A Day in Palm Beach with Blaire Rogers
Welcome to A Day In, a series highlighting the best ways to spend a day in our favorite cities, through the lens of their most stylish locals. Come along as Blaire Rogers shares her recommendations for a perfect day in Palm Beach, Florida.
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m Blaire, a transplanted Texan raising my three kids alongside my husband in sunny South Florida! My days are busy being a mom and running TexaFlora, a lifestyle blog where I share snaps of daily life, as well as feature brands through creative content I share on social media. I love looking for beautiful moments in everyday life, a good cup of coffee, dates with my husband, traveling, and a well-put-together outfit. My faith in Jesus shapes everything I do and my greatest hope is that the source of true joy and contentment would emit through everything I share. I want my influence to be best known for how my heart is adorned more than my exterior.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I must say, as a Texan, I never thought I’d grow to love or call a place home other than Texas, but now that I've lived in the Sunshine State for over 10 years, it would be *really* hard to get me to leave! I love the year-round warm weather, the varied experiences we have within driving distance, and that my kids can enjoy playing outside for all 12 months. Driving around the island and taking in the incredibly picturesque setting honestly never gets old.
Which Maylis shoes are your favorites to wear out and about in Palm Beach?
I am a classic girl and the Sadie Ballerina is my go-to! Insanely comfortable and forever timeless. They complement every type of outfit!
When is the best time of year to visit Palm Beach?
Our high season is November-April, peaking in January-March, so from a weather standpoint, that time of year. However, if you can tolerate the extreme humidity and daily 3 P.M. rainstorm, the summer months are much quieter, so getting hotel/restaurant reservations is much easier.
If someone was spending one day in Palm Beach, what should their itinerary be?
If you are an early bird, catch the sunrise at the beach for a beautiful start to the day. Then walk over to The Colony Hotel coffee shop and grab a coffee and pastry and walk down Worth Ave. before all the shops open up. I love to stroll through the Vias that seem to transport you to a European destination. If you want to sit down for breakfast, try Green’s Pharmacy for a nostalgic soda fountain experience or Hive Bakery for the most incredible food and stunning interiors.
Then, rent a bike and hop on the Lake Trail for beautiful waterfront views and stunning homes. Great for kids, too! Be sure to grab a sandwich from the Buccan sandwich shop and stop at Bradley Park for a picnic lunch. You could also rent a Moke from my friends at @sunsetpalmbeach if you prefer to see sites from the road instead!
Next, visit either The Flagler Museum or The Breakers Hotel to experience the gilded era of the beginnings of Palm Beach. If you find yourself at The Breakers, grab ice cream in the Palm Courtyard or a meal at The Seafood Bar for waterfront views.
If you are into consignment shopping, The Church Mouse is a gold mine for islanders' secondhand treasures.
For dinner, Buccan or Le Bilboquet is a must. If you are there the right night, you can finish the evening at Swifty’s for trivia.
If you have a late night sweet tooth, the gelato from St. Ambreous at The Royal Poinciana Plaza is a personal favorite.
Rapid-fire Palm Beach favorites:
Coffee shop: Pumphouse Coffee for the BEST coffee. They serve aioli pastries, which are also divine.
Brunch dish and where to get it: Oh, I LOVE the sourdough scramble from Hive!
Street to stroll: Worth Ave. is the obvious (and a must) but its all the little Vias off of it that have the charm and wonder you can get lost in!
Store: Hive, The Skinny Dip, Aerin, Une Belle Trouvaille, and all the luxury fashion you can imagine (just window shopping for me!)
Outdoor adventure: I already mentioned The Lake Trail, but if you are up for leaving the island and driving north a bit, I love Riverbend Park or Jonathan Dickinson State Park for a natural Florida experience. The Gardens at the Society of Four Arts is also beautiful to stroll.
Rainy day outing: The Norton Museum, The Flagler Museum, or any spa you can get an appointment at (I love The Breakers, Eau, or the Four Seasons)
Place to go with kids: The Cox Science Center, Palm Beach Zoo, and The Italian Restaurant at The Breakers for a nice kid-friendly experience, including a playground and arcade to enjoy before or after dinner! Seaview Park also has the BEST playground.
Place to go with friends: The beach
Date night spot: Honor Bar
Dessert dish and where to get it: The Baked Alaska at HMF in The Breakers is pretty memorable!
Place to rest your head: This is so hard as there are so many great hotels and you really can’t go wrong! The Breakers, Four Seasons, and Eau for oceanfront. The Colony for quintessential Palm Beach. The Brazilian Court for a more boutique experience.
Where can we follow along with you online?
You can find me @texaflora on instagram or my website texaflora.com.