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!
The Palm Beach Outlets opened today in West Palm Beach. Located along I-95 on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, this is the first outlet mall in Palm Beach County and is one of the largest, nicest outlet malls in Florida. The mall is located just 10 minutes driving from Grandview Gardens and will become a major attraction for local, regional, national and international visitors. Grand opening activities are scheduled all weekend, including a celebrity style fashion show on Saturday evening hosted by the handsome TV star Mario Lopez. Click here for a link to the article in today’s Palm Beach Post.
Fifty years ago this month, John, Paul, George, and Ringo – aka the Fab Four – “invaded” the United States, and music and fashion haven’t been the same since. That same year – 1964 – young Palm Beach native and New York model, Jane Holzer, met artist Andy Warhol. The Norton Museum of Art special exhibition, To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, which runs through May 25, 2014, illuminates the pair’s enduring influence on one another – and the art world.
The Norton is not only showcasing the influence of Warhol and the role played by Holzer 50 years ago, but is also celebrating the Beatles’ musical innovation, cultural influence, and the 50th anniversary of that euphoric phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Art After Dark is going “Mop Top” with Beatles-related music, programs, and tours from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2014. Admission is half price on Thursdays. Parking is free.\
The festivities include:
- Music by Beatles tribute band Across the Universe
- Musician and music educator Rod MacDonald presents a multi-media Beatles primer, The Beatles: Before America. By the time the Beatles arrived inAmerica in February 1964, they were already the top music attraction inGreat Britain, with Beatlemania greeting their every stage appearance. Join MacDonald, the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of FAU’s Lifelong Learning program, in a detailed look at the early Fab Four, using archival videos and live performance.
- A docent-led All You Need is Love tour of art in the Museum Collection.
- A Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Trivia Contest. Test your Beatles knowledge with questions formulated by radio personality Joe Johnson, one of the country’s foremost authorities on all things Beatles, and host of the syndicated radio show, Beatle Brunch (www.brunchradio.com). Fab prizes await the winners.
- The To Jane, Love Andy exhibition with an accompanying soundtrack, featuring Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other “British Invasion” favorites popular in the mid-‘60s.
Other activities on Feb. 13 include a wine tasting and a Curator’s Conversation by Laurie Barnes, ElizabethB. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art discussing the exhibition, Qing Chic: Chinese Textiles from the19th to Early-20th Century.
Thornton Wilder’s classic American play has been transformed into an opera and tells the story of the ordinary and extraordinary events in the lives of those in Grover’s Corners, a small New Hampshire town in 1901. The story delves into three critical components of the human experience – daily life, love/marriage, and death/loss. The performance will be at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace. Admission is free. $ 25 VIP tickets available. Click here
for more information.
All are welcome to attend a short question and answer session with members of the cast and librettist Sandy McClatchy following the performance. Please gather in the front section of the hall for this lively session and a chance to hear directly from the artists involved in the production.
Palm Beach is busting at the seams for this Holiday Season and there is plenty to do. Our Tip: The Norton Museum of Art is featuring “The Five Free Days” celebration beginning this Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, and includes all regular Museum hours, even Thursday’s Art After Dark, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening’s Art After Dark includes performances by singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Jason Cardinal; docent-led tours with the themes of Picasso and Friends and All That Glitters: Beth Lipman and the Art of Still Life; and screenings of short foreign films presented by the Multilingual & Cultural Society.
We here at Grandview Gardens wish all of our guests, past and present, Merry Christmas and good health, happiness and success in the New Year!