"In the Spirit of Palm Beach": An Insider’s Guide

Sunday Oct 28, 2012

Established as a luxury vacation destination in southern Florida for the rich and famous in the early 1900s, Palm Beach is synonymous with old-world glamour and new-world sophistication. "Lush, flamboyantly attired, and hospitable, Palm Beach exceeded its arch and quirky reputation," says Simon Doonan. This breathtakingly beautiful resort community-though elite and exclusive-can be truly hospitable to tourists, especially in hotels, restaurants, and shops.

At The Breakers, Palm Beach's oldest existing and most esteemed hotel, the staff is unfailingly friendly. Go into any restaurant and you'll feel welcome; stroll down almost any street and people will give you a neighborly "hello." Pamela Fiori takes you on a tour through this tiny, multilayered island to find the fun in (and out of) the sun.

In this exquisite volume, longtime visitor Pamela Fiori, along with others who visit and live there, shares with readers the heritage of this tropical paradise. From its world-renowned hotels, dreamy estates, and fancy cars to its endless shopping opportunities and impeccable golf courses, In the Spirit of Palm Beach presents a full spectrum of everything the island can offer.

An insider's guide featuring Fiori's selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops completes the book. According to Steven Stolman, "Palm Beach 'musts': No socks. Sweaters over shoulders. Jewelry. A hairstyle known as 'the Palm Beach crash helmet.' Luxe cars. Private jets. Yachts. Bridge. Golf and tennis."

Pamela Fiori's career in magazine publishing spans more than forty years. She was editor in chief of Town & Country, America's premier magazine for the affluent in America, for seventeen years. Before that, she was editor in chief of Travel + Leisure for fourteen years.

An authority on luxury, travel, style, connoisseurship, and philanthropy, Fiori writes and speaks frequently on these subjects.

Fiori’s first book, Stolen Moments, is a tribute to the photography of Ronny Jaques, a contemporary of Richard Avedon and Lillian Bassman. She has also written In the Spirit of Capri and In the Spirit of St. Barths for Assouline.

Come explore Palm Beach through the eyes of Pamela Fiori in her latest book, In the Spirit of Palm Beach, and enjoy a fascinating array of cultural venues, sample the culinary masterworks of celebrity chef-owned restaurants, play on world-class golf courses, and take in one of dozens of internationally renowned destination events without ever having to leave your home.

In the Spirit of Palm Beach is available for purchase at ASSOULINE boutiques worldwide and through

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In the Spirit of Palm Beach

Pamela Fiori

7½ x 11 in - 19.5 x 28 cm

160 pages | 150 illustrations | hardcover with jacket

ISBN: 9781614280606

$45 - €42 - £30

November/December 2012



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