Downtown Stuart is like a little cultural oasis. There are plenty of shops where normal people may actually want to buy something and food of every description. It would be impossible to visit and not come away with a fine meal and maybe some art, jewelry, or a trinket or two.
When I was there last weekend, I found a little boardwalk along the river and decided to follow it. I remember the hurricane a few years ago put a hurting on the docks and boardwalk and I was very pleased to find it was even better than before. I kept walking all the way to Roosevelt Bridge. I was happy Mom and Dad were in a walking mood which gave me the opportunity for some exploring.
Most people driving around Stuart only see the top side of the bridge from US1. It does not look like too many people venture underneath on any given day. A few walkers and some folks fishing. The rest are missing out on a concrete and steel wonder.
One of the things that amazes me like nothing else living in South Florida is the rate of change. A hundred years ago almost exactly, this entire area was accessible only by boat. Then came the famous Henry Flagler and his railroad. His achievements have been referenced several times in this blog and here once again I found a bit of his legacy. The railroad bridge may look like it's 100 years old but trains still pass over it.
At the base of the bridge we found the Pelican Cafe. Certainly far from my first choice of eateries with so much to pick from downtown but something caught my eye. A beach. That's right, all those little picnic tables are sitting on white beach sand. Even though Mom and Dad have lived here for many years, they never took the chance. They were a little hesitant at first but having lunch at the mini beach turned out to be a good bet. The food was great and you just could not beat the view. There is a deck around the corner, also on the water, just in case sand in your shoes is not part of your plan for the day.