You may remember from my Instastories and Instagram posts that a few weeks ago I spent a lovely weekend in the beauty city of Newport Beach filled with glamour, scenic activities and scrumptious eats. I finally had the chance to sit down, go through hundreds of photos and put together a travel weekend guide for you all on your next trip or weekend getaway to the city of Newport Beach. I was invited by the city as a guest to attend their 19th Annual Film Festival. This came as a surprise because I have been living in SoCal for almost my entire life and have never been or heard of the Newport Beach Film Festival! What a lovely and eye opening event it was. Let’s jump right into my glamorous and adventurous weekend in Newport Beach!
The weekend started on Thursday evening where I checked into the fabulous Fashion Island Hotel located right across from the Fashion Island Shopping Center. It is a lively and chic hotel with ocean view. The Newport Beach tourism board went above and beyond making us feel welcomed by preparing a weekend tote filled with snacks, water and essentials. And I was floored by this high heel made entirely of chocolate and filled with truffles and mini malt balls. Of course I had to help myself with a few delicious truffles and strawberries wash it down with some bubbly. I am so glad that the hotel is directly across from the Fashion Island because I had accidentally left all of my dresses in my Lyft and with the Film Festival Opening just an hour away I had to get something asap. I quickly ran into Neiman Marcus and pick out a beautiful yellow Alice and Olivia dress that is both fun for the occasion and suitable to walk the red carpet. The festival kicked off with the opening night film American Animal and followed by an after party filled with amazing food from local restaurants, lively band and alcohol flowing through out the evening. I wanted to get a good night rest so I went back to the hotel early.
Dress : : Alice and Olivia
The next day, bright eyed and bushy tailed, I joined the rest of the weekend crew and began our official weekend fun in Newport Beach. We started the day with a lovely brunch at Babettes Newport Beach, a local farm to table eclectic cutting edge restaurant that focus on organic, local and seasonal clean food by supporting other farmers and growers. Their decor is rustic, organic and food was so good. I polished up my plate. They even packed thoughtful homemade granola and juices for all of us to take on the go as snacks!! After this lovely brunch, we headed off to the Balboa Island pier waiting to aboard the Duffy boat for a ride around the island.
We got on a Duffy Boat which will take you around the canals of Newport Bay, Balboa Island and you may bring your own assortment of food and beverages on board. There were many celebrity homes, historic houses and fancy boats and yachts of public figures all along the bay and one can only imagine the cost and expenses of living in one of these mansions with private docks. The ride takes about 2 hours (1 hour each way) and we docked at the Lido Marina Village for lunch at Lido Bottle Works for some revelatory culinary experience of cooking and eating. Each dish is farm fresh with local sustainable ingredients and the presentation is absolutely stunning.
After our beautiful lunch, we all jumped back on to the Duffy boat and headed back to the Balboa Park pier. Of course, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to take some fun photos in front of the Balboa Ferris Wheel before heading back to our hotel. In the evening, we all freshened up and headed out to a private dinner at the A Restaurant which is a classic restaurant operating since 1926!! We dined in the Hide A Way room which is a rustic space is completely separate from the restaurant and has a unique cabin-style interior. The food was amazing and dessert was even more to die for! I didn’t realize talking about all the fun things to do and places to eat in Newport Beach would take up so much digital space! Without overwhelming all of you, I will save our adventure the next day for a separate post so stay tuned for more.
**I was an invited guest of Visit Newport Beach for the duration of the trip. All opinions and reviews however, are entirely my own.**