It was so nice to feel the sunshine on my face in the beautiful Palm Beach! My parents, Elizabeth and I had a fantastic vacation together (though we missed Claire). Palm Beach is one of our favorite spots because my Mom used to go there with her family and we have now grown up enjoying it as well. Palm Beach is the perfect spot for a day trip if you are in the area. I thought it would be fun to share our vacation - restaurants we like and things to do whether you come for the day or a longer stay.
We stayed at The Colony Hotel, which is Palm Beach's pinkest hotel since 1947. I love the bright and bold prints in the small hotel. The lobby is a show stopper and was decorated by Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors. The Pink Paradise Cafe is darling and they serve sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, and sweet treats. You can order something to eat and enjoy it at the outdoor tables on the front steps of the hotel for a quick refresh. Elizabeth and I stopped in there each day for iced coffees!
"The Colony is dressed (or, painted) to impress - an iconic destination that welcomes the well-heeled from Worth Avenue with a glass (or two) of rosé."
- Architectural Digest
Across the street from the beautiful hotel is a former manse that was converted into villas years ago. Last year we stayed in an adorable villa decorated by the Palm Beach Lately Sisters with Serena & Lily. This year we enjoyed residing in a villa recently redecorated by Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors. We wanted to move in - it was so gorgeous!
In addition to exercising every day outside, which was a treat, we rode bicycles around town, read a lot, talked, ate and window shopped! One of the cutest features of The Colony is their Beach Butler set up - everything is pink and white, even the Yeti cooler. We loved getting in the beach buggy golf cart and spending the day at the ocean!
The bikes are pink with the cutest baskets and palm leaf seats!! We spent a lot of time riding around town.
What a great change of scenery to walk and work out with an ocean view!
We definitely spent a lot of time in our pajamas and then moved right to the pool!
There is a salt water pool at The Colony and the villas have their own pool. Most days we had it to ourselves.
The Colony is right around the corner from Worth Avenue. Worth Avenue begins steps away from the ocean and has luxury boutiques and restaurants. We never tire of strolling down the avenue looking at the gorgeous flowers and stores. There are many side walkways leading to charming little courtyards. The large Christmas tree was still lit up at the beginning of our vacation and it was beautiful. Saks Fifth Avenue is at the end of Worth Avenue and worth walking through!
The day we arrived, there was a pop up shop at The Colony with amazing vendors from around the country. We found this dress, our sun hats and the green skirt and matching blouse. It was a one of a kind shopping experience put together by a company called Poppy Caravan.
The coupon code for the green and white Sue Sartor dress I loved wearing is EmilyO for $50 off. One size fits most. My Mom wore the dress one night and I wore it another night. It is a great dress that looks cute with heels or a a casual pair of sandals!!
RESTAURANTS NEAR WORTH AVENUE
Our favorite Palm Beach restaurant is Swifty's at The Colony. The outdoor dining is charming. The tables are under a canopy of greenery! Though I am enjoying an aperol spritz in this photo, two favorite signature cocktails are the Monkey Business and the Pink Paradise. You can also stop in the lobby and have one of these festive drinks.
Other restaurants we like on Worth Avenue are Renatos, Bice, Taboo and Le Bibloquet Palm Beach.
Al fresco dining at Bice
In addition to Worth Avenue, a fun shopping experience is The Royal Poinciana Plaza. Stores there include Roller Rabbit, Hermes, Saint Laurent, Love Shack Fancy and Veronica Beard. We shopped and ate lunch one at Sant Ambroeus, which was delicious.
We made a stop at Stoney Clover Lane and picked out some really cute navy tote bags and cosmetic bags with pearl initials.
Not far from The Royal Poinciana Plaza are some great restaurants - Henry's and Almond are perfect for lunch or dinner and you can stop in at Main Street by the Breakers for a little ice cream and shopping. Serena & Lily is right down the street.
Other great restaurants in the area are Lola 41 which is part of the White Elephant hotel and La Goulue.
FAVORITE SPOTS TO VISIT
We never tire of driving around and looking at the beautiful homes and landscaping. Driving along the ocean is a must!
The Breakers Palm Beach is a beautiful hotel that was founded in the late 1890's by an industrialist named Henry M. Flagler. We have stayed at The Breakers before and it is a gorgeous resort with beautiful pools, restaurants and a spa. The Seafood Bar is our favorite restaurants at The Breakers for lunch or dinner. You can dine overlooking the Atlantic ocean - the Parker House Rolls and the Greek salad is our favorite!
The Flagler Museum is a delightful tour and a glimpse into the beginning of Palm Beach. We have toured it a few times over the years. It was Henry Flagler's Gilded Age home completed in 1902. They offer afternoon tea sometimes and lunch, which is fun after a guided tour of the mansion. Even if you don't have time to tour the home, a drive-by is a must!
One day we went to West Palm Beach, which was about a fifteen minute drive and had a great time shopping at Hive. There is something for everyone - women's, men's and children's clothing as well as a separate home store. We had a great time! Soon there will be a Hive bakery and cafe.
DAY TRIP TO VERO BEACH
We also took a day trip to Vero Beach, which was lovely and had lunch at Citron Bistro and meandered along the main street. There were some excellent home stores.
I am so grateful for our sunny vacation and the time we spent together talking, laughing and relaxing!