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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Contemporary in Palm Beach

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5. Oddball Day


Tapestry Bar in the Breakers is the perfect spot to indulge in cocktails and caviar.   

Prepare for a day of upper-crust excess with bacon and eggs ($7.25) at Green’s Pharmacy and Luncheonette, where the Kennedys are said to have dined after Sunday mass. Drive fifteen minutes north to Sailfish Marina and board the water taxi for a narrated cruise ($28) of the yachts and mansions along the Intracoastal—including Bernie Madoff’s old villa. Ride back to Worth Avenue and stake out a bar stool at Ta-boo, where the grilled tuna ($17.50) is fine, but the people-watching is top notch. Outfit yourself in pastel oxfords and Bermudas at Vicomte A. before cruising 30 minutes west to the International Polo Club greens in nearby Wellington. Catch a match on in-season Sundays; lawn seats ($15) offer good views of the elegant field while pavilion passes ($50) allow you to sip bubbly while scanning the crowd. Afterward, drive back to Palm Beach and head to the venerable Breakers for cherry and apricot brandy aviators ($11.75) and live music in the tufted Tapestry Bar. Next, head two minutes up South County Road and park near Public Beach to take a sunset walk along the water. Wipe the sand off your feet and drive less than half a mile west, up palm-lined Royal Poinciana Way, for dinner at the Palm Beach Grill. It’s actually a Houlihan’s with a tweaked menu (city ordinance bans chains), but it’s a local hot spot, always short on reservations and buzzing nightly with a packed house of island notables—kosher hot dogs ($12) served on silver platters are a favorite. Cap off your evening across the street at Cucina, which hosts near-nightly dance parties where you can shimmy with trust-fund babies, socialites, and polo players.


Published on Mar 10, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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