PRESS RELEASE: Discover the best way to experience Florida with new ways to stay, play, dine and unwind in 2017
America’s First Resort Destination® has expanded its collection of world-class vacation offerings, providing travelers with new hotels in which to stay, outdoor and underwater activities to explore, innovative restaurants to sample, and refreshed, award-winning spas to indulge the senses. Spanning 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, 145 miles of tropical waterways, and insurmountable attractions across 2,000 square miles, The Palm Beaches is a collection of 39 diverse cities and towns that provide the ultimate wanderlust’s experiential expedition.
NEW HOTEL OPENINGS
The Boca Raton Mandarin Oriental is set to debut in downtown Boca Raton in late 2017. The 158-room property will include two adjacent towers that will form part of an upscale mixed-use development featuring 65,000 square feet of luxury lifestyle retail, as well as a world-class private club, which will offer social, fitness, spa and championship golf amenities.
West Palm Beach is set to become home to one of eight new Canopy by Hilton Hotelstouted as an energized and natural extension of its neighborhood with local design, food & drink, and culture. In 2017, ground will break for the new 150-room, 14-story hotel, which will be built two blocks from CityPlace.
REFRESHED AND REIMAGINED
The AAA Four Diamond-rated Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa has unveiled the results of a $6.8 million renovation that has infused the popular resort with a relaxed, breezy coastal style. The new design brings ocean-inspired colors and textures in, while encouraging guests to step out and enjoy the fresh air and beachfront setting. Renovated areas include guest suites, lobby area, dining and meeting spaces.
The 33,000-square-foot Sports and Racquet Club facility at the PGA National Resort & Spa recently underwent an impressive $4 million comprehensive facelift. Upgrades include state-of-the-art exercise equipment, indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two lighted pickle/paddle ball courts, 18 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play) and one lighted hard court with a hitting wall.
NEW/UPDATED EATS AND DRINKS
This September, Celebrated South Florida Chef and season nine “Top Chef” finalist Lindsay Autry partnered with seasoned restaurateur Thierry Beaud to open THE REGIONAL Kitchen & Public House in downtown West Palm Beach’s popular dining and entertainment destination, CityPlace. Autry’s hand-crafted, soulful menu blends her Southern roots with Mediterranean flavors, while utilizing farm-fresh ingredients.
A Brooklyn-based eatery, famous for its old-fashioned cheesecake, has recently opened at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake features a full bar, takeout, as well as a section devoted to selling cheesecakes to go.
In fall 2016, Chef Clay Carnes, winner of The Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament” opened Cholo Soy Cocina, a cozy restaurant in West Palm Beach that serves a new kind of Latin street food to the South Florida foodie-faithful. With an inventive menu, Cholo Soy Cocina’s concept is that of a small eatery serving a well-focused selection of fresh tacos, Andean-inspired street foods, and dishes reflecting regionally grown ingredients.
This November, Culver’s Butter Burgers & Frozen Custard, a popular restaurant chain in the upper Midwest, is opening its first location in The Palm Beaches in Jupiter, FL. Established in 1984 in Sauk City, Wis., by dairy farmers George and Ruth Culver, the chain was built for the butter burger fans and also serves custard, chicken, desserts and sandwiches.
In mid-November 2016, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group will open a new restaurant concept called Rappy’s in Boca Raton. Rappy’s will open with service for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering, as well as a full service bar.
In late 2016, nanobrewers Dominick Peri and Ken Gross will open Prosperity Brewers in Boca Raton. The one-barrel brew house will be located inside a 2,400-square-foot warehouse bay, 900 feet of which have been fashioned into a tasting room and lounge area. The duo will brew a number of styles and offer a diverse range of constantly rotating recipes from 15 taps. The brewery’s core profiles are currently slated with an IPA, double IPA, hefeweizen, wit, English mild, and saison. With more than a dozen wine and liquor barrels already in-house, the team also plans to launch an in-house aging program.
Due South Brewing Company is on track to brew 7,000 barrels in 2016, making it one of the largest production breweries in South Florida. In addition to an expanded distribution territory, Due South is also expanding their production facility, almost doubling in size for a total of 27,000 square feet. The added space will allow for an indoor beer garden, a large air conditioned tap room, a dedicated area for barrel aging and a sour program.
The Jupiter waterfront will welcome 1000 North, a new restaurant partly-owned by NBA star Michael Jordan, in 2017. The first floor of the 340-seat restaurant, which also will have an indoor and outdoor bar, will be open to the public, while the 1,500-square-foot second floor will be dedicated to members and their guests only. The second floor will have a 450-square-foot outdoor patio for food and beverages.
A new food and drink-centric district is coming to West Palm Beach in 2017. The Warehouse District, an eclectic urban neighborhood comprised of eight vintage-style buildings, is experiencing a transformation spearheaded by local food and beverage vendors, artists, fitness enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Boasting a New York-inspired food hall, Grange Hall Market, , the 85,000-square-foot district is located southwest of the Palm Beach County Convention Center near downtown West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach will soon welcome its first-ever brewery. Set to open in West Palm Beaches’ new Warehouse District in early 2017, Steam Horse Brewing
Newly opened in April 2016, Sons & Daughters Farm & Winery is an organic farm that also produces organic wines, most notably from Hibiscus Sabdariffa. Their organic wines are all grown, fermented and bottled on their 17-acre farm. Visitors can sit down and savor a glass in their communal tasting room.
James Beard Award-nominated chef, Clay Conley, and his partners in Buccan Group opened Grato, a modern Italian trattoria-inspired restaurant in West Palm Beach, in early 2016. Grato, which means “grateful” in Italian, features an approachable family-style menu and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Conley showcases his mastery of ingredients and technique through rustic Italian cuisine and soulful dishes, made from the highest-quality local ingredients.
The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches will open for Spring Training 2017, welcoming the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, along with their many fans. The state-of-the-art, two-team facility offers a fan-friendly layout with a 6,500-seat stadium as its centerpiece. The Astros and Nationals training areas each feature a six-field layout that is inviting and easily navigated by fans.
The Ana Cecilia cargo ship was sunk 1.25 miles off the Lake Worth Inlet in 85-feet of water in July 2016, where it is in the natural process of becoming an additional marine habitat as part of the artificial reef system managed by the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Once used in both an attempt to smuggle $10 million worth of cocaine on the Miami River and as the first ship to carry cargo from Miami to Cuba in 2012 after 50 years of embargo, the Ana Cecilia is a 170-foot Halter Marine general cargo ship built in 1972.
SPA & WELLNESS
Realizing the importance of ongoing R&R for its male guests, SiSpa at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa has rolled out a selection of “Admiral Services of the Si” to help men stay in shipshape condition. The Spa has also carefully crafted a variety of services, called Comfort Care Classics, designed to rejuvenate those who are either receiving cancer treatment or have recently completed it. The spa’s staff learned how to properly position cancer patients, handle medical ports and apply pressure during massages and other treatments during special training last year.
Celebrated for its award-winning spas and wellness offerings, The Palm Beaches hosted its inaugural Spa & Wellness Month in October 2016. The month-long promotion highlighted the array of wellness-focused offerings available throughout America’s First Resort Destination®. The success of the Spa & Wellness Month will continue in 2017, as it celebrates its second year.
In summer 2017, Henry Flagler’s railroad legacy will return to South Florida with the launch of Brightline, a new intercity express train service that will connect West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale in 30 minutes and to Miami in 60 minutes. The two phase project will eventually connect The Palm Beaches via its West Palm Beach station to Orlando in just two hours.
About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts spanning 2,000 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches of South Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries. It generates an annual economic impact of $7.1 billion in the local economy, produces $4.55 billion in direct visitor spending and supports more than 60,000 jobs.