Featured in TC Palm, Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures’ schooner, Lily, is one of the few of its kind left sailing. Since 1999, Captain Fred Newhart has overseen care of the vessel, which hauled lumber between Martha’s Vineyard and Maine in the '70s and '80s, joined by First Mate Jamie Miscoski in 2010. Today, the barge takes up to 35 passengers on scenic tours and private charters that cruise down the Saint Lucie River. Each passenger can choose to help with tasks on deck, such as raising the sails, or simply sit back and sip from a glass of wine.
At Chillin the Most, chef Steve Brust begets a spread of hearty, refined American eats mixed in with what the restaurant calls "HealthyLicious" options. Inside three separate dining areas–each outfitted with a different atmosphere, and different music–visitors take on grilled ahi tuna, or grilled cheese sandwiches bolstered by beer-braised shredded short ribs. A wide drink selection headlined by 24 beers on tap accompanies meals, as does live entertainment throughout the week including dance parties and live bands.
Segway Inc.'s tour guides lead guests past the clear-flowing streams, cedar trees, and rolling hills of the world’s largest JW Marriott resort on self-balancing personal transporters. Departing three times daily, the gliding tours of Hill Country’s heart begin as each rider is introduced to his robotic steed, learning how to navigate the machine and gaining its trust by feeding it computer chips. Meticulously manicured greens and shimmering blue pools frame the tour’s trail, with the meandering circuit weaving its way past two golf courses, a serene garden, and Lantana Spa.
For more than 35 years, Palm Beach has seen flocks of Tradewinds Flight School's students soar into its clear skies and over its blue-green waters. The company's certified flying instructors unlock the secrets to navigating aviation landscapes. Nestled within the cockpits of single- and multiengine aircraft, they send prospective pilots soaring toward private licenses and professional careers farming cotton candy from the clouds. Using an FAA-approved curriculum, the pilots operate out of Fort Pierce International Airport, and can cater their lessons to a student's desired pace. The veteran pilots also charter flights, leaving passengers free to relax and give directions to lost birds.
Pura Vida Divers—which has a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort rating for its top-notch instruction—expertly guides underwater explorers through their first watery steps into the ocean with scuba- or tooka-diving courses. The tooka-diving excursions forgo the cumbersome oxygen tanks and sharkskin tuxedos that comprise the traditional scuba get-up; instead, divers wear a simple face mask and breathing regulator connected via hose to an air supply that floats overhead. In the course of the one-hour dive, swimmers explore submarine nooks and crannies under the watchful eye of knowledgeable guides, who are keen to point out nearby turtles, rays, and eels that make their home in the verdant reef habitat.
It's only natural that so many choose the two-yacht fleet of Majestic Princess Cruises for their weddings. Owned and operated by the husband and wife team of retired US Coast Guard Captain Ken Gibson and hospitality industry expert Michele Gibson, Majestic Princess Cruises is shrouded in an air of romance, making most ventures like a wedding banquet and a honeymoon rolled into one buoyant bundle. For public and private events, sightseeing cruises, corporate soirees, dinner cruises, and floating nuptials, Majestic Princess and sister ship Majestic Princess II provide sterling views of West Palm Beach's glimmering waters, happy wildlife, and historical architecture. Some trips include top-notch catering, while all cruises feature premium customer service and a sea captain who'd rather pet Moby Dick than catch him.