Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
Published May 2008
Written by Beatriz Salas
Just 15 minutes west of the Florida Turnpike, in Miami, along the southeastern edge of the beautiful Florida Everglades, is the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, where excitement, fun and relaxation await you.
The propertyâ??s gaming area is open 24 hours and gives guests the opportunity to select from a variety of games in an energizing atmosphere. Offering more than 1,800 video machines of high and low denominations, there is plenty of action for any level of gamer. There are machines located in two new non-smoking sections as well as area where smoking is permitted. For bingo players, get your game on in the Bingo Hall boasting more than 1,000 seats and scheduled sessions throughout the day ranging in times from the Early Bird at 10 a.m. to the Daily Sessions from 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and the Insomnia Session at 1 a.m. The 32-table poker room accommodates is also a top attraction where players can find an array of games including 7-Card Stud, Texas Holdâ??em & Omaha Hi-Lo.
To generate even more excitement, throughout the year, the property runs several promotions, including Holiday Cash, Grab for Cash, Diamond Ring, Spring Showers of Cash and other cash giveaways. Once guests enter the gaming area, there is always a possibility theyâ??ll walk out winners.
On their way to and from the Gaming Area, guests can grab a quick snack, salad or sandwich at the Bingo Snack Bar. They can also stop by the Empeeke Aya Deli, 24 hours a day, and enjoy a great menu including oven-fresh pizza or a rich, steaming cup of java. Guests can also dine at CafÃ© Hammock, which serves the famous Florida Steak and Lobster meal or enjoy a casual dining experience at the Empeeke Aaweeke Buffet, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner at affordable prices. The buffet is open from 6 a.m. until midnight and showcases continental and international cuisine. The intimate signature restaurant at Miccosukee is Empeeke Cheke and affords a touch of the exotic with a variety of succulent delicacies, which are native to the region. These include venison, frog legs, wild boar, buffalo, alligator, snook and distinctive Indian fry bread. For those less daring, there are plenty of traditional choices on the menu. Empeeke Cheke also offers an extensive international wine list, exquisite liquors and exclusive cigars.
The property is comprised of 302 guest rooms and luxurious suites, which are custom designed to create a comfortable and delightful guest experience. Each room is equipped with amenities, which include telephone, voice mail, modem, 27-inch television, premium cable programming, pay-per-view movies, mini-bar, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, robe and slippers, bath scale and an in-room safe.
Other facilities available at the resort include a fitness center, which features an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Also, guests can relax at the European Spa & Pa-Hay Okee Beautique, where massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, paraffin hand dips and other full range beauty treatments are plentiful.
For social occasions and business meetings, the resort offers banquet and convention facilities with more than 46,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space. The Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center can host groups as small as 10 or as large as 1,800. The Business Center offers secretarial assistance, translation service, computers, word-processing, photocopying, faxing and mail courier services.
While spending time with at the property, guests can visit the Miccosukee Indian Village, located just 18 miles west of the property, in the Florida Everglades. Here they can gain insight into the history, lifestyle and culture of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. They can observe Miccosukee Indians as they engage in the art of woodwork, beadwork, patchwork, basket weaving and doll making as well as watch Tribesmen perform show-stopping, live alligator demonstrations and view historical artifacts, paintings by Tribal artists and historical photographs of Tribal members at the Miccosukee Museum.
There is also the opportunity for guests to explore the Everglades on airboat rides, which pass through the untamed â??River of Grassâ? and stop at an authentic, hammock-style Indian camp that has been owned by the same Miccosukee family for over 100 years.
For a challenging round of golf, guests can visit the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. Situated in the heart of Miami, this Mark Mahannah masterpiece is the proud home of the Miccosukee Championship and is considered by many to have the best layout in the south Florida area. The picturesque facility has 27 holes and a lighted driving range that accommodates up to 50 golfers. The range is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
For further information, call the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming at (877) 242-6464, the Miccosukee Indian Village at (305) 552-8365 or the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club at (305) 382-3930 or visit www.miccosukee.com.