Arts and Culture Weekend Getaway in Palm Beach
1Start the Palm Beach immersion among the well-heeled set at Café Boulud in the Brazilian Court Hotel. This southern sibling to Chef Daniel Boulud's celebrated restaurant on New York's Upper East Side draws inspiration from classic French cooking, world cuisine, farmer's markets, and the changing seasons.
2Walk to your first stop on a mini-music crawl to kick it old school with a Royal Room Cabaret performance at the Colony Hotel; skip the dinner service to focus on the intimate live show that starts at 8:30 pm. The crowd skews older, but it's a must for any fan of the classic American songbook, a la the Algonquin's Oak Room in NYC.
3Finish the night with a stroll over to the Leopard Lounge in the historic Chesterfield Hotel, still a throwback but now with toned-down jungle notes and a more tasteful ebony palette than its former crimson. Friday-night singers perform contemporary/Top 40 numbers.
1Dig into comfort food at retro-cool Howley's in West Palm Beach, a '50s style diner that's kept its vintage brightly polished. Full breakfast lasts until noon, but there's an "anytime" menu to cover omelet cravings into the wee hours.
2Drive about two miles north to explore West Palm Beach's Norton Museum of Art, which emphasizes European, American and Chinese art, contemporary works, and photography. The impressive collection includes heavy hitters like Degas, Picasso, Monet, and Gauguin.
3Go for a festive lunch at Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar on West Palm Beach's lively Clematis Street, where the guacamole is made tableside. Don't miss the inventive daily taco specials, like fried chicken with mango and sweet chile sauce or Asian tempura.
4Drive over the bridge into Palm Beach to visit the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, the grand marble-columned estate where the Florida East Coast Railway magnate wintered. Tea, finger sandwiches, and scones are served in true Gilded Age style in the museum's Café des Beaux-Arts.
5About a mile south, old and new money collide among the shops of Worth Avenue, Florida's answer to Rodeo Drive. Even if Hermes, Chanel, and Jimmy Choo aren't in the budget, it's a beautiful stroll punctuated with bougainvillea, palms, and picturesque side courtyards.
6Head for dinner at Imoto, the 2012-opened Palm Beach creation of James Beard-nominated chef Clay Conley. The Asian bistro, offering small plates and sushi, sits next to his casually sophisticated success story, Buccan.
1Start the drive south, stopping in Manalapan for early breakfast at newly relocated John G's, now with free parking and expanded seating. French toast is a specialty of the house; sorry, no credit cards.
2Continue south about 30 minutes to tranquil Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with six distinct settings that range from landscaped islands to dry rock gardens. Objects from Japanese daily life from 1868 to present form the core of the museum collection.
3Travel about 20 minutes east into downtown Delray Beach for brunch or lunch fare at Max's Harvest, featuring "farm to fork" dishes like cheddar sage biscuits and sausage gravy, Florida crab and artichoke frittata, and braised short-rib grilled cheese.