This self-proclaimed Holiday Haute Spot
is a fantastic getaway for a girls’ weekend before the holidays hit. Fashion Island Hotel is located in Newport Beach’s renowned luxury shopping center, Fashion Island, and offers incomparable amenities, like hydrafacial spa sessions, three dining options, and, of course, access to Newport Beach’s mesmerizing waterfront. With Christmas Brunch
and New Year’s Eve dinner services
, winter is a splendid time to visit the Fashion Island Hotel.
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Southern California’s most prized outdoor gems. This is the perfect nearby destination for a day hiking the California bluffs, or stretch your getaway out over the weekend with a stay in one of Crystal Cove’s iconic beach cottages. These landmark cottages were built between 1920 and 1940, and these preserved cottages transport visitors back to a golden age of beach living.
The freedom of setting sail is something that never gets old, and Newport Harbor is the ideal place to throw off the dock lines. Cruise Newport Beach is a local boat tour with a variety of cruise options. Daily whale watching tours bring you up close and personal with some of the earth’s most astounding creatures, while sunset cruises allow you to watch the sun from the waves as it sets over the Pacific Ocean. This winter, Holiday Lights Cruises
are a memorable way to spend time with the family as you participate in one of the world’s largest boat parades.
If you can’t get enough of the area’s incredible sunsets, head over to the far east end of Balboa Peninsula and watch the sun sink into the Pacific at The Wedge. This portion of Newport Beach catches the strongest wave swells in Southern California, making it a popular location for professional surfboarders. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is the time to test the waters. Between May 1 and October 31, the Blackball flag flies, which prohibits the use of boards in the water, so winter is your chance to dive headfirst into some of the world’s most powerful waves.