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Dinner at the Beach – Newport Beach Style

August 29, 2016

Aaaahhh Newport Beach, CA, home of endless summers and picturesque coastlines, where miles of beach stretch lazily along the Pacific and photographers’ flock hoping to capture nature in its glory. This is the epitome of relaxed, coastal comfort. This is Southern California at its best. This is Newport Beach!

Over the years, Newport Beach has created it’s own signature of laid-back luxury. Its year-round mild climate, casual sophistication and vast selection of hotel accommodations add to its appeal for group meetings and events. Combine those traits with the fact that the area offers an endless array of activities, upscale shopping and numerous acclaimed dining options and you have an ideal setting for corporate group travel.

Next, throw in ten miles of coastline, a natural estuary and an active harbor and you’ll understand why Newport Beach is quite possible picture perfect. Intrigued? Did you know that you have the ability to give your group the quintessential coastal experience in Newport Beach with a dinner at the beach – quite literally? It’s true!

While Newport Beach has plenty of group friendly restaurants lining its waterways it also has two distinct locations where groups can enjoy beachfront dining in the purest sense.

Dinner at the beach a’ la Crystal Cove

No need for elaborate décor when the Pacific Ocean is your backdrop, which is exactly what you’ll get at Crystal Cove State Beach. Boasting over three miles of uninterrupted coastline, this gorgeous stretch of beach gives a glimpse into the California of yesteryear. The beach along with 2,400 acres of undeveloped and conserved woodland is part of California’s ongoing preservation program. In the 1930’s this area was filled with colorful beachside cottages, which eventually grew to become a hallmark of the city.

Newport Beach recently restored the cottages and today they dot the hillside behind one of the most picturesque beaches in the area, Crystal Cove. The most famous of these historic landmarks is the “Beaches” cottage appropriately named, as it was the site of the Bette Midler movie, Beaches, along with a host of other films over the years.

Crystal Cove is the place for a classic beach party. Try a casual clambake, a formal wine tasting, or even a wine pairing dinner, add some great music, and exhilarating ocean views and you have the makings of a outstanding Newport Beach event.

Dinner at the beach a’ la Newport Dunes

Just a few miles up the coast, along Newport’s Upper Back Bay sits a crescent style beach perfect for an afternoon of beach activities and an evening of casual beach side fun!

Newport’s Upper Back Bay is a natural estuary and a protected marine habitat comprised of 1000 acres of coastal wetlands. Adjacent to the entrance of the estuary sits Newport Dunes, a quiet bay perfect for a toes-in-the-sand beach party. Think casual Pacific luau with pulled pork sliders and mai tais, a fiesta with mariachis, margaritas and ahi tacos. Or step things up a bit with a sophisticated Hamptons’ style event with cracked crab and chilled wine, steamed lobster or sushi platters.

Come enjoy a little slice of heaven and relax with the knowledge that you’re in one of the west coast’s most loved destinations, Newport Beach, CA.

When you are ready to bring your program to Newport Beach, start by involving Visit Newport Beach. As a destination partner, Visit Newport Beach has the knowledge and expertise that can simplify the planning process and offers resources to extend the meeting budget.

Written by Visit Newport Beach Meetings

As a not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Visit Newport Beach provides destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources tailored specifically to the needs of meeting planners and their clients.

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