Stay Baby Stay: The Colony Hotel Palm Beach

An original staycation series by The Hungry Post

Your guide for where to stay, eat and drink if you have 48 hours in Palm Beach.

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We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again, “we live where others vacation…” However, from time to time, we too need to get away from our own versions of reality, even if it’s 20 minutes away from home. Picture this: Waking up to screaming babies versus the sound of the ocean? We’ll take the latter.

And although it’s pretty much sunny in Miami year-round, everyone knows that our summer actually means hurricane season and loads of grey days. Miami weather: if you’re going to rain on our parade, we prefer room service and those chocolates under our pillows.

If you need to disconnect and take a little breather from the kids, cats & dogs, you’ll want to hear about the launch of Stay Baby Stay, an original staycation series by The Hungry Post. This one goes out to all those that aren’t hopping on a plane anytime soon but still need some downtime. Want to hang out by the pool, lounge around, hit the treadmill, have a spa day, wear a robe all day? We’ve got you.

No need to fly for this one, all of these destinations can be reached by foot, bike, car or train.

In the first episode of Stay Baby Stay, we took the Brightline express train to the boutique Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Check out our recommendations for dining in and dining out in Palm Beach.

DAY ONE

10:10 AM: DEPARTURE FROM MIAMI’S BRIGHTLINE STATION


Address600 NW 1st Ave. (station entrance is located at the corner of NW 1st Ave. and NW 6th St.)
What you need to know:  There are 3 types of train tickets you can purchase on the Brightline. You’re getting SELECT. SELECT is Brightline’s version of first class but SO much better. All beverages including delicious cocktails, prosecco, beers, wine, and premium spirits  + savory snacks, pastries, yogurt, and fresh fruit are included. The train ride to West Palm Beach is an hour and fifteen-minute ride so milk that complimentary Wi-Fi, all-inclusive snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages, 1 day of complimentary parking, access to the first-class SELECT lounge with bites and beverages, and of course board first. These SELECT tickets usually range from $27  – $46 (one-way). Oh, and you’ve never seen a waiting area that looks like this…NOTE: the station’s Food Hall is still in the works but you can hit up Joe and the Juice for a shake and/or a pressed turkey sandwich. Book your tickets here

11:45 AM: ARRIVAL AT THE COLONY HOTEL


Address: 155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
What you need to know: “Location, location, location!” The Colony is conveniently located 6 to 8-minutes in car from Brightline’s West Palm Beach station, right near the high-end shopping of Worth Street and steps away from the sandy beach. For us, it’s the equivalent of the timeless Beverly Hills Hotel in LA. This quintessential Palm Beach choice for our staycation is your home for a night. From the moment you step into The Colony, you’ll be surrounded by palm tree vibes,  pink coral and lime green hues throughout the wallpaper and the decked out furniture. This classic spot has been around since 1947 and there’s no doubt in our minds that you’ll feel regal while sipping on a Bloody Mary or two. Book your room here.

1 PM: LUNCH AT CAFE BOULUD


Address:  301 Australian Ave Palm Beach, FL 33480 inside of the Brazilian Court Hotel
What you need to know: This casual French American restaurant is just a 10-minute walk from The Colony Hotel. Here you will experience world-renowned, Chef Daniel Boulud’s and Executive Chef Rick Mace modern take on French classics, impeccable service, and beautifully presented dishes. Come hungry, in your finest country club attire, cause you’ll be sharing a fair amount appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

What you need to order:

  • Charcuterie a selection of two house-cured meats and pâtés made in-house
  • Boston Bibb Salad – bacon, goat cheese, peach
  • Corn Veloute – with espelette pepper
  • Oysters – with cocktail & mignonette sauce
  • Moules Frites – with white wine
  • Key Lime Pie – with grapefruit sorbet
  • Smoked Brisket Sandwich – juicy yet crunchy brisket with tomato jam, icebox pickles
  • The Bloody Mary Bar Cart – We’re not the only ones that would travel for this Bloody Mary. Poured tableside with all the garnishes imagined.

7 PM: DINNER AT TROPHY ROOM


Address:  12300 South Shore Blvd Wellington, FL 33414
What you need to know: Put on your chicest outfit for this one. Located 30-minutes away by car but totally worth it. Trophy Room led by Chef James Strine is an American restaurant with something for everyone. The theme of this spot is equestrian chic, so dress as if you’re going to the Polo club. 

What you need to order:

  • The Wedge iceberg lettuce, crispy bacon, bleu cheese, tomatoes, avocado, ranch dressing.
  • Crab Cake – with Old Bay seasoning, remoulade, lettuce, tomato, onion
  • Mac N’ Cheese – with aged gruyere, gouda, cheddar
  • Empanadas  – filled with ropa vieja and mojo aioli. It’s been a while since we had empanadas this good. Don’t skip these.
  • Shaved Brussels Sproutscrispy sprouts with bacon & bourbon
  • NY strip – with your choice of au poivre, chimichurri, bordelaise, and béarnaise sauce

DAY TWO

12 PM: BRUNCH AT THE COLONY HOTEL POOL


Address: 155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
What you need to know: The Colony Hotel prides itself in not only offering a one-of-kind Palm Beach hotel experience but also an exceptional food and beverage program. We brunched poolside and can attest to some really tasty eats. Wear something tropical, we see you in Lily Pulitzer.

What you need to order:

  • Wagyu Burger
  • Bimini Chicken Stack
  • Cereal Crusted French Toast

3 PM: TASTING TOUR AT THE ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA


Address: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
What you need to know: Coyo Taco, one of Miami’s favorite taco spots is located inside the Royal Poinciana Plaza, a mid-century property designed by iconic architect, John Volk a century ago, which has now become one of Palm Beach’s most popular shopping destinations. We’re  OBVIOUSLY here for the food and couldn’t miss stopping for some tacos. Rumor has it that local West Palm Beach folks can’t get enough of the Mexican dishes being served at Coyo Taco oh and that Michael Jordan is also a huge a fan. 

What you need to order:

  • Lobster Frita Tacos – (2 per order) with Modelo beer battered Caribbean spiny lobster, Aji Amarillo aioli, citrus slaw, avocado, radish, and cilantro
  • Mango Margarita

7 PM: DINNER AT SANT AMBROEUS AT THE ROYAL POINCIANA PLAZA


Address: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
What you need to know: Who would say no to feeling like they’re in Milan?! This classic Italian restaurant from Manhattan has a second location in the Royal Poinciana Plaza. You’re coming here to feel fabulous and indulge on favorites by Chef Marco Barbisotti. Have a full-on Italian feast or opt for a cocktail at the bar and/or coffee and gelato.  Don’t forget to grab some pastries for the train ride back.

What you need to order:

  • Primavera Spritz – with mint and rosemary infused Belvedere Vodka, Italicus, lemon juice, rosemary syrup, Sant Ambroeus Prosecco
  • The Sant Ambroeus – with Facundo Neo Rum, Aperol, passion fruit purée, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white
  • Carpaccio di Manzo – thinly sliced beef carpaccio, tomato confit, capers, and stracciatella
  • Tarufata – black truffle, fontina cheese, egg yolk. This one is a must
  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara – pancetta, organic farm egg, Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh black pepper
  • Tagliatelle alla Bolognese –  traditional Sant Ambroeus slow-cooked veal ragù,24-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano

OTHER STOPS IF TIME PERMITS


  • Restoration Hardware Palm Beach: We recommend stopping by for a coffee or white wine while strolling the three-story showroom. This isn’t your everyday furniture shop, it’s truly a unique experience for those that love interior design. Make sure to check out the rooftop. You’ll want to live here. Click here for more info.
  • Virgina Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy: Virginia Philip is the eleventh female master sommelier in the world. She has opened up a  wine and spirit shop at The Royal Poinciana Plaza with a special focus on education. Offering an assortment of the top winemakers and producers, this boutique invites customers to learn, taste, and experience some of the best products from around the globe. Whether a beginner or an aficionado, when purchasing a special gift item, attending a private event, a tasting for a small group, or a lecture series, this shop offers the client an experience that moves beyond traditional retail.
  • Honor Bar: From the same owners of the Hillstone Group, this medium-size bar is good for bites and drinks. Order the Macho salad, Honor Burger and Crispy Chicken sandwich.