As we approach the foliage-filled months here in New England, a little earlier than normal I must say, I can’t help but dream of taking in one last weekend of sunshine and sand. So, when the opportunity came for me and my creative associate copywriter, Lauren, to visit Palm Beach, Florida for a quick two-day trip we couldn’t turn down!
I had never been to Palm Beach nor have I explored much of Florida outside of Orlando. Now, after embarking on our whirlwind trip, I’d say Palm Beach is the perfect warm weekend getaway for any New Englander!
Traveling To Palm Beach
I’m a fan of a direct flight!
Luckily, most major airports in New England fly direct to the West Palm Beach, FL airport. Lauren and I boarded Jet Blue for an afternoon direct flight from Bradley International Airport. We took off from Connecticut around 1:00 PM and landed in West Palm Beach just before 4:00 PM.
Boston Logan International Airport also offers direct flights to West Palm Beach.
Flying for a 48-hour trip makes packing a breeze since all you’ll need is a carry-on! By packing light, there’s no need to fret over the cost of checking luggage. Plus, with just a carry-on once you land you can head straight for your adventure!
Where To Shop
Palm Beach is perfect for a girls trip! Whether you’re heading here for a birthday, a weekend off-the-grid, or a bachelorette party – I highly recommend packing light and purchasing an outfit or two to style during your trip.
There’s just something about Palm Beach that makes you want to put your most fashionable foot forward! In fact, I saw firsthand a major crossover between Nantucket & Palm Beach shops. From The Skinny Dip to Lilly Pulitzer, you’ll find preppy styles in both destinations. While Nantucket has mostly mom-and-pop shops, Palm Beach is home to way more!
Whether you’re looking to invest in high-fashion couture pieces on Worth Ave or you’re like me and Lauren, shopping the best deals at our favorite brands at The Palm Beach Outlets – be prepared to leave with more than you came with.
During our trip, we were meet with a few random rainstorms, so The Palm Beach Outlets were the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and still pop into stores when the rain clouds rolled through. The Palm Beach outlets not only have brands like J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren – but, they also just opened both Kate Spade and Coach shops!
I purchased this stunning Coach trench – which was on sale for under $200; these gold buckle loafers for under $100; and a Kate Spade floral blouse for $89!
Where We Stayed
The Hilton West Palm Beach was kind enough to host us for our stay!
Lauren & I were so grateful for their hospitality, delicious food, and amazing amenities. The Hilton West Palm Beach is located in a prime spot – just minutes away from West Palm Beach Airport, Palm Beach, and The Palm Beach Outlets – which made it easy for us to pop around the area in our rental car.
Just across the street from the Hilton West Palm Beach, is Restoration Hardware that’s home to both a restaurant and rooftop bar. In fact, the Hilton West Palm Beach lobby is dressed in unique Restoration Hardware furniture.
The hotel also opens its doors to the community for fitness classes, weekend activities, and more! Whether you’re traveling to Palm Beach for work or pleasure, I highly recommend booking your stay at the Hilton West Palm Beach.
Where To Eat
Honestly, we weren’t able to fully experience the food scene in Plam Beach as our trip was so quick and rainy. So, since we were staying in a beautiful hotel with quality restaurants onsite we stayed in and enjoyed the delicious food at
We ate dinner at Galley inside Hilton West Palm Beach. The restaurant’s menu was filled with wholesome food options like our veggie platter app, my chicken Ceasar salad, and Lauren’s burrata salad with grilled chicken. We indulged in a cookie for dessert and taste-tested a few of their unique artisan cocktails.
The following day Lauren and I ate breakfast at Manor, which was also on-site. We decided to take breakfast outside and were so glad we did. It was the perfect way to enjoy our coffee under clear skies.
For lunch, we headed back to Manor for a quick bite – filling up on chicken quesadillas, garlic parmesan wings, and Asian chicken lettuce wraps. Then, we toured the rest of the beautiful West Palm and Palm Beach.
During our tour, we stumbled upon the Grandview Public Market. The market is home to a bunch of grab-and-go restaurants and eclectic shops. Lauren and I sipped coffees from the Pumphouse Coffee Roasters while soaking up some sun on the market’s deck before heading to the airport.
Please leave any additional recommendations for restaurants in the Palm Beach area below. I’d love to try a place or two next time I have the chance!
What To See
If you follow me on Instagram then you know I love capturing historic New England homes. Well, Palm Beach offers historic homes too!
For visitors looking for an artsy aesthetic with a side of bargains, I recommend checking out The Palm Beach Outlets. For antiques, galleries, and interior design head to Antique Row on Dixie Highway. Or for retro homes with pastel colors and clay roof shingles of the 60s take a walk, bike ride, or drive through the streets!
While my favorite part was certainly taking in the homes – I’d say Lauren’s favorite part was seeing the beach! The water was wicked blue and even with the rain looked tempting to jump into.
I hope this guide inspired you to get away for 48 hours and discover a new place! Let me know below if you’ve been to Palm Beach.