A Little Town Called Lake Worth
By Carleton Varney
South of Palm Beach and north of Boynton Beach, tourists to South Florida will find the sleepy little town of Lake Worth where the streets are lined with small cottages painted bright and happy Floridian colors – melon, pineapple, aqua blue and pink. Where terraces and patios have canvas awnings and where gardens are protected by white painted fences, trellis borders and pickets.
Lake Worth is a quiet beach town community where you’ll find creativity from the ocean to the Intracoastal waters. A visit to Lake Worth is a visit to a picture postcard past!
Recently the book Cottages of Lake Worth was published and authored by Dean Sherwin, Janice Snearer and Taylor Jones, and I have found the book inspirational in style, as well as in design, with decorating ideas that are modestly costly. Lake Worth may in some respects be a village for the now and new younger set, as you’ll see some of the tattoo generation about Lake and Lucerne avenues where restaurants and small shops flourish. Lake Worth is not a town generally frequented for the Saks Fifth Avenue or the Tiffany set, but for sure that set drops into the village on occasion to see what is what in the vintage clothing shops that are part of the town ambiance.
Hotels on the oceanfront in Lake Worth are the Four Seasons, The Tideline and the Fairfield Inn, a short walk from the Lake Worth casino, beach and restaurants. This is also where you’ll find the boardwalk restaurants on the sea filled with students young and old soaking up the sun.
What To See And Do
Here are a number of places to go and see if you wish to explore this charming village:
• Lucerne Avenue going west from the sea boasts many fun restaurants, one being La Bonne Bouche. Fresh croissants are baked each morning by the chef/owner Eric Regnier from Nice. For luncheon, my pick was a duck cooked to perfection (and I truly mean perfection) – with a crispy outside in the French tradition.
• Just up the street, you’ll find Rustico Italiano where pastas of all descriptions await those who enjoy the flavors of Venice, Firenze, Roma and Sicily!
• The Lake Worth Art League is worth a visit, as is the Art Shop.
• Artists from all over the world gravitate to the village for street painting festivals, and it is a must-see!
• Hermes, Gucci, and Pucci vintage designs at Judy King’s consignment shop, Fashion Xchange, located at 702 Lake Avenue since 1989, is a popular spot with the Palm Beach and Wellington ladies who often consign gowns, dresses and bags never worn or carried.
• An evening is a dinner at Little Munich at 806 Lake Avenue, operated by husband and wife Gabi and Peter Kachler. This restaurant serves bratwurst and wiener schnitzel, the best homemade streusel outside of München, as well as German beers. Try Bitburger Premium Pils, one of my favorites.
• Lake Worth is always an art adventure and my favorite place to visit is Artisans on the Avenue at 630 Lake Avenue. The artist on duty when I last visited was Ebba TinWin, a German lady with a big smile who is a collage artist, painter and a maker of sea glass jewelry.
• Dakota Design Studio is represented by Gail Johnson who crafts dramatic rubber wearable jewelry.
• Robert A. Hunter’s woodwork designs are award winning, from chopping and bread boards to bowls and serving pieces.
• John McCoy pottery is on display at Artisans on the Avenue and his talents are many, many.
• Lake Worth is home to a theatre where local on-stage productions are popular, and home to the Palm Beach Arts Council located in a white art deco style building that is a town treasure. Here, exhibitions are always in view and local artists, as well as out-of-town-painters, often show their work.
When visiting the sleepy beach village of Lake Worth, you’ll find art in bloom, cuisine in full bloom, and Florida fashion very much part of the culture.