LET'S WINTER PARTY FESTIVAL CELEBRATE!
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SpeciIasslue OFFICIAL GUIDE WINTER PARTY PARTIES & EVENTS DJ ALEX ACOSTA MASTERBEAT TOY FACTORY PARTY TOP TRAX: DJ DUO ROSABEL AT THE BEACH PARTY DESTINATIONS: POMPANO BEACH VACATION RENTALS OUT & ABOUT: PAM ANN'S MIAMI LAYOVER AT PALACE
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8. COVER STORY: 25TH EDITION WINTER PARTY FESTIVAL
The 25th Edition Winter Party Festival is marking a major milestone in their ever evolving history with a great lineup of international DJs, and the best lineup of parties since its inception.
12: COVER STORY: DJ ALEX ACOSTA INTERVIEW
DJ Alex Acosta will headline the Masterbeat Toy Factory Party on Saturday night of the Winter Party Festival, which is expected to be one of the biggest highlights of the 25th edition.
14. COVER STORY: WINTER PARTY EVENTS & PARTIES GUIDE
Wire Magazine provides you with the guide to all the official events and parties of the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival, so you can make the most of your festival experience.
18. TOP TRAX: THE BEACH PARTY DJS ROSABEL
The sands of South Beach will have a little extra shimmer as DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Abel Aguilera (aka Rosabel) turn up the heat at the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival's Beach Party.
20. OUT & ABOUT: PAM ANN'S MIAMI LAYOVER AT PALACE
The skies over South Beach will get naughty when Pam Ann has her Miami Layover at the Palace on South Beach, so we interviewed her to get a preview.
22. DESTINATIONS: POMPANO BEACH VACATION RENTALS
Beach Vacation Rentals in Pompano Beach provides tourists, staycationers and business travelers with short-term cottage and vacation rentals at five top-rated properties.
26. GOING OUT: PLAN YOUR OUTINGS
The week's rundown of nightlife, dining and cultural events.
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PUBLISHER'S CORNER LET’S CELEBRATE WHILE STAYING VIGILANT, ACTIVE AND ENGAGED! It is time to celebrate the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival. A quarter of a century has passed since four volunteers produced the first Winter Party in 1994 to raise money to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community. A lot has changed since then, and we have gained many rights thanks to the hard fought battles by countless activists and volunteers. Wire Magazine is proud to be an annual sponsor of the Winter Party Festival and bring you this very special annual issue celebrating the 25th Edition of the Festival – expected to be a massive celebration created just for you. For this special edition of Wire Magazine, we sat down with Festival Chair Stephen Seo, who is overseeing the volunteer organization and serving as the lead liaison between the National LGBTQ Task Force staff and volunteers for the production of this year's Festival. I encourage you to read the interview, so you can learn more about what you can expect for the 25th Edition Festival, and about the importance of partying with a purpose to raise much needed funds for carrying out the mission of the National LGBTQ Task Force. This is particularly crucial in the era of Trump bigotry, when some national and local politicians are trying to roll back some of the hard fought rights gained by our community in the last quarter century. We also sat down with DJ Alex Acosta, who will be headlining one of the biggest highlights of the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival, the Masterbeat Toy Factory Party on Saturday night. Alex chats with us about his music, the upcoming party and what our readers should expect from his signature sounds for this giant night. In addition, music writer DJ FR8-O interviewed everybody's favorite dynamic DJ duo Rosabel about the upcoming 25th Edition Beach Party – the one event not to be missed if you can only attend one Festival event this year. This will be The Beach Party of all beach parties thanks to what Rosabel has in store for all of us. Lastly, but certainly not least, we also include our guide to all the official events and parties of the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival to help you make the most of all the festivities. Let's definitely celebrate how much has been accomplished by our community in the last 25 years, but let's never forget that we are still fighting for our rights! It is crucial that we remain vigilant, active and engaged because our rights depend on it. Keep in mind what we are seeing and living now, and how much our lives can change with just one election. We cannot afford to get distracted and let any national or local politician roll back our rights and discriminate against the LGBTQ community. See you on the dance floor!
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A MASSIVE CELEBRATION CREATED JUST FOR YOU By Rafa Carvajal | Photos by Jorge Freire. photostudiomiami.com
et ready to party with a purpose! The 25th Edition Winter Party Festival is marking a major milestone in their ever evolving history with a great lineup of international DJs and the best lineup of parties since its inception; including a brand new partnership with party brand Masterbeat, for a weekend dance event at the massive James L. Knight Center, and the 25th Edition Beach Party â€“ the event that started it all in 1994, as the first Miami one-day mega-dance party ever held on the beach. The weeklong Winter Party extravaganza will welcome the LGBTQ community from around the world to our Magic City from Wednesday, February 28 to Tuesday, March 6, 2018 courtesy of its producer, the National LGBTQ Task Force. This internationally famous LGBTQ festival, with a proud tradition of bringing globally renowned party brands from countries such as Brazil, Italy and Spain, will add world-famous party brand Forever Tel Aviv for the very first time, including the return of its resident DJs Sagi Kariv and Micky Friedmann. Winter Party will also feature an international lineup of iconic DJs from the United States, Mexico, Canada and Spain. I sat down with Festival Chair Stephen Seo to discuss the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival.
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Rafa Carvajal: What is your role with Winter Party Festival? Stephen Seo: I am the Festival Chair, overseeing the volunteer organization and serving as the lead liaison between the National LGBTQ Task Force staff and volunteers.
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RC: Why is Winter Party Festival so important for the Task Force and the LGBTQ community? SS: 100% of the proceeds from Winter Party Festival go back to fund the work of LGBTQ advocacy community groups in South Florida and the National LGBTQ Task Force. The Task Force works every day to fight for freedom, justice and quality. They mobilize millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. RC: What should attendees expect at this year's 25th anniversary Winter Party Festival? SS: Guests should expect this year's Festival to be one created just for them. The Winter Party
Winter Party veterans know and love the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, so we're thrilled to go home to the Surfcomber as our host hotel. In addition to our legendary Under One Sun Pool Party on Saturday, March 3, there are two additional poolside events: a tea dance on Thursday, March 1 and a special Winter Party Vagabundos Pool Party on Friday, March 2. Last year, the crowd loved DJs Rosabel at The Beach Party. For the 25th edition, they are returning for an encore set accompanied by superstar DJ Grind for a special extended 8-hour event.
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Planning Committee took the beginning of this season to listen to our guests and understand how we could improve their Winter Party experience. We're making huge changes, including introducing all-new Saturday and Sunday parties at the James L. Knight Center. This means more space to dance and bigger production as part of our partnership with Masterbeat.
RC: Describe WPF in three words. SS: One massive celebration! RC: How is Winter Party planning to celebrate its 25th-year-anniversary milestone? SS: We celebrate every year like a milestone year. The guest experience is of utmost importance and the 25th edition will certainly have its standout moments. We booked our guests' favorite DJs, secured the best venues in Miami, and partnered with amazing producers and promoters to ensure an enhanced experience resenting a different color of Gilbert Baker's iconic Rainbow Flag. Artscape takes place at both on and off the dance floor. FIU CARTA on Friday, March 2 from 7-10 p.m. RC: What is the significance of reaching 25 RC: What do you want festival-goers to take away from the WPF 25 year anniversary? years of the Festival? SS: In 1994, four volunteers produced the first SS: New friends! I've met some of my best friends on the dance floor at Winter Party. More Winter Party to raise money to fight for the importantly, I want guests to leave happier than when they arrived, with memories and rights of LGBTQ people. 25 years later, we're friends that will last a lifetime. still fighting for our rights. We've seen with just one election how everything can change. We RC: What do you think sets WPF apart from other community events? still need to keep fighting and we need to keep SS: Winter Party Festival is the direct result of thousands of volunteers' contributions and efforts over the past 25 years. As chair, I've had the opportunity to meet many of the voldancing. unteers this year. We have volunteers who work and fly in from all over the world to be RC: Which events are you most looking for- a part of creating an experience the LGBTQ community loves and cares about. Even my mom is flying in to be part of this historic event. ward to, and why? SS: As the keystone event, The Beach Party is always my favorite event of the week. We're RC: How much money was raised at last year's Winter Party Festival and how were the extending The Beach Party by an hour so we funds distributed to help our community? can dance from the afternoon into the night SS: In addition to supporting the National LGBTQ Task Force's fight for freedom, justice, with some of my favorite DJs â€“ Rosabel and and equality, The Task Force donates a significant portion of the proceeds to LGBTQ advoGrind. The Beach Party takes place at Lummus cacy and community groups in South Florida through a grant-making process administered by the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation. In 2017, the Task Force Park on Sunday, March 4 from 12-8 p.m. donated a record-breaking $300,000, for a grand total of $2.7 million given back since Also, we re-imagined ArtScape, our art event, Winter Party was founded. which aims to bridge the gap between LGBTQ artists and mainstream artists. The committee RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? has brought a new life to this hidden gem of SS: I invite you to take the week of Winter Party Festival to live free, be you and enjoy this an event. In addition to showing work from momentous occasion. Hold hands, kiss your partner, kiss a stranger, make new friends, talented artists, we will be unveiling "Winter's wear costumes, wear a speedo, wear what makes you feel like you. Experience a space Rainbow," a collaboration of LGBTQ artists rep- where invincibility seems possible and love seems endless. See you there! #08 2018 WIREMAG.COM 9
DJ ALEX ACOSTA TO SPIN AT WPF'S MASTERBEAT TOY FACTORY PARTY By Rafa Carvajal
ne of the biggest highlights of the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival is expected to be the Masterbeat Toy Factory Party on Saturday night. I sat down with DJ Alex Acosta to chat about his music, the upcoming party and what our readers should expect from his signature sounds for this giant night.
RC: How did you get started with music? AA: It was at a small bar in Mexico back in 1996, I think. The DJ they hired didn't show up and one of my coworkers told the manager that I was a DJ (I wasn't, I was just a music aficionado), so he told me, "It's all you, make it happen" and so I did. After that night, I became the resident DJ of that bar/club and that's how I started my career as a professional DJ. On the production side, I needed to create my own material, so I started to play with things here and there and taught myself music, as well as production. Years later, I had the pleasure to produce remixes for people such as Kristine W, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, LeAnn Rimes and many more.
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Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about yourself. DJ Alex Acosta: I'm a DJ/producer originally from Leon, Mexico. I have been in the industry for the past 20 years, have had the opportunity to play all over the world, and always ensure people have an amazing time with my music.
RC: How did you become involved with WPF? AA: I remember coming to WPF years ago. I loved it and met some of the people behind it. From there, they had the chance to see me live at other events throughout the U.S. I remember it was after a NYE weekend event in Los Angeles that a few of them heard me live, and booked me for that WPF. It was a Thursday night event. I arrived, served it, and from there on our working relationship started. This is my third year performing at WPF and I'm very happy to be part of this 25 year milestone! I'm ready to give it my all on their 25th year anniversary Saturday night party – Masterbeat Toy Factory.
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RC: Describe your personal sound while DJing. AA: Regardless of where I play at, I always bring my Latin flavored drums. It's fueled with high energy beats and lots of build-ups that take you on a musical journey throughout the night. I can go from tribal to tech house to techno, and then create a moment by throwing a track for everyone to raise their hands and enjoy it... and then bring them back up, without losing the energy. RC: Give us a preview of the Masterbeat Toy Factory party at this year's 25th Edition Winter Party Festival. AA: I can definitely tell you that I am preparing lots of surprises, and working on special versions of existing tracks for that night. So, get ready for a musical journey and that's all I will say. The ones who have heard me before kind of have an idea on what to expect, and the new ones, be prepared to enjoy yourselves to the fullest. I seriously can't wait for it.
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RC: What are you most looking forward to at Winter Party Festival's Masterbeat Toy Factory party? AA: I'm looking forward to seeing everyone have a great time, and see their smiling faces at the end of the night. RC: What does Winter Party mean to you? AA: A must-do weekend of the year. It's a unique experience because you get the chance to gather with many of your friends from all over the world, and have an amazing time with them. At the same time, while you're having fun, you're also helping a great cause by raising money – which is what Winter Party is all about.
RC: Is there anything else you'd like to share with Wire Magazine readers? AA: That I am very excited to see everyone at this year's Winter Party Festival, and to follow me on my social media platforms and music channels. See you all at Masterbeat Toy Factory! Facebook: AlexAcostaMusic. Instagram: @DJAlexAcosta. Twitter: @DJAlexAcosta. SoundCloud: DJAlexAcosta.
"I ALWAYS BRING MY LATIN FLAVORED DRUMS. IT'S FUELED WITH HIGH ENERGY BEATS AND LOTS OF BUILD-UPS THAT TAKE YOU ON A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT." - DJ ALEX ACOSTA
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OFFICIAL PARTIES & EVENTS GUIDE By Rafa Carvajal | Photos by Jorge Freire. photostudiomiami.com
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 Thursday Tea Dance 2-8 p.m. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach Featuring: DJ Sushiman Join in for this free poolside T-Dance, featuring DJ Sushiman and a performance by Tiffany Fantasia. This event is free to all with registration. VIP Cocktail Reception 7:30-10 p.m. Nautilus South Beach 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach Featuring: DJ AJ Reddy Presented by The Art of Shaving, join in for the VIP Cocktail Reception with music by DJ AJ Reddy. Mingle with locals, visitors, WPF partners and special guests to celebrate the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival. Ignite 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Score 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach Featuring: DJ J.Warren & DJ Phil Romano Winter Party officially gets going on the dance floor at Ignite. This event is the perfect opportunity to get to know the people you'll be dancing with for the next five days! Get your 25th Edition Winter Party started at Ignite with DJs J.Warren and Phil Romano at this kickoff event! General Admission: $45
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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 Vagabundos Pool Party 12-6 p.m. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach WPF has a brand new pool party this year, the Vagabundos Pool Party. That's right, not one, but two pool parties are happening at this year's WPF host hotel. ArtScape 7-10 p.m. FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios 420 Lincoln Road, Ste #440, Miami Beach Winter Party Festival is about much more than just partying â€“ it brings you art and culture as well. This year, painters, photographers, sculptors, mixed media artists and more, gather at this one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring live entertainment along with complimentary cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres. Each year, ArtScape highlights out & proud LGBTQ artists in various stages of their careers under one roof, with proceeds benefiting the National LGBTQ Task Force and local South Florida LGBTQ nonprofits. General Admission: $40 Heat 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. Club Space 34 NE 11th St., Miami Featuring: DJ Alain Jackinsky, DJ Isaac Escalante & DJ Pablo Lopez Miami's legendary Club Space will host Heat with Hilton Wolman Events. DJs Alain Jackinsky and Isaac Escalante take Winter Party to a whole new level on the Terrace. The night begins with DJ Pablo Lopez downstairs in the Space Basement. Watch the sun come up over South Beach with a few thousand of your Winter Party friends. General Admission: $95, VIP $130 Swimwear by aussiebum.com
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 Under One Sun Pool Party 12-6 p.m. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach Featuring: DJ Joe Gauthreaux One of our most popular Winter Party events, the Under One Sun Pool Party is excited to bring the party back to the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, with an amazing pool that will definitely be the most memorable pool party of the year. General Admission: $85, VIP $125 Masterbeat Toy Factory 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. James L. Knight Center 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami Featuring: DJ Oscar Velazquez & DJ Alex Acosta A new location for Winter Party Festival, the James L. Knight Center transforms into a giant Toy Factory with its signature production, Masterbeat Toy Factory! Join international all-star DJs Oscar Velazquez and Alex Acosta as they let their inner child run free with playful toys. General Admission: $95, VIP $130 Sweat 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. Hunters Nightclub 2232 Wilton Dr., Fort Lauderdale Featuring: DJ Ean Sugarman Let your inhibitions run wild at Sweat, WPF's leather and fetish free event in Wilton Manors. #08 2018 WIREMAG.COM 15
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 Beat The Heat Brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Social Club at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach Featuring: DJ Jean Marc
The Beach Party 12 p.m. Lummus Park 12th St. & Ocean Dr, Miami Beach Featuring: DJs Rosabel & DJ Grind The largest and most popular event every year, The Beach Party, returns with Winter Party's favorite DJ duo Rosabel (Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera), pounding out beats you will not be able to resist! If you choose to attend only one WPF event this year, it better be this one. Grab your sunscreen, favorite speedo and get to this awesome beach party! General Admission: $125, VIP $175, Cabana Club $225, Private Cabana $5,000 Forever Adventure 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. James L. Knight Center 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami Featuring: DJ Micky Friedmann and DJ Sagi Kariv Winter Party Festival and Masterbeat bring you a legendary Sunday night party, Forever Adventure, with DJs Micky Friedmann and the return of Sagi Kariv. Spend your Sunday night unearthing treasure at the James L. Knight Center! General Admission: $100, VIP $130.
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018 Verve 5 a.m. - 12 p.m. Heart Nightclub 50 NE 11th St., Miami Featuring: DJ Eddie Elias The undisputed king of New York City's after hours scene, DJ Eddie Elias, brings his incredibly popular Verve After hours event to Winter Party for a very special encore edition. Produced in partnership with Hilton Wolman Events, these beats are guaranteed to make you weak in the knees! Admission: $60 Action! Finale 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Score 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Featuring: DJ Nina Flowers & DJ Jalil Z Don't want Winter Party to end? Winter Party Festival in conjunction with Luciano Presents, in partnership with PartyLikeJoe, bring you Action! Finale. DJ Nina Flowers and DJ Jalil Z, two of WPF's favorite DJs will wrap up the Festival on a high note. Admission: $40 16 WIREMAG.COM #08 2018
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Before The Beach Party, join in for Beat The Brunch with free samples of Smart Mouth Cold Brew Coffee and $30 bottomless mimosas. Beat the Heat Brunch is open to all with registration.
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ROSABEL CELEBRATES WINTER PARTY'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY BEACH PARTY
DJ FR8-O: What is going through your thoughts as you prepare for the 25th Edition Winter Party Festival Beach Party? Rosabel: Preparing for this event takes a lot of knowledge of the actual crowd that goes to The Beach Party. It's not just about another circuit party on a beach. It caters to people from the past and present, so the music should be catering to all types of visitors, not just towards the nighttime party goers. It's a super large T-dance, so we prepare the right songs for the right moments – from classics to the present. DF: What do you like the most about DJing at The Beach Party? R: WPF's Beach Party is one of a kind! Playing in the open air on a dance floor in front of the Atlantic Ocean and the white sands of Miami Beach is priceless!
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he sands of South Beach will have a little extra shimmer as we celebrate the Winter Party Festival's silver anniversary. For 25 years, millions of LGBTQ men and women from around the globe have gathered in Miami around this time of the year to party, play and dance to the world's most astounding DJs. This year will be no different as DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Abel Aguilera (aka Rosabel) turn up the heat at one of Winter Party revelers' favorite events – The Beach Party. I caught up with the dance floor's dynamic duo to chat about what shiny surprises they've got planned for us on Sunday, March 4.
DF: What will you be bringing to WPF's silver anniversary? R: Expect music that lifts you up. Expect the classics, the fun songs, and the unexpected studio private editions you will only hear when we play. DF: Will you be debuting any hot new tracks for us? R: Yes, indeed! Our new projects are focused on our new album, Rosabel, so you might get a couple snippets here and there. DF: What were you doing this month 25 years ago? R: 25 years ago Abel was spinning at Paragon and actually spinning for the Winter Party sanctioned event there.
DF: What would you like to say to your fans from around the world who are coming to The Beach Party? R: We always want people to have the best time of their lives. Everyone works hard to save DF: Tell us about the first time you DJ'd at Win- up to come to these events. When we are there, it's time to put the phones away. Yes, take ter Party? those pictures and post, but also meet new people, make new friends, share love, smile, leave R: The first time is always special. But when the attitude behind, say hello, release your energy to make new memories, take them home you've done this since Winter Party started, and reminisce forever, all while being responsible and caring for one another. We need to they become more special though. They be- remember why we all do this – it's called love! come traditions.
"WPF'S BEACH PARTY IS ONE OF A KIND! PLAYING IN THE OPEN AIR ON A DANCE FLOOR IN FRONT OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND THE WHITE SANDS OF MIAMI BEACH IS PRICELESS!" - ROSABEL
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PAM ANN'S MIAMI LAYOVER AT THE PALACE Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about your plans for Pam Ann's Miami Layover at the Palace. Pam Ann: Pam Ann is about to hijack the Palace Bar for one night only! Pam Ann will be taking you on a nonstop flight to Miami paradise! Pam Ann is the Grindr of the skies, so prepare for some raunchy in-flight antics! It's time to pack your Versace man bags, squeeze into your itsy bitsy bikinis, lube yourself up and don't forget your passports! RC: How will this Miami Layover at the Palace differ from your NYE Flight 2018 out of Fort Lauderdale? PA: This show will differ because we won't be in a church, we will be in a palace and "Every Queen Needs A Palace." Pam Ann's Miami Layover will be mostly audience participation in the true sense of the Palace â€“ everyone gets involved! The venue itself is more intimate and it's a completely different vibe, so be prepared for the unexpected because Pam Ann has never performed at the Palace Bar; and the Palace Bar has never had an international celebrity air hostess touchdown. Hopefully, it's the beginning of wonderful things to come with my Palace family one would get served, nor would any passengers dare to complain or ask for anything! Coffee, and my sister Tiffany Fantasia, the queen of the tea or a slap in the face! ISIS would probably want to recruit them! Palace Bar, and in-flight manager of the evening. RC: What's your favorite pastime onboard? RC: What was your first experience on a plane PA: Drinking! like, and where did you travel? PA: My parents put me on a plane from Mel- RC: Are you part of the Mile High Club? If yes, tell us about the story. If not, are you hoping to bourne to Sydney as an unattended minor. I was join? only 12 years old. It was exhilarating and terri- PA: Pam Ann Airlines founded the Mile High Club! Pam Ann Airlines was the first to have dark fying. I fell in love with the glamorous TAA (Trans rooms in coach, glory holes in business class and slings in first class! Australia Airlines) air hostesses and the world of flying! The rest is history as they say! RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? RC: What celebrity, dead or alive, would you PA: Pam Ann Airlines is the world's most expelove to have on one of Pam Ann's flights? rienced airline. The fact is, we don't make the PA: Joan Rivers because I think Pam Ann and same mistake more than three timesâ€Ś maybe Joan Rivers together would've created a danger- four! I can't wait to see you all on board Pam ous, hysterical environment for passengers. No Ann's Miami Layover!
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laine Fitzgerald and her Beach Vacation Rentals in Pompano Beach pride themselves on providing tourists, staycationers and business travelers with short-term cottage and vacation rentals at five top-rated properties in Pompano Beach and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area in Florida. As a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association, which requires them to meet much higher standards than traditional hotels for cleanliness, quality and service in annual surprise inspections, they have also earned several travel industry awards for excellence. Elaine and her staff also welcome and encourage members of the LGBTQ community to vacation at her properties. I sat down with Elaine to learn why her Beach Vacation Rentals has received several top industry awards, and what her guests enjoy the most about staying at her properties.
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Rafa Carvajal: Tell our readers about your company and what you offer for their travel needs. Elaine Fitzgerald: Beach Vacation Rentals offers tourists, staycationers and business travelers short-term cottage and apartment rentals at five top-rated boutique properties in Pompano Beach/greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They are authentic Florida historic and vintage properties with studios, 1/1s and 2/2s that have been restored and maintained in pristine condition, with modern conveniences added. All properties are within a two-minute walk to Pompano's spectacular new beachfront, and a short walk to dozens of restaurants, shops and dive boats. Small dogs are invited too! These properties are quiet and serene, but in great locations close to the action when you want it. They include Cottages by the Ocean, Bahama Beach Club, Sunny Place, Pineapple Place and Pelican Place. RC: Tell us about some of the amenities that you offer. EF: Guests enjoy full kitchens, king beds, BBQ, guest laundry, and swimming pools at most properties. Beach gear, books and family games are included. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, free parking and pay no resort fees. RC: Why are your top rated properties in Pompano Beach so popular with your guests? EF: Our guests love that they are buying an authentic experience staying at any of our properties. I personally greet our guests upon arrival. I'm available to answer their questions or help with itineraries, and then leave them alone to enjoy their stay. My maintenance chief and I are just a phone call away if they need anything. We offer a complete alternative to staying at a traditional hotel. It's more private and quiet, with so many more comforts of home. You have the space of a full cottage or apartment for the same price as a single hotel room. The gardens are lush and tropical with every property being a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It's a special program for businesses, schools and backyards that meet all the criteria to provide food, water, shelter and places to raise young for native and migrating birds and butterflies. RC: How do your properties differ from others in the area? EF: First of all, our properties are members of the Superior Small Lodging Association, which means we are required to meet much higher standards than traditional hotels for cleanliness, quality and service in annual surprise inspections. Unlike renting an apartment from a private individual, we are licensed, have staff
and operate with all of the standards of a well-run business, so there are no mysteries or surprises in what you are getting. We are a multiple White Glove Award winner by the Superior Small Lodging Association, and have attained the highest reviews on TripAdvisor, earning their 2017 Certificate of Excellence. We also won the 2017 Travel Writers' Experts' Choice Award with our high reviews from travel guides like Lonely Planet and Fodors, placing us in the "Top two percent of U.S. Hotels." We were recommended by the New York Times Sunday travel article as "Best Place to Stay." RC: Out of the five properties, which is your favorite and why? EF: Each property is equally nice, but different, so it becomes personal preference. My favorite is Cottages by the Ocean, even though that property does not have a swimming pool. It does have big, screened-in, private porches that our guests love, and the property is historic for Pompano Beach. These were the first "resort" cottages at a time when pineapple fields covered the surrounding area. They are adorable â€“ like little doll houses. We do tend to house singles, couples and business people at Cottages by the Ocean, Bahama Beach Club and Sunny Place because they have mostly studios and 1/1s. We direct families with children more often to Pineapple Place and Pelican Place because those properties have 2/2s. RC: What do your guests enjoy the most about staying in your properties? EF: Guests appreciate that our properties are quiet and pretty, and close to everything.
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"WE ARE A MULTIPLE WHITE GLOVE AWARD WINNER BY THE SUPERIOR SMALL LODGING ASSOCIATION, AND HAVE ATTAINED THE HIGHEST REVIEWS ON TRIPADVISOR, EARNING THEIR 2017 CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE." - ELAINE FITZGERALD
RC: What tours and adventures do you suggest for your guests? EF: Each apartment has a brochure stand with the A-list of things to do, and our guest books include a two-page write-up titled "Elaine's Best Bets." If someone is from out of town and wants to see places unique to our area that they can't see anywhere else in the world, I suggest things to do that cumulatively among our past guests have been rated the best: • A snorkel or dive trip to Shipwreck Park, just one mile offshore from Pompano's fishing pier, with 17 wrecks and sunken artwork. This vast artificial reef system and cultural arts park is designed to be fun for divers and takes the pressure off of natural reefs nearby. • A round of golf at the only Greg Norman signature course ever designed on a public golf facility, so at Pompano's municipal golf course the public can play a designer course at public golf course rates. • A visit to the free spectator area at the Goodyear Blimp base, where the blimp goes up and down every 20 minutes when it's in town. Awesome to see 12 big guys grab the ropes to bring it down on the tarmac while passengers unload and new passengers board, and the men let up on the ropes and away she goes again. • A full day trip to Billie Swamp Safari which I believe is by far the best Everglades experience out there. • A two hour visit to Butterfly World – a beautiful botanical garden that houses the world's largest butterfly farm. • An evening on the Jungle Queen to see the wealth and beauty of our Venice of America.
RC: Describe Beach Vacation Rentals in 3 words. EF: The tagline we use and always try to live up to is "comfort, charm and value." RC: What is the best feedback you've ever received from your guests? EF: Several business people have become regular customers and sometimes call at the last minute to say they are on their way. We have been told, "Just put me anywhere, Elaine. If it's one of your apartments it will be perfect." RC: Tell us about some of the Hot Deals you guys have at the moment. EF: High season does not come with specials, but our rates drop nearly in half starting the week after Easter and all the way through early December. Guests who visit us between May 1 and October 15 are given unlimited use of special VIP passes that get them two people for the price of one into more than 60 of the most popular things to do in the area. These include Elaine's "Best Bets" mentioned above, as well as things like snorkel trips, sunset catamaran trips, historic home tours and much more.
All of these things to do are world class, but also a great value for the price. If guests have limited time and do these things, relax on our beautiful beach, and go out to some of Pompano's amazing restaurants, they will have had an absolutely memorable stay. For more information or to book your stay, visit 4rentbythebeach.com or call 954.283.1111
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