Day Tripping: Palm Beach Gardens

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Most of us just go to our destination and go home. But we are discovering new places when we spend a day and night or maybe just a little longer in places we sometimes just drive by.Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.19.50 PM

Palm Beach Gardens affectionaly known as “The Gardens” has a lot to offer.

To take advantage of this area you need a weekend for sure. There is more than just The Gardens Mall which is an incredible place, run by The Forbes Group it has every store you can imagine including some very high end luxury brands that you often do not find in malls.

And there is more than enough shopping and dining on PGA Blvd. From Downtown to Legacy Place and up the road from US1 and west you will find everything you will need and then some. From well known brands like HomeGoods  and J. Alexanders to specialty shops and restaurants like Café Chardonnay and Talay Thai.

We recommend checking into The PGA Resort and Spa where you will find world class golf, a fab resort and wonderful spa.

We especially like their I-Bar for happy Hour and late night cocktails. It always has something going on. If you are hungry, Ironwood Steak is adjacent.Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.20.03 PM

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So much shopping and eating at DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS. Hit up a flick at the 16 Screen Theaters, by Cobb – 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., 561-691-6901.

In the same complex are some great establishments.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.20.13 PMFavored by all, Red Tapas Bar and Grill has a great wine list, and amazing tapas. If it’s pizza you are craving than Grimaldi’s is where it’s at – a New Yorkers delight with this 100 year old tried and true name that gives the za! In Pizza. You will also find Z- Gallerie for homegoods and Swoozies for all of your stationary needs. Be sure to check out these yummy places; Its Sugar for candy and Sloans for ice cream.Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.21.20 PM

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Just across the way is LEGACY PLACE with more shopping and eating and great apartments. 11290 Legacy Ave., 561.776.0241

We love the Publix Greenwise here, which offers more than your regular Publix with a focus on more organic fare as well as an amazing cheese and bakery counter. Dine at The Capital Grill, a favorite in cities across Amercia for their fine steaks and seafood. We particularly love the bar and the Lobster Mac’n’Cheese. Coola Fish Bar is also here which offers specialties consisting of fresh locally caught seafood in a casual tropical environment.

Shopping? Loehmann’s, Kirklands, Total Wine and Best Buy all live here too.

Enjoy waterfront dining at Waterway Café- 2300 PGA Blvd., 561-694-1700 or Panama Hatties 11511 Ellison Wilson Road, 561-935-3483.

If it’s home cooking you want then right on US1 is the best fish store, Cod & Capers, which is also now serving lunch and dinner. You can pick your fish and have it cooked to order or take it to go. 1201 US Highway 1, 561-622-0994

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.37.39 PMAnd of course there is Carmines. Whether dining in or out, on the patio, or shopping for home, they have amazing choices for prepared foods to go, cheeses and wine and an incredible bakery which will make your entertaining easy.
2401 PGA Blvd.,  (561) 775-0105Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 4.20.40 PM