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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, September 21, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

Now That the weather will be getting colder, it's time 
to start thinking about heading South. So here we go...
off to Miami....

The territory from Palm Beach south to Boca Raton defines 
the northern portion of the Gold Coast. North of Palm 
Beach you'll uncover the comparatively undeveloped 
Treasure Coast -- liberally sprinkled with coastal gems 
-- where towns and wide open spaces along the road await 
your discovery. 

Altogether, there's a delightful disparity, from Palm 
Beach, pulsing fast with plenty of old-money wealth, to 
low-key Hutchinson Island, Manalapan, and Briny Breezes. 
Seductive as the beach scene interspersed with eclectic 
dining options can be, you should also take advantage of 
flourishing commitments to historic preservation and the 
arts as town after town yields intriguing museums, 
galleries, theaters, and gardens. 

Happy Trails,

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With Palm Beach proper representing only 1% of Palm Beach 
County's land, remaining territory is given over to West 
Palm and other classic Florida coastal towns, along with -- 
to the west -- citrus farms, the Arthur R. Marshall-
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and Lake Okeechobee, 
a bass-fishing hot spot and Florida's largest lake. Well 
worth exploring is the Treasure Coast territory, covering 
northernmost Palm Beach County, plus Martin, St. Lucie, 
and Indian River counties. 

Despite a growing number of malls and beachfront condo-
miniums, much of the Treasure Coast's shoreline remains 
blissfully undeveloped. Along the coast, the broad tidal 
lagoon called the Indian River separates barrier islands 
from the mainland. Inland there's cattle ranching in 
tracts of pine and palmetto scrub, along with sugar and 
citrus production. Shrimp farming utilizes techniques for 
acclimatizing shrimp from saltwater -- land near seawater 
is costly -- to fresh water, all the better to serve 
demand from restaurants popping up all over the region.

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A. E. "Bean" Backus Gallery 
Museum/Gallery, Fort Pierce 
As the home of the Treasure Coast Art Association, the 
A. E. "Bean" Backus Gallery displays works of one of 
Florida's foremost landscape artists. The gallery mounts 
changing exhibits and offers exceptional buys on work by 
local artists. www.backusgallery.com. COST: Free. OPEN: 
Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-4; summer hrs by appointment. 

Address: 500 N. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce, FL, USA
Phone: 772/465-0630

The Breakers 
Hotel, House/Mansion, Palm Beach 
Originally built by Henry Flagler in 1895 and rebuilt 
by his descendants after a 1925 fire, this luxury hotel 
resembling an Italian Renaissance palace helped launch 
Florida tourism with its gilded-age opulence, attracting 
influential, wealthy northerners. Head for the lobby to 
gaze at painted arched ceilings hung with crystal 
chandeliers, the ornate Florentine Dining Room with its 
15th-century Flemish tapestries, and other museum-quality 
public spaces. www.thebreakers.com. 

Address: 1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL, USA
Phone: 561/655-6611

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center 
Forest, Nature Preserve, Hutchinson Island 
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center consists of 
a coastal hardwood hammock-and-mangrove forest. 
Expansion has yielded a visitor center, a science center 
with interpretive exhibits on coastal science and 
environmental issues, and a ½-mi interpretive boardwalk. 
Guided nature walks through trails and stingray feedings 
are offered at various times during the day. Eco-boat 
tours are 1½ hours long and include a 20-minute stop at 
a bird sanctuary. Dolphins, manatees and turtles are 
often seen on the boat tour, for which reservations are 
required. www.floridaoceanographic.org. COST: $8; $22 
boat tour. OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-4; guided 
nature walks Mon.-Sat. 11 and 3, Sun. at 2; boat tours 
Tues. and Thurs.-Sat. at 11 and Thurs. at 4. 

Address: 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Hutchinson Island, FL, USA
Phone: 772/225-0505 

Other Places of Interest:

Heritage Center and Indian River Citrus Museum 
Museum/Gallery, Vero Beach 
More grapefruit is shipped from the Indian River area 
than anywhere else in the world, as you'll learn at the 
Heritage Center and Indian River Citrus Museum, where 
memorabilia harks back to when families washed and 
wrapped the luscious fruit to sell at roadside stands, 
and oxen hauled citrus-filled crates with distinctive 
Indian River labels to the rail station. A video shows 
current harvesting and shipping methods. 
www.veroheritage.org. COST: Free. OPEN: Tues.-Fri. 

Address: 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach, FL, USA
Phone: 772/770-2263

Lion Country Safari 
Nature Preserve, West Palm Beach 
Drive your own vehicle (with windows closed) on 8 mi 
of paved roads through a 500-acre cageless zoo with 
1,000 free-roaming animals. Lions, elephants, white 
rhinos, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, chimpanzees, and 
ostriches are among the wild things in residence. 
Exhibits include the Kalahari, designed after a South 
African bush plateau and containing water buffalo and 
Nilgai (the largest type of Asian antelope), and the 
Gir Forest, modeled after a game forest in India and 
showcasing a pride of lions. A walk-through park area 
has bird feeding and a petting zoo, or take a pontoon 
boat tour. There's also paddleboating, miniature golf, 
a children's play area with rides and sports fields, 
a picnic pavilion, restaurant, and snack shop. No 
convertibles or pets are allowed. 
www.lioncountrysafari.com. COST: $20.95; $3.50 parking 
fee. OPEN: Daily 9:30-5:30; last vehicle in by 4:30. 

Address: 2003 Lion Country Safari Rd., at Southern Blvd. 
W, Loxahatchee, FL, USA
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Boca Raton Resort & Club 
$140 to Over $220, Boca Raton 
Addison Mizner built the Mediterranean-style Cloister Inn 
here in 1926, and additions over time have created this 
sparkling, sprawling resort with a beach accessible by 
shuttle. There are recreational activities here and many 
lodging options: traditional Cloister rooms are small but 
warmly decorated; accommodations in the 27-story Tower are 
more spacious; Beach Club rooms are light, airy, and 
contemporary; golf villas are large and attractive. In 
addition to a redesigned golf course, there's a two-story 
golf clubhouse, and the deluxe Tennis & Fitness Center. 
www.bocaresort.com. 840 rooms, 63 suites, 60 golf villas. 
In-room: safe, kitchen (some). In-hotel: 11 restaurants, 
room service, bars, golf course, tennis courts, pools, gym, 
beachfront, water sports, concierge, children's programs 
(ages 2-17), laundry service. AE, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432, USA
Phone: 561/447-3000 or 800/327-0101
Fax: 561/447-3183

 Colony Hotel & Cabana Club 
$80 to $220, Delray Beach 
In the heart of downtown Delray, this lovely and charming 
building underwent an exterior renovation that luckily 
did not do away with stables in the back, which date back
to 1926 when the hotel was built. Today it's listed on 
Delray's local Register of Historic Places and maintains 
an air of the 1920s with its Mediterranean-revival 
architecture. The Cabana Club is a separate property on 
the ocean about a mile away, with a private beach, club, 
and heated saltwater pool. A convivial bar and live music 
on weekend nights make the lobby area a great place to 
wind down. Fine shops selling leather goods, body products, 
and stationery fill the lower-level storefronts. 
www.thecolonyhotel.com. 70 rooms. In-room: dial-up. In-
hotel: bar, pool, beachfront. AE, DC, MC, V. Continental 

Address: 525 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483, USA
Phone: 561/276-4123 or 800/552-2363
Fax: 561/276-0123

Capt. Hiram's Key West Inn 
$80 to $140, Sebastian 
A Key West-style inn with a lobby embellished with a 
classic surfboard collection brings the Florida Keys to 
Sebastian's Riverfront, about 17 mi north of Vero at 
Marker 66 on the Intracoastal. All rooms have a private 
balcony and most have oak furnishings. Minisuites include 
microwave, refrigerator, and wet bar; deluxe suites also 
include dishwasher and stove. A heated pool has a tropical 
sun deck, shaded by tables with umbrellas. A complimentary 
deluxe Continental breakfast is included. 
www.hirams.com. 56 rooms. In-room: refrigerator (some), 
dial-up. In-hotel: 2 restaurants, bar, pool, minibar (some). 
AE, D, MC, V. Continental breakfast. 

Address: 1580 U.S. 1, Sebastian, FL 32958, USA
Phone: 772/388-8588
Fax: 772/589-4346

11 Maple Street 
Continental, $20 to $30, Hutchinson Island 
With a mere 16 tables, this spot is as good as it gets 
on the Treasure Coast, with a menu that changes nightly. 
Soft recorded jazz and friendly staff satisfy, along with 
food served in ample portions. Although the food is 
progressive, the place is filled with antiques and many 
vintage collectibles. Appetizers run from panfried conch 
and crispy calamari to spinach salad, and entrées include 
pan-seared rainbow trout, wood-grilled venison with onion 
potato hash, and beef tenderloin with white truffle and 
chive butter. Desserts such as a white-chocolate custard 
with blackberry sauce are seductive, too. Reservations 
essential. MC, V. Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch. 

Address: 3224 Maple Ave., Hutchinson Island, FL, USA
Phone: 772/334-7714

Baha Grill 
American, $15 to $30, Hutchinson Island 
Replacing the former Scalawags restaurant, but in a 
slightly different locale (the main dining room is now 
on the first floor), this spot serves breakfast, lunch, 
and dinner daily, though from a more limited menu than 
before. The food is basically the same -- assorted soups, 
salads, and entrées consistent with most Marriott hotels. 
Standouts include a prime-rib buffet on Friday night and 
the all-you-can-eat Wednesday-evening seafood extravaganza 
with jumbo shrimp, Alaskan crab legs, clams on the half 
shell, marinated salmon, and fresh catch. The decor is 
also standard for a Marriott dining room -- a tasteful 
assemblage of wood accents, floral patterns and subtle 
hues. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: Marriott Beach Resort, 555 N.E. Ocean Blvd., 
Hutchinson Island, FL, USA
Phone: 772/225-6818

Benny's on the Beach 
American, Under $10, Lake Worth 
Perched on the Lake Worth Pier (and nearly wiped out in 
Hurricanes France and Jeanne), Benny's has diner-style 
food that's cheap and nothing fancy, but the spectacular 
view of the sun (or moon) glistening on the water and 
the waves crashing directly below is what dining here is 
all about. Reservations and credit cards are only 
permitted at dinner. MC, V. No dinner. 

Address: 10 Ocean Ave., Lake Worth, FL, USA
Phone: 561/582-9001


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