Destination: Newport Beach Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
1200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 120, Newport Beach, California, 92660
(800) 94-COAST (26278)
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Newport Beach is a seaside destination situated in what is often described as the “Hamptons of Hollywood.” Regarded as fashionable and affluent, it is also remarkably casual and affordable.
By Nikki Gloudeman
December 31, 2012
Setting trends is second nature to Southern California, a region consistently in the throes of buzz-generating new development. Planners who have never booked in this inspired region of the country will find the fresh inventory enticing; those who have booked here, even frequently, will be pleased that the meetings product rarely feels stale.
By Jessie Fetterling
August 30, 2012
Just south of Los Angeles, Orange County may be one of the most recognized counties in the U.S., with its real housewives and teenage melodramas on primetime TV. However, Hollywood charm takes the backseat when it comes to attracting tourists to these beach towns set along the Pacific Ocean. Whether your group wants to experience a laid-back surfer vibe, an artsy enclave or a piece of history, the OC has it all. Plus, with an average temperature of 70 degrees, planners can flirt with the idea of meeting outside, no matter the season. That’s why Smart Meetings put together a city-by-city rundown of the area’s top outdoor spaces. While the OC has many to explore, these 21 gems merge sunshine and a welcoming ambience that simply can’t be caught on film.
By Josef Aukee
February 28, 2012
Formerly an agricultural region wedged between Los Angeles County to the north and San Diego County to the south, booming Orange County is many things to many people: beach bum original chic, L.A. sprawl gone mad, family holiday extravaganza and wealthy oceanside retreat. Truth is this once homogeneous county is a multicultural mix filled with enticing attractions, which includes marquee-name theme parks and deluxe meeting hotels and resorts to suit any group’s fancy. It may be urban in parts rather than suburban, but don’t expect much in the way of a high-rise downtown. Anaheim plays anchor to Disney’s dramatic footprint and the sparkling Anaheim Convention Center. The Pacific Coast Highway winds through the primary oceanside towns of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. And much fun and function is to be found inland at the facilities and resorts that dot the communities from Costa Mesa to Irvine.
By Sandi Cain
August 29, 2011
Once an afterthought to Los Angeles, Orange County has come into its own in the 21st century as the capital of cool, at least as related to surfing and the beach. It’s home to surf-fashion giants such as Quiksilver and Roxy, and it’s the place where surfing legends like Hobie Alter and Corky Carroll made their names. The real OC has 42 miles of coastline with sparkling beaches, top-rated coastal resorts and a user-friendly airport that makes travel easy for OC-bound groups.
By Nikki Gloudeman
February 28, 2011
Palm trees. Surfers. Disneyland. Dazzling vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Never-ending sunshine.
By Nikki Gloudeman
September 01, 2010
Along the coast of Orange County, the blue of the ocean is a dazzling hue, rich in tone and tinged in white as it crashes against the sandy shores. As the sun sets, the beach becomes engulfed by an orange and purple glow, a fire of color that passes as swiftly as it comes. Away from the water, famous wineries promise red and white varietals, while visitors coiffed in pristine white knickers smack balls on green courses.
Learn about Newport Beach for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 8
Total Hotel Rooms: 2,900
Number of Special Events Venues: 15
Local Convention Centers:
Local Airports: Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Airport , John Wayne Airport
Local CVB: Newport Beach CVB
Newport Beach is more than your basic beach getaway. The ocean side community features cultivated five-star elegance with elite shopping, dining accommodations and a gorgeous seaside locale—this destination will add a hefty dose of class to the average day at the beach.
Easily accessible, and right outside of L.A., Newport beach has a wide variety to offer meeting planners, perfect for small to mid-sized meetings, conferences or corporate retreats the year round Mediterranean climate set a perfect backdrop for any event.
When the meeting is through get in touch with your inner child with a day at Balboa Island or cruse the racks at Fashion Island. Relax on the sandy beaches; hit the green for nine-holes, cruse the waterfront on a boat or try some of the amazing eateries the city has to offer. Looking for some excitement? Take the OC Wildlife and Beach Tour a half day adventure into Newport’s outdoor offering concluding with a wonderful wine tasting at a local supplier.
If you happen to be in the area during summer, check out the local Sawdust Art Festival, an annual gathering featuring the work of more than 200 local artists. The event includes demos, children’s activities and live music in a eucalyptus grove. During the same time, visors can expect to witness the Giant Blue Whale Migration, with thousands of sightings each year. Hop on a whale watching tour, or keep your eyes peeled on the beach for these giant creatures.
So rediscover Newport Beach, because like their motto says, “it’s beyond your wildest dreams.”