So...I have always sort of despised Miami but recently went for a girls weekend and developed a new found love for South Beach. Part of what converted me was this fabulous tour with Marty. He is so knowledgeable and does a great job of placing the rise of South Beach and Art Deco in a historical and modern context. After exploring on our own this tour really helped put the whole thing together and gave me a much greater appreciation for South Beach as the cultural icon that it is. Thanks, Marty!
Rita Hudetz, New York City - June 4, 2016
We met Paula at 10am on Ocean Drive for a 90 min tour of the Historic Art Deco area of Miami Beach. In this short time we learned some of the history of the town as well as becoming familiar with the Art Deco styles and themes. Paula is a knowledgeable and engaging guide and her love of the style, the period and the area is palpable. This is a great way to spend time before heading off and exploring more on your own. Such fun!
Steven T., Philadelphia - May 15, 2016
My mum & I met Paula Fletcher at our hotel, the Surfcomber, for an Art Deco tour. Paula greeted us with such a warm welcome, on our first morning in Miami. We both loved our tour. Paula was so knowledgeable and brought the buildings to life. It has been the highlight of our visit & i couldn't recommend this more highly to anyone trying to choose a tour. You cannot beat this. My mum cant walk fast and Marty & Paula were so accommodating to arrange us our own private tour at no extra cost.
Fiona Watts, London, England - April 15, 2016
We started with a mild interest in Art Deco but mostly a need to kill time before we could check into our hotel after an early flight arrival. We ended up informed and deeply interested in South Beach Art Deco -- what it is, how it came about, what happened to it, how it was renewed, what the preservation rules are doing to protect it and prevent cheapening imitations, and more. All this with none of the didactic drone that often sends me fleeing from tours. Marty does a terrific job of making the walk interactive and not just a lecture. And, of course, he knows everything there is to know. Not only was the tour terrific, it greatly enriched the rest of our stay in South Beach.
Bill & Susan Iverson, Washington DC - March 11, 2016
Me, my husband and a friend went on Paula's Wynwood art walk after taking her Art Deco tour and really enjoying it. The tour was great, Paula is very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about individual pieces and the artists involved, as well as the area itself. She also took us to some of her favourite galleries. It really put everything into context for us. The Wynwood tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Miami and I can't recommend it enough for anyone interested in art and cool places.
Christine H., London, England - February 5, 2016
My husband and I had the pleasure of going on an Art Deco Tour with Marty. We thoroughly enjoyed all the knowledge and expertise Marty shared with us. Even though the day was rainy and gray, Marty knew how to work with it. He tailor made the tour for us and the other couple that went on the tour. We appreciated the follow-up highlights and the link showing Art Deco architecture in our own city. Don't miss this tour if you are in the Miami Beach area.
Mary & David Chavetz, Milwaukee, WI - January 17, 2016
We live in the Key West and visit Miami from time to time for a change of pace. A friend recommended Art Deco Walks to us and we are so glad we spent the time learning about South Beach's fascinating history and how it fits in to the development of the Art Deco movement of the 20th century. Marty led us and five others on the morning tour, which spans a few blocks. He does a great job of weaving history, culture, and architecture together into a compelling story. In the end, we felt we had a much better appreciation for the place and will enjoy our NEXT visit to South Beach all the more. We highly recommend the tour!!
Rob & Lisa Brumbaugh, Key West, FL - December 28, 2015
The tour started with Paula regaling us with a history of the area while we enjoyed the cool ocean breeze in the shade of palm trees and then we started strolling through the neighborhood. (Paula was very thoughtful and made sure all of our "talking stops" were in the shade!) Her knowledge of the area and especially of the Art Deco District was amazing - I can't believe how much we learned!
Lisa Saunders, Boynton Beach, Florida - September 21, 2015
"You Walk With Your Eyes". The title of this review is a quote from Marty Mueller the poetic and expert guide who showed me the delights and beauty of Art Deco Miami Beach. I had a short stopover in Miami and contacted Marty beforehand to enquire about a tour. Marty was efficient and accommodating, He responded quickly, offering me the option of a private walk as my flight times did not fit with his scheduled tours. Payment was easy and straightforward and in my opinion extremely reasonable. He arranged to meet me in an easy to access location and even greeted me with a bottle of ice cold water. Marty is clever and interesting. The tour is amazing. First class.
Ruth Yearly, London, England - August 1, 2015
Marty gave us a terrific bike tour of South Beach. I especially appreciated his care in engaging each member of our group, calling us by name and pointing out details that would interest the golf pro, the minister, the college kid, and the two teens. A good history and culture lesson for all of us and a nice combination of casual biking, people-watching, and short lectures. All 5 family members enjoyed it. Highly recommend!
Jodi & Billy Andrade & family, Atlanta GA - January 1, 2015