As the cooler weather begins to settle in over much of the United States, Florida residents have a lot to be thankful for– besides of course the fact that they aren’t shoveling snow! These are just a few things residents of Palm Beach Gardens are thankful for:
Sunshine! Living in Palm Beach Gardens means year round sunshine and flip-flop weather. Due to its location as the closest U.S. state to the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, Florida is renowned for its exceptionally sunny and tropical climate. It’s a rare day when the temperature is below 60 degrees.
Beaches. With close proximity to the beaches, residents enjoy sand instead of snow. You can run, swim, or simply breathe in the salty, fresh air at Singer Island Beach and Palm Beach Municipal Beach. Peanut Island, once a presidential playground for Jackie and John Kennedy, is great for snorkeling. Soak up the sun January to December.
Green Market- With the importance of locally sourced food growing in popularity, the green market in Palm Beach Gardens is the perfect choice. Residents are moments away from The Gardens Greenmarket, which features organic, locally grown produce, art, entertainment and prepared food from 8am-1pm on Sundays year round-even in the winter.
BallenIsles Sports Complex- While northerners are trying to stay warm, residents of BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens are heating things up at the Sports Complex. The Complex provides the ultimate in fitness facilities to its members and, at 62,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room to stretch out, revive and rejuvenate. The Complex offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, private massage rooms and saunas, and opens up to tennis courts as well as three championship golf courses.
BallenIsles captures everything we love about the Florida lifestyle: country club amenities, championship golf, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. It’s easy to see why residents are thankful! For more information on a luxury home at BallenIsles, click here.
Thanksgiving at BallenIsles is full of fun activities for members to ring in the holiday season:
Start the day over at the tennis courts with a Shot of the Day Clinic with Patrick on the approach and volley or in Men's Drop in Doubles for casual men's play both starting at 8 am. Levels 3.5+ and 3.0+ expected, respectively.
Then head over to the the Golf Shop and Tennis Shop for our Thanksgiving Sale (happening all weekend, Wednesday through Sunday) for reduced prices. Pick up something for yourself or get a head start on holiday shopping!
If you have reservations, be sure to meet us in the Main Dining Room between 2:00 and 6:00 pm for the Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet, complete with all the trimmings.
And top off the holiday with a drink at Harry's Bar. Two-for-ones available during Happy Hour from 3 to 7.
If you aren't yet a Member and interested in joining the fun, please schedule a private tour here.
Sumptuous cuisine is the order of the day at all of the marvelous restaurants found in and around Palm Beach Gardens and surely include some mouth watering steakhouses. Lucky for residents of BallenIsles, they are right around the corner.
The Flagler Steakhouse is situated on the second floor of the Ocean Clubhouse at The Breakers. The new rendition stunningly features a preppy-luxe red, white and blue décor. At the center of the experience is the menu featuring flawlessly prepared steaks each finding the perfect complement in a cocktail and Master Sommelier curated wine list.
The Capital Grille provides a warm, stately setting for the dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and acclaimed world-class wines. Long before the steaks meet the grill, they are meticulously dry aged on premises and hand-carved by the in-house butchers to exacting standards. The service is as gracious as it is attentive.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House At just 5 foot, 2 inches, Ruth Fertel took on the boys club and opened her own steak house in New Orleans in 1965. Ruth had a recipe for everything- sizzling steaks, creamed spinach and how to treat guests. Try Ruth's Chris Steak House and make your best memories on a 500-degree sizzling plate.
The Grille Room at BallenIsles Country Club has floor-to-ceiling windows providing magnificent views of the East Course’s 18th Hole. The Grille Room’s warm and inviting ambiance is perfect for wine-tasting affairs, precisely cooked steakhouse dinners, association luncheons and other special event gatherings. Sorry, this one is for members and their guests only.
The River House opened its doors in September of 1984 providing a beautiful waterfront panorama view. The two story River House on the water offers boat dockage and an outside tiki bar. They feature several types of hand cut steaks, fresh fish and large salad bar served by a long time staff.
Morton’s the Steakhouse has used the same suppliers for their aged prime beef and other meat since day one. Prime Beef at Morton's is aged for 23-28 days and is custom-cut per Morton’s specification, by a network of experienced meat cutters, which assures the highest quality.
Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Turn your place card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage, all accompanied by traditional side items and house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. Also treat yourself to the 50-60 item seasonal salad area.
Polo Steakhouse located at the Colony hotel in Palm Beach has al fresco dining and classic tableside cooking. The steaks and standing ribs are personally selected by Chef de Cuisine Steve Darling then aged “in-house” for a minimum of 28 days in their own special dry-air refrigeration equipment. Polo’s cozy bar is a pleasant social club for good conversation, perfect martinis and great music.
BallenIsles Country Club is situated right in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens and just minutes from everything you want to be a part of including these tasty steakhouses. Just six miles to the beach, minutes from world-class shopping, dining, history and entertainment you can’t find a better location. Not to mention, all of this is in the beautiful Florida weather. Take a minute to schedule your private tour today and find out what you’re missing.
According to a recent survey from Merrill Lynch, Baby Boomers in the coming decades will have a big impact on residential real estate, in ways that are overturning conventional assumptions. Forget downsizing, many Boomers are not participating in the usual move to a smaller home when they retire. In fact, the survey showed that 49 percent of retirees didn’t downsize, and up to 30 percent moved into larger homes.
- Boomers want a larger home to make family members more comfortable. The idea of multigenerational families spending more time together is becoming more prevalent in the United States. Many Boomers are going larger so their children and grandchildren can visit for extended periods of time.
- Socializing and entertaining are also at the top of their list. Locations in the heart of vibrant city centers provide an endless array of activities for boomers seeking a more active and fun filled lifestyle. Communities like BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida provide residents with plenty of options both inside and outside of the gates. Whether it's downtown, at the Club or a private house party, BallenIsles homes fit the bill.
- Nearly half of today’s retirees say they are working or plan to work at some point in their retirement years. But it has to be on their terms so they still have time to enjoy their hobbies. Many are choosing to work from home due to the added flexibility of a home office.
The Merrill Lynch survey showed that 65 percent of Boomers who upsized say they’re living in the best homes of their lives. BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens may be that perfect place for many who are making their way to South Florida--championship golf and tennis, a world-class sports center and spa, as well as an impressive collection of luxury homes. To learn more about BallenIsles community and schedule your own personal tour, click here.
Some of BallenIsles’ Members’ favorite pastimes include gathering together to enjoy good food and great company. It’s almost November and we are so excited to see our seasonal members arriving just in time for us to welcome them home with a plethora of fun Club activities. Below are some of the upcoming events at the Club; reservations are required so don’t hesitate to sign up. We hope to see everyone there.
Our next Wine Social is scheduled for Friday, November 6 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Join us to enjoy fine wine tastings and specially paired food stations.
The BallenIsles Season Kick-Off Party is set for Saturday, November 14 at 6:30 pm taking place all over the community. From taking part in a sing along with pianist Larry Brendler in The Grille Room to dancing to a live DJ, saxophonist and percussionist on the terrace to enjoying David John and the Max Band in the Main Dining Room there will be musical fun for all. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served alongside an open bar. This is one you won’t want to miss.
Club favorite, Myrna Goldberger is back on Monday, November 16 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse for Tea & Topics. Myrna Goldberger calls what she does “Edutainment.” Ms. Goldberger uses storytelling as an acting technique in her lectures which has proved to be very popular. She is known as the instructor who makes history come alive with a personal flair. This session, enjoy mimosas and lunch while Ms. Goldberger discusses “Presidential Perks,” “Staff Stories,” “Airfare One,” “The Beast (his private limo)” and “Camp David.”
A BallenIsles family favorite, the Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet will take place on Thursday, November 26 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. Join your neighbors, friends and family for a Thanksgiving Feast. If you prefer a quiet dinner at home with your loved ones, there are To Go Order forms also available.
At last, December already! We are currently accepting reservations for the The Chanukah Dinner Buffet in the Main Dining Room on Sunday, December 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Stay tuned for more event news. If you aren’t a member and are interested in joining the Club, please sign up here to schedule your private Club tour today.