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An 8-Stop Itinerary for a Weekend of Luxury Hibernation

December 21, 2023

When it comes to a weekend escape, you’re no stranger to luxury and leisure, and lucky for you, Newport Beach isn’t short on either. Our West Coast city is home to a world-class shopping scene, renowned restaurants and an assortment of five-star hotels with ocean views. So leave your ski boots at home this winter and escape to the sun-kissed city of Newport Beach for a weekend of luxury hibernation.

Unpack Your Bags at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Perched on 504 acres of stunning coastline, The Resort at Pelican Hill is a must-stay for those in search of an upscale getaway. This Tuscan-inspired resort tips its hat to the well-heeled crowd, offering an endless list of luxury amenities. From the resort’s beautiful on-site spa and acclaimed dining destinations to its show-stopping Coliseum Pool and perfectly manicured grounds, you’re sure to feel spoiled the minute you arrive. Tee off at the world-class Pelican Hill Golf Club while soaking in the ocean views, then treat yourself to a soothing therapeutic massage at The Spa at Pelican Hill.

Coffee + Breakfast at Rye Goods

But first, coffee. From it’s humble origins as a food truck and home bakery, Rye Goods has blossomed into a bustling storefront in Lido Marina Village. This artisanal bakery and deli is a haven for connoisseurs of organic sourdough, wild yeast, and heritage grains milled freshly on-site. The menu features an array of freshly baked goodies – think flaky croissants, seasonal scones, and an assortment of sourdough breads, including unique varieties like pumpernickel and Danish rye. Pop in and start your morning with a craft espresso drink and your pasty of choice as you take in views of the calm harbor.

Shop at Fashion Island

Nothing says “seas the day” like a midday shopping spree. After you’ve satisfied your cravings, take a stroll through the shopping mecca of Newport Beach: Fashion Island. This outdoor lifestyle center is home to a variety of name-brand stores and local boutiques. You’ll find everything from Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to athleisure brands like Luluemon, Vuori and Alo Yoga. Fashion Island also features several home decor shops, beauty stores and specialty accessory brands like gorjana, Warby Parker and more. There’s no better place to upgrade your winter wardrobe!

Cruise the Harbor With Newport Yachts

While activities like sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are wildly popular in our coastal city, nothing beats an afternoon aboard a luxury yacht. Newport Yachts offers seafarers eight different vessels to choose from. Each model features a sleek interior, plenty of seating, sundecks and all the bells and whistles you can imagine. There’s no better way to cruise the bay.

Lunch at JOEY Newport Beach

After a day on the water, it’s time to cure your cravings. JOEY Newport Beach opened its doors at the beginning of 2023 and has been wooing visitors ever since. A refined atmosphere sets the scene for the ultimate après-sea lunch, and the globally-inspired menu will surely tantalize your taste buds, which is the perfect precursor to a meal of shared plates for the table. Try the Korean fried cauliflower, caviar, seared salmon sushi and truffle parmesan fries, and cheers to an afternoon well-spent.

R&R at The Spa at Pelican Hill

After some time in the sun, you’ll be overdue for some primping and pampering. Head back to the resort for some R&R at The Spa at Pelican Hill. This luxury wellness destination incorporates a variety of essential oils, infusions and other therapeutics into each treatment, leaving your mind, body and skin completely renewed. Soothe your senses with a seasonal treatment, like the Organic Winter Warming Manicure, Espresso Scrub Body Ritual or Defense Facial with hydrating ginger and clove oils.

Seaside Dining at Louie’s by the Bay

Newport Beach’s Louie’s by the Bay is a sleek Italian-style steakhouse that sits along the picturesque Mariner’s Mile. Boasting 180-degree bay views, an elegant vibe and exceptional service, there’s no better place to sip and savor. Open daily for dinner starting at 4 p.m., Louie’s is a stellar spot for those in the mood for fresh pasta, prime steaks and chops and a fine glass of vino. Snag a seat on the patio and watch the boats cruise by for a truly enchanting evening out.

Après-Dinner Drinks at Under Cdm

With its red velvet sofas and retro 1940’s photo booth, it’s no wonder this hidden watering hole is a popular spot for a late-night libation. Located below CdM Restaurant, Under CdM sits just beyond the restaurant’s red upholstered leather door. Enter, and you’ll discover a sultry, intimate space perfect for a winter nightcap.

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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