A Weekend Escape

I’m based in the middle of the country and it does have its perks as I can fly to either coast in about 3 hours or so.  This past weekend my Aunt and I visited Newport Beach California.  It’s becoming an annual tradition to celebrate Will and Kate’s wedding anniversary.  Yes it’s silly but one of my most favorite memories was being in London for the royal wedding.  I could write a complete blog post about it but I’ll save that for later. Anywho…as it’s quite a ways to London, we’ve taken weekend trips closer to home as celebration. This year we rented a beach cottage in Newport Beach and it was amazing…

Royal Wedding


Where to stay…

This year we rented a beach cottage from Homeaway.com. It’s convenient to book the location and number of rooms and it’s always fun to see how the locals live.  Our cottage was 2 blocks from the ocean! I stayed right in Newport Beach but it’s easy to navigate to the local beaches.  Newport Beach is very affluent and a safe area to stay.  I was surprised at how quiet the area around the cottage was. The area offers plenty of restaurants and grocery stores so it’s easy to settle in quickly.


What to see…

I admit I was very content to travel around to the different beaches and soak up the sun. If you are more adventurous, there are opportunities to rent jet skis or take surfing lessons.


Watching surfers at Huntington Beach was a highlight.  The Pier provides a perfect vantage point to watch the surfers.  As I have zero balance, it amazes me they can stand on top of a board on top of a wave.


Orange County offers some beautiful look out points from hills and ledges overlooking the ocean. My aunt and I drove out to Inspiration Point and found it lovely.  The coastline is beautiful and there’s a walking path that will take you down to a beach area.

Inspiration Point

I never get tired of the ocean views and beautiful flowers around Orange County and Newport Beach.  If you’re looking for sun and relaxation, I highly recommend it.  How about you? Where do you go when you want a relaxing weekend or vacation? Please eave a comment below!

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