Happy National Iced Tea Day! Where to find deals and freebies

It’s National Iced Tea Day — a time to sit back, take a sip and celebrate that beloved summer beverage.

You can picture it right now, can’t you? The condensation on the glass. The ice cubes clinking together. A wedge of fresh lemon on the rim.

Ah yes. Time to celebrate iced tea. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution file photo)
Ah yes. Time to celebrate iced tea. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution file photo)

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If we’ve just made you very thirsty, here’s where to find deals and freebies today, according to Offers.com:

Au Bon Pain: Get 99 cent refills this summer when you buy a 16-ounce cold cup, or get a 99 cent medium iced drink when you buy soup, salad or a sandwich.

Beef O’Brady’s: Receive a free iced tea with purchase.

Starbucks: Buy one Teavana Shaken Iced Tea, get one free.

Teavana: Stores are holding free tasting of the company’s iced tea blends. Find a store here.

Wendy’s: Get a free 12-ounce Fruitea Chiller in either blueberry pineapple or orange mango from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Free attractions in Palm Beach County to check out this weekend

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, recently released this list of free attractions and events in Palm Beach County.

Susan and Chris Cristopoulos take a rest during their bike ride along the Lake Trail near the Palm Beach Country Club. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Susan and Chris Cristopoulos take a rest during their bike ride along the Lake Trail near the Palm Beach Country Club. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

The list includes hot spots from Boca Raton to Juno Beach. The attractions are opened to both locals and tourists.

Here is Discover’s list:

Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Natural Areas

Gallery Exhibitions at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Lake Trail for biking

 

Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center

Gardens at Society of the Four Arts

Clematis by Night on Thursdays

CityPlace offers free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays — Pro tip: Scroll down until you see the concerts link; they update the schedule every month

Okeeheelee Nature Center

Underwater Snorkeling Trail at Phil Foster Park

Palm Beach Photographic Centre

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

Grassy Waters Preserve

Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

A day at the beach (Check out our list of the best beaches in Palm Beach County)

Best ways to treat Mom to a day out in Palm Beach County

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift? We’ve pulled together some great ways to treat Mom to a day out in Palm Beach County.

If you don’t see anything here you think your mom might be interested in, check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide.

Try treating Mom to a traditional English tea for Mother's Day. (Palm Beach Daily News file photo)
Try treating Mom to a traditional English tea for Mother’s Day. (Palm Beach Daily News file photo)

Culinary tours

Culinary tours are the perfect gift for a foodie. Palm Beach County has three different tour operators offering guests a chance to sample some of the area’s most unique eateries.

Savor Our City Culinary Tours: 800-979-3370; www.savorourcity.com

Taste History Culinary Tours: 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277; tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com

West Palm Beach Food Tours: 866-736-6343; www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com

Afternoon tea at The Chesterfield Hotel

Contact: 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach; 561-659-5800

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The historic 53-room hotel just blocks from the Worth Avenue shopping district offers a traditional Afternoon Tea. The tea features a number of English treats including freshly baked scones and clotted cream, and homemade strawberry jam.

Vino Van Gogh

Contact: 153 NE 4th Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5272

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This studio offers paint parties led by an artist who will help you recreate the nightly featured painting. Mom can enjoy a glass of wine, while the artist provides step-by-step instructions. Group painting classes are also available.

Lion Country Safari

Contact: 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee; 561-793-1084

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Spend a day at Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Annual pass holders receive free admission and parking. The passes can be purchased online or at Lion Country Safari’s main office.

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

 

 

Want to treat Mom to a spa day? Check out these local spots

If you’re looking to pamper Mom this year for Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 — Palm Beach County has plenty of options.

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

Treat Mom to a day of relaxation. (Provided)
Treat Mom to a day of relaxation. (Provided)

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Contact: 100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan; 888-306-4894

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The Forbes Five Star resort is offering special room rates, spa deals, and a Sunday brunch so you can make the whole weekend all about mom. Room rates for Mother’s Day weekend start at $199 per night. (Use booking code: MOTHER). The “Queen Mother” spa package (90 minutes for $295) includes hand drawn bath of exotic florals, oriental teas, and precious oils combined with a hand washing and polishing of the skin, a delicate dry buff, and a warm butter and silk massage.

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.

Anthony Vince Nail Spa

Contact: 2605 S. State Road 7, Suite 440, Wellington; 561-790-4883

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Located next to Whole Foods on State Road 7, this nail spa is the perfect respite for a hard-working mom. The spa offers a variety of services, including hot stone paraffin and aroma therapy pedicures.

Kaffee’s Garden Spa

Contact: 4100 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-833-4483

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Owner Kaffee Keldie began her career in California before relocating to Florida in 1986. After working at the Elizabeth Arden Salon in Palm Beach, she opened the full service spa in 1998. The spa offers a variety of skincare and rejuvenating services, including its new dry salt therapy room with a Himalayan salt wall and zero gravity chairs. Its Mom’s Day Off package includes a one hour body massage, a mini spa facial, a spa manicure & pedicure and a choice of a healthy lunch served in the spa’s Quiet Room.

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

Skydiving, shooting range and more off-beat Mother’s Day gift ideas

The clock is ticking on getting your plans settled and your gifts purchased for Mother’s Day — this year it falls on May 8.

If you’re looking for something that goes against the grain — if flowers and chocolate just won’t cut it for your mom, wife, friend, sister or other special mother figure — why not try something a little more off-beat?

Looking for a gift that stands out this Mother's Day? Try giving her the gift of skydiving. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Looking for a gift that stands out this Mother’s Day? Try giving her the gift of skydiving. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

From skydiving to a shooting range, Palm Beach County has a lot to offer if you’re trying to find something to really wow Mom.

Don’t see anything on our list here? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide.

Skydive Palm Beach

Contact: Palm Beach County Glades Airport, 3800 State Road 715, Pahokee; 561-586-7669

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For those looking for an extreme Mother’s Day gift, Skydive Palm Beach offers daily thrills from the Palm Beach County Glades Airport in Pahokee. Gift certificates are available on company’s website.

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.

The Sheriff’s Shooting Range

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The Sheriff’s Shooting Range, located in western Palm Beach County, will be open to the public on Mother’s Day weekend. Those looking for a place to shoot long arms can use the outdoor range on select weekends. The fee for residents is $10. The range is located off of State Road 80 roughly 12 miles west of State Road 7.

Mama Gizzi’s Gourmet Pasta Shop

Contact: 2212 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth; 561-642-9996

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Mama Gizzi’s Gourmet Pasta shop on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth will prepare a 5 course gourmet meal for those looking to throw mom a large party. You pick the menu, and they will do the rest. The shop also has “No Drama Mama” kits that are perfect for a family looking to whip up a quick gourmet Italian meal for their hard-working mom.

Gumbo Limbo Turtle Walk

Contact: 1801 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton; 561-544-8605

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For the mom who loves nature: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton hosts guided Turtle Walks, where participants learn more about sea turtles while taking a walk along the beach at night. Guests are given the opportunity to observe sea turtles nesting in the dunes along Boca Raton’s shoreline. Sales start May 9 for this year’s first Turtle Walk, but we’re sure Mom will love this gift, even if she has to wait a little while for it. Go to Gumbo Limbo’s Turtle Walk webpage to buy a spot and get more information.

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

Mother’s Day gift ideas: Our picks for flowers in Palm Beach County

Mother’s Day is coming up soon: Sunday, May 8. When it comes to picking a flower shop, sometimes it’s best to shop local.

Last year, Twitter was ignited by users frustrated with the quality of flowers ordered online, with the hashtag #1800flowersfail trending on the social media site.

Planning to get Mom flowers for Mother's Day? Check out local flower shops before you head online. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for ASDA)
Planning to get Mom flowers for Mother’s Day? Check out local flower shops before you head online. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for ASDA)

We’ve pulled together some of our picks for local florists serving every area of Palm Beach County.

Maybe your mom isn’t into flowers? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide. 

Sydney Boutique Flowers & Gift

Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361

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In addition to flowers, the shop offers a number of artisan and specialty gifts, including some items made by South Florida-based artists. Gift wrapping is also available.

Wellington Florist

Contact: 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A12, Wellington; 561-795-9299

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The family owned and operated business has been serving the Wellington area since 1991. The shop offers floral, plant, and orchid arrangements in addition to an expanded line of silk and artificial flowers and permanent botanicals.

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.

Love’s Flower Shop

Contact: 411 7th St. Suite 10, West Palm Beach; 561-659-0772

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Love’s Flower Shop opened in downtown West Palm Beach 15 years ago. The shop specializes in tropical arrangements, but offers a wide variety of other flowers, plants and blooming gardens. Arrangements can be paired with a number of gift items, including bath products and essential oils.

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

Mother’s Day gift ideas: Local places to buy Mom chocolate or sweets

Mother’s day is coming up fast — it’s on May 8 this year — and if you’re looking for a sweet gift, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve collected some of the best spots in Palm Beach County to get your mom, wife, daughter, friend or mother figure something spectacular, while still staying within your budget.

Delicious and stylish: One Mother's Day gift option from Hoffman's. (Provided)
Delicious and stylish: One Mother’s Day gift option from Hoffman’s. (Provided)

Have a suggestion? Leave a comment and we’ll consider adding it to our list.

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

Hoffman’s Chocolates

Contact: 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres; more locations in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens; 561-967-2213

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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.

The Sugar Monkey

Contact: 2402 North Dixie Highway, Suite 2, Lake Worth; 561-689-7844

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After working as the executive Pastry Chef of Café Boulud Palm Beach, Jennifer Reed decided to open her own Palm Beach County-based cake studio and sweet shoppe. The Sugar Monkey, located in a storefront on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, offers a wide variety of cupcakes, cakes, and other treats that are sure to please any mom on your list.

Paneterie

Contact: 16950 N. Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561-403-5192 / 205 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; 561-223-2992

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The European-style bakery and café has locations in Delray Beach and downtown West Palm Beach, offering a variety of confections. It is lead by French master baker Patrick Lézé, a veteran of some of France’s best known bakeries and executive chef at the Patrick Lézé patisserie in Palm Beach.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Contact: 171 S. State Road 7, Suite 300, Royal Palm Beach; 561-530-4529

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This specialty shop offers 10 different varieties of bundt cakes, which are made on site every day. Franchise owner Seema Matani, an avid baker, said she decided to open the shop after learning about the Las Vegas based company from her sister. Matani’s franchise opened about three months ago in a storefront on State Road 7 just south of Southern Boulevard. In addition to cakes, the shop offers a variety of Mother’s Day-themed gifts.

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

Tourism leaders urge All Aboard’s Brightline to delay Okeechobee road closure

Palm Beach County tourism leaders are urging All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service to delay its planned closure of Okeechobee Boulevard, saying the project could impact business at the nearby convention center. 2_rails__de__chemin_de__fer1_

All Aboard’s rail work is set to close Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks for four days in May. At the same time, more than 1,400 guests staying at hotels scattered across West Palm Beach are expected to descend on the convention center for a large convention.

The county’s Tourist Development Council voted Thursday to send a letter to All Aboard and city officials urging them to delay the work, which is scheduled to start Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. and end Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m.

Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, said tourism officials are working to bring the same convention group back to the area in future years. The road work, he said, could hinder those efforts.

“They are looking at us for a second booking,” he said. “We are working very hard to get them to stay. The experience this time around is critical for us.”

See how much William Shatner’s cars sold for at Barrett-Jackson auction

Pop culture icon William Shatner sold two of his cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction this past weekend in West Palm Beach, and each fetched quite a bit of cash.

William Shatner is auctioning off two of his cars at the upcoming Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Auction. (Provided by Barrett-Jackson)
William Shatner auctioned off two of his cars at the Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Auction. (Provided by Barrett-Jackson)

Shatner auctioned off a 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Volante, and a 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton (listed as being in mint condition). He signed both cars.

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The Aston Martin sold for $55,000, and the Volkswagen sold for $29,700, according to the Barrett-Jackson website.

There was no reserve on either car, meaning there was no minimum bid for a chance to grab a piece of both automotive and pop culture memorabilia.

Barrett-Jackson sold more than $23.2 million in collector cars and automobilia over its three days at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Read more about this year’s Barrett-Jackson.