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Move over, South Beach: Florida’s grand old dames are back.

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Palm Beach
After suffering a debilitating case of stodginess over the past half-century, Palm Beach has reemerged as a glam getaway for East Coasters. The glitzy town’s legendary resorts, now relieved of their dated interiors, are becoming trendy once again. Leading the way is the oldest of the grande dame set: the Breakers. Founded in 1896, it just completed a massive, ten-year overhaul and is ready to pamper once again—with spacious rooms, a gorgeous spa, and seven restaurants (561-655-6611; thebreakers.com). Equally luxe, the nearby Brazilian Court is reeling in city sophisticates with a new Frédéric Fekkai salon and Café Boulud restaurant (561-655-7740; braziliancourt.com).

Deal Of The Week
At just $180 a night (and $215 in October), the Boca Raton Resort & Club is already a steal. But New York readers who stay three nights before November 1 also get the Palazzo Spa’s signature Bathing Ritual—think steam, sauna, Jacuzzi, scrub, mask, and deluge shower (888-495-boca).

Boca Raton
Not to be left out, the Boca Raton Resort & Club has spent the past two years—and a whopping $100 million—getting its game back. With brand-new rooms (book one overlooking the marina), a palatial spa (it’s worth scheduling a treatment just to have access to the private spa pool, which features underwater music and two waterfall hot tubs), and a Tuscan-inspired Drew Nieporent restaurant, Lucca, we can’t imagine why anyone would need—or want—to leave the resort (561-447-3000; bocaresort.com).

Sunshine Plates
The hottest dishes in Boca and Palm beach. Golden buddhas are the backdrop for high-end Asian fusion at Tsunami (561-835-9696), destined to be West Palm’s latest hot spot. Don’t miss the sushi bar. Rising star Hubert Des Marais prepares delightful dishes for the health-conscious at Palm Beach’s The Restaurant (in the Four Seasons; 561-582-2800). Like its New York sibling, Palm Beach’s new Café Boulud (561-655-6060) features a menu divided into French, seasonal, vegetarian, and world cuisines. Choose between carnivorous staples and oversize lobster at Boca Raton’s Morton’s of Chicago (561-392-7724)—arguably the best spot in town. — BETH LANDMAN KEIL

If You’re Going To. . .

Napa Valley: Word on the grapevine is that the Carneros Inn will soon be the toast of Napa. The first new resort there in twenty years, it features roomy cottages with private patio and garden, and opulent interior details like French doors, cherrywood floors, and vaulted ceilings. Opens in November (707-299-4900; thecarnerosinn.com).

Boston: So the Acela Express isn’t the savior we hoped it would be. How about the LimoLiner? Sporting 28 reclining leather chairs, Internet hookups, a decent movie selection, and a four-hour, midtown–to–Back Bay route, this little luxury bus has potential, folks—oh, and it’s only $69 each way (1-888-546-5469; www.limoliner.com) .

Hong Kong: Next month, wonderchef Alain Ducasse opens an Asian outlet of his trendy restaurant chain, Spoon, at the InterContinental Hong Kong (852-27-211211). Stay tuned for more Spoonlets in Carthage and Gstaad.

The Dominican Republic: With shockingly low rates, the D.R. has become something of a recession-era hot spot. The latest? A tennis academy at the Occidental Club in Puerto Plata. Take a single lesson ($40) or sign up for a month’s worth of four-hour sessions ($800) with onetime U.S. Open champ Guillermo Vilas (800-858-2258; occidentalhotels.com).


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