Zoom meetings, after-school soccer practices and cooking for the kids are just a few of the many things that keep us busy during the week. At times, our commitments and to-do lists can feel endless. And while it’s important to check things off, it’s equally important to squeeze in some self-care. Whether it’s a morning yoga class, some midday meditation or a trip to the spa, practicing wellness is the very thing that keeps us going! With that said, it’s time to call up the babysitter and treat yourself to a day spent your way. Here’s the ideal itinerary for a much-needed “me day” in Newport Beach.
Stop 1: Vacancy Coffee
Jumpstart your day of leisure with a warm cup of joe from Vacancy Coffee. Whether you’re a latte lover or a matcha maniac, this Newport coffee house will surely put some pep in your step. Locals love the Chagaccino—a healthy version of an iced mocha latte (made with Chaga mushrooms)! And if you’re looking to fuel up, be sure to snag a bite from the pastry case like a tasty ham and cheese croissant or a flaky cronut!
Stop 2: Ra Yoga
Every good day starts with a good sweat, and the Ra Yoga team sure knows how to bring on the burn! This local yoga studio is committed to creating connection, opportunity, love and space for each of its members. Ra offers over 14 different class types—from yogalates to meditation—and over 100 classes per week, making it easy to squeeze in a sweat sesh. So slip on those Lulus, and let’s nail that scorpion pose!
Stop 3: SkinSpirit
With aesthetic services such as CoolSculpting, skin tightening, laser hair removal and more, it’s no wonder SkinSpirit is the go-to destination for all things beauty. And let’s be real, nothing screams “me day” like a luxurious spa treatment. SkinSpirit’s team of clinical aestheticians offers medical-grade facial treatments that clinically improve the quality of your skin over time. Each facial is custom-blended and tailored to your skin type, so you’re sure to leave with that coveted glow.
Stop 4: GLO Nail Bar
Next stop? Nails! Located in Corona del Mar Plaza, GLO Nail Bar is a chic destination for a fresh mani-pedi. This modern salon prides itself on its unique SoCal vibe and exceptional service. And if you’re looking to really treat yourself, opt for the Silk Naturale manicure, which includes an almond sugar scrub, warm milk rinse, hydrating masque, 10-minute massage and lacquer polish. Ooo la la!
Stop 5: Pressed Juicery
By this time, that Vacancy pastry is far gone, and it’s time for a midday snack! Head to Fashion Island’s Pressed Juicery to satisfy your sweet tooth with a Freeze! These soft-serve vegan treats are swirled to perfection and come with your choice of toppings—think fresh berries, almond butter, marshmallows, sprinkles and shredded coconut! A trip to Pressed is the perfect pick-me-up before your next stop…
Stop 6: Lido Marina Village
Fact: a day on Lido is a day well-spent! Head to this hip coastal village for a serene stroll and a little retail therapy. With a slew of chic shops like Jenni Kayne, Cynthia Rowley, Faherty and LoveShackFancy, you’re bound to find some trendy summer staples. And during your spree, be sure to stop by Lido’s newest additions: The RealReal (authenticated luxury consignment), Marrow Fine (stylish jewelry) and Rye Goods (organic breads and pastries).
Stop 7: A+O Restaurant | Bar
Wrap up your day with an evening spent at the newly reimagined A+O Restaurant | Bar at Balboa Bay Resort. Relish a gorgeous sunset from the patio and indulge in a selection of smoked cocktails and fresh seafood like the Grilled Ancho Glazed Octopus, Chilean Sea Bass and Seed + Nut Crusted Scottish Salmon. Name a better way to end your day…we’ll wait.
Stop 8: Balboa Bay Resort
Surprise! You’re staying the night! After all, what would a “me day” even be if it didn’t include luxury accommodations? Balboa Bay Resort’s newly refreshed guest rooms offer a serene space for total relaxation. Enjoy a cup of tea on your private balcony and gaze out at the calm bay before retreating to your cozy king-size bed. Now that’s what we call a “me day.”
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger