of a fun night out on the town.  You typically won’t find the generic, raging, fist-pumping, crazy-strobe-light action that is filling the clubs across the rest of Miami, not to say you won’t find great music or some space to dance.  The scene is just a lot more artsy, and most places have a fairly relaxed vibe.  You will find more lounges and a good mix of different type of bars… some with a grungier look (but with quite an allure about it), and some more art-deco, but most of which have some pretty swank drink concoctions, craft beers, art, and great times to be had.

Here are a few lounges/bars/restaurants we’d recommend you check out in Wynwood.  What are you looking for?

Happy Hour: Bloom or Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Both Bloom and Wynwood Kitchen & Bar have are more of a restaurant, but with some bar atmosphere.  The art and design of each of these places is very captivating and visually appealing. They are very relaxed and great for munching on some small bites and sipping on drinks.  Happy hour specials make it the perfect time to enjoy either of these spots.  Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is located just outside of the Wynwood Walls, which is an attraction in and of itself.

Bloom Wynwood

Bloom Wynwood

Beer Garden: The Butcher Shop

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill has a great little beer garden with a rotation of draft beers.  They also have a good selection of craft bottled beers.  On Saturdays they even have Sausage Parties… Wait, it’s not what you think!  You will get a free sausage with every 2 beers your purchase.  You can stop here when you want to bring home some meats to cook yourself too… it’s just like an old-fashioned butcher shop.

Casual Local’s Bar: Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern has an intimate inside with graffiti art on the walls.  The more relaxing outdoor areas have plenty of places to take a seat and have some good conversation as you drink a refreshing beer.  This place has a bit of the characteristic “grunge” we mentioned above that gives it such great personality.

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

The Happening Spot: Gramps

Gramps has an old-school/retro feel about it.  You can tell before you even walk in by the bright orange building with the promise of air conditioning, cold beer, and cocktails, on the outside.  It’s usually pretty loud inside, sometimes crazy, sure to have people dancing or listening to music, and is often “the place to be”.  It even has live musicians performing at times. Be sure to try their delicious hand-made drinks… one of our favorites is “Rosemary’s Baby”, which is a reduction of Earl Grey and rosemary, lemon, and gin.

Upscale Lounge: Cafeina

Cafeina is chic dim-lit lounge with beautiful art and décor, and elegant hanging chandlers.  The outdoor area is just as pretty.  You won’t find the characteristic Wynwood graffiti or warehouse-looking rooms.  This place cleaned up well, yet still has all the charm Wynwood has to offer.  TSL Lounge, is another nice place to try if you are in the mood for an eclectic and art-filled lounge.

Cafeina

Cafeina

Live Music: Bardot

This place is trying to stay under the radar.  It’s everything against the mainstream, so don’t let the secret get out too far, but this hidden gem is a great place to see live music and performances.  There are plenty of games here to keep you entertained between their shows, and their drink list, like many in Wynwood, is not too shabby at all.  The “Honey Mule” is a tasty vodka drink with honey syrup, pressed lime, and hand-crafted ginger served in their signature copper mug.

More Information about Wynwood

For more information about some great places to check out around Wynwood, visit the Eat, See, and Play section of Real Living’s website.  Also keep checking back with our blog to find our more fun happenings and other great info for travelers who want to feel like a local.

Balcony view at Real Living in Cynergi Building Wynwood Mimai

View from Real Living

If you need a place to stay, visit Real Living Residences, which is just a short walk away from all the places mentioned above.  They have complete apartments you can rent out for a few nights or if you are staying in town for a few months.  You’ll be in the center of action, feel like a local, and can even relax on the rooftop pool after a long night out on the town.

Wynwood Art District: Miami’s Newest Hot Spot

Leave it to the city where there is so much to do, so much entertainment, and so many nightlife options to discover a brand new spot – Miami’s Wynwood Art District. It didn’t start out as much; the area was a run-down warehouse and manufacturing district of Greater Miami. Today, it is one of the most prominent creative communities in the country according to the Wynwood Arts District Association, which is charged with the well-being and improvement of the area. The eclectic area is home to over 70 art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, bars, and shops as well as one of the largest outdoor art exhibits known as Wynwood Walls.

Events at Wynwood Art District

The art district has quickly built a name for itself thanks to its participation in Art Basel fair. Most recently, it has introduced Second Saturday Art Walk, which has been a major showcase for the community. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Miami locals attend the Art Walk every other Saturday as a great change of pace to Miami’s typical bar and club scene. Popular food trucks attend every Art Walk serving a variety of delicious food on the go. Around the corner, a local market sells local products such as music, clothes, art, and other unique selections. All of the galleries are open to the public and are on full display of its collections, many times with the artists on hand. It’s quickly become a must-attend event.

Wynwood Art District Wynwood Walls

Wynwood is truly a unique community. Around every corner you are confronted with an eclectic mix of its humble past and its transformation into a bustling art hub. Buildings proudly display elaborate art murals as a hipster would a tattoo. You get a real sense of community when stepping into a local establishment. There is truly nothing else like it in Miami, maybe not in Florida for that matter. It is something you must experience for yourself. Whether you are an art enthusiastic or not, Wynwood’s culture is unique, captivating, and intoxicating.