December 2018 Newsletter
Vol. 6 No. 24
THANK YOU!

Thank you for yet another AMAZING year!
It is amazing how time flies.
To all of our sponsors and friends, we would like to take this time and thank you for your continued support and to our Concierge Index SFCA Map, and MAESTRO sponsors THANK YOU for believing in our profession. Without you the journey would not be the same .

Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous holiday and new year!

Warm Regards,
Your SFCA Board of Directors
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MEMBER NEWS
Surfside Events

Inaugural Glenn Douglas Chamber Music Festival by the Sea

December 31: 2:30pm
Surf Club Art Gallery
Four Seasons Hotel and Residences
9001 Collins Avenue

This holiday season, an international group of renowned classical musicians from the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra come to South Florida to perform a series of stunning concerts. Join us for a special Teatime Matinee performance, “A Gypsy New Year’s Eve” on December 31 at 2:30 p.m. Featuring a stunning program with works by Brahms, Kodaly and Mozart. For tickets and more information, please visit www.winterchambermusic.com
Aventura Mall
Holiday Hours

December 14th - 23rd: 9a - 10p

December 24th: 8a - 6p
December 25th: CLOSED

December 31st: 10a - 7p
January 1st: 10a - 9:30p
Lincoln Road

Yoga on Lincoln Road; Offered 10 a.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Euclid Avenue and Lincoln Road. Yoga classes are free and dog-friendly, and kids are encouraged to join in on the fun.
BIRTHDAYS
12/10 Brooke Price, Royal Palm
12/13 Joaquin Pastora, Hotel Colonnade
12/15 Miguel Fleites, Carillon Hotel
12/17 Marci Fermin, Boca Raton Resort
12/18 Maria Miller, Hyatt Regency
12/19 Christian Gamarra, Dream Hotel
12/19 Carlos Ayala, Mandarin Oriental
12/21 Rosa Rosario, FAENA
12/22 Mariana Malek, Trump Inter.
12/23 James McGlaughlin, Nobu
12/24 Claudine Benavides, Biltmore
12/31 Louis Lennis, 1 Hotel
EVENTS
Santa's Enchanted Forest
November - January 6
Tropical Park, Miami, FL

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening again this season at Miami's Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, a roller coaster or play in a fun house. Single day and season passes are available. Children ages 2 and under are free. The park is open from November until the beginning of January 2019.
Deering Holiday Wonderland
December 1 - 31
Miami, FL

Tour the elegant and historic Deering Estate located on the edge of Biscayne Bay when it’s festively decorated for the holidays and decked out in beautiful Christmas lights. Highlights include story time and photos with Santa Claus (Saturday, December 8th), Festival of Trees evening stroll (Wednesday, December 12th), as well as the Holiday Champagne Bay Cruise (Sunday, December 16th).Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 14. Special events like the Holiday Bay Cruise are $35 per person.
Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
December 19
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Coconut Grove, FL

Spend an evening strolling the grounds, specially decorated for the holidays just as they would have been 100 years ago when James Deering called the museum home. Wander through the Main House after dark (an opportunity that comes but twice a year), gather round the organ for traditional holiday tunes and celebrate the season with complimentary cocktails and sugary treats.
King Mango Strut Parade
December 30: 2pm
Main Highway & Commodore Plaza
Coral Gables, FL

Coconut Grove’s wacky  King Mango Strut Parade  has been called “the weirdest parade in the universe.” Every year on the last Sunday in December, witty locals dress up in crazy costumes and build floats that parody current events and pop culture. The parade starts at the corner of Main Highway and Commodore Plaza and struts its way through the lush and tropical streets of the eclectic Coconut Grove neighborhood. The parade is at 2:00 p.m., but get there early to stake out a good spot. The event is free.
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SPORTS
Miami Dolphins
vs. Jacksonville
12/23: 1:00pm
Florida Panthers
vs. Montreal
12/28: 7:00pm

vs. Philadelphia
12/29: 7:00pm

Miami Heat
vs. Houston
12/20: 8:00pm

vs. Milwaukee
12/22: 8:00pm

vs. Toronto
12/26: 7:30pm

vs. Cleveland
12/28: 8:00pm

vs. Minnesota
12/30: 6:00pm
ARTS & CONCERTS
Adrienne Arsht
Performing Arts Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
South Florida Concert Venues
AmericanAirlines Arena
BB&T Center
Cruzan Amphitheatre
Bayfront Park
Fillmore Miami Beach
Hard Rock Stadium
FEATURED RESTAURANTS
Swan
90 NE 39th Street
Miami, FL 33137
305-704-0994

Swan is the perfect addition to bustling city Miami. The Ken Fulk-designed restaurant features executive chef  Jean Imbert’s  Modern Chic cuisine , a menu that focuses on local ingredients and clean eating with a global influence.
The Jim and Neesie
3120 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
786-496-5730

Located inside the new Generator Hostel, The Jim and Neesie serves up plenty of frozen drinks and low ABV cocktails along with dishes like ceviche, burgers, pastas and more, all in a hip yet approachable setting.
Ono Poke Shop
2320 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
786-618-5366

Poke shops are becoming a dime a dozen in this town, but Ono Poke stands out from the pack. Led by a Makoto vet, it features a selection of poke bowls plus create-your-own varieties in a fast causal, Hawaiian themed setting.
FABULOUS 4
Miami Sidecar Tours
A classic motorcycle sidecar experience

The Ural motorcycle, allows for 3 people to ride in comfort, style and safety. 2 people plus a private guide to drive and provide you with entertaining stories and facts about Miami. Miami Sidecar Tours cater to people of all ages (8 and up), shapes, sizes and abilities and allow for stopping for photos and video so you can share your adventure with friends and family and have memories that will last a lifetime.

So whether you want to see the city highlights, take a cruise down Ocean Drive, indulge in a romantic evening ride for 2 or an all day touring adventure,
we can arrange a special sidecar experience just for you that's sure to put a smile on your face. 
Kennedy Space Center
via American Travelink

Our tour today takes us to one of the most advanced and interesting place on earth. Kennedy Space center, home to NASA and the launch center for the different space programs since the 1960’s. Enjoy the interactive exhibits, IMAX movies and the astronaut hall of fame, don’t Miss the Saturn V, the Apollo rockets and the more advanced space shuttle.

Our tour starts at the visitor’s center and an opportunity to learn about the history of man’s quest to explore space. Then enjoy a guided tour of the outdoor part of the center which includes the launch pads, and the site of the famous Apollo 8 launch. After lunch (not included) we depart the Kennedy Space Center and head south.
Spearfishing in Miami

The sea of Miami is characterized by clean waters and variety of fish that inhabit coral reef and shipwrecks. Learn with Jorge Mario, Cuban spearfishing national champion and expert guide.
Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening again this season at Miami's Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, a roller coaster or play in a fun house. Single day and season passes are available. Children ages 2 and under are free. The park is open from November until the beginning of January 2019.
COOL APP
Transit
Transit  is a fantastic aid to your urban commute, helping you plan out the fastest public transport routes to your destination. The app provides routes that combine numerous transportation methods — such as trains, buses, and bike sharing — while also factoring in short walks to each stop and wait times. Transit can provide real-time data on arrival times of your bus or train, compare routes, step-by-step navigation, and notifications for service line disruptions. You can even book an Uber or reserve a car2go from within the app if public transport has failed you.
WALL OF FAME
Submit your TripAdvisor reviews to info@sfcaonline.com to be featured in the Maestro.
The Diplomat
Charlie Phynes Garcia

What made this stay so special was Charlotte from the Concierge at the Diplomat. I received a text from Charlotte literally as I was getting off the plane at the Ft Lauderdale airport. She asked me what she could do to help during my stay. I was looking for an early check in for a special occasion. Charlotte really went above and beyond to make this stay incredible for this special occasion.
Credits

SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
Editor: Joey Oros

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of Maestro.
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