Getting the flavor of…
Newport Beach’s throwback vibe
Midcentury California lives on in Newport Beach, said Jim Winnerman in the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star. When my wife and I booked a recent stay in the seaside city, we chose the century-old Newport Beach Hotel, which became our gateway to the laid-back midcentury beach lifestyle we were seeking. On the first morning, we woke to the sound of chatty surfers disrobing in the parking lot as they slipped into wetsuits. Later, vendors set up the Dory Fleet Fish Market just down the beach, continuing an 1890s tradition by selling fish and crabs from stands set beside bold-colored dinghies. The hotel sits amid a mile of beachside cottages, a share of which are still small bungalows. Crystal Cove had even more midcentury cottages, and when we weren’t ogling yachts off Balboa Island or the upscale shops at Fashion Island, we found time for ice cream at the Balboa Fun Zone, a family amusement park where, per local lore, the frozen banana was invented in the 1950s.