With all of the recent talk about President Trump flying back & forth to stay at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago residence, I thought it made sense to learn more about this area. On the evening news, I learned that the place to shop is on Worth Avenue. I’m curious to look into the high-end shopping as well as the Mar-a-Lago Club.
This map gives a general idea of the Palm Beach location:
So, it is below Jupiter and above Fort Lauderdale.
The Mar-a-Lago Club is touted as “the crown-jewel of Palm Beach and an acknowledged landmark in the National Register of Historic Places” on the website: http://www.maralagoclub.com. In 1985, the Trump family purchased this historic property as a private residence then in 1995 Donald J. Trump founded the club. Mar-a-Lago is Spanish for “Sea to Lake”. The estate took 4 years to construct and was officially opened by Mrs. E.F. Hutton(who later became Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post) in 1927. The structure is hurricane-resistant and is anchored to a coral reef by concrete and steel. From the southeast corner of the lawn you can take a path to a tunnel that runs underneath South Ocean Boulevard which opens onto the Beach Club. The site of Mar-a-Lago is considered to be the most valuable parcel of land anywhere in Florida. Mrs. Post died in 1973 and willed her property to the Federal Government for use as a presidential/diplomatic retreat. A decade after this, the government conferred title to the Post Foundation due to maintenance and security concerns until 1985 when Trump purchased the property. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Mar-a-Lago in the near future!
If you have a Trump Card, you can earn credits allowing you to capture your room location preference, preferred check-in times, turn-down service options, and dietary restrictions. You can also earn complimentary nights & upgrades. I’m just guessing at this, but I believe the benefits may differ from those offered by my Choice Privileges card. 😉 Having just looked over the website, it looks like Trump owns 11 other properties: (2) in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama, Toronto, Miami, Ireland, Vancouver, & Washington.
Another popular place to visit & have a Julia Roberts moment (a.k.a. Pretty Woman movie) is Worth Avenue. I assume it is like the Rodeo Drive of Palm Beach. This is the website address if you want to check out what types of high-end shops cater to the fabulously wealthy. http://worth-avenue.com/shops/ I have to admit, I started to scroll through the over 200-choice alphabetical list and the first name that I came to that I even recognized was Bottega Veneta. You can also shop at the likes of Chanel, Cartier, Gucci, Pucci(Emilio), Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, & Louis Vuitton. There are many I haven’t heard of, which tells me that I’ve been shopping at the Dress Barn for too long. 😉
None of the restaurants has a name that I recognize, so obviously, no national chain restaurants can be found here. Oops, there is a Starbucks. http://worth-avenue.com/restaurants/ The area looks romantic with a very upscale European/ tropical islandish vibe.
I’m glad I’ve learned a little bit more about the Palm Beach area. It sounds like a great place to visit and “people watch”. I’d like to see all of the fancy cars that remind me of Rodeo Drive so much, too!