It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to warm beaches and spending tropical summer evenings dancing the night away. It’s times like this when people are looking to head to places like Florida’s Treasure Coast. This East Coast location may seem quiet at first, but it has a lifestyle unlike any other town in the tropics. Check out these five reasons why you’ll want to be here right now – pick your favorite and come on down.
Nowhere else embraces its history like the Treasure Coast. Head to the Stuart Heritage Museum, where the friendly folks here will tell the story of the area, from pioneer days to now. Dine at Osceola Street Café, which is old enough and established enough to be a local’s favorite. Stroll through the Court House Cultural Center and get a sense of what the area was like years ago, along with what it is today. Visit the McLarty Treasure Museum in Vero Beach to learn more about the shipwrecks and their bounty that helped the Treasure Coast get its name.
As eagerly as the area embraces its past, it also creates its own cultural future. The small town of Stuart, which has received recognition from Coastal Living as ‘America’s Happiest Seaside Town’ in 2016, is one such example of the area’s love for the arts. Long established as a gathering place for artists, you’ll find creative works of all kinds here. The next time that you’re in town, take some time to stroll through Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries in Downtown Stuart – his lifelike statues are famous all over town. In fact, his sailfish is the centerpiece of the fountain at Confusion Corner! Local bands play at Rock’n Riverwalk, and creators of all kinds sell art and food at the Stuart Green Market every Sunday. In Fort Pierce, head to the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery to learn of a truly talented painter in one of the most renowned artist groups, the Highwaymen.
The Treasure Coast straddles that thin line that allows man and nature to coexist. It’s why you can get some amazing encounters with nature here too. Those who want to take it slow can take a paddleboard tour around the waterways surrounding places such as Jaycee Park and the North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve. You can’t go wrong with a day of fishing, either. Take your boat out, or rent a charter, so that you can enjoy the water’s bounty. Or head to Stuart Beach or Hutchinson Island for a relaxing day of soaking up the sun and hunting for seashells.
The water is a source of life for people here – it’s where they get their food, where they play, and how they live. It makes sense that they’d figure out how to have fun with it too. From the Riverwalk in Stuart, you’re close to nature and society itself. Keep an eye to the water and catch a glimpse of fish jumping, or head to Water Bar and chat with friends over a few drinks. If you’re in Fort Pierce, you can grab fresh produce and listen to live music when you drop by the Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market every Saturday, or look for gold coins along the shores of Pepper Park’s beaches, where the famed Urca de Lima sank and left its treasures for the intrepid to find.
The number one thing that we hear about the area is how nice the people here are. Far enough from some of South Florida’s major cities, the locals have adopted a laidback approach to life. It means that whenever you go somewhere, whether it’s Downtown Stuart or First Fridays at Fort Pierce, you’re greeted with a smile. It means that you can wear your resort casual clothes for dinner, whether you’re dining at places like The District Table & Bar or 121 Tapas on the Water.
We won’t judge.
The Treasure Coast has such a unique and special quality. Once people come here, they never really want to leave, and who could blame them? When you experience this small town, which curates its history with places such as the House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar, lives in harmony with nature with places such as Oak Hammock Park, and creates its own artistic culture with shows such as the annual Snorkel Corn Summer Classic, you’ll want to live nearby as well.
Harbour Ridge is one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and members and residents alike enjoy the well-rounded Florida lifestyle that it offers.
Harbour Ridge is the best of the best. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or explore the surrounding area with kayaks and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood, and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.
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