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Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

Known for beautiful beaches, nature preserves and parks, Hutchinson Island consists of two barrier islands on the Atlantic coast of Florida, just north of Jupiter.

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is the first new resort to open on Hutchinson Island in almost two decades. Eighteen minutes from downtown Stuart, the oceanfront resort is just steps from the beach and many suites offer a private balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Lobby
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Lobby

The new, coastal-inspired resort has 178 luxury appointed guest rooms done in ocean colors of contemporary blues, greens and pearl. The design and decor throughout the laid-back beach resort is a cool blend of beachside retreat and nautical luxury.

Dune at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa
Dune at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

With its new signature Spa, two swimming pools and cabanas,  the resort offers beachside activities and drinking and dining where guests of all ages gather. Drift Restaurant + Bar, Reflections Pool Bar and the Dune Beach Bar all offer alfresco dining.

Things to do

Watch the manatees, one of Florida’s most beloved animals, five minutes away at the nearby Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, an educational and research site dedicated to preserving marine life and coastal ecosystems.

Cycling in Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Cycling in Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Nature is calling at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County – a 40 minute drive south towards Jupiter. Hike with a park ranger, go birding, camping, kayaking or biking on paved and off-road trails.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Boat Tour
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Boat Tour

The one-hour guided boat tour on the Loxahatchee River through mangrove swamps is a great introduction to the wildlife of Florida. At the River Store you can rent canoes and kayaks to explore the river on a self-guided paddle. The take out shack offers excellent happy hour prices on wine and beer to go with tasty light meals.

The Gafford in historic downtown Stuart
The Gafford in historic downtown Stuart

For more substantial meals try The Gafford, in historic downtown Stuart – a popular family owned restaurant, serving creative, southern-style comfort food. Try a perennial favorite, Mabel’s southern-fried chicken or the signature steak “The Gafford.” As it’s a Diner’s Choice award winner for 2018, reservations are suggested.

Hutchinson Island Travel Planner

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa
3793 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Phone: +1 772-334-1950
The Gafford
47 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: +1 772-221-9517
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996
Phone: +1 772-225-0505
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound FL 33455

PGA Golf Club at PGA Village Verano

With the perfect address for a golf club, PGA Golf Club, at 1916 Perfect Drive in Port St Lucie, is a golfer’s dream destination. Play three championship 18-hole golf courses, The Wanamaker, The Ryder and the Pete Dye, all owned and operated by The PGA of America.  And stay like a resident in a beautiful home on property at PGA Village Verano, minutes from the three golf courses in a resort-style golf community with a Stay & Play package.

Kolter Homes PGA Village Verano
Kolter Homes PGA Village Verano photo credit: Kolter Homes

The Wanamaker Course is one of two Tom Fazio designs on the property and does its namesake – PGA founder Rodman Wanamaker proud. Fazio designed both the Wanamaker and Ryder in 1999, but the twins are definitely fraternal and reveal different personalities.

Hole 18 on the Wanamaker Course PGA Village
Hole 18 on the Wanamaker Course PGA Village photo credit: John Cameron

Department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker helped establish the PGA of America, funded the first PGA Championship in 1916 and has his name attached to the champion’s prized trophy, The Wanamaker. Fazio’s Ryder Course honors Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup matches, which began in 1927. All 36 tees have plaques that unveil the storied lore of both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.

On the Ryder Course, Fazio transports you to North Carolina, with his holes winding among majestic pines, rolling hills and elevation changes, and recurrent red-staked hazards.

 

Pete Dye Course PGA Village
Pete Dye Course PGA Village photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Pete Dye’s eponymous course at PGA Village opened for play in 2007. Highlighting the native environment, especially the wetlands, Dye fashioned a links-style course reminiscent of the British Isles, like playing in Scotland or Ireland without the airfare.

The three courses have their own driving range and putting and chipping areas as well as the “Short Course,” six holes between 35-60 yards where you can work on your finesse shots. However, the nearby 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is a golf instruction, practice, technology and fitness park all in one. Named a “2013 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range,” the center includes more than 100 hitting stations (many weather-protected), short-game practice areas, putting greens, three practice holes and nine separate bunkers that simulate play worldwide.

Grab lunch at the Taplow Pub in the clubhouse – the street tacos are delicious.  After your round, enjoy a drink and dinner with PGA members at the 19th hole and watch golfers approach the 18th green on the Wanamaker course.

Museum at PGA Village Golf Club
Museum at PGA Village Golf Club photo credit: John Cameron

While not a comprehensive museum on the history of golf ( for that check out the excellent World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine) PGA Village does have  the on-site PGA Museum of Golf. There’s plenty here to impress the golf fan if you love the game. Open to the public, it traces the history of the PGA of America through its major championship and the Ryder Cup. Check out the Wanamaker trophy. Golf fans can see more great golf memorabilia at Sam Snead’s Grill & Tavern at the nearby Holiday Garden Inn.

Kolter Homes PGA Village Verano
Kolter Homes PGA Village Verano photo credit: Kolter Homes

During a Kolter Homes Stay & Play, visitors have access to award-winning golf on the Ryder and Pete Dye courses in addition to the Wanamaker course. 

Pool at Club Talavera
Pool at Club Talavera photo credit: Sherel Purcell

A-three day, two-night stay includes access to the new 27,000 square ft. Club Talavera Social Center with full use of all amenities including the13,000 square ft. Fitness Center, with yoga, tennis, indoor/outdoor pools, bocce ball, basketball, Har-Tru tennis courts and one round of golf for two at the adjacent PGA Golf Club.

PGA Golf Club is just off I-95 at Exit 121, 45 minutes north of Palm Beach and a two-hour drive from both Orlando and Miami.