Spring holidays are here. The grocery store aisles are stacked with Easter candy and chocolate matzah, and kids are excited to dye eggs, get a visit from the Easter Bunny and find the afikomen during Passover seder. It’s time to dust off your Easter bonnet, perfect your brisket and reserve a table at the best brunch. Here are some ideas for Easter and Passover traditions, including those special to Florida. From all of us at ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, happy holidays to you and your loved ones.
Known for delivering exquisite culinary experiences, Café Boulud always does it up for the holidays. Passover’s prix-fixe dinners feature classics (house smoked beef brisket, pavlova), as well as healthier options (beet carpaccio, branzino). Easter brunch also offers three courses, whose spring themes highlight seasonal ingredients (chilled fava bean soup, lamb chops). Naturally, there are traditional items too (Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict).
The iconic luxury island of Palm Beach is shaking up its staid past. Young families who live here year-round and the next generation of snowbirds and visitors are inspiring a new wave of chic shops, restaurants and art galleries. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
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Egg Hunts & Surfing Dogs
Multiple Easter egg hunts are happening around the Space Coast on April 8, from the Cocoa Beach Sports Complex’s early morning event to Romelia Farms Wildlife Preserve’s 10,000-egg extravaganza with four ticketed time slots, family activities and food trucks. Celebrate Easter on the beach at Brevard Humane Society’s 11th annual East Coast Dog Surfing Festival on April 9.
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Though most associated with the Kennedy Space Center, hence its Space Coast nickname, Brevard County offers so much more. Its world-class Brevard Zoo supports animal conservation, while its largest city Palm Bay is known for innovation and growth. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
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Passover Baked Goods
Certified Kosher since 2014, Zak the Baker is the sole South Florida-based finalist for the 2023 James Beard Awards. Its broad selection offers Jewish sourdough rye, rugelach, bagels, cream cheese, nova and other staples. Madruga Bakery’s Passover menu is available for pickup both days; choose from special items (coconut macaroons/plain or chocolate dipped, flourless chocolate cake) and everyday bagels and breads.
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It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do. Graffiti and street art-adorned façades transformed this warehouse district into a flourishing lifestyle destination visited by tourists from around the world. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
From Mediterranean-Revival architecture to the iconic Biltmore Hotel to lush greenery, the historic Coral Gables neighborhood has so much to offer. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
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Parade of Horses & Carriages
St. Augustine hosts the nation’s second oldest Easter Parade, called the Parade of Horses & Carriages. The “Royal Family” leads the 67th edition (April 8, from the Old Jail Museum to the Plaza de la Constitución) with a procession of floats, bands, drill teams, clowns, Easter bonnet-donning horses and the Easter Bunny. Visit Crescent Beach for Easter Sunday sunrise services.
In 1565, Spanish explorers established the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the U.S. Known as the Ancient City or the Old City, its historic architecture, over 42 miles of barrier coastline and thriving hospitality scene charm residents and visitors to this day. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Seder & Shabbat Dinners
Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen is not only preparing seder spreads to dine in or take out but hosts beautiful shabbat dinners every Friday. Reserve from two seatings (6 or 8:30 p.m.), including a garden table under the pergola for parties of 6-10, Five-course, prix-fixe menus, which may be ordered to go, include house-baked challah and a bottle of house wine.
Spanning the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Beach is a globally recognized brand in itself. Beyond the sand and surf, it’s beloved for Art deco architecture, café culture and world-class arts. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
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Easter Beach Run
Work off all those jelly beans and chocolate matzah and bunnies at Daytona Beach’s 54th annual Easter Beach Run, whose scenic course begins at Breakers Oceanfront Park. Choose from a 4-mile race or 2-mile fun run/walk, with a special seniors’ division and kids’ shorter race and dashes. A bit of trivia: Founded to occupy spring breakers, it’s Florida’s oldest consecutive footrace.
Part of the Space Coast, Daytona Beach is most famous for the Daytona International Speedway, home of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, as well as myriad events like Welcome to Rockville music festival. Twenty-three miles of white sand beaches and the ability to drive vehicles on them are among more attractions. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
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