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Deering Estate
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ricardo PorvenDeering Estate

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No, not the same Deering who built Vizcaya, but close. The Deering Estate was, in fact, set up and built by James’s similarly well-off brother Charles, who erected his own winter retreat at about the same time that Vizcaya was constructed. The main building, the Stone House, takes a similarly revivalist tack to Vizcaya: Deering built it to remind himself of his properties in Spain. It’s not as grand as his brother’s digs, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Other buildings on the site include the Richmond Cottage, built at the turn of the 19th century, and three small but delightful utilitarian buildings from 1918. The vast grounds contain all manner of nature, including a mangrove boardwalk, and canoe trips to pleasant Chicken Key are available if you book in advance. The estate is most notable for its fossil pit of 50,000-year-old animal bones and 10,000-year-old human remains; the latter are Paleo-Indians.


16701 SW 72nd Ave
Cross street:
at SW 168th St
No public transport
Admission $15; $14 reductions; free under-3s
Opening hours:
10am–5pm daily
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Historic Holiday Décor: Holidays in Wonderland, A Lewis Carroll Story

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Charles Deering’s waterfront home is even more beautiful during the holidays when it transforms into an illuminated Wonderland. This season, the Deering Estate celebrates its 101st anniversary by taking guests through the looking glass with décor inspired by the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll. Directed by Deering Estate Designer-in-Residence Alfredo Brito, each room of the Stone House and Richmond Cottage will feature whimsical holiday decorations by local interior designers that will bring to life the colorful characters and topsy-turvy world of Alice and her Wonderland. 

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