Wednesday, March 23, 2011

South Beach Miami: Hotel Heaven!

Oh, SoBe, how I do love you. God-given temps, stunning art deco architecture, a true walking v and arguably, the most beautiful men in the world. South Beach was the first nabe in Miami to be established, back in 1910, and became a destination for millionaires in the 1920s. Art deco began to commandeer the area's commercial boom during the next decade, although it fell into disrepair by the late 1970s.

"Miami Vice," believe it or not, restored cachet in the 1980s, transitioning Miami Beach back into the one of the most glamorous destinations in the nation. It certainly didn't hurt that the gays also took ownership, further gentrifying the region. We gays are good at that, you know.

The former Georgian Hotel on Ocean Drive, now the restored Betsy Ross Hotel.Then, Jack's Gift Emporium...Now.... chain joint Wings...More retro meets present...And on to hotel row on Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive...