36 Hours in the Mesa Verde Neighborhood of Costa Mesa


Welcome to the Mesa Verde neighborhood—a unique sprawl ideal for those who enjoy the quieter things in life. With multiple parks and an offering of boutique experiences, this part of Costa Mesa is best enjoyed with an unrushed attitude. Get ready for a day filled with open air and memorable food options.


Stretch your legs at one of the two parks in Mesa Verde. The Fairview Park boasts a lake, waterfall, train rides, and more. Or pack your lunch and head to Estancia Park, 200 acres of open space that houses the historical Diego Sepulveda Adobe. For a more goal-oriented excursion, play 18 holes at the Costa Mesa Country Club, which features two full golf courses. Then wind down the day and spark your imagination with Inspired Art and Wine, a studio that pairs guided art classes with the sophistication of wine tasting.



With a unique spin on chicken wings, pick up some Korean fried chicken from Bonchon, an ideal option to take with you for an outdoor lunch at one of the parks. Bask in the sun while bringing your taste buds to life with the uniquely glazed, sparklingly crispy chicken wings.

Immerse yourself in the rustic atmosphere built around Arc Food & Libations.Their menu is ideal for meat lovers (try any of the duck dishes) but also has options for vegetarians (the word is their brussel sprouts are unforgettable).

Start your day with breakfast at Broken Yolk Cafe, where you can indulge in pancakes, breakfast burritos, or their signature Golden State benedict. Don't miss out on their offerings, as the establishment is closed by 2:30 p.m.

Combining design and cuisine, SoCo and the OC Mix (one of many names the area goes by) offers several specialty food stops. Recharge with coffee, wind down with cocktails, or replenish nutrients with acai bowls. The options are myriad, with something to suit every taste.

For take-home charcuterie goods or an artisanal breakfast to start your day, The Cheese Shop is the ideal place. Their mission to provide Costa Mesa with superb cheese is evident in the quality and flavors of every product they sell.




Speaking of SoCo and the OC Mix, this location is also a great shopping hub for home design and goods. Pick up tasteful home decor from big names like Design Within Reach and take home something unique for your next friend gathering. Then settle into a custom wine or olive oil tasting at We Olive & Wine Bar with products from local premier growers. Discover antiques, score stylish furniture, or simply enjoy moving through the various showrooms while planning for your dream home.

Indulge your nostalgic side by flipping through new and used records at Port of Sound. From obscure artists to the biggest names, this shop boasts one of the largest collections of vinyl in the world. Friendly staff, an easy-going atmosphere, and reasonable price tags make this a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Elevate your cocktail experience by visiting Mixing Glass & Market, a local stop for everything you need to prepare the perfect drink. From specialty spirits to cocktail tools, this tucked-away market offers a curated selection of provisions. Ask them about their connoisseur’s club options to explore hand-picked selections that will unlock your palate.



When your legs finally give out from long walks in the park, or get a little wobbly after a wine-and-art experience, return to the comfort of an overnight stay at the OC Hotel Costa Mesa or the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Both options provide a little slice of heaven and quiet comfort after a day spent exploring Costa Mesa. Kick up your feet and enjoy your night with leisure and amenities, waking up refreshed to catch the places, meals, and experiences you missed on your first day in Mesa Verde.




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