Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coral Gables Miracle Mile: Shopper’s Delight

Upscale is the operative word when describing Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida. Technically speaking, it is a section of Coral Way between Douglas Road (West 37th Avenue) and LeJeune Road (West 42nd Avenue) and it is the primary east-west road traversing the city’s downtown central business district. 

Miracle Mile is known for its many fine boutiques and specialty shops and over 70 dining establishments. If shopping makes you hungry, consider stopping for a bite at John Martin’s Irish Pub, CafĂ© con Leche, Rocks on the Mile and/or a host of other choices.

Miracle Mile dates back to the early days of City Beautiful when developer George Merrick encouraged people to buy Coral Gables real estate and designed the downtown commercial district to be only four blocks wide and more than two miles long. The main artery bisected the business district and Merrick boasted that every business in Coral Gables was less than a two-block walk. Once serviced by a free trolley service, in November of 2003 a new trolley system was established and now locals refer to Coral Gables as a pedestrian-friendly destination.

Visitors and residents who own Coral Gables real estate are perennially impressed with the prodigious lineup of entertainment offered by Miracle Mile, which is home to the Actor’s Playhouse, one of more than  twenty major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. This private non-profit organization is renowned for its critically acclaimed dramatic and musical theatre. Every year, its program offers a full season of Mainstage and Children’s programs as well as extensive educational outreach and community services. 

In addition to the playhouse, Miracle Mile also offers dozens of art galleries of note, including the the Coral Gables Gallery and the miArte Gallery, which specializes in contemporary works of art.

Friday evenings are very special along Miracle Mile both for those who own Coral Gables real estate and those who may be just visiting the area. Thousands descend upon the half-mile stretch of road to attend numerous gallery exhibits, dine in fine restaurants and frequent live theater shows.

So whether you find yourself in Coral Gables during the work week or have a leisurely week-end to spend, make time to visit the shops and galleries that abound along Miracle Mile. 

You are sure to return again and again for a fresh and new experience each time.

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