Unusual Finds in Ponte Vedra Beach

The jewel of Florida’s northeast coast is full of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.

January 18, 2019
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Ponte Vedra Beach is known as the jewel of Florida’s northeast coast – an area popular for its pristine habitats, unobstructed beaches, luxury accommodations, fine dining, culture and arts. But the area has a little-known history as a mining settlement, which may be why the area is such a “jewel.”

In 1914, minerals were discovered in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and a community known as Mineral City grew up around the mining operations. Recovered from beach sand were sought-after minerals such as titanium, zircon and rutile, but mineral mining here discontinued in 1921 when demand dropped after World War 1.

In a nod to Ponte Vedra’s history, shop at Mineral City, where you’ll find Italian ceramics, linens and a great memento of your beach vacation – handmade shell hairbands.

From history to culture, you’ll also find a thriving local arts scene at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Exhibitions, workshops and open studios spotlight the efforts of local artists in a setting that is ideal for visitors to enjoy. Check dates for popular events including Dinner with an Artist, Legacy Trust Home and Art Tour (April) and Bag Lady Luncheon (February). Don’t miss the fine art at Stellars Gallery, one of the longest-operating, privately-owned galleries in Northeast Florida.

Insider Tip!

Did you know you don’t have to be a member to dine at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse? The Mediterranean-style, 77,000-square-foot clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass is a majestic centerpiece for the club, providing TOUR-standard hospitality to members and guests alike. The clubhouse is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for the public to enjoy, with storyteller docents on hand to help every guest explore the club’s wide array of PGA TOUR memorabilia.

Here you’ll find NINETEEN, a restaurant that features a creative array of freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine in a warm, inviting ambiance. The 2,550-square-foot restaurant’s outdoor veranda offers panoramic views of the expansive presentation lawn and both the 9th and 18th holes. NINETEEN is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The best-kept secret at the Clubhouse is the daily Happy Hour. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday you can enjoy five items for $5 each. All drinks are half price and you can try a featured Grey Goose cocktail for $10.

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