As I watch the snow pile up outside my window, I’m holding on to memories of the ocean. Warm sunshine on my face and soft sand between my toes. I smile thinking of my husband, Steve, and I dancing at my friend Stacy’s wedding and drinking a perfectly made mojito as if it was just yesterday. The time we spent at the Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, Florida was a perfect escape from our winter blues last year and the memories continue to carry us through this year’s freezing days at home.
We knew from the moment Stacy announced she and Mike were getting married that her wedding was going to be magical. And oh, how it was. We celebrated a joyous occasion in style and delighted in days of balmy paradise, forgetting the miserable winter storms back home.
Normally when we plan a getaway it involves hours of research—not this time. Stacy had it all figured out for her guests. She and Mike planned a destination wedding, in Palm Beach County, Florida at The Seagate Beach Club. Guests would be sleeping in luxury between Egyptian cotton linens at the Seagate Hotel & Spa, and golfers like Steve, would go bonkers on the signature 17th hole (one of South Florida’s great short par-3s) of the championship golf course at The Seagate Country Club.
Steve and I poured over the photos on the website, already picturing ourselves in this sun-soaked world—him golfing, us playing on Har-Tru tennis courts at the Country Club, then relaxing by the Beach Club pool and having the stress of winter melt away during a massage in the 8,000-square-foot spa. We were like kids giddily counting down the days until school let out for break.
The day had finally arrived. We cabbed it over to the hotel from the airport—no need for a car when you stay here. The hotel is right on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, which is just steps from the beach, and they provide complimentary shuttle service to their Beach Club and Country Club. Exploring the shops and sights of downtown is also easy by foot or by taking the Delray Beach Downtowner, another complimentary shuttle service.
The hotel greets us with a contemporary island look and feel. It’s sophisticated, yet warm and welcoming. Steve joked, “The staff is so friendly because they didn’t start their days in sub-zero temps, scraping ice off their windshields.”
We unpacked, changed into swimwear and stopped into etc. café and gifts downstairs. I only needed sunscreen, but we happily left with a few resort-style shirts and gourmet coffees to go. A quick trolley to the Seagate Beach Club, which is just down the road, and we were in lounge chairs right on the beach. Just a few hours earlier, we were bundled up for snow-pocalypse, now we were sitting with our toes in the surf, watching egrets pass. It wasn’t long until we realized we were hungry, so we walked back up to the British Colonial-style Beach Club to enjoy lunch. We dined on jumbo lump crab-stuffed avocados and buttermilk-fried calamari served with banana peppers, parsley and sweet chili sauce that tantalized our taste buds. Steve practically licked the plate.
That night we had a table reserved at The Atlantic Grille, Delray’s premier seafood restaurant. We were going to be in a private, glass-encased wine room for the rehearsal dinner the next day, but wanted to experience the menu, just the two of us. The white chandeliers reminded me of sea plants gently floating in the ocean. We sat next to a giant aquarium filled with moon jellyfish and marveled at a shark tank that was 20-feet wide.
The food was sublime. Thai Mussels with a sweet chili sauce for starters, followed by peppercorn-crusted sea scallops with shrimp served on a mushroom and leek risotto for me, and a tender slow-cooked lamb shank with veggies for Steve. We thought the evening couldn’t possibly get better, but then the soothing acoustics of live music started to fill the room.
The next day, Steve went into Jack Nicklaus mode as he headed to The Seagate Country Club to play golf, and I booked a massage at the spa. That evening, we raised our glasses with Stacy and Mike and the rest of the wedding guests for a champagne toast at the rehearsal dinner.
Their wedding was nothing less than perfection. From the phenomenal food and music at The Atlantic Grille for the rehearsal dinner, to the romantic beachfront ceremony and starlit party at the Seagate Beach Club—it was magical. When we packed our bags, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, Steve and I promised each other to return again.
We’ve been thinking about that wedding-turned-getaway ever since we left sunny Florida—especially as the snow continues to blanket every inch of our surroundings. I feel the pull of the Seagate Hotel & Spa, remembering the feel of the ocean breeze and warm sand as I pull on my winter boots in preparation to shovel snow. Steve and I look at each other, taking a deep breath before going outside. Before I open the door, I say, “Let’s go back to the Seagate. I think we’ve shoveled enough snow for one winter.”
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