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Welcome to the land of slippers and palm trees.
The haven to which northern snowbirds migrate when the weather dips below freezing. Palm Beach is similar to Southern California, minus the surfing and showbiz; geometrically aligned palm tree streets welcome you with open arms. The island — and its surrounding suburbs — fills with fair-skinned and wrinkle-free visitors from now until Easter. Pop-ups, new storefronts, and seasonal activities make it the perfect playground. Sit by the pool, favorite drink in hand, or grab a juice and spin (yes, spin, SoulCycle opens on Friday!) your way to some banana leaf-inspired home furnishings from HIVE and RTW pieces from the new Kirna Zabete. It is like New York, but with palm trees! While Cucina dell'Arte, Renatos, Buccan, and C.Orrico are still on the Palm Beach It List, there are many other new, fun, and fabulous locales to see.
Best time to visit: Mid-November through late March. You are guaranteed to run into your sister's college friends during the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. While this is nice, you may want a break from your typical crowd (or not!). The trick is to head down south on off-weekends, similar to what you do for some peace and quiet in the Hamptons. The week before Thanksgiving, at the beginning of December, or after New Year's is the most peaceful.
Transportation: Fly (or, if you are more adventurous, drive) directly into Palm Beach International Airport. Talk about convenient! Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a little less than an hour away, so there are various viable options.
Weather: While a little cloudier and more tropical than Southern California (hello, humidity!) Palm Beach fares well. December and January are the coldest months, with an average of 75°F (24°C), brrrr! July and August are the warmest months with an average temperature of 90°F (32°C). While it may be nice to spend some time time amongst the palm trees in the summer months, treat yourself to drier weather (and fewer hurricane warnings) by visiting between October and June.
Know before you go: Make dinner reservations and book your SoulCycle bikes ahead of time!
Language: Though this is the deep South there are few southern twangs to be weary about.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa // The newest edition to Palm Beach's luxury hotel scene, Eau is a little further south than the rest of the island's scene. Enjoy true peace and quiet while lounging on the beach before retreating to your Jonathan Adler designed room. Can it get more Palm Beach? // 100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan.
The Brazilian Court Hotel // Old school preppy meets Palm Beach. The hotel, which is also home to Café Boulud, is situated just behind Worth Avenue; is there a more perfect location? // 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach.
The Breakers // The place to stay in Palm Beach. The grounds and amenities are enough to lure you to the property: two golf courses, four pools, a private beach and 10 Har-Tru tennis courts. The location is prime for shopping and dining both on Worth Avenue and at The Royal Poinciana Plaza. Where elegance meets luxury. // 1 South County Road, Palm Beach.
Bice // While the food at Bice is great, sitting outside in the magical courtyard is better. It feels like you are in Italy. Rome, perhaps. Be sure to keep your sunglasses on to easily eye local celebrities. // 313 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach.
Christopher’s Kitchen // Sit and stay or take out some of the best healthy food in southern Florida. Organic gluten free bagels and muffins that actually taste like real baked goods, delicious Strength juice (made with almonds, cucumber, dates, chlorophyll, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt, and water), and ALB's fave Coconut Curry Bowl. // 4783 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens.
HMF at The Breakers for cocktails // For cocktails, or mocktails, this is the most sophisticated and glamorous bar scene on the island. Reservations are recommended, although making a grand entrance is an option, too. // 1 South County Road, Palm Beach.
Raw Jūce // What Moon Juice is to Los Angeles, Raw Juce is to south Florida. Try one of their famous açai bowls — they actually taste better than the ones Australia — and post on social media for a free wellness shot! // 2616 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens.
Sant Ambroeus // Now with Sant Ambroeus and the rest of The Royal Poinciana Plaza, New York snowbirds feel at home in Palm Beach. This classic Milanese bar welcomes you for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or dinner, where you will be seated amongst some of Palm Beach's most elite and well-heeled. // 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 304, Palm Beach.
Surfside Diner // Just like any other well-established town, Palm Beach has its famed diner. So good, so comfy, and so fun. // 314 South County Road, Palm Beach.
Table 26° Palm Beach // Eddie and Ozzie are Table 26°, Palm Beach's finest restauranteurs who encompass it all: great ambiance, delicious food, and standards found few and far between. The horseradish encrusted salmon — OH THAT SALMON! — is a menu staple, in addition to other comfort food encapsulated in sophisticated dishes. Arrive a few minutes early to shop at the Miansai airstream pop-up outside! Can you figure out what the name of the restaurant means? Reservation recommended. // 1700 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.
Haute Yoga // A vinyasa studio to sweat and stretch (the studio is heated to 90°F, 32°C). Classes are offered between two and four times a day, and are taught by some of the area's most experienced yogis. // 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 330, Palm Beach.
Orangetheory Fitness // Coined "the best" workout, Orangetheory has a presence in Palm Beach County. Work up a sweat in two locations in Palm Beach Gardens. If you go to the one East location (2612 PGA Boulevard) head next door to Raw Juce after class. // 6271 PGA Boulevard 203, Palm Beach Gardens & 2612 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens.
Run along South Ocean Boulevard // Run between the ocean and lush hedges.
SoulCycle Popup // With Conor Kelly, Eve Lynn Kess, and Amanda Max, three of SoulCycle's leading Senior Instructors, visiting from up north, you cannot not sign up for a class in the chicest palm-laden studio yet! // December 15 through January 1 // 150 Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach.
Squeeze Pilates // Rounding out the sweat-scapes at Royal Poinciana Plaza, Squeeze offers the toning necessary to cross-train with SoulCycle and yoga. Located around the corner from Sant Ambroeus, dress in your finest atheisure to look the part when ordering a cappuccino after class. // 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach.
Walking down Palm Beach's Worth Avenue is akin to striding down Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. They both hail from the same kin of luxury. While it is imperative you enjoy an afternoon of window (and real) shopping, there are copious Palm Beach institutions you cannot miss!
Aerin // Meandering through the vias behind Palm Beach's Worth Avenue is Via Mizner, the home of Aerin Lauder's new eponymous boutique. Enter into a fresh, bright, and happy enclave, home to her famous whimsical scents and unique gifts. Sample ALB's favorite Liliac Path eau de parfum — it really smells like you are prancing amidst lilac trees — and enjoy a shopping break in the picturesque hidden garden. // 33 Via Mizner, Palm Beach.
Beach // Sometimes it happens. You pack everything except the essential: a bathing suit. Head to Beach for a chic pinup, whether you really packed no bikinis or just eyed a new one piece you have to have. // 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach.
HIVE, Home, Gift & Garden // This magical home design emporium is off of the island's trails. Head over the bridge to West Palm Beach to find fabulous throw pillows to add to your living room settee. // 424 Palm Street, West Palm Beach.
Kirna Zabete // One of New York's downtown fashion institutions has just opened in Palm Beach. In addition to Hermès, the opening of Kirna Zabete earlier this month coronates The Royal Poinciana Plaza as the new place to be seen. Shop unique pieces from the most important designers; find something that your New York friends will envy! // 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach.
Norton Museum of Art // Since 1941, the Norton Museum, founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton and Elizabeth Norton, has been a center of European, American, Chinese, and contemporary art in the Southern United States. The museum paid tribute to Iris Apfel in its Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel exhibit in 2007 and consistently features fantastically unique collections, curations, and events. Visit the expansive and full-of-light building on Thursday evenings for its weekly Art After Dark event; exclusive gallery exhibitions, special lectures, workshops, music, and hors d'oeuvres. Did you know the museum is directly across the Intracoastal from the new Royal Poinciana Plaza? // 1451 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach.
Stubbs and Wootton // The original needlepoint slipper in its original home. A true establishment. // 340 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach.
Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare // Tammy Fender is one of the leading names in clean skincare. Her jewel-box like space in Palm Beach is a haven for those dedicated to loving their skin. Make an appointment for one of the most personal and rejuvenating facials, and perhaps add an incredible reflexology session to your treatment, too. Book in advance! // 711 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.
Watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset. The Juno Beach Pier is popular, yet your backyard can be too.
While it may seem like all life in Palm Beach Country unfolds behind extravagant tall gates, take a drive into the less manicured lands to treat yourself to neighborhoods with the most spectacular exterior holiday decorations.