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From the upscale to the casual, Vero Beach has a culinary culture that drives gastronomes wild. Within the same area, you can sample everything from Latin fusion to comforting classics. While all of the restaurants here are worthy of a visit, we picked five of our favorites below to try. Each of them is unique in character and style.

The Wave

 Emilio and Gloria Estefan are well versed in the nature of mixing things together. It stands to reason that their Costa D’este hotel restaurant, The Wave, would use the flavors of Cuban food to accentuate classic American dishes. The inside reflects as much, with the sharp edges of postmodern American styles meeting the warm woods and sumptuous detail of Havana’s finest residences. The depth of Cuban cooking is on full display here, with dishes such as Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Salsa Verde and the Paella a la Costa made in the traditional style and studded throughout with calamari, scallops, and chorizo. Cheekily named drinks such as the Vitamin Water (Grey Goose Le Citron, Pama, blueberries, and lemon juice) top off the experience, making it a tropical vacation.

Southern Social Kitchen and Bar

The owners of this restaurant call their technique ‘rustic meets refined’, and it’s an approach that follows throughout every part of their business. Customers get a taste of it as soon as they enter, where they’re met with large tables to suit large parties, unfinished wood lining the walls, and simple wall art decorating the area. It’s clear that the chefs here have done their research regarding Southern cooking’s roots, as proved in the Deviled Eggs served Southern style for an appetizer, and Hogfish with collard greens and fried mashed potatoes. Finish off your dinner with a traditional Hummingbird Cake, layered high with pineapples and cherries.

The Kilted Mermaid

When the residents of Vero Beach look to unwind after a long day of fun in the sun, they come to Kilted Mermaid. The Kilted Mermaid serves as the middle ground between the new and old guard of cuisine and alcohol. The proof is in the product. The servers will tell you what wine pairings go best with each dish, the menu describes the flavor profile of certain cheeses, and the bands that play here range from The Leftovers to Wild and Blue. Stop by after a few rounds of golf for the Manchego Pesto Fondue with chicken and bread skewers, served with a Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale.

The Lemon Tree

Sometimes, a sign that something is truly good is that it never really changes. While the rest of the world feels like it needs to catch up with its neighbors, there are certain restaurants that retain their small town charm and great cooking. You’ll find such an example at The Lemon Tree. This diner has been serving up plates to locals for ages. The chefs here don’t feel the need to experiment with tried-and-true menu options. Classics such as Buttermilk Pancakes and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches are served alongside the chef’s take on familiar favorites. The next time that you stop by, grab the Local Mahi Sandwich with Dijon Vinaigrette – you won’t find a fish any fresher than the ones caught locally and served here. Feel free to spend some time here with a cup of coffee, a conversation with a good friend, and a plate of their complimentary muffins.

Waldo’s

 Waldo’s calls itself ‘The last of the great American hangouts.’ Said to have once been the Driftwood Inn, the building is constructed nearly entirely out of wood and retains a quirky, Old Florida aesthetic. True to Waldo’s nature, the extensive menu is of a different theme than the restaurant’s exterior, filled with options such as Southern Style Fish Tacos and Beer Battered Dolphin Fingers. These dining options represent the restaurant’s style: ostentatious, a little brash, but definitely loveable. Top off dinner with one of their over-the-top cocktails, such as their Malibu Confusion or a Pomegranate Martini.

The things that make a great meal vary between every person. One might say that they would need ingredients of the highest caliber or something made with the most advanced tools. Someone else might point out that they like to try new foods and new flavors, or that they like a mix of things. Even then, someone else might say that all they need is a good sandwich and someone to share it with. There’s no argument that Vero Beach knows how to serve up a great plate, no matter what’s on the menu. This isn’t limited to cooking. This ‘Hibiscus City’ has a reputation for offering the best in quality for everything, from shopping to living options. But there’s one neighborhood that puts the best of everything together.

With an amazing history of its own, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has been proudly serving members for over twenty-five years. Members love to call this place home. The West-Indies style Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holidays are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Championship golf and amenities such as tennis, pickle ball, and a fitness center make it even better. Orchid Island spans from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing an unparalleled level of service. Golf is an experience, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is renowned as an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary or its commitment to natural preservation. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was also the proud host of 2018’s 57th Annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Love the Vero Beach location and thinking of making it your home? Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit orchidislandfl.com/real-estate/.

Step behind the gates to learn more about this one-of-a-kind community through the pages of the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine.  To request your copy, click here.

If you’re in the area, stop by the oceanfront Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772.388.3888 to schedule an appointment or for more information visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Vero Beach has an extensive and storied history on Florida’s Treasure Coast. From its role as the home to many orange orchards to its current status as an island vacation destination, this city has had a busy past 100 years for this city have been busy! Residents at Orchid Island are lucky enough to call this place home. To celebrate, the month of October 2018 is dedicated to honoring the Vero Beach Centennial. Everything from fun festivals to celebratory centennial beer will be here—the only question is, will you?

 

Centennial Chili Challenge

Do you have what it takes to make up the best bowl of chili—or better yet, eat all of it? Find out at the Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Centennial Chili Challenge! On October 27, 2018 over 30 competitors will cook up their special renditions of this classic dish in an attempt to win the challenge. Beer trucks and food vendors will be there, so make sure to sample everything!

 

Time Capsule Burial

One of the most exciting things that we can do as a society is to show the people of the future what the past was like through a time capsule. Be a part of it on October 27, 2018, when a horse drawn carriage will carry a time capsule full of things that represent Vero Beach best to its burial place under the flagpole in front of Waldo’s Restaurant. An antique car show and musical accompaniment by the Indian River Charter High School Band will follow.

 

Countryside Centennial Corn Maze

The famed Countryside Corn Maze is teaming up with Vero Beach to bring everyone a fantastic fall festival! You can expect the titular corn maze to be there, alongside kiddie train rides, a nature trail to hike, hayrides and even a corn cannon! Food and drink vendors will be there, so come by with family members and welcome in the fall season while celebrating Vero Beach’s 100 years! Partial proceeds will go toward renovations for McWilliams Park, so help support your community and come on by!

 

With an amazing history of its own, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has been proudly serving members for over 25 years. Members here are even luckier still to call this amazing place home. The West-Indies style Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holiday gatherings are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the resort-style pool and amenities such as tennis, pickleball, and a fitness center available to members.

Even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole course not only is renowned among courses but also holds Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was also the proud host of the 57th Annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, October 6-11, 2018.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and the Town of Orchid and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate Page.

 

It’s hard to believe all of the fun that awaits you at Orchid Island. Between the championship golf, private beach and island lifestyle, there’s something for everyone. We’re happy to share some secrets with a fun game of “Three Truths and a Myth”—see if you can guess them!

You can get anywhere within Orchid Island by golf cart

It’s true! Golf carts are the preferred method of travel within the neighborhood—even though the community is big enough to grant residents the space that they want, all of its amenities can be reached within golf cart driving distance. Whether you want to enjoy some fun in the sun at the beach or pool, dine out or go for a workout at the Tennis & Fitness Center, you simply get in your own golf cart and you’re where you want to be in a matter of five minutes or less. And that also means you can keep your set of golf clubs in your cart so when you’re ready to hit a ball or two, you can just hop in and head on over to the putting green, driving range or 1st tee!

Orchid Island has over a mile of its own private beach

It’s not hard to appreciate Florida’s natural beauty when you have over a mile of secluded beach to enjoy. Orchid Island residents can swim, sunbathe and surf the day away at the private oceanfront overlooks by the Beach Club and just on the other side of our oceanfront residents’ backyards. Lucky visitors have even caught sight of dolphins, sea turtles and white pelicans!

Residents enjoy a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer.

Residents and their guests can enjoy playing on a golf course that was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. He designed the unique course so that players of all skill sets can find their difficulty curve. Fun fact—the course is also part of Orchid Island’s Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Keep your eye on the ball—and out for wildlife!

Orchid Island’s signature drink is the White Orchid

When residents are looking to cool off from playing in the sun all day, they head to the Turtle Bar located poolside at the Beach Club and order a freshly shaken cocktail of their liking. Bartenders might not recognize a White Orchid, but they love to mix up the signature drink of the Club, which is the very yummy and refreshing Thirsty Turtle! Mixing in sweet and tangy, this drink highlights the flavors of Florida!

For those who want to get close to nature and still enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club’s amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only for the natural neighbors who live on the island, but for the residents as well. Members enjoy a mile of private beach access and what’s even better, Orchid Island sits between the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole course not only is renowned among courses, but also holds an Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club was also the proud host of the year’s 57th Annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, October 6-11, 2018.

Love the Vero Beach location? Then you’ll love Orchid Island. Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Town of Orchid and nearby Vero Beach area, and how nature coexists with its residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandRealty.com and check out the Featured Properties page.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.

 

When people want to get away from it all, they head to Florida. And it’s no wonder—with fantastic weather and year-round fun, this place has it all. Vero Beach is a special hidden gem. The idyllic nature is hard to turn down, and the area gets a lot of repeat visitors. Indeed, once guests leave, they’re already planning their return trip. Orchid Island especially has a way of casting its spell.

The quaint seaside area is charming and eclectic. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the peace and nature here. Orchid Island residents know this state of relaxation well, whether they’re enjoying an afternoon with friends at the Beach Club pool or playing a round of golf on the Arnold Palmer—designed course.

This area holds a vast history behind it as well. From its role in Florida’s economy as a fruit grove sanctuary to the historic sites around town, there’s always a story to discover. Make sure to check out the Historic Jungle Trail for a piece of history that you can walk or bike along! There’s an entrance right next to the Orchid Island entry.

Residents of this private community get to be physical as much as they want, whether it’s by enjoying the private beach, working up a sweat at the fitness center or playing a match of tennis or pickleball.

Members of Orchid Island are lucky enough to call this amazing place home. Having served members and their families for over 25 years, this private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the 18-hole, Arnold Palmer—designed course not only is renowned among courses but also holds Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. The recently renovated Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holiday celebrations are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the resort-style pool and amenities such as tennis, pickleball, and a fitness center available to members. Even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area, the Town of Orchid and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information or visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.

 

 

 

 

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club (OIGBC) and the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) have different landscapes when it comes to business, but they have one big thing in common: they care about the environment and its effect on wildlife. With both located between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, there is no denying the beauty that surrounds them. The Indian River Lagoon is known as one of the most biodiverse estuaries in North America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean with all its marine life, including many species of migratory whales, making it an ecologically important area.

The mission of the ELC is “to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.” This mission ties into OIGBC’s environmental stewardship as part of its commitment as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Since 2005, the Club has achieved and maintained this distinction through a high degree of environmental quality in the following categories: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

The common thread between OIGBC and the ELC is their connection with nature. Protection and conservation come naturally as they both take extra steps daily to make sure that their green spaces are sensitive to wildlife, so they can thrive. The ELC is a 64-acre lagoon island nature center with a strong focus on connecting people with nature, conservation education and leadership, research and the importance of being outside in nature for human health. The ELC is a sanctuary for the habitat and wildlife of the Indian River Lagoon. As neighbors, OIGBC and the ELC have much in common and are leading the charge to be active leaders, conservation innovators and educational stewards of the lagoon. A portion of the proceeds raised from the 2018
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship will be directly used to continue to educate children and adults about environmental science and conservation stewardship and to create new nature experiences at the ELC.

The ELC and the OIGBC are also active conservationists, doing innovative programs like water recycling, bird nest monitoring, wildlife education and more. “We’re excited to learn from each other as conservationists of our Indian River Lagoon and as neighbors,” said Molly Steinwald, ELC executive director. “We’re so grateful to have been chosen as the designated charitable beneficiary of the Championship and we truly look forward to more collaborations with such a wonderful like-minded organization.”

As a part of the conservation and lagoon stewardship theme, Orchid Island’s golf superintendent, Matt Boyd, uses “best management practices” that are good for the environment as well as being cost-effective. Matt shared that many golf courses, like Orchid Island, partake in being environmentally conscious, and they’re the green spaces that no one really thinks about. “We’re not just a golf course, we’re a sanctuary, because green spaces are limited and Orchid Island is being very active in the protection and preservation of green spaces,” said Boyd. Wildlife is naturally attracted to areas that provide a healthy habitat and clean water. One way OIGBC keeps its water clean is by using natural methods instead of pesticides and toxic chemicals to treat the golf course. Matt also maintains no-spray buffer zones around all the lakes on the property, with deep-rooted vegetation, 4-5 inches tall. These buffers help with the color of the water, which shades the penetration of light and is beneficial for aquatic vegetation and fish.

Some other innovative projects Orchid Island has done to maintain its Audubon Certification include water recycling, water conservation including reuse of stormwater runoff, a recycling program, a birding trail for education and outreach, a butterfly garden, and fish stocking in the golf course lakes.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the ELC has a big vision for the next 10 years. Already being an Audubon Certified Wildlife Habitat and holding Green Globe certifications for some campus buildings, ELC’s master plan includes adding more visitor experiences, including a new multiuse interpretive center, a butterfly pavilion and pollinator garden, and an education and events pavilion including an area for special private-occasion rentals or ELC-sponsored events. Also included will be a teaching shade house including a horticultural therapy classroom, children’s nature fun zone and more unique nature experiences for all ages from children to senior adults.

With the ELC’s major focus on driving the message home that we’re all in this together locally and globally to be the solution to environmental concerns for the betterment of our lives and our world, OIGBC couldn’t have chosen a more perfect charity beneficiary for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Our members love owning their own golf carts. Why you ask? Well, mainly, this masterstroke of convenience means one thing: island living without the hustle and bustle of traffic, pollution and noise. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need a car to get around here. Whether you want to enjoy some fun in the sun at the beach or pool, dine out or go for a workout at the Tennis & Fitness Center, you simply get in your own golf cart and you’re where you want to be in a matter of five minutes or less. And that also means you can keep your set of golf clubs in your cart so when you’re ready to hit a ball or two, you can just hop in and head on over to the putting green, driving range or 1st tee!

Convenience aside, there is nothing more enjoyable than taking an open-air ride amid some of Florida’s most diverse landscapes. Along the way, chances are high that you will get to see white pelicans along the lakes or an otter family crossing the road. Every turn welcomes another view of the peaceful, natural surroundings as you pass and exchange waves with your friendly neighbors.

If you’re someone who wants to get close to nature and still enjoy the creature comforts of home, then Orchid Island is the place for you. The amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast but for its members as well. What’s even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, and members enjoy more than a mile of private beach access.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course holds Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation.

If this island lifestyle sounds like it is right up your alley, you can request your copy of the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and all that it has to offer.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to up to $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate at Orchid Island, visit our Real Estate page.

Summer is the time to relax and enjoy some fun in the sun, and Vero Beach has plenty to offer. From fresh food to rare finds, this charming seaside town is South Florida’s hidden gem. Check out some of our favorite things to do!

Vero Beach is seen as a foodie paradise. With chefs eager to play with the fresh ingredients that Florida grows, you’ll find creative dining options catering to the highest standards. Start off your morning with breakfast at Lemon Tree, an upscale diner with a loyal local following that provides American-style breakfasts and lunches. Within close proximity to the ocean, you can start a beach day with Buttermilk Pancakes and Lemon Tree Eggs Benedict. Gastronomes and craft beer enthusiasts will find a home at The Kilted Mermaid, the locals’ spot for drafts such as Left Hand Milk Stout and dishes such as Manchego Fondue, while local bands play in the background. Three simply irresistible spots are the restaurants at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. The Pool Grille & Turtle Bar, the Beach Club and the Golf Club, offering members a full spread of dishes in settings that range from poolside casual to upscale.

The shopping here is incomparable, as well. Vero Beach’s climate and way of life are perfect for artisans to work their craft and for small businesses to flourish. Just across the bridge off 14th Street, Downtown Vero offers some of the most fun boutique shops and jewelers. After a day of shopping head to Rio Coco Café & Roastery where you can grab an artisan cup of joe. Make sure to keep your Saturdays open for the Farmers Market Oceanside, which hosts local artists, crafters, and clothing makers alongside produce sellers and organic snacks.

If you’re looking for a beach, there’s no place better than Orchid Island. Because the club owns over a mile of private oceanfront, the whole expanse of the beach is reserved for its residents of the Club. The slow-paced lifestyle and attentive upkeep mean that there are soft white sands and cool blue waters for Orchid Island families to enjoy. Keep an eye out for the animals that call Orchid Island home, such as leatherback sea turtles, ospreys and even the occasional dolphin.

Members of Orchid Island are even luckier still to call this amazing place home. Having responded to members with exceptional service, this private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole course not only is renowned among courses but also holds an Certified Audubon Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. The recently renovated Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holiday gatherings are held in the dining room, and families enjoy beachside service as they have fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

Residents here enjoy the island lifestyle and there are so many ways to experience it. Love the Vero location? Request the inaugural issue or Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>here. to learn more about living the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of.

For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit us at OrchidIslandRealty target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>here.

Orchid Island Vero Beach Florida, Provides a Culinary Adventure for the Most Discerning Foodies

Orchid Island is home to three distinct dining venues, each with its own menu, personality and dining experience. It takes a true culinary veteran to orchestrate everything. That’s where Orchid Island’s executive chef, Chris Sozio, steps in, spending his day coordinating daily menus, among many other tasks, to give Orchid Island members a true culinary experience.

The Buck’s County, Pennsylvania native started his culinary journey at his father’s restaurant where he gained his respect for the culinary arts. He then attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he received first-class training. While in culinary school, Sozio took his first professional steps as an intern at the Williamsburg Inn. After graduating from CIA, he moved closer to home and began working at an upscale restaurant in Doylestown, Pennslyvania.

 

Sozio’s journey to Orchid Island was full of many miles and a few tropical stops along the way. Before landing at Orchid Island in 2014 as executive chef, he worked at fine dining restaurants and resorts in the Virgin Islands, Hawaii and Connecticut. His first destination was Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands signature luxury resorts. From there, he was in Hawaii as part of the opening team at The Lodge at Koele, known for its elegance and distinctive charm, followed by a stint at the Manele Bay Hotel, a luxurious hotel that is situated on the picturesque island of Lanai. But when his mentor, John Farnsworth, moved to Connecticut to open up The Mayflower Inn, Sozio followed suit helping it earned the distinction of becoming a Relais & Chateâux Property. Eventually moving to Florida, Sozio and Farnsworth both worked together again at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach for 18 years before Chef took the helm of the culinary program at Orchid Island.

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The Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club community has three dining options, all of which are supervised by Sozio and conveniently just a short golf cart ride away for the members: The Pool Grille, Golf Club and Beach Club.

The Pool Grille & Turtle Bar is the perfect poolside paradise where you can enjoy tranquil breezes beneath the swaying of palm trees while enjoying lunch. Offering both bar and dining seating optionsthe venue is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. The menu includes creative salads, local seafood and delicious burgers. This is, without a doubt, is one of the biggest perks of waterfront living.

The Golf Club is a wonderful place to unwind and catch up with friends, offering a comfortable and casual atmosphere for dining or socializing. One of the favorite activities is sitting out at the fire pits overlooking the 10th tee, fairway and sparkling lake where many tropical birds like to hang out. On Fire Pit Fridays, members like to sit back and relax to the sounds of live music while enjoying delightful bites from the Fire Pits Favorites Menu. On chilly nights, blankets are available, making it extra cozy.

The Beach Club Dining Room overlooks the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, making it a superb upscale dining experience where members indulge their palates with one of the chef’s masterful selections paired with great wines from the Club’s well-thought-out wine list.

And if time or convenience factors become an issue, delivery and catering services are available.

As food can be subjective, Chef Sozio makes sure to have a menu that covers everything. Healthy and innovative dining options are offered alongside more decadent dishes. There are also a handful of country club favorites offered. The Orchid Island kitchens focus on a farm-to-table philosophy. Sozio’s relationship with local family-owned farms as well as small-time distributors, the relationship is filled with respect as farmers will even email him when their crops are ready, including details about what’s ready to be harvested.

Catering to members’ tastes, Sozio makes sure members know that the kitchen door is always open and that their appetite is on his mind. This gives members the opportunity to request some of their favorite dishes. It isn’t just the members that Sozio encourages to provide him with feedback. He motivates his sous chefs to assist him with writing menus full of creative and diverse options. Though every menu is different, the outstanding quality always stays the same. Your taste buds will never be bored when dining at Orchid Island.

In his free time, when he isn’t cooking, Sozio loves trying new restaurants all around the area and traveling. Outside of his passion for the culinary arts, he also enjoys taking to the crystalline waters of the Indian River Lagoon and the Treasure Coast in his boat.

For more information about this truly unique private club, sign up for a complimentary copy of our Orchid Island magazine publishing soon!