Where to eat, what to do and where to go in and around Wellington, home of the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival.
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The Village of Wellington is known for its equestrian community. Host to more than forty weeks of equestrian competitions per year, everything begins with the Winter Equestrian Festival starting in the middle of January. And we know exactly where to stay, what to wear, where to eat and what to do.
Where to stay
· Hampton Inn & Suites Wellington (2155 Wellington Green Drive, (855) 271-3622) is the place to stay, with free breakfast, a pool and prices for every budget.
· If you’re planning on a longer stay, a private vacation rental is the way to go. Try airbnb.com or vrbo.com for season’s best deals. THIS charming 1920’s Spanish Mission Estate could be yours for only $257 a night.
· Southern Palm Bed and Breakfast is a hidden gem in nearby Loxahatchee. Immaculate rooms in a peaceful setting will be a balm to your soul after a rough day of competing. (561) 325-6813
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What to wear
· Florida is known for its warm weather, so you will definitely need a technical performance shirt like our Gwen Performance Mock (link) with UPF 50+. Looks great with breeches or a simple pair of jeans.
· If you plan to spend the day in the saddle, reach for our Signature Breech in Traditional Tan.
· If horse riding is not on the agenda: a polo, nice sweater, and a pair of dark jeans should be the outfit of your choice.
· It can be chilly in the stands at night so pack a lightweight jacket – our All-Around Jacket now comes in Blue.
· Being in Palm Beach, you can always pack your favorite Lilly Pulitzer.
Where to eat
· Fresh and tasty breakfast is served at First Watch. Service is fast and friendly and the restaurant prides itself on serving delicious, yet healthy food. Yup, it really exists! (561) 795-550
· Stonewood Grill & Tavern has been described as the perfect dinner spot and their lamb chops, prime rib and seafood will definitely hit the spot. (561) 784-9796
· Enjoy the oriental flavors of Cha-Cha, a Japanese gem full of flavor. (561) 557-2107
· Only two words – chocolate lasagna. Head out to Agliolio Italian Bistro & Bar for the divine dessert that would leave your taste buds satisfied. (561) 792-8889
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What to do
· Shop till you drop! Wellington has two regional malls, The Mall at Wellington Green, and the Old Wellington Mall. Freshen up your wardrobe or bring home a stylish souvenir.
· Don’t forget about local tack stores! The Tackeria is a 12,000 sq. ft. heaven full of the best equestrian items complete with a tack repair and mallet shop. (800) 882-POLO
· If you want to take a break from horses, visit the nearby Panther Ridge Conservation Center. You will be personally guided from one exhibit to the next and learn all about their fabulous feline residents. The center is not open to the public; tours are available by appointment only. Call (561) 795-8914 to schedule.
· If you don’t want to take a break from horses, but you are craving entertainment of a different kind, head over to the International Polo Club. It’s the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility on this side of the ocean, so chances are you won’t be bored.
· Trade four hoofs for two wheels and have some fun at the Green Motion Segway Tours, the first and only Segway tour allowed in the Everglades Habitat. Located at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat, 3491 Flying Cow Road, Wellington, Florida, there is a almost 400 acres of wilderness with paved paths for you to enjoy. You may even see a gator or two…
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