Everything, they say, is relative. That's especially obvious when you visit a place like Newport Beach, nesting ground for L.A.'s business and social elite, where they not only have spas for people, they have spas for cars. It's where they not only have bakeries for people, they have bakeries for doggies.
Our brand new 4-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi can hold its own in most places but, in Newport Beach, it might as well have been a 1989 Chevy. Scooting along on the ultra-modern MacArthur Boulevard we were being mauled by Mercedes, stampeded by Range Rovers, jumped by Jaguars and flogged by Ferraris in our never-ending quest to be cool.
But no matter. We soon would be parking our car and leaving behind any hint that we were not one of the chosen few who reside in what is arguably the Capital of the famous OC. We didn't spend enough on our outfits you say? Even the rich dress down on occasion. Not in good enough shape to be one of the Beautiful People? We'll just discreetly cover all that up.
Newport Beach Lodging
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Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel
1107 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA 92660 Ph: 949-729-1234 Fx: 949-644-1552
Our resort hotel boasts spacious guestrooms with plush Grand beds and European linens, state-of-the art meeting rooms, superior dining and unparalleled service. Entertain clients on our onsite golf course. Swim in one of our sparkling pools. Explore Disneyland with the family. Make memories that will last a lifetime at our luxurious hotel, uniquely set to afford magnificent views of Californias sparkling coastline. Whether your passion is world-class shopping, dining, or the performing arts - you will find it here, onsite or just moments from our hotel. For work or play, we invite you to experience uncompromising hospitality.
Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, and an unbeatable location on world-famous Pacific Coast Highway at the Holiday Inn Express Newport Beach! Conveniently located right across the Newport Beach harbor, you are close to local attractions like Balboa Island, Fashion Island, beaches, and all the excitement that Newport Beach has to offer. Our spacious guest rooms feature a well-lit work area with desk, cable TV with premium channels, coffee maker, and free WiFi internet access. Stay in shape in our fitness room, or take a splash in our newly renovated pool! Our friendly staff hopes to welcome you soon!
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa
900 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Ph: 866-440-3375 Fx: 949-640-5055
Discover unparalleled beauty and relaxing luxury at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. Retreat to an elegant guest room, and enjoy sweeping Pacific views, a vibrant decor, and plush furnishings. Bring to life your most ambitious visions with sophisticated technology and our extraordinary catering services. Then escape to the tranquility of Pure Blu our all-new spa which soothes the soul with exclusive treatments, private cabanas, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. And if you can bear to leave our luxurious Newport Beach hotel, discover championship golf, colorful attractions, and world-class shopping nearby.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Ph: 800-782-8888
South Coast Plaza is more than just a shopping center. It is a luxury destination filled with exclusive shopping and events and surrounded by art, shows, music, and other entertainment, which include: The Orange County Performing Arts Center; Segerstrom Center For the Arts; South Coast Repertory; California Scenario; Sculpture Garden; Orange County Museum of Art satellite store and South Coast Plaza Village. South Coast Plaza is the "Ultimate Shopping Resort" and is located within minutes of many of Southern California's finest beaches, museums, and theme parks.