From Elegant Decor to Exceptional Dining, Equestrians Gather at Wellington Hot Spots
Whether you’re a resident full-time, or just visit for the Winter, Wellington, Florida is known as the winter equestrian capital of the world. Home of the Winter Equestrian Festival from January through March, the town is hustlin’ and bustlin’ with equestrians, horses, trainers, grooms, friends and family connected to the business. From shopping, food, and things to do, the village of Wellington is a South Florida gem located just minutes from downtown Palm Beach. Here’s an inside look at some of our favorite hot spots:
Suri West – Formerly known as “the Players Club,” this is new ‘tapas style’ lounge-like venue is known for an ‘after the horse show’ rendezvous. Some nights feature live music and happy hour specials, but definitely be sure to check out the scene on Sundays.
The Grille – Another Sunday “after the horse show” hot spot, The Grille is located on South Shore boulevard just minutes from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. This restaurant pays attention to detail with elegantly designed dishes. Our insider tips: order the tower of seafood for the party, don’t skimp on the truffle fries, and do fill up on a steak dinner or local fish dish.
Oli’s Fashion Cuisine – If you love fashion, you might as well love fashion cuisine … Right?! Oli’s is known for using the finest local ingredients and flavors. Oli’s fashionable cuisine appeals to all the senses in a modern, sophisticated, equestrian styled atmosphere. Inside you will dine amongst beautiful artwork of horses and equestrian lifestyle, all available for sale. We suggest sharing many dishes to get a taste of everything. Some of our favorite dishes include: The Necane Salad, Lobster Tacos, Cheese Ravioli, Bouillabaisse, and Filet.
The Patio at Polo Club – Located inside the well known Polo Club, The Patio is open November through April. Started by an avid equestrian, Sheila Motley combined her event management talents with Chef Mat Allen’s excellent catering techniques. As the menu changes regularly, The Patio at Polo offers a variety of seasonal ingredients sourced locally. If you’re celebrating a special event, don’t forget to ask for the ultimate ‘sparkler desert’!
The Wellington Green Mall – Everyone deserves some retail therapy after a long week of riding, so be sure visit the Wellington Green Mall off of Forest Hill Blvd. With Nordstrom as one of the anchor department stores, it’s highly enticing to spend a few hours browsing the ladies or shoe department. Unlike some other South Florida malls, the Wellington Green Mall is pleasantly quiet and not overly crowded, especially if you go on a Monday on your ‘off day’ from riding.