Palm Beach-Let me Take You There

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Mar 2012

The feeling when you step off a plane into a warm climate is hard to beat.  Even though our winter has been especially warm in the Northeast, the sound of palms rustling, wearing short sleeves, and rolling the windows down in March is ever so nice.  I’ve been coming to Florida for almost my entire life; it always seems fresh, revitalizing and offers something new to discover.  Our first stop was Palm Beach. Anyone who lives here will tell you there is a world of difference between the ‘Palm Beaches’, but for a visitor, they are within minutes of each other. Here are some tips I tracked down to take in the eco-friendly offerings of the town.

These photos from Trey Ratcliff @ Stuck In Customs  really do it justice.

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Two Chairs by Trey Ratcliff {via Stuck in Customs}

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Sunset by Trey Ratcliff {via Stuck in Customs}

Stay: Hotel Biba in West Palm. The 43 room historic landmark is funky, modern and affordable. Located in the charming El Cid neighborhood, it is filled with an interior whimsy that balances with the exterior serenity.  About a mile from downtown, it features a wine bar, continental breakfast, and a comfortable poolside with organic bamboo garden.  The Zen outdoor experience is replaced with a stylish buzz inside.

Eat: I normally steer clear of chains, but Pizza Fusion is delicious, organic with a message I can get behind.  Their mantra to rank social responsibility as high on the food chain-so to speak- as profitability has helped their success and continued top ranking  in the People’s Choice awards. For a more elegant experience, Verdea Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens has a farm to table philosophy that brings a sustainable approach to dining.  It also has a knockout wine bar of 250 varieties- by glass, flight or bottle- produced by hard to find US vineyards.  The small bites menu at the bar satisfies with an impressive selection of artisanal cheese.

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Verdea Restaurant, Palm Beach Gardens

Don’t Miss: The Breakers Hotel for a step back into Old Palm Beach.  Everything about it from the organic herb garden to the incredible light sculptures exudes elegance and charm. Saturday from 8am-1pm, The Farmer’s Market is a people watching delight and a source of abundant produce and goodies. The Flagler Museum is a great spot to learn about the history of the area. Not to be missed is the Four Arts Museum. The focus is on all of the decorative arts and the gorgeous gardens and sculpture park were built to honor the memory of Philip Hulitar, a prominent couturier, resident and preservationist  of old homes in the area.  To walk thru the fragrant rose garden and small herb garden  right in the heart of Palm Beach is an experience that takes you back to another time.

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The Breakers Hotel Light Sculptures by Trey Ratcliff {via Stuck in Customs}

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Mother and Child by American artist Edward Fenno Hoffman III

The Flagler Museum is a great spot to learn about the history of the area. Not to be missed is the Four Arts Museum. The focus is on all of the decorative arts and the gorgeous gardens and sculpture park were built to honor the memory of Philip Hulitar, a prominent couturier, resident and preservationist  of old homes in the area.  To walk thru the fragrant rose garden and small herb garden  right in the heart of Palm Beach is an experience that takes you back to another time.