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    Boca Raton’s Top Ten Dog Days of Summer Must Do’s!

    As summer in Boca Raton slowly comes to a close it doesn’t mean you have to pack up your backpack and hide away your swimsuits! There are a ton of cool things to do around town to wrap up your summer break in style! Here are #SoooBoca’s Top Summer Picks for staying cool in August!

    Take a step into time and check out one of Boca’s oldest landmarks — the original City Hall where you can find the Boca Raton Historical Society. Built in 1927 this long standing building has seen #SoooBoca grow into one of South Florida’s largest and most popular travel destinations. Between the hours of 10am and 4pm you can catch a guided tour around the hall or you can explore on your own. Curious about the history of not only Boca but IBM…the rooms are full of fun facts and history changing items for you to learn from and see.  This sweet piece of history is a prize possession among locals. By the way…if you love wine and food the Boca Bacchanal is one of the Historical Society’s signature events!

     

    Weekends in Mizner Park are always a blast thanks especially with the variety of events always happenin’ in this popular downtown hot spot! Grab a drink with your posse around the park or bring the family down for a night that all can enjoy. This family friendly atmosphere is a great way to shake up the usual summer routine!

    Keeping it within the Downtown Boca family make sure to stop by the Boca Raton Museum  — with a beautiful mix of visual and fine arts you can stroll these gallery’s all day, while finding something new at every corner! Lose yourself in the art and sculpture while visiting this gem — daily tours are available so get your Picasso on! And don’t forget about the Boca Childrens Museum the states first kids museum with tons of classes and events throughout the year!

     

    If you prefer to spend a bit of time in nature be sure to check out Boca Raton’s most impressive nature trails and rehabilitation center for sea turtle. Gumbo Limbo has been a proud resident of Boca Raton for over three decades and is an important part of the community! Get up close and personal with many plants and marine life — you can even take a night tour to try and sneak a peek at the mama turtles leaving their nests in hopes of plentiful hatchlings. Feeling like you want to adopt a turtle? Well have it with the Adopt a Sea Turtle program!

     

    You don’t have to take the treacherous hike up to mouse town in order to get a little water park thrills out of your system! Right up the road Coconut Cove Waterpark is the perfect spot to splash around and get a few butterflies in your tummy. This park offers a full interactive water playground, lazy river and four giant water slides. Plus a full concession and meeting rooms!

    A stop by the newly renovated Sugar Sand Park should be high up on your list of summer to-do’s, this one of a kind program not only is a ton of fun for the kids but it is full of education, sporting areas and rent-able pavilions. The carousel is a fun spot for a photo shoot and see if you can out run a cheetah on the playground! Make your summer complete and invite all of your friends to the park for an end of the summer Hooray!

     

     

     

    Travel to a different country right before your eyes by visiting a local favorite — Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Take a stroll among the Roji-en and admire the beautiful gardens, grab a bite to eat or gawk at the lovely galleries and spend your day immersed in a culture that is truly connected to South Florida! Don’t forget the amazing events like Sushi and Stroll and the Lantern Festival during the year.

     

    For a fun and different cinema experience iPic is a great way to enjoy the newest flicks in style! Grab a tub of popcorn and a glass of wine or upgrade to the full service experience and relax in style! Big cushy recliners are the perfect way to make you feel right at home while you are waited on hand and foot! Not taking in a movie but the kids are…or maybe you just want to meet friends for brunch…check out Tanzy for a full out fabulous dining experience. Something for everyone!

    For a more adult concert extravaganza you can pop on over to the Funky Biscuit! This cool bar/venue has been jamming out around Boca for years and is always a fun spot to meet your friends! Grab a drink, unwind and listen to the songs of the evening. The “biscuit” has the traditional to the eclectic in its repertoire of revolving talent whether at happy hour or a full out concert experience this is truly a “gem” in Downtown Boca at Royal Palm Plaza.

     

    And when it is just too hot to be outside run on over to Town Center mall grab a few new items and relax in Boca Raton’s true Allison in Wonderland playground! World class shopping, restaurants not to mention some epic people watching. From the big boys like Nordstrom and Bloomies to the fan faves like Lilly Pulitzer and Urban Outfitters there truly is something for everyone at “the mall”.

     

    The end of summer doesn’t have to be a drag — as you might have guessed already, Boca Raton is our favorite city and we think you should explore as much of it as you can! Pop over to your favorite local spots and enjoy the dog days of summer in our beautiful city! Do you have a must go to spot in Boca? Send us a message on our SoooBoca page! We’d love to hear where and what your your favorite end of summer activities are in #SoooBoca! Leave us a line below!

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    Dine in Deerfield Beach – It’s As Easy as Oceans 234

    If there is one thing you need to know about the #SoooBoca girls (Alle, Kylie and Michele Bee) — it is that we are serious about our food. We are the queens of dining out and being that there are three of us we split everything! We recently had the pleasure of being invited to experience a private chef tasting at one of our favorite restaurants, Oceans 234 for their delicious summer menu and to take a peak at what their newest executive chef William Middleton was up to in the kitchen! And believe us…it is all very, very good!

    Now, we know Oceans 234 isn’t technically in the Boca city limits, but honey it might as well be. The proximity between Boca Raton and Oceans 234 is a stones throw away and in our opinion one of the best places to dine beach side locally.

    From the moment we stepped into the restaurant it felt like home — the presentation and atmosphere are always appreciated and familiar, yet  provokes surprise and delight due to the fabulous decor and of course the ocean views. The hostess  was expecting our arrival, and shortly after greeting us the always gracious and lovely Danielle Rosse, owner,  came by to give us the down low on their newest summer time items! A mix of fresh and savory choices decorated their summer menu — we opted to try dishes from both menus — because well duh why not!

     

    Sooo let’s be real here, we just had to start the afternoon off right with a succulent round of brightly colored sangria — we decided we just had to try all three so white, pink and red it was! Each glass was  refreshing and light and was accompanied by a fragrant flower which was a lovely touch and the perfect compliment to the summer heat, while we were perusing the menus trying to decide which items to order.

    If the sangria wasn’t enough to cool us down, Oceans 234 Beverage Coordinator Juan Chacon  stopped by to drop off their signature Froze to the table (Frozen Rosè — we mean really?!? Could the day get any better). If you haven’t tried Froze yet you need to literally drop everything your doing and run there — physically sprint because it is the best thing we have ever had…not to mention apparently they were the first restaurant in the area to be serving up this little frozen slice of heaven!

    So while we were clinking our glasses and passing around the four signature vino classics we put in a order of Blue Crab Claws — melted in butter with red chili flakes and garlic served with dipping bread … HELLO… how sexy is that.

    We also chose the Mezze Platter a trio of hummus, charred baba ganoush and a bright cucumber salad — mostly to set off the amount of butter we were about to consume but also because it was the perfect trio — similar to us 😉 The mezze platter is a modern twist on your tradition greek dips. The baba ganoush was clearly charred to perfection and melted as soon as it hit your lips. We called this one fork to mouth — no pita needed — seriously it was that good.

     

    Last minute we decided to dive into something from the raw bar, with a great recommendation from our server Joe and we ended up trying the Tuna Poke which was totally delicious and aesthetically pleasing. The best part about the poke was the South Florida twist on the Hawaiian classic — instead of serving the poke al a carte or with rice this dish was served up nicely with plantain chips. If you want to know the way to the #SoooBoca girls hearts give us any type of chip for dipping and you’ve got our full attention.

    As we munched, talked and sipped, Chef William, Oceans 234 executive chef came out to greet us and answer any questions we had. William is a Florida native, growing up just around the corner from Oceans 234 in Lighthouse Point. He has been in the food scene for over 18 years, he enjoys curating new recipes and is relishing the development of Oceans 234 current menu. As a meat and potatoes guy he suggested we try out their seasonal steak the Cajun’d Ribeye and the Pesto & Tomato Roasted Snapper with zoodles. We were wowed!

    The rib-eye was seasoned perfectly and cooked to a warm medium-rare, while the snapper was dotted perfectly with sauce and laid delicately atop the zoodle mountain. Both dishes were hearty yet gentle and extremely elevated. We threw some grilled cauliflower  and crispy brussel sprouts in the mix to get our daily dose of vegetables, and trust us when we say this was a delectable choice.

     

    As our meals and cocktails came to a close, it is safe to say we would be waddling out of the restaurant — but just as we were about to pack up our belongings and our full tummys, Joe brought over the dessert menu. Whelp … As you can imagine we did not have enough will power to say no — so two coffees and a blood orange creme brulë later we were in fact, waddling out of Oceans 234, leaving the beautiful beach scene, amazing hospitality and chic restaurant behind us.

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    What can we say except dining at Oceans 234 was #soooboca delightful  — it really is one of our favorite spots to buzz by for lunch, dinner, dessert or just a happy hour with friends. The food is always fresh and excellent, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere on the water is just what the heart desires. Thank you to Danielle Rosse, William Middleton, Juan Chacon, Shanine Dorta, our amazing server Joe and the entire Oceans 234 team for making our day oh sooo very special!

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    The #SoooBoca Girls! xo

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    This favorite local destination restaurant is located right on the the Atlantic ocean in Deerfield Beach. Minutes from #SoooBoca by the way! Open for lunch, dinner and the happiest of hours. Kitchen closes at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.
    Don't forget to check out Oceans 234 Beach Club membership! 
    Danielle and her team are community minded and host events throughout the year so check click on the Events tab here to see how you can give back too at one of their seasational events.
    OCEANS 234

    234 North Ocean Boulevard,

    Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

    Phone. 954-428-2539

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    Who We Are:

    Michele Bee – www.thebellisarigroup.com   Instagram

    An award winning Realtor with RE/Max based in Boca Raton, servicing South Florida buyers and sellers including seniors moving, probate property sales and divorce transitions. I am social media maven and love to show real estate agents and business owners how to make their business “buzz” via Facebook and Instagram posts and videos (especially if they are on a shoe string budget) to market and brand their biz.  Graduate of the University of Florida, College of Journalism with a degree in Advertising.

    Kylie B –  www.ohmyitskye.com   Instagram

    I’m Kye a 20-something year old blogger who has been flying the friendly skies for the last three years and backpacking to cover as much of this beautiful earth as possible. I am up to 27 countries by independent travel and close to 15 more through my job as a flight attendant! I’m an adventure seeker and love getting the nitty gritty of a city. I’m happiest when I’m on the road eating and learning about the places I visit! Follow me along my journey and ask questions along the way! If you like what you’re reading be sure to leave a  comment or drop in on my contact page to send me a private message! I’m happy to answer any traveling questions you may have! Graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Hospitality.

    Alle – www.hallealessia.com   Instagram 

    I am Halle Bellisari – owner and creator of Halle Alessia Photography. I am a natural light portrait, wedding, and lifestyle photographer based in Southeast and Southwest Florida. Photography has allowed me to focus on captivating the life we live through the soul of my subjects. I adore helping folks free their mind and express themselves through my photos as I capture the true art of observation. Always inspired by life and the ever-changing disposition that comes with each day, my excitement continues to flourish. I am enchanted to grow this bright, bold, and blooming passion of mine. I hope, with me, you are able to explore the light and love of my photo journey! Lets Chat! Graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Public Relations.

     

    Oceans 234 hosted #SoooBoca for the tasting and our meal was free of charge.

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    #SoooBoca Beaches Are Fabulous!

    #SoooBoca Beaches Are Fabulous!

    (This shot is from a Boca Beach cam…you can check in, watch the waves and take a break from work from afar at http://video-monitoring.com/beachcams/boca/)

    Summer time, summer time, sum sum summertime is here baby! It is time to breath a bit and hit the beaches and boy do we have amazing beaches in #bocaraton. I grew up hanging out at Red Rocks (now Red Reef) and still am amazed at the beauty of our local Boca beaches.

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    From Spanish River Park to Red Reef to the Palmetto Pavilion and county run (yup) South Beach Inlet at Camino Real there are many choices for diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating and of course simply relaxing and building your dream home ie. the sandcastle. There is even a dog friendly beach up at Spanish River Park!

    Here are some links for ya:

    http://www.mybocaparks.org/

    https://www.myboca.us/347/Beach-Permits

    http://bocasurfcam.com/

    https://www.myboca.us/953/Bark-Beach-at-Spanish-River-Park

    Which is your favorite beach in Boca? Love to see your comments!

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    Want to check out more things to do in Boca Raton…including the beautiful beaches click on Pinterest – Things To Do In Boca Raton (lots of things to repin and check out)

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    About Michele Bellisari “Michele Bee”

    Hey…I am a local real estate agent who grew up in Boca Raton and am passionate about living, working and yes…playing  and promoting all things #SoooBoca! From small businesess to events…you never know when I might “buzz” by and do a Facebook Live moment an Instagram Story or posts on both…you may even see something on Snapchat and YouTube! And yes…I am on Snapchat so to hell with that 35 year old demographic LOL!

    I have a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and have enjoyed successful careers in the consumer health product sector as well as the pharmaceutical world. Licensed since 2003 I work with with both sellers and buyers. I am also a speaker, social media marketer, community leader, mom and wife. By the way…did you know…I am also the creator of #SoooBoca... a place to showcase many of Boca Raton’s fabulous events and businesses.

    Video is my thing, so you will probably catch me whipping out my Iphone 6 and taking snippets of my listings, my real estate life and the life that unfolds around me.  PS…yes I do have a selfie stick…so there you have it!

    In all seriousness…I take my real estate business very seriously. As a top producing agent, I take pride in the white glove service I provide to my customers and work almost exclusively by referral. If you are thinking of buying or selling it is easy to find me on my regular business Facebook  page or if you are thinking of downsizing, going through a divorce or have inherited a property you can find information and resources on those topics at my Real Estate Transitions Coach Facebook page. First Time Home Buyer? Let my team help you find the perfect home within your budget!

    No matter what your real estate question please reach out to me and I will do my best to help you out.

    And if you love to be inspired by color, water, South Florida and some additional #SoooBoca visual content at #SoooBoca on Instagram or just come visit my The Michele Bee Instagram page!  for some inspiration.   

     

    Please refer to city links for beach information, conditions and times. This is not meant to be anything other than my personal opinion.

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    The Addison Boca Raton Wedding Showcase

     

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    #SoooBoca attended The Wedding Showcase at the iconic and historic event venue The Addison build in 1926 by famous architect Addison Mizner in fabulous Downtown Boca.  It truly was a brides dream event in a romantic induced setting under the famous Addison banyan trees that are 100+ years old!

    With my sidekick Alle Bellisari of www.hallealessia.com wedding photography in tow we literally traipsed (yes traipsed) from outdoor rooms to indoor gorgeousness enjoying appetizers, special cocktails like the Blackberry Bramble from Oceans 234, a refreshing drink on a typical warm summer evening. We also enjoyed the pineapple and watermelon martinis and the farmers table full of amazing cheeses, meats, breads and veggies in the ball room on the east side of the venue. And yes…there was cake and cupcakes and ice cream and … many sweet treats for one to taste and enjoy!

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    From elegant table settings, to DJ’s spinning, makeup and hair experts, to amazing photographers and videographers and of course the famous Bloomingdales Bridal Registry was there too…lets not forget the romantic serenading of violins and harps…musically there was something for every bride…and groom.

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    Lets talk about the gowns…oh my…at my wedding I was married in a Princess Diana copy…so you can imagine my delight seeing how the styles have changed and for the better I might add. The lovely models and their very happy demeanor’s made these stunning dresses simply come alive…literally floating around the venue…like opalescent bubbles floating through the air.

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    This was my first time attending this beautiful event. It was romantically whimsical…a complete joy to attend… with happy brides to be face-timing their besties and conversing with their moms with some very attentive and patient grooms to be… a lovely evening was had by all in beautiful Boca Raton.

    For a list of the vendors that were there you can click on the event invite… click right here… http://bit.ly/AddisonWeddingShowcase

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    About Michele Bellisari “Michele Bee”

    Hey…I am a local real estate agent who grew up in Boca Raton and am passionate about living, working and yes…playing  and promoting all things #SoooBoca! From small businesess to events…you never know when I might “buzz” by and do a Facebook Live moment an Instagram Story or posts on both…you may even see something on Snapchat and YouTube! And yes…I am on Snapchat so to hell with that 35 year old demographic LOL!

    I have a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and have enjoyed successful careers in the consumer health product sector as well as the pharmaceutical world. Licensed since 2003 I work with with both sellers and buyers. I am also a speaker, social media marketer, community leader, mom and wife. By the way…did you know…I am also the creator of #SoooBoca... a place to showcase many of Boca Raton’s fabulous events and businesses.

    Video is my thing, so you will probably catch me whipping out my Iphone 6 and taking snippets of my listings, my real estate life and the life that unfolds around me.  PS…yes I do have a selfie stick…so there you have it!

    In all seriousness…I take my real estate business very seriously. As a top producing agent, I take pride in the white glove service I provide to my customers and work almost exclusively by referral. If you are thinking of buying or selling it is easy to find me on my regular business Facebook  page or if you are thinking of downsizing, going through a divorce or have inherited a property you can find information and resources on those topics at my Real Estate Transitions Coach Facebook page. First Time Home Buyer? Let my team help you find the perfect home within your budget!

    No matter what your real estate question please reach out to me and I will do my best to help you out.

    And if you love to be inspired by color, water, South Florida and some additional #SoooBoca visual content come visit The Michele Bee Instagram page! 

  • #SoooBoca, BUZZ AROUND TOWN

    #SoooBoca & The Downtown Boca Trolly Tour

     

     Have you been curious about the new luxury condo and residential developments in Downtown Boca Raton? We were too!

    Last night the Boca Raton Historical Society organized an amazing trolley tour of all of the new residential developments in Downtown Boca.

    What is fantastic about what is happening if you live in Downtown Boca is you can walk to Mizner Park, Royal Palm Place, hit Trader Joes, ride your bike to the parks and beaches, take yoga in Sanborn Square, enjoy the Green Market as well as numerous restaurants, shops and businesses all around the 344 acres called Downtown Boca.

    At each trolley stop there was an informative presentation about amenities, unit information, location, availability and pricing as well as refreshments and appetizers.

    We visited 101 Via Mizner, Boca City Walk, 327 Royal Palm, Palmetto Promenade and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental.

    Thank you to Mary Czar and her team at the Boca Raton Historical Society for a wonderful event! Don’t forget to shop this holiday season at the BRHS gift shop🌴

    Since I originally went on this tour in November 2016,  The Hyatt Place at the corner of Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway has opened and the views from the 7th floor pool level are simply stunning! And Louis Bossi is now open! at the street level.

    Thinking of moving to Downtown Boca Raton? You are in great company! We can help you upsize, downsize, relocate and more! “One Call Handles it All” when you work with our team!

    Not sure what your home is worth in today’s market? Click on the “turquoise” house and get your FREE report today!

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    I Love Boca and Sooo Will You!

    I Love Boca Raton and So Will You… And Here is Why!

    Boca Raton is painted pink with love!

    Bam…once again a fabulous “collaborative ” effort by multiple Realtors across the country bragging on what they love about their cities! If you love Boca like I love Boca leave a comment, like my page, reach out to me if you want to make a move to my town! Here is my contribution to this fantastic blog.

    By the way…if you scroll through my blog posts you will find a lot of fun things to do in Boca. I love to post about Boca Raton’s businesses and events…come visit us at #SoooBoca on Facebook for daily posts! You can also visit my YouTube channel for some local real estate updates and listing videos along with events that happen around town. 

     I’ve had a love affair with Boca Raton since I moved here in 1978 and I am not alone! This city is one of the great loves of my life along with my children, my husband and my dogs. I, also, love the color “pink” which conveniently is one of Boca’s signature colors, and, did you know that the color pink happens to be universal for love ? Isn’t that so romantic, which is so Boca.

    Enjoy colorful sunrises, beautiful walks on pristine beaches, date nights at Mizner Park in Downtown Boca, or you can head over to the original “pink plaza” , The Royal Palm Place! Love is always in the air, especially, around Valentines Day, in the city I call my home…beautiful and fabulous Boca Raton.  

    Full Blog from Valentines Day just click here:

    Love is in the air in these American towns!

    From sunrises and sunsets to gondola boat rides and wineries, these all American cities are perfect for a heart dropping Valentine’s Day getaway! Hope you enjoy!