Photos: Who was the Witch of Wellington? The answer with amazing photos

Suzan Strauss was known as the Lava Lady in Los Angeles in the 1990's, where she let photographer Osker Jimenez capture her in her DIY couture. (Osker Jimenez Exposure House)
Suzan Strauss on a street near her Los Angeles home in the 1990’s. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Wellington, Strauss was a regular at local thrift stores. (Lourdes Cabrera)
In Wellington, Strauss was a regular at Wellington thrift stores. (Lourdes Cabrera)

In Florida’s suffocating heat, she wore head-to-toe black, as if in mourning a loss.

Consequently, locals dubbed her the Witch of Wellington.

Read the full story about this eccentric Wellington and Los Angeles icon

But in Los Angeles in the 1980’s and ’90’s, Suzan Strauss was a street style star for the colorful outfits she designed, always worn with platform boots as high as horses’ hooves and a towering hat covering her hair.

The effect, said photographer Osker Jimenez, was to make her look seven feet tall as she glided slowly along Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, among the era’s pierced punks, dark goths and glam rock kids.

Fascinated with this self-assured, eccentrically-dressed woman, Jimenez photographed her for a decade, eventually publishing two books and staging a photo exhibition of his Strauss photos.

Photographer Osker Jimenez had an art gallery show of his photos of Strauss superimposed against stark landscapers. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Photographer Osker Jimenez had an art gallery show of his photos of Strauss superimposed against stark landscapes. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

 

The Lava Lady waters her garden from the lava rock wall surrounding her Los Angeles home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
The Lava Lady waters her garden from the lava rock wall surrounding her Los Angeles home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

 

 

Strauss' Wellington home, where she constructed semi-circular courtyards at each end of the house, which was decorated with a row of upside down flower pots. (Post photo/Barbara Marshall)
Strauss’ Wellington home, where she constructed semi-circular courtyards at each end of the house, which was decorated with a row of upside down flower pots. (Post photo/Barbara Marshall)

 

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(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Strauss was born to an Orthodox Jewish family. In accordance with custom, she always wore hats or wigs to cover her hair. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Los Angeles, she carefully cultivated the garden surrounding her home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Los Angeles, she carefully cultivated the garden surrounding the lava rock-covered home that gave her the name “Lava Lady.” (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Another of Jimenez' photos of Strauss, superimposed on a background of fireworks. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Another of Jimenez’ photos of Strauss, superimposed on a background of fireworks. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

Cool weather is here! Check out some of the best outdoor things to do in Palm Beach County

With the cool front that’s heading our way, the weather will be near perfect this weekend! Low humidity. Mostly sunny! So, what better time to get outside and play! And we’ve got a great list of options for you!

Wanna hit a beach and enjoy the sun?

Best Beaches of Palm Beach County

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Riviera Beach Municipal Beach. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Sip a cocktail and dine with a view? Oh yes, please!

A table with a view: Best al fresco dining spots

A table by the sea at the new Breeze Ocean Kitchen, located at the Eau Palm Beach Resort in Manalapan. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
A table by the sea at the new Breeze Ocean Kitchen, located at the Eau Palm Beach Resort in Manalapan. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

What about a bike ride?

Five furious off-road bike trails in Palm Beach County

Daryll McKenzie, heads down the hill with riders behind him during the Sandblaster Mountain Bike Race Series at Dyer Park. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)
Daryll McKenzie, heads down the hill with riders behind him during the Sandblaster Mountain Bike Race Series at Dyer Park. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Want to get your zen on? A beautiful garden or park will help with that!

Best public gardens and best parks in Palm Beach County

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The Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Take a road trip with the top down? We’ve got you covered!

Behind the wheel: Most scenic drives in Palm Beach County

A camper at the Pahokee Marina and Campground on Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A camper at the Pahokee Marina and Campground on Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Going by boat? Wanna tie up for a sunset sip or an afternoon burger?

Dock and dine: Best waterfront dining 

The view of the Jupiter Lighthouse from Jetty's restaurant in Jupiter.  (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
The view of the Jupiter Lighthouse from Jetty’s restaurant in Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Want to find the perfect scene for your Instagram pic of the day? or weekend?

10 best Instagram-worthy spots in North Palm Beach County

Behind the wheel: Best scenic drives in Palm Beach County

Winding, leisurely or quirky, these are the best scenic drives that show you the marvels of Palm Beach County.

With great weather finally here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember. Destination: Palm Beach County?

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Ficus Nitida is the species of trees lining bridge road on Jupiter Island. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your road trip bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think.

From Jupiter to Boca to the western communities, you can gaze upon the natural splendor of ocean, waterways and lakes. Or check out man-made marvels, from ultra-expensive houses to tiny trailers. And stop along the way to dine, shop or take a nature hike.

Most important of all, you can see the place you live in a whole new light. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon — or even your lunch hour.

Let’s go road trippin’!

ROAD TRIP NO. 1: A1A, from Palm Beach to Boca Raton

Length: 30 miles

Start/stop: Begin at Worth Avenue and A1A/S. Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach and head south until you hit Deerfield Beach (with a few stops along the way).

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The thick coastal hammock of mangrove trees at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. (Photo by Steve Lopez)

Why this drive delights: This is the Big Kahuna of Palm Beach County scenic drives, winding through the gilded splendor of Palm Beach, past endless (and we mean endless) condos and mega-mansions. You’ll see funky beach towns, a funky trailer park town, and sweet, seagrape-swept views of the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway. This is bucket list material. Honestly, if you haven’t taken this drive, you need to ask yourself: Why am I living in Palm Beach County?

 9 sights to see:

1. As you’re heading south through Palm Beach, say hi to The Donald. You can usually get a brief eyeful of the architectural details and big gate of President Donald Trump’s shack, Mar-A-Lago (1100 S. Ocean Blvd.)

Related: A look inside Mar-A-Lago

The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach is partially visible over its tall hedges on S. Ocean Boulevard. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach is partially visible over its tall hedges on S. Ocean Boulevard. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

2. Most condos on this drive are tall and dramatically boring, with faux posh names, but we’re partial to two between Sloan’s Curve and Lake Worth: The ’60s mod-looking President of Palm Beach (2505 S. Ocean Blvd., not to be confused with Trump’s house) and the cool white Regency of Palm Beach (2760 S. Ocean Blvd.).

3. When you reach Lake Worth, take a quick left into the Lake Worth Beach complex (10 S. Ocean Blvd.). It’s a good place to grab a bite, and check out the ocean scene. Despite all the upgrades, the pier still looks vintage-funky.

4. As you pass through Manalapan, you get some nice glimpses of the Intracoastal. And ponder this: Have you ever driven this stretch of A1A when half of the oceanside properties are not in tear-down mode?

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Ocean Inlet Park at Ocean Ridge. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

5. Between Manalapan and Ocean Inlet Park (6990 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach), there is a lovely, shady stretch of canopied trees and seagrape splendor. The beach-changing houses here along the ocean are probably nicer than your entire home. Roll down the window, take your foot off the gas and enjoy it.

6. Past Boynton, take a jog left on Corrine Street, right on Old Ocean Boulevard and head down to the marvelous mystery of A1A: How does a trailer town still exist here? With views of both the Atlantic and the Intracoastal? Briny Breezes is one of those places where you can test a relationship theory. Drive down tight little Hibiscus Street, with quaint mobile homes on both sides. By the time you get to the end at the town library and shuffleboard court, one spouse will be ready to chuck all the hassles of suburban home ownership and move right in. The other spouse will be ready to chuck you for suggesting it.

The Lake Worth Casino at Lake Worth Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The Lake Worth Casino at Lake Worth Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

7. As you pass through the town of Gulf Stream, look up. Towering pines flank the roadway.

8. By this point in the trip, you may be weary of looking at condos blocking the ocean view. Delray Beach’s commercial district at Atlantic Avenue is made for a stop-and-shop. Or head down to Boca Raton’s numerous beach parks and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (1801 N. Ocean Blvd.).

9. You’re almost there. Past the Boca Raton Resort and Club and over the drawbridge and you’re into Deerfield Beach, the end of your journey. Except you have to turn around and go all the way back. But it was worth it, right?

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ROAD TRIP NO. 2: Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

Length: 10-12 miles
Start/Stop: North Flagler near Northwood Road. Go south to South Flagler and Arlington Place.
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Currie Park on N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Why this drive delights: Beginning near the pastel-colored shopping and restaurant district along Northwood Road, this leisurely drive takes you past calming views of the Intracoastal, and the glittering downtown commercial district of condos, restaurants and waterside walkways. Once you get through downtown, settle into the most relaxing part of the drive, a non-stop travel reel of upscale homes with broad lawns, a mishmash of funky architectural styles, and a sweet walkway along the Intracoastal (though the road section south of Southern definitely needs repaving). By the time you get to South Flagler’s terminus at Arlington Place, your blood pressure should be a lot lower. And you can do it in less than an hour.
George S. Petty Park on Washington Road in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
George S. Petty Park on Washington Road in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

5 sights to see:

1. Don’t miss the curved, copper-colored dome of Temple Beth El (2815 N. Flagler), built in 1970 and a hidden architectural jewel of the city.

2. Pull into Currie Park, at N. Flagler and 23rd Street, and watch boats speeding down the Intracoastal Waterway and people walking along the park’s well-maintained shoreline. (Other nearby sights include the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial).

Palm Beach Maritime Museum on N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Maritime Museum on N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
3. When downtown (which might require a slight detour because of construction on the north bridge), stop and gawk at the mega-yachts perched at Palm Harbor Marina (400 N. Flagler).
4. Glimpse our favorite sign on a church: “No Skate Boarding Allowed” posted on the front of the historic First Church of Christ Scientist (809 S. Flagler), built in 1928 in a grandiose Classical Revival style, where the steep steps are apparently an irresistible temptation to board riders.
5. A moment of Zen: the pocket-like George S. Petty Park (Washington Road at Royal Park Road), though in truth all of the El Cid-Southland Park area is pretty Zen if you’re into gazing at expensive homes and condos. We’re partial to the tower-like house at Washington and Westminster. (An FYI on directions: Flagler turns into Washington, then converts back to Flagler via Greenwood Avenue a little farther south. Why? We don’t know, either.)
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ROAD TRIP NO. 3: Jupiter to Juno Beach

Length: 15 miles
Start/Stop: Begin at U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Go south on U.S. 1 to A1A/Ocean Drive, Juno Beach. Then turn left/north on A1A all the way back to U.S. 1 and A1A, Jupiter.
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Boats pass by Jupiter Lighthouse. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Why this drive delights: This trip beginning on U.S. 1 south of Harbourside Place reflects a lot of what makes north county coastal living unique. There is the chance to see great swaths of dunes and undeveloped land in the middle of the usual commercial and residential development. Once you turn north onto A1A in Juno Beach, it’s a laid-back drive of condos, parks, seagrapes and glimpses of the Atlantic, all populated by north county’s legion of bicyclists, surfers and beachgoers. You’ll also eyeball such familiar landmarks as the Juno Beach Pier, Carlin Park and the Jupiter Lighthouse.
Pelican Lake. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Pelican Lake. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

4 sights to see:

1. The Jupiter Ridge Natural Area(1800 S. U.S. 1), a 271-acre slash and scrub pine preserve that is worth a hike or run along its boardwalk and sandy trails. The county purchased it for $23 million in 1993. (A little farther down U.S. 1 is another stop and walk spot: the Juno Dunes Natural Area (14501 U.S. 1), as well as the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, 14200 U.S. 1).
2. In Juno Beach, make a quick right off A1A/Ocean Drive onto Celestial Way, the town center of Juno Beach. This is your Zen moment: A 1-mile pathway winds around Pelican Lake with two gazebos, and lots of ducks and wading birds to see. Stop and take a walk.
Diners enjoy the intracoastal views at Guanabanas restaurant in Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
Diners enjoy the intracoastal views at Guanabanas restaurant in Jupiter. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
3. Right after the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, turn right on Jupiter Beach Park Road and take a winding ride through the beach park (1375 Jupiter Beach Road), which terminates with a gobsmacking view of the Jupiter Inlet and Atlantic Ocean. You can also walk here to adjacent Dubois Park, one of the best places to take in picture-perfect views of the Jupiter Lighthouse.
4. At the end of your trip, you hit the commercial bottleneck of restaurants and bars Guanabana’s Schooner’s, Square Grouper, Jetty’s, etc.). It might be worth it to end your ride here with a walk up tiny, funky Love Street (don’t miss the handpainted sign with lyrics to The Doors’ “Love Street”). With all the new commercial development plans, it may not stay funky for long.
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ROAD TRIP NO 4.: The Glades

Length: 37 miles
Start/Stop: Go west on Southern Boulevard past Lion Country Safari as it turns into U.S. 441. Once you get to the end of the road, turn right to Pahokee, where you can end your trip at Lake Okeechobee.
Royal palm trees line SR 715 in Pahokee. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Royal palm trees line SR 715 in Pahokee. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Why this drive delights: You can live in Palm Beach County for decades and rarely make a drive out to the Glades. That is a mistake. Head west on Southern Boulevard and, all of a sudden, it’s like the difference between watching a movie on an iPhone and seeing it blown up on an IMAX screen. The sky is bigger. The clouds are bigger. The horizon line of green fields and the Glades’ famous black muck soil goes on forever, interrupted only by giant power lines and the occasional belching smokestack. Driving out U.S. 441, you realize how much development blots out your broader vision of the world. Take your kids and have a teachable moment in how your food is grown and harvested.
A camper at the Pahokee Marina and Campground on Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A camper at the Pahokee Marina and Campground on Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

2 sights to see:

1. Stop in at Paul Rardin Park (4600 State Road 715). A steep (very steep) road leads up to the boat ramp and an overlook of the lake. You can walk along the dike and join other park goers sitting on the bank and enjoying the scenery.
2. Driving into Pahokee, you might be surprised to find the road lined with as many palm trees as you’ll find on Palm Beach. Once you arrive downtown, turn left into the Pahokee Marina and Campground (190 N. Lake Ave.), a perfect place to gaze on the enormity of the big lake and end your road trip. (Wondering whether to invest the time? Hey, Bruce Springsteen made this trip on his chopper a couple years ago, and if it’s good enough for the Boss …)
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ROAD TRIP NO. 5: Dixie Highway through West Palm Beach/Lake Worth/Lantana

Length: 7. 2 miles
Start/Stop: S. Dixie Highway and Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, south to Dixie Highway and Ocean Avenue, Lantana
West Palm Beach's Carvel ice cream cone sign on Dixie Highway. (Madeline Gray/The Palm Beach Post)
West Palm Beach’s Carvel ice cream cone sign on Dixie Highway. (Madeline Gray/The Palm Beach Post)
Why this drive delights: What’s scenic is in the eye of the beholder. Even a busy commercial highway has its charms. We could have picked Military Trail or, uh, I-95, but we recommend Dixie Highway because of its kitschy signs and architectural oddities. How this mishmash of businesses operates on Dixie is one of the wonders of this street, where quirky names abound — The Mad Hatter Lounge, the Tanks A Lot aquarium shop. Enjoy the broad range of commercial enterprises — ethnic restaurants and grocers, car repair shops, upscale antique stores, churches, funeral homes, an ice cream factory, dive bars, tattered remnants of Florida’s once-vibrant motor court culture and even Lake Worth City Hall (which once doubled as a movie set in the film “Body Heat.”)
Exterior of The Palm Beach Post building. (Riuchard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Exterior of The Palm Beach Post building. (Riuchard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

3 sights to see:

1. The tour begins by going south on Dixie at The Palm Beach Post building (say Hi to us!) Immediately on your left is the first quirky sign you need to Instagram: the giant hammer on top of Hall Hardware (2750 S. Dixie), where Martha Stewart visited recently. More sweet sights in West Palm: the Howley’s restaurant logo sign at 4700 S. Dixie (“Cooked In Sight, Must Be Right”), and the double sky-high ice cream cones at Carvel (5901 S. Dixie).

Old Key Lime House in Lantana. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Old Key Lime House in Lantana. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

2. Once you cross the line into Lake Worth, check out the crinkled pie-crust shaped lettering on The Upper Crust pie shop (2015 N. Dixie, Lake Worth), the pithy, pungent sayings on the Harry’s Banana Farm bar sign (1919 N. Dixie), the art deco, birthday cake-like curves of Blue Front BBQ (1132 N. Dixie), the cool jazz mural on the side of Chafin Music (608 N. Dixie), the big fish on top of Tuppen’s Marine and Tackle (1002 N. Dixie), and, of course, the big horse sitting on top of McLelland’s Inc. Saddlery (317 N. Dixie).

3. In Lantana, see the cute, old-school Barefoot Mailman Motel (138 S. Dixie in Lantana). And end your tour with a short jaunt east down Ocean Avenue in Lantana to behold the blindingly green exterior of the Old Key Lime House (300 E. Ocean Ave.)— it’s the perfect only-in-Florida end point to your funky drive.
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ROAD TRIP NO. 6: Jupiter Lighthouse to Jupiter Island

Length: 30 miles
Start/Stop: Begin at Indiantown Road and South Beach Road, Jupiter. Head east over the Intracoastal bridge, then veer north past Coral Cove Park and into Martin County. Once you pass through Jupiter Island, turn left/west at Bridge Road in Hobe Sound, then left/south on U.S. 1 back to Palm Beach County.
Areas around (and under) the beach access ramp, and in the dunes, at Coral Cove Park.
Areas around (and under) the beach access ramp, and in the dunes, at Coral Cove Park.
Why this drive delights: Jupiter Island and its endless enclaves of the wealthy is the north version of Palm Beach. You won’t see much, because of the towering landscaping, but that landscaping is divine, the drive is blissful and you can play a game of counting how many “Service Entrance” signs you spot. (Lots of bicyclists through here, so drive carefully.)

5 sights to see:

Large wave crashes on shore at Blowing Rocks Preserve. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Large wave crashes on shore at Blowing Rocks Preserve. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

 

1. If you’ve never been to the 73-acre Blowing Rocks Preserve (574 South Beach Road), run by the Nature Conservancy, it’s worth a stop, especially if the water is spuming through the limestone rocks on the beach. It’s our mini-Big Sur.
2. On Jupiter Island, stay right on South Beach Road when it forks and make a quick stop at Christ Memorial Chapel (52 S. Beach Road), a Spanish-style church built in 1939. (Where else will you see a church that opens onto a broad golf course fairway?)
Ficus Nitida is the species of trees lining bridge road on Jupiter Island. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Ficus Nitida is the species of trees lining bridge road on Jupiter Island. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
3. When you reach South Beach Road and Estrada Drive, take a left and wind down a beautiful street of pretty houses that terminates at the Jupiter Island Club, 1 Estrada, with its gorgeous club building, manicured lawns and yacht dock. (And you’re not a member, so keep on driving.)
4. Back on South Beach Road, head past the Bridge Road intersection and go all the way to the terminus at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the mountainous, perfectly sculpted dune/mound that separates the road from the beach.
5. Once you get to Bridge Road and U.S 1, turn south on U.S. 1 and take the semi-hilly drive back to Palm Beach County, past sparkling glimpses of the Intracoastal and more dunes at Jonathan Dickinson State Park (16450 SE Federal Highway). Bonus points if you can spot the nearby gated driveway to a certain Palm Beach County-bred movie star’s house.

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ROAD TRIP NO. 7: Central/North end of Palm Beach

Length: 12 miles
Start/Stop: Head north on Cocoanut Row at Royal Palm Way, past the Society of Four Arts and the Flagler Museum, across Royal Poinciana Way and down Bradley Place as it turns into North Lake Way. Turn left onto Country Club Road and head all the way up north past the Sailfish Club, then scoot over to North Ocean Boulevard and head south, as it turns into South County Road. End at Phipps Plaza and South County Road.
The coral cut on Country Club Road is on the west side of Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)
The coral cut on Country Club Road is on the west side of Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)
Why this drive delights: Hey, pretty much all of Palm Beach is a scenic getaway, and who doesn’t like to look at places you’ll never live? You can see a mix of eye-catching homes draped in towering landscaping (celebs like Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern have abodes in the north end) and the tight roads are fun to drive.
5 sights to see:
1. When you turn onto Country Club Road from North Lake Way, behold one of the island’s most dazzling natural wonders: the deep coral cut that towers above both sides of the road (don’t forget to look for the Bastille-like prison window in the cut, which has prompted all sorts of urban legends, but is really just a water department door.). Coming out of the cut, you get a dazzling view of the Intracoastal along the Lake Trail (which you should walk or bike at some point) and the mega-yachts parked at boat yards on the West Palm side.
Susan and Chris Cristopoulos take a rest Thursday afternoon during their bike ride along the Lake Trail near the Palm Beach Country Club. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Susan and Chris Cristopoulos take a rest Thursday afternoon during their bike ride along the Lake Trail near the Palm Beach Country Club. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
2. Once you get to Arabian Road, curve left as it becomes Indian Road, then jog north on N. Ocean Boulevard to check out the northernmost point of the island and the short dock, where you can see cruise ships heading out to the Atlantic.
3. Heading back south on N. Ocean, enjoy more winding curves, glimpses of Atlantic (especially around the Palm Beach Country Club) and keep up with the construction teardowns and buildups that always seem to be happening on the north end.
The Breakers.
The Breakers.
4. The leisurely drive continues south past a shady canopy of trees between Phipps Estate Road and Sanford Avenue, and such local sights as Green’s Pharmacy, St. Edward’s Church, the old Paramount Theater complex, The Breakers and Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, all worth a visit.
5. End your trip on one of our favorite pocket roads by turning right off S. County Road into Phipps Plaza, a cute little roundabout of architectural offices and tucked-away homes and no parking spots for the hoi-polloi. This is Palm Beach, after all.

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ROAD TRIP NO. 8: Wellington

Length: 8 miles
Start/stop: Turn off Southern Boulevard onto Bink’s Forest Drive, and drive up to Aero Club Drive. Take a right there and head down to Greenbrier Shores Boulevard, where you can turn right into the Aero Club neighborhood.
An airplane parked in the Aero Club in Wellington. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
An airplane parked in the Aero Club in Wellington. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Why this drive delights: It’s not every housing development that boasts airplane hangar garages, and it’s unusual to see planes parked as casually as Cadillacs in back yards. And don’t forget to check out the fun street names — Boing Street, Lindbergh Lane, Take Off Place, etc.
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ROAD TRIP NO. 9: Lake Osborne to High Ridge Road

Length: 6.5 miles
Start/Stop: Turn off Lake Worth Road onto Lake Osborne Drive. Once you reach Lantana Road, double back and turn right on High Ridge Road, ending at Hypoluxo Road.
Lake Osborne Park on the west side of High Ridge Road, south of Lantana Road. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)
Lake Osborne Park on the west side of High Ridge Road, south of Lantana Road. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)
Why this drive delights: This is a scenic waterfront drive that reminds you of Old Florida. Revel in a leisurely, miles-long ride around the other big Lake O in the county.
 2 sights to see:
1. On Lake Osborne Drive, past the entrance to John Prince Park, there are plenty of spots to pull your car over and watch fishermen on the lake, or join the sidewalk parade. The apartment complexes and houses aren’t your usual waterfront property — they’re older, more middle-class, not Mega-Mansion land, as though somehow developers were not given the secret password to come here, tear down and overbuild. (And this quiet, neighborhood feel is what some people are worried about losing if the Atlanta Braves build a spring training complex at John Prince.)
John Prince Park.
John Prince Park.
2. High Ridge Road is a sweet, short, semi-hilly drive (hence the name.) Just past High Ridge and Hypoluxo Road, visit the High Ridge Natural Scrub Area (7300 High Ridge Rd.), another pocket nature preserve where you can stretch your legs and end your journey.
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When Michelle Obama comes through just in time for WCW

As First Lady Michelle Obama in her custom Versace gown sits at #7 on what’s trending on google, Instagram users are posting collages of her from last night’s final State Dinner from every angle. She’s basically got folks thinking, does she ever disappoint?

 

The answer is No.

There’s something about the way Michelle Obama carries herself that makes every skirt the right length, every neckline flattering and every color appropriate for the occasion. Last night was no different.

She rocked a custom-made, rose-gold Atelier Versace gown that would make anyone look twice.

At past state dinners, she complimented President Obama’s go-to black tuxedo and bow-tie with dark teals, purples and shades of ivory with a little sequin or sparkle here and there. But never something as dramatic as a draped gown made completely of chain-mail, a material of tiny interlinked metal rings.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, upon their arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, upon their arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It was daring and unforgettable.

Can we just coin the phrase ‘Presidential Glam’ as a look in honor of all the times our current First Lady walked into a room with her hair laid and outfit slayed? We don’t think she’d mind.

 

Five furious bike trails in Palm Beach County

It’s hard to believe it, but you can actually go mountain biking in Florida (sort of)! Sure, we have plenty of nicely paved bike paths around the wealthy properties in Palm Beach County, but if you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, you better check out these trails:

Daryll McKenzie, heads down the hill with riders behind him during the Sandblaster Mountain Bike Race Series at Dyer Park. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)
Daryll McKenzie, heads down the hill with riders behind him during the Sandblaster Mountain Bike Race Series at Dyer Park. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Dyer Park’s “The Hill” in West Palm Beach: This climbing/descending trail is over 53 feet in elevation! Sounds crazy, right? An actual hill in Florida where you can bike and test your endurance. The bike path is made out of crushed shell rock and is approximately 2.4 miles long and about 2 feet wide. Even though you will ride through native forests, most of the trail is exposed to the sun, so wear appropriate clothing and apply sunblock.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 7301 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 966-6600pbcparks@pbcgov.org

Check out part of the trail captured by this GoPro camera:

. The Dyer Perimeter in West Palm Beach: Most use this 4.7-mile bike trail as a conditioning activity before facing “The Hill” at Dyer Park. “The way is mostly smooth, so beginners won’t have any problems,” according to Rei’s MTB Project. It’s not a boring trail, though. According to the MTB project, it has several miles of twisty single-track trails in the woods that loop around the park. So why would you need a mountain bike? There are broken branches and trunks you’ll want to bike over.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 7301 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Cost: Free
Contact:(561) 966-6600pbcparks@pbcgov.org.

Pinehurst MTB Trail in Greenacres: Get technical and use all of your mountain bike’s gears. This trail is not as high in elevation as the Dyer Park trail, nor as fast as the Dyer Perimeter. On this one, you’ll get to sharpen your skills by controlling your balance, going over obstacles and shifting gears constantly. Get ready for plenty of log piles, sharp turns and sudden drops. It’s a good, quick workout packed into 4 miles according to Rei’s MTB project.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 2400 Pinehurst Dr, Greenacres, FL 33413
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 966-6600pbcparks@pbcgov.org

Note: There is no parking on the actual trail, but there are two parks nearby with plenty of parking, restrooms, water, and pavilions: Okeeheelee Park and Greenacres Freedom Park.

4. West Delray Trail in Delray Beach: If you’re more into scenery and wildlife, this one is for you. This trail is a really pretty ride through canopied tropics, lakes, and swamp land inside West Delray Regional Park. It’s also fun because it has many technical elements such as turns, rocks, mounds and tree branches. 

There is a variety of wildlife  including squirrels, birds, butterflies, and lots of bugs as well, so wear repellent.

When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
Where: 10875 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33446
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 966-6600. pbcparks@pbcgov.org

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Habitat restoration work and trail improvement continues in Cypress Creek South, a new county natural area and preserve in Jupiter. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
  1. Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter: Shell rock road through the Cypress Creek Natural Area. There are a few boardwalks that overlook the natural area and splinter trails for “foot traffic only.” The trail goes 2 miles west and ends at Mack Dairy Rd. http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/cypress-creek-natural

No need to crack your piggy bank to attend this music festival

Music festivals are always a blast, especially when you get to hear your favorite jams, remixes or original songs while having your arms around your buddies (or special someone) and signing along. However, while some music spectacles can be very pricey, this upcoming one up is not! Head over to the free “Damn Glad to Party with You” music festival this Saturday, Oct. 15 at CSW Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth.

Kai Schneider, left, and Remy Max hold each other while waiting for Skrillex to perform during the third day of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)
Kai Schneider, left, and Remy Max hold each other while waiting for Skrillex to perform during the third day of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

Related: 7 music concerts you must see this fall

The event’s Facebook page already shows more than 45 people are attending!

The Avett Brothers perform to a packed crowd on the final night of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)
The Avett Brothers perform to a packed crowd on the final night of the Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, Florida on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

If great music, a fantastic Indie craft bazaar and unique beers can’t get you through 12 hours of partying from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m, then there’s seriously something wrong with you. I’m only kidding, but really, this event has plenty of fun to get you going.

Kent LawlerCheck and DJ’s Layne Fox will set the mood throughout this event, by performing between live performances. The live music line up is here:

Bobby Lee Rogers Trio

Crazy Fingers

Victoria Cardona

Chloe Dolandis

Solemark

 

 

The Deets:
What: “Damn Glad To Party With You” Music Festival
When: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Where: CWS Bar + Kitchen. 522 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth
Cost: Free Cover. Take cash for drinks and food.
Contact: www.cswlw.com or call (561)318-5637. #damngladtomeetyou

Best Halloween events, parties come to town

The boys and ghouls of Fright Nights are in full swing! The annual spookfest, at the South Florida Fairgrounds, is open to scare the heck out of you from now until Oct. 29.

Also: Best Halloween events, parties in Palm Beach County

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People get spooked in the haunted houses during Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

There are four new haunted houses this year at Fright Nights: The Void; Sunnyville Schoolhouse; Doll Factory and Pestilence. If  you need a break from the haunted houses, check out the midway rides, games, carnival food and scare zone.

For more information, visit the Fright Nights website, or call 561-793-0333.

Why did Trump insist artist repaint his hand in Mar-A-Lago portrait?

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It’s become practically a mystery story: The Case of The Donald’s Repainted Hand.

But the only person who knows the true story is the man who painted — and at Donald Trump‘s insistence, repainted — the Republican presidential candidate’s hand on his Mar-A-Lago portrait, the artist himself, Ralph Wolfe Cowan.

The West Palm Beach painter tells us the full story — and clears up what he says are discrepancies in the accounting of it — as well as talking about his long career painting romantic portraits of kings, movie stars and moguls, everybody from Elvis to Princess Grace to Michael Jackson.

It’s a story you must read:

THE LAST OF THE PORTRAIT PAINTERS: THE RALPH WOLFE COWAN STORY

Hurricane Matthew: ‘The calm before the storm’ through local pictures

Hurricane Matthew updates: Check our WeatherPlus blog. 

You’ve probably been bombarded with news, tweets and pictures regarding  #HurricaneMatthew as it goes through the Caribbean and possibly hugs the eastern United States over the next few days.

However, if you’re still not convinced by the latest media hype (even though you should), check out the local forecast from the Pelican Park Weather Station:

The coconut suggests that it’s still calm in Palm Beach county, and a few pictures from today actually prove it.

Weather so nice today, that many have been enjoying outdoor activities.

Or relaxing on their ocean view patios watching the skies change throughout the day.

On the other hand, as also stated by @dr.jakehyde on his caption above, “the only calm thing in town seems to be the weather.”

Take a look how people in the county are preparing for #HurricaneMatthew

Why not use your lunch break today to get ready? @bcathcart84 did!

Including myself as I was freaking out because I couldn’t find water since yesterday.

And there’s also a group of people (probably the smart ones) who are simply avoiding Hurricane Matthew at all costs.

@josephpauldavis is heading to DC.

@refined_fashion has no business doing in the island.

Even though the skies are crisp and blue today, this pool seemed completely empty.

No lines outside of the Gucci store. #Priorities

@thejenobrien seems to be hopeful still.

But @_Juniorsalas83 is not taking any chance… and he seems upset about his departure.

 

Once again, To get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew check our WeatherPlus blog.

Must watch: Britney Spears unofficial ‘Do You Wanna Come Over’ lyric video

Britney Spears is as horny and digital as they come in the music video that’s stopping the Internet in it’s tracks.

Digital-Britney is calling for womanizers over and over in a new, Grindr-esque, unofficial lyric video created by Peruvian digital designer, Luigi Luciano for her song “Do You Wanna Come Over” off her latest album, Glory.

https://vimeo.com/185340191

Can’t see the video? Click here for the goods.

If you let the Internet tell it, the blonde Lolita hasn’t pleased her fans with a decent music video since Work Bitch, but this one right here, this one puts Britney back on top… even though she had nothing to do with it.

“I told myself, I need to do this video because the [Britney Spears] team doesn’t do much to make iconic videos anymore,” Luciano said to The Palm Beach Post via Facebook Messenger on October 4th.

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The clip portrays a sexy Britney Spears searching for men in a hook-up app. While she’s unsuccessful at first, America’s sweetheart ends up with a TDH, green-eyed stud who she seduces with her curves before finally reaching the glory she’s been looking for.

The dance moves, the fire in her eyes, and the story plot will take you back to the days when the Britney Spears’s money-making brand actually cared to put out good music videos.

Luigi Luciano’s work brings back that nostalgia that reminds us why we love Britney Spears and why she’ll continue being the Princess of Pop.

Glory had a rough start with a highly-teased music video for its first single “Make Me” ft. G-Easy. The video was straight up trashed, unreleased and then substituted with what fans think was an obviously rushed and boring video.

Fans were not having at all! Check some tweets:

https://twitter.com/jrnascimento_o/status/778635923659558912

However, Glory managed to debut at #3 on the Top Album Billboard chart earlier this year with an amazing overall album, one rank above her previous Will.i.am. produced album “Britney Jean.” Neither lives up to the fan-favorite Blackout. 

Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

For more pop culture, follow @juliopoletti on Twitter and Instagram.