The breathtaking Miami property known as The Kampong—which means "village" in Malay—was purchased by David Fairchild and his wife Marian Fairchild in 1916. Fairchild was one of the most influential horticulturists in the United States, and after constructing a house on the garden property in 1928, he and his wife made Miami their permanent home.
Today, the property is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both it and most of the adjoining property has been absorbed to be part of The Kampong, creating more than 11 acres of verdant gardens.
This three-week event benefits the Junior League of Miami, which has helped women, children, and families in need across Miami since 1926. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable, and is focused on assisting families at risk in Miami Dade County. Their signature programs, Inn Transition North and Inn Transition South, provide transitional housing to women and children escaping domestic violence.
In addition to supporting a great cause, guests get to view the work of renowned interior designers, architects, and artists in rooms including the Fairchild-Sweeney House, Barbour Cottage, and Sausage Tree Cottage. In celebration of the property's 100th anniversary, the 2016 Junior League of Miami Showhouse will open The Kampong's doors to the public for a viewing of the work the talented industry leaders who have transformed the buildings and grounds.
Like many of history’s greatest ideas, SpankyFest Pub Crawl was brewed up after a night of drinking. In 2009, three friends attended a birthday party. After the party ended, though, the trio came to a conclusion: the night was a bit of a waste. They had spent a lot of money but had nothing to show for it.
So in 2010, they decided to try something different. Inspired by their love of animals, the friends organized a pub crawl to raise money for the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Named after their American bulldog, Spanky, the event led droves of fellow animal supporters out for a night on the town, swinging by numerous bars to take advantage of drink specials. Events such as SpankyFest are especially important because the Humane Society is supported solely by donations, not by government funds or the inherited fortune of a pirate parrot.
Spend time in Coral Gables with the beautiful pieces of art and culture at Belly Motions' museum.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the museum.
This museum welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Get down with some dancing! Belly Motions offers several different forms so you can tweak your technique to a T.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Leading an eco-friendly lifestyle and enjoying an occasional shopping spree aren't mutually exclusive.
Go Green Fashionista proves just that, with events and pop-up shops that highlight green shopping options. Beyond making hats out of fallen leaves, there's also shopping vintage and patronizing designers who work with recycled materials. The organization's team donates to green foundations as they work, too, with missions from planting trees around the world to housing the underserved.
Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere at Academy of Arts and Minds.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Academy of Arts and Minds also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's Commodore Plz location offers nearby street parking.
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Academy of Arts and Minds.
At both of its locations around Miami, Alf's Golf Shop fills golf bags with new and used equipment by top industry brands such as Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping, and Mizuno. Shelves are also stocked with apparel for men and women by brands such as Nike, Adidas, Oakley, and Lacoste. While players cruise through the showroom, sizing up drivers and counting golf balls, they can look to a knowledgeable staff and a PGA Class A Professional for help finding the right equipment. The pro also makes use of a computerized launch monitor located onsite, which adds an extra level of certainty to selections of irons, drivers, fairway woods, and wedges