Most tourist guides are written by long time residents, who know the town inside and out, but in a twist on that entrenched view is a new book by Marian White, a recent Palm Beach County transplant called “Moving to Palm Beach County: The Un-Tourist Guide.”
“I can attest that Palm Beach is coastal living at its finest,” says White. “It’s morning walks on the beach and afternoon drinks on the patio. It’s a thriving job market and an array of quality schools. It’s gilded seaside mansions and shabby beach bungalows. It’s farmer’s market Saturdays and sandbar Sundays. And most importantly, it’s home to 1.3 million people of every age, religion, and background you can think of – all of whom have their own version of life in Palm Beach. Yet, for potential newcomers, the tony town known as Palm Beach may paint an unfairly limited image – one etched with dapper men in smoking slippers and posh women in sun hats – all of whom are most certainly sipping Veuve Clicquot at this very moment. I myself must admit that I was guilty of having this singular view of “Palm Beach” before moving here in 2015.”
Her new Moving to Palm Beach County: The Un-Tourist Guide book is a colorful and lively 150-page relocation guide for newcomers and businesses who are thinking about moving to the Palm Beach area. It covers everything they need to know about relocating to West Palm Beach (something this magazine has been encouraging readers to do for years).
Marian White ended up moving to Delray Beach with her husband and poodle in 2015. We reached out to White with some questions.
Photos of the Moving to Palm Beach County: The Un-Tourist Guide during a special event at The Blind Monk to celebrate the book launch. [Photos by Caitlin Parker]
Why did you decide the write this guide?
I decided to write this guide because I, myself, would have needed a book like this when I first moved here. My husband and I relocated to Palm Beach County from Boston last October for his job. We were house hunting and didn’t have a clue what we were doing – or where we wanted to live. It was difficult because when I was living in Boston, I was a restaurant reporter for a magazine, so I was always clued into what was going on in the city (what to do, where to go, who to know) – but here in Palm Beach, I was starting from scratch. So when the opportunity presented itself to work with a publisher on this guide, I immediately realized the potential. I’m really hoping that this book will help future Palm Beach newcomers assimilate quickly, and will get them up to speed with what’s going on in their new communities.
What has surprised you most about moving to and living in PB County?
I think before I moved down here, I had this notion that all Palm Beachers were retired, rode horses and chilled on their yachts. Don’t get me wrong – that all sounds pretty fabulous but sadly, I won’t be retiring anytime soon – nor do I own a yacht or ride horses (yet!).
What surprised me most is that while there is truth to that fabled Palm Beach lifestyle, it’s only one interesting aspect of Palm Beach County’s complex culture. There are A LOT of young professionals and young families. It’s an interesting dynamic. Palm Beach County really is a cool place to live – we have a booming arts scene, great food – and the people here are really down to earth.
What is your favorite thing here to do?
EAT. I can’t lie – I am kind of obsessed with all of the flavors and fresh seafood that this area has to offer. Living in Boston, I didn’t think it could get better than a hot buttered lobster roll – but I was wrong. This county’s culinary landscape is a delectable mix of hip-casual spots and white tablecloth dining – the food is all incredible. My perfect Saturday night would be dinner with friends at either Grato, Table 26, Brule Bistro or J&J Seafood. Yum!
She also adds that “Since moving here, I’ve also learned just as much about what to do as I have about what not to do when it comes to relocating to the Palm Beach area. My goal is to help make your move as smooth as possible, so that you can skip the relocation headaches and jump head-first into Palm Beach County’s fantastic communities. Many of them, as you’ll learn, are even the proud recipients of media recognitions and awards, including “Most Fun Small Town in America,” “Top 100 Places to Live,” and “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” So kick off the Uggs and slip on those sandals. It’s time to start living the good life, here in Palm Beach County. “
The Moving to Palm Beach County: The Un-Tourist Guide book features lengthy guest contributions from local experts like Sally Shorr (publicist in Palm Beach and fashion expert), Susan Friedman (former senior editor of Florida Travel + Life Magazine and former food editor for Boca Raton Magazine), Kelly Smallridge (president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County), Enid Atwater (International Polo Club publicist and former VP over at Discover the Palm Beaches), and Vicki Pugh (VP of Development at PBA). The book also features photos from local bloggers like Palm Beach Lately as well as from Discover the Palm Beaches and from local cities.
The “Moving to Palm Beach County: The Un-Tourist Guide” book was published in March by Voyager Media and is now available on Amazon, it is also in local Barnes & Noble stores, as well as on Kindle. You can also learn more about the author visiting www.movingtopalmbeachcountyguide.com
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