The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Palm Beach

A List of Interesting Facts About The Breakers, Palm Beach 

Henry Morrison Flagler opened The Breakers in 1896, and his heirs still own and run the hotel.

The Breakers Had Burned Down Twice

The Breakers, formerly the Palm Beach Inn until 1901, burned down in 1903 and 1925. The first fire ignited during renovations to expand the building, and the second fire originated in a room where a curling iron was supposedly left on by the Chicago Mayor’s wife.

The architects of the Waldorf Astoria in New York also designed The Breakers that opened in 1926, that we know today.  They based their plan on  Villa Medici in Rome.

The Breakers Palm Beach Lobby

Crystal chandeliers hang in The Breakers lobby that is 200 feet long. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers Palm Beach Lobby Ceiling

Seventy-five Italian artists painted The Breakers vaulted ceiling. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Famous Guests

In the early 1900’s, guests included the Rockefeller’s, J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and the Vanderbilts to name a few. Today, presidents, nobility, businessmen, politicians, and movie stars still visit the world-renowned hotel.

While dining or sipping cocktails at the oceanfront Seafood Bar, unsuspecting patrons may flinch when they get the Impression of something sliding under their plate or wiggling beneath their drink. The bar is a saltwater aquarium that contains marine life including fish, eels, sponges, coral and more.

Seafood Bar at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida is an aquarium.

The bar at The Breaker’s Seafood Bar teems with life. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Seafood Bar, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

An eel forms a heart in the aquarium in Seafood Bar in The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Seafood Bar in The Breakers Palm Beach

Customers sometimes jump when something moves in the bar in Seafood Bar restaurant in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers is detail oriented:

    •  In the Palm Courtyard, orchids are attached to the trunks of palm trees and appear to grow from the bark.
    • Palm Courtyard at The Breakers

      Colorful cushions and flowers brighten the Palm Courtyard in The Breakers Palm Beach. (Photo by dorothyadele)

      Palm Courtyard at The Breakers

      The Palm Courtyard in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida, is a perfect place to read a book. (Photo by dorothyadele)

  • Crystal chandeliers hang in the lobby as well as the hallways.
  • The receptionists and concierge wear Lilly Pulitzer making a tropical Impression.
  • Fresh flowers adorn the hotel rooms.
  • Flowers grow and bloom on The Breakers’ seawall.
  • The Breakers Palm Beach Seawall

    The seawall lines the walkway at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

More Interesting Facts

In 2009, a trapper stole Amazon parrot chicks from The Breakers resort. When he failed to sell them to a pet store, he abandoned the unharmed chicks at the store, and the owner called the authorities.

Pine Walk at The Breakers Pam Beach, Florida

Amazon parrots thrive in the trees along Pine Walk at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The  Egyptian Goose is a combination of duck and goose. Many of them live on the Breakers’ property.

Egyptian Goose at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Egyptian Goose is native to Africa. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers accommodates children with a family pool, camps, and a Family Entertainment Center. Also, the staff keeps a supply of stuffed animals at the lobby entrance.

The game room at the Family Entertainment Center in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida has a game room in the Family Entertainment Center. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Hotel activities including visiting the spa, tennis, golf, nature walks, biking, fitness, water sports, shopping, dining and more. Visit their website for the latest offers.

The Breakers Palm Beach

Us on the Hatteras Fishing Boat

Bimini Fishing Trip and a Yacht With Old Men and Hookers

During the 1980s, many of my friends and acquaintances owned or worked for businesses in Ocean City, Md. Several of them traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton, Fla. to spend the winter. We visited our friends in Fort Lauderdale annually, and it was common to meet many of our acquaintances from Ocean City while we vacationed.

Doug on the Bow

Doug on the Bow

On one of our trips, as we dined in Fort Lauderdale, we met Brenner, an Ocean City boat captain and his mate. They had brought a 48-foot-Hatteras-fishing boat from Maryland to Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida. After brief negotiations, five of us chartered the boat for the next morning to go to Bimini in the Bahamas.

Early the following morning, as we began our 50 mile journey the mate tossed red bait — or chum into the royal blue Atlantic to attract fish. The chum formed a bloody stream behind the boat and we dragged several fishing lines through it. When a fish took the bait the line zinged as it unreeled. The zing alerted us to jump into the fighting chair to battle the fish.

I am in the fighting chair

I am in the fighting chair

When it was my turn, the mate harnessed me in the chair to prevent me from getting pulled overboard while I reeled in the fish. He showed me how to keep tension on the fishing line, so that I would not lose the fish.

I struggled with the fish for about 15 minutes, and I needed to use both my hands on the reel to bring it in. I caught a barracuda that weighed about 60 pounds, but with the fight it felt like it was about 200 pounds. We also caught dolphin –the fish not the mammal. This was my first time deep sea fishing, and I loved it.

When we arrived in Bimini, we docked at the Bimini Big Game Club marina. We gave the fish to the locals to clean and keep. Barracuda is poisonous, but they cleaned it so that it was edible.

I am on the bow of the boat

I am on the bow of the boat

We left the boat and as we walked down Bimini’s main street in Alice Town, several locals approached us selling drugs. We ignored them, and we attempted to stop into the End of the World Bar. When we stepped onto the shack’s sand floor, a man dropped his pants. We left quickly. I wonder what would have happened if we would have laughed — probably not a good idea.

We eventually returned to our boat and the three guys of our group, Doug, Joe, and Gene grilled hamburgers. Lucky for them, our boat was docked next to a yacht occupied by about 10 older men who ranged in age from 55 to 70 and their attractive hookers.

As the guys grilled, they watched the hookers and men drinking and walking in and out of their cabins and into cottages near our marina. They put on quite a show for my friends, and I have never seen the guys enjoy grilling this much.

That evening we went to The Compleat Angler which was a bar and lodging that had been frequented by Ernest Hemingway. We played the famous Compleat Angler ring-toss game with our captain, mate and some of the locals. The object of the game is to toss a metal ring that is attached to a rope that hangs from the ceiling onto a metal hook affixed to the wall. The locals were experts.

In addition to playing the game, we watched the “old men and the hookers’ show” continue in the bar. A few of the girls even danced on the tables.

Catching fish, the older men and hookers, and the dropped pants created an adventure. Our impulsive Bimini visit resulted in lasting memories.

Boca Raton Resort & Club Courtyard

Boca Raton Resort & Club Mixes Old With the New

As I step out of my car and enter the Boca Resort and Club in Boca Raton, (Rah-tone) Fla., I am usually struck by the palm tree, white SunPatiens and fushia-Bougainvillia filled-flower gardens. I look for pink arched stone entranceways, wrought iron railings, spired and clay colored tiled roofs that transport me to an earlier Mediterranean era. On this visit, I can’t miss Doggy John the contemporary French Bull Dog sculpture that sits proudly in front of the resort. DSC00195

The Boca Resort blends Mediterranean architecture from many eras. Currently contemporary sculptures are displayed throughout the resort from the Baker Sponder Gallery. Guests may pick up a pamphlet at the concierge and tour at their leisure.

Horse With Saddle greets visitors in the middle of the palm tree lined lobby. Cream carved pillars, arched doorways and windows, and flower-carved ceilings

Boca Raton Resort & Club Lobby

Boca Raton Resort & Club Lobby (photo by dorothyadele)

Guardians Grace

Guardians Grace (Photo by dorothyadele)

In the courtyard, near the Adam and Eve sculpture, water splashes into gold, blue, white, green, red, yellow and pink mosaic tiled fountains. The soothing drizzling water reminds me of a rain shower on a book-reading day.

Adam and Eve Bronze Sculpture

Adam and Eve Bronze Sculpture (photo by dorothyadele)

Jelly Baby Family

Jelly Baby Family (photo by dorothyadele)

Contemporary art is meticulously mixed among Mediterranean design influenced by history. It give the Boca Resort an “old world” but new feeling.

The Boca Raton Resort and Club

Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida

The Boca Raton Resort and Club

The Boca Raton Resort and Club

After several years, I recently returned to Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. There is nothing comparable to approaching the impressive, ornate resort from the palm-tree-lined entry road. I am not a resort-type person because I prefer quiet vacations. However, the Boca Resort and Club’s amenities outweigh any inconvenience from crowds during the busy season.

The Boca Resort and Club offers a beautiful beach, several pools, golf, tennis, croquet, a spa, fitness center and a marina. They even have children’s programs. (My children participated in these programs many years ago.)

Previously, I accompanied my husband when he visited Boca for business. We loved the resort and brought the children with us on vacations.  The Boca Resort excelled in customer service.

During one of our past visits, I had a great experience. We did not tell the personnel at the resort that it was my birthday, but when we returned to our room, the management sent us chocolate covered strawberries with a birthday note. I presume that someone saw my birthdate on my license and followed up. We were impressed!

Last week my daughter and I visited the Boca Resort and Club. I felt that their

The Ferry From the Resort to the Beach Club

customer service had changed from my past experiences.

Tennis was one of the highlights of my Boca Resort experience.  Over the years, the tennis staff would fit me into a tennis game on short notice (even when I was a beginner and could not hit the ball even if my life depended on it).  On one of my trips when I was about 35  years old,  an 80-year-old man beat me in tennis.  It was extremely embarrassing.  I remember that I had a cocktail at the pool bar just to recover. My husband asked me repeatedly if the man was really 80.

When I arrived at the Boca Resort last week, I stopped into the tennis shop and asked if I could get me into a tennis game. (I have improved since the mean 80-year-old’s victory over the helpless 35 year-old.) They took my name and room number.  When I stopped into the tennis center on my departure day to exchange an item, I mentioned that I never heard from them. They told me that I was not on their list, but they could have used me that morning in a game. I was disappointed.

The morning that I planned to leave, I had another issue. I was reading and relaxing in my room (in a robe) when I realized that I had not checked in for my flight. I called the business office and asked them if they would please print my boarding pass.  The man who answered the phone told me that I had to come  down to the kiosk and do it myself. I jumped into my clothes and hurried to the kiosk. I could not get the boarding pass to print and still needed assistance. I finally found a manager to help me.

I feel that the Boca Resort and Club is still a beautiful resort but their customer service has declined in some areas. However, my husband and I are going to give it another try.

On a positive note, my daughter and I had a blast. We excel at eating  and enjoyed the resort’s restaurants.  We ate sushi in Morimoto, seafood in Cielo, we had  a fun casual dinner in 501 East Kitchen and Bar. (The only complaint about 501 East was that my daughter wouldn’t let me order the cocoanut cake, because she wanted the monkey bread.)

We loved our room and they allowed us an early check in and a late check-out. We ate, exercised, relaxed, swam and bonded!