Virtuoso Life - May/June 2017 - 120
Port of Call
Hop off at stop nine for a glimpse of old Florida at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, the former winter retreat of artist
Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn.
Be sure to meander through its tropical gardens - a pair of wild Costa Rican squirrel
monkeys roam the grounds.
2 PM: Grab a bright-yellow bike from
the city's B-Cycle bike-share program
(there's a kiosk on the corner of Sunrise and
Ocean boulevards, a quick walk from the
Bonnet House), and pedal ten minutes south
to The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale for
lunch at Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits -
drop your bike at the Sebastian Street kiosk
on the way. The oceanfront terrace is an ideal spot to enjoy the restaurant's signature
Cuban sandwich and one of its craft cócteles
that nod to the Prohibition era. After lunch,
while away an hour lounging on Fort Lauderdale's soft sand - several local outfitters rent
chairs and umbrellas right on the beach.
4 PM: Spend the afternoon exploring
the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, a picturesque stretch a tenminute drive inland that's home to the
Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Historic Stranahan House Museum, and its crown jewel,
the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.
Director Bonnie Clearwater has helped
shift the city's art-world status from Miami
stepchild to prominent player. Permanent
collections and rotating exhibits spotlight
pivotal works from painters such as Andy
Warhol and Frank Stella.
Clockwise from top left: A Cuban sandwich and cóctel at Burlock Coast, colorful trunks at J.McLaughlin, NSU Art
Museum, a pet-friendly perch on Las
Olas Boulevard, Bubbles + Pearls, and
the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
6 PM: At happy hour, take a ten-minute
taxi ride to neighboring Wilton
Manors, where former Top Chef contestant
Josie Smith-Malave's recently opened
Bubbles + Pearls awaits with Champagne
and oysters. The decor is just as decadent as
the bubbly: Silver light fixtures hang from
the ceiling, bright metal stools line the bar,
and lavender walls feature a rotating display
of local art. Dinner options include blistered
shishito peppers with miso and ahi tuna
poke, and rib eye with kale, pesto, and cauliflower puree. Save room for one more glass
of prosecco and chef Smith-Malave's blissfully tart key lime pie.