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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for 2017

Travel for Your Health in the New Year

Posted on December 29, 2017 | 1:16pm

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Orange County has your Rx for post holiday stress!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for fresh starts, new goals, and resolutions (if you’re into those). It’s time to start planning your travel for the new year. Here in Costa Mesa, in the heart of Southern California’s Orange County, we believe in taking time to enjoy life…and while we all have responsibilities and obligations that simply must be met, one of the best things we can do for ourselves  and our health is to take a vacation and some time off.

 

It might sound strange to start planning your next vacation, especially just coming off the holidays, but we all know what happens once we get back to work – kids go back to school, the year flies by and we find ourselves wondering where time went. According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than half of those who work full time do not take the amount of vacation they earn. National Plan for a Vacation Day is January 30. Pull out your bucket list and if you don’t have one, start one now. The first thing on the list should be, 1. Take time off in 2018!

 

TV Host and Travel Expert Samantha Brown offers some tips in this short video clip.

 

Samantha’s right…traveling for your health helps promote creativity, improves relationships and can even get you a raise at work! Consider this, plan a long weekend getaway in Southern California where the average year-round temperature is 72 degrees and the forecast calls for sunshine almost every day of the year. Not only is California a great destination any time of the year, it’s the endless sunshine that makes every day brighter and wipes out any post-holiday stress. Costa Mesa has just the prescription to get your new year started off right. We’ve created some itineraries to make it easy to plan your stay.

 

Rejuvenate Your Body and Soul at SOCO and The OC Mix

Start your day SOCO and The OC Mix – a design and culinary center where you can experience more than 70 curated boutique shops, home design stores, restaurants and cafés. For a fresh dose of fruit and Vitamin C, visit Birdie Bowl and Juicery for a cold-pressed organic juice, nut mylks and acai bowls. A few doors down you can sample a fresh production of Kombucha at Farm & Culture Co.’s Kombucha and Bone Broth Bar. Quench your body with probiotics and the healthy concoctions of this organic and raw foods store.

 

Continue on the journey to find the freshest fruit and veggies and seasonal blooming flowers just outside The OC Mix at a locals’ favorite certified farmers’ market at SOCO, open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

 

Stop by Bon Spera, a women’s athletic and beauty store offering casual and comfortable clothing as well as all natural, eco-friendly skin care products and a Korean beauty line.

 

Next up, browse some of the home stores for creative inspiration such as Uni Design, where the focus is on natural products and earth tones. You can even sit in one of their staged garden areas for a Zen moment.

 

Another great place for dining on healthy and hearty foods is at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop – a fast, casual restaurant focused on high-quality, local fare and menu items including a build-your-own salad, baked ‘spaghetti’ (squash) with Tuscan kale salad or a grilled BQQ chicken Panini. You’ll also find a variety of fresh juices and protein shakes made to order.

 

Finally, we’ve all heard that a glass of wine a day can produce positive health benefits. If you want to treat yourself to happy hour, SOCO and The OC Mix has two great choices for wine tasting. Try LCA Wines, where for just $10 you’ll sample four varietals from all over the world and learn a little bit about those regions from LCA’s knowledgeable team members.

 

We Olive & Wine Bar inside The OC Mix offers wine tasting as well as locally produced olive oil and balsamic vinegar sampling. You can even grab a small cheese and meat tray from The Cheese Shop next door and create a relaxing afternoon while treating your taste buds.

Connect With Your Inner Activist at The CAMP

The CAMP is an outdoor shopping and dining center focused on health, fitness and eco-friendly lifestyles. Start the morning with Yoga in the Treehouse held on the second Saturday of each month in the open-air, rooftop venue. Awaken your mind and body for your own health and for a good cause. A small donation of $5 gets you into the class and will help support both local and global nonprofit organizations dedicated to animal welfare. Bring your own mat and some water!

 

Following your workout, recharge with an acai bowl and an organic brewed lavender tea at Milk & Honey, one of our favorite coffee and tea spots in Costa Mesa. While at The CAMP, you’ll definitely want to explore the SEED People’s Market for handmade gift items, leather handbags, jewelry and clothing all by local business owners. SEED also dedicates an area to children’s shoes, clothes and toys, as well as an area for the outdoor activists. Their Instagram page is a great place to get some inspiration!

 

The CAMP has a rustic feel and offers plenty of spaces to lounge and enjoy the outdoors while sipping a latte, snacking on a homemade treat from Blackmarket Bakery, or a scoop of homemade gelato from Vitaly Caffé.

 

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If you enjoy brunch, and want to indulge a bit, Old Vine Café should be on your list, where Chef Mark McDonald has created a casual Italian-inspired bistro reflective of his training in Italy. The menu items are focused on dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients and feature a variety of sweet, savory and comfort foods.

 

Stick around for lunch or stop in for dinner at Native Foods Café where they aim to create popular menu items with a vegetarian and vegan focus. Did someone say chicken and waffles? A quick trip across the street (please use the crosswalk) to The LAB will have you inspired to travel more, explore and use all of your vacation for the year. This is just a peek into all that The CAMP and its sister property The LAB offer for healthy, outdoor-friendly, inspirational outings.

 

Indulge Your Senses at South Coast Plaza

Are shopping and the pursuit of high-fashion trends the way you like escaping the daily hustle? Come to Costa Mesa for a day of indulgence and relaxation at one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations – South Coast Plaza. As if shopping amongst some of the top designers like Bally, Burberry, Fendi, Hermes and Louis Vuitton aren’t enough to let your mind wander, women will love to step into Fresh for a mini facial and to try on dozens of invigorating new scents. Men can also experience a little pampering when visiting The Art of Shaving, where the Barber Spa offers traditional barber services and essential oil facial treatments.

 

You can even shop for a car and its accessories at the first American Porsche Design concept store, where new vehicles will be on display each season surrounded by Porsche Design products such as timepieces, sound and electronics, luggage and leather goods, eyewear, men’s apparel, men’s sportswear, writing tools, fragrances and more. Shop before February 28, 2018, and save 40%.

 

If the Mediterranean way of dining is your style, try Mezzet Mediterranean a selection of kabobs, flatbreads and variety of hummus and savory small plates to share. Enjoy a glass of champagne while thanking yourself for taking this time off.

 

Most any night of the week, Costa Mesa’s performing arts come alive at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, featuring Broadway musicals like Love Never Dies and Hamilton, or performances by the Pacific Symphony in 2018.

Hotels with a Health and Body Focus

Costa Mesa hotels vary from full-service to low key with breakfast and evening happy hour and often offer great getaway packages. Many of Costa Mesa’s hotels are also are within walking distance of many of the cities’ attractions, allowing you more time to get out and take a walk and enjoy the sunshine.

 

Focusing on the active and healthy lifestyle, The Westin South Coast Plaza houses a WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, on-site tennis courts and offers running maps.

 

Avenue of the Arts – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel has an on-site gym and offers free yoga on Saturday mornings.

 

Residence Inn by Marriott is like a home away from home with residential amenities and outdoor sports courts.

 

A stay at the Best Western Plus, BLVD Hotel, Holiday Inn & Suites and Ramada Inn & Suites are the next closest to being at the beach in Newport. Take a jog or leisurely walk to the beach. It’s easy to get from these Costa Mesa hotels to the Pacific Coast when they’re just about a mile from the ocean. Whatever your ideal vacation entails, it’s easy to get to Costa Mesa by car, plane or train. So start planning for that time off and be sure to include Costa Mesa – Orange County’s City of the Arts™ on your itinerary.

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10 Costa Mesa New Year’s Eve Events

Posted on December 27, 2017 | 4:04pm

New Year's Eve events Costa Mesa

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. Where will you be? We’ve rounded up 10 great Costa Mesa New Year’s Eve events, ranging from kid-friendly to 21+.

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Use The Force: A Star Wars Weekend in Costa Mesa

Posted on December 20, 2017 | 12:25pm

Star Wars Costa Mesa

Were you one of the first to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Orange County last weekend? If you’re not – or, let’s be honest, if you plan to see it again – we’ve developed the perfect Costa Mesa movie night for you and yours because the holidays may be here and family is in town, but Star Wars waits for no one. Whether you’re planning to turn it into a date night or just heading out with friends, this plan has you covered.

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16 Holiday Shopping Deals at South Coast Plaza Restaurants!

Posted on December 6, 2017 | 3:58pm

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer or a full-fledged gourmet gift for the ultimate foodie on your list, South Coast Plaza restaurants have you covered this year! Continue below to learn more about the seasonal promotions at some of Costa Mesa’s favorite eateries.

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9 Holiday Events and Free Things to Do in OC

Posted on November 30, 2017 | 10:47am

Free things to do at Argyros plaza costa mesa

Take a Break and a Weekend Escape

 

Ready to celebrate the season? Costa Mesa has a lineup of 9 holiday events and free things to in OC to help make your holidays memorable. We want you to indulge in yourself or with your family and friends this season, and we have a special gift to help get your planning under way. Now through January 11, 2018, book two nights at a participating Costa Mesa hotel and receive $100 to shop or dine at South Coast Plaza. Plan around our calendar of events in Orange County and join us to celebrate the holidays.

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