Category: things to do

Free holiday activity: Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland

Do you love holiday light displays? Do you love chocolate? Do you love free things to do? Then Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland in Greenacres, Florida in The Palm Beaches is the perfect spot for you. It’s open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. now through December 30, 2016. It’s a child-friendly activity, because I saw several families and strollers.

My husband and I went through the light display first, and enjoyed the dazzling show of more than 75,000 LED lights. You can also cast your vote in a wreath competition which benefits a local charity – the wreath with the most votes wins $1,000 for a non-profit. We voted for the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, since I used to work there and I ? it.

After the light display, we went inside the chocolate factory. So many delicious-looking chocolate indulgences! You could do all of your holiday shopping there, since everyone enjoys chocolate. It’s like a no-brainer, right?!

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland

I voted for the Palm Beach Zoo’s wreath

Nathan and me pretending we’re royal

A chocolate football!

Comment below with what looks like the most fun to you! 🙂

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5 Reasons why Singer Island is my favorite beach in the world

I love, love, LOVE living in the Palm Beaches for so many reasons! Since I now work in tourism as the PR Manager for Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, I now know that our 47 miles of pristine beaches are the top reason why visitors choose us as a destination.

But we’re all prone to favorites, and I admit I started loving Singer Island beaches way back before I started working in tourism. These reasons are why I had to take a beach break today– and as I’m writing this, it’s Christmas Day! It was PACKED on this holiday!

1. The snorkel-worthy rock piles right off the coastline in Ocean Reef Park. Make sure you bring your snorkel flag and hit it up at high tide. I’ve seen parrotfish, porkfish and the occasional squid there– plus I’ve heard smaller sea turtles have been known to glide by there occasionally.

2. The Ocean Mall at City Beach is sooo convenient. If you forgot your gear, the Wings Beachwear store has everything you need to beach it up, as well as Palm Beach-branded gear like shirts and caps. Forgot snacks? Grab some Subway sandwiches or bottled water at the 7/11. Prefer a sit-down meal with live music? The scene is always happening at Two Drunken Goats Beach Cantina. My husband and I also enjoyed the sangria at the new Guakamoles Mexican Cantina & Grill. It’s definitely different from your typical Mexican restaurant– it emphasizes health food!

I love Singer Island so much, it’s where I brought my parents when they visited us last year!

3. Parking is free! ‘Nuff said.

I couldn’t believe how many people were out and about on the beach today– at first, I figured I would be alone since it was Christmas, but others were taking advantage of the holiday, as well!

4. City Beach has volleyball courts, tennis courts and a playground. Family-friendly!

5. My favorite snorkeling spot in the world is in the Intracoastal Waterway: the Underwater Snorkel Trail at Phil Foster Park. For the past 2-3 years, I went about every other weekend (when the tide was high) and was constantly amazed at the exotic sea life you can see there, like when I saw a manatee, octopus and eel all in one visit. You can now also see three hammerhead shark statues there! Shark selfies, anyone?

Let me know in the comments below– what is YOUR favorite beach, and why?!

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