TOP FIVE REASONS TO VISIT DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA—AMERICA’S MOST FUN SMALL TOWN

Spend your days in the Atlantic and your nights on Atlantic when you visit The Seagate Hotel & Spa, located in the charming resort town of Delray Beach, Florida. For the ultimate vacation, in the center of it all, one destination stands far above the rest. Recently awarded “Best of the Road—Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally & USA Today, Delray Beach features unique art galleries and boutiques on Atlantic Avenue by day, and an array of dining options and entertainment at night. When you stay in “Florida’s Village by the Sea,” you’ll experience its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Just beyond the beach, Delray’s Atlantic Avenue awaits, with its shops, yacht cruises, restaurants, lounges, nightlife, and arts & cultural attractions, while the rest South Florida is within your reach.

 The Top Five Reasons to Visit Delray Beach this Season:

1)    Delray’s famed Atlantic Avenue features award-winning dining, a colorful nightlife, picturesque boutiques, live entertainment, museums, art galleries, and more. With more than 140 restaurants in Delray Beach, on Atlantic Avenue and nearby side streets, visitors and locals alike can enjoy a diverse dining selection—from seafood, American, and Italian, to French, Asian, Cuban, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Atlantic Grille at The Seagate Hotel & Spa features a modern American menu with a focus on locally sourced seafood and specialty cocktails, a 2,500-gallon shark tank, and a 450-gallon aquarium filled with tranquil moon jellyfish.

Delray Beach comes alive with music and a bustling nightlife every night of the week, where you can enjoy cocktails, kick back in a lounge, or dance under the stars. Reggae, rock, country, blues, and even a popular Elvis impersonator can be heard in Delray’s nightspots. Local hotspot Jellies Bar at the Atlantic Grille has live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday, featuring singer and pianist, Orson Whitfield, who studied voice with pop singer Jon Secada, backed up Shakira on stage, and performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding. On Friday evenings, enjoy a free concert at Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, where the show goes on, rain or shine. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a special night under the stars with friends and family, or see a Broadway production such as Capitol Steps or Fiddler on the Roof (through March 2013) as Delray Beach Center for the Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary season.

2)    Annual Festivals & On the Ave Events – In addition to its award-winning beaches, a bustling downtown district, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage, Delray Beach hosts many not-to-be-missed events and programs. Upcoming Delray Beach events include the annual ATP World Tour Tennis Championship (February–March 2013); the Delray Affair (April 5–7 2013); Savor the Avenue (March 2013), and the Garlic Festival (February 2013), as well as crafts festivals and other On The Ave events throughout the year. Delray Beach recently hosted a Dinner in the Sky event, featuring gourmet fare from two local restaurants served at a table for 22 guests, 180 feet in the air. Dinner in the Sky has been held more than 1,000 times, in over 30 countries worldwide, from London to Dubai, Lisbon to Cape Town, and Istanbul to Las Vegas—and most recently, in Delray Beach.

3)    Cruise & Culture – Enjoy the miles of Intracoastal Waterway on a Jet Ski from Wave Jumper Rentals or, for a more relaxed experience, by boat with Delray Yacht Cruises. Receive a private tour or rent your own boat for the day at Gulfstream Boat Club. Rent by the hour, by the day, or simply join the Club. Gulfstream Boat Club features a growing selection of the finest cruising and fishing boats from 22 – 35 feet in length. View the shore-lined mansions and enjoy marine life in its natural habitat.

Looking for a unique cultural experience? Visit the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, offering one of the largest Japanese gardens outside of Japan, or experience Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, a National Historic site where beautifully restored, early 20th century school buildings enrich the Delray Beach and greater South Florida community with visual and performing arts. And don’t forget Pineapple Grove on 2nd Avenue—the newest offshoot of Atlantic Avenue. Once a hodgepodge of small antique shops, Pineapple Grove has blossomed into one of Delray Beach’s must-see areas, featuring unique eateries, boutique shops, and trendy salons.

4)    Get Fit, Feel Great – Delray’s downtown streets and ocean beaches are filled with fitness enthusiasts out for a walk or jog. Delray Water Sports, located next to the Seagate Beach Club, offers paddle-boarding, kayaking, and surfing, while those more comfortable on land can rent bikes or go rollerblading. Meanwhile, Seagate Spa, Delray Beach’s only destination spa, offers fitness classes Thursday through Saturday for patrons and hotel guests. When you stay at The Seagate Hotel & Spa, you’ll also receive access to fitness classes offered at The Seagate’s private Beach Club, where you can enjoy beach boot camp or water aerobics Monday through Friday.

Looking for more? Swing into PAR-adise at one of Palm Beach County’s finest private golf courses, recently acquired by Seagate Hospitality Group. The Seagate Country Club’s amenities include an 18-hole championship Joe Lee-designed golf course, complete practice facilities, a full-service clubhouse, banquet facilities, eight Har-Tru tennis courts, a 4,200-sq. ft. fitness center and a pool, available to both hotel guests and members.

5)    Location – Situated between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, with international airports only 20 to 35 miles away, Delray Beach couldn’t be in a better location. Major sports complexes, including the homes of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NHL’s Florida Panthers are less than an hour away, and downtown Miami is just over an hour south. Atlantic Avenue, the heart of Delray Beach’s thriving downtown is steeped in historic preservation, featuring brick-paved sidewalks embellished with live oaks and palms, with a focus on pedestrian comfort. The street’s design won a Centennial Medallion Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, joining previous award recipients, New York’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. Atlantic Avenue’s charming streetscape is a magnet for those who enjoy shopping, art galleries, eclectic dining, and nightlife. Delray Beach hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually who come to see its 100-ft. Christmas Tree Lighting, Art & Jazz on the Avenue, the All-America City’s 4th of July Celebration, the Delray Affair, the Garlic Festival, and its many downtown arts-and-crafts shows.

For information or to make reservations, please contact 561-665-4800 or 877-577-3242, or visit www.theseagatehotel.com.  

The Seagate Hotel & Spa is a luxury boutique resort in Delray Beach, Florida. The 154-room beach-inspired property offers upscale dining options, an 8,000 square-foot on-site spa and beach club privileges at the Seagate Beach Club, located less than a mile from the hotel. Signature restaurant Atlantic Grille features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood. The Seagate Spa boasts seven treatment rooms and an array of services, including the signature Hot Shell Massage. The Seagate Hotel & Spa offers four meeting rooms totaling 4,100 square feet. For more information or reservations, call 877-577-3243 or visit www.theseagatehotel.com.

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