Having lived in the midwest and East Coast, when I encountered Coral Gables, FL, for the first time ten years ago, I did not know what hit me! Since then I've never been able to get enough of its gorgeous architecture, sweet little details, and tropical bliss. The city was dreamed up by a poet, George Merrick, and called "The City Beautiful."
He envisioned it as the American Riviera, and today people dock boats behind their houses in some sections, and the heady mix of tropical foliage and Mediterranean detail never fail to make me happy. In the hot summer, the Gables seems to take a collective deep breath and simultaneously drink many cold drinks, and skinny dipping in the backyard pools under the stars is the way to go!
I once spent a summer healing my heart in a Gables backyard, when the summer air and the pool water blended together...quite ethereal... Each morning I marveled at the profusion of red hibiscus and the ever greener, greener than green tropical greenery thriving under daily afternoon showers.
If you come, be sure not to miss the Venetian Pool, The Biltmore Hotel, the UM campus, shopping on the Miracle Mile, Books and Books on Aragon Avenue, and a few hours to bike or walk around the streets of the Gables, the Little Gables... such beauty to explore! Wait until we cool off a little... you will love it.