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Welcome to The Hidden Gardens Blog!

Below I have a few tips on staying in the area. Victoria Park is a vibrant little town, known for its beautiful landscaping and central, convenient location. If you want to experience what it's really like to live in Fort Lauderdale, there's no better place... -Jon

Tip: Most of the images and logos on our blog pages will link to the corresponding websites! Be sure to click around and become familiar with the Victoria Park neighborhood. Looking for something specific like a supermarket? Use the 'Search...' function below or browse the Categories on the right:

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Bicycle Rentals

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 2:15 PM

By popular demand, I've had quite a few people ask me about bicycle rentals, so I decided it's time to post about it. Fort Lauderdale has a couple options for bicycle rentals and scooter rentals... and motorcycle rentals if you're feeling really adventurous...


One option is to take advantage of Fort Lauderdales public bicycle rentals. You may have seen these in other cities and it works just the same here. It couldn't be simpler, just walk up and take the bike for a few hours or longer.

Find a location where they are available here: https://broward.bcycle.com/" target="_blank">Broward B-Cycle

 If you are looking to keep the bike for a few days though, you might want to check out the Trek Bicycle Store up on Sunrise Blvd about 2 minutes drive North of us. They are nice guys in there that run the shop and its convenient to our location. You could even walk up there it's not too far.

Take a look at their selection of Bike Rentals here

Have fun out there!!!

Trader Joe's comes to Fort Lauderdale

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM

...And it is really close!! Even closer to Hidden Gardens than Whole Foods Market, Victoria Park locals are thrilled to welcome Trader Joe's to the neighborhood.

I won't get into it too much, but, great food, low prices what more could you want??

1560 North Federal Hwy

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

954-537-3585

Hours: 8AM - 9PM (Mon-Sun)

1.88 miles away

the Foxy Brown

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 6:05 PM

This is a dynamite little place and one of the closest restaurants to Hidden Gardens. the Foxy Brown is a great place to unwind, have a nice glass of wine and grab a bite to eat. Make sure to walk over early though, the secret is out...

According to tripadvisor, the Foxy Brown is currently ranked #9 out of over 1000 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.


Take a stroll over and find out why!

See the Menu  /  See the Wine List  /  See the Brunch Menu

723 E. Broward Blvd. (754) 200-4236

Monday - Friday 11:30am - 10:00pm

Saturday - Brunch 9:30am - 2:00pm

- Regular Menu 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday - Brunch 9:30am - 4:00pm

Closed Sunday Evenings

Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Posted on November 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

 I just went to Chima for the first time a few weeks ago. I'd heard about it, but the opportunity arose, with some friends who were game, so we went. First I have to say, Chima is a restaurant experience, not merely a place to eat. Having said that, it is also one of the most beautiful and elegant restauraunts in Fort Lauderdale.

    5-6 waiters are in constant rotation around the tables, circulating succulent varieties of skewered, roasted meats from their glass front ovens and, at the flip of a coin  will endlessly carve off slices at your table. Not only that, Chima has one of the most incredible Salad Bars I have ever seen in my life. The quality of this restaurant is absolutely top notch and worth every penny. What a special treat. It was so much fun and a few of us rated it in the top 10 dinners ever. Price is about $50 per plate, so bring a healthy appetite. Chima is walkable from Hidden Gardens, but you might need to take a taxi back.

See the Menu

2400 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

954.712.0580


Minute Clinic at CVS Pharmacy

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Every now and again, one does get the sniffles. In the event that you might want to see a doctor, but don't need to go to the emergency room, the CVS up on Sunrise Blvd, next to the Galleria Mall, has a great new walk-in clinic. They have doctors on site who can write you a prescription and they have private examination rooms. While the Florida sun usually cures what ails you, it's good to know about the CVS minute clinic  for peace of mind.


Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 8:15 AM

 List of Upcoming EVENTS and TICKET INFO

"For some cities, the desire to build a major arts complex is a lifetime dream. For the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, that dream came true with the development of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

From concept to fruition, this world-class performing arts center was built with years of passion, planning and dedication. The passion began nearly four decades ago, when Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium, built in the 1940s, and the Parker Playhouse, constructed in the late 1950s, struggled to meet the changing performing arts needs of this expanding South Florida cultural community.

  Recognizing the need for a more viable venue -- one with a much greater seating capacity, spacious backstage and meeting facilities -- and more than one stage, visionaries set forth to turn their dream into reality.

  Although it would take nearly 30 years, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts opened it's doors on February 26, 1991 offering the community a future of the best in performing arts and entertainment." - From their website

The $50 Coupon-Give it away...(UPDATED!)

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 11:15 AM

UPDATED: We are finishing up our 3rd year of business at Hidden Gardens!!! Many thanks to our past guests for making it a great success. 

In appreciation, we're now giving $50 OFF to all our past guests who return to Hidden Gardens for another stay. In addition, there are no limits to referrals. In other words, if you refer 2 people that make reservations with us, get an additional $100 OFF, for 3 people get $150 OFF your next stay... I hope to see you again soon and thanks again for passing our name along.

 

Originally posted on January 21st 2014:

Well, it's been almost two years since we opened our doors, and ever since, the word has spread about Hidden Gardens. I'm so appreciative to our guests for passing along our name. This coupon is already going out to a few of you...

Here's how it works; If you have stayed with us before, give this coupon to a friend for their stay at Hidden Gardens. Once your friend makes a reservation with us (and gets the $50 discount), I will credit $50 towards your next stay as well.

Our past guests are our best advocates, and we like to say 'thanks' for passing our name along. -Jon

Luigi's Coal Fired Pizza

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 7:50 AM

 So I've written about Pizza before, but I'm revisiting the subject as I've come to love Luigi's as 'the' place to get a Pizza. I didn't include Luigi's originally because they don't deliver, however, the problem has been solved by Delivery Dudes, whom I've blogged about in a past post (see link, and I have 'free delivery' coupons from the D.Dudes, a $5 value, just ask me). Now to the Pizza... It's a handmade, crispy New York style thin crust but not a flat bread or powdered with too much flour. They offer a superb selection of toppings from the obvious to the slightly daring and integrity to the ingredients is second to none. Clearly nothing comes from a can here, like I've suspected from so many pizza parlours. The Four Cheese pizza is an excellent choice and I would recommend their signature Margherita Napoletana and the Fradiavolo. These pizza pies are complemented well by Luigi's coal fired chicken wings with sauteed onion sauce, or a ceasar salad with thick shaved parmesian. Luigi's is just down on the corner of SE15th Ave and Las Olas Blvd, an easy walk and worth it for their good selection of beer and wine to pair.


The Tiny Little Tea Leaf

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 Yes, we have 24hr. Walgreens and 7-11's close by, but the very closest place (just two blocks away) to get that last minute item is 'The Tiny Little Tea Leaf'. This is a real 'Mom and Pop' convenience store, just round the corner, owned and operated by Ruth and John. Great if you want to pop-out quickly for a bottle of wine, beer or soda. Not only that, they have a little deli for fresh sandwiches and daily hot soups. (my favorite is 'the Russian Bear'- roast beef and creamy horseradish sauce on a kaiser roll -mmmmm!). It's not a huge place, as the name implies, but they've got the basic toiletries, odds and ends, paperback books, ice creams and more. An eclectic selection for sure! Being the owner of my own small business, I know what it takes and I like knowing I've spent my money here. Great little family run businesses like this are becoming scarce, so make sure to check them out!

151 NE 16th Ave. in Victoria Park!

(954) 463-0725

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat 10:30am-8:00pm

Wed 10:30am-6:30pm

Closed Sunday

New App from 'HomeAway Hospitality'

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

HomeAway has rolled out their new 'Hospitality App.'


The App can be useful and includes a lot of information about your reservation at Hidden Gardens. This is a new feature, so please bear with us while it is updated by HomeAway.... You can always simply refer to our website, here, for complete and up-to-date information.


The App is available for free download from the HomeAway website.

I encourage our tech saavy guests to use the App, and please let me know how it's working for them!

For those who do not wish to use it, - it is not required for a stay with us.


Please don't hesitate to call me if you have a question at (954) 708-0408 .... the 'ole fashion way :) - Jon

2014 Int'l Boat Show - Fort Lauderdale

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The 2014 International Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will be held on October 30th- November 3rd and its just a few minutes from Hidden Gardens!


"Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the "Yachting Capital of the World" will host the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 30-Nov 3, 2014. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.

Covering seven locations and over 3 million square feet of space, the show's transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system." - Show Management


 Get your Tickets HERE:


BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE

Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2014

 

Prime Time Preview:

Thurs. Oct 30, 10am - 7pm


General Admission:

Fri. Oct 31, 10am - 7pm

Sat. Nov 1, 10am - 7pm

Sun. Nov 2, 10am - 7pm

Mon. Nov 3, 10am - 5pm

 

The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center (JETC)

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Holiday Park is an actual, real park located in the northwest corner of the Town of Victoria Park, confusing I know. Aside from catching a game of tennis, Holiday Park is a nice place to take a walk and get some exercise, many of our guests have enjoyed using the public facilities there.

 

Here's what the City of Fort Lauderdale.gov sais about the Tennis Center:

"The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center (JETC), located in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park, is known throughout the world as one of the nation’s finest public tennis facilities. Its rich and distinguished history includes everything from teaching children how to improve their serves and backhands to contributing to the development of tennis professionals such as Chris Evert and Jennifer Capriati. The Center features 18 lighted clay courts, three hard courts, a clubhouse with locker and shower facilities, players’ lounge and a Tennis Hall of Fame. The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center is located just minutes from the world famous Fort Lauderdale Beach [and seconds away from Hidden Gardens!] in the lush tropical setting of Holiday Park."

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 7:45am to 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 7:45am to 6pm

Call for holiday hours: (954) 828-5378


Las Olas Boulevard

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I could go on and on with high praises of Las Olas Blvd, but I'm sure there's already a  few blogs out there doing that. Take a stroll, just a few blocks south of Hidden Gardens and see what you'll find! These two comments below wrap it up nicely:

"Las Olas is often described as the jewel in Fort Lauderdale's crown, and rightly so. It's hard to imagine any other area that has so much to offer its visitors and local residents. Fabulous restaurants, fashion stores, galleries, spas and salons - just about everything you need is right here on Las Olas." - iamlasolas.com

"Twinkling lights set the stage each evening for South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district. Stroll the boulevard, duck in and out of our cool breezeways, and be delighted by what you’ll discover - nowhere else in Florida will you find over 30 al fresco dining options, 10 major international art galleries, 2 world class museums, 65 unique shops filled with fashion, accessories, gifts, and more." - tripadvisor.com

Fresh Market vs Publix... or Whole Foods?

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

 The Fresh Market is a newer supermarket to Fort Lauderdale and I have to say, I find myself going there more and more. It's very clean and well organized, but what really sets it apart is the excellent selection of prepared meals. Always 10 different freshly made salads ready to go, fresh sushi, fresh bread and meats and a huge buffet of prepared warm dishes for take-out. This can really be a life saver when one finds oneself in a 'I don't feel like cooking' moment... The Fresh Market is on the corner of NE4th St. and Federal Highway.


My go to Supermarket for all the basics, is on the corner of NE15th Ave. and Sunrise Blvd.  It's about 3 times larger than Fresh Market and both are about the same distance from Hidden Gardens. It's great to have them both so close by and I should add, across the street from Publix, on NE15th Ave, is a 24hr Walgreens Pharmacy, -also a nice thing.


If however, you are feeling organic produce is more your thing, just a few minutes further north on Federal Highway and NE20th St. is Whole Foods Market, a health food/ organic super market... A little pricier but, well, you know... get your veggies here :)


BOA's (free) Starlight Concert Series

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The 36th Annual Bank of America Starlight Musicals concert series starts Friday June 6, 2014, right around the corner from Hidden Gardens at Holiday Park!

"Each summer, Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Starlight Musicals concert series sponsored by Bank of America. For 36 years, these free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The series features an exciting line up of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more.

 

The shows take place Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, which is located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park. We look forward to seeing you out there this summer!"

http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/events/starlight/starlight.htm

 

HD Channel Guide

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

 You arrive to your new place, put your bags away, sit down and relax. Now, what's on TV? Rather than fumble through the 1000 or so channels available on Comcast, I've listed the High-Definition channels we get below for a little easier access. Relax and watch a movie on HBO (Ch.416 and Ch.480-485) or listen to some music, from Jazz to Blues to Reggae (on Ch.800-843). For all the other channels... you're on your own.


  • 377 BBC AMERICA HD
  • 380 THE WEATHER CHANNEL HD
  • 381 CARTOON NETWORK HD
  • 382 NICKELODEON
  • 383 ABC FAMILY HD
  • 384 DISNEY CHANNEL HD
  • 386 GMC HD
  • 387 INV. DISCOVERY HD
  • 388 H2 HD
  • 389 HALLMARK CHANNEL HD
  • 392 FXX HD
  • 393 CBS SPORTS HD
  • 397 HLN HD
  • 98 TRUTV HD
  • 399 MSNBC HD
  • 400 BLOOMBERG HD
  • 401 FS FLORIDA HD
  • 402 SUN SPORTS HD
  • 403 ESPN HD
  • 404 ESPN2 HD
  • 405 GOLF CHANNEL HD
  • 407 TNT HD
  • 409 UNIVERSAL HD
  • 410 A&E HD
  • 411 PALLADIA HD
  • 412 VELOCITY HD
  • 414 FOOD NETWORK HD
  • 416 HBO HD
  • 415 HGTV HD
  • 420 USA HD
  • 421 TBS HD
  • 422 HISTORY HD
  • 423 CNN HD
  • 424 DISCOVERY CHANNEL HD
  • 425 TLC HD
  • 426 ANIMAL PLANET HD
  • 427 SYFY HD
  • 428 FOX NEWS CHANNEL HD
  • 429 AMC HD
  • 430 BRAVO HD
  • 431 ABC (WPLG) HD
  • 432 NBC (WTVJ) HD
  • 433 CBS (WFOR) HD
  • 34 FOX (WSVN) HD
  • 435 THE CW (WSFL) HD
  • 436 MY NETWORK TV (WBFS) HD
  • 437 ION (WPXM) HD
  • 438 PBS (WPBT MIAMI) HD 
  • 439 WGNAD HD
  • 440 MEGA (WSBS) HD
  • 441 TELEMUNDO (WSCV) HD
  • 442 UNIVISION (WLTV) HD
  • 443 UNIMAS (WAMI) HD
  • 444 PBS PALM BEACH (WXEL) HD
  • 445 MUNDOFOX (WGEN) HD
  • 447 HSN HD
  • 448 NBC SPORTS HD
  • 450 SPEED HD
  • 451 FX HD
  • 452 SPIKE HD
  • 453 COMEDY CENTRAL HD
  • 457 E! HD
  • 458 TRAVEL CHANNEL HD
  • 459 LIFETIME HD
  • 461 STYLE HD
  • 462 G4 HD
  • 463 TV ONE HD
  • 464 BIO
  • 465 LMN HD
  • 468 HALLMARK HD
  • 469 FOX BUSINESS HD
  • 470 CNBC HD
  • 471 QVC HD
  • 473 MTV HD
  • 474 VH1 HD
  • 475 BET HD
  • 476 CMT HD
  • 480 HBO2 HD
  • 481 HBO SIGNATURE HD
  • 484 HBO ZONE HD
  • 485 HBO LATINO HD
  • 486 CSS HD
  • 487 PBS MIAMI (WLRN) HD

Sushi Rock - Las Olas

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Sushi has come a long way since a slice of raw fish was draped over a bit of wasabi and a ball of sticky rice. If you love Sushi like me and want to be completely blown away by the imagination of a sushi chef,

Sushi Rock is for you.

It is typically crowded and the tables are very close together, but it all adds up to the hip ambience of this cool little sushi restaurant. You might not recognize the sushi rolls by their classic names, but alternately, find rolls called 'Pink Floyd', 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' or 'Strawberry Fields Forever' (all of which I highly recommend). Luckily, the creative sushi fusion from Sushi Rock is right around the corner from Hidden Gardens, just a 10 minute walk.

owner, manager, website developer...

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 7:45 AM

 ...gardener... I wear a lot of hats at Hidden Gardens and I've spent lots of time designing and polishing our website. :) Over the past few days, I've updated a few things and created our new 'Guest Sign-In' page. Look for it on the lower right hand corners of each of the apartment descriptions or in the "More" drop-down menu.

     Once you've made a reservation with us, you'll have access to our password protected pages. You'll find arrival details on our new 'Welcome!' page and see some instructions for leaving a review on our new 'Write a Review' page.

     In your travels through our web pages, if you ever find a link that's not working or experience any difficulty, please let me know!

Got Room Service? yep...Delivery Dudes

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I love delivery. If I'm exhausted and get to sit down to a 5 star meal, while flicking through the TV channels, and not hashing out a meal in the kitchen... I feel I've cheated the system somehow and won. It is a guilty pleasure for sure. Delivery Dudes have picked up on this sentiment, so now I can eat out just about anywhere and never leave the couch... This company specializes in food delivery from restaurants that would not normally deliver. But wait- you feel like sushi and your significant other feels like Italian? No problem, you can order online, from more than one restaurant and Delivery Dudes will bring them both at the same time.

Wow! These dudes are good!

A Full List of Participating Restaurants

Call between 11am-11pm

(954) 636-4343

AMERICAN SOCIAL

BAO 

BIMINI BOATYARD 

BRAVO RISTORANTE

CAFE VICO RISTORANTE

DOWNTOWNER SALOON

DUBLINER 

ERNIE'S BBQ

FRESH FIRST

GREEN BAR & KITCHEN

LA BONNE CREPE

LAUDERDALE GRILL 

LUIGI'S PIZZA

MY MARKET & DELI

MYAPAPAYA

PANARETTO

PUBLIC HOUSE

QUARTERDECK

RED COW

RICE & DOUGH

ROK:BRGR

SKY THAI SUSHI

SOUTHPORT RAW BAR

SULTAN'S EVOO MARKET

SUSHI SONG

THE FLORIDIAN

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA

TRATA GREEK TAVERNA

TUSCAN GRILL

Good Morning... now where is Starbucks?

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Ok, ok, we have two Starbucks within close proximity, so don't panic. One to the northeast across the street from the Galleria Mall on East Sunrise Blvd and the other is to the southwest, on the corner of Federal Hwy and Broward Blvd. I'd go to the one up on E Sunrise because there's lots of parking up there and not much at the Broward/Federal shop. Ok, all better now? phew.


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