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5 Rainy Day Activities in Newport Beach

April 23, 2024

Newport Beach—known for its sun-soaked shores and bustling marinas—might have you picturing only beachside activities under the warm California sun. But when the rain starts to fall (hello, May gray…), this coastal haven offers a treasure trove of indoor activities. Explore everything from bookstores to cozy coffee shops and more—here’s how to make the most of a rainy day in Newport Beach.

Spa Day at The Spa at Pelican Hill

A drizzly day in Newport Beach sets the scene for an afternoon of pure indulgence at The Spa at Pelican Hill. Wrap yourself in a plush robe, enjoy a steaming cup of herbal tea and let their expert therapists ease your stresses, aches and pains. Each treatment at this sumptuous spa can be customized to meet your needs, incorporating everything from luxury bath products and essential oils to other soothing therapeutics. This rainy-day retreat promises to melt away stress and leave you feeling utterly pampered and renewed.

Cozy Up at Huskins Coffee

What’s a rainy day without a warm beverage in hand? Zip over to Balboa Island’s Huskins Coffee for a cozy work sesh or coffee date with a friend. This streetside coffee shop is owned by retired NHL player Kent Huskins and his wife Bri, giving the space a welcoming and family-owned feel. And Huskins doesn’t just serve up some of the best organic and small-batch brews in town; it also offers a short but sweet menu of bites like avocado toast and waffle sticks. Grab a window seat, and order their signature Hometown Maple Latte—the perfect sip for a rainy day in Newport Beach.

Browse the Shelves at Lido Village Books

On the hunt for a new page-turner? This independent bookstore is the perfect place to browse on a rainy day and lose yourself in a good novel. Tucked in the seaside center of Lido Marina Village, the shop features a curated collection of best-sellers, owner-recommended classics, magazines, travel titles, a kid’s selection, and more. Pick up a mystery or a romance book and cozy up in the reading nook for a moment of peace and quiet.

See a Movie at The LOT at Fashion Island

The weather might not be ideal for building sandcastles, but it’s perfect for a day at the movies.

The LOT at Fashion Island shows everything from the latest blockbusters to budget-friendly matinees, keeping everyone entertained no matter the time of day. And unlike your typical cinema, you can enjoy gourmet treats like Parsley Truffle Fried, Buttermilk Fried Calamari, flatbreads and even sushi while you watch the latest flick. This movie experience is worth every penny!

Cozy Dinner at A Restaurant

One of Newport Beach’s most historic restaurants, A Restaurant marries timeless charm and cozy comfort food—the perfect recipe for a rainy day dinner date. This classic steakhouse sits on the northern end of Newport Beach and stands as a culinary landmark seasoned with history as vibrant as its dishes. For decades, it has drawn in both locals and celebrities who continue to fawn over the menu of premium steaks and seafood. Order the White Corn Soup with Lobster to start, then dig into the Japanese A5 Miyazaki Beef or Australian Rack of Lamb for a mouthwatering finish.

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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