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2015 Tours, golf & spouse events

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Wednesday, April 22  
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Shotgun Start Golf Tournament*
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Art Deco Walking Tour*
Thursday, April 23  
 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Miami Magic City Bus & Walking Tour* 
9:30 am – 11:00 am Young Executives Bike Tour* 
Friday, April 24  
 7:00 am – 7:30 am  17th Annual Fun Run Walk*
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Spouse Miami City Food Tour*
Saturday, April 25  
9:30 am – 10:30 am Spouse Fitness Class thru Exhale*
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Everglades Safari Tour*
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Miami Marina and Mansions Tour* 
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Miami Beach Segway Tour*
Afternoon Water Sports available through Boucher Brothers  
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm South Beach Walking Food Tour*
Opening Evening  
Sunday, April 26   
10:00 am – 2:00 pm  Spouse Tour of Villa Vizcaya*

South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $53 per person

Start your visit to Miami by exploring South Beach (“SoBe”), the American Riviera, an international tourist destination, and the city’s favorite playground all rolled into one. It’s packed with trendy restaurants, nightclubs, funky shops, and artists’ studios. The area has become a stomping ground for the international fashion, media, and entertainment crowd. You might spot them in the sidewalk cafes and
glamorous art deco hotels. 

The candy-colored historic Art Deco District provides the background for this square mile encompassing more than 800 buildings that reflect the Art Deco architecture of the 1930’s and the Mediterranean Revival style of the 1920’s. Most of these landmarks are within a few hundred yards of the beach. Set against a bright azure sky, the white exteriors with their pink, aqua and green trim seem to shimmer in the sunlight. What is now called the Art Deco District was developed mainly after the devastating hurricane of 1926 leveled much of Miami Beach. Residents turned tragedy into triumph.

This 90-minute walking tour provides a unique opportunity to explore deco-age arts and architecture, examine historic preservation efforts and experience the excitement of South Beach. Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue are the focal points on the tour.

Tour requirements: Please wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen.

Miami Magic City Bus & Walking Tour2015 Convention Images

Thursday, April 23 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Price: $95 per person

Delving into the unknown can sometimes be as invigorating as a dip in the surf. And to that end, this unique coach and walking tour offers you a way of seeing Miami that most people rarely experience. What you will
learn along the less-traveled path will enrich and engage you. 

Explore Miami’s most famous and historic neighborhoods which bring to life the history and wonder of this eclectic city. Hear about Miami’s early pioneers and their stories of adventure and hardship in the Florida wilderness that is now Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Miami, and South Beach. The juxtaposition of native flora and the Miami skyline provides spectacular views on your way through paradise. This tour will both give you a taste of the diversity that makes life in Miami a truly international experience and paint a picture of early settlement life on the banks of the Miami River.

This tour covers the five historic neighborhoods of Miami (Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, downtown Miami and South Beach) and stops once or twice in each neighborhood where guests get off the bus for guided walks. It is the only tour offered in Miami that visits the inside of the restored historic Pan American seaplane terminal which now houses Miami City Hall. Sample a Cuban coffee at a traditional walkup window in the Latin Quarter and visit a boutique cigar manufacturing facility hosted
by members of a five generation Cuban cigar-making family.

Young Executives Bike Tour

Thursday, April 23, 2015 • 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Price: $49 per person, includes bike rental fee, helmets and guide

Bike and Roll Miami provides a great tour of the Miami Beach area. Parts of the tour will traverse the paved pathway that runs along the South Beach section, passing by the Loews hotel and then you will pass by the South Pointe Pier and Park on your way to Lincoln Road. You will have a chance to network with other young executives and share experiences as the convention continues during the weekend.

17th Annual Fun Run Walk2015 Convention Images

Friday, April 24, 2015 • 7:00 am – 7:30 am 
Price: $17 per person, includes 2015 tee shirt

Start your morning with a brisk run or walk along Miami Beach. Take it all the way to South Pointe where you can spot the cruise ships returning to port or turn around at your own pace. Always a great way to catch up with active NAHAD members and spouses.

Spouse Miami City Food Tour2015 Convention Images

Friday, April 24, 2015 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Price: $152 per person, includes transportation and food tastings 

Join with NAHAD spouseson a Miami Culinary Foodie Guided Tour to uncover exotic ingredients both used in traditional food and modern culinary trends. Discover Miami by tasting your way through multiple neighborhoods. You will gain insider’s knowledge of each of the neighborhoods while stopping for delicious food and hearing anecdotes of those doing the cooking. Your Itinerary includes: In South Beach, Smoked potato beef empanada with shredded beef patacon. Refajo (alcoholic) drink tasting and a taste of Guarapo (non-alcoholic) drink. A visit to the Design District. Visit a friendly neighborhood French Deli for a taste of their Florentine Quiche and sweet Madeleine. Then travel to Little Havana for a guided cultural and historical walking tour of the neighborhood; introduction to Domino park, learn all about the Cuban cigar at a place that has been run by the same family through the generations, visit to a local artist studio. Learn all about and taste the Cuban classic; ham, cheese, pork, pickles and mustard sandwich, as well as Passion fruit and mamey (or what’s in season!) ice-cream. And, not to be missed, the taste of the best cafe Cubano in town at a place that is an institution.

Narration will include an introduction to Miami Founders and Miami Beach Pioneers and an introduction to Art Deco Architecture and history while visiting prominent lobbies and buildings.

Spouse Fitness Class thru Exhale2015 Convention Images

Saturday,April 25, 2015 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Price: $18 per person

Exhale has a unique program, CORE FUSION YOGA which will give NAHAD spouses an opportunity to stretch under the Miami sun. Relax your mind and reenergize your body in this soulful and athletic practice that fuses flow yoga with intense core work for the ultimate mind body experience. Sunsalutations and warrior poses are woven with sequences of isolated thigh, arm, and ab work as you build the heat, then reward yourself with a cooling savasana finish. This uplifting class will unleash your inner warrior leaving you strengthened, stretched, and sweaty!

Everglades Safari Tour2015 Convention Images

Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: $135, includes transportation, air boat tour, wildlife show and box lunch

You will enjoy a Loews’ box lunch and beverage as you travel to the unique ecosystem. Often visitors to South Florida visit the Everglades simply to experience the thrilling airboat rides; in doing so, they miss the natural wonders and beauty of this special area. Recovering rapidly from the ravages of man, industry and farming, the Everglades provide a unique - and nearby - opportunity to peer into the beauty of nature at its finest. Formed at the end of the ice age over 10,000 years ago, the Everglades is actually a vast slow-moving river that flows from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Dropping only fifteen feet over hundreds of miles and with an average depth of only 6 inches, it is 70 miles across at it widest point, making it the widest river in North America. It is a mixture of three individual ecosystem, sawgrass prairies, pine-lands and mangrove estuaries. Over 600 kinds of fish, nearly 300 varieties of birds and countless mammals and reptiles, including the infamous alligator, call the Everglades home. This area’s unique combination of tropical temperatures, species of fauna and flora is found nowhere else in the United States. There are over 45 indigenous species of plants found nowhere else!

Get set for a thrill-a-minute on the ‘Glades’ longest airboat ride (30 minutes minimum)...a fleet of modern, safe boats...a cadre of professional tour guides leading and narrating the way through winding trails, past the home of ‘Gators and birds galore to an ancient Seminole Island. Naturally, it’s a picture taking paradise. The Jungle Trail is a mini-adventure all by itself! You’ll meander through dense foliage, enjoy a panoramic view of the area from our Lookout Platform and walk past alligators by the dozen around a hidden lake to your final stop on the trail - Alligator Island. Tour requirements: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Sunscreen and a cap are also recommended.

Miami Marina and Mansions Tour2015 Convention Images

Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: $92 per person, includes transfer by coach and 90 minute narrated tour by yacht

South Florida’s “Gold Coast” is known for its many beautiful homes and yachts, all linked by hallmark waterways. Some of Miami’s most opulent mansions can only be seen from the water. Located on private islands in Biscayne Bay, these impressive homes are exclusive retreats enjoying the backdrop of Miami’s glittering skyline. Sit back and relax for an unforgettable fully-narrated bilingual sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami’s spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and “Millionaire’s Row” - the homes of the rich and famous. These incredible mansions and yachts are owned by some of the wealthiest people in the world. The multimillion-dollar price tags are a testimony to the area’s exclusive appeal.

Miami Beach Segway Tour

Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Price: $78 per person, includes

Segway rental, helmet and tour Have you always wanted to try a Segway? Here’s a great way to see glamorous South Beach (the “American Riviera”) and experience a tropical paradise with your
NAHAD friends. You’ll discover legendary landmarks like the Versace Mansion, the vibrant Lincoln Road outdoor mall, and the famous Art Deco District – a delightful glide rich in architecture, history, and culture.

South Beach Walking Food Tour

Saturday, April 25, 2015 • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Price: $93 per person, includes walking tour and tastings

Take this edible journey as an introduction to Miami Beach’s diverse culinary scene while getting a crash course on the magnificent Art Deco architecture. Taste delicious dishes and learn about the history of the area with your local epicurean guide. Navigate your way around town on a visit to mom-andpop
food shops, small ethnic eateries, and gourmet restaurants to savor the local flavor.

This tour brings together people from all over the world to bond in the common interest of great culinary findings. A “melting pot of cultures”, you will find yourself sitting down at half of the restaurants on the tour and savor different bites standing and on the go. Included are: ARTISANAL COLOMBIAN CUISINE: Savor a golden corn crust filled with bold Columbian flavors in a unique handmade empanada. Feast
on tender slow-cooked meat bursting with tradition and perched above a crunchy plantain. A cooling Columbian beer cocktail enhances the experience at a local gem labeled ‘Best Colombian Restaurant in Miami Beach’. A DISTINGUISHED FRENCH CLASSIC: Indulge in a demi-tasse of decadent lobster bisque executed by one of the few true French born and trained chefs in South Beach, while surrounded by a dazzling decor depicting a scene from the famed movie The Birdcage (dinner tour).

A STAPLE OF ARGENTINA: A third-generation bakery crafts a delicate pillow of shredded chicken with spices folded into the family’s famous buttery, flaky dough. Variations include fish, chorizo and vegetarian. And finally, TRADITIONAL AND ELEVATED PERUVIAN: Experience a refreshing, piquant ceviche, balancing our bounty of local seafood with exotic Peruvian flair

Spouse Tour of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens2015 Convention Images

Sunday, April 26, 2015 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Price: $65 per person,

includes transportation, admission and a guided tour In 1916, just before World War I, James Deering, made fabulously wealthy by International Harvester, wiped out unemployment in Miami. He hired one third of the city’s work force to build an Italian Renaissance villa set in a lush tropical hammock. The cost…$22 million. The name Vizcaya (a corruption of the word Biscayne) was chosen for the Biscayne Bay waters that splashed against his palace. Vizcaya is a notable museum and also a respite for the harried vacationer.

While enjoying the art and decorative furnishings, visitors are released from the hustle of Miami and are transported to a place from the past that recalls both Renaissance Italy and the quieter South Florida of an earlier era. The villa’s 72 rooms are adorned with ancient tapestries, carpets and artworks. National Geographic magazine labeled it a display of “Italian decorative art, unexcelled in America.” Ten acres of formal gardens are a perfect place for a stroll. The grounds, both the formal and the native hammock surrounding the entrance, are dotted with statuary. Although they are like formal Italian gardens of past centuries, the shady walks are nevertheless decidedly Southern, with their grand old oaks dripping with Spanish moss. During Prohibition days it served a double purpose as it was also used as a dock for unloading shipments of bootleg booze.

Participants will have the opportunity to stroll through the unique shopping area in the charming village of Coconut Grove. People flock to browse in specialty stores, galleries and boutiques, to chat with friends in outdoor cafes, or just to stroll around. Coco Walk, the biggest attraction in Coconut Grove, combines 30 shops with restaurants, outdoor cafes.

On Your Own

Boucher Brothers operate recreational concessions and activities from a concession stand on the beach directly in front of both the Loews Hotel and The James Royal Palm. In addition to beach lounges and umbrellas, they offer water sport equipment such as jet ski rentals and group waverunner tours. Parasailing options are also available. (Fees charged)

The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please visit our Join page.