See The Manatees At The Manatee Lagoon

HI friends! I had to post about a really cool, local spot I just got to visit last week. I’ve been wanting to make it over there for what seems like FOREVER! I told my husband, today is the day! It’s chilly and we need to go see the Manatees at The Manatee Lagoon!

It was great!!

If you don’t know, Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, is a new, FREE Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. I was a little worried we wouldn’t see any manatees. From their website ” The most ideal manatee viewing opportunities at Manatee Lagoon occur when cooler temperatures are sustained over a period of two to three days with minimal cloud cover.”

The day we went was only our fist cold day, but…there were about 8 or 10 in the water when we got there.

I took a few videos. (PLEASE excuse my nasal voice and my lack of video taking skills).

It was a pretty chilly day and the wind was blowing like crazy!

The day we went, the lagoon was mostly shaded except for the side away from us. So, we could see the manatees, but not up-close.

Even from far away, you can see their scars from boat propellers 🙁

We are so lucky to have Manatee Lagoon in our area. Education is key in trying to protect these gentle creatures. I highly recommend you visit!

Can’t make it to Manatee Lagoon today, but still need a manatee fix?

They have a web cam! You can watch right from your computer.

Have you been to the Manatee Lagoon? Let me know how many manatees you got to see that day!

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Another Gorgeous Day In Jupiter Florida

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Hey friends, Happy Wednesday! Wednesdays are good. It’s that day you can look over the mountain of work on your desk and just see a peek of the coming weekend. It’s do-able, we will make it! This Wednesday is a big one around these parts. It’s the start of Sunfest! Opening acts Duran Duran and Meghan Trainor will kick off the 5 day art & music fest on the waterfront in Downtown West Palm Beach. If you’re going, stay hydrated. It’s going to be the perfect weather for Sunfest…HOT!!

For all of you that live in Northern Palm Beach County, I’d like to get your opinion. Yesterday Palm Beach North officially launched. The individual towns and villages that comprise Palm Beach North are: Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Park, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Riviera Beach and Tequesta. It’s a marketing tool to help the Northern Palm Beach County businesses. What do you think of the idea? A helpful idea for local businesses? Or a confusing idea? I’ve always referred to our end of Palm Beach County as North County or Northern Palm Beach County. Do you like the name Palm Beach North better?

In other news, I’m planning a new blog series, “Living Naturally In Jupiter, Florida”. Stay tuned for updates.

Don’t forget…If you’re thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area or are interested in how much your current home is worth, just let me know, I’m happy to help. Contact me for more info. Cheers, Nicole

The Jupiter Local Visits The Art of Dr. Seuss

I finally made it over to the Gardens Mall last night to see the Dr. Seuss Art Exhibit. It did not disappoint! My favorite story of the good doctor’s has always been Green Eggs & Ham. That was the first book I ever learned to read on my own and my Mom still has that copy of the book. Even my daughter got to enjoy it growing up. This exhibit had several pieces from Green Eggs & Ham, as well as many of the well know titles. The Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, Cat In The Hat, etc. However, the ones that really caught my eye were the pieces that looked like fine art, but with a “Seussical” feel to them. The details are amazing, some even have handwritten notes jotted on them by the artist. I highly recommend you all go and see the exhibit. You can’t help but smile. It will be at the Mall until February 14, 2016. Here are some fun images I snapped while there. Enjoy!

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The Jupiter Local + The Cat
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Detail: Love that Fancy Fish
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The Only Kind Of Taxidermy I Can Enjoy

 

Want to see more of my travels within Palm Beach County? I always SnapChat my Local Event Adventures. Be sure to follow me! SC Username: nikolina100

** Speaking of Local Events: This weekend is the Gus & Max of Jupiter – Warehouse Sale & Pop Up Market. Several friends of mine & a few of the ladies I interviewed for the Jupiter Local Real Estate & Lifestyle Blog will be there. Come on out & support our awesome locals. If you see me, stop to say hello. I hope to see you all there! – Nicole, Jupiter Local

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Local Weekend Events – August 7th, 2015

Happy Friday peeps! I’m always looking for fun ways to enjoy Northern Palm Beach County on the weekends. I thought you might like to do the same, so I rounded up some happenings…just for you!

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Friday, August 7th: Buy-One-Get-One Free Admission for Children ages 6-18, at the Jupiter Lighthouse for National Lighthouse Day. Hours: 10am-4pm (last tour leaves at 4pm.)

Friday, August 7th: Back to school shopping. Tax Free week starts Friday Aug 7th – Aug 16th. Be sure and support all our fabulous, local shops!

Friday, August 7th: Sunset Puppy Social – Pick up your boards at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co and head on up to Harbourside Place with your fur babies! RSVP is required.

Saturday, August 8th: The Craft Beer Bash at PGA National will focus on showcasing more than 120 brews from local breweries including Due South Brewing., Tequesta Brewing Co. and Funky Buddha Brewery, as well as Boulevard, Ommegang, Peak Organic and Founders Brewing Co. Tickets to the beer festival cost $35, and $50 for VIP passes which include a souvenir T-shirt, a tasting mug and early admission. Prices are $10 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased at https://pgacraftbeerbash.eventbrite.com or by calling 855-896-4762. Tickets to the beer pairing can be purchased at https://pgacraftbeerdinner.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, August 8th: Back To School Night at Roger Dean Stadium 4:30 – 9:00 PM – The first 500 kids 15 and under will receive a complimentary backpack as they walk through the gates. Plus, visit with several vendor booths along our concourse to fill those backpacks with much-needed school supplies.

Saturday, August 8th: Sailfish Marina and Resort is hosting its third year celebrating an event: Singer Island Spiny LobsterFest. 12-8PM – A pet and family friendly event!

All Day, Every Day: Relax and enjoy our gorgeous beaches. Kayak, snorkel, fish, boat, sunbath, etc. The choice is yours, anything goes!

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Also, you’ll probably want to clear next weekend’s schedule for these upcoming good times too!

Friday, August 14th: Food Truck Invasion at Downtown Abacoa. Be sure and visit the Bite Gastrotruck, they’re my favorite!

Saturday, August 15th: There’s still time to sign up you and your pooch for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic, brought to us by Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic. Get a 30 minute surf lesson with your dog!! Get your tickets here!

and for next month…

Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th: Ocean Warrior Challenge – Music, Food & Vendors – Sponsored by a ton of your favorite local companies. Surf SUP Challenge & Open Ocean Challenges for the whole family!

Do you have an upcoming event you’d like me to share? Feel free to email me all the details. I just may use it on my next Local Events post.

Thanks for reading friends…have a wonderful weekend! – Nicole

 

Wednesday’s Dose Of Paradise

Stuck in the office? Wishing you were elsewhere? How about a does of paradise to hold you over?

I shot this quick little video yesterday, at the Intracoastal on Jupiter Island. Wish I had turned the camera horizontally, sorry about that! I think you can still appreciate the beauty though. It really is paradise! Enjoy your Wednesday, friends! 🌴☀️🐠

What’s So Great About Jupiter, Florida – II

This post originally posted HERE on June 2, 2015

The start of summer is upon us! If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know I’m kind of obsessed with my home town Jupiter, Florida. Living and working in this town is really great! However, sometimes I forget to take time to actually enjoy all the wonderful things and places our little town has to offer. So for the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a point to enjoy a little bit of our local flavor!

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The juices at 3 Natives are so yummy! My favorite is the “Lean & Green”.

 

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We caught The Helmsman at Harbourside Place the other night. It was quite lovely!

 

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I’ve enjoyed several classes lately at Kula Yoga Shala. It’s an awesome studio here in Jupiter!

 

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We celebrated my Dad’s birthday at U-Tiki Beach. Gotta love that view!

 

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Not in Jupiter, but just a short drive away, we enjoyed lunch at Sailfish Marina.

 

Other local favorites that I don’t currently have photos of (gasp!):
Places on my “To Do” list that I haven’t visited yet:
I’m just realizing now that all my places have to do with eating & drinking! Ha! Well, I guess I have my priorities straight! Let me know if you have a favorite place not on my list. I’m always up for trying new spots!
Tequesta and Jupiter both have many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home in Jupiter or Tequesta!
Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help!Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Until next time, keep supporting each other.

Cheers,
Nicole

Thinking of a Getaway? I suggest Vero!

This post was originally posted HERE on April 15, 2015

 

I know it’s hard to believe that someone living in Jupiter, Florida would ever want to leave! This year, 2015, is the year my closest girlfriends all turn 40. We all decided to meet up and celebrate together, with a few other friends and all our husbands. Our destination, Costa d’ Este, Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach, Florida.

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They prefer the guests stay out of the fountain, but it sure is tempting!

From their site:

“As a top ten celebrity-owned hotel of the world*, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa is a haven from the ordinary. The twin five-story, Miami modern inspired towers define chic sophistication with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa offers the pinnacle of unpretentious luxury for the most sophisticated travelers and laid-back beach enthusiasts alike. Vero Beach, Florida is often referred to as the “Hamptons of Miami.” This unaffected resort town offers the experience of Florida of yesteryear, with shorelines that still reflect an unprecedented natural integrity.”

For several years now I’ve had a thing for boutique hotels. The Costa d’ Este is now one of my favorites! The style of the hotel, the amazing food, the super friendly staff, the gorgeous pool, our ocean view room (LOVE), being beachside, and the complimentary mojitos all help you feel pampered and relaxed!

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We spent a good portion of our day lounging at the pool.

Located right in the heart of Ocean Drive Shopping District, there are a ton of cute little boutique stores and many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Although, you may not even want to leave. We enjoyed the most delicious breakfast at the The Wave Kitchen & Bar, right in the hotel. Be sure and try the Cuban inspired Eggs Benedict…it is amazing!!

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I highly recommend upgrading to the oceanview rooms. You can’t beat that view!
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We woke up to THIS!
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My morning coffee tasted extra good with that view <3

Need help planning your Cost d’ Este Getaway? Contact Carol Franchini of Travel Expressions, Inc. She knows the hotel and the surrounding area VERY well and will get you the best deal!

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The whole gang

Have you been to Coste d’ Este? If so, I’d love to hear about your stay! Leave me a comment <3