Orange County Coastal Real Estate News

March 23, 2020

Quarantined? Pick up Great Food from Driftwood Kitchen!

Everyone from coastal Orange County homes loves Driftwood Kitchen.Since locals are sheltering in their coastal Orange County homes, lots of businesses have shut down for the time being. Many restaurants are still open, however, and are offering people living in coastal Orange County special take out menus, curbside pick up, and delivery. It’s totally possible to maintain social distancing while still enjoying excellent food. In fact, ordering from your favorite restaurants is a great way to help boost the local economy. Some eateries are even offering gift cards at a discounted rate.

Get Cocktails and Sandwiches for Coastal Orange County Homes

Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach is one of the restaurants offering quarantine specials. Stop in from noon to 6 p.m. for quarantine happy hour. Choose your favorite cocktails to go. Each $30 kit will make four to six drinks. Upgrade to premium spirits for an extra $10. Full bottles of wine are on sale at a 25% discount off the regular price. Six-packs of beer are also available for $20.

The current menu has many delicious options. Start off with a charcuterie and cheese board, with dried fruit, toast, and fig jam on the side. The caesar salad or quinoa salad make a nice appetizer, or you can add on chicken breast, salmon, or shrimp to make it a meal. For the main course, choose one of the great sandwiches. There’s the fried chicken sandwich, the grilled mahi sandwich, and the pulled pork sandwich. For a larger meal, opt for pan-seared salmon or a New York steak.

Kids from coastal Orange County homes can choose from their own menu, too. Children can have a plate of chicken strips, grilled cheese, pasta with butter, or a hamburger.

Round out your meal with a slice of toffee cake or three homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Call Driftwood Kitchen at 949.715.7700 Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. to place an order. You can pick your food up yourself or have it delivered. 


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March 17, 2020

Stuck at Home? Check out the Newport Beach Library eBranch for Books and Movies

Newport Beach real estate owners use the eBranch of the library for fun resources.When in doubt, go to the library is the motto that Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter books, lives by. Unfortunately, the libraries on Newport Beach real estate are closed for the rest of the month. However, you can still do curbside pick up of materials on hold. One of the great things about the 21st century is how much we have access to, via our phones and computers. Even if you can’t get to your branch for more books, you can go online and find tons of great apps and resources to use from the comfort of your Newport Beach home.

Explore the World from Your Newport Beach Home with E-Resources

All library card holders can use Overdrive on their phones or computers. Or download the Libby app on the phone. There are tons of ebooks available to download and read, as well as a large selection of audiobooks. The best part? No late fees! The books simply disappear at the end of the borrowing period. You’ll also find links to websites and apps that have ebooks and audiobooks available to download and keep for free. Most of these books are in the public domain, meaning that their copyright has expired.

For magazine lovers, the RBdigital and Flipster are for you. Use both on either a computer or smartphone. Many current magazines are on the programs for you to check out and read. You can find links to other databases of print media, like the Orange County Register, National Geographic, Consumer Reports, and several major newspapers.

Even if you don’t have a Netflix subscription, you can still enjoy streaming movies. Just use Kanopy or Overdrive. Due to increased demand, they might be experiencing outages, but they’re working on a fix.

Be sure to check out the many databases with information on a wide range of topics. Kids from Newport Beach real estate can explore tons of educational material if they’re home from school.

All these resources and more are available at the Newport Beach Library eBranch


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March 9, 2020

Don’t Miss the Dana Point Festival of Wales Second Weekend

People living in coastal Orange County go to the Festival of Whales.The ocean plays a huge role in living in coastal Orange County. Come celebrate it and all of its creatures at the Dana Point Festival of Whales. This event has already taken place one weekend, but will also be happening March 14th and 15th, 2020. This is the 49th year of this festival and many families living in coastal Orange County make it a tradition every year.

Everyone Living in Coastal Orange County Will Learn About Ocean Life

There will be something for all ages and interests and it should be a great way to welcome the coming of spring by spending time outdoors. Events taking place only on Saturday, March 14th include the Cardboard Classic Dinghy Dash and Expo at Baby Beach, Boat Builders’ Brekky and BBQ on the Beach, Whale of a Beach Cleanup, and the 9th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off at Baby Beach Park.

Events taking place both Saturday and Sunday include the Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show and Sale, Kids’ Fun Zone, British Invasion on the Harbor walkway, Marine Mammal Lecture Series at Harpoon Henry’s, visiting the Ocean Institute Education Center, and the Harbor Music Series at Dana Wharf and Mariners Village.

Events taking place only on Sunday include Just Havin’ Fun Car Club Show, Dana Hills High School and San Juan Hills High School Young Artists Show and Sale, Whale of a Concert on the Water, Whale of a Concert BBQ and Spirits Garden, and Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip. In addition to these, there are several opportunities for whale watching throughout each day.

Find more information about parking, a full list of events with times and locations, a map for shuttle stops and more online. Also follow the links to learn more about and book whale watching excursions and to find more details about Festival of Whales merchandise. Come out to learn more about the ocean near your coastal Orange County home and to celebrate it with others. 


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March 2, 2020

Come for Supper and Jazz at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel

Enjoy jazz near your Newport Coast home.All who call Newport Coast home are invited to experience some amazing jazz at Sunset Jazz Supper Club Edition. Two concerts have already taken place, but there will still be three more Wednesday night concerts in an intimate environment. The venue only seats 108 people, providing an up close and personal experience. Come for one or purchase tickets to all three that remain. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with performances taking place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Hook & Spear at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. It is sure to be a fun evening out from your Newport Coast real estate.

Newport Coast Home Owners Attend the Jazz Series

Here is a look at the musicians performing at the concerts:

Wednesday, March 4th, come out to see the Bruce Forman Trio featuring Alex frank, Jake Reed, and The Red Guitar (Forman’s new composition). The first set will feature Bruce’s trio and the second set will include his one man show.

Wednesday, April 1st, hear classics from Nat King Cole,Chet Baker, and others performed by John Proulx. Chuck Berghofer, Kevin Kanner, and Chuck Findley will also be featured.

Wednesday, May 13th, listen to the extraordinary Jackie Ryan sing The Great American Songbook. The Bill Cunliffe Trio, Chris Colangelo, Dean Koba, and Rickey Woodard will also be performing.

Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $55 for the gold section, $43 for the blue section, and $33 for a captains table. The restaurant also requires a $20 per person minimum purchase. Order dinner or just get drinks. The menu includes soup, salad, a burger, club sandwich, braised lamb shank, Atlantic salmon, lobster, prime filet, and desserts. All who live in a Newport Coast home are invited to call 949.759.5003 for tickets and more information, or view the registration form for the Sunset Jazz Supper Club


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Feb. 24, 2020

Fabulous Hair and Sumptuous Pampering Await at Tress Apothecary and Salon

Get your hair done in a renovated Newport Coast home.Find a chic retreat in a refurbished Newport Coast home when you go to Tress Apothecary and Salon. Located on prime Newport Coast real estate at Lido Marina Village, Tress strives to offer incredible service in a relaxing, luxurious atmosphere. Tera Stephens is the founding stylist. She’s known throughout Orange County for her beautiful styles, especially beach-ready balayage and gorgeous hair extensions. Tera is joined by a team of 12 other excellent stylists. Each one has his or her own signature style. Whatever you’re looking for, the team at Tress can help you achieve it.

Escape to a Converted Newport Coast Home on the Waterfront

When you walk in to the waterfront Newport Coast home, you’re transported back to the stylish 1940s. The interior is full of light and is decorated with custom fixtures, lots of plants, cozy cushions, and even a fireplace. Sit back and enjoy being pampered. Have a cup of tea or order in something to eat. Get a fresh haircut, which includes shampoo and blowdry. Men’s cuts start at $50, and women’s start at $75. There’s a full menu of hair coloring options. Go for something simple like a tint or face framing highlights. Or opt for something more daring, like full highlights or lowlights, balayage, or ombre. Deep hair treatments are offered, as well as hair extensions. Tress is also known for providing gorgeous bridal hair styles.

Once your hair is styled to perfection, visit the apothecary. Tera has tested hundreds of products to come up with a meticulously curated collection. There are lots of all-natural and organic options, as well as hard-to-find brands.

Everything at Tress is designed to be relaxed and streamlined. You check in with a few taps on an iPad and pay for hair treatments and products on a tablet, too.

Visit Tress Apothecary and Salon online to learn more about services offered, read bios of all the stylists, and book your appointment.

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Feb. 17, 2020

See PGA Golf and Raise Money for Charity at the Hoag Classic

People living in coastal Orange County go to the Hoag Classic.Golfers living in coastal Orange County have a chance to see a PGA golf tournament and help raise money for a good cause. The Hoag Classic is coming up beginning Wednesday March 4th and running through Sunday, March 8th. The stop on the PGA Tour Champions is held at Newport Beach Country Club. The tournament raises money for Hoag, which operates two hospitals and multiple health centers throughout the area. Chances are good that all coastal Orange County home owners have been to a Hoag facility at one time or another. In addition to Hoag, the tournament supports many other local charities.

For the past five years, Hoag Classic has hosted a Military Appreciation Day. This year, all active duty, reservists, National Guard, retired military, and veterans are welcome to attend for free, along with three guests, and enjoy the golf as well as complimentary food and beverages. This year, the event will be on Saturday, March 7th.

Kids Living in Coastal Orange County Come for Youth Day

On Sunday, March 8th families living in Orange County are welcome to bring their kids for Youth Day. Students 18 and under enjoy complimentary entrance for the final day of the tournament. In addition to the pro golf, kids will enjoy the Fun Zone, where they can play golf-related games. There’s even a putting contest for middle and high school students. Winners receive tickets to local attractions and other cool prizes.

Regular admission tickets to the Hoag Classic are $25 when purchased online ahead of time. At the gate, they’re $30. Register online for Military Appreciation Day, too. VIP Tickets entitle ticket holders to hospitality in their own luxury skybox. Call 949.660.1001 to purchase VIP Tickets. Attendees are encouraged to carpool or take a taxi to the event. There are a couple of public parking lots. Shuttles will be running people from the parking lots to the golf course at frequent intervals.

Learn more about the Hoag Classic and purchase tickets.


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Feb. 10, 2020

Enjoy a Romantic Valentine’s Day Sailing Newport Harbor

Newport Beach home owners go on a Valentine's cruise.Celebrate Valentine’s Day away from your Newport Beach home and out on the water. Cupid’s Dinner Cruise in Newport Beach is coming up on Saturday, February 15th. Board the Wild Goose at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy the cruise from 7 to 10 p.m. Gaze into your loved one’s eyes as you enjoy a gourmet dinner and sip champagne at a candlelit table. A gift of a memorable experience means so much more than a box of chocolates or flowers. Once dinner is done, dance to the music of DJ entertainment. Be sure to bring along a wrap or light jacket from your Newport Beach home, as it does get breezy on the water.

Newport Beach Home Owners Get Tickets for the Dinner Cruise

Ticket prices are $102 for adults, $91.80 for seniors or military, $61.20 for children 4-12, and kids three and under are free. There are also several celebration packages that can be added on. Choose the Valentine Lover’s Domaine Chandon Celebration Package for $40, the Valentine Lover’s Moet and Chandon Celebration Package for $62.50, or the Valentine’s Lover’s Veuve Clicquot Celebration Package for $75.00. All celebration packages consist of a reserved window table, a bottle of chilled champagne, a Hornblower embossed champagne flute for each person, and chocolate truffles.

Leave your Newport Beach real estate early and allow for plenty of time to get to the boat. Parking on-site is available for $10, but is on a first come first served basis. The lot is often full, so be prepared to find a public parking lot or metered street parking. Dress is casual to dressy, wear whatever you would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Cruises are a fun way to celebrate any holiday or special event. Visit Hornblower’s Cruises to read more about Cupid’s Dinner Cruise and purchase tickets and also find details about other upcoming cruises. 


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Feb. 3, 2020

Experience the New Face of Classical Music at the Laguna Beach Music Festival

Hear classical music near coastal Orange County homes.Classical music lovers from coastal Orange County homes should check out the Laguna Beach Music Festival. It will start on Wednesday, February 5th and run through Saturday, February 8th. Ray Chen is an internationally acclaimed violinist. Not only is he a stunning player, he’s also revolutionizing the way people interact with classical music with his online media presence. Plan to come to the Festival Prelude to hear Chen’s vision for the festival and enjoy a special performance by Chen and other festival artists at 6 p.m. on February 5th. The reception afterwards will be a special time for people living in coastal Orange County and is a great time to meet the musicians.

Classical Music Fans from Coastal Orange County Homes Meet Up and Coming Performers

The festival will officially begin with the opening recital on Thursday, February 6th at 8 p.m. Ray Chen will play, accompanied by Julio Elizalde on piano. The recital includes pieces by Ravel, Bach, and Saint-Saëns and will be held at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Elizalde is an acclaimed pianist and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician. He is also a dedicated musical educator and gives masterclasses throughout the United States.

On Friday, February 7th, Ray Chen, the Dover Quartet, and the Academy Virtuosi will perform at 8 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Artists Theatre. The program will include Warlock’s Capriol Suite and Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47. The Dover Quartet has achieved international acclaim since the group took every prize at the Banff Competition in 2013. The quartet’s members are first violinist Joel Link, violinist Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Camden Shaw. In addition to performing, the group works with Music for Food, which works to raise funds for the fight against hunger. The Academy Virtuosi is a select string ensemble, made up of student performers and soloists from Colburn Music Academy.

The festival concludes on Saturday, February 8th with a concert at 7 p.m. at Laguna Beach Artists Theatre. Ray Chen, Julio Elizalde, and the Dover Quartet will perform Ravel’s String Quartet in F-Major and Chausson’s Concert for violin, piano, and string quartet in D major, Op. 21.

Concert-goers from coastal Orange County homes can get a 10% discount on a meal at Nirvana Grille on the day of the concert. Just show your server your tickets or electronic confirmation.

Learn more and get tickets to the Laguna Beach Music Festival.


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Jan. 27, 2020

Discover Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for Hiking and Fun

Experience coastal Orange County living at the wilderness park.Experience how the early settlers enjoyed coastal Orange County living by exploring Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. There is not much wilderness left along the coast of Southern California, but this park is a 7,000 acre part of the South Coast Wilderness Area. This area also includes Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, The City of Irvine Open Space, Crystal Cove State Park, and Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. All of these areas together span nearly 20,000 acres.

A New Experience of Coastal Orange County Living Awaits in the Wilderness Park

The Laguna Coast Wilderness Park parking lot is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the trails are open from 7 a.m. to sunset. Be aware that the park might be closed for a few days after rain. There is a parking fee of $3 per day, but annual passes are available in the park office. Stop into the Nix Nature Center to learn more about the park, the animals that call coastal Orange County home, the foliage, and the trails. There are many exhibits, wildlife viewing portals, and activities at the nature center. There are also regularly scheduled guided tours, events, and programs each month. Group tours can be arranged as well.

There are more than 40 miles of trails that weave their way through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Hike, bike, or ride a horse through sycamore woodlands, climb up ridges that offer gorgeous views, and see riparian habitats above you on the canyon trails. Experiencing coastal Orange County living is more than just sandy beaches, theme parks, shopping, and dining, it is about the natural environment as well. It is important to protect these areas so that open space, natural beauty, and wildlife habitat is not lost. Show your support for the outdoors by visiting this park. Read more about Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and plan your visit. 


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Jan. 20, 2020

Visit Box Haus for a High Intensity Boxing Workout

Newport Beach real estate owners do boxing workouts.It’s hard to believe we’re already three weeks in to the new year. How are your new year’s resolutions going? A lot of us vow to get in shape and start exercising regularly, but let’s face it, your traditional gym can be pretty boring. If you need a little jump start for your fitness goals, check out Box Haus, the hottest new workout space on Newport Beach real estate. The fitness studio is staffed with great coaches, who have lots of experience in the fitness and boxing worlds. Whether you’re brand-new to the sport or want to improve your skills, Box Haus has the perfect package of classes for you.

Learn to Box on Newport Beach Real Estate

Newport Beach home owners who have never boxed before should check out either the single class pass, at $39 or the new member intro price of $69 for four classes over 30 days. The intro price includes glove rental. Plan to get to the studio about 15 minutes before your class starts. You’ll have time to put your stuff away in one of the lockers, complete with digital locks and charging stations. A staff member will show you around the studio, help you with your wraps and get you gloves and a towel.

Each Box Haus group class includes nine rounds of boxing for every student. The classes max out at 20 students. In between your rounds, you’ll do high intensity interval training (HIIT) to keep your heartrate up. It’s 45 minutes of high intensity action. If you want a little more one-on-one time with the coach, sign up for a ringside class. These classes have only four students and focus on stance, footwork, correct form for punching, and technique. For more intensive training, check out the private classes.

In addition to a regular schedule of classes, you can rent the Newport Beach real estate location for a team building experience or a bachelorette or bachelor party.

Visit Box Haus to learn more.


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