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Atticus’ TO-DO list for a family visiting Delray Beach, Florida with a Toddler.
Delray Beach is a big small town with heaps of cafes, restaurants and beach shops to wile away your getaway. Its beautiful coastline, proximity to two airports (FLL and PBI) and relaxed atmosphere make it a great family-friendly destination along Florida’s southern shores.
Where to Stay - Book a house, town home or condo on many of the for-rent-by-owner sites like VRBO, Homeaway or use a local realtor. We also loved the look of The Seagate Hotel
Breakfast - One of Travel & Liesure’s Top 30 Inns in the US, be sure to check out the Sunday brunch at Sundy House - at almost $60 a head its definitely a treat, but a worthwhile one. A beautiful Victorian estate, in the heart of Delray Beach. Enjoy one of their complimentary garden tours while you wait for a table or to walk off your meal!
Morning activity - Stroll the main strip (East Atlantic Ave) or visit the playground (Anchor Park) right across from the public beach on South Ocean Blvd. Google map here
Lunch - For organic fare in an adorable courtyard setting, head to Dig. They have a working garden on the property right in the center of Delray Beach no less!
Post-nap activity - This was always our favorite time to hit the beach, but if you’ve had too much sun and sand, we recommend going for a walk up or down Atlantic Ave to pop into the beach shops or grab a coffee at one of the many cafes
Dinner - Deck84 - with an amazing location right on the intercostal, this casual American eatery attracts boaters and beacher’s alike. There is always a fun and busy vibe, great music and be sure to hit their Taco Tuesday night for all you can eat tacos and live music.
Adult evening activity - Tennis under the lights. For a $15 court fee, you can enjoy tennis under the stars at The Delray Beach Tennis Club, host of many international tennis championships. Open until 9PM.
For a rainy day - Hit the mall! Town Center at Boca Raton has all your favorite department and chain stores for a little American-style retail therapy.
Allegra, the boss, killing her angles. @dianaalepian #petitsgenoux #photoshoot #behindthescenes #untouched #builtforadventure.
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One small step for mankind. Moonwalking at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Atticus’ revised TO-DO list for a family visiting San Miguel D’Allende with a Toddler. Also be sure to visit our SMA guide for a babe-in-arms:
The Rosewood - A perfect escape from the bustling energy of the city, The Rosewood is a beautiful luxury hotel that delivers on all the five star marks but still maintains a family friendly attitude that will leave you feeling right at home. You can read about our stay here.
Hotel Matilda - A cool and contemporary luxurious boutique property located minutes from the main square. Read about our stay here.
Breakfast: Posada Corzón for breakfast. Fresh pressed chaya leaf and orange juice. The walled-in property is the size of a city block with organic gardens, and even a chicken coop for fresh eggs daily.
Caffeinate: Buen Dia Café Juan Carlos makes the best cappuccino in San Miguel
Lunch: If luck has it and you find yourself in San Miguel over a Sunday, be sure to make time for a Barbacoa. A traditional Mexican Sunday lunch. Ask some locals for a reco or check the local paper ‘Atencion’ (http://www.atencionsanmiguel.org/)
Snack: Genesis for healthy vegetarian pita’s and fresh pressed juices.
Tapas: A sunset dinner at The Rosewood rooftop tapas bar, Luna was a trip highlight. The lights on the paroquoaia twinkled and ever so slowly the rest of the remarkable skyline lit up. While Atticus and I sipped mocktails made from local fruit and herbs, the wine steward, Elias Chavez, helped my father choose some local wine. And then came the tapas. A whole parade of them, and ¡Dios mío were they ever good!
Dinner: The Restaurant. Still a Thursday night staple, we love their burger night. Be warned, it gets extremely busy so be sure to make a reso. They start dinner service at 6PM. Try the salmon burger with wasabi mayo or the ‘Azul Burger’ with carmelized onions and blue cheese.
Late night: Street tacos from the stand at the corner of Calle de Mesones and Pepe Llanos - obviously there is nothing like the smell of roasting meat - to those carnivores among us, this scent is both intoxicating and hunger inducing. The tacos and quesadillas served from this particular taco stand rank among my favorite travel meals of all time, and apparently I’m not the only one, as CondeNast Traveler has rated it one of the best street food stands around the globe.
Sweet treat: Helados San Miguel is a new gelateria churning out mouth-watering gelato as good as anything from the streets of Florence. New flavours daily so return often, as we did.
Visiting the Jardin (town square) was part of our daily ritual - as it is for all San Miguel locals, young and old. The un-official centre of town life
Parque Juarez was one of our favorite haunts - a beautiful tropical park on the edge of the city with winding paths to wander. Atticus particularly enjoyed the newly-built playground - a real highlight was the built-in musical set of drums, bongos, horns and noise makers.
One of our Sunday rituals was a visit to Buen Dia Cafe to hear Ernesto Auerbach play an acoustic set (iTunes link). A bonafide star in his homeland of El Salvador, his smooth crooning and masterful guitar rifts had Atticus entranced and the adults humming right along.
The Saturday Organic Market - a gringo itinerary staple, but for good reason. Line up for the fragrant La Buena Vida donuts and empanadas, traditional Gorditas (little fat ones) filled with nopales cactus and be sure to seek out Gil Doron for his creamy, health-packed local goat yoghurt. Stay for the people watching and live music.
The Local Fruit & Vegetable Market Make like a local and hit the market for beautiful, ripe mangoes and guavas, vibrant flowers, colorful fresh-pressed juices and liquados (juice blended with ice) and of course, tortas. Our favorite is the Milanese - chicken pounded thin and fried, served with avocado, tomato, lettuce, and jalapeño peppars all inside a fresh bollilo (French style bread). The best fruit and vegetable place (according to my father) is run by Ernesto and Julio, next to the flowers. Tell them Jim, the Canadian sent you!
For your daily dose of fresh organic fruit, vegetables and healthy artisinal dairy staples and snacks, look no further than Natura.
Of note, be sure to spend an afternoon at Fabrica La Aurora, a converted fabric factory now full of galleries and artists workshops.
Also a must visit is Galeria Ensueños featuring the work of father and son painters who use vibrant colors that took my toddler’s breath away.
The Paroquia - this religious monolith in the centre of town overlooking the Jardin is a visual feast at any time of day, but we particularly love it at dusk - after the sun slips out of site and the lights slowly twinkle around the square. Allegedly, Walt Disney visited in the 1950’s while on location and it served as inspiration for the Disney castle.
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A cool and contemporary luxurious boutique property located minutes from San Miguel’s main square (El Jardín). Hotel Matilda really does have all the hip amenities expected by their international and fashionable clientele, but what surprised me was the unique attention to detail that was paid to Atticus and I. And surprisingly, we weren’t the only guests with children. Atticus ended up making a Spanish playmate one afternoon by the pool. Below are just a few of the things we enjoyed at Hotel Matilda:
Family-friendly amenities of note: The crib with beautiful bedding and suite C6 created a private little “bedroom” for Atticus, complete with a curtain room divider that ran the length of the suite. The continental breakfast began as early as 7, fortunately, since we were the first patrons in the restaurant (toddler schedule).
Personalized service: We were generously granted a late check out which nicely accommodated the nap schedule. Every time we came and went Atticus was greeted by name. We got to know some of the lovely staff, many of whom had children themselves, it added another level of authenticity and intimacy to our stay that was a welcome change from some of the chillier hospitality we’ve experienced in other parts of the world.
Art appreciation: Hotel Matilda prides itself on their original contemporary art collection on display throughout the hotel. Atticus had quite a lot (of gibberish) to say about the work he noticed.
Pamper yourself: Lucky me, grandma daycare stepped in for a couple hours during our stay so that I could indulge in a spa treatment at the award winning Matilda Spa. Having just launched their very own apothecary with tailor made treatments prepared for guests and customized to their skin’s specific needs. My poor dry and tired skin was in desperate need of some deeply moisturizing oils. My new morning ritual reminds me of the beautiful facial I experienced that day.
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