With the Miami Beach Convention Center recently completing a $615-million state-of-the-art transformation, you can bet more business travelers will likely be heading down to South Beach (SoBe)for meetings and conferences.
If you are one of the lucky ducks who has a conference in SoBe and you find yourself with a spare hour or so, think about heading over to the Wolfsonian- Florida International University Museum. It’s right in the heart of the city, just blocks from the Convention Center at Washington and 10th and its permanent and rotating exhibits dating from the Industrial Revolution through the end of the Second World War are fantastic.
The building itself, the Washington Storage Company, was expanded and renovated in 1992 by architect Mark Hampton in collaboration with architect William Kearns to convert it from a storage place for Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.’s large collection of rare books and objects on modern design, architecture and decorative arts into a museum and research center. The modernist lobby, museum café and shop are just a prelude to the exhibit space for permanent and temporary galleries dramatically arranged around light wells,
The museum is open various hours every day except Wed. and it’s just $10 to get in (or free on Friday nights from 6-9 if you happen to be there then) So if you’re in Miami Beach for work and find that elusive bit of time that we business travelers sometimes get, head down to Washington and 10th and poke into the Wolfsonian-FIU and get lost in a whimsical “blast from the past”
1001 Washington Avenue
(corner of Washington and 10th)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Because I travel from Minneapolis to other cities, I forget that some of you might be traveling to Minneapolis and want to know of some fun, interesting things there are to do here. So if you’re business travels bring you to the “Mini – Apple” Here are three things that you can do if you find yourself with an hour or two.
1) Walk the skyways – According to Wikipedia, “Minneapolis skyways connect various buildings in 69 full city blocks over 11 miles of downtown Minneapolis, enabling people to walk in climate controlled comfort year-round.” (Great news – especially if you’re here in the winter!)
It’s not only just fun way to get from building to building, there are restaurants and shops throughout these passageways as well.
2) Wander down Nicollet Mall – Nicollet Mall is 11 blocks that run through the heart of downtown Minneapolis with shops and restaurants for every taste. Take in a few shops and then stop and head up to the “rooftop lawn” (weather permitting) at Brit’s Pub for a pint.
3) Walk along the Mississippi – Yep, “The Big Muddy” runs right through downtown Minneapolis (it’s why Minneapolis was know as the flour mill capital of the world and how it got its nickname “Mill City”) There’s a great walking path all along the Mississippi – and depending on where you go, you’ll see the Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, the Stone Arch Bridge, St Anthony Falls, and many other landmarks. If you get a nice day/evening and can get there, the Riverfront is a fantastic way to get out of the hotel for a stroll and some fresh air
Enjoy Minneapolis if you come!