Orange County Coastal Real Estate News

Jan. 17, 2022

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year at the Test Festival

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year Near Your Newport Beach HomeThe Tet Festival is coming to the area near Newport Beach homes. Tet, which is short for Tet Nguyen Dan is the Vietnamese New Year. The most important holiday in Vietnamese culture, it celebrates the arrival of spring. During this time, families reunite and enjoy being together. It’s a time to forget about the troubles of the past year and look forward to the coming year. This festival has been going on in Southern California since 1982, making this its 40th year. The event has grown and changed locations a few times. This year, the Tet Festival will take place at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Dates and times for the 2022 festival are on Saturday, February 5th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, February 6th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission tickets can be purchased at the main entrance. The cost is $8 for general admission. Infants two years and younger are free. Anyone wearing a traditional outfit can also get in for free on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The schedule for the festival is jam packed. Find food contests like a Pho, Balut, watermelon, and milk tea eating contests, children’s events, and entertainment. There will be a children’s pageant and youth performance as well as a Modern Talent Competition, and Smash Bros. competition. Also visit the Cultural Village and various vendor booths to find items for your Newport Beach real estate. The village is a replica of a traditional village in Vietnam. There will be galleries, exhibits, and models of Vietnamese architecture.

Volunteer opportunities are also available for this event. Anyone who is at least 13 years old and can read the application thoroughly can apply. Spots are limited, so apply soon. Everyone living in Newport Beach homes is invited to the Tet Festival. Find more details and take a look at the schedule here.

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Jan. 10, 2022

Plan a Day to Explore the Laguna Art Museum

Venture to the Laguna Art Museum from your Coastal Orange County HomeThe Laguna Art Museum is a true gem to those who call coastal Orange County home. With a long history, this museum has sought to bring art to the Laguna Beach area for more than 100 years. Today, there is an extensive art collection, special exhibitions, and programs for all. The museum offers school tours and has an active docent program. There are also art activities for families. Drop in art making is available at the LAM+LAB and patrons are also invited to make art at their coastal Orange County home.

Be sure to watch the calendar to stay up to date on current shows. Right now, all are welcome to view the annual Art and Nature Festival. This event began back in November and it will be going strong until April 25, 2022. There are many things to look forward to, including special exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, and films. There will also be family activities that follow the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. This festival is a great way to bring art into the lives of children.

This festival serves many purposes. For one, community members can find ideas for art. Also, this event is meant to inspire artists, create connections between art and science, and raise awareness of environmental issues. Lastly, it is to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center of the appreciation of art and nature.

In addition to this event at the Laguna Art Museum, there will also be local community partners presenting nature themed exhibitions. Some of these locations include Suzi Q Senior Center, Kelsey Michaels Fine Art, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and Community Arts Project at Wells Fargo. Everyone living in coastal Orange County is invited to learn more about the Laguna Art Museum and the Art and Nature Festival here.

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Dec. 27, 2021

Celebrate 2022 in Style at the Montage

Celebrate 2022 in Coastal Orange County Near Newport Beach HomesThe Montage Laguna Beach Hotel is not just for tourists, there are many events open to those who call Newport Coast home throughout the year. There are several ways to ring in the New Year at the Montage. New Year’s Eve at Studio starts at 8 p.m. with a welcome reception with cocktails and canapés. At 9:00 p.m. those in attendance will enjoy a dinner seating for a six-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Midnight will bring a countdown and champagne toast and at 1 a.m.. the evening concludes. Live entertainment and dancing will be available all evening. The cost is $695 per guest, plus tax and gratuity.

Another option is to celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Loft. Enjoy a la carte dining from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then a four-course tasting menu with seating times at 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., or 9:30 p.m. All reservations also include live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. The cost is $225 per guest, plus tax and gratuity.

The final choice to celebrate New Year’s at the Montage is to spend it dancing the night away in the Lobby Lounge. Reserved table service and lounge seating packages are available. Choose a small table for two or reserve lounge seating for up to 10 guests. There are many different options for different group sizes.

If you are more interested in spending New Year’s at your Newport Coast home, consider coming to the Montage for Holiday Afternoon Tea. This is available from noon to 4 p.m. daily through December 30th and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from January 8th through 30th. The menu includes a variety of sandwiches, scones, desserts, and drinks. The price is $95 per adult guests and $55 per child ages 4-12. Everyone living in Newport Coast real estate is invited to learn more about these events and find details about making reservations here.

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Dec. 20, 2021

Open Through January - Oceanfront Ice Skating Adds to Seasonal Fun

Ice Skating Near Coastal Orange County Homes Through Mid JanuaryThose living in coastal Orange County can have the unique experience of ice skating on an oceanfront ice rink. Even though there are palm trees all around, the Pasea Hotel and Spa has made this experience available to everyone in the area. Skate outdoors by the ocean and enjoy the spectacular sunset. Meet friends or bring the whole family to enjoy this winter experience.

The rink opened on November 25th, 2021 and it will be available to everyone living in coastal Orange County until January 2, 2022. The price for daytime skating is $30 and the price for evening skating is $35. You must reserve a timeslot to skate and pay for tickets online. A limited number of tickets are available for each timeslot. Once you have checked in, you will be able to skate for 90 minutes. Skates are included in the price and skates are available in sizes Toddler-8 to Adult-15. Watch the calendar for theme nights and other specials. Santa visits on December 22nd, it’s Ugly Sweater Night on December 23rd, and there is a date night on December 29th.

Bonfire and Fun on Ice, All in One Near Coastal Orange County Homes

When it starts getting chilly, warm up by the bonfire. You can reserve a fire pit for two hours for a maximum of six people. Time slots are available at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m.The cost is $150 for a rinkside fire pit for up to four people or $300 of an oceanfront fire pit for up to six people. Each reservation includes exclusive use of the firepit, a bottle of champagne, and a blanket. Add a food and beverage option to your reservation. A family package is $50 and includes hot cocoa for four, s’mores brownies, a gingerbread house kit, and a keepsake ornament. The romance package includes holiday brie with crackers and a baguette and chocolate covered strawberries. The celebration package includes an additional bottle of champagne and a cheese board for six. All who call coastal Orange County home are invited to learn more about the rink and purchase tickets here.

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Dec. 13, 2021

Enjoy the Merriment of OC's Boat Parade

All Kinds of Boats To See Near Ice Skating Near Coastal Orange County Homes in the Boat Parade.jpegThe Newport Beach Boat Parade has been an annual tradition for many who call Newport Beach home. The parade runs for five nights each year around Christmas. With deep roots in the community, this parade has been going on for more than 100 years. Sure, the boats may look a little different now than they did 100 years ago, but the same community building tradition lives on. What started as a few dozen boats floating in a parade is now an event that involves hundreds of boats with spectacular lighting displays.

There's Nothing Quite Like the Newport Beach Boat Parade

If you have not experienced the boat parade, you should go. There are all types of boats involved in the parade, including multi-million dollar yachts, fishing boats, and canoes. Everyone gets involved, even the nearby Newport Beach home owners and businesses decorate. Even the docks are all lit up. Prizes are awarded for the best decorations on both boats and homes. There are millions of lights, special effects, and so much more. Who needs snow or the North Pole, when Christmas displays like this are alive and well in Newport Beach?

To view the Newport Beach Boat Parade, there are many options. You can watch from your favorite shoreline restaurant, watch from Newport real estate located on the shore, walk to the shoreline, or buy tickets for reserved seating. Another option is to schedule a cruise with Davey’s Locker. There are three cruises available each night so that you can choose the best day and time for you. On a cruise, you can see everything, including the decorated boats, businesses, and homes. Plus, the Davey’s Locker boats will also be decorated, making it feel like you are part of the experience. Learn more about cruises available with Davey’s Locker and find more general details about the Newport Beach Boat Parade here.

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Dec. 7, 2021

Watch The Nutcracker Come to Life This Season

Coastal Orange County Home to the NutcrackerViewing The Nutcracker on stage is a holiday tradition for many who call coastal Orange County home. The music, the costumes, and the amazing ballet dancers bring the story to life for the audience and get everyone in the holiday spirit. The American Ballet Theatre is presenting The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $30 and performances are available from December 10th through 12h and December 15th through December 19th. 

The running time for this performance is approximately 1 hour and 52 minutes. There will be no late seating allowed and those in attendance must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test that has been taken within 72 hours of the performance. Also remember to grab a mask from your coastal Orange county home, as these are required for all ticket holders. All guests over the age of 18 also must bring a photo ID.

Get into the Spirit Near Your Coastal Orange County Home

This holiday favorite features the music of Tchaikovsky performed by Pacific Symphony. The story follows Clara on her dreamlike journey that includes toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, fairies, toy soldiers, an amazing Christmas tree, and The Nutcracker Prince. The cast features more than 100 performers with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and sets and costumes by Richard Hudson.

Those living in coastal Orange county are invited to purchase tickets to this performance here. While on the site, also check out some other upcoming shows. There are many great musical and theatrical shows available during December and in January, including John Lloyd Young’s Broadway, Shen Yun, and My Fair Lady. You can also consider going on a free public tour to get a glimpse of areas you don’t see from the audience. These are available on select Saturdays and a spot can be reserved online. Those who enjoy frequenting the theater can consider purchasing a season ticket package.

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Nov. 22, 2021

The Coast Remains Beautiful All Year Long Close to Coastal Orange County Homes

View Natural Beauty Near Orange County homesThe landscape near coastal Orange County homes is breathtaking. Although cities have spread, there are still many natural areas to explore. Travel through some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Visitors can explore 40 miles of trails that meander through oak and sycamore woodlands. Rocky bluffs extend above the canyon trails, many of which lead to ridges with gorgeous views. 

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is located at 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach, close to any Newport Coast real estate. Parking lot hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the park itself is open from 7 a.m. to sunset. There is a parking fee of $3 per day and there is a machine that accepts quarters, dollar bills, and Visa/Mastercard. If you visit often, consider purchasing an annual pass, which is available in the park office. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the park and those that plan to ride horses need to use the Equestrian parking at the Big Bend staging area. 

Explore Nature Near Orange County homes

This park spans 7,000 acres and is part of the South Coast Wilderness area. Stop into the Nix Nature Center to learn more about the park and ask for advice about the best route for your adventure. You can hike, mountain bike, run, or ride horseback on the trails. Regularly guided tours are also available and led by park staff or volunteer naturalists. Many different types of tours are led each month and include topics such as fitness and botany. Take a look at the events and programs on the park webpage to see upcoming offerings. Special tours can also be arranged for groups up to 20 people. Everyone living in coastal Orange County homes is invited to read more about this beautiful park, browse the upcoming events,  and plan an outing here.

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Nov. 15, 2021

Enjoy the Holidays at Fashion Island this Year

Visit the beautiful tree for those who live in coastal Orange County.The holidays are a wonderful time to be living in coastal Orange County. Although the weather might not feel like the North Pole, there are still many great events and attractions available in the area to help get everyone in the holiday spirit. Be sure that you get over to see Fashion Island’s Annual Holiday Tree. Starting Friday, November 19th, 2021, the 90-foot live fir tree at Fashion Island will be lit up every night through January 1st, 2022.

Living in Coastal Orange County Make the Season Brighter

There will be 10,000 lights and ornaments decorating the tree that will be twinkling among the palm trees and ocean views. Bring your camera and snap some great photos in front of the tree. Fashion Island is committed to an environmentally friendly approach to harvesting Christmas trees and utilizes the services of Victor’s Custom Christmas Trees. This tree was removed from a designated timber area in Northern California near Mount Shasta. It’s harvesting had no detrimental impact on the environment. After the holiday festivities conclude, the tree will be recycled. Everyone living in coastal Orange County is invited to visit the tree, knowing that great care was taken in providing its splendor without a negative impact to the environment.

While you are at Fashion Island, take care of some Christmas shopping. There are nearly 200 stores available at Fashion Island, which is sure to help you cross many names off your shopping list. Make an evening of it and grab dinner at one of the many restaurants available. Stick around a little longer and catch a movie at The Lot Movie Theater. Fashion Island is a one stop destination for a fun evening preparing for the holidays. All who call coastal Orange County home can learn more about the annual holiday tree, and plan a fun evening of shopping and dining here.

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Nov. 1, 2021

Enjoy Fall with a Family Tour of Sherman Gardens

Enjoy a fun day out at Sherman Gardens near Orange County homes.Sherman Library and Gardens is a lovely place for those living in coastal Orange County homes to visit. When you walk through Sherman Gardens, you can see amazing and unique plants, interesting exhibits, and wildlife. Many events are also available throughout the year. These events are terrific opportunities to learn more about the gardens and create a memorable experience with friends or family. The next available event is a Family Tour of Sherman Gardens that will take place on Saturday, November 6th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A docent will lead the tour, which is free with garden admission. Advance registration is required. Be sure to register early to claim a spot. 

The Garden Cafe Is a Perfect Place to Meet Friends Near Your Orange County Home

The price for non-members to visit the gardens is $5 per person for those ages four and over. Members and children three and under are free. Members do not need to make an advance reservation to visit the gardens, but non-members do. The cost for a membership is $20 for students, $40 for seniors, $60 for a general membership, and $75 for a family. There are many benefits to having a membership, such as unlimited free admission, reduced fees for classes and programs, a 15% discount in the Garden Shop, and invitations to lectures and events. 

Sherman Gardens is a great place to get ideas for the yard at your coastal Orange County home. The gardens are extensive and include a formal garden, tropical conservatory, shade garden, tea garden, succulent garden, and a central garden. Leave with some fresh ideas to add some new elements to your yard. A cafe is also available on the grounds. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food served at the restaurant utilizes produce from the gardens and from local farms. Seasonal ingredients are highlighted and having lunch at Cultivar includes lovely views of the garden. Everyone living in coastal Orange County is invited to come visit the gardens, have lunch, and be inspired by nature.

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Oct. 25, 2021

Get Your Sourdough on at Rye Goods Bakery

Eat at Rye Goods Bakery near your Newport Beach home.If you’re looking for delicious, fresh food close to your Newport Coast home, check out Rye Goods Bakery, located in Lido Marina Village. Their focus is on seasonal eating, homemade bread, and locally sourced ingredients. Stop in for breakfast or lunch or pick up freshly baked bread to enjoy back at your Newport Coast home. There are some lovely pastries that will make a wonderful breakfast. Try a vegan pumpkin muffin or a peach snail. When you’re in the mood for something savory, order the savory scone, made with gruyere, pepper, sage, chives, and pumpkin seeds. The chili jam croissant is full of delightful contrasts--light and flaky croissant, plus spicy chilis, smooth cheese, and crunchy sesame seeds. On the weekends, try the pop tarts or a pumpkin cream morning bun.

Enjoy a Meal at the Bakery and Find Goodies to Take Back to Your Newport Coast Home

Cooler days call for sandwiches loaded with fresh veggies and a bowl of warming soup. Try the baguette sandwich and the veggie soup, made with the best produce of the season. The focaccia sandwich is another tasty choice, with a homemade aioli spread, heirloom tomatoes and herbs. The cheese plate is a good one to share with friends. It’s loaded with amazing cheeses and paired with sourdough bread and seasonal goodies.

Newport Coast real estate owners looking to bring farm fresh goods home will find lots of great options. There’s infused butter, nut butters, and tasty seasonal jams. You can also get a flat of 30 fresh eggs delivered from a farm in Chino. For sourdough bread lovers, there are tons of choices. The basic country loaf is made with spelt and rye flours, sourdough starter, and seasalt. For a more adventurous flavor, try the jalapeno and cheese loaf or the five seed loaf. You can also get pizza dough to take home and pile up with your favorite toppings.

Visit Rye Goods Bakery online to see the full menu. 

 

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