The playground of America’s elite, Palm Beach combines pristine beaches and spectacular Mediterranean-style architecture with buzzing nightlife and world class golf courses. Spend two days at The Chesterfield Palm Beach and immerse yourself in all that this exclusive winter sun spot has to offer. Here’s our guide to what to do in Palm Beach in 48 hours.
Spend your morning teeing off at West Palm Beach Golf Course, one of Florida’s best courses. A former PGA Tour site, the immaculate course is open to the public and has a full grass driving range, spacious putting green and a practice chipping green. Refreshments can be found at the Tiki Hut snack bar which offer light bites and cool drinks.
Having worked up an appetite, enjoy lunch at Italian restaurant Grato on South Dixie Highway. Set up by the same team behind the phenomenally successful Buccan in Palm Beach, this sister restaurant serves a winning combination of antipasti, salads, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza alongside lighter soups and sandwiches. The Bucatini Carbonara, made with bacon, ham, English peas and egg, comes highly recommended.
After lunch, take the opportunity to check out West Palm Beach’s famed Antiques Row, home to over 40 antique shops and boutiques. Browse treasures dating from 17th to 20th centuries, including fine and decorative art as well as furniture. Even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s a great source of design inspiration.
Before leaving West Palm Beach, take a stroll down historic Clematis Street, which is known for its lively mix of boutiques, restaurants, live music venues and landmarks, and is a popular destination once the sun goes down.
Head back to The Chesterfield Palm Beach to dine in the popular Leopard Lounge Restaurant. With its jet-black furnishings and gilded accents, the popular eatery captures the glamour of Palm Beach and diners can enjoy live music as they tuck into a menu that includes lobster and shrimp cocktail, USDA Black Angus Beef Burger and Bea Tollman’s famous cheesecake.
Start the day by borrowing a bicycle from the hotel and follow the scenic Lake Trail, which runs parallel to the Intracoastal Waterway. Alternatively, cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway on one of the scheduled boat tours. Either way, you’ll have a chance to admire the area’s spectacular gilded age mansions. Make time to visit the Flagler Museum, the former home of Henry Flagler, one of the founding fathers of Palm Beach. The 75-room beaux arts mansion now offers a fascinating insight into the golden era of Palm Beach.
A favourite with the area’s most high-profile residents, Ta-boo has been a Palm Beach institution since its opening in 1941. Feast on upscale American favourites, such as Ta-boo’s signature crabcake, a cold spicy gazpacho or steak salad. as you admire the wonderfully old school, elegant décor. Step out of the restaurant onto Worth Avenue, Palm Beach’s most famous street, where it’s easy to while away an afternoon checking out the art galleries and designer boutiques. In particular, look out for DTR Modern Galleries which specialises in 20th century art and the collection of European and American photography at Holden Luntz Gallery. As well as galleries, the avenue is lined with exclusive boutiques and it’s worth popping into Lily Pulitzer, a name that is synonymous with Palm Beach style. The late designer was a long-time resident of Palm Beach, having first opened a store here in 1959, and her colourfully patterned pieces are the sartorial incarnation of the well-heeled, tropical atmosphere.
Return to The Chesterfield Palm Beach in time for the hotel’s popular Afternoon Tea. Tea can be taken in the cosy wood panelled library, Leopard Lounge Bar or al fresco in the courtyard. Expect a traditional English Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings, including smoked salmon sandwiches, freshly baked homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, and seasonal pastries.
Burn off those teatime treats with a 15-minute walk to Palm Beach’s Municipal Beach. This well-kept, wide, sandy beach is a great place for a refreshing dip in the ocean.
After cooling off, walk back to the hotel to get ready for dinner at The Courtyard, The Chesterfield Palm Beach’s secret garden restaurant. End the day by enjoying a romantic meal here under the stars, from a menu that include dishes such as a ceviche trio and filet mignon with mushroom bordelaise sauce, surrounded by fairy lights and plants.
Discover the glitz, glamour and gilded-age history of Palm Beach with the help of the fantastic team at The Chesterfield Palm Beach.
Image Credits: Lead image © iStock/Manakin. Aeriel view of Palm Beach © iStock/JodiJacobson. Intercoastal waterway © iStock/drnadig. Worth Avenue sign © iStock/ddmitr. Drawing Room at Whitehall © Flagler Museum. DTR Gallery © DTR Gallery.