For the second part of my trip to Palm Beach, I stayed on Delray Beach. The area had a completely different vibe from the upscale Singer Island that I had just stayed on. Delray reminded me of a beach you might find in California, with a casual, laid-back attitude. My lodging was just minutes from the beach, which made it easy to walk over when I had free time.
Delray Beach is saturated with restaurants, cafes, and bars. They had almost every type of cuisine I could imagine as I walked down the main strip. Here’s a few places I personally went to and highly recommend:
If you’re looking for a place to have brunch on the weekend, this is it. Luckily I had a reservation, but I couldn’t believe the line was out the door with people waiting when it just opened. Set in a Victorian style building, this house from 1902 also doubles as a hotel. I saw many families dining in the open-air section and even a bridal shower going on. It seemed like a great place for a special event. If you go for brunch, I highly recommend the warm cider donuts.
Located on the second floor, the restaurant gives stunning views of the ocean just across the street. The food is even more amazing. The very kind Chef Jesse came out himself to talk to me to see what I liked and didn’t like, and recommended dishes that didn’t disappoint. I tried grouper for the first time, which I would gladly have again. The ambience of the restaurant was very calm and relaxing – just what I needed after such a busy trip. I loved the names of the sections on the menu – “this and that” for the appetizers and “get wet” for the seafood entrees, for instance.
Located more in the center of Delray Beach away from the ocean, there was a mixture of people here at this upscale gastropub. I sat between a couple on a date, and a group of guys celebrating the end of the week with some pints. There was a good variety on the menu, which I appreciated as it was the end of my trip and I had had quite a few different types of food. I got the Brussels sprouts to start, which were seasoned perfectly (I’m picky when it comes to those, as I’m still trying to like them!), and had the veggie burger as my entree. I didn’t like how close all the tables were, as I felt I was the third wheel on the one couple’s date, but everything else was more than satisfactory.
In addition to restaurants, there are so many different shops here. You could easily spend a day on the main street between shopping and eating. There’s plenty of souvenir shops, beach-themed shops, and boutique stores. I didn’t tempt myself, but plenty of others did according to the crowds I saw.
Crane’s Beach House
For my visit, I stayed at Crane’s Beach House. Hidden off the main street, it didn’t look like much at first with the buildings peeking out from behind the wooden fence. It was pouring rain, I was tired, and I just wanted to check in. Once I went past the fence though, I knew I would love my stay at Crane’s. All the rooms face into a garden filled with palm trees and beautiful flowers. As it was a few weeks before Christmas, they fully embraced the “Christmas-beach” theme.
I was quickly checked in and escorted to my room. I stayed in a luxury villa, and once again I wished my friends were with me. The room was huge, with plenty of space to relax, work, and even cook in. I was even greeted with complimentary champagne and snacks – they didn’t have to convince me twice to stay here!
My favorite part was the outdoor balcony. It had two comfortable couches to sit on and even with the downpour was such a relaxing place to do my work. Every morning I couldn’t wait to get up and have my coffee outside. It was still around 80 degrees, so it felt perfectly warm. I’ve seldom been to a place where I have to convince myself to go explore the area because I’m enjoying the room itself too much!
Breakfast was pretty simple, with coffee, pastries, yogurt, and a few other items available in the tiki hut. It’s included in the cost though, so it’s hard to complain. The tiki hut doubles as a bar at night, although I didn’t get to check it out. There’s also two pools available. I would love to come here again when it wasn’t raining so I could go for a swim.
I stayed at Crane’s Beach House as a guest, but all opinions are my own. Rooms start at $249 USD a night.
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