Sound baths, shiny sculptures, string instruments. They’re just a few ways that Florida presents a feast for the five senses this winter. Expand your daily routine by tasting to browsing at these interesting events that make living here such a joy. Oh, and the weather’s pretty nice too.
Drink To DiMaggio
Tickets remain for several events at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival’s benefit for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital through January 16. Discover wines with bites at Saturday’s Grand Tasting, or focus on New York wines at a seminar during Family Day on Sunday. The latter is free, but please bring a toy for donation.
Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is a boater’s and beachgoer’s paradise. But it’s also home to a burgeoning art scene that spills over into art-centric neighborhoods and annual events. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Setting the Pace
Jeff Koons is slated to attend the January 14 opening of his “Balloon Venus” exhibit at Pace Gallery in Palm Beach. It’s the first time the magenta mirror-polished, stainless-steel sculpture, one of his Antiquity series’ largest works, is on public display (through month’s end). Koons shows new work at Pace next year.
The iconic luxury island of Palm Beach is shaking up its staid past. Young families who live here year-round and the next generation of snowbirds and visitors are inspiring a new wave of chic shops, restaurants and art galleries. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Chamber music will soon fill the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Leonhardt Auditorium. Its ongoing partnership with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra kicks off the 14th season with “Through the Looking Glass,” a strings and harp performance of French works, on January 16. More concerts are scheduled for February 6 and March 6.
Vero Beach has blossomed beyond the beach and golf course. Its vibrant lifestyle beckons with fitness, family-friendly events, hip breweries and more. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Raising the [Chocolate] Bar
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden celebrates its 15th Chocolate Festival from January 15-16 with new experiences. Purchase cocoa plants, chocolate orchids and bonbons from premier, local chocolatiers like Cao and Garcia Nevett; learn how to cook and pair the ingredient, and entertain children with garden tours, games and culinary demos like chocolate bars.
From Mediterranean-Revival architecture to the iconic Biltmore Hotel to lush greenery, the historic Coral Gables neighborhood has so much to offer. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Howl at the Moon
January’s full moon, known as the Wolf moon, will shine in all its glory on Monday. Among full moon festivities everywhere, the Elliott Museum in Stuart plans back-to-back sound healing sessions on January 16-17. The fast-growing wellness practice is said to reduce stress, inspire creativity and restore balance down to the cellular level.
Part of the Treasure Coast that encompasses Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties, Stuart is associated with top-notch fishing. Pastel-painted historic buildings and breathtaking waterways make it a favorite destination, too. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Sotheby’s in the House
Have your “Antiques Roadshow” moment courtesy of Sotheby’s auction house. On January 22, its experienced appraisers will be on hand for complimentary valuations (one item per person) during the Original Miami Beach Antique Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Visit the event anytime from January 20-23 for gems like this Seventies-era Asprey cocktail set.