Newport Beach

A Pampering "Pupcation" in Newport Beach

These days, a calendar packed with travel is bittersweet. Sweet, because we get to see more of this beautiful world we live in. Bitter, because it (usually) means we’re away from our pup. She’s our baby. Our “firstborn”. When we’re home, we take her everywhere, and when we’re gone, we spend hours scrolling through photos and videos of her on our phones. Yes, we know we’re obsessed.

We jump at any chance we get to bring Sally with us on our adventures, and we’ve gone as far as taking her to Canada and back with us. She LOVES traveling, and we love seeing the world through her cute little eyes. We’re hoping 2019 brings more Sally-friendly adventures - and it’s already off to a great start!

Since we’re mentally (and emotionally) preparing ourselves for a month without Sally, we decided the best thing to do is take her on a little “staycation”. Somewhere luxurious and dog friendly, somewhere all three of us can be pampered, and somewhere close to all of Sally’s favorites spots (the dog park, the beach, and Sprinkles cupcakes - pupcakes, hello!)... The Fashion Island Hotel!

Checking in at the Fashion Island Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Newport Beach, across the street from the iconic Fashion Island Shopping Center, is the Fashion Island Hotel. The decor is coastal-modern, it’s chic and elegant without feeling stuffy, and everyone that works there couldn’t be friendlier. From the moment we checked our car in with the valet, we knew we were staying someplace special. Sally was warmly welcomed by everyone - even the guests! And our ROOM. Let’s talk about our room.

We stayed in a Coastal View Corner Suite, which features a spacious living room, seperate bedroom, a furnished private patio, and a roomy marble bathroom. Plenty of space for all three of us, and an ocean view too! The neutral, beachy tones were warm and inviting, and the Fashion Island staff greeted us with one of the best cheese plates we’ve had in awhile. Did we just check into heaven?!

We spent the rest of our day enjoying the amenities of the hotel (a stylish pool area, a well appointed fitness room, the lavish Island Club Lounge), and took Sally for a walk around the Fashion Island shopping center. We ended the night with dinner at the Fashion Island Hotel’s on-site restaurant, Oak Grill. Their menu consists of fresh, local ingredients coupled with one of the most extensive wine lists in the area - they have over 50 wines by the glass! Those of you that are local, this is a great date night spot. Bobby had their signature Prime Rib Eye, and Alli had the Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, and both were spectacular. (Don’t worry - we gave the leftovers to Sally!)

Sally is always the first to claim the bed

Welcome treats!

Sally loves the Koi fish at Fashion Island

Cheers to sunsets from the Island Club Lounge!

Sunset views from the Island Club Lounge

Fashion Island views from the Island Club Lounge

Quinoa Garden Salad at Oak Grill

We woke up to the glorious Newport Beach sunrise… and what a sight it was! We’re pretty sure even Sally was in awe! We took our time getting up, took Sally on a leisurely walk around the property, and then made our way up to the 20th floor for breakfast at the Island Club Lounge*.

Honestly, we’re not sure what we loved more - the breakfast or the views! We stayed up there for several hours, taking advantage of the quiet work space and endless cups of coffee. When we got back to the room, we found Sally sleeping in our bed, and we couldn’t help but laugh. She appreciates a big, plush, hotel bed just as much as we do!

The Island Club Lounge comes with a great breakfast and these views!

This quick little trip away was exactly what all three of us needed. Everything about it was relaxing and easy, and we can’t wait to do it again. Maybe for Valentines Day? ;) The Fashion Island Hotel is running a special “Suite Love Package”, where guests can stay in a suite, enjoy $100 credit to Oak Grill, and a bottle of bubbly. Sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day getaway, don’t you think?

*When booking a room at The Fashion Island Hotel, you have the option to pay an extra fee for access to the Island Club - and we highly recommend it. There are so many perks and ammenities included - like continental breakfast, a nightly wine hour, snacks, soft drinks and coffee all day, nightly turndown service, and more. Learn more here.

Gearing Up for Newport Beach Wellness Week! August 24 - August 30, 2018!

Newport Beach; a dreamlike destination that offers a taste of the perfect life for both visitors and residents (like us)! 

One of the (many) things we love about Newport Beach is having a balanced lifestyle is a priority within the community. Locals are encouraged  to pursue all that life has to offer - being active is part of our DNA! For the first time ever, our beloved Newport Beach will be hosting “Wellness Week” – a week dedicated to embracing the wholesome lifestyles that have been adopted by our sporty and health conscious community. Wellness Week is set for August 24 – 30. As part of the premier for Wellness Week, Visit Newport Beach will be hosting a series of kick off events - that we can't wait to attend!


DAY 1 AUG 24 - Let’s Get Social

To kick off Wellness Week, a social media contest will go live on the first day of the week. On August 24, you can enter to win a one-night stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill (our FAVORITE!!) by posting photos on social media from your personal experience at Wellness Week. The contest will run August 24 – 30, giving participants the whole week to post. The winner of the contest will be announced the last day on Visit Newport Beach social media channels. Let the games begin!


DAY 2 AUG 25 - Work It Out

Join us at Fashion Island for a complimentary workout event open to the first 100 guests! Katie Dunlop of @lovesweatfitness (she's the cutest, and SO inspiring!) will be leading a class to work your entire body and burn some serious calories to get you feeling strong and confident! The workout will be in the Bloomingdale’s courtyard on Saturday, August 25 from 8 – 10 am. You won't want to miss it!


DAY 3 AUG 26 - Water Fun

(Our favorite event!) On Sunday from 8 – 10 am meet celebrities and fitness influencers (us included!!) at the Newport Dunes Water Obstacle Competition. Included at the competition will be a healthy breakfast buffet and a Wellness Week giftbag. Tickets are $35 for an all-day water park pass and parking, the breakfast buffet and a chance to meet the celebrity competitors. Such a killer deal, right?

The celebrities appearances are as follows; Misty May (x3 Olympic Gold Medalist), Teddi Mellencamp (Beverly Hills Housewives),Hitman Huseman (Boxhaus Founder; Head Coach),Katie Dunlop (Love, Sweat Fitness), Matt Bourne ( Master Instructor at GritCycle), and of course us (we're pretty honored to be among such amazing company!!). If you don't show up, we're not friends. Kidding. Kind of.


DAY 4 AUG 27 - TBD

(But you know it'll be epic)


DAY 5 AUG 28 - Yoga in the Gardens

On August 28, join instructor Stacey Fetterman at Sherman Library; Gardens for a tranquil yoga class. This class is specifically curated for younger yogi’s as the class is a blend of mind and body practices to increase concentration, relaxation and calmness. We can already feel the zen.


DAY 6 AUG 29 - Farm to Table (Details - TBD)

The Farmer’s Market at Lido Marina Village is a fun and easy way to shop for local and seasonal produce, bread, cheeses and much more. There isn't a more picturesque location to shop, and why not grab a glass of champagne at Zinque when you're done? ;)


DAY 7 AUG 30 - Closing Night at Lido Marina Village

The very last day of Wellness Week will be held at Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach’s newest shopping plaza on the harbor. Join Curl Fitness for an instructor-led yoga class located on the main deck. Waterfront yoga? We're in!!