With Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day coming up quick, we’re thinking of ways to show our romantic side and fondness for friends. Beyond many prix-fixe dinners and concert picnics to attend, here are other ideas from a weekend getaway in Florida’s most romantic city to French fragrances in bespoke bottles to little treats like artisanal chocolates and breakfast in bed. They’ll be smitten and smiling.
Chocolatier Denise Castronovo sources rare cocoa beans from Latin America for her award-winning, namesake brand with a production facility and store in Stuart. Made with Colombian cocoa beans and coffee, her 68% Tumaco Mocha won World Silver at the 2022 International Chocolate Awards. For Valentine’s Day, “bean-to-bonbon” hearts come in dark or milk chocolate in a heart-shaped tin.
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.
Sweet on St. Augustine
In romantic St. Augustine, it’s pretty much Valentine’s Day all year long. Stay at the adults-only Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens for unique accommodations, cruiser bikes and loads of Southern charm replete with porches and rocking chairs. Asado Life serves pre-ordered feasts (Thursday-Saturday) and five-course, family-style meals select nights. The Colonial Oak Music Park’s concert series runs through spring.
thecollectorinn.com | asadolife.com | thecolonialoakmusicpark.com
In 1565, Spanish explorers established the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the U.S. Known as the Ancient City or the Old City, its historic architecture, over 42 miles of barrier coastline and thriving hospitality scene charm residents and visitors to this day. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Spice up your love life at Austin import Elle’s. Founder Elle Florescu, who’s romantically linked to Texas/Aspen hospitality mogul Larry McGuire, stocks her lingerie and swimwear boutique with beautiful pieces by Bordelle, Lise Charmel and Oséree, plus complementary boudoir items like House of Bo’s gender-neutral fragrances. Pop by for Kiki de Montparnasse’s trunk show on February 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Miami Design District has evolved into one of the most dynamic neighborhoods worldwide for its luxury shopping, dining and home showrooms. Many art and design spaces call it home, too. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Morningside | Upper East Side | Wynwood & Midtown
Guerlain Haute Parfumerie
Located at the Breakers for 25 years, Guerlain upgraded its luxury fragrance shop’s design and assortment for its first Haute Parfumerie in Florida. Find the full collection of L’Art & La Matière’s limited-edition artist collections, including a new Matisse theme for Jasmin Bonheur and Figue Azur scents. Make it even more special by personalizing bottles from caps to engravings.
guerlain.com | thebreakers.com
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.
Palm Beach | West Palm Beach | Royal Palm Beach
Treat your special someone to breakfast in bed. Satellite Beach’s Salty Bagel recently opened a Cocoa Beach branch for 22 types of bagels from all the classics to more unusual options like blueberry, asiago and sundried tomato. Throw in a couple cream cheeses from a large selection, including jalapeno, lox, strawberry and cinnamon, and gourmet coffee drinks too.
Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island
Macchialina Wine Shop
Since Macchialina opened in 2012, the cozy trattoria has become a well-known destination for excellent Italian food, wine and cocktails. Sommelier Jacqueline Pirolo introduced a wine club and onsite shop for Italian fine wines, as well as amari, vermouths and other interesting liqueurs and fortified wines. Building upon her Wine Spectator Award, she’s a 2023 James Beard semifinalist.
The dynamic city of Miami Beach is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.