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Hutchinson Shores: America’s Happiest Seaside Town

by Jamie Lober 


  • 178 Guest Rooms with Ocean, Pool, or Sunset Views
  • Direct Access to Pristine Beach
  • Two Heated Outdoor Pools
  • Luxurious Sun Deck with Loungers & Pool Bar
  • Jacuzzi
  • Beach and Pool Attendants
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Oceanfront Dining at Drift Kitchen + Bar
  • Dune Beach Bar with Spectacular Ocean Views
  • Modern Fitness Studio with Premium Equipment
  • Yoga and Special Fitness Classes on Beach
  • Private Dining Room for Special Events
  • Ideal Location Near Fishing, Golf, & Downtown Stuart
  • 8,000 Sq. Ft. of Exceptional Event Space
  • Business Center
  • Valet Parking

If you are looking for a treasure on the Treasure Coast of Florida, you have just discovered it.  You can find this gem called Hutchinson Island located about 100 miles north of Miami and less than 50 miles from Palm Beach International Airport.  They are widely recognized for their beautiful beaches, nature preserves and recreational parks.  The island comprises of 2 barrier islands that are separated by the Fort Pierce Inlet.  

This scenic part of the Sunshine State will allow you and your family to spot manatees at Indian River Lagoon, watch pelicans as they wait for fishermen to throw a snack their way and even horseback ride along the beach.  The big or little Astros fan in your home will be pumped to stay at Hutchinson Shores Resort, a location offering easy access to First Data Field, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  This hotel opened in spring of 2017 and was the first new beach resort to be constructed on Hutchinson Island in two decades.  Not only will you be near acclaimed museums and attractions, trendy shopping, restaurants and entertainment galore in downtown Stuart, you have two oceanfront restaurants, two swimming pools and a signature spa at your fingertips without even having to leave the property.  

If you do not feel like exploring the town, you can relax and have a day at the pool and spa while your child gets active on the Atlantic.  Activities offered by Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa are diverse enough that everyone is sure to find something they will enjoy.  Every week there are opportunities for shell collecting, sandcastle building, sea turtle scavenger hunts, yoga and evening rhythm drum circles on the beach.  From May through October sea turtles lay their eggs for nesting season and this is their territory.  If surf, sand and sun are not enough encouragement to leave Houston’s cold winter climate, there are some unique attractions that cannot be found anywhere other than this hidden gem of a destination.  

Check out Elliott Museum in Stuart.  You will be able to peruse through collections of classic cars, trucks, boats and bikes as well as an array of art.  You can expect to find the 1903 Stanley Steamer Runabout, 1903 Cadillac Roadster, 1926 Bugatti T-35 Grand Prix Racer and 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom sedan, V-12 to name a few.  The Florida Watercolor Society, now in its 47th year, is one of the biggest and most prestigious organizations of its type in the nation.  This historic museum is hosting a traveling exhibit with some inspiring artwork.  A lesser known fact is this place was named after Sterling Elliott, a successful inventor and businessman from the area who held more than 125 patents in his lifetime.  Admission is 14 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for kids and little ones under 6 are free.  

If nature trails, a sea star touch tank pavilion, rays on the reef ray pavilion and a 750,000-gallon game fish lagoon appeal to you, the Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Science Center is waiting for your arrival.  There is a fun and educational visitor’s center where you can learn about habitats like coastal hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamp communities.  Sea turtle walks and stingray and gamefish feeding programs can be a lot of fun to participate in as well.  Admission is 12 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for kids and little ones under 3 are free.  

In historic downtown Stuart, you are sure to get your groove on at Rock’n Riverwalk.  Every Sunday this free, open-air concert takes place from 1-4pm where locals and visitors come together along the Riverwalk Stage.  You can sing and dance to live music ranging from rock to reggae and browse various vendor booths all while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  You will not be far from unique and eclectic shops like Rare Earth Gallery where you can find handmade art such as blown glass, jewelry boxes and pottery from local artisans.  You will also be near the Stuart Heritage Museum where you can see the growth and development of the city, from its beginnings of growing pineapples all the way up until where they are today.

As our temperatures continue to dip, it is the perfect time to start packing your bags for an enjoyable and fun-filled getaway for the entire family.  Coastal Living dubbed this area “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” in 2016 and it will surely leave everyone with lasting memories and a smile.

What to See & Do

Hutchinson Island in Jensen Beach offers guests a unique and relaxed Florida vacation experience and miles of stunning beachfront, only 45 minutes north of Palm Beach. Located on Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast between Martin and St. Lucie counties, our oceanfront resort offers the perfect spot for exploring all that our colorful area has to offer. 

Beaches & Watersports – enjoy miles of perfect white sand beaches, uncrowded and unspoiled, you’ll feel as you have discovered a hidden oasis. Hutchinson Island is the perfect place for snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. 

Fishing in Martin & St. Lucie Counties – Home to the current International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world record of the largest spotted seatrout caught (it weighed more than 17 pounds), the crystal blue waters of Fort Pierce, in St. Lucie County, always deliver a spectacular fishing experience. 

Private Charters and Party Boats – There are several private inshore and offshore fishing charters based out of Fort Pierce City Marina, with various options ideal for your budget and schedule. 

Downtown Stuart – Only eight miles from the resort, enjoy the historic and colorful town of Stuart named Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town of 2016. With a strong emphasis on a keeping the area’s authentic charm, the downtown is home to more than 50 locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The picturesque Riverwalk offers beautiful views both during the day and lit up at night.

The House of Refuge – Take a step back in time and explore an original and the only remaining House of Refuge. Originally one of ten along the east coast that served as a safe haven for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the Atlantic.

Golf – Enjoy some of Florida’s finest golf courses just minutes from our resort. With a range of private and public courses you can enjoy world class facilities and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon.

Florida Oceanographic Society – Visit with the resident rescued turtles and learn about the marine conservation and rescue efforts at this world class facility just minutes from the resort.

Festivals – Lively and fun, the town hosts weekly concerts and many annual events including Dancing in the Street, the Arts and Crafts Festivals, and impressive holiday festivities. 

Palm Beach Gardens Mall – South Florida’s Upscale Shopping Destination – The resort is also conveniently located only 35 miles from South Florida’s premiere upscale shopping destination, Gardens Mall, where shopping enthusiasts can find more than 160 specialty shops and restaurants.

Elliott Museum – Car aficionados and history buffs would be remiss not to pay a visit to the Elliott Museum with its significant collection of classic cars and trucks, as well as bicycles, boats, baseball memorabilia and other American history relics.

Stay & Play

As fans gear up for spring training baseball to return, Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, located only 55 minutes away from FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, has put together a Spring Training + Sandcastles program for fans seeking a beachside retreat to relax at while cheering on their favorite team. 

Available for stays between February 23 – March 31, 2019, Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa’s Spring Training + Sandcastles offers loyal baseball fans: 

  • Savings up to 20% off best available rates
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A welcome fan amenity
  • Personal Hutchinson Shores resort beach bag
  • Baseball enthusiasts interested in this seasonal deal can book at www.hutchinsonshores.com using rate code TRAIN. 


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