Welcome to Grandview Gardens Concierge, a Restaurant & Event Blog for the Palm Beaches! We welcome over 1000 guests annually to the Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Homes Resort. As is typical for a B & B, we only serve breakfast. For lunch and dinner, we send guests to all types of restaurants around the area for every imaginable occasion. When we're serving breakfast in the morning, we hear about the escapades and adventures from the night before... especially about the restaurants where everybody ate. As a result, our friends and neighbors regularly ask advice about the current "ins and outs" of the local restaurant and party scene. So Rick, Peter and Jan have put together a "short list" of our most often recommended restaurants, which you'll find in the side bar. You will notice that most of our recommendations are for West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, but we do have a few favorite restaurants included in neighboring cities and towns. In addition to the short list, we'll occasionally be posting blog articles about restaurants and local events which could be of interest to visitors and locals alike. If you become a "Fan" of the Grandview Gardens Facebook Page, you'll automatically get a notice when we post an article. Enjoy!
For many, Thursday is the start of the weekend and the Norton Museum of Art kicks it off right with their Art After Dark event.
Art After Dark takes place every Thursday evening at the Norton Museum
Open late every Thursday, Art After Dark is one of the Norton Museum’s most popular programs. Touted as the place where “culture and entertainment meet,” the event offers an eclectic lineup of activates, including: a variety of music from all genres, the opportunity to chat with curators about your favorite pieces, docent-led tours, art activities, film, dance, wine tastings, chef demos, and more.
Don’t forget to peruse the permanent collection housed within the rest of the museum while you’re enjoying Art After Dark. Special exhibitions not to be missed this season include Spotlight/Brilliant: Recent Acquisitions, and Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, in addition to contemporary collections from China, America, and Europe.
Art After Dark runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Thursday and admission is free. Food and beverages are served from the museum’s café, Fratelli Lyon, which offers an à la carte dinner menu from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Norton Museum is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-5196, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit norton.org.
The holiday season in West Palm Beach is a bit different than the winter wonderland that we all grew up seeing in It’s a Wonderful World. Instead, we go the holiday in paradise route, taking the fun and magical nature of the season and making it our own. And, nothing says West Palm Beach whimsical quite like a 600-ton holiday tree, made entirely of sand.
Sandi the holiday tree, a beloved South Florida holiday tradition, is the world’s only 600-ton holiday tree sculpted from sand featuring dazzling musical light shows nightly with over 5,000 lights.
For two weeks starting November 13 you can head down to the West Palm Beach Waterfront to watch Team Sandtastic building Sandi up. Watch as they meticulously turn our beautiful beach sand into a holiday staple, complete with a synchronized light show.
The building of Sandi culminates with the Holiday Tree lighting, on Thursday, November 30th during Clematis by Night which will include a full line up of special events and FREE family fun this year. Valerie Tyson Band and Chemradery will provide the soundtrack for the evening. Face painting and a visit from Elsa are in store for the kids at Snowville, while the adults can cross some gifts off their list at the Holiday Gift Boutique. Who knows? Santa might even take a break from his hard work and make an appearance with Mrs. Clause.
The event is pet-friendly. So, bring the whole family and celebrate the holiday West Palm Beach style.
Sandi the Holiday Sand Tree. Photo courtesy of: Sandi the Holiday Sand Tree Facebook Page
Rick Rose’s Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town
For anyone who appreciates the history and culture of Palm Beach, a beautifully curated guide, “Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town”, written by local historian, Rick Rose, is now available.
Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town is a comprehensive illustrated guide to the “American’s First Resort Destination”. The hard-cover book is a rich and beautifully curated collection of the destination city, filled with the top must-sees, restaurants, one-of-a-kind shopping and attractions.
With 172 pages and more than 100 photos, featuring exclusive photography by Missy Janes, the guide is the ultimate resource for those who know the city intimately, wish to visit or just have an appreciation for the cultural destination that is Palm Beach.
Palm Beach-area native, Rick Rose, wrote the guide armed with his traveler and historian insight, intending to show visitors how the destination is unique and special — and how they can be a part of all that is quintessentially Palm Beach. As the official historian and tour guide for the Worth Avenue Association, and an active member of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the Flagler Museum, the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, Rose is highly involved in the community and also serves on the Board of Directors of Discover the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s destination marketing organization.
Including insider information only a local expert, like Rose could assemble, Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town offers insights on island-appropriate attire, tips on self-guided tours, recommended regional road trips, horse show 101, and so much more.
The book contains sections on the must-sees and dos of Palm Beach — The Breakers, the Flagler Museum, Worth Avenue, Town Square, the Lake Trail — as well as a Palm Beach driving tour and day-trips south to Boca Raton and north to Jupiter. It also features sports, beaches, nature activities, major annual events, shopping, spas, restaurants and lodgings.
Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town is available for purchase on bn.com, amazon.com and Indiebound, as well as fine retailers throughout Palm Beach. For more information please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the brilliant Tony Award-winning musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book), which opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on July 14th. This witty tale of a throat-slitting barber and his enterprising accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, who grinds his victims into meat pies, runs through August 6.
The original production of Sweeney Todd was directed by Harold Prince, and starred Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, all of whom won Tony Awards. The show, which opened on Broadway on March 1,1979 and ran 557 performances, received eight Tonys in all, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. That premiere production, at the cavernous Uris (now Gershwin) Theatre was huge in size and scope. There have since been countless productions of Sweeney Todd all over the world, on stages small and large, in opera houses and in concert, and even in a London pie and mash shop.
The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM. Individual tickets are $67 (including opening night), preview tickets are $46, and those 18-40 years old pay their age. Student tickets are available for $15; tickets for educators are half price with proper ID (other restrictions apply).
The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Monday through Wednesday from 10AM to 5PM, Thursday through Saturday from 10AM to 8:30PM, and Sunday from 11AM to 7:30PM, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.
Grandview Gardens is offering a $ 10 discount on the room rate for all reservations that refer to “Sweeney Todd” (just say “Sweeney Todd” at the time of reservation or in the reservation notes if making the reservation online). In addition, the Palm Beach Dramaworks Restaurant Club provides a great selection of restaurants near the theater offering special deals to theater patrons. Click HERE for more information.