Weekend in ... Palm Beach, Florida

Getting there: Frequent sale rates from $79 one-way; from $111 each way with 21-day advance; nonstop AirTran, Delta.

Stay: Stays at the Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast, a peaceful and romantic oasis, include gourmet breakfast, afternoon baked treats, complimentary water, sodas and wine and beach towels, chairs and umbrella at room rates from $150. Partnering with a local Kiwanis Club Toy Drive, the Mango Inn awards a third consecutive night free to guests that bring an unwrapped toy for a child age 2-12 (valid on stays through Dec. 18). The beach is a ten minute walk; www.mangoinn.com, 128 N. Lakeside Dr., Lake Worth, 561-533-6900.

Eat: Roberto Reyes and family serve the most authentic Cuban dishes in town at Havana. Lunches to $9; dinners to $16.49. When you need a “fix,” visit their 24-hour Walk-Up window; www.havanacubanfood.com, 6801 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, 561-547-9799.

Experience: Downtown West Palm Beach puts on a free concert every Thursday evening in Centennial Square at the top of Clematis Street. This year-round event, Clematis by Night, features the area’s best music on a street lined with great eateries and trendy sidewalk shops; www.clematisbynight.net. Every Saturday through April visit the downtown GreenMarket for farm fresh fruits, artisan foods and made-to-order Cafe goodies; from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; www.wpb.org/greenmarket.


Getting there: From $161 each way with one-week advance notice; nonstop AirTran, Delta.

Stay: Experience a stay at the most historic and oldest hotel in Florida, The Breakers. This oceanfront icon, inspired by magnificent Italian villas of the 1400s, offers unlimited fitness classes, tennis, golf green fees, and more on stays through Dec. 15; from $350 per night. Sunday-Wednesday stays include additional amenities such as continental breakfast, spa and fitness admission, valet parking and discounts on camp for ages 3-12; www.thebreakers.com, One S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 1-888-273-2537.

Eat: For original fresh seafood choices with an oceanfront setting, get to Charley’s Crab. A solid choice for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Every day Happy Hour (4:00-7:00 p.m.) features $5 Martinis and cocktails; $4 wines; $3 domestic drafts; appetizers from $3; www.muer.com, 456 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561-659-1500.

Experience: Visit the unique historic home and studio of artist Ann Weaver Norton. The quiet gardens are renowned not only for the monumental sculptures but for the collection of more than 300 species of rare palms and native plants. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 adults; www.ansg.org, 253 Barcelona Rd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-5328.


Getting there: Walk-up, Business Class rates from $323 each way; nonstop AirTran, Delta.

Stay: Experience the classic era of the 1920s at the elegant Brazilian Court Hotel, located on a quiet, tree-lined street and just two blocks to the Atlantic and Worth Avenue shopping. Spacious accommodations (from 400-1,600 square feet) feature rich Egyptian linens, plush robes, limestone bathroom with Frederic Fekkai amenities and private terrace or patio. A “1909 Founders Special,” (celebrating Palm Beach’s 100th anniversary; www.palmbeachfl.com) valid on stays through Dec. 31, permits a third night at $19.09 with each of the first two nights from $319. High season rates for one bedroom King suites range to $909; www.thebraziliancourt.com, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-7740.

Eat: Cafe L’Europe is posh, pricey, and oh so Palm Beach. Expect exceptional cuisine, service. A three-course prix fixe luncheon is $25; dinner entrees $34-$50; www.cafeleurope.com, 331 S. County Rd., 561-655-4020.

Experience: The International Polo Club boasts one of the most lush and manicured polo fields in the world. Enjoy an all day high-society affair each Sunday from January-April. A “Brunch and Polo” package includes gourmet foods, champagne, music and more in elegant tents set ideally for match viewing; $80-$100 varies by event, per person (lawn/bleacher seating $15-$25, respectively); www.internationalpoloclub.com; 3667 120th Ave. S., Wellington, 561-204-5687.

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