With its numerous restaurants and beautiful settings, Coral Gables has just been named one of America’s Top 10 Romantic Cities for 2013.
According to Livability.com, Coral Gables is the perfect place for a romantic date with its wide array of fine dining and fun things to do like visit museums, theaters, music venues and gardens. Livability.com has spent more than 20 years finding the best cities in America, and last year also named Coral Gables as one of the top 10 cities for book lovers with its iconic independent bookstore and cultural center, Books & Books, which incidentally is also a great place for a date.
This recognition comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. “We are surrounded by romance — natural beauty, charming architecture, and a thriving cultural scene all of which make Coral Gables an easy city to love,” said Mayor Jim Cason.
In making its determination, Livability.com said that it looked for a unique atmosphere and amenities that catered to couples such as alluring natural attractions, al fresco dining, activities that awaken the body and mind, outdoor recreation, and romantic hotels/resorts. The website praises Coral Gables’ elevated aesthetics with its green spaces and ornate plazas.
Some of the other cities recognized by Livability.com were Napa, CA; Savannah, GA; Santa Fe, NM, and Scottsdale, AZ.
According to City Manager Pat Salerno, “we are in the process of implementing numerous initiatives throughout the City that will make Coral Gables even more desirable, such as new beautiful streetscapes, plazas, intimate public spaces, fountains and gardens, which will help further brand Coral Gables as a great and distinctive place.”
This new fountain is being constructed in the City, which is a replica of a fountain found in the courtyard of Nasrids Palace in the Alhambra in Spain.
The City also recognizes itself as a romantic destination and, along with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement District/Downtown is introducing the first annual Valentine’s Day Storefront Display Awards Program to acknowledge businesses who dress-up their window displays in romantic Valentine’s Day themes. You can nominate a business at www.coralgables.com/valentine. For more information, contact the Economic Sustainability Department at 305-461-2216.