Memorial Day weekend kicks off summertime traditions from backyard barbecues to old-fashioned parades. Here, we share some ideas for how to spruce of your outdoor setting and where to order catered, mouthwatering smoked meats if hosting company, as well as healthy and cultural activities for the whole family. If you want to go really big in saluting America’s heroes, head to Miami Beach’s two-day Hyundai Air & Sea Show. Happy Memorial Day.
Punch up your patio with new outdoor furniture from designer showrooms. Make the rounds to Miami showrooms: Brown Jordan, whose Oliver collection takes inspiration from the 1964 Fiat Jolly’s wicker bucket seats; Janus et Cie, which added a chaise lounge and armchair to its bold Matisse teak line, and Monica James & Co., Florida’s exclusive dealer for the venerable George Smith.
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Known as the gateway to Latin America, the dynamic city of Miami 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.
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Immerse yourself in magical music this holiday weekend courtesy of the complimentary Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The lineup covers the genre and then some, with Live at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Wynton Marsalis, recent two-time Grammy winner Samara Joy, diva Chaka Khan, perennial New Orleans favorite The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and percussionist and local native Ulysses Owens, Jr., among many acts.
Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the contiguous U.S., boasts an incredible variety of green spaces and beaches, as well as prime waterfront from the Atlantic Ocean to St. Johns River with its iconic bridges. The city’s vast network of neighborhoods and islands further invites nonstop adventure. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Just as pickleball has become a national obsession, PopStroke is also catching on. The Jupiter-based mini golf concept opened its first location in Port St. Lucie; upgrades there include a restaurant, playground, ice cream parlor and co-owner Tiger Woods’ redesign of two 18-hole putting courses. Delray Beach launches during summer, with Wellington, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach due next year.
Jupiter’s bike trails, Loxahatchee River, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Riverbend Park appeal to nature lovers who also have access to upscale restaurants and shops. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
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Stuart sticks to tradition by hosting an old-fashioned Memorial Day parade (Memorial Park, downtown) and 32nd annual Run for the Pineapple 5K (Town Commons Park, Sewall’s Point). Celebrate with a decadent lobster roll at Waterfront, a casual eatery on the St. Lucie River that opened a few months ago. More dishes are tacos, short rib “cigars” and tuna and mango stacks.
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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.
A relative newcomer among Florida’s quality barbecue joints, Nevs is named for owner and pit master Tommy Nevill. The Florida native learned his craft in Texas, so others can dig into delectable meats made in his bespoke, rotisserie-style Oyler smoker. Whether ordering a platter for one or catering spread, enjoy his homemade menu down to coleslaw and pickles.
A golfer’s mecca, Palm Beach Gardens is home to the PGA headquarters, the Honda Classic and luxury golf communities, many of which attract famous athletes. The community also shines for its conveniences such as the Gardens Mall and Downtown PBG, among well-tended retail centers. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
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If you decide to cook at home instead, shop for ingredients at the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Cocoa Beach (North Brevard Avenue and 1st Street North). Held on the fourth Saturday of every month, its grand opening (May 27) falls on the holiday weekend. Register with your four-legged friend for Cocoa Beach’s first annual Walk & Wag Health Fest on the same morning.
Settled in the mid-19th century, Cocoa Village offers an old-fashioned Main Street experience for residents and visitors of the city of Cocoa. It’s one of the many major destinations for Brevard County and the Space Coast.