Tailgating in Paradise

Orange Bowl stadium, “Home of the Hurricanes,” – Miami, Florida. Not after 1946. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

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 Hotel: Old-World Glamour

Miami Daily News, Jan. 17, 1926 via Miami Archives
Just 2 days after opening! – Credit: Miami Daily News, January 17, 1926 via Miami Archives

On January 15, 2016, the Biltmore Hotel officially celebrated 90 years. The following is the chapter from Discovering Vintage Miami.

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.

Happy 120th Birthday Miami


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.

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