InstaMeet March 11, 2012

This Sunday sees the fourth annual InstaMeet. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a celebration of the Instagram – a (free) photo app for the iPhone. All over the world groups large and small will be getting together to take photographs, swap iPhoneography tips and generally have a good time.

And where could be a better photo opportunity than Las Olas? A group are meeting up at the Museum of Discovery and Science at noon on Sunday, and I’d like to encourage them to come to the boulevard 🙂

Apart from my strange and natural desire to tell everyone that Las Olas is the best possible place, I have another reason. Sunday’s weather forecast says that it could be breezy with a chance of rain – and there’s plenty of shelter (and wonderful bars and cafes too) on the boulevard. (Take the water taxi from the museum to stop number nine – a photo op in itself).

Why not join in? If you don’t have the app it’s a free download. What can you photograph on the boulevard?

  • It’s the best place for people-watching … car- and bike-spotting too
  • The historic Stranahan House. Although there are tours daily, for which there is an admission fee, the grounds are open to the public – free
  • Quirky architecture – from Edward Barnes Larabee, Wells Squier, Francis Abreu and, if you search hard enough, Don Singer. Plus see award-winning modern architecture in the business district
  • History – in fact, it’s the history of Fort Lauderdale, which started right here on the boulevard. The Riverside Hotel which opened in 1936. The Floridian, another business from the thirties (don’t miss the mural). Colee Hammock Park, the scene of a massacre in the 1800s and now a wonderful tranquil place to watch the river
  • Astonishing architectural details – lions, elephants, snails, seahorses … the wrought iron detailing on the Solita building, the cigar Indian, the Italian baker. Then there are the things I particularly like – faded shutters, a house numbered 1½, battered benches, typography ….
  • Hidden alleys, breezeways and water features
  • The window displays in one-of-a-kind stores and galleries
  • Water – not just the New River from Laura Ward Plaza – also the lazy canal at the bridge, the river from Colee Hammock park, the Riverside marina or the water taxi stop. You’ll see water activities too, especially if you get away from the more trafficked areas of the river
  • Flora and fauna – it’s maybe a bit warm for them but we often see manatees by the bridge. Iguanas too
  • The charm of the Las Olas village with its quaint stores, the village green and, on Sunday, the market with fresh produce and attractive goods.
  • Public art, particularly in the business district
  • The finger islands – offering more water opportunities – the residential neighborhood which has architecture from the early days right up to newly-built properties
  • Oh and I always forget what’s at the eastern end of the boulevard – the beach! You might want to get on the Sun Trolley to take you there – it’s 2.6 miles from the Museum of Art at number one East Las Olas to the Elbo Room on the A1A. The Elbo Room is, of course, where the iconic spring break movie Where the Boys Are was filmed.

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    Las Olas Boulevard - there's no other place quite like it. Las Olas offers you the very best in dining, antiques, shopping, fashion, the arts, history and much more.

    Las Olas Boulevard is located just seconds from the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach and enjoys the wonderful South Florida weather. When you visit us on the boulevard, why not come by boat? The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi will bring you right here.

    We have lots of special events which take place throughout the year and some of the nicest people you'll ever wish to meet are right here. If you're planning a destination wedding, there's no better place.

    The boulevard has a lot of history too. Stay at the Riverside Hotel - built in 1936, or visit the Stranahan House Museum and see where Fort Lauderdale itself began. Enjoy breakfast, at any time of day or night, in the historic Floridian diner. See the Elbo Room, the place featured in Where the Boys Are - the iconic Spring Break movie made in 1960.

    Las Olas Boulevard has something to suit all tastes, all ages and all budgets. Dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink in a relaxing bar. Experience fine dining in one of our many restaurants, or grab a pizza, sandwich, panini or salad. Enjoy cuisine from all over the world right here. And don't miss the treats we have for you - chocolates, ice creams, frozen yogurts, candies, pastries - all made right here on Las Olas. Eat at a sidewalk café, people-watch, visit our world-class museum of art, take the kids to the science museum for a day of fun, sit and watch the water traffic go by on the New River ... there's so much to do.

    Shop for the finest goods - and bargains too. Our stores sell everything from diamonds to dresses, from gowns to garlic bread!

    We have all your needs taken care of on Las Olas. We have a pharmacy, dry-cleaners, a deli, dressmakers, gifts, quality cigars ... in addition to pampering services if you're looking for a massage, a manicure or a magnificent haircut. We even have our own Sunday farmers' market.

    We haven't forgotten the business traveler. If you're in Fort Lauderdale for business, you'll find every service you need on the boulevard and what better place to work? Many of our restaurants have free wifi so you can check your email and write your blog as you sip an Italian coffee and enjoy a snack in a sidewalk café.

    We'll look forward to seeing you on Las Olas!