I would say it is time for a staycation, but let’s be real people, it is always time for a staycation! Taking a full blown vacation may not be in the cards, or budget, for us anytime soon. However, an hour and a half drive to a nearby beach town is totally doable.
We recently took a staycation just up A1A to the ever so charming in Delray Beach. I’ll go ahead and make some suggestions for you.
Accommodations. I love the charm of a beachy, low key resort and Cranes Beach House was exactly that. Even with gloomy weather during our stay, the greenery and beach vibes brought this place to life. Live music by the tiki bar was icing on the cake. Located just a block away from the ocean, and a bike ride or a stroll away from Atlantic Avenue, Cranes Beach house was a perfect fit for our staycation. With two pools on site, there is just enough property for you to walk around and enjoy. When staying in one of the villas, guests also have access to complementary bike rentals to venture around the beach. Enjoy a continental breakfast by the pool surrounded by greenery and all the tropical vibes.
Now, what to do! I am sure there are plenty of other activities to enjoy while in Delray, however our visit consisted primarily of getting down with our forks and knives. What a better way to explore the Delray food scene then by taking a food tour with Craft Food Tours led by tour guides Matt Guidice and Anthony Guzman. Our food tour kicked off at the popular downtown Mexican joint, El Camino where I fell in love with their Short Rib Quesadillas. While in Miami you will find Latin restaurant from every country on a different corner, Cabana El Rey combined multiple countries into one spot preparing traditional dishes. Following this spot, we headed to the Original Popcorn House for some trick shots, followed by some authentic Asian cuisine at Goodies Delray and likely my new favorite Asian dish called Jian Bing made by this father-son duo. Our food tour wrapped up with dessert at The Corner Porch, a house dating back to 1925 turned restaurant and lounge that satisfied all of my sweet teeth.
Take a stroll down Atlantic Avenue while you are there, especially to walk all that food tour. Admire some of the original buildings such as the Colony Hotel, which I hear has a great White Russian at the Lobby Bar and a lovely yoga class Sunday mornings.
For dinner, my friends at the Downtown Delray Authority recommended dinner at Brulé, which seemed to be the hottest spot in town, and I can see why! It’s no surprise, we do a lot of eating. I can honestly say this is one of the best meals I have had in a wild. Our server Taylor was an absolute gem and made all of the perfect recommendations. Dinner started with a wow factor Charcuterie Board, followed by a shrimp tortellini that made all my Maryland ID senses tingle. While Adrian had blank off of the dinner menu, I had the Swordfish Rosado which was a special for the evening. Lucky me!
I am ALWAYS scouting out my next quick weekend getaway location. Any recommendations?