Airbnb sees spike in bookings during spring training season

Airbnb said Wednesday that it saw a surge in bookings in 12 Florida cities with baseball complexes, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, during this year’s spring training season.

In the area around Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium, which is the spring training home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, Airbnb said it saw a 68 percent spike in travelers between February 23 and March 31, when compared to the previous six-week period.

Final construction preparations are made before Tuesday’s opening game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 27, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

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Many of those travelers were from Missouri, the company said.

In West Palm Beach, where The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches opened this year, Airbnb said it saw a 39 percent increase in guests visiting the area during the spring training season.

The ballpark is home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, and Airbnb said it saw a significant rise in the number of travelers coming from Texas, Virginia and Maryland.

Here’s Airbnb’s breakdown of impacts across the rest of the state:

JUPITER

Home to Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 778 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 68% spike in guests compared to previous 6 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Missouri was #1 origin state to Jupiter, Florida was #2 origin state, Illinois (just across border from St. Louis) was #4 state
  • Home State Spike: 3,400% spike in Missouri guests and 53% spike in Florida guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Jupiter hosts earned $245,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Jupiter

 

WEST PALM BEACH

Home to Houston Astros and Washington Nationals

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 3,858 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 39% spike in guests compared to previous 6 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Virginia was #2 origin state to West Palm Beach, Texas was #3 origin state, Maryland was #8 origin state
  • Home State Spike: 383% spike in Virginia guests, 125% spike in Texas guests, 227% in Maryland guests, and 211% spike in Washington D.C. guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: West Palm Beach hosts earned $1.18 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 400 Airbnb hosts in West Palm Beach

 

PORT ST. LUCIE

Home to New York Mets

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 953 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 95% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: New York was #1 origin state to Port St. Lucie
  • Home State Spike: 163% spike in New York guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Port St. Lucie hosts earned $228,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Port St. Lucie

TAMPA

Home to New York Yankees

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 9,605 guest arrivals
  • Guest Origin: New York was #1 origin state to Tampa
  • Overall Spike: 32% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Home State Spike: 33% spike in New York guests compared to previous 6 week stretch
  • Host Income: Tampa hosts earned $1.53 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 800 Airbnb hosts in Tampa

 

CLEARWATER

Home to Philadelphia Phillies

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 3,447 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 62% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Pennsylvania was #1 origin state to Clearwater
  • Home State Spike: 153% spike in Pennsylvania guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Clearwater hosts earned $820,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 300 Airbnb hosts in Clearwater

 

BRADENTON

Home to Pittsburgh Pirates

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 1,694 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 45% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Pennsylvania was #1 origin state to Bradenton
  • Home State Spike: 194% spike in Pennsylvania guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Bradenton hosts earned $380,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 300 Airbnb hosts in Bradenton

 

LAKELAND

Home to Detroit Tigers

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 482 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 82% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Michigan was #1 origin state to Lakeland
  • Home State Spike: 575% spike in Michigan guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Lakeland hosts earned $79,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 70 Airbnb hosts in Lakeland

SARASOTA

Home to Baltimore Orioles

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 6,664 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 91% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Maryland was #5 origin state to Sarasota
  • Home State Spike: 247% spike in Maryland guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Sarasota hosts earned $1.86 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 700 Airbnb hosts in Sarasota

 

DUNEDIN

Home to Toronto Blue Jays

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 800 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 105% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Ontario was #1 origin state/province (American or Canadian) to Dunedin
  • Home State Spike: 1,860% spike in Ontario guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Dunedin hosts earned $263,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Dunedin

 

FORT MYERS

Home to Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 2,485 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 67% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Minnesota was #1 origin state to Fort Myers, Massachusetts was #6 origin state
  • Home State Spike: 113% spike in Minnesota guests and 109% spike in Massachusetts guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Fort Myers hosts earned $566,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 400 Airbnb hosts in Fort Myers

 

PORT CHARLOTTE

Home to Tampa Rays

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 382 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 78% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Florida was #1 origin state to Port Charlotte
  • Home State Spike: 79% spike in Florida guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Port Charlotte hosts earned $138,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Port Charlotte

 

 

 

KISSIMMEE

Home to Atlanta Braves

 

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 37,447 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 46% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Georgia was #1 origin state to Kissimmee
  • Home State Spike: 148% spike in Georgia guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Kissimmee hosts earned $5.25 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 2,200 Airbnb hosts in Kissimmee

 

 

Black Friday 2016: Kids eat FREE at this restaurant

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli & Restaurant is serving up FREE kid’s meals over the Black Friday weekend.

A Reuben sandwich at TooJay's in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens on October 24, 2016.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
A Reuben sandwich at TooJay’s in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens on October 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Kids 12 and under will eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée.

The promotion starts Friday, November 25 and runs through Sunday, November 27.  Kids must over from the kid’s menu. The deal does not include beverages and cannot be combined with any other offers.

TooJay’s has locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and West Palm Beach.

Tiger Woods is rebranding his Jupiter restaurant; launching new parent brand

Tiger Woods is rebranding his Jupiter restaurant as part of a push to create a centralized brand around the golfer’s business ventures.

Tiger Woods  new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, opened Monday at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. The 5,900 square-foot restaurant will focus on New American cuisine.
Tiger Woods new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, opened Monday at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. The 5,900 square-foot restaurant will focus on New American cuisine.

Under the shift, The Woods Jupiter in Habourside Place will get a new logo, but will keep its name.

A centralized, parent brand called TGR (pronounced ‘T-G-R’) was launched to “unify” Woods’ current and future business ventures.

“Since spring 2015, Tiger has been developing TGR, a brand that will unite and strengthen his current businesses and future endeavors,” according to a press release announcing the effort. “Led by Tiger’s vision and inspired by his commitment to excellence on and off the golf course, TGR reflects the mindset, method, and mastery that have remained constant throughout his lifelong pursuit of excellence.”

The indoor/outdoor area (left) and the bar area (right) at The Woods Jupiter at Harbourside in Jupiter Monday, August 10, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The indoor/outdoor area (left) and the bar area (right) at The Woods Jupiter at Harbourside in Jupiter Monday, August 10, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

The Woods opened in Aug. 2015.

“I’m thrilled with the success we’ve enjoyed in our first year,” Tiger Woods said in a prepared statement announcing the new parent brand. “TGR is a great reflection of what we do at The Woods – provide a premium experience that’s also fun and relaxed. I’m proud of the staff and what they’ve done in this first year, and I’m happy the local community has enjoyed it so much.”

Need a job? This company is hiring in northern Palm Beach County

Publix will hold a two-day job fair this month to fill positions at its stores in Jupiter, Tequesta, northern Palm Beach Gardens and southern Martin County.

080212 (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH - A small crowd gathers outside the new Boynton Beach Publix in Sunshine Square before its garnd opening Thursday morning.
080212 (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH – A small crowd gathers outside the new Boynton Beach Publix in Sunshine Square before its garnd opening Thursday morning.

Here are the details:

Dates:  Monday and Tuesday, October 17 & 18

Time:   10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day

Location: Store 228, Chasewood Plaza,  6330 W. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, FL 33458

Job applicants can schedule an appointment at the job fair at publix.fullslate.com.

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Jupiter hotel offers “stargazer” package for Perseid meteor shower

The Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is giving tourists and locals a beachfront view of the Perseid meteor shower, which will reach its peak next month.jupiter resort

The resort has unveiled a special promotion centered around the meteor shower, which is expected to peak in Aug 12-13. The Jupiter Stargazer’s package and includes 20 percent off best available rates, complimentary cocktails for two and use of the resort’s telescopes. Rates start at $220/night.

A representative for the resort said the beach is a great spot to watch the shower because it very dark and quiet during summer due to sea turtle nesting season.

Although the Perseid meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus, they come from a comet throwing debris into the Earth’s path. Their peak occurs when Earth passes the thickest part of the debris stream.

Regus opens first Jupiter location at Harbourside Place

Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, has opened its first Jupiter Location at Harbourside Place.

The center is located at 110 Front Street. It marks the company’s continued push to expand in South Florida.

Harbourside Place opened in December, 2014 on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and US 1
Harbourside Place opened in December, 2014 on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and US 1

In May, All Aboard Florida announced that Regus would be one of two tenants anchoring it flagship office building in downtown Miami.

“Our move into Jupiter enables Regus to meet the growing interest and demand in flexible office space in the market,” said Jeff Doughman, Executive Vice President, Regus. “With traditional work days becoming obsolete, flexible space is in demand as companies look for options that will suit the changing needs of their employees. This Jupiter location is centrally located and has all the amenities and services our customers need to be productive throughout the day.”

 

Mother’s Day gift ideas: Best spots in north Palm Beach County

Looking for a unique way to wow Mom this Mother’s Day, but want to stay close to home? The solution could be right around the corner.

(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

We’ve pulled together some of the top places in North County to find gifts for Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 this year.

Looking for something else? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide.

Hoffman’s Chocolates

Contact: 10957 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-626-2009 / more locations in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Greenacres

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Among the Mother’s Day options available this year: Hoffman’s Chocolates High Heel Shoe for $29.95 and a Sweet Purse Basket starting at $26.95. Hoffman’s Chocolates has been gracing the taste buds of Palm Beach County since the company opened its first store in downtown Lake Worth four decades ago. The company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.

Anna Flowers

Contact: 450 S. Old Dixie Hwy. Unit 6, Jupiter; 561-746-1288

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For more than six decades, this family owned and operated business has served the Jupiter area. The shop has a variety of Mother’s Day arrangements and decorative vases, including Waterford Crystal. Plants, orchids, silk and artificial flowers are also available. Floral arrangements can be paired with a number of gift items, including chocolates.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

Contact: 3800 North Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach; 561-340-1700

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The all-suite beachfront Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is offering mothers the ultimate spa-themed staycation. The resort’s Ultimate Spa Retreat is designed to pamper mothers and daughters with a 50-minute spa treatment at SiSpa and access to all spa facilities, including steam room, heated marble beds, relaxation room with hot tea bar, private whirlpool, and waterfall showers. Rates start at $504.

Evelyn & Arthur

Contact: Locations in Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach, Manalapan and Boca Raton

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The family-owned business offers a number of unique items, including Mother’s Day options. They include: Nico silk wrapped pearls in a variety of colors ($82) and Ah!Dorned bags, created from all vegan leather (46-$48).

Turtle Trot 5K Run

Contact: Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter; 561-741-2252 / Saturday, May 7, 7:30 a.m.

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, the town of Jupiter will host the 26th Annual Turtle Trot 5K on May 7. The run, which will be held at Ocean Cay Park in Jupiter features a beachfront course along A1A.

» RELATED: See our complete Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide

New AT&T Authorized Retailer opens in Jupiter

A new AT&T Authorized Retailer store has opened at 4050 U.S. Highway One in Jupiter. Jupiter_authorized_retailer_store_exterior-4.18.16

USA Wireless owns and operates the store. The new location offers DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T Digital Life and the latest wireless devices.

With this new store, AT&T now has 2 authorized retailer locations in Jupiter for a total of 26 in Palm Beach County.

“We’re expanding our retail presence to better serve our customers,” said Carlos Blanco-Sposito, AT&T Florida vice-president and general manager. “When it comes to shopping, convenient locations are key.”

The new store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.