At the end of last year, my friend Maddie and I started to plan a girls trip. It started as a joke, calling it a Needlepoint Camp. The more we thought about it though, the more we realized how brilliant the idea was. We narrowed it down quickly to Palm Beach so we could also visit Lycette Designs, an uber-cute needlepoint store.
We planned it for the end of February so we could come home and it would already be March. (Let me tell you, this is the best way to get through winter. You have something to look forward to, a few days in the sun, and then back for the homestretch of the cold months.)
This ended up being a PERFECT trip. Literally when I got home, I texted Maddie, “Did we just pull off the perfect vacation???”
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at The Colony. This was my second time and it’s a really fun hotel. It was bought by new owners within the past few years so there’s been a lot of work for the branding. Personally, I love the branding and the amenities, but overall the actual hotel experience is pretty standard. The rooms are definitely on the shabbier side (our room had a temporary paper shade nailed to the wall) and outdated, but since it’s Palm Beach you don’t really stay inside much anyway. There are definitely things that could be better, like having more pool chairs and beach chairs, both are hard to come by since they’re first-come-first-serve. They only have a handful of beach chairs (we got ours at 9:15am on Sunday and they only had two left!) and the pool is open to non-hotel guests too so it can be hard to find a lounge chair on a weekend– and even harder to find two together. The best part is the food though!!! Every single thing we had was amazing: the coconut oatmeal, the avocado toast, the breakfast parfait, the chocolate brownie… yum!
WHAT WE DID:
Maddie and I both flew into Palm Beach on Friday morning and left Monday. We didn’t have plans, other than a general idea of what we wanted to do and a couple of dinner reservations.
FRIDAY: It was the coldest day of our trip, which ended up being the best timing. I got in about two hours before Maddie. I ran into some of my friends who were leaving a trip and then I went to Surf Side Diner for a quick solo breakfast– I was starving from being up so early. Once Maddie arrived, we got dressed and went to lunch at Sant Ambroues (the salmon is so good!) followed by a tiny bit of window shopping. Then we walked to Lycette Designs to pick out some fibers and canvases and to meet Jessica (Lycette’s owner). The store is unbelievably cute. Way bigger than I had envisioned and there were canvases in every nook and cranny of the store. I went through every drawer drooling over all the available canvases. AND Jessica was the best!!! So lovely and she had such a wealth of knowledge.
After the shopping trip, we took our new goodies and went straight to the pool. Since it was cooler, it was pretty calm and we sat outside to stitch before dinner. For dinner we went to Pizza Al Fresco. It is such a great spot for outdoor dining. Maddie got the lobster salad, we split the Brussels sprouts, and I got a pizza. Did we sit next to a freestanding heater? YES!
SATURDAY: We had a slow-ish morning with in-room dining and just not feeling rushed. Maddie went for a run and I went to take a yoga class at the hotel. I realized people were staking out spots by the pool and ran upstairs to get ready to claim two chairs for us. Maddie and I spent hours on the lawn, moving our chairs to follow the sun, while we stitched away. Funny enough, I ran into one of my sister’s friends who was there on a bachelorette trip. After they saw us needlepointing and we told them we came to PB for Lycette, they packed up and went straight over before they closed– how cute is that? We had lunch by the pool (I got the hot dog from the kid’s menu and it was ridiculously delicious), read, stitched, and napped.
Once we had enough sun, we went back up to our room to relax before dinner. This is when we started watching Love Is Blind on Netflix and… omg we got hooked and by the end of the trip watched every episode!!! I had made pretty early reservations at Cafe Boulud. It was definitely on the fancier side, but the food was incredible. Maddie got the risotto and I had grilled Mahi and we split a coffee tiramisu. Again, very good but it wasn’t exactly our scene. Plus, we were anxiously looking forward to watching more Love Is Blind, hahaha!!!
SUNDAY: Maddie and I made plans with Jessica from Lycette for an early breakfast at The Colony. Jessica was heading to the golf tournament with her fiancé and Mads and I headed to the beach, with those coveted beach chairs. Honestly, I was freezing! The wind was naturally so much stronger by the ocean and I am a wimp when it comes to being cold on a beach. Maddie was swimming and I was bundled in towels. We opted for lunch by the pool again where it was significantly warmer. I even got hot enough to jump in the pool. After more stitching and reading, it was time to get ready for dinner at Buccan. It may be one of my favorite restaurants of all time, definitely top ten. Everything is SO. GOOD. You can’t go wrong, but we LOVED the grilled broccolini, Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, and lobster spring rolls.
Our only complaint for the entire trip was that I think we needed another day. We’ll definitely be doing this again and next time we’ve already decided we need to either spend another night or fly out in the evening instead of the morning to get another day in! I highly recommend getting a girlfriend or two together to do something like this. It was so fun to plan a whole trip around needlepointing… and to not feel pressure to do anything else. I don’t love traveling because I am easily overwhelmed by trying to plan everything and trying not to leave anything off the itinerary, especially if it’s a new city! By going somewhere we’ve already been and planning a low-key trip anyway, I felt like I could totally disconnect and not feel that pressure to plan or leave feeling like I didn’t do everything I wanted or “had” to do. The only thing we for sure wanted to do was to go to Lycette and sit outside in the sun needlepointing. The mission was easily, and joyfully, accomplished!