Winter is almost here and the temperatures on Long Island will soon turn from chilly to bone-freezing. For some, winter is not welcome and they daydream of the warmer, tropical locales hundreds of miles south of New York. Fall and winter are a great time to head south to Florida to soak up some sun, somewhere like Delray Beach.
Whether it’s beautiful beaches or first-class resorts, Delray Beach has something for you. Delray Beach is a diverse, vibrant, community situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach and boasts of some of the top experiences many travelers are looking for.
Delray Beach is 30 to 45 minutes from Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale international airports, and only an hour north of Miami.
Delray’s Atlantic Avenue, which runs through the center of town from I-95 to the ocean, is the longest Main Street in Florida. A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Atlantic Avenue is a charming streetscape filled with upscale shops, fine restaurants and nightly entertainment. The downtown is known, nationally, for its family-friendly festivals such as the Delray Affair and Delray Beach Garlic Fest and for its famous 100-foot Christmas Tree, where visitors can walk inside to see animated displays.
Delray Beach’s booming art scene is an experience itself. More than 20 galleries and public art pieces are located downtown and in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, home to Artists Alley, where you will find working artists in their studios. Gallery Walks draw visitors on Friday nights from October to April.
Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Join Posh Properties open house at 107 NE 2nd Ave. for refreshments and goodie bags. Visit www.poshflorida.com for details.
Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.: Pineapple Grove entrance ribbon cutting ceremony at the intersection of NE 2nd & NE 4th.
Oct. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.: Drum Circle at Old School Square Park.
Oct. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.: Conte’s Gourmet Italian Deli & Market grand opening at 311 NE 2nd Ave. Enjoy wine tasting and appetizers.
Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Healthy Happy Hour at Schrier Family Chiropractic: Sample healthy foods, juices, services and products at 315 NE 2nd Ave. Visit www.drelan.com for details.
Oct. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m.: Artists Alley Open Studios Street Art Party: Join for street art, stage performances by The Heavy Pets and Girlfriend Material & food catered by 3rd & 3rd.
Oct. 16, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Join the Sevyn Cyphers Hip Hop and the Milagro Teen Center Band for a demonstration of dance and Hip Hop at the Art Garage.
Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.: Murder on the Beach Book signing at 273 NE 2nd Ave.: New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods will speak and sign Foreign Affairs, $27.95. Admission is free. Visit www.murderonthebeach.com for details.
Oct. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.: Annual Halloween Fall Fest at the Historical Society, Ghost Town Delray Haunted House, outdoor movies on the big screen, history exhibit, games, crafts, historic family photos, trick or treating, refreshments and more at 3 NE 3rd St.
Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m.: Pineapple Grove Art Walk: Starting at Old School Square Park—Artwalk pointing out murals, sculptures and galleries in the Grove.
Oct. 17, from noon to 6 p.m.: Addison Gallery “Autumn Abstractions” at 206 NE 2nd St.: Join for a day of celebration with friends, art and refreshments as you discover a mix of new work from artists John Schuyler, Michelle Williams, Charlotte Foust and Liz Barber. Also introducing the gallery debut of new artists Carlos Ramirez and Casey Matthews.
So this holiday season when the temperature falls and you’re ready to hit the skies in search of the warm getaway that has it all, come be hot here, because it’s always cool in Delray Beach.
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—Christy Hinko contributed to this article