Time for Sunrise Bliss
by Visit New Smryna Beach, FL
Sweeten Up Your Stay with a Stop at Beachside Candy
With its picture-perfect front porch and cheery pink and mint-colored exterior, Beachside Candy has been a Flagler Avenue staple since 2006. Bins of brightly-hued salt water taffy, offered in flavors like banana split and frosted cupcake, catch the eye and tickle the taste buds of New Smyrna Beach visitors and locals, alike. These self-proclaimed “Purveyors of Yumm” also make their own chocolates in-house, molded in coastal-inspired shapes like shells, starfish and palm trees. Craving something cold after a day in the sun? Grab a scoop of Hershey’s classic strawberry ice cream or opt for a more decadent flavor like midnight caramel river. Once you’ve satisfied that sweet tooth, pedal off those extra calories with a ride on the beach—as this charming little confectionery also rents bicycles. For a tempting treat or a cool cone, a stop at Beachside Candy is a must in NSB.
Cake for breakfast? Yes, please. Donnie’s Donuts fries up fresh, old-fashioned cake donuts at its family-owned shop on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. These classic donuts are then bedazzled with a variety of icings and toppings, like Fruity Pebbles cereal, buttery streusel, bacon, banana pudding, and chocolate chips. The menu changes daily, so there’s always a new creative concoction to try. And the best part—you can pick them up in your PJs, as Donnie’s offers a drive-thru window service. We recommend ordering a dozen (or two) and a coffee, then heading to the beach to enjoy these delicacies with an ocean view.
Donut Delights on Canal Street
The Perfect Retreet at Norwood’s
If you ever dreamed of living in a treehouse, then a stop at Norwood’s in New Smyrna Beach is a must. Nestled in a large live oak tree, this local gem is a whimsical welcoming beacon as you cross over the South Causeway to the city’s barrier island. Leafy branches are ensconced by expansive decking, where patrons can sip on a hand-crafted cocktail from the aptly-named Treehouse Bar and order from a well curated menu of appetizers. At night, dangling Edison-style bulbs illuminate the boughs, creating an enchanting atmosphere. There’s also live entertainment each evening, performed by local musicians and bands. When mild Florida winters creep in, the treehouse becomes even cozier. Outdoor heaters are spaced throughout, while faux-fur throws are draped across chairbacks for those who need a little extra snuggly warmth. Branch out on your next trip to New Smyrna Beach with an evening at Norwood’s for dinner and drinks.
Pamper Your Pooch at Silly Willie’s
Life is never “ruff” when you’re at the beach with your best friend. Known for its pet-friendly frame of mind, New Smyrna Beach is rife with fun for you and Fido. Spend a day splashing in the ocean at Smyrna Dunes Park, then stop by Silly Willie’s for a little afternoon shopping. Since 2003, this Flagler Avenue boutique has kept tails wagging with its wide variety of pet products. Here, you’ll find everything from toys to treats to premium food brands. Get gussied up with a stylish new lead or harness for your favorite canine and a new Puppie Love t-shirt for yourself. Silly Willie’s also carries pet-themed home décor items like signs, coasters, picture frames, and tea towels. Pamper your pet (and yourself) with a trip to Silly Willie’s.
Pedal, Paddle or Amble Along: NSB’s Trails and Blueways
Peppered with wet and dry trails, the New Smyrna Beach area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Roll or walk along the East Coast Regional Trail, a paved 12-foot wide path that will one day span 52 miles. This wooded trail is a great place to spot area wildlife, like deer and birds. Pack a lunch to enjoy along the way or make a slight detour for some down-home cooking at Osteen’s Diner. If you prefer water over dry land, rent a kayak and explore the Mosquito Lagoon paddling trail. Perfect for first-time paddlers, this blueway is just over 2 miles long. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you weave around the mangrove wetlands—manatees and dolphins call this area home. No matter if you’re on water or dry land, you’re always on the right path with an outdoor adventure in NSB.
Sunny Side Up: Where to Enjoy Breakfast in NSB
Whether you want a hearty meal of bacon and eggs or something more inventive like chai banana bread French toast, there’s a bounty of breakfast options in New Smyrna Beach.
With two convenient locations, the Wake Up Café offers both traditional American breakfast fare as well as international specialties like alfajores pancakes, an Argentinian dish featuring dulce de leche caramel sandwiched between two buttermilk pancakes and dusted with powdered sugar. It’s deliciously decadent.
Over on Flagler Avenue, Third Wave Café serves up brunch in its charming, verdant garden. A variety of crepes, both sweet and savory, are the stars here. Don’t forget to try a mimosa or Bloody Mary, the perfect breakfast sidekicks.
More of the grab-and-go type? Stop by Go Juice NSB or the Mason Bar for an acai bowl bursting with color and flavor. Both eateries also offer healthful juices and smoothies, packed with fruits and veggies.
Coffee connoisseurs will want to enjoy a warm cuppa from local favorite, Island Roasters, where you’ll find freshly roasted, organic and fair-trade coffees on the board. Warm up with a piping hot café au lait or go the iced route—the baristas use coffee cubes so your beverage still packs a punch after some time in the sun.
Start your day off right with a breakfast at one our NSB’s one-of-a-kind eateries.
Relax in Luxury at The Spa at Venetian Bay
If the hustle and bustle of the holiday season left you feeling more moody than merry, then a spa day may be the key to starting 2019 off right. From massages to facials, The Spa at Venetian Bay in New Smyrna Beach offers a variety of luxurious treatments. Indulge in the La Bella Vita Massage; a therapist uses a large, cool Nautilus shell and warm stones to massage away your tension. Spend too much time having fun in the Florida sun? Opt for the Repair and Protect Facial which will soothe, regenerate, and hydrate your skin. The pampering doesn’t stop there. After your treatment, you get access to the exclusive Venetian Lounge. Inspired by traditional bath houses in Europe, it is complimentary with all spa services. Slip into the heated salt water pool and relax as your tensions melt away. Or stretch out on a stone lounger with a cooling cucumber eye treatment. There’s also a Himalayan salt sauna to bask in. Start 2019 off with a luxury experience at The Spa at Venetian Bay in New Smyrna Beach.
Let Us Be Your Something Blue
Exchange vows on the beach, as the white-capped waves of the blue Atlantic gently roll behind you. Share a first kiss under the warm Florida sunshine, while elated family and friends cheer you on. With 17 miles of stunning white sand, beautiful blue waters, and no special permit required for parties of 50 or less, planning your dream beach wedding is a breeze in New Smyrna Beach.
Looking for something a little more lavish? Celebrate in luxurious style at one of many local venues, like The Delamater House. Say “I do” under a canopy of moss-draped oaks, then move to the rustic, yet elegant barn to party the night away with your guests. There’s also a beautiful bridal cottage and charming groom’s bungalow for relaxing pre-ceremony.
Need help with the details? You’ll find everything you need, from photographers to caterers, right here in New Smyrna Beach. Browse our wedding eBook for help planning an unforgettable celebration.