Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Jupiter, FL to Stuart, Florida

Jupiter Lighthouse

Playing on kayaks in Hobie Sound

Fishing in the sound. (Literally!!)
After a great visit at the private club of Jonathan's Landing Marina, "Island Hopper" departed the dock at 10:05 AM. Skies are sunny with some clouds, a light westerly wind at 5 - 10 and predicted to be in the mid 80's. Another day in paradise. We will be traveling 19 miles to Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Stuart, Florida.(http://www.piratescoveresort.net/) Pirates Cove Resort and Marina is located on the banks of the St. Lucie River and the intracoastal waterway in the heart of Sailfish Alley, this cozy enclave is a perfect place to recoup after a day at sea. This mid-size resort is relaxing and casual, but packed with recreational activities for the day. Stuart, Florida is a compact little town on a peninsula that juts out into the St. Lucie River. It has a remarkable amount of river shoreline for its size as well as a charming historic district.
Strict architectural and zoning standards guide civic-renewal projects in historic downtown Stuart, which has more than 50 specialty shops within a two block area. This will keep Debbie and Joan occupied. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Lyric Theatre(http://www.lyrictheatre.com/) has been revived for performing and community events; a gazebo has free music performance. The old courthouse has become the Courthouse Cultural Center and presents folk art and other exhibits. The George W. Parker General Store is now the Stuart Heritage Museum. Linking the watery past with a permanent record of maritime and yachting events contributing to Treasure Coast lore, the Maritime & Yachting Museum(http://www.myflorida.com/) is near a marina with many old ships as well as historic exhibits to explore. Ship modelers are usually on hand.

Tate welcoming the crew aboard "Island Hopper"

Tonight we ate dinner at Finz, a local restaurant on the water.(finzwaterfrontgrill.com)

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