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Santa…and the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – are coming to town!

Watch decorated boats, yachts, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor every night through the weekend in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  The parade, which begins Wednesday, Dec. 13, brings out a million viewers.  And we were two of the million last year!

When: 6:15-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 to Sunday, Dec. 17.
***Closing Night Fireworks: 9:05 pm Fireworks @ Balboa Pier (just after parade concludes)

Cost: Free           More Information: christmasboatparade.com.

Where: The route starts and ends at Lido Isle. The parade can be viewed from multiple spots on the shore. Marina Park is a popular area to watch the parade.  Arrive early for the best viewing spot.  Here’s the Parade Route & Schedule:

Parade Route and Schedule

Get ready. Get set. Go out and EAT!

It’s coming… Newport Beach Restaurant Week: January 15-28, 2 whole weeks to try some of Newport’s finest restaurants.  I know I can’t wait!   https://www.dinenb.com/restaurant-week-2018

Surf City Nights Street Fair and Farmers Market in Huntington Beach – EVERY TUESDAY NITE


Surf City Nights: Every Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. 

Location: Main Street between Orange & PCH
Events: Farmers Market, Food Vendors, Street Performers
Age: All ages, family-friendly! 

The warmer weather is here and it’s time to enjoy SURF CITY NIGHTS again! This weekly special event closes Main Street for a funky street fair with musical acts ranging from Spanish guitar to hip-hop dancers, tribute bands and other musical artists.

Take a stroll down Main Street from PCH for 4 or 5 blocks with locals and visiting families alike.  Cool breezes blow from the beach (which is just across the street), and enjoy a couple hours getting fresh air, listening and watching the entertainment, buying gifts, jewelry, art, clothing and food.
– HBDOWNTOWN.com is the official web site.
– Free admission, Free entertainment
– Fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, plants sold
– Street vendors sell everything from funnel cakes to kettle corn, roasted corn, tacos and hot dogs!
– Held every Tuesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sand Castle was fantastic. Very clean and steps away from the sand.

Sand Castle was fantastic!! Janice and Bill were amazing! We were a late arrival and entered the house with lights and music playing. We immediately felt right at home. Everything about the house was comfortable, including the beds! We were in Irvine for a lacrosse tournament and wanted to stay at the beach. The house is literally steps from the beach without all the “traffic” of the beach. We were able to walk to local restaurants and shops. I was worried about parking but it was not an issue when we were there. Janice and Bill have a parking space for the rental! Be sure to take their advice on what size car to rent. It was very helpful. As far as communication and hospitality, they went above and beyond! They were there to answer questions when we had them and were wonderful to work with. We hope to return next year!!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 5/17   Guest: Sally & Larry from Alabama, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Balboa Island annual ART WALK was great!









Yesterday was a gorgeous day! Perfect to do the annual art walk stroll along Balboa Island’s South Bayfront.  Lots of vendors – and about six bands playing along the art walk. Couldn’t have asked for better weather…Summer is just about here!

And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without taking the car ferry across the bay from the Balboa Peninsula to Balboa Island.  And check out the sand sculpture commemorating the day – at least temporarily!

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Great location, great accommodations!

Our family spend 5 days at the Sandcastle at the end of March. We loved the proximity to the beach and boardwalk for long, not-so-lazy days of chasing waves and riding bikes. The home was very clean and we loved having the laundry facilities and comforts of home. Janice was so helpful in sharing ideas for food/activities during our stay. We’d be so happy to return to this home again in the future.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/17   Guest: Katie from Colorado, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

So much fun!

We had a great week at the Sandcastle even though the weather was a little off! The house was clean, well supplied, and so close to the beach! The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with appliances and dishes. We enjoyed meeting the owners and would love to stay again the next time we visit Newport Beach- Highly recommend the Sandcastle!!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/17   Guest: Kimberly from Chicago, Illinois; posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Discounted Entertainment/Events In Newport Beach

GoldStarWeekendPlanning a trip to Newport Beach with your family or friends?

Wondering what there is to do while you’re here? Let me share a TIP with you: There’s many sites that can give you a list of events, but here’s a link to a list of DISCOUNTED Entertainment events in the area. There’s discounts to live theatre, music, comedy clubs, sports events. There’s no cost for you to look, no cost for you to sign up and get a weekly email recap of upcoming events. They do charge a small fee when you’re purchasing a ticket, but hey, you’ve already saved a bunch!

Some listings are up to a month out, to help you in your planing. Some get listed the very same week. You don’t need a referral; Just check out www.goldstar.com/orange-county/events and see what’s hot – and cheap – during your upcoming visit to the “Sandcastle” in Newport Beach!

Other Reviews Are Spot On…..

You always hope the reviews you read are correct. While we were happy to read such glowing reviews and see every single one with 5 stars, you wonder if it could really be so perfect. I am here to report that the “Sandcastle” property deserves every bit of praise that it has received. The owners, Bill and Janice, were so welcoming and friendly and should honestly train other owners on how to manage a rental property! Never intrusive, but there to answer any questions or provide information on local activities, Janice made sure we had the knowledge or supplies needed to enjoy our trip to the fullest. Whether it was maps, the name of a great shake spot or even binoculars for us to use at the Rose Parade, we were so well taken care of.

As for the property itself, it was extremely clean and beautifully decorated. It has everything you could ever need and the kitchen items were so nice. Often in rentals you find mismatched items or well worn pieces. Not the case with this lovely kitchen! They have thought of everything you might need. The bedrooms were perfect for our family of 5 and they provided us with plenty of hangers in each closet. The two spotless bathrooms were wonderful, with plenty of hot water and great water pressure. The living room and dining room were spacious enough that we never felt cramped or in need of more space. We enjoyed the movies they had and played some of their games, too. We had brought our own books, but plenty were available for your use. Again, they have thought of everything!

As for the location, we thought it was perfect. Yes, you are not directly on the beach, but as they advertise, you take 30 steps and you are on sand. IMHO, this was perfect because being directly on the beach has people coming and going all day and night. The Sandcastle has water views but not the chaos of the walkway right in front of you. Speaking of the walkway, again, 30 steps and you are on that walkway and can make your way down to the restaurants, shops and pier. We strolled that at least twice a day.

We chose this location because we thought it in the middle of LA and San Diego. California traffic is a bit nuts, but we were close to highways to get us to where were headed. In terms of being close to restaurants and grocery stores, this location can’t be beat. It has been 7 years since our family was all available for a vacation and Sandcastle was a perfect choice for us. Give it a go! You’ll love it!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 12/16   Guest: Margaret from Roselle, Illinois; posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Our upgraded/redesigned Master Bathroom Shower

We’re so excited about our new Master Bath Shower!  It’s recently been redone!  Check out the great tile/stone work, and we really love the soap and shampoo area too!  There’s a seat for your convenience as well.  Come and enjoy it for yourself!