Earlier this year, Julia and I decided we wanted to go on a girls trip together. We definitely wanted to go someplace warm. Julia suggested Palm Beach, and it ended up being the best few days together. Traveling with friends is one of the greatest things to do. Not all friendships are cut out for travel, though, so when you find a good travel buddy, hang on tight!
Every time Julia and I have traveled together, it’s been a bigger, very planned out trip (Alaska and Ireland!). We were both looking forward to a low-key, relaxing trip. We didn’t have one plan going into it and instead just decided to go with the flow. It was a true vacation!!
Today, I’m sharing a few snapshots from the trip:
The palm print accents throughout The Colony Hotel made it an easy choice for where to stay. (Plus it’s right down the street from both the beach and Worth Avenue.) We spent a lot of time at the hotel this trip: enjoying meals outside by the pool, working in the living room of our suite, and curling up in bed watching movies (and eating French fries) every night.
Julia got us these matching pajamas. Honestly felt a bit like Eloise.
I’m normally not impressed with shopping in “beach” towns, but Palm Beach has amazing stores. Worth Avenue has so many great shops to pop in and out of. If you find yourself in the area, I have three recommendations for spots that you can’t find just anywhere else.
Above, CJ Laing has two stores on Nantucket in addition to their Palm Beach location. It’s so bright and colorful! If you forget a cover up or want to bring a unique souvenir home for a girlfriend, this is the place to go.
Below, Lindroth Designs is the home of the original painted monogrammed bag. It’s a great little store to pop into to order a custom bag or to pick up a few housewares. The woven trays were my favorite.
Two below, Stubbs and Wootton is the place to go to get a pair of the classic (and quirky) needlepoint loafers. I’m not one to spend a lot of money on shoes, but I make an exception for Stubbs. They’re so comfortable, nd I just love the way they look on– and the quality is 100% worth the price. Julia ordered the cutest monogrammed pair– I was very jealous… and now I’m regretting not doing the same!
Julia is making a pretty big sell on me moving down to Charleston. It’s tempting. We always have such a good time together and I really do wish we lived closer. At least we’re in the same timezone right now. Progress!
Even though I lived in Florida for ten years, I had never been to Palm Beach. (The closest I had been was Miami for my high school’s state championship football game, ha!) It’s only three and a half hours away from Tampa and it’s gorgeous. It felt more like being in a small, colorful, beachy Italian village. March is the time to go for the spring blooms, especially the bougainvillea. There are little “hidden” gardens just off the main road with more restaurants and more stores. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon just lazily wandering around.
Sunday was our first night in Palm Beach, but we were feeling exhausted from traveling and the time change. So we had dessert for dinner out by the pool and then had room service while watching a movie later in the night.
In between shopping, we popped into Surfside Diner for a quick lunch on Monday. We sat right at the bar, which unfortunately (hehe) meant that we had to stare at those cakes and pies the whole time!
We had our only “real” dinner in Palm Beach at Būccan. So, so many people had recommended it to us and it didn’t disappoint. If you’d like to dine there, I highly recommend calling to make a reservation. (Open Table didn’t show any available tables even though they did end up having space when I called!) It was a Monday night and absolutely packed, even for our early 6:15pm dinner!
On our last day in Palm Beach, we biked down to the Breakers for breakfast. I was in love with the Lilly Pulitzer pillows everywhere!!! We ate inside because it was a little cooler, but I wish we had been able to eat out in this courtyard.
I really can’t wait to visit Palm Beach again. With direct flights right from Westchester Airport, it’s surprisingly easy. And I love that it’s close enough to my family so I can have time with them too.