100 Things We Love About Stuart

As Stuart celebrates 100 years, we count the reasons we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

by Suzanne Wentley by Stuart Magazine Staff Apr 2014

1. Seeing dolphins roll up and over the surface of the water and under our beautiful Roosevelt Bridge.

2. Sharing a basket of garlic knots at Luna Italian Cuisine

3. Saying hello to people you pass on the street

4. Shouting “Merry Christmas!” to neighbors at the Stuart Christmas Parade

5. Strolling the Riverwalk and watching the fish jump

6. Knowing you can set sail to anywhere in the world from here

7. Taking in a show at the Lyric Theatre

8. Buying fresh bread and produce at the green market on Sundays

9. Eating lunch at one of the city’s waterfront mini-parks

10. Getting caught by the drawbridge, putting the car in park and relaxing as a sailboat passes

11. Waving a confused driver through Confusion Corner

12. Forgetting to lock your front door, and it’s OK

13. Meeting friends for a glass of wine after work at Blue Door café

14 Checking out a great book at the well-stocked library system

15. Going to Little League baseball and soccer games at the park

16. Shaking hands with a veteran at Stuart’s Veteran’s Day Parade

17. Playing with your best friend at the dog park on Central Parkway

18. Key lime milkshakes and the best fries at the Food Truck Invasion in Memorial Park during the summer

19. Sunset appetizers and cocktails at Sailor’s Return

20. Literally dancing in the street at the Dancin’ In the Streets festival

21. Pick-up basketball games in Flagler Park

22. Greeting the sunrise while walking over the new Roosevelt Bridge

23. Listening to live bands under the stars at Terra Fermata, where you can also ring extremely large wind chimes

24. Banging a drum as the sun sets on Sundays in Shepard’s Park

25. Visiting the impressive exhibits at The Arts Council building

26. Sharing a cone of “Stuart Mud” ice cream at Kilwins

27. Working on your laptop at Stuart Coffee Co. at the same table with a stranger, who of course you chat with

28. Walking hand-in-hand with your love down the downtown Stuart boardwalk

29. Picturesque nighttime lights underneath the Roosevelt Bridge

30. Buying every holiday gift on your list from small businesses downtown

31. Knowing that City of Stuart homeowners support children and families through the Children’s Services Council of Martin County

32. Late night fishing for catfish beneath the Roosevelt Bridge

33. Listening to reggae on the water during the Rock’n Riverwalk free concert series

34. Always finding a parking spot, even in the height of season

35. Seeing someone you know at a stop light, rolling down your window and saying hello

36. You can bring your dog most places, and many spots will give Fido a biscuit

37. Like craft beer? There are dozens of selections to try within a four-block radius of Confusion Corner.

38. Checking out military planes and meeting pilots at the annual Stuart Air Show at Witham Field

39. Pulling your boat up to the floating dock behind City Hall and strolling to have dinner

40. Watching osprey return to their nests with dinner at Haney Creek  

41. Local non-profits provide a network of services for all City of Stuart residents, both young and old

42. Sitting around the downtown Stuart gazebo and listening to live music

43. Cruising slowly through manatee zones to protect the gentle giants lumbering along the surface

44. Circling around Lady Abundance and the Sailfish fountains decorating the small downtown roundabouts

45. Sharing “Grandma’s” Pizza at Carmela’s Brick Oven Pizza & Wine Bar

46. Slipping off your shoes and feeling the soft grass of Memorial Park

47. Slapping high-fives with Sammy, the mascot of Sailfish Splash Waterpark

48. Ogling the way our beautiful city looks when it’s all lit up at night

49. Learning the stories of Stuart’s local history at the Stuart Heritage Museum at the old feed store

50. Renting a bike or scooter in downtown Stuart

51. Knowing your neighbors care just as much about the health of the local waterways as you do

52. Riding the Ferris wheel at the Martin County Fair and looking out at our city

53. Contributing to the United Way of Martin County along with all of your co-workers, because it feels good to help your neighbors

54. The four-story height limit on buildings always makes streets feel quaint

55. Watching teens do tricks on their skateboards

56. Knowing the holidays are here when Martin Memorial Hospital puts up the lighted tree on top of the hospital

57. Admiring fantastic crafts and artwork at downtown art shows

58. Looking up at the Stuart water tower and feeling wonderful that you live in this great town

59. Enjoying our wonderful year-round warm weather and being the envy of our Northern friends

60. Hearing the train rumble, horn blasting, as it passes in the distance

61 Seeing – and being seen – at Osceola Street Café for a working breakfast

62. Joining in on the “Stuart Stroll” nights, where you sample wines, get souvenirs and shop for great deals in downtown stores

63. Standing on top of the Roosevelt Bridge to get a bird’s eye view of a fantastic fireworks display on Independence Day

64. Voting for Martin County’s best appetizer, dessert, salad and entree at the big Taste of Martin County event in Memorial Park

65. Staying or having friends stay at the historic Old Colorado Inn

66. Benches and trees that line Colorado Avenue after its recent renovations

67. Living within an easy drive to bigger cities like West Palm Beach, Miami and Orlando

68. Beholding the yellow blooms of the hundreds of flowering trees/the tabebuia flowering tree, planted by the late Dr. Edwin Messinger along Ocean Boulevard

69. Visiting the Road to Victory Military Museum and appreciating artifacts that make us thankful for uniformed men and women

70. Peering in the windows of our neighbors’ classic cars lined up along Flagler Street during a local car show

71. Buying ducks during Easter at the Stuart feed store

72. Seeing our city banners go up every month reminding us of the wonderful events coming up, and how in 2008 we won the “America in Bloom” award for “Most Beautiful City”

73. Playing golf at Martin County Golf & Country Club while watching the Air Show

74. Once a year, treating ourselves to Kilwins – for dinner!

75. The Annual Holiday Home Tour for the Woman’s Club of Stuart

76. Browsing the creations at ArtsFest downtown on East Ocean Boulevard

77. Spending hours and hours in the Heritage Museum admiring all the cool, historic items

78. Seeing the Christmas displays at Helping People Succeed every year

79. Going to see a movie in Memorial Park, sitting on the grass and enjoying popcorn

80. Going for a ride on the Stuart Paddlewheel Boat from downtown Stuart

81. Strolling through the porticoes of the new 555 Place downtown

82. The way Stuart has held onto its friendly small-town feeling, even as it has grown

83. How Stuart preserves its rich history

84. Sipping pomegranate martinis outside at downtown Mulligan’s, while waving hello to passersby

85. Meeting friends and their children for play dates at the Kiwanis and Flagler parks, making memories

86. Enjoying a stay at the historic Inn Shepard’s Park Bed and Breakfast

87. Giving birth to our beautiful children at Martin Memorial Hospital

88. Taking a great bike ride or walk along Osceola Street

89. Seeing all the stunning, historic homes on the water, keeping their era alive

90. Eating at Pelican Café for breakfast on a weekend

91. Spending time at the old Deck Resturant

92. Bragging to friends that Stuart is the “Sailfish Capital of the World”

93. Attending some great events at the Flagler Center

94. Taking our little ones to their first Hobgoblins on Main Street in October

95. Seeing our children grow up to mature actors, actresses, dancers or musicians at StarStruck Theatre

96. Going to Bonefish Grill and hanging with other professionals after work

97. Working out at the City of Stuart’s YMCA

98. Attending football games for the Martin County Tigers

99. Wishing on a coin in the famous Sailfish Fountain

100. Going to the Stuart Boat Show every year