The Perfect Midweek Itinerary for Any Trendsetter
You’re always on the hunt for a good photo op. Whether it’s a perfectly plated meal, trendy rooftop sunset or totally ‘Grammable mural, you relish a moment to whip out your phone and snap some swoon-worthy pics! So if you’re in search of a stylish summer staycation that’ll meet all your aesthetic needs, Newport Beach is the place to spend that PTO. From the city’s spirited dining scene to its collection of shops worth a million “heart eyes,” you’re sure to fill your camera roll with an abundance of adorable pics. Check out our eight-stop, buzz-bound itinerary for the ultimate trendsetter!
3 p.m. Beach House Digs
Possibly one of the hippest hotels in all of Orange County, Lido House offers a plethora of coastal-chic amenities for the design-obsessed traveler. From its Cape Cod-style architecture and pristine palette of nautical blues to its signature seafood-centric restaurant, The Mayor’s Table, this chic staycation spot is basically the beach house of your dreams. Settle into one of the hotel’s guest rooms, suites or three-story cottages and prepare for a midweek getaway that’ll sweep you off your feet. This, our dear friends, is barefoot luxury at its best.
9 a.m. Feel the Burn
As they say, every good day starts with a good sweat sesh! So slip on those Lululemons and head to BE Fit Modern Pilates for a booty-kickin’ workout. This state-of-the-art fitness studio pilates, cardio and resistance training to create a high-intensity yet low-impact workout that’ll teach you to “embrace the shake.” But before you get too sweaty, be sure to snap a pic in front of the studio’s blue neon sign!
10:30 a.m. Grab a Cup of Joe
It’s time for a post-workout pick-me-up! Skip the Starbucks drive-thru and head to Daydream Surf Shop for a specialty coffee and a little retail therapy. This hip haven not only features a curated menu of craft espresso drinks, but it also doubles as a surf shop! Browse around and discover a curated collection of surfboards, home goods and beachy apparel that’ll leave you starry-eyed. Daydream even features a surf club with a rack of rotating designs!
12 p.m. Shop ‘til You Drop
After you’ve got your caffeine fix, zip on over to Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village! This charming seaside center is home to a medley of stylish boutiques, specialty shops, cozy cafes and hip restaurants. Take a stroll around and admire the crisp white walls, quaint pathways and alluring white brick storefronts. Shop labels like Cynthia Rowley, Jenni Kayne, Marrow Fine and Warby Parker, and don’t forget to snap some pics in front of the hand-painted murals or the boat-lined bay.
2 p.m. Let’s Lunch!
For a little slice of LA, make your way to Malibu Farm for a midweek bayside lunch. This farm-to-table restaurant serves everything from fresh juices and brunch dishes like the popular Baked Coconut French Toast to crafty cocktails and shareable plates like crab cakes and cauliflower crust pizza! To really channel those summertime vibes, snag a seat on the restaurant’s waterfront patio and treat yourself to a refreshing frosé made with vodka, rosé and berry lemonade agave.
3:30 p.m. Pamper Yourself With a Mani-Pedi
Tucked in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island, Blü Nail Bar & Spa is the perfect place to primp and pamper yourself! Treat yourself to a world-class manicure, pedicure or facial and revel in the relaxing vibes of this state-of-the-art salon. Opt for the Milk + Honey pedicure, which includes a bath bomb, milk bath, callus treatment, mask, paraffin and a 20-minute hot stone massage—oo la la!
5 p.m. Cheers to a Day Well-Spent
It’s 5 ‘o clock somewhere…and by somewhere, we mean here! Head back to your hotel and catch an iconic Newport Beach sunset and Lido House’s Topside Roof Deck. This elevated open-air venue features a beach house-style bar, lounge-like furniture and strands of lights overhead. Kick back and take in views of the city as you sip on a handcrafted cocktail or glass of Veuve Clicquot. It doesn’t get better than this.
8 p.m. Embark on an After-Dark Paddle Up for a nighttime adventure? Pirate Coast Paddle Company, located on Newport’s Back Bay, offers thrill-seekers an exciting glow-in-the-dark experience unlike anything else! Book a SUP Glow Tour and navigate the calm waters of the Back Bay on a stand-up paddleboard equipped with waterproof lights that illuminate the water below. Click here to book your tour—these sell out fast!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger