For everyone from newcomers to longtime residents, Palm Beach can be a magical place. It's true: Our little city by the sea is full of memories and experiences just waiting to be discovered. To help you along your journey, palmbeachillustrated.com has enlisted the services of the best in the business. Our team of concierges (Bernard Nicole, Chef Concierge at The Flagler Club, The Breakers; Jessica Barr, Lobby Concierge, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach; Tara Reiser, The Chesterfield Palm Beach; Betty Taylor, Four Seasons Palm Beach; Susan O’Dare. Lead Conciere, Costa d’Este) dish on their favorite bites, haunts and sights.
Take a stroll
Natural beauty aside, Palm Beach has a wonderful array of gardens and parks just aching for exploration. Bernard Nicole of The Breakers offers a handful to peruse, each one offering a unique window on what makes Palm Beach great.
Pan’s Garden: Aptly named for the reed-flute playing deity of yore whose bronze likeness dominates the entrance, the half-acre garden, a mere stone's throw from Worth Avenue, pays homage to the native flora that gave our state its name. The grounds resemble a diorama of Florida’s unique terrain with upland and wetland areas, displaying over 300 species of native trees, shrubs grasses and wild flowers.
The Society of the Four Arts: The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden and the Four Arts Garden are must-sees for anyone who has a passion for horticulture. The bronze sculptures scattered throughout the wide open sculpture gardens are as thought provoking as they are beautiful, accentuating manicured bougainvilleas, begonias and palms just to name a few. The Four Arts Garden is a more secluded, contemplative site, with coves and outcrops created by artfully placed ferns, bamboos and rare palms.
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens: Considered by the late Ann Norton as her “life’s work,” the gardens with her monumental sculptures have become a place of relaxation and contemplation for many. Home to one of the most diverse collections of rare palms and native plants in the area, the grounds have stayed true to Norton’s vision as an environmentalist and artist. The gardens make for an ideal place to slow down, sit back and just take in the scenery.
Shopping for some soul
Though Palm Beach is a relatively young town in the grand scheme, and widely known for the shopping on the famed Worth Ave., a flare for the past is not lost in the ongoing insurgency of modernism. Tara Reiser from the Chesterfield always recommends a trip to Antique Row for out-of-towners looking for the next Antique Roadshow stunner. “A morning or afternoon of antiquing is always fun, and guests really seem to enjoy it,” she says.
Set the stage…
Vero Beach’s art scene is thriving. The Vero Beach Museum of Art has a wonderful collection, primarily of American art stemming from the early 20th century to the present in a range of mediums, making each visit memorable. And just a short drive from Costa d’Este, Susan O’Dare recommends catching a concert at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accommodates acts large and small traveling through the state. But O’Dare’s favorite place to catch a show is the much more intimate Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, where catching a Broadway show or something from a regional act are always on tap, keeping audiences riveted for over three decades.