(full article first appeared in The Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by: Jennifer Sorentrue)
Walk in the footsteps of a president
Palm Beach County has played host to several U.S. presidents. Spend a day walking in their footsteps by visiting their current and former hideouts.
Drive by Mar-a-lago, President Donald Trump’s private Palm Beach club and the new winter White House. While the property is kept secured, a drive along beautiful South Ocean Boulevard offers a glimpse of Mar-a-Lago’s gates and a slow drive across the Southern Boulevard Bridge will reveal the majestic view of the property as seen on the news.
Visit the Cold War-era John F. Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island. The Palm Beach Maritime Museum offers tours of the bunker.
Cruise along North Ocean Boulevard, where two presidents relaxed in the sand and surf. The Kennedy Family Compound at 1095 North Ocean in Palm Beach is where President Kennedy and his family came to recharge and recover. Drive just a few houses south and find another residence often visited by Richard M. Nixon. Prior to becoming president in 1969, Nixon visited 1055 North Ocean so often the owner built a special “Nixon wing” onto the house.
Take the Lake Trail
The picturesque Lake Trail in Palm Beach is a great place for a walk or bike ride.
The 5-miled paved path is plenty wide to accommodate walkers, strollers and bicyclists. The trail is meticulously groomed and is flanked by the Intracoastal Waterway on its west side. To the east, the trail rims the backyards of some of the nation’s wealthiest residents, although most homes are obscured by high hedges.
Visitors can see Flagler’s first home (the 1886 Sea Gull Cottage) next to the Royal Poinciana Chapel, a large Kapok tree with magnificent roots, and Flagler’s Whitehall mansion, now the Flagler museum.
The trail ends near the Sailfish Club, but you can follow North Lake Way to the dock on the Lake Worth Inlet to watch incoming boats.