Best Burgers in Town

Jimmy Buffet wrote a whole song dedicated to a cheeseburger. Somedays, can’t you just relate? If you are craving a burger, here are a few hot spots in Palm Beach County that will satisfy you.

  • Brass Ring, North Palm Beach and Royal Palm Beach

Quality beef, simplicity and good quality condiments distinguish the burgers at this local favorite family restaurant. Stop in for cold beer and shoot pool between bites of one of the best burgers in the county.

One regular says this is the best burger in the county, The food is local and sustainable, so you can feel good about what you are eating as the grease runs down your chin. The place is dog friendly as well, if you need some help finishing up your burger.

  • Relish, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton

Their tagline says it all: Food beyond extraordinary. Burgers here are more than beef – you can get wild boar grouper and mushroom burgers as well. Beyond the patties, you can also get a beyond-extraordinary Unicorn Milkshake to round out your order. Order online.

  • Grease, Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Taking time to choose from the 10 types of burgers and a 150 beers and you might want to stay for the afternoon. This sports bar also has music on weekend evenings.

  • Burger Fi, 6 locations in Palm Beach County

This national chain prides itself on it 100% organic angus beef. However, even the vegetarians and vegans can love this place: the veggie burger is terrific. You can order online.

Brunch Hotspots in Palm Beach County

Brunch is the best meal of the day… because we usually enjoy it during relaxing weekends or holidays, especially when visitors are in town. Let your guests sleep in, then take them out for a beautiful brunch. Where in Palm Beach County can you take them for an impressive and delicious brunch? Here are 6 suggestions:

  1. Pete’s Place, Greenacres. The restaurant may not be fancy, but the waitstaff is friendly and the food is plentiful, yummy and inexpensive. Expect a line because this is a neighborhood favorite. Pete’s kindly offers healthy options, as well as brunch favorites like biscuits and gravy and a hash to die for.
  2. John G’s, Lantana. A short walk to the beach, and often a long line for brunch, John G’s is an award-winning Palm Beach County institution. Their brunch offers generous portions with lots of fruit. Note: they do NOT take credit cards.
  3. Latitudes at Delray Sands Resort, Delray Beach. Spectacular views of the ocean are the highlight here. The fact that the Sunday Champagne Brunch serves great food too is bonus.
  4. Blind Monk, West Palm Beach. The Blind Monk is known as an intimate wine bar in downtown West Palm Beach, a short walk from Clematis Street. Those in the know also enjoy their delightful and elegant brunches on Sunday mornings. Go when you want mimosas and bar-style brunch bites rather than a hearty country breakfast.
  5. Berry Fresh, Jupiter. This 7-day-a-week hotspot features made-from-scratch brunch items made with local farm fresh produce as available. With locations in Martin and St Lucie Counties as well.

Get your ART on in Palm Beach County

The long lazy days of summer are a good time to hit up an art museum. Show visiting relatives the cultural highlights of our area, expose the kids to fun education, or just enjoy a cool stroll through the galleries on your own. Palm Beach County offers you plenty of opportunities for art in air-conditioned comfort. Check these out:

The big daddy of art locally is the Norton Art Museum in downtown West Palm Beach. Currently undergoing renovations, the museum is not charging admission. This summer you can learn about artists’ handwritten letters on loan from the Smithsonian in addition to the parts of the permanent collection that are available for viewing.

Further south, the Boca Raton Museum of Art offers everything from glassworks to line drawings to photography in various current and upcoming exhibitions.

The beautiful Flagler Museum in Palm Beach is a wonderful example of early 20th century living for the ultrarich. Always on display are furniture and art of the Flagler family. Plus this summer also includes a special exhibition of art featuring the flying heroes of World War I.

The Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach is not to be missed. The gardens provide frequent shade for an enjoyable summer stroll. The most recent exhibit just closed, so check for what is next in the gallery.

The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach offers art, music, drama and literature. You can explore the botanical gardens and the sculpture garden as well as exhibits and classes indoors.

Keep in mind that most museums are closed on Mondays. Check museum calendars for when exhibits are opening and closing.

6 reasons to love Summer in South Florida

Summer gets a bad rap in South Florida. Sure, it’s hot and humid, but here in Palm Beach County, there is plenty to love and enjoy.

  1. Fewer people! The seasonal folks scurry back north and many South Floridians go vacation elsewhere. That leaves less crowded highways, less busy restaurants and emptier beaches for the rest of us.
  2. Lower prices! With smaller crowds, you find lower prices. Restaurants offer deals. Museums and theaters offer discounts. Summer residents in South Florida benefit the most.
  3. Slower pace! Fewer people and hotter weather combined with the casual atmosphere of South Florida means less hurry and less worry. Do errands or have fun in the mornings or evenings, and chill in the middle of the day. It’s the tropics, enjoy the pace.
  4. Air conditioning! Of course, modern conveniences have made long summers more tolerable with air conditioned everything! Summers up north are far more difficult because many places are not cool inside. In South Florida, you never have to be out in the sun for long unless you want to be.
  5. Turtle Nesting Season! Something unique to our part of the world is a chance to encounter the magnificent sea turtles who return to our shores each summer to lay their eggs. Participate in a night-time turtle walk to see nature at work. From Hobe Sound Nature Center to John D. MacArthur Park down to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, you have a choice of locations.
  6. Shakespeare by the Sea! This summer, this organization is putting on Love Labor’s Lost. Enjoy an evening picnic and some classic theater by the ocean.

 

 

Outdoor fun in South Florida

Summer heat and humidity are here in South Florida long before the official start of summer. That’s no reason to hide indoors the whole season! Sure, it is hot – just bring a hat and some water, and set your sights on adventure! Here are four excellent suggestions for outdoor fun:

  • Palm Beach Zoo: If you haven’t been here lately, our local zoo has made many great improvements. The trees keep the walks shady, and the interactive exhibits and learning centers keep the kids of all ages entertained. Bring a bathing suit for the kids and let them splash their troubles away in the big central fountain while you sit in the shade. On Summit Blvd., near Dreher Park in West Palm Beach.
  • Water Parks: Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation department maintains two water parks: Calypso Bay in Royal Palm Beach and Coconut Cove in Boca Raton. Enjoy your property taxes at work as well as a big wet cool down at either park. This is a terrific adventure with smaller kids who might not be ready for the big Orlando parks, and is way cheaper than the big parks!
  • Croquet Club, or as it is officially known: The Charles P. Steuber National Croquet Center: You can try out croquet with up to 2 free lessons at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. If you want to play a few games, the cost is $30 daily rate which includes all equipment. At Florida Mango and Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach.
  • And of course, there are always our beautiful beaches. From Stuart to Miami, you have your pick of beaches with piers, those that allow dogs, some that are less crowded, and ones with good picnic areas. In summer, you have longer daylight hours to enjoy the beaches in the evening as the temperature starts to drop.

Spring Fun in Palm Beach County

You have plenty of options for fun activities this spring in Palm Beach County – from music to art to late-night graveyard tours!

If you like festival fun and hot music, you do not want to miss Sun Fest during the first week of May, with art vendors, fireworks and every type of music under the sun. It happens all along the Intracoastal waterway in downtown West Palm Beach.

Before it gets too hot, take a hike through the only state park in Palm Beach County: John D. Macarthur Beach State Park. With two miles of beaches, kayak rentals, and hiking trails, plus a monthly Cruisin’ Food Fest & Concert Series, you can’t miss.

If the temperatures outside are already too much for you, go for art and culture in air conditioning: Check out the unusual and beautiful Glasstress exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. This exhibit displays examples of glass art work from Murano, Italy. “The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium,” explains the museum’s website.

And now for something completely different: make a reservation for a moonlight graveyard tour in downtown West Palm Beach. Not a haunted tour, but a history of our little spot in paradise told by the gravestones of the pioneers who settled the area. The tours are held only when the moon is full at Woodlawn Cemetary, not far from the Norton Art Museum. Bug spray is highly recommended. For reservations, call 561-804-4900.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bellaggio Neighborhood Review

bellaggioCiao! The Italian-inspired neighborhood of Bellagio does the impossible: This premiere active adult neighborhood takes the active part of its description quite seriously. At the same time, the tranquil landscaping and elegant clubhouse evoke the serenity of an Italian vacation. Yes, you never had it so good!

Bellagio is a neighborhood in western Lake Worth, with 560 acres and approximately 1100 homes. While the community bustles with active adults playing tennis, swimming and enjoying entertainment at the clubhouse, the pristine setting with a network of lakes and preserves reminds you that this is a little slice of paradise.

Take a tour with Laurie Scherer that begins at the two stylish graceful manned gatehouses. Visit the 10 lighted tennis courts that include everything from lessons for novices to league play for the enthusiasts. Consider a dip in either the elegant heated outdoor pool or the serene indoor pool at the clubhouse.

Speaking of the 36,000-square-foot clubhouse, Club Bellaggio has a full-time staff to direct the diverse social, recreational and sports activities of the active neighbors and friends who live in the community. The Clubhouse includes a theater, a billiards room, a dance floor and a fitness center. Back outside, you can enjoy yourself at the putting green, shuffleboard courts or bacci courts.

You can’t be bored here. As Laurie says, this is a great place to live, play and work. Join Laurie for a video tour of Bellagio right now!

 

Great Coffee Houses in Palm Beach County

coffeeWhat is the buzz on coffee shops in Palm Beach County? Yes, you DO have options beyond the ubiquitous chains. Caffeine cravings and a desire for a cooler vibe will be satisfied at one of these fine and funky establishments:

West Palm Beach

Subculture, on Clematis Street, is known for divine coffee flavors and a cool vibe. “The taste of their lattes that feels like magical healing when you take the first sip. Maybe it’s the poet in me, or maybe I’m just addicted to caffeine,” a regular says. Try the brown sugar/coconut lattes for a new twist.

Visit C Street, also on Clematis Street, for lattes and fun ambiance. This café goes late night with beer and wine and tapas. Its focus is on local and vibrant. From yummy food to Jazz Thursdays, you will enjoy yourself here.

Harold’s Coffee Lounge, in Northwood Village, is kid-friendly and pet-friendly, but also takes its coffee very seriously. It treats coffee as science as much as art. Their motto? “Harold’s is where Science and Nature meet to discuss the Universe.” Events such as open mic nights and painting parties bring a dash of art back into that science.

Tequesta/Jupiter

Oceana Roasting House and Café, on Old Dixie Highway, has comfy couches and a giant green monster roaster you can’t miss in the corner. The delicious aroma of coffee awaits those in the north end of the county.

Delray Beach

Coffee District is just off Atlantic Ave. and provides great coffee and fast wifi. What more does a caffeine fan need?  How about outdoor seating and fabulous desserts too! This spot is also popular as a craft beer and wine bar later in the day.

St. Patrick’s Day in Palm Beach County

beautiful-happy-st-patricks-day-background_X19gTM_LCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day…Palm Beach County style!  Trim yourself, from head-to-toe, in all things green and hit the town for some of the surrounding annual Irish celebrations that are sure to bring out the leprechaun in almost anyone.

Blarney Bash in Boynton Beach

This year marks the third annual Blarney Bash!  Entrance to this green themed family-fun celebration is free.  Live music by Celtic Mayhem and Clockwork Knotwork will set the tone, and festivities like balloon artist, bounce houses, a visit from a leprechaun and face painters are sure to keep the kids entertained and happy!  Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance will also be performing their Irish Folk Dance.  For the adults, there will be ample food and craft beer.  The event is located on Ocean Avenue between First Street and Seacrest at the Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre at 129 E. Ocean Avenue.  The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit http://catchboynton.com/whats-happening/blarney-bash.

Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

This annual tradition dates all the way back to 1968 when a local pub owner strolled down Atlantic Avenue with a green pig and declared it a parade.  The festival begins March 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the parade is March 11th at noon.  There is also a Fun Run before the parade at 11:00 a.m.   Plan to arrive early for the parade.  Typically, spectators begin lining the streets by 10:00 a.m.  For more detailed information, go to http://stpatrickmarch.com/general-information/.

West Palm Beach St. Patrick’s Day on Clematis Street

On March 17th, adults only can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a block party on Celmatis Street beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m.!  Food trucks and traditional Irish foods will be offered, and of course plenty of beer!  For more information, visit http://westpalmbeach.com/calendarofevents/.

Roxy’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Another adult only party, Roxy’s Rooftop St. Patrick’s Day Party is one of the best if you’re in the mood to unwind and celebrate.  Delicious beverages, great food, and a relaxed environment will do the trick.  For more information, visit Roxy’s on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/roxys.rooftop/.

No matter how or where you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s, we wish you the luck of the Irish!  And, as always, we are here to help you with any of your real estate needs.  Contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.

Best Places to See a Movie

Bucket of Popcorn With Movie Tickets“Going to the movies” has come a long way in recent history!  Movie goers of all ages have come to expect much more from their movie experience than their not-so-distant ancestors.  In Palm Beach County alone, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of great places and unique venues to see a movie, and here’s just a few….

IMAX Theatre in West Palm Beach

Ah, yes!  This is the perfect way to spend an afternoon!  No matter what movie you’re seeing, the thunderous sound combined with the rumbling vibration is simply thrilling.  If you have yet to visit an IMAX theatre, you won’t be disappointed.  The picture is amazingly detailed.  For more information, take a look at http://www.imax.com/theatres/muvico-parisian-imax.

Florida Cinépolis Jupiter

Located at The Shoppes at Jupiter, The first of Cinépolis’s hybrid theatres offer two unique concepts.  For an extravagant movie experience, the luxury cinema offers luxurious seats fit for a king along with dining and full bar service options.  The Cinépolis auditorium offers comfortable seating and access to their gourmet menu and bar located in the lobby.  For information and movie times, see http://www.cinepolisusa.com/jupiter.aspx.

iPic Theatres at Mizner Park

iPic has been busy making a name for itself, and this movie going experience will not disappoint!  You can choose and reserve your seat online, and once you arrive you’ll be escorted to your seat and catered to like none other!  If you enjoy frozen foods that are heated in a microwave, this is not the place for you!  The fresh gourmet entrees and appetizers here will have your inner food critic raving. For information on iPic Theatres, see https://www.ipictheaters.com/#/faq.

Lake Worth Drive-In

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a little nostalgia (or maybe you’re just feeling like a hermit).  Either way, when you find yourself in one of these moods, a visit to Lake Worth Drive-In is in order.  Evening showings at 8:00 and 10:00 will have you enjoying movie night from the comfort of your own car.  No need to get dressed up!  Don your favorite sweats and t-shirt and be done with it….For information, see http://www.floridaswapshop.com. Yes!  There’s also a swap meet at this location!  See their website for all of the details.