The Breakers opened its doors on January 16, 1896 – making the legendary oceanfront resort 118 years old today! Now in its second century, The Breakers continues the tradition of excellence begun by its founder Henry Morrison Flagler.

Happy Birthday, Breakers!

Henry FlaglerA Standard Oil Company magnate, Henry Flagler acquired and built railroads to serve Florida’s east coast, opening the once isolated region to development and tourism. In 1894 he built his first hotel in the southeast coast, The Royal Poinciana Hotel at Lake Worth, attracting the elite to what would become the world’s premier resort destination, Palm Beach.

In 1896, Flagler built a second hotel, The Palm Beach Inn on the beachfront of the Royal Poinciana. Soon guests requested rooms “over by the breakers.”  When Flagler redoubled the hotel’s size, he renamed it The Breakers.

In honor of the resort’s birthday, we wanted to share some timeless historical images…

Happy Birthday, Breakers!

During an expansion project – the fourth in less than a decade – The Breakers burned down on June 9, 1903. Less than a year later on February 1, 1904, it reopened to universal acclaim. Rooms started at four dollars a night, including three meals a day. The guest register read like a “who’s who” of early twentieth century America – Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan vacationed alongside United States presidents and European nobility.

Happy Birthday, Breakers!

Happy Birthday, Breakers!

Happy Birthday, Breakers!
Seventy-five artisans were brought from Italy to complete the magnificent paintings on the ceilings of the 200-foot long main lobby and first-floor public rooms. Far grander than its predecessor, The Breakers remains an unrivaled masterpiece.

Happy Birthday, Breakers!

Happy Birthday, Breakers!
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Celebrate with The Breakers!
In honor of the resort’s birthday, we will be celebration by featuring the following…

As Daiquiries and Tootsie Rolls were invented in 1896, The Breakers will be offering specialty Daiquiris by the pool and Tootsie Roll Martinis throughout the Dining Collection today.

In honor of 1896, a lunch special will be offered at The Beach Club Restaurant and Ocean Grill for $18.96. A featured appetizer, also priced at #18.96, will be available at The Seafood Bar.

Happy Birthday, Breakers!

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We’re honored to share with you that The Breakers’ Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival dinner, “An Evening in the Garden of Good & Evil” was featured as BizBash‘s Idea of the Day yesterday!

PBFWF: An Evening in the Garden of Good & Evil
The Design Studio at The Breakers brought John Berendt’s novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” to life, turning The Circle Ballroom into Savannah’s famed Mercer House.

Led by The Breakers Executive Chef Jeff Simms, our culinary team served a delectable four-course meal of sultry Southern fare – each course expertly paired with a sensational fine wine by Master Sommelier Virginia Philip.

Read more (and ogle more photos!) from the gorgeous gourmet event in BizBash’s coverage of the evening at The Breakers and five-day Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival here.

Catch the video from the event? Watch it now.

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It is alwaInside Weddingsys exciting to flip through the pages of one of our favorite bridal magazine and see a Breakers’ bride and groom smiling back at us!

If you haven’t picked up a copy of the new Winter 2014 edition of Inside Weddings, you certainly should.

The magical wedding of Morgan and Andrew, with photos by Stephen Maloman of Maloman Studios, is featured across eight dreamy pages of the current issue…

Congratulations Morgan & Andy!

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Be sure to pick up a copy (or subscribe online now!) of the new issue of Inside Weddings on stands now.

Stay tuned for more stunning images from this gorgeous wedding on the blog soon!

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Before the holidays, our team was honored to host the premiere event of the annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival:  “An Evening in the Garden of Good & Evil.”

Hosted by the Food Networks’ Marc Summers and presented by The Breakers’ longtime partner, Cheney Brothers, the gourmet dinner in The Circle Ballroom brought Savannah’s famed Mercer House to Palm Beach.

PBFWF: An Evening in The Garden of Good & Evil at The Breakers

Led by The Breakers Executive Chef Jeff Simms, our culinary team served a delectable four-course meal of sultry Southern fare – each course expertly paired with a sensational fine wine by Master Sommelier Virginia Philip.

The special night was also a way to honor our incredible Virginia-born Chef Simms, who has been perfecting his low country southern style for nearly 20 years. (See our photo tribute.)

Take a peek inside the magical evening with this wonderful film by Breakers Blue Book partner Senderey Video Productions

Stay turned for more coverage from the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival dinner at The Breakers.

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