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Downtown Coral Gables

6/18/11

Background
Downtown Coral Gables is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood infused with a chic European feel. Anchored by tree-lined Miracle Mile, this vibrant area is home to Mediterranean architecture, yet boasts some of Miami’s hippest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, respected art galleries and world-class hotels. With more than 200 retailers and 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, dine, play, live and work. It’s Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep a secret and visitors love to find.

History
The city of Coral Gables was the brainchild of George Merrick who came to South Florida from Massachusetts in 1889 when his father invested the family’s savings in grapefruit groves. In the early 1920s, Merrick began his dream of developing a master planned community built to showcase Mediterranean-style architecture and the area’s natural beauty while providing every amenity possible to residents and businesses. The city of Coral Gables was incorporated in 1925 and flourished until the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926. After World War II, the area was revitalized. While Downtown Coral Gables continues to grow, the past is still well preserved. And even though local preservation ordinances protect historic buildings, one out of every four downtown storefronts has been remodeled in the last few years.

Location
Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is located less than five miles from Miami International Airport and is just 15-20 minutes by car from Downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

Events
Downtown Coral Gables hosts several community events throughout the year including:
Carnaval on the Mile and Miracle Mile Sidewalk Sale – a three-day festival the first weekend in March each year that features gourmet foods, an artist’s village, sidewalk sales and music all weekend long on three separate stages. Miracle Mile merchants take to the streets during the same time with amazing sales Restaurant Week – Foodies can experience Downtown Coral Gables’ culinary scene for less with specially priced, prix fixe menus the first two weeks of June
Taste of the Gables – The official kick-off to Coral Gables Restaurant Week typically includes about 20 restaurants providing samples from their menus
Halloween on the Mile – a family-friendly celebration that features trick or treating at area stores, costume contests for kids and pets, and much more
Downtown Coral Gables Holiday Celebration – Celebrate the holidays Miami-style with entertainment, tree lighting and more

Transit
Coral Gables is designed for pedestrians but tired feet can sit back and enjoy a free ride on the Coral Gables Trolley. The free trolley runs along Ponce de Leon Boulevard daily between 6:30 am and 8 pm, except for first Fridays of each month – runs until 10 pm.

Parking
Downtown Coral Gables offers multiple parking garages and a convenient Centralized Valet program allowing shoppers, diners and theater-goers to drop their car at any one of five stations along Miracle Mile and then retrieve it from the station of their choice.

Website

www.shopcoralgables.com

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