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that offers a great selection for both men and women. And if you’re feeling thirsty, grab a latte at Coffee District. Want to make the morning even sweeter? Head back down to Atlantic and pop into Kilwin’s for a tasty treat. This decadent sweets shop is brimming with handmade candy, assorted chocolates and all the ice cream you could ever sample. After filling your stomach with confectionery delight, check out the American Royal Arts showroom—the place to go if you’re a fan of classic rock. Here you can purchase exclusive photography and artwork from some of the biggest names in music such as Brian Wilson and the late John Lennon. All this walking is sure to work up an appetite, and Delray is at no loss for restaurants. Try the savory Churrasco, a skirt steak marinated in garlic and fresh herbs, at the vibrant, Latin-fusion restaurant Cabana El Rey. Pair any one of their entrees with a coconut mojito for a sweet, refreshing blast of coconut flavor and cool mint. Or stroll back to the Colony, get your bathing suit on and pick up a slice at Pizza Rustica on your way to the beach. There are two ways to get to the ocean: The first is walking straight down Atlantic Avenue. The second is taking the hotel van to the Cabaña Club. The Cabaña Club is just two miles from the Colony, but it feels like you’ve walked onto a tropical island. Relax by the saltwater pool or enjoy the private beach area before heading out for some aquatic adventures. After you’ve soaked in all the Florida sun you can handle, stop by Boston’s on the Beach for a post-surf drink or appetizer before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and your night out. The number of quality restaurants on Atlantic Avenue alone is staggering. Tables line the street at night and are quickly filled with visitors and locals, all enjoying the delectable cuisine and undeniable energy. City Oyster & Sushi Bar serves up mouthwatering plates of fresh seafood and interesting sushi rolls that

A Perfect Day in Delray



pend a day exploring downtown Delray Beach and you’ll never want to go home. This little city by the sea is home to dozens of restaurants, galleries, boutiques and nighttime hot spots ready to show you what vacationing in South Florida is all about. Waking up at the Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club is like waking up in another time. Built in 1926, this historic landmark has kept many of its original features, including the antique furniture and handoperated elevator. But there are plenty of modern touches in this certified-green hotel. As the sun shines through the window, you’ll shake off the last bit of sleep before wandering downstairs for breakfast. Or you can add a bit of French flair to your morning at Crêpes by the Sea, a delicious


little eatery located right around the corner. Simply walk out the front door of the Colony and you’re right in the middle of it all. Atlantic Avenue is the heart of downtown Delray Beach, so head out in either direction to find an eclectic mix of shops and galleries. Most stores don’t open till mid-morning, so there’s no rush to get up early. The decorative lamps in the window of Hand’s Stationers are irresistible, and you’ll be ogling the shoe selection at Tootsies. We recommend taking a stroll through the Pineapple Grove Arts District, located just blocks from the hotel. Go north on Second Avenue, and you can’t miss the colorful sign marking the entrance to this distinctive district. While you’re there, step into Kismet, a quirky clothing-exchange shop

■ Clockwise from top left: surfs up; Vic & Angelo’s; pristine beach; sweet treat at Kilwin’s; Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club; Clownfish


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Get to know this South Florida beach town





■ Clockwise from top left: cabanas at the beach;

shopping on Atlantic Avenue, mosaic fountain by Carlos Alves; Iron Chef Roll at City Oyster & Sushi Bar; crab cake at The Falcon House

late nights. Not your thing? The Hurricane Bar & Lounge is a classic beach bar with live music. The best thing about this South Florida resort town is that everything’s within walking distance. So when the night is over, just stroll back over to the Colony and rest your bones on the organic cotton sheets and comfy pillows after a day well-spent. (Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club, 800-552-2363;


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are just as satisfying as they are beautiful. Directly across the street is Vic & Angelo’s, a fine Italian dinning spot famous for their artisan-style coal-oven pizzas and creative spin on classic Italian dishes. The real hidden gem of Delray Beach is just a couple of blocks off the avenue, and luckily, directly behind the Colony Hotel. The Falcon House is an unassuming establishment located in a converted 1920s bungalow that’s full of old-world charm. In the kitchen, Chef Joshua Hedquist makes everything from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. One bite of the melt-in-your-mouth Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and your tastebuds will thank you. After dinner, hang out at the outside patio bar or make your way back down Atlantic for some after-dark shenanigans. Il Bacio is an upscale nightclub and lounge (no flip-flops allowed) with a seemingly endless chandelier-lit bar and music you’ll hear before you even get to the door. There are live bands every weekend, and high-energy DJs get the party started on most

Fun in the Sun When you’re at the beach, getting out in the water is a must. You can rent equipment and take lessons for surfing, kayaking, sailboating, snorkeling and then some at Delray Beach Water Sports Rentals (561-2790008; Interested in a two-hour, narrated tour of the area’s marine life and the beautiful mansions that line the Intracoastal Waterway? Then hop aboard the Lady Atlantic, run by the folks at Delray Yacht Cruises (561-243-0686; Voted Florida’s No. 1 sightseeing cruise, this is a fantastic option for those of us who are a little water-shy. ■

Where to find them Crêpes by the Sea 561-243-2004

Kilwin’s 561-278-0808

City Oyster & Sushi Bar 561-272-0220

Hand’s Stationers 561-276-4194

American Royal Arts 561-455-0700

Vic & Angelo’s 561-278-9570

Cabana El Rey 561-274-9090

The Falcon House 561-243-9499

Pizza Rustica 561-279-8766

Il Bacio 561-865-7785

Boston’s on the Beach 561-278-3364

The Hurricane Bar & Lounge 561-278-0282

Tootsies 561-278-7879




Kismet 561-865-7895


*Street addresses and full information available online or by phone.

Coffee District 561-455-0541

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