Birthday Trip to Palm Beach, Florida
Written by Austin
When Abby told me that we were heading to Palm Beach, Florida to celebrate my 30th birthday there was definitely excitement and also a considerable amount of irony. We were going to celebrate me hitting the BIG 3-0 milestone in the company of 70 and 80 year olds that were trying to look 30. The humor was certainly not lost on me and I love that clever side of Abby. Neither of us had ever been before and we were pumped. We always claim to be old souls and figured we would be fitting in right away. Shuffleboard, Early Bird Specials, Slow Moving Golf Carts. We were set!
Where We Stayed
The Colony Hotel -- After deciding on Palm Beach, I started looking on Booking.com at hotels we could stay at. Palm Beach is different than other parts of Florida, hotels aren't on the beach really and the beach is very narrow. Normally hotels are across the street or set back away from the water, I assume for protection from the weather. I had seen the Colony on Instagram before and when it came up with a discount for our preferred weekend- I booked it! It was a very lovely hotel. SO colorful as you can see from the pink facade, but even more colorful inside! The palm leaf print carpet and pink striped walls were my 10 year old self's dream! I felt like we were staying in Barbie's beach house, complete with a big pool with colorful towels. The hotel had a restaurant called The Polo where we ate on Friday night and enjoyed their Motown night! The food was great, the people watching was even better. Every Friday night Palm Beach locales come to the hotel to dance the night away and we joined them! The hotel was also around the corner from the shopping on Worth Ave, two blocks from the beach, and walking distance to every restaurant. It was the perfect location for us and we would definitely go back!
Where We Ate
We ate so well in Palm Beach! Every meal was top notch but it was also very expensive (and this is coming from two people who lived in Chicago and New York!) Just be warned, while the meals are very expensive, they are very high quality and we were never disappointed.
Lunch: Pizza Al Fresco - We split a Caprese Salad and a Sausage and Peppers Pizza
Dinner: Polo Bar - Austin loved his salmon and I loved my chopped salad.
Breakfast: Surfside Diner - We ate simple breakfasts of scrambled eggs, bacon, wheat toast, coffee, and grapefruit juice.
Lunch: The Colony Bar - We split a big turkey club sandwich and fries and a Miami Vice (pina colada mixed with strawberry daiquiri)
Dinner: Buccan - This restaurant is the most popular restaurant in Palm Beach and it was really good! We split a warm brussel sprouts salad and Austin got the tuna au poivre. I got a few smaller plates- spicy pork taco, short rib empanada, and sweet corn agnolotti which was divine!
Breakfast: Café Boulud - Located in the Brazilian Court Hotel, this was a swanky breakfast spot. We grabbed a weekend news paper and read while eating a bowl of berries and croissants. It was simple and my ideal breakfast!
Lunch: Green's Pharmacy - Austin and I ventured off the beaten path in Palm Beach for this spot! It was JFK's favorite burger and milkshake and located in a old (but still running!) pharmacy. We loved the burger! It was really excellent and worth the long walk!
Dinner: Taboo - Known as a Palm Beach institution, we took the restaurant up on their happy hour with deals on appetizers and drinks and shared some chips and guacamole, fried green tomatoes, mussels, and their "Lust" dessert that really was to die for!
Breakfast- Heavenly Pastries - Amazing almond croissants to go!
Lunch: Buccan Sandwich Shop - After a great dinner at Buccan, we hit up their little sandwich shop before we left. I got the cuban sandwich and Austin got their daily special of an Italian sandwich and we were very satisfied!
What We Did
While we planned on parking it by the pool and never leaving, the weather had other plans! We can't complain though because we were just thankful to not have a hurricane! We did get one great pool day on Saturday and since we hadn't swam all summer, it was such a luxury to have the place to ourselves! We also ventured out on long walks down Worth Ave. which is the premier shopping destination in Palm Beach. While we mainly went window shopping, the shops were really beautiful and the street was empty as it was their low season before the snowbirds come down for the winter. We did explore the consignment shop Church Mouse and found some gems! I bought a simple blue and white plate and Austin found two vinyls (Michael Jackson's Thriller and a Ella Fitzgerald and Cole Porter album) for his new record player for $1 each! We liked a lot of other homewares but we didn't think we could get them home.
We also walked up to the famous Breakers Hotel. It was magnificent and palatial. The views were incredible of the ocean and the property was just so expansive and had it all- shops, pools, gardens, golf courses, yoga lawns, restaurants, etc. If you can afford it, I would recommend staying there, it was probably one of the nicest hotels I've ever been inside.
We also took long walks around town looking at the beautiful houses! Some were still boarded up from the hurricanes, as many if not most are second homes, but the architecture was very unique and everything was so well maintained. We took so many photos of the houses, but you'll have to wait to read those in our next blog post! Stay tuned!!