NEWPORT BEACH TOUR: DAY
Begin your day by heading over to the tiny Newport Coast section of town and enjoy breakfast at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove. Locals come to this enchanting venue for the potent morning cocktails, strong coffee, organic egg dishes, French toast and on-the-beach setting. Next, walk off your feast by taking a stroll along Crystal Cove's striking beach and observe the pounding surf, craggy cliffs and rock formations and tide pools.
Once your seaside frolicking is complete, head across the street to Crystal Cove Promenade. This outdoor shopping center is marked by Mediterranean architecture, a mix of familiar retail and trendy boutique shopping options and several top-notch restaurants. For lunch, grab a seat at Bluefin, where Takashi Abe serves up a creative mix of classic and fusion sushi along with beautiful Japanese and Euro-influenced dishes, such as Jidori chicken teriyaki and filet mignon. In the afternoon, head on over to The Spa at The Resort at Pelican Hill for some indulgent relaxation. The facility features more than 20 different treatment rooms and the Roman-inspired "acqua colonnade" where men and women chill out in separate wet rooms and on luxurious lounging beds.
If the spa's not your thing, soak up the sun at the resort's gorgeous Coliseum Pool. Perched upon the second floor colonnade and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this circular watering hole is as enticing to look at as it is to dive into. Its panoramic view combines with its over one million hand-laid mosaic tiles to create a visually arresting sight. You can spend the afternoon taking in the scene in style via a private cabana — an elegant shelter featuring a flat-screen TV, marble counters, privacy curtains, lounge chairs and a personal wait staff.
For dinner, pay a visit to the resort's fine dining establishment, Andrea. Be sure to time your arrival properly so you can watch the sun set over Newport Coast's pretty hills and into the Pacific Ocean's expanse at the semi-circular bar. Once dusk arrives, head into the sumptuous main dining room or the indoor-outdoor terrace for a host of authentic, rustic Italian dishes featuring Old World ingredients, pasta made on the premises and hand-crafted gelato.
After a few days of being fully immersed in the Newport Beach lifestyle, visitors will leave completely aware of why this coastal town carries its reputation as an idyllic slice of California life. They may also leave with the inspiration to immediately start hatching plans for a return visit.
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