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Palm Beach – Boca Raton Area
Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Palm Beach you can see these species: Green-winged Teal, Roseat Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, American Coot, Purple Gallinale and American Wigeon.
Visit the Audubon Society of the Everglades (auduboneverglades.org/category/birds/bird-of-the-month/) and join their Bird of the Month club.
On The Trail (onthetrailfwc.wordpress.com/) has great personal interest stories.
The Sun-Sentinel (sun-sentinel.com/features/sfl-birdwatchingsites,0,2862125.story) lists areas and sites for the best bird watching.
Shopping: There’s a reason this area is called the “Gold Coast”. Walk around Worth Avenue and you will understand.
Transportation: Palm Beach is very walkable, but to see all of the places included you will need a car.
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Day One: Your first visit is to the Flagler Museum – Tu-Sa: 10-5, Su: 12-5, The Museum is located on the corner of Cocoanut Row and Whitehall Way in Palm Beach, Florida, 561-655-2833
The Flagler Museum invites visitors to experience the splendor of the Gilded Age and Henry Flagler’s trappings.
Here you’ll see his private rail car #91, and the designed rooms in period styles such as Louis XIV and XV. Guided tours, audio tours and printed self-guide brochures are available.
Next visit The Society of the Four Arts – Daily: 10-5, 2 Four Arts Plaza, 561-655-7226
The Four Arts campus includes a library and a children’s library, an exhibition gallery, a 700-seat auditorium, botanical and sculpture gardens and a state-of-art lifelong learning facility for classes on painting and opera.
The Hulitar Sculpture Garden has been carefully designed to serve The Four Arts and the Palm Beach community as an outdoor museum, an urban park, a botanical garden and a gathering space for concerts.
To really get into the spirit of Palm Beach, lunch is at the Ocean Grill at the Breakers – L: Daily, One South Country Road, 888-273-2537 where you’ll enjoy views of the pool and beach, as well as the panoramic 10th green of the Ocean Golf Course
Share the Florida “Chili” which is local lobster, white beans, garlic and key lime butter or a basket of peel and eat shrimp.
Then we suggest the mahi-mahi with pineapple and papaya salsa on a toasted bun or the pulled pork guava barbeque sauce on a brioche bun.
The ’10 Louis Bernard Rose is a good choice. Finally enjoy a big slice of key lime pie.
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens – W-Su: 10-4, 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, 561-832-5328
The Sculpture Gardens provide visitors a look at the life’s work of an American sculptor.
The artist’s studio contains works in bronze and stone and wood encompassing over four decades of sculpture and several artistic periods and concepts by the artist.
The gardens contain monumental sculptures built directly into the gardens which invoke mystery and surprise as you happen upon them while walking through 300 rare palm species.
The modest home features coquina pathways and pecky cypress ceilings.
National Croquet Center - 700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, 561- 478-2300
West Palm Beach is home to the world’s largest dedicated croquet facility with nineteen full-sized lawns that can accommodate hundreds of players at any one time.
You will see that croquet is no longer just a backyard family game, a game of the idle rich nor an “old folks” game. It is a serious sport with serious equipment that offers unique benefits to its players.
Dinner tonight is at the Palm Beach Grill - D: Nightly, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, 561-835-1077
For your starter the fried oyster come with creamed spinach and the grilled artichokes are a signature dish.
The seafood curry is served with rice and the slow roasted pork ribs come with peanuts, fries and coleslaw.
Your wine is the Duckhorn Decoy Pinot Noir and dessert is their key lime pie.
Day Two – Breakfast is low key at Havana –L & D: Daily, 6801 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561-547-9799
The window is open 24/7 and they have one bench out front, but it’s always available and seats 2. The Martini sandwich which also is known as the Sandwich Cuban that has ham, pork, Swiss cheese and is topped with pickles and mustard and held together with a tooth pick that has an olive on it.
Dee suggests the coffee con leche, no sugar, and I recommend the double espresso. You will love it.
Check out the Boca Museum of Art – Tu-F: 10-5, W: till 9, Sa, Su: 12-5, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-392-2500
Among their many holdings you will see four Matisse drawings, three Picasso’s drawings as well as a notable group of early modernist works by Georges Braque, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Delaunay, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee and Fernand Léger.
Amedeo Modigliani, Marcel Gromaire, Bernard Buffet, Marie Laurencin and Raoul Dufy are also represented.
The BMOA also has works by, Campigli, Degas, Demuth, Glackens, Matisse, Pascin, Prendergast, Redon, Rouault and Severini.
While in Boca you should see the Boca Raton Historical Society – M-F: 10-4, Downtown Boca Raton, 71 North Federal Highway, 561-395-6766
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (BRHS&M) is known primarily for its stewardship of two landmark buildings in Boca Raton: Town Hall and the F.E.C. Railway Station (the Count de Hoernle Pavilion). What drew us here was the exhibit on Palm Beach society architect, Addison Mizner and his creation of the “Palm Beach style”.
In order, to meet his needs, he founded his own factory, Mizner Industries. Mizner Industries grew into one of the largest manufacturing
companies in Palm Beach in the 1920s.
The artifacts found in this exhibit once graced Addison Mizner’s home on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Many of the artifacts represent products of Mizner Industries, others are actual antiques or decorative pieces in the “Spanish style” collected by Mizner and his agents in Europe.
Lunch today is at Pinon Grill – L & D: Daily, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-391-7770
We like the grilled artichoke with a remoulade sauce or the spinach mushroom quesadilla with Chihuahua, cilantro and roasted chicken. We have just enough room to share the baby back ribs with shoestring fries. The David Bruce Pinot Noir is a good match. The peanut butter pie is a must!
The next stop on our agenda is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Tu-Su: 10-5, The Morikami is located in Delray Beach between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, approximately 8 miles from the beach between the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95, 4000 Morikami Park Road, 561-495-0233
The Morikami’s original museum, theYamato-kan, houses two permanent exhibitions. The Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida presents the history of this daring agricultural experiment that brought George Morikami to the Sunshine State.
Japan Through the Eyes of a Child transports young visitors to Japan, allowing them to step into the world of Japanese culture.
In Roji-en, designer Hoichi Kurisu has created a garden complex featuring six distinct gardens that are inspired by, but are not replicas of, famous gardens of Japan.
As you explore the garden sit on a bench or flat-topped boulder and just relax as you take in the wide panorama of water, earth and sky, or a more intimate view of individual rocks and plants nearby.
Everyone seems to love going to Renato’s – L: M-Sa, D: Nightly, 87 Via Mizner, 561-655-9752 and that includes us.
Start off sharing the Antipasto Misto which is prosciutto, sopressata, artichoke, bufala mozzarella, marinated peppers and olives.
Then the Risotto all’Aragosta, saffron risotto with Maine lobster, crabmeat, sweet peas and diced tomato or the Cernia alla Tirreno, seared black grouper with Pernod, tomato, fennel, black olives and spinach broth over polenta are excellent.
The ’11 Damilano Barbera d’Asti is a good wine choice. You won’t go wrong with their tiramisu.
Day Three: Breakfast is at Uncle Roul’s favorite, except on Saturday’s when the Farmer’s Market in Palm Beach is open, Tulipan Bakery – B & L: Daily, 740 Belvedere Road, WPB, 561-832-6107
Here you will find Cuban specialties including pastries stuffed with your choice of guava, cheese, ground beef, cream cheese or a ham croquette. Do not miss the coffee!
You’ll enjoy visiting the Norton Museum of Art – Tu-Sa: 10-5, Th: till 9, Su: 11-5, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196
A favorite installations here is the Dale Chihuly Persian Sealife ceiling shown above.
The museum’s collection of American paintings and sculpture provides a succinct overview of major movements in American art dating from the 18th century to 1960. The museum’s collection of Chinese art has grown from 125 works acquired by Ralph Norton to about 600 objects.
The museum’s growing collection of contemporary art includes works by American and European artists such as Lucio Fontana, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, and John McCracken and the acquisition of artworks by Dan Flavin, William Kentridge, Yinka Shonibare and Kara Walker.
The museum’s collection of European art comprises paintings, sculpture, and works on paper ranging in date from about 1450 to 1950.
The collection focuses on Renaissance through Impressionism and Modernism that include paintings and sculptures by such well-known artists as Constantine Brancusi, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
Lunch today is another Palm Beach institution Ta-Boo – L & D: Daily, 221 Worth Ave, 561-835-3500. If you can’t get a front of the house table opt for the bar.
Maybe you’re here to have a glass or two of the Chalk Hill chardonnay and watch the fish. If you’re here for lunch we suggest starting with the Tuna Martini. It’s fresh tuna tartare with crème fraiche, pickled ginger and wasabi.
Other fun choices are the fried oyster “Po’Boy” and the sweet potato encrusted grouper with crab and corn or the warm Thai crab salad.
After lunch take some time to wander about Worth Avenue including the alley ways that contain really smart shops and galleries.
Our last dining suggestion is at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach – Atlantic Bar & Grill - Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30 Daily, 2800 South Ocean Blvd, 561-582-2800
Have a Champagne cocktail or Blue Miami toast your Palm Beach sojourn. Part of your happy hour special includes a Pescado Taco, Wagyu Beef Slider and Falafel Puffs.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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