Marty is great. Unlike the other tours we found, he doesn't make you pick from a limited list of available time slots; he worked around our schedule. One other couple joined us and we were off! He took us to some of the iconic South Beach spots, but more important than what we saw at each one, we left with an eye for Art Deco in general; on our way home we kept recognizing Art Deco elements in other buildings that we had seen a thousand times but never noticed before. Marty is fun, funny, and the kind of guy who rolls with the punches; whatever we threw at him (comments, jokes, questions), became a part of his shpiel. All in all, a great end to our South Beach stay!
Avi Frier, Hollywoof FL - April 27, 2015
Paula deftly guided us through the art scene in Miami's Wynwood district. Her knowledge of the installations and the artists and crews greatly enhanced our appreciation of this emerging phenomenon. Don't confuse graffiti with street art, and don't feel like you are racing through the museum and missing the Mona Lisa... Paula knows the pick of the scene and walks you through it, culminating with the Wynwood Walls, a park-like outdoor gallery. Not to be missed!
Paul Churchill & Katherine Millard, Jacou, France - March 25, 2015
My husband (architecture junkie) and I took this terrific tour with Marty. It was by far the best way for us to get a real feel for the Art Deco district in South Beach. For two hours you learn and are entertained by great informational stories, fun facts and little extras that make the area come alive. Marty went above just the tour we hired him for, he gave us a complete list of recommended places to eat, things to see during our stay and ideas on how to make our vacation the best possible. We really enjoyed ourselves and would not hesitate to recommend this tour to everyone visiting the area.
Diane & Mike Doddridge, Ft. Collins, Colorado - March 5, 2015
Again for the third time, we took the Art Deco Tour with Paula and Marty. My husband and I went 3 years ago by ourselves and for the last 2 years have taken friends when they came to Florida to visit. It was fantastic! Paula took special care of us including giving my husband a birthday gift. We had a wonderful tour and learned so much about the history and architecture of Miami Beach. We are from near Buffalo, NY and are interested in getting home to put our new knowledge of art deco to use by touring Buffalo and really seeing its architecture.
Pat & John Will, Batavia, New York - February 20, 2015
Marty was the perfect guide for our ArtDeco tour: he appeared precisely on time as promised, he was knowledgeable, he was clear, he was funny -- in fact, he was perfect. We have taken his business card to recommend to all our friends who plan to visit.
Mark Walfish, New York City - January 3, 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
A fabulous tour with Paula through the graffiti and street art district of Wynwood in Miami. She not only knows her Art Deco and historical Miami/Miami Beach, but she's tuned in to this "hip" art form done by both young and established artists. She knows who's doing what and the different styles and opens your eyes in a fun and informative way. Very cool!
Stephanie Harwood, New Caanan CT - December 5, 2014
Paula was a good guide to educate and entertain. She stopped at the best vantage points to see each particular hotel. She took us inside some lobbies and top decks, just as promised in their ad. She knew the subject matter well. We had a personal issue that required us to finish the tour at a particular time and she was very accommodating with our request. After the tour, she emailed us an overview of the tour which is much appreciated, because I like to keep the information. I have lived in South Florida since 1951 and I always wanted to learn more about the Art Deco area. I would recommend this company's tour.
Pat Tobey, Celebrations Weddings, Fort Lauderdale FL - November 17, 2014
Ich hatte bereits von Deutschland die beiden Touren "Lincoln Road" und "Art Deco and Ocean Drive" gebucht. Schon die Abholung im Hotel wurde zur Lehrstunde, denn zufällig wohnte ich in einem sehr schön renovierten Hotel aus der AD-Zeit. Und so ging es weiter, immer sehr informativ, Marty streute immer wieder kleine Geschichten ein, die sich hinter den Gebäuden / Ereignissen von damals verbargen. Eine sehr kurzweilige Tour mit vielen Aha-Erlebnissen, und es war nicht anstrengend, trotz meiner 64 Jahre. Immer wieder gerne mit Marty.
Siegfried Ullman, Darmstadt, Germany - October 3, 2014
Marty and his tour was absolutely Amazing!! He was very very knowledgeable, flexible, fun, and interesting! We were a private group of 5 girls celebrating a bachelorette party. Marty made sure to include interesting facts that we would love to hear about! the tour was private, customized to the time frame and the interests we had, and super fun! definitely recommend taking Marty's tour!!
Shaivi & the Fab Five, New York City - September 5, 2014
Marty is a fascinating historian for Miami Beach. We saw things and went places we would never have known existed. Marty made the tour relevant to our lives as well. We shared the tour with another couple from Holland. Marty related stores and content that met all of our learning objectives. He arranged timing and destinations to coincide with the heat of the sun and the shadows of dusk. Loved anecdotal stores about society in this historic setting. HIGHLY recommend this tour!!
Andy & Jennifer Prive, Richmond, Virginia - August 27, 2014
We had a very good experience with the walking tour led by Paula through the Art Deco district of South Beach and beyond, visiting the entire downtown area of Miami Beach in 90 minutes. Best time and money we spent in Florida. She is very pleasant and shares her extensive knowledge of art, architecture, history. geography and current events. She will also point you the right direction for shopping, eating, entertainment and your next stay in the area. Paula's tour is interesting, extensive but not exhausting at all.
Daniella & Anna, Chicago, IL - May 29, 2014
Our tour guide, Marty Mueller is so passionate and informed, it makes the walking tour a total delight!! We learned about Art Deco as being angular and symmetrical, the rebuild of Miami Beach Ocean Drive after the 1926 hurricane and how Miami and Miami Beach are the capitals of Art Deco with the largest selection of Art Deco buildings. What a total delight! You must take this tour!
CL Conroy, Conroy-Martinez Public Relations, Coral Gables, FL - April 27, 2014
We booked Paula for a tour of Miami's Art Deco area in South Beach. Paula provided us with so much history about the area and was knowledgeable and entertaining. She took us in and around the main hotels on Ocean Drive. You don't want to miss this tour, it is worth your time.
Janet Goldstein, Orlando FL - March 10, 2014
We are thrilled to have had Marty as our guide to South Beach. We did three tours during a five day visit: Art Deco Ocean Drive, urban green spaces, and Lincoln Road Reinvented. He took special care to personalize our experience to the extent that each of the tours took off where the last one ended, and nothing was repeated
Rosalie & David, Washington DC - March 2-6, 2014
Had a great day with Marty. Learned about both the region and the Art Deco architecture. Really brings alive the city, its beginning, and the influences that make it the city that we love. Great recommendation for dinner. Appreciate the follow up notes
Connie & Jack Weed, Fargo, No. Dakota - January 29, 2014
A tourist can be awestruck by the contemporary glitz and glamour and body beautiful of South Beach-but the history, architecture, and economics reveal a much more interesting story. I had heard from colleagues that Marty and Paula's tour was so informative and indeed it was. I love hearing stories that make buildings, landmarks, and regions come alive. Paula certainly delivered that. She was very knowledgeable and patient, as it was Art Basel week therefore very busy and loud as we navigated Ocean Drive.
L. Spittal, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - December 6, 2013
I was fortunate to join Marty's tour and learn the concise history of an uninhabited mangrove swamp turned into the renowned "Art Deco Capital of the World", as it is known today. We were introduced to the exterior and interior of the hotels in SOBE, where the architectural style was explained in detail, the locations where movies had been made and the residences of some very famous people. Thank you Marty, I will be recommending your tour to my fellow Australians.
Narelle Lambert, Art Deco Society of Sydney, Australia - April 10, 2013