Cozy Fall Getaways in Newport Beach
If you’ve been hoarding vacation days and waiting breathlessly for the first signs of autumn to spend them, we’d like to say: smart move. Because there are plenty of reasons why you should take your well-deserved vacation in the fall. Lighter crowds, cheaper stays, cooler temps. Need we say more? Now that you’ve finally begun planning your escape, this list of the coziest Newport Beach hotels will come in handy.
Boasting a coastal palette that feels very much of the place, Lido House is an elevated beach house retreat that plays more than the good-taste card. For starters, it’s got a prime location smack-dab in the middle of Balboa Peninsula—a three-mile stretch of pristine waters hugging the sand. The hotel touts 130 guest rooms, including spacious suites and five custom-designed three-story cottages. It’ll be tempting to hang a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and lounge around, but hear us out. The Lido House houses a top-notch restaurant, The Mayor’s Table, which you’re going to want to snag a table at when hunger gets the better of you. The hotel’s rooftop bar is another perfect place to idle the evening—cocktail in hand, of course.
Sure, Fashion Island Hotel’s proximity to one of Newport Beach’s premier shopping centers has unbeatable value, but the hotel is a destination in its own right. This modern Californian dig is a blend of coastal ambiance and round-the-clock luxury. Do your shoulders need a little kneading? Take the elevator to the hotel’s 4,000 square-foot spa, where you can tuck your feet into a pair of fluffy white slippers and indulge in an array of treatments and perks. Hungry? The property also houses Oak Grill, which stands out for its California cuisine and al fresco seating under a canopy of oak trees. (On a chilly fall evening, you can even ask to be seated by the fire pit).
While some people are on the lookout for a glitzy stay when navigating the field of potential hotels, others desire a place that’s rife with unique atmosphere. If you’re that sort of person, well, Doryman’s Inn is that sort of place. Picture a postcard-worthy seaside inn—carved oak furnishings, ornate chandeliers and chintz wallpaper, all of which are a little glamorous and a little quaint and a lot like a step back in time. (The elegance is even more evident at the hotel’s 21 Oceanfront restaurant). But even though this B&B exudes a quiet, romantic charm, it’s location—just a hop and a skip away from Newport Beach pier and Balboa Peninsula’s bustling restaurants and shops—imbues it with a sort of young, upbeat energy.
Built back in the 1920’s, these rustic-chic dwellings were authentically restored to preserve their history. Choose from among 24 homes—fourteen individual cottages and ten dorm-style cottages with private rooms—most outfitted with front decks that open up to views of the endless ocean. (Some sit on a bluff, some on the beach, and others within hailing distance of the Beachcomber Cafe). Often used as film sets, these lodges can be tailored to a variety of getaways—romantic staycations, trips with the tots, girls-only weekends and even corporate team-building retreats. Simply looking to disconnect while checking out the Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District and the region’s natural attractions? They’re perfect for that, too.