Miami, Florida has the reputation for trendy styles and great restaurants but don’t count out Delray Beach. Located between stylish Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Delray Beach is called the “Village by the Sea”. With a name like that, you would think of a quiet little beach town but in reality Delray is a lively resort town.
Atlantic Ave., the main street in downtown, is lined with palm trees and brick sidewalks. Stroll along the avenue and you will pass outdoor cafes and restaurants, art galleries and boutiques that sell everything from fun souvenirs to designer clothing. At night the sidewalks are packed with a young crowd waiting to get into the latest hot spot. Valets are parking high end cars for the not so young who have reservations at one of the town’s top rated restaurants.
A short distance from the ocean on Atlantic Ave. is The Seagate Hotel and Spa.
My husband and I always enjoy staying at The Seagate when visiting our youngest daughter who lives a couple of miles away.
The hotel has an upscale tropical feel with large saltwater fish tanks throughout the hotel and restaurant.
Tropical floral arrangements are found throughout the hotel, with orchids placed on your bed at turn down.
The rooms are lovely…with amazing bathrooms. When the shuttered window between the bathroom and bedroom is opened, you can take a jacuzzi bath, resting your head on a terry pillow and watch the flat screen TV in the bedroom.
If you want to feel sand between your toes, you can take their trolley to their private Beach Club directly on the ocean.
Rainy days prevented us from outdoor activities so we ventured down the road to Boca Raton for a little shopping and lunch. One day we enjoyed lunch at Pinon Grill, a stunning restaurant serving New American food that was not only delicious but inventive as well.
The next day, we headed to Mizner Park. This is shopping at its best “Florida style”.
There are many restaurants at Mizner Park. For lunch, we decided on Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern that serves bistro style comfort food.
Our daughter knows that we are foodies and is quick to suggest restaurants that don’t disappoint. She picks the most interesting restaurants to try every time we are in Delray Beach. We have been to DADA, a very popular restaurant in a cute old house with outdoor seating and live music. The menu has fun comfort food. The Office calls itself a gastro pub, always busy and known for such items as truffled fries and maple bacon donuts for dessert. Right on Atlantic Ave. in downtown Delray is 32 East, a bistro that serves an ever changing daily menu of market fresh ingredients…fusion comfort food.
We always enjoy our time in Delray. Since we had drizzly, windy weather this trip, I couldn’t give you photos of this fun town. You will just have to use your imagination and wait until our next trip back to Delray Beach.