With origins owed to Henry Flagler, architectural embellishment by Addison Mizner, notoriety par Donald Trump, and an almost-synonymity with the beloved Lilly Pulitzer, The Island has been host to many a famous face, but the most illustrious of the bunch stands just over 12 inches tall.
It was here in this frond-flanked paradise that your author and Official Pooper-Scooper fell in love with "the uppity puppy" in the back room of a thrift shop, sparking the serendipitous series of events that brought Lily into my life and sent everything to the dogs.
Thus, Palm Beach holds a very dear spot in our hearts, and we were hoping that Lily's first trip would be nothing short of spectacular. But as the old saying goes, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go to the dogs" (or words to that effect), and much of the intended Uppity Puppy itinerary was waylaid by a miserable bout of island influenza. Nonetheless, with experiences both had and hoped for, we have put together our very first Have Cav, Will Travel Guide: Uppity in Palm Beach (and beyond).
SEE & DOO-DOO
Walk The Island
Plain and simple, one dog-friendly activity requires no more than taking to the streets of Palm Beach (don't forget your poop bags!). Admire Addison Mizner's iconic architectural style that became a fixture on The Island alongside the hundreds of palm trees that were once washed-up coconuts. Window shop as you walk Worth Avenue at the south end of the island, browse the boutiques up S. County Road, and troll the thrift and vintage stores just beyond Royal Poinciana Way. Of course, you can always ask if a well-mannered pup is welcome to come inside!
Visit A Dog-Friendly Beach
Take a scenic drive 40 minutes north of Palm Beach to Jupiter, home to one of the most beautiful (and last remaining) dog-friendly beaches in South Florida. Don't forget to pack fresh drinking water for your pup and remember, white dogs with pink skin can be especially prone to sunburn (we're looking at you, Blenheim Cavaliers of the world). More information on Jupiter's Dog-Friendly Beach can be found here.
As long as you've gone as far as Jupiter, drive just another 15-20 minutes to Jonathan Dickinson State Park, where dogs are welcome, providing they are on a leash. Pack a picnic lunch and hike one of the park's shady trails with your pup. Should you be so lucky, while strolling along the Loxahatchee River, you might even spot a manatee or two.
Woof Gang Bakery
With two convenient locations (Palm Beach and Jupiter), you simply cannot miss a trip to Woof Gang Bakery. We visited Woof Gang Jupiter for the first time, where owner Robin Beers generously greeted us with the store's signature all-natural, grain-free treats. In fact, the house-made cookies and biscuits are so charming that dogs and humans alike find it almost irresistible to refrain from sampling! Woof Gang is more than a bakery: after a trip to Jupiter's dog-friendly beach, wash off those sandy paws with a self-service bathing area or make a grooming appointment to get your pup back in shipshape. Forgot to pack enough vacation provisions? Woof Gang's wide selection of raw, frozen, and grain-free foods is likely to please even the pickiest of eaters.
We couldn't resist bringing back a variety of locally-themed cookies in our carry-on bag, but Robin assured us that Woof Gang Jupiter will gladly ship special orders, so start your paw-ty planning! Orders may be placed at 561-203-2395.
Purveyors of all things pink and green, no trip to Palm Beach is complete without a visit to C. Orrico. Pick up preppy beach staples at the flagship store on S. County Road, or visit two of our other preferred locations in Hobe Sound and Jupiter. A long-time favorite in the Uppity household, we're still clinging to one-of-a-kind C. Orrico purchases from years ago! Our selections? Lilly Pulitzer shifts, Preppy Girl and Gretchen Scott Tunics, and Palm Beach Sandal Company (aka Stephen Bonnano) sandals.
Groovy Palm Beach Vintage
Not for the neat freak nor the claustrophobe nor the faint of heart, this itty-bitty Palm Beach establishment on N. County Road is a veritable treasure trove for discriminating dressers who have an eye out for vintage Lilly, Chanel, and the rest. Once a well-kept secret, Groovy Palm Beach Vintage has been outed by the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Haute Living, and Unabashedly Prep, so we can't vouch for its appeal of the undiscovered, but we can guarantee you'll have a barking good time yapping it up with the vintage Pucci proprietor, E.J.
Testa's of Palm Beach
Pets are welcome at this 93-year-old Island establishment, which sits in the heart of it all on Royal Poinciana Way. Testa's, 221 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL. 561-832-0992.
Little Moir's Leftovers Cafe
Should you find yourself in Jupiter after a trip to the dog-friendly beach or Woof Gang Bakery, we give Little Moir's Leftovers Cafe two enthusiastic paws up for both service and plate-lickin'-good food! Don't let the name scare you: Little Moir's and its sister restaurant, The Food Shack, serve up delicious entrees that are tried and true with the locals, and while their fare may be prepared on the lighter side, the portions are enough to leave you with a doggy bag. With fresh catch-of-the-day options like the Sweet Potato Crusted Wahoo, even Lily enjoyed sampling from my plate. Little Moir's Leftovers Cafe, 451 University Blvd., Jupiter, FL. 561-627-6030
Spoto's Oyster House
Spoto's two locations (Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart) allow dogs on their patios, which both overlook the water. Spoto's Oyster House, 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 561-776-9448.
CALL THE (PET) SITTER
We went back and forth a few times before deciding where to do our business on these, but eventually we decided that this just wouldn't be a Palm Beach guide without these island institutions.
Call the pet sitter or the kennel for an evening at the Seafood Bar, but don't plan on staying here with your pup. With Lily in tow, we decided to pass on The Breakers this year, which does not allow pets anywhere on the premises. If your travel plans haven't gone to the dogs, or if you find yourself otherwise fur-free, The Breakers boasts unbeatable Atlantic views and resort ambience, not to mention spectacular sunsets. And it lives up to its name. With a cocktail in hand, watching the waves crash from this historic Palm Beach perch is almost sublime ... but would be better with a Comfort Spaniel in your lap.
The Flagler Museum
Don't be loathe to leave your pooch behind to see this historic landmark. The splendor of The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is well worth any separation anxiety, which will be quickly forgotten when you step foot on the grounds of the Palm Beach founder's monolithic estate. The glorious Gilded Age gem is a holy grail for connoisseurs of design and architecture, and as the true Grand Dame of Palm Beach homes, it's not to be missed. Of course, we think it would look even finer with a few Cavalier King Charles Spaniels running around the front lawn.
HAVE CAV, NOT TRAVELING?
No need to pout if your plans don't call for travel: it's raining Cavs and dogs here, which makes us pine (errr, palm?) for Palm Beach all the more, so what better way to escape for a little staycation than with a good book or four? Don't forget to follow The Uppity Puppy on Pinterest for our ongoing Palm Beach inspiration ... oh, and dogs are always welcome!