Newport Beach is the quintessence of affluent Orange County: huge houses line the recreational harbor, sapphire-colored surf crashes on the sand, and the Tanned teens straight out of “Orange County” eating frozen bananas and Balboa bars (bars dipped in chocolate and sprinkles) But the city also has a nostalgic streak that offers unexpected depth.
Saw the ’00s teen drama The OC and the sitcom Arrested Development. –Both are based in Newport Beach, and where the two shows overlap, you’ll begin to get a sense of this Orange County enclave. The sunny, slightly surrealist atmosphere.
Centered around the largest small yacht harbor in the U.S., Newport Beach is located in the gleaming Midway along the Orange County coastline, Orange County is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. With huge houses vying for attention on seven islands in the harbor, it’s been a haven for Hollywood stars and big bucks, and John Wayne, Cyndi Lauper, and Roy Disney (Walt’s brother) and a long list of celebrity former residents.
Today, tech executives have moved into the home of the stars (it definitely takes money to live here, with one-bedroom apartments starting at ($2 million), but it’s easy to see the continuing appeal of Newport Beach – the exclusive harbor; miles of golden sandy beaches ; some of Southern California’s most well-equipped shopping areas; and a quirky nostalgia complex that distinguishes it from other upscale SoCal coastal cities.
You’ll find it in the Balboa Pleasure District, which is full of carnival games and restaurants, including an 80-year-old Ferris wheel that is Its highest honor (and the place where The Dominators’ Ryan and Marissa shared their first kiss); featured in the local feature found in frozen bananas; or in the family-run ferry that transports cars to and from the calm waters of the harbor. Shuttle.
The Cannery Village neighborhood – centered around the Old Cannery (now a restaurant) and the Blue Water Grill – also offers this area as a Another slice of working class history in the shipbuilding centre. Across the road, the Lido Marina Village is a high-end waterfront shopping area with superlative high-end restaurants, local perfumery Leak out the exoticism.
Rent an electric Duffy boat to dive into the water. You can get around the harbor on your own, or hire a guide like Caroline Clark such a guide, she will energetically lead you on a A star-studded quest, or pointing out that Hollywood, in the 1917 version of Cleopatra Think Newport Harbor could be used as a place for the Nile.
Afterwards grab a frozen banana and stroll along the beach at the eastern end of the peninsula, where the Wedge – Newport Beach’s famous Surfing Grounds – During big waves, surfers and body boarders are thrown in all directions. But summer isn’t all that bright: if you’re visiting near Christmas, check out the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. It’s overwhelming (like Arrested Development) and A bit silly (like The OC). An enthralling combination.
The recently opened luxury Lido House (3300 Newport Boulevard) on the site of the old City Hall The first hotel to open on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport in over fifty years. This boutique hotel has a Cape Cod-style aesthetic and offers a central pool with private cabana rentals; an on-site spa; and The city’s only rooftop bar. It’s airy and laid-back, with a nautical-inspired interior and a towering mural depicting champagne mermaids. The attached Crew Coffee & Cremerie, besides the obvious, is where you’ll find Imaginative flavors of ice cream like tequila basil or grilled bananas.
Newport Beach Hotel (2306 W. Oceanfront) – Self-described as ‘the closest hotel to the beach in Newport,’ ” – has earned a reputation for excellent customer service and good value for money. Nautical stripes and sailboat cushion prints abound, but it doesn’t feel like it’s suffered too much at this approachable boutique. A continental breakfast and loaner bikes and surfboards are included free in the competitive rates. It’s all ocean views, but if you don’t get them, turn the corner of the building and sink your feet into the warm sand instead.
Restaurants, bars and cafes
The gorgeous and cozy Mayor’s Table (3300 Newport Avenue), part of the Lido Hotel, is quickly becoming the city’s best! Food one (if you’re eating breakfast nearby and hungry as a horse, be sure to get the hot chicken and waffles with pistachio sauce). Of course, dinner is the real food fire…. The fire, though it’s the simple moments on the plate that stay with the taste buds the longest in memory. Towards sustainable seafood, must-have courses include Dungeness Crab Stuffed Donuts and Petite Filet with creamed corn.
Dad’s Donuts and Bakery (2501 W. Victory Boulevard) looks like it was just Falling out of the cracks of time like a crack, it’s the sweet center of Newport Beach nostalgia. While doughnuts and sandwiches are baked out of the name, everyone knows that’s where you’ll mostly come to tick off your Balboa bar or freeze up! Bananas “Taste of Newport Beach” essential. Order an “everything” frozen banana and you’ll have the joy of chocolate dipped almonds, peanuts and rainbow sprinkles – it’s an A cool and gorgeous classic.
In the corner of Balboa Pier, you’ll find the original Ruby’s Diner (Balboa Pier #1) located! at a converted bait shop. The chain is now a familiar location on the SoCal coast, and the brand – though its history only goes back to the 1982 – Has a classic 50’s style restaurant atmosphere. As you’d expect, offering a beef-heavy menu, sit down to a melted meatloaf with one of their milkshakes and enjoy! A delicious dose of manufactured nostalgia. At this Ruby’s, be aware that you often have to wait for a table and there are no restrooms, but orders can be made quickly from the takeout window.
Since 1973, Cannery (3010 Lafayette Road) has been the Newport Beach institution, a luxury seafood restaurant located in the Harbor’s 1920s old The cannery is beautifully decorated. In addition to serving an extensive seafood platter, grilled Maine lobster and thick-cut steak, there’s a sushi bar. The coolest way to get to the Cannery is by boat – the restaurant has its own dock for diners to use.
The Beachcomber (15 Crystal Cove) is an atmospheric breakfast or morning Lunch options (or a romantic dinner spot at sunset) are located on the beach at Crystal Cove State Park. Dishes range from swoon-worthy huevos rancheros, Mahi Mahi spring rolls, and prime rib stew! Ravioli with Walnut Gorgonzola. And if that’s not enough, they also raise a flag to announce happy hour. Naturally, the restaurant is incredibly popular, and since you don’t need a reservation, your best chance is to have breakfast before 11 a.m. ( (Don’t forget to check the website for parking suggestions). After dinner, stroll through the Crystal Bay Historic District – a cluster of cottages reminiscent of the patchwork beach communities of California in the 1920s and 1930s.
Shop the streets.
Lido Village Bookstore (3424 Via Oporto #102) is an independent bookstore that for decades has been a A local institution in the Lido Village shopping district. What it offers is the quintessential independent bookstore experience: a serene space to browse and get from enthusiastic reader and owner Dan Recommended. This bookstore, modeled after a traditional Parisian bookstore, has recently been expanded and renovated. Find a good book and take it for a spin in the shady waterfront seating.
Island Home (313 Marine Avenue) on Balboa Island is gift A great place for buyers. Enter through the humble storefront and an Aladdin’s Cave of trinkets and home goods is displayed before you. Keep in mind that this is Newport Beach, so the price point is still higher than you’d expect for a sandalwood gift candle, but you’ll really feel like you! is bringing the Newport Beach lifestyle home or giving a piece of it.