If you are a long time reader of my blog then you'll know that each June one of our suppliers hosts a huge VIP event for it's top customers. This year was no exception, and 4 of us were invited all expenses paid to Miami for what turned out to be a once in a life time event.
Darrin, Kirsti, Sandy and I had the tough job of representing Costless Express at the event so we flew out on Saturday the 18th on the red eye thru Toronto. Over 4000 attendees converged on the Fontainebleau resort http://www.fontainebleau.com/ for a week of seminars, parties and a huge trade show.
The Fontainbleau has a rich history dating back to the 1920's and was the cornerstone for the development of South Beach. Today the resort is still considered "Ground Zero" for the hippest experience in SOBE. Recently the resort went thru a "Billion" dollar renovation, and it is incredible.
The legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the resort where James Bond and Goldfinger played a game of gin rummy, where Frank and The Rat Pack played and where Elvis was really in the building. This iconic playground to the stars is back and more alluring than ever. Through the 1950s and 1960s, Fontainebleau was the place to be and seemed to host the who's who in entertainment, including Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Judy Garland, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Debbie Reynolds and many others. Bleau Bar in the lobby level has been long regarded as the meeting place of the stars. Offering classic favorites and new world libations, Bleau Bar is part of a master mixologist's cocktail universe like no other on Miami Beach.
The trip has so many great moments I'll break things up into several entries.