Hotel at a Glance: Chesterfield Hotel Palm Beach
When you arrive at Chesterfield Hotel Palm Beach, you’re greeted with a welcoming glass of sherry and fresh-baked cookies. The hotel boasts a Four Diamond rating from AAA and is registered as a historic landmark. Its history dates back to 1926, when it opened as a bed and breakfast known as The Lido-Venice. A continental breakfast is still offered every morning; other little touches include fresh flowers in guest rooms and custom-made cookies on pillows.
- Onsite dining: Nibble homemade scones during al fresco afternoon tea service at The Courtyard. Inside, the granite-topped tables of the Leopard Lounge and Restaurant showcase international dishes, from South African-style chicken curry to veal chops cooked over a wood grill.
- Sip cocktails mixed with the hotel’s housemade vodka or choose from an international wine list.
- Go swimming in the outdoor pool or the ocean, located abut a 10-minute walk away.
- Shop ‘til you drop: The hotel is just two blocks north of Worth Avenue, a renowned shopping district.
Palm Beach, Florida: Upscale Beach Town North of Boca Raton
Palm Beach has long been a favored retreat for America’s rich and famous—the Kennedys, Trumps, and Rockefellers have all spent winters here. The warm weather, gorgeous beaches, and golf courses are a surefire cure for the winter blues, and they don’t hurt in summer either. Midtown Beach, a kid-friendly stretch of golden sand surrounded by glitzy estates, is an ideal spot for building a tan or a sand castle.
Just across the Intracoastal Waterway lies lively West Palm Beach, home to CityPlace, a stylish outdoor mall. If shopping’s not your scene, revisit the Gilded Age at the Flagler Museum, a Beaux-Arts mansion built by Standard Oil founder Henry Flagler in 1902. You can walk through opulent halls, parlors, and ballrooms on a guided tour or stop for afternoon tea in the glassed-in pavilion.