About Time: The Ultimate Guide to The Palm Beaches, FloridaBy Angelica Malin
In the heart of Florida’s sun-drenched coastline lies The Palm Beaches. Boasting 47 miles of beaches, The Palm Beaches is home to alfresco fine dining, world-class golf courses, high-end hotels and luxurious spas. Heading across the Atlantic for a sunshine adventure? Here’s what you need to know:
The Palm Beaches: Where to Eat
The Lowdown: Bringing a new perspective on the gastropub, Bar 25 is in downtown Delray Beach serving modern American cuisine and inventive craft cocktails. Located steps from Atlantic Avenue, the 5,000-square-foot eatery is open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
With an aesthetic that straddles a cosy NY gastropub and a buzzy brasserie, this unpretentious neighbourhood hangout pays serious attention to its menu from Executive Chef Walter Pytel. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Pytel most recently spent 12 years at Fort Lauderdale’s award-winning Cafe Martorano. On weekends, Bar 25’s lively brunch features a DJ, bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, and stellar mid-day eats, including Bananas Foster’s French Toast and Shrimp & Grits.
The Lowdown: Sixty Vines brings wine country to South Florida delivering wines from its 60 sustainable taps that offer the closest “from the barrel” tasting experience possible outside of the vineyard. Known as the winemaker’s restaurant, Sixty Vines reimagines wine culture with a come-as-you-are “pinkies down” environment where guests can “wine down” and explore varieties from the world’s best wine regions.
Expect the freshest ingredients, many sourced locally, in the seasonally inspired menu that pairs beautifully with wine, including plates perfect for sharing like charcuterie boards, seasonal proteins, pizzas, pasta and more. Guests can sustainably sip wines by the flight, glass, or reusable bottle from Sixty Vines wine tap system which not only ensures optimal taste by eliminating oxygen and maintaining proper temperatures, but it dramatically reduces environmental impact.
The Lowdown: Created by 3 Amigos LLC partners Scott Frielich of Subculture Group, Angelo Abbenante of Lynora’s, Cleve Mash of Clematis Social, and executive chef Tim Nickey, this modern Asian restaurant is nestled along Old Dixie Highway near the foursome’s popular Mexican emporium, PapiChulo Tacos, on U.S. 1 in Jupiter.
The two-story, 5,500-square-foot space features 150 seats, three dining venues, and two vibe-led cocktail bars, including an alfresco setting on the second floor with expansive, southwesterly vistas of the Jupiter Lighthouse, Loxahatchee River, and beyond that guests can access inside or by an exterior staircase. Executive chef Tim Nickey, who has commandeered two of Miami’s most popular Asian kitchens—David Grutman’s Komodo and Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill—has prepared a gastronomic adventure that will transport diners to delicious dining locales around eastern and southeast Asia.
The Palm Beaches: What to Do
The Lowdown: The 10th Annual LagoonFest (November delivery 4th) is a celebration dedicated to honouring the Lake Worth Lagoon, one of The Palm Beaches’ most scenic 20-mile waterways and estuaries. Bring the entire family out to enjoy a day of fun with educational activities and find your connection to The Palm Beach’s natural treasure – Lake Worth Lagoon. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy wildlife presentations, participate in Kayak Clean-Up Tours, and scientist-guided tours of the Lake Worth Lagoon aboard the Hakuna Matata Catamaran and Aqua Adventures.
Photo credit: Captain Kimo
The Affair of the Arts is a vibrant two-day event (25th – 26th November) that highlights the creativity and talent of artists and crafters and provides an excellent opportunity for holiday shopping. The event features original artwork by skilled artisans from Florida and across the United States, covering a diverse range of art forms, including painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewellery, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fibre art, and more. Attendees can explore this outdoor gallery, marvelling at the stunning craftsmanship on display. If you’re looking for something specific, you can even commission a unique and original piece of art tailored to your preferences.
The Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest (7th – 10th December) is a premier event for food enthusiasts. This four-day foodie festival offers a diverse range of culinary experiences, featuring a speciality Chef Welcome Party, celebrity Food Network stars showcasing their skills poolside, comfort food offerings, and 5-course dinners with premium wine pairings led by a Master Sommelier. The festival brings together an exceptional collection of culinary talent, making it a must-visit event for both residents and visitors.
The Palm Beaches: Where to Stay
The historic design-forward property reopened last autumn after recently undergoing a full guest room and suite re-redesign with major design partners Kemble Interiors & Society Social. Think sophisticated Palm Beach Chic with the introduction of new decors, colour schemes, fabrics and furniture. Taking inspiration from the hotel’s signature de Gournay wallpaper, rooms will reflect The Colony’s signature soft pinks, greens, and ocean blues, plus modern amenities mixed with vintage Palm Beach style. The new look includes custom furnishings by North Carolina-based Society Social, with fabrics exclusively by Schumacher.
The Boca Raton has undergone a $200 million transformation by renowned architect firm Rockwell Group. The Tower, the fully reimagined fifth “hotel within the hotel” on the property, opened last autumn with 224 spacious suites, breathtaking vistas and activities for the whole family. Guests are able to experience flexible configurations, from connecting suites to entire floor takeovers. New luxury amenities such as Tower’s dedicated butlers provide a range of services from the practical to the magical. For example, young guests enjoying an in-room movie can opt for a cinema snack delivery from one of two Tower Robot Butlers, Johnnie and Ethel, named after the monkey pets of the original owner and architect Addison Mizner.
Located next to Tower is the brand-new Harborside Pool Club, a lakefront oasis featuring three pools, a 450-foot floating river, multiple water slides, luxury cabanas with personalised butler service, a Pool Bar, Banyan Bunch kids club, and more. Additional experiences include the redesigned 50,000 square-foot Spa Palmera and flavours ranging from Major Food Group’s (Mario Carbone) all-new Italian concept Principessa Ristorante, The Flamingo Grill and Sadelle’s, to MB Supper Club, which recreates the ambience of the 1930s and 40s when high society frequented coveted establishments to drink, dine and enjoy live entertainment.