Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and -do list!
Name: Rick Rose
Occupation: Proprietor, Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Palm Beach Vacation Rentals
City: West Palm Beach, FL
Facebook: Rick Rose
Pinterest: Palm Beach Vacation Rentals
Short bio: I am the proprietor at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Palm Beach Vacation Rentals, welcoming roughly 2000 guests a year to the Palm Beaches. I am also the official historian for the Worth Avenue Association, leading approximately 1500 people a year on tours of Worth Avenue and Palm Beach.
In addition, I am very involved in the local community having served as the past president of the Grandview Heights’ Neighborhood Association, current board member of Discover the Palm Beaches, a current member of the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. I also write a column about the Palm Beaches in the German language quarterly Florida Sun Magazine.
Best way to get to/from airport: Uber.
Best way to get to/from train station: Uber.
Favorite 5-star hotel: The Breakers Palm Beach.
Favorite budget hotel: Hotel Biba.
5 places visitors must see:
- The Flagler Museum
- The Breakers Hotel Palm Beach
- Worth Avenue
- The Palm Beach Lake Trail
- West Palm Beach Waterfront Park
Best local newspaper/recommended reading (for finding out what’s going on about town): The Palm Beach Post.
Favorite fine dining restaurant: Table 26.
Favorite casual restaurant: Howley’s in West Palm Beach.
Best place to get a coffee: Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach.
Favorite bar/lounge: Camelot.
Best music venue/place to see live music: Guanabanas in Jupiter.
Favorite museum: Norton Museum of Art.
Best sports venue(s): Delray Tennis Center.
Most popular local food: Dolphin fish filet (mahi mahi).
Best “locals-only spot”: Benny’s at the Beach restaurant at the Lake Worth Pier.
To live like a local, you must have this experience: Go to a charity gala.
Local/native fruit or dish to try: Orange Blossom honey.
Most popular local drink: Arnold Palmer (3 parts unsweetened ice tea, 1 part lemonade).
Movies/TV shows filmed in your city: American Horror Story: Freak Show in Jupiter. B.L. Stryker starring local native Burt Reynolds in 1989-90.
Best souvenirs to buy/ goods to bring home: Orange blossom honey.
Best place to volunteer: Sunfest, Florida’s largest open-air music and arts festival.
Biggest tourist trap/places to avoid and when: Palm Beach doesn’t have any major tourist trips.
Best SmartPhone app(s) for your city: SkyBike (bike sharing in West Palm Beach).
Best travel tip: The best way to see Palm Beach and West Palm Beach is by bicycle. Public bike-sharing is available in West Palm Beach (SkyBike).
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