Sarah - Active Itinerary
GET ACTIVEStart the day with a hike or bike ride through Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park or Talbert Regional Park. With more than 400 acres of nature sanctuary and trails combined and direct outlet to a trail leading straight to the shores of Newport Beach, either park is an ideal place to get relax in nature. The adventerous can try hitting the Costa Mesa Skate Park, open daily to the public. For indoor workouts, Costa Mesa is home to several yoga and fitness studios offering everything from rockclimbing to spin to aerial yoga to keep you in shape during your stay.
Costa Mesa is known for its food scene so it’s no surprise to find a traveler or two in the midst of an Eatcation. Whether you’re looking for world-class fine dining or the latest neighborhood joint featured on Foodbeast, Costa Mesa has you covered. For some casual comfort food and cocktails, head to Eastside Costa Mesa for The Crack Shack. The fried chicken centric restaurant founded by “Top Chef: All Stars” winner Richard Blais has all of the flair and none of the airs of an Instagram worthy eatery. Head to Seabirds Kitchen or Native Foods Café to try out a vegan meal even carnivores would be jealous of, or check out East Borough for Vietnamese street style bowls and banh mi sandwiches.
SHOP SMALLIn Costa Mesa’s SoBeCa District, head to The LAB and The CAMP for local-minded shopping. At The CAMP, SEED Peoples Market – with a motto of “products with a purpose” is the ideal place for the adventurous and outdoorsy, with a mix of home goods and accessories from local artisans to clothing and gear from brands like Patagonia and Fjallraven. For more boutique shopping, head to SOCO and The OC Mix, which houses a mix of clothing and accessory boutiques, local eateries like The Cheese Shop and Taco Maria, and opportunities for wine and spirit tasting at LCA Wines or the Mixing Glass.
TAKE A NIGHT OUT
While Costa Mesa is often recognized for its culinary scene, the city is also known at the City of the Arts®. While you can catch Broadway theater over at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, you can also find plenty of opportunities to take in live music. The Wayfarer on the city’s Westside brings in local and touring bands several nights per week. Or head to local favorite Boathouse Collective for a drink and live entertainment in the restaurant and venue that once, quite literally, housed boats.