“What’s it like to work in an office inside the Biltmore Hotel?” is a question we are almost always asked by first-time visitors to our office. The Biltmore Hotel is a truly unique place to work. After all, the building appears on the National Register of Historic Places, boasts a spiraling Moorish Giralda tower, houses a pool that was unrivaled in size for many years, and is rumored to be haunted. Walking into the main lobby, visitors are greeted by amicable bell boys, two small aviaries, and soaring, barrel-vaulted ceilings complete with hand-painted frescos. The interior also features travertine floors, marble columns, elaborate leaded glass fixtures, and carved mahogany furnishings. As a company that believes strongly in preserving important Miami landmarks, it seems only fitting that Dragonfly Expeditions’ office should be located inside one of them. Below are some examples of what we and some of our neighbors think about walking into the Biltmore Hotel each morning for work.
The Labor Day weekend of 2010 brought an exciting opportunity to Dragonfly Expeditions: Our company was selected by NomadsLand among several contestants to have a professionally produced video shot and edited to be presented at the ATTA World Summit in Scotland in October of 2010. Davin Hutchins from traveled to South Florida to capture the sights and sounds that exemplify Dragonfly Expeditions’ journeys and philosophy. Nomadsland has a unique approach to filmmaking which became very apparent to us when we saw several examples of their work. Their goal is to curate, create and distribute visual media that raises awareness and support of businesses, foundations and NGOs seeking to reshape our planet for a better future by telling inspirational stories of the greening of business, responsible tourism, sustainable global development and the advent of social capitalism. The goal of the 3-day shoot with Dragonfly Expeditions was not to come up with a mere “clip”, but rather an actual short film or “micro-documentary” which would explore in-depth what the values are that make Dragonfly Expeditions stand out and that drive the relationships our company entertains with its clients, staff, vendors and friends.
On the first day, Charles and Uwe picked up Davin and immersed him deep into the Everglades, first through an interview with Clyde Butcher and then by taking Davin on a wet hike deep in the Fakahatchee. We were joined by Continue reading
It was the great idea of Dr. Jane Petrick – a friend of and guide for Dragonfly Expeditions – to come up with a walking tour surrounding the area of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on an intimate scale. The name of this tour “Walking My Neighborhood” rings true for me on a dual level: For one, our office is located in the Biltmore and I would never want to miss seeing famous and not-so-famous people visiting the hotel on a daily basis as well as the calming serenity of its lit-up tower and pool. Continue reading