Costa Mesa California

by Beth Graham
Ideas for what to do in Costa Mesa California

Wondering what to do in Costa Mesa California? I was invited by the Costa Mesa tourism folks to explore the “City of the Arts.” I wasn’t really sure what to expect, thinking it was just another suburb of LA, but as I would soon see, I was pleasantly surprised by this surprising upscale, arts enclave.

I stayed at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio property under the Marriott brand, and realized it’s the little things that hotels do that make frequent travelers like myself happy. Within five minutes of getting to my room, the concierge brought me a nice bottle of wine which was certainly the perfect way to welcome me to the hotel. But it was some of the little touches in the hotel room – actual coffee mugs, not those paper to go cups. The bathroom was colorful and stylish with floor-to-ceiling marble and a bright shower curtain. I also appreciated that the bed faced the window instead of a TV sitting on a bureau, with a small couch area that was the perfect space to work. And you know my affinity for music, so the decor was my favorite!

So with a full belly, I took a short walk to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts where I had arranged to see The Scott Brothers House Party live show. Yes, HGTV is one of my guilty pleasures and I do love The Property Brothers. The show was cute, albeit a bit awkward and unscripted, but entertaining nonetheless.

If you’re still wondering what to do in Costa Mesa California? Costa Mesa is famous for its high-end shopping so a quick tour of South Coast Plaza with stores like Hermes, Christian Louboutin, and PRADA, stores I can’t afford, was in order.  The next morning I headed to The OC Mix described as, “the ultimate design and culinary experience, with over 70 carefully curated, restaurants, showrooms and stores” for coffee at the hip coffeehouse, Portola. Definitely a place I need to get back and explore.

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