Imagine having a holiday from your holiday! Two months at our home in Corona Del Mar became part of our Warm and Windy tour as we decided to await the ‘best time’ to safari in South Africa and sail in the Seychelles by spending the time revisiting what we most love about our California home.
And so in homage to this part of the world, I give you the Ten Best Things about Newport Beach.
Number 10: The Sunsets From Our Deck
We weren’t disappointed by the beauty of the sunsets, even though ‘May grey’ and ‘June gloom’ gave us a few foggy evenings.
Number 9: The Flowers!
We arrived in town the same time as Spring decided to be in full bloom. The air was thick with the scent of jasmine and everywhere you looked was a riot of color. Newport Beach floral displays are at their most glorious in May.
Number 8: Proximity to Wonderful Things
Where will we go today? LA County Museum of Art? The Ritz at Dana Point? The new Pacific City in Huntington Beach? Check, check and check! There are so many places to visit within a short drive from Newport Beach!
Number 7: Visiting Favorite Haunts
What is it about home that when you have been gone a long time you can’t wait to see your favorite places again? Luckily for us our favorite places are mostly within walking distance from home. From top to bottom, left to right… Newport Beach, The Fun Zone at Balboa Peninsula, Wooden Boat Show at Balboa Yacht Club, Little Corona Beach and two shots of The Galley Cafe just because it is awesome!
Number 6: The Boating Culture
We love boats and that is a good thing because there are a lot of fun things going on in Newport Beach and surrounding areas that include boats. One of the more memorable events this time around was the Bloody Barge (top photo) – a delivery boat bringing Bloody Mary’s to your boat early morning at BYC Opening Weekend in White’s Cove, Catalina Island- more about that later!
Number 5: Catalina Island
An old song goes, ‘Twenty-six miles across the sea, Catalina Island is waiting for me.’ And luckily for Marv and I, our friends DeeDee and Steve invited us along on their boat, Proud Bird, for Balboa Yacht Club’s Opening Day at White’s Cove. We are so lucky to have this beautiful, natural, mostly park land island on our doorstep. A hike to JC Peak, a sand dab fishing excursion, dinner in Avalon and entertainment and dinner at White’s rounded out the perfect weekend!
Number 4: Crystal Cove
This wonderful beach is a State Park and an historical place where cottages from the 1920’s and 30’s are being restored. The Beachcomber Cafe is one of the few restaurants on the sand- all our guests will eventually find themselves at Crystal Cove!
Number 3: Great Hiking
Living in this part of the country is good for your health! The weather is so amenable and there are so many beautiful places to walk. There simply are no excuses for being sedentary.
Number 2: Friends and Family Come to Visit
It could be lonely missing your friends and family but lucky for us we are blessed with visitors. John celebrated his birthday with us and we had an early birthday celebration with Liz. We had an awesome few days with Chris and Jane- thanks for making the journey.
The Number 1 Best Thing…
Reconnecting With Our California Friends!
There are many more than I had pictures but our California friends always make us feel welcome- we miss you all when we are away!