Newport Beach Attractions: The Best of the Best from an Insider’s Perspective #EnrichYourSenses

Newport Beach Attractions: The Best of the Best from an Insider's Perspective #EnrichYourSenses

A bit north of San Diego and south of Los Angeles is Newport Beach, a gem of a city that has something for everyone.  No trip to Southern California is complete without at least a couple of days there, though you could easily stay for a week and only have scratched the surface of things to do.  We have lived in Southern California for many years and Newport Beach is one of our favorite places as it has such versatility in all that it has to offer.  I love elegant dinners and shopping while my husband loves hiking and beach bonfires… Newport Beach has the best of both worlds.  Over the course of many visits we have developed some favorite activities and places to stay that we feel should be high on your list:

Newport Beach Attractions: The Best of the Best from an Insider's Perspective #EnrichYourSensesFashion Island is a luxurious, outdoor mall with all the top shops one could ask for.  There are plenty of fashion forward stores, two of my favorites in G-Star and Anthropologie.  There’s a Kate Spade to accessorize your outfits with the perfect handbag, Restoration Hardware to accessorize your house, and Tesla motors to accessorize your driveway.  It was nice to visit Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Nordstrom’s all in one place.  The mall has beautiful fountains and also plenty of eating options.  Dining options right in the mall have served us extremely well, like custom-made Blaze Pizzas and delicious Hawaiian fusion at Roy’s.

Fashion Island TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

Fashion Island
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN – Visit Newport Beach

The beach is usually where my husband wants to go following a day at the mall, and Newport Beach has some of the nicest around (this is actually official, they have 5-star ratings from the Natural Resources Defense Council).  What we like about the Newport Beach coastline is the diversity.  Some days we feel like breaking away from the crowds to go tide pooling and hiking, while others we want to people-watch on the boardwalk and hang out by the pier where there is an abundance of energy and excitement.  Quick tips: it’s fun to rent a bike rental and cruise down the boardwalk, or if you’re lucky to reserve one of the rings, have an unforgettable bonfire on the Corona del Mar State Beach at night.

Balboa Island is different from anywhere I’ve ever been.  The man-made island has streets lined with top-notch restaurants (seafood, Italian and a lot of other ethnic food), shops and galleries.  Grab an ice-cream and take in the priceless ocean views.  We sometimes take a detour down a random street and take in the charming character of Balboa Island’s beautiful homes.

The spas of Newport Beach know how to treat a person right.  They cater to some of the rich and famous, but in my experiences were friendly and welcoming all the same. I have broken away for some much needed “me time” on two different occasions, once at Spa Gregorie’s and another at Toni & Guy Hair Salon.   Spa Gregorie’s treated me to the perfect day, with many different rooms to relax in (two of my favs were the mani/pedi room and the thermal sauna room).  They also have a top-notch staff, the aesthetician I saw was a genius.  Toni & Guy Hair Salon saved me that trip as my hair was in bad shape (my hair is very fine, and when mixed with a bad highlight job it can be a nightmare).  They fixed my bad dew and gave me a great mid-length style that I didn’t know my hair could pull off.  It was worth spending extra compared to my normal salon, my stylist was a true artist and my confidence level was way up.  While staying at the Fairmont Newport Beach I also spent a few hours at The Spa Santé and Salon which is right inside the hotel.  This was so convenient and blissful, with a hot stone massage and facial (they offered much more, wish I could have stayed longer).

Airport District FAIRMONT NEWPORT BEACH


FAIRMONT NEWPORT BEACH – Visit Newport Beach

For accommodations, The Airport District has treated us extremely well on each of our visits.  It is just 5 miles from the beach and the rest of the attractions of your Newport Beach getaway.  As mentioned above we most recently stayed at The Fairmont Newport Beach, and spent a lot of time on the sundeck enjoying the outdoor heated pool and the private cabanas with flat screen TVs (something that may normally cost hundreds of dollars to rent but was absolutely free  at this hotel).  The Radisson Newport Beach and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach are other great choices, and like The Fairmont is surrounded by a plethora of restaurant options.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach – Visit Newport Beach

Visit Newport Beach is THE authority on everything Newport Beach.  They have information on everything from attractions to dining to hotels.  They also have a Newport Beach Events calendar, a blog and some great offers that you should check on while planning your trip.

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Thank you to Visit Newport Beach for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to visit myself!

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22 Comments

  • Reply daveylive Nov 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Newport Beach is spectacular. That and Laguna Beach are my favorite beaches… you can stay in Newport Beach and cover both over a few days. If I had a few million dollars laying around I’d buy a home on the beach in Newport. 🙂

  • Reply patricemfoster Nov 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Like these images Newport Beach I have visited there a while ago thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Pam Nov 29, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I have never been to Newport Beach but it sounds like just the kind of place I like to visit. I will have to check it out and maybe plan a trip sometime!

  • Reply connie creatively renewed Nov 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    This looks like a fabulous place to visit. With the cold weather coming to Ohio, we could use a vacation.

  • Reply Clo Nevaeh Nov 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    How beautiful! We looked at a few apartments in Newport Beach.

  • Reply Anita Fonte Nov 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Now I have to add Newport Beach to my list of places to visit. Especially the spa as we always need to slip away to get some me time or maybe just a couples only getaway once in a blue.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. Nov 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    The beach looks really nice, I don’t mind spending the entire day there. A spa would be nice to go to as well!

  • Reply Aisha Kristine Chong Nov 29, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I wonder when will I get to have a chance to spend my leisure time in such a place? It looks so wonderful!

  • Reply Liz Mays Nov 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    The area really looks fantastic based on what you’ve shown here. I’ll most definitely include it on my next visit out there!

  • Reply Terri Ramsey Beavers Nov 29, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    It looks like I need to add Newport Beach to my travel bucket list. Everything looks so pretty from the food to the beach to the room.

  • Reply MyTeenGuide Nov 30, 2015 at 5:19 am

    What a beautiful place to stay. The pool looks so inviting. I would definitely consider staying there when I visit.

  • Reply Tina @ My Highest Self Nov 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Oh wow that pool says it all! I’d love to visit Newport Beach some time, it looks like a great time.

  • Reply jmanandmillerbug Nov 30, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Wow – this looks like such an awesome place to visit! Fashion Island especially sounds like somewhere I’d like to spend some time!

  • Reply OurFamilyWorld Nov 30, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I’ve been wanting to visit Newport Beach. I hope I can go next year.

  • Reply Shanéy Maharaj Nov 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to go on holiday and get the sand in my toes. This place looks amazing.

  • Reply Rosey Nov 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Oh you know I definitely wouldn’t mind giving the area of visit. It always sounds like fun when I hear about it.

  • Reply Nicole Haas Etolen Nov 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I haven’t been in Newport Beach, but I would love to add it in my bucket list for next year. Can’t wait to see this beautiful beach.

  • Reply Stephanie Pass Nov 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I loved Newport Beach when we visited years ago. It was where my oldest saw the ocean for the first time when she was a toddler.

  • Reply ascendingbutterfly Dec 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I have been super stressed out this year and am long overdue for a vacation and some sun, Newport sounds like the perfect getaway! Thanks for sharing

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  • Reply Because... I'm cheap Dec 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Looks lovely. I would absolutely love to be at the beach today!

  • Reply minkchic Dec 2, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Wow. I’ve been up and down the west coast but I’ve never stopped at Newport Beach. I’m looking forward to checking it out!

  • Reply mywifestyles Dec 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I love newport beach! I grew up on that side of town and miss it!

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