Fall is here and football season has kicked off for Dolphins and Hurricanes fans in South Florida. Every season brings back fierce rivalries among otherwise the closest of friends, lucky laundry that absolutely can’t get washed during winning streaks, and perhaps most importantly, a passion for going all out when tailgating before games.
The Biltmore is unlike any other hotel in Miami. Located in the heart of the posh suburban city of Coral Gables, it stands as an example of old-world glamour in the otherwise bustling City Beautiful. The alluring building set in the architectural style of Mediterranean Revival entices visitors long before they event step foot through its doors. The hotel’s centerpiece, its center tower, modeled after the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain, once stood as the tallest building in Coral Gables and teases passersby with its peak that looms above the old banyan trees that cover the city’s roads.
The Nat Gubbins is the long-forgotten Biltmore Hotel cocktail, created at the Cascades Bar.
“Nat Gubbins, the London columnist, came to write about what was going on and introduced a pre-luncheon drink at the Cascades Bar: half-port, half-brandy with a twist, no ice, served in a small wine glass. It was guaranteed to lull the senses and produce relaxation along with avoirdupois.”
Let’s go back 120 years and see what was going on the day Miami became a city.
A minute by minute recap of the entire 8-hour affair, which ran from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. appeared in the July 31, 1896 weekly edition of The Miami Metropolis aka The Most Southern Newspaper Published on the Main Land of the United States. And while, the weekly newspaper organized news in chronological order, it’s interesting to note that the editors didn’t break the rules for the momentous occasion. It should be splashed all over the front page, no? I think readers would have forgiven them. The story simply titled “MIAMI INCORPORATED.” appears on the 5th page. Disclaimer: Phrasing has been kept intact in transcription.