Check out these staycation steals for summer

Spring break may be over, but local tourism leaders are promoting a handful of deals for Palm Beach County residents looking for summer staycation.

Discover The Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s official tourism marketing arm, has put together a list of deals for both locals and out-of-town residents.

A view of the Palm Deck at the grand opening of the Hilton hotel that is connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center was held in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 29, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The list includes special offers on area hotels and upcoming events in the area. Here it is:

ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES & DEALS:

The Breakers: Complimentary Daily Benefits
The Breakers’ Family Entertainment Center, outdoor playground and Camp Breakers satisfy today’s families who want their children to enjoy memorable experiences while on vacation. Meals are free for kids (ages 12 and under), unlimited golf and tennis and an array of other complimentary amenities, such as high-speed WiFi and access to the indoor-outdoor Ocean Fitness center are also included. Summer is prime time to savor the Palm Beach luxury lifestyle at The Breakers. Rates are valid May 1 – October 31, 2017 and are from $369 per room, per night during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and from $469 per night on weekends. Some restrictions may apply.

Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas: Summer SUN-CATIONS Discounts
Experience the balance of a tranquil hotel that offers easy accessibility to Delray Beach’s popular Atlantic Avenue, which boasts more than 100 boutique shops and over 110 restaurants in a walkable distance. At Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel, all ground floor rooms now have access to semi-private back patios, while second floor living areas have balconies overlooking one of the two swimming pools or Tiki Bars. The Summer SUN-CATION Discounts are perfect for any budget conscious traveler: Save 25 percent off of one night, or save 30 percent off of two nights or more. The applicable stay dates for these special offers are between April 30 and October 5, 2017. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Tax and gratuities are not included. Valid on new reservations only. Deadline to book is April 11, 2017.

Delray Beach Marriott: Stay for Breakfast Package
Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Delray Beach Marriott offers spacious accommodations, including luxurious villas fit for families of all sizes. Endless activities await with a stay at this Mediterranean-style hotel, featuring delicious cuisine from three onsite restaurants and lounges, a full service spa offering a wide variety of revitalizing services and two resort style pools. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Atlantic Avenue with daily entertainment, exceptional dining and spectacular shopping, just a short walk away. Book the Stay for Breakfast package and receive daily breakfast for two. Rates for this package are from $209 per night. Additional seasonal packages are available, here.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa: Girls Getaway Package
Here in The Palm Beaches, friends are family, too. So whether you’re strolling the shops on Worth Avenue, or spending the day in a robe on a champagne and cupcake diet at the Eau Spa, relaxed luxury is this summer’s theme at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. The Girls’ Getaway package includes a glass of champagne upon arrival, complimentary beach bag, luxurious accommodations for two nights, choice of one spa treatment daily per person, complimentary one-way transportation to Worth Avenue or Downtown Delray Beach and more. Rates are from $779 ($1,018 value) per night. For more information or to book, visit EauPalmBeach.com and use promo code GIRLS. A minimum two-night stay is required and the package is available for up to two persons per room. Based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offers.

Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens: Bed N’ Breakfast Package
Surrounded by a serene and lush setting, featuring Palm Beach Gardens’ only outdoor lakefront gazebo, the lakefront Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens is just a 12-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport, and a short 10-minute drive to pristine beaches. Visitors booking the Bed N’ Breakfast Deal package will enjoy a Keurig Brewing System in every room, favorite breakfast foods cooked to order including omelets, bacon, French toast and more. Sleep in on the weekends and enjoy Lazy Breakfast service until 11:00 a.m. Rates are from $84 per night. Based on availability at time of booking. Restrictions may apply.

Hilton West Palm Beach: Family Fun Package
At Hilton West Palm Beach, discover a family-fun floatation menu with a variety exotic pool floats, including a large purple unicorn or a swan for two. Dry off after an evening swim with glow-in-the-dark lawn games, including bocce ball, bag toss and cornhole, and end the night with a dine-in movie by the pool. Daily breakfast and internet access are included when booking the Family Fun package. Rates from $179 per night.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa: Little Loggerhead Package
The only all-suite beachfront resort in The Palm Beaches offers spacious accommodations with in-suite kitchens for families of all sizes. Book the Little Loggerhead package to receive overnight accommodations for two adults and two children (minimum of two nights), a private tour of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and participation in Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Adopt a Sea Turtle program. Additional family-friendly activities include Discover Scuba, Kid’s Club, metal detecting on the beach, seashell painting, a two-story waterslide at the lagoon pool and more. Rates for this package are from $324 per night. A percentage of the package revenue is donated to Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

West Palm Beach Marriott: Stay Longer and Pay Less in South Florida Package
Spend more time discovering West Palm Beach and save with the Stay Longer and Pay Less in South Florida package at West Palm Beach Marriott. Save up to 15 percent off of regular rates when booking seven or more consecutive nights. Rates are from $169 per night and are valid through June 30, 2017. Tax is not included. Additional rates may apply. Additional seasonal packages can be found, here.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HAPPENINGS:

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017
The second annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017 will take place August 1 – 7, 2017. The event will feature special multi-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and various culinary experiences, including wine and beer tastings, food pairing dinners, a juicing and nutrition class, cocktail classes, chef demonstrations and more from Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants. Prices range from $10 and under for dine out deals, from $20 and under for multi- course prix fixe lunches and between $20 and $40 for multi- course prix fixe dinners. Additional culinary event prices vary by restaurant and merchant. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park: Seasonal Programs
The John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is an environmental treasure with four different habitats within the boarders, including nearly two miles of pristine beach where visitors can swim, snorkel and fish in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic. Participate in various seasonal programs, including the Butterfly Talk & Walk Program (available May – October), Intro to Surfing (children 10 years and up), Intro to Kayak Fishing and/or Intro to Snorkeling by calling reservations at (561) 624-6952. All seasonal programs are free with park admission. Other park amenities include the Nature & Welcome Center, Beach Outfitters Gift Shop, Kayak Rentals, a children’s playground, nature trails, and picnicking facilities. 

Maltz Jupiter Theatre: Summer Performance Series
Reconnect with entertainment options for the entire family available from April through July 2017. Students from the Theatre’s Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will perform the musicals The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr. (April 29 and 30), West Side Story (May 12 and 13), Guys and Dolls (June 23 and 24), Godspell (July 1 and 2) and James and the Giant Peach, Jr. (July 28 and 29). Tickets to all student shows are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series
The Morikami Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series will begin May 12, 2017 and occur the second Friday of every month through September 8, 2017. The Series, which returns with a new picnicking area featuring local food trucks and popular Japanese snacks, offers guests a tranquil, twilight stroll through the 16-acre gardens with memorable sunset views and exhilarating taiko drumming performances by Fushu Daiko. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 11+), $6 for children (ages 4-10) and free for museum members and children ages three and under. Museum galleries are closed during Sushi & Stroll. Food and drink are sold separately and are not included in the admission price. 

Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County: Windows on the Floating World
Windows on the Floating World at the new Blume Tropical Wetland Gardens will open in May 2017. The space’s largest garden in its 40 year history features a series of see-through walkways and moveable aquatic plants that will allow visitors to connect to the tropical wetlands around them. Additional highlights will include waterfalls flowing over natural stone, an area for wading birds and a wall covered with Bromeliads, offering some of the best foliage colors in the plant kingdom. This new garden is included in admission for a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Norton Museum of Art: Bastille Day Celebration & Art After Dark Series
The Norton Museum of Art’s annual Bastille Day Celebration will expand in 2017 and move to Saturday, July 15, 2017 from noon until 5:00 p.m. The celebration will include music, film, language lessons, food, drink, and art presented with a French twist. Additionally, Norton Museum’s Art After Dark, a fascinating mix of art, music, film and more, continues throughout the summer from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Tickets for these events and for general admission to the museum through December 2018 are free of charge.

Palm Beach Zoo: Summer Events

·         Roar & Pour: May 13 – August 12, 2017
Enjoy an evening in the Zoo with live music, food and drink. The party starts on May 13, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. with a special $10 admission rate. Grownups can enjoy an adult beverage from the Tiki Bar including a local craft brewery tap-takeover. As the sun sets gather at the Fountain Plaza for the 7:30 p.m. performance of a 1980’s or 1990’s tribute band, which will conclude at 9:00 p.m. Roar & Pour will take place the second Saturday of each month, May through August 2017.

·         Food Truck Safari: May 27, 2017
Explore the Zoo in search of favorite wildlife and The Palm Beaches’ best gourmet food trucks. The trucks are spread throughout the Zoo with two live music locations and two cash bars. The Fountain Plaza Tiki Bar features a local craft brewery tap-takeover. This event will take place on May 27, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks.

·         Safari Nights: June 2 – August 25, 2017
On Friday evenings beginning June 2 through August 25, 2017, families are invited to participate in the Palm Beach Zoo’s Safari Nights. Play in the interactive fountain, create arts and crafts, jam to a kids DJ, enjoy up-close animal encounters and more. Each week has a different theme, such as pirate night, fairytale night, dinosaur night, etc., and kids are encouraged to dress to match the theme to enter into an end-of-summer prize drawing.

West Palm Beach Food Tours

Kristl Story, owner of West Palm Beach Food Tours, talks to a group of LGBT bloggers and travel writers taking part in a food tour of downtown West Palm Beach Friday, April 1, 2016. Their first stop was The Blind Monk. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)


Tour West Palm Beach during a delicious and entertaining three-hour walking and driving tour. With a multi-generational appeal, West Palm Beach Food Tours offer a great opportunity for all ages to eat their way through their vacation. Tickets are from $65 for adults and from $45 for children ages 4-12. Children age three and under are free of charge. West Palm Beach Food Tours offers 20 percent off with discount code “Family”.

 

 

Wawa in Palm Beach County: 3 stores open next week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, will open three stores on Thursday, marking its first push into the South Florida market.

The chain, which is headquartered in Wawa, Pa, has earned a reputation for serving up hot coffee and tasty sandwiches along with its gas sales.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

In Palm Beach County, die-hard fans will be treated to giveaways, discounts and deals as part of the triple-header grand opening celebration.

RELATED: City commissioner: Wawa wants to open in Boynton Beach

Wawa is opening two locations in Palm Springs and one in Riviera Beach on Thursday.  All doors open at 8 a.m.

Here is the ribbon cutting schedule:

9 a.m.

3950 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

12:30 p.m.

1771 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

3 p.m.

7289 Garden Road, Riviera Beach

All three locations will be serving up free coffee for 10 days following the opening. The first 100 customers at the 3950 S. Congress Ave. location will receive special giveaway items.

RELATED: Wawa says Hello to Palm Beach County

Wawa announced in 2015 that it planned to open dozens of stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Wawa opened its first Florida location outside of SeaWorld in Orlando in 2012.

This local eatery now serving up items at PBIA

Paneterie, a European bakery and cafe with locations in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, is now offering “grab and go” items at Palm Beach International Airport.

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A number of sandwiches, salads, snack boxes and sweet treats, are available at the Flagler Gourmet Market, which is located in Concourse B.

RELATED: This store just opened at the PB Outlets

Palm Beach County Airports Director Bruce Pelly said passengers are looking for fresh and local food options, adding that all airport eateries are required to offer “street pricing.”

The Flagler Gourmet Market is run by the Paradies Shops, the Atlanta-based company that operates the stores at the airport.

 

Cricket Wireless store opens in Lake Worth

A new Cricket Wireless store has opened at 1212 S. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, the company announced this week.

All Cellular Wireless, LLC owns and operates the location.

Deal Alert: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County

“We continue to expand our retail presence in South Florida to meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Leon Duarte, market director for Cricket Wireless. “We want to make our products and services easily accessible to shoppers. This new store will help us do that.”

The store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

These stores are set to open at the Mall at Wellington Green

Three new stores — Francesca’s, Apricot Lane and Windsor Fashions — are coming to The Mall at Wellington Green, officials announced Tuesday.

Francesca’s, a women’s accessories and clothing boutique, has opened in the mall’s upper level near Paragon Theaters.

The two other stores are set to open in late spring, the mall said.

Apricot Lane, also a boutique store, features contemporary fashion for shoppers from teens to adults. It will be located on the upper level next to Chico’s.

Windsor Fashions offers timeless designs for young women. Windsor will be located on the upper level near Paragon Theaters.

Hurricane Grill & Wings brand to expand new restaurant concept

The West Palm Beach-based Hurricane Grill & Wings brand plans to open 49 new restaurants as part of a new fast-casual concept it unveiled last year.

The company said it would expand its Hurricane BTW concept,  (burgers, tacos and wings) over the next 3 1/2 years, adding as many as 11 new locations by the end of the year.

Hurricane BTW’s lab store opened in Ft. Lauderdale in April.

The company said it plans to open the first Hurricane BTW prototype location in Skokie, IL in late April.  Between 8 and 10 more locations will open by the end of the year, the chain said.

““While the restaurant industry, specifically fast-casual, is down as of late, we have seen two trends: single entrée menus have driven brands (i.e. burgers, pizza, wings), and there is an overall drive for higher quality and higher average tickets,” said Brooksy Smith, Chief Brand Officer for Hurricane AMT (Hurricane Grill & Wings, Hurricane BTW and Hurricane Dockside) as well as President of Hurricane BTW. “At BTW, we are focusing on the three most popular single entrée items other than pizza and including them on our menu, and we are pricing our average ticket at $10. We feel that now is the right time for a broad menu with a value proposition in a casual market. And that’s why we are confident BTW will excel.”

 

120-room hotel planned on PBIA grounds

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a proposal to build a 120-room hotel on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Airport.

Under the proposal, the hotel’s developer CVH PBIA, LLC would lease roughly 3 acre of land from the airport for a 50-year period. The company would be required to pay the airport an annual rent of $156,816 or 3.5 percent of the hotel’s revenues — whichever is greater.

The plan calls for a Home 2 Suites by Hilton — a limited service, all-suite hotel — to be built on the property. The site is located at the northeast corner of the airport’s grounds.

 

Need a job? This company is hiring in Palm Beach Gardens

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants,  a wine bar and “upscale casual” restaurant, plans to hire nearly 200 workers to staff its soon-to-open location in Palm Beach Gardens.

The company plans to open its first Palm Beach County location in April at The Gardens Mall on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.  Cooper’s Hawk said it needs to fill 196 new jobs before the doors open.  Positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants.

Cooper’s Hawk, a winery and restaurant, will open in the second floor of The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, by the end of March 2017. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

To fill the openings, Cooper’s Hawk is holding a hiring fair on Monday and Tuesday (March 13 & 14). The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., will take place at the chain’s Palm Beach Gardens location inside The Gardens Mall (3101 PGA Boulevard).

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the growing job base in Palm Beach County,” said Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk. “We are currently looking to staff team members with a passion for wine, food and first-class hospitality and look forward to meeting and working with many great members of the community.”

The Palm Beach Gardens restaurant will become the chains 8th Florida location.

Interested candidates who are unable to attend the hiring event may also apply online by visiting apply at chwinery.com.

New Cricket Wireless opens its first store in Royal Palm Beach

Cricket Wireless has opened its first retail store in Royal Palm Beach, the company announced Thursday.

The store is in the Village Royale Shopping Plaza at 1199 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. It is owned and operated by Y&S Immokalee.

RELATED: Cricket Wireless is expanding in Palm Beach County

“At Cricket, our goal is to give customers something to smile about,” said Leon Duarte, market director for Cricket Wireless. “Our no-annual-contract wireless service and straightforward pricing are giving customers more value and continuing to redefine the customer experience.”

With the opening of the new Royal Palm Beach store, there are now 4 Cricket stores in western Palm Beach County, the company said.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Wawa sets opening date for first Palm Beach County locations

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its hot coffee and tasty sandwiches, has announced which locations it will open in a triple-header grand opening celebration set for this month.

The company said it will open three stores on Thursday, March 23.  They include two locations in Palm Springs and one in Riviera Beach. Here is the ribbon cutting schedule:

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

9 a.m.

3950 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

12:30 p.m.

1771 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

3 p.m.

7289 Garden Road, Riviera Beach

RELATED: City commissioner: Wawa wants to open in Boynton Beach

RELATED: Wawa says Hello to Palm Beach County

Wawa announced in 2015 that it planned to open dozens of stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Wawa opened its first Florida location outside of SeaWorld in Orlando in 2012.