This sophisticated yet casual restaurant and jazz club serves up an eclectic menu of tapas, gourmet pizzas, and sandwiches to the tunes of a rotating line-up of jazz and blues virtuosos. Amid the classic 1940's atmosphere of cozy seating, intimate tables, trenchcoated men mumbling about the Great Depression, and exposed brick walls lined with jazz memorabilia, create your own comestible set with the Blue Jean bruschetta trio ($10), starring provolone pesto, tomato vinaigrette, and mozzarella olive roasted pepper. Follow up with a gourmet thin-crust pizza, such as the classic margarita pizza ($15) or the Bianca Quattro formaggio ($15), smothered in alfredo, mozzarella, feta, ricotta, and gorgonzola. After you have used your Groupon for a savory dinner, saddle up to the throwback club's fully-stocked bar and prepare yourself for a night of dancing and ice sculpting.
Skimming Florida’s blue water atop rental standup paddleboards inspired the founders of Precision Paddleboards to open their own shop. Hoping to make the sport accessible to everyone, they stock up on retail boards and paddles and also offer their customers rentals and lessons. Their boards come from brands such as Boga and Fanatic, which are each easy to navigate and designed for a range of activities from sightseeing to on-water yoga to tickling Poseidon's back.
Because it specializes exclusively in paddleboards, Precision Paddleboards feels uniquely qualified to address its customers' needs and questions. During lessons along Florida's rivers, canals, and coastal waters staff members instruct proper paddling techniques that paddlers can then test out during group tours.
Guitars, banjos, and mandolins hang like artwork from Penny Lane’s red walls, immediately capturing the eye with names like Santa Cruz, Eastman, and Gold Star, and indicating the shop’s specialty in repairing, selling, and teaching a range of stringed instruments. Within this musical gallery, a deft staff lends its melodic expertise to fixing broken instruments—from guitar strings to bass necks—and promises to tackle any repair no matter how big or small.
Budding musicians—equipped with their own instrument or one from the emporium’s vast stock—an sit down with a distinguished instructor, who teaches players of all ages and experience levels how to play classical instruments such as the piano and violin, or more obscure music machines, including the banjo and ukulele. The shop also hosts monthly jam sessions, allowing students to gather on the store’s plush red couch and learn first-hand the important factors of group play, from keeping on beat to smashing guitars an arm’s length away from others.
Founded in 1977 by lovers of snow, surf, and street, BC Surf & Sport dispenses apparel, equipment, and accessories for board-riders of all types. The shop is filled with racks of long boards in dozens of colors and designs, plus surfboards and paddleboards, and various wheels, waxes, and other sundries. The outfitters also stock a wide variety of shirts, shoes, and wetsuits along with miscellaneous items such as headphones, stickers, and DVDs of famous waves crashing.
A 90-year-old sanctuary of natural and man-made beauty, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens provides visitors with a decadent visual buffet comprising numerous artistic media and floral features. Wander the art-filled, ghost-free rooms of the Caribbean-plantation-style house and study the rich collection of easel art, murals, and more. Paintings—including numerous works by the house's former residents, artists Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett—as well as sculpture, furniture, and tableware make the house a pirate-proof aesthetic treasure trove, while five separate ecosystems have shaped the surrounding property into a delicious stew of biodiversity. Stroll nature trails to enjoy the flora and naturally occurring discotheques of mangrove wetlands and a maritime forest, or stop by the orchid showroom to swaddle nature's most needy flower in a comforting blanket of compliments and adoring stares.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Family Fun Week's planners fill their weeklong celebration with dozens of activities designed to delight all members of the family. The sound of live music soars over parklands during free concerts, local artists teach watercolor techniques, and scavenger hunts take families on brain-teasing adventures. Out on the ocean, scuba lessons plunge into ocean depths and fisherman feel the tug of a deep-sea catch on the end of the line. The weeklong celebration also boasts more laid-back possibilities, such as shopping, spa treatments, and mouthwatering food from local eateries. Despite their diversity, all activities have one thing in common: they pay tribute to their hometown. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and intercoastal waterways, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea fuses the atmosphere of a small town with a beachside resort. The city's laws limit building heights, allowing for unencumbered views of warm ocean sunrises and the Man in The Moon's ever-changing facial expressions.