Though they had long been interested in starting an agro-tourism business on their 96-acre farm, Peter and Denisse Schnebly might never have considered a winery were it not for a fortuitous visit from Bill Wagner of Wagner Winery in Lodi, New York. During his stay, Wagner took a look around at the farm's exotic fruits and vegetables and planted an idea in the couples' imaginations: why not draw upon their harvest to create exotic wines? The idea took root, and the couple soon began to experiment in their garage, crafting wines with the help of their friends while sticking to their shared belief in sustainable practices. Five years later, these eccentric wines?infused with mangoes, avocados, and other nongrape fruits?helped their newly opened winery garner a 2008 Best Winery award from the Miami New Times.
Many of the winery's varietals have gone on to win accolades since then, and tours and tastings allow visitors to join in the celebration and gain insights to the process of winemaking in a tropical environment complete with a coral water fountain, tiki huts, and lush plants. Table wines include Guava, a rose wine, balanced with integrated aromas of plum, black berry, blue berry and exotic herbs. Wines pour freely during weekend events that feature live concerts and karaoke. Past entertainment included Bryan Gonzalez, TreeHause Band, La Linea, and bluegrass groups distinguished by their danceable songs and innovatively landscaped lawns.
While their main focus has always been wine, the Schneblys have branched out to craft brews. In 2011, they opened Miami Brewing Company, the first commercial brewery in Miami. They take their inspiration from Miami flavors, incorporating different fruits and spices in their beers.
As you stroll across Fruit and Spice Park's grassy fields, an occasional piece of fruit falls from a neighboring tree. But it's not an apple or a berry you can easily find in a local supermarket?rather, it may be a specimen native to the Caribbean or South America, its shape foreign to your teeth, which want so badly to bite into its juicy flesh but aren't sure how. At Fruit and Spice Park, seasoned gardeners grow abundant specimens from tropical areas around the world, including 70 kinds of bamboo, 15 types of jackfruit trees, and edibles such as Fiji longan and jaboticaba across 39 acres.
Visitors meander freely through banana groves and African baobab trees, and they can also follow a guide during tours to learn more about plant species and which fruit seeds bear an uncanny likeness to Abraham Lincoln's silhouette. Throughout strolls, guests may help themselves to any of Mother Nature's home cooking that has naturally fallen to the ground, including mangoes, dragon fruit, and papayas, or venture to the tasting table at the entryway to sample the season's bounty.
Park staffers also gather visitors for a range of events such as stargazing, outdoor festivals, and plant-use tutorials, where they divulge helpful information such as which plants are medicinal and how to play dead during tree attacks. During regular park hours, chefs at the Mango Caf? pile plates with casual fare, often using the park's own fruit and vegetables, and the gift shop lets guests bring home harvest jams and aromatic teas.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
Crouched behind a stack of tires, a player feels the incoming paintballs smack against the rubber as he plots his next move. Such a sight is common at Bigshot Paintball Field's outdoor field, a collage of upturned pallets, cable spools, and dirt mounds where combatants outmaneuver each other to find the best firing positions. Bigshot's staff acquaints every player, from beginners to those who have been living off field grass since 2005, with the rules of play and equipment operation before allowing them to enter the thick of battle. Between bouts, the staff also dispenses bottled water and soft drinks and can recommend nearby pizza joints that deliver. Barbecue grills are allowed as well, if there's room available. As a not-for-profit organization, Bigshot Paintball Fields donates a portion of its proceeds to the Police Officer Assistance Trust, a support organization for the law-enforcement community of Miami–Dade County.
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.