A Weekend in
Travel tips by Sarah Wetenhall
Images from The Colony, Palm Beach and Ashley Hicks
Cabana Weekends: Bookmark our insider's guide for a memorable weekend in 'tropically opulent' Palm Beach
Sarah Wetenhall, owner of The Colony Palm Beach - the iconic pink hotel, with interiors designed by Kemble Interiors and inspired by Dorothy Draper & Co - shares her insider's guide to the fashionable South Florida destination. Read on to discover Sarah's tips, including where to source vintage finds, enjoy world-class art, wander botanical gardens and drink classic cocktails.
Where to Stay
What to See & Do
The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is an absolute gem. Their collection is world-class and expansive, with constantly rotating exhibitions that are relevant and expertly-curated. It is certainly worth a visit.
I would also recommend borrowing a bike from your hotel, or renting one, to cycle along Palm Beach's Lake Trail, the picturesque path that follows along the intracoastal waterway. It is a great way to peep at some of the gorgeous, historic homes on the island that aren’t visible from the street.
Pan’s Garden, which is maintained by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, is Florida’s first all-native botanical garden and is another place you can’t possibly miss while in town.
If you have young children, the playground at the Mandel Recreation Center is a social hub for all things kid-related, and for the adults, you can also play tennis on the Center's beautiful clay courts.
Finally, book a surf lesson with Mary Glazier, The 'Gurferlady', and catch a wave at Palm Beach’s Midtown Beach. Mary is an expert with kids and adults alike - somehow, she magically gets her clients up and surfing waves like they were born to the sport!
Where to Eat & Drink
Apart from Swifty’s and the Pink Paradise Cafe at The Colony Hotel (see 'Where to Stay'), there is no shortage of delicious fare on Palm Beach island! I love Surfside Diner for a casual family lunch; it is a traditional American diner, but elevated.
For dinner, one of my favorites is Le Bilboquet which is hidden off of Worth Avenue in a quiet courtyard. The decor and ambiance are super glamorous, and on weekend evenings it turns into quite the scene.
The new members-only club, Carriage House, is the most beautiful secret spot for drinks; the decor is tropical opulent, and the cocktails are divine.
Renato's & Buccan
Where to Shop
My favorite shopping spot in Palm Beach is AERIN, the jewel box boutique by Aerin Lauder. It has a carefully curated mix of items from dresses to jewelry to cocktail shakers, all perfectly representative of the Palm Beach life.