Field Notes: Newport Beach, CA

Not a drill.  Field Notes are officially live.

While I've always kept travel field notes for personal reflection, here I go, documenting a bit more of my world on the internet.   

Newport Beach, CA

A quick trip from Phoenix by air or by road, the salty air and sandy shores of Newport Beach greeted me with open (and sunscreen-covered) arms.

Newport Beach


The OC's newest resident?  Marriott's Lido House, the idyllic, coastal retreat that my desert soul desperately craved.  This Autograph Collection beauty might be home to my favorite poolside burger, ever.  


When I wasn't sitting steps away from the Pacific Ocean or at the hotel pool, I was visiting local coffee shops and drinking my fair share of Mexican beer.  Can you blame me?

Eat & Drink

If you're a coffee fiend like me, here's a breakdown of the four shops I visited... in less than 72 hours.

- Coffee Dose: Best branding, beverage variety and sweetest baristas

- Alta Coffee: Local favorite (as in, there was a line of locals out the door at 10pm)

- Honor Coffee Roasters: Minimal chic and best location, located in the heart of the luxe Lido Marina Village 

- Crew Coffee + Creamerie: Lido House doesn't have in-room coffee, but they do give you two complimentary drip coffees at Crew on-site.  


While I was able to cram in plenty of coffee, I don't have too many restaurants to report on.  I did, however, leave with three Newport staples that I won't stop recommending.  

Bear Flag Fish Co.: Insanely fresh fish tacos, fish burritos and sublime ahi poke served just a stone's throw away from Lido Marina Village.  Next time, I'm asking for a bit more of their "Tommy Sauce" on the side.  Pro tip: if you have a place to cook in the area, they have a fish market with staple favorites and daily catches. 

- The Crack ShackI'll be dreaming about you, Señor Croque sandwich and Miso Healthy chicken bowl.  Bring The Crack Shack to Scottsdale, please!

- Ho Sum Bistro: The server gave stellar recommendations and the number of locals packed into this ultra-casual restaurant should be a telltale sign of its long standing success.

Until next time, Newport Beach.  


At the time of posting this Field Note, I am employed by Marriott International.  These thoughts are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.