There’s no doubt that being home all the time can leave us feeling a little bored. It might even come to a point where you feel like you need a change of pace so you don’t go stir crazy! Luckily for us, there are plenty of COVID-19 safe things to do in Orange County that might be able to cure your itch for travel, like a staycation! Below are 5 of the best hotels, resorts, and inns OC has to offer, as well as nearby activities you can do during your stay, so grab your planner and get ready to schedule the best staycation of your life!
1) Pelican Hill Resort
This Newport Beach resort is as close to luxury as it can get! Nestled close to the coast, Pelican Hill Resort aims to transport you to the private Italian escape of your dreams, complete with gorgeous views, one of the largest circular pools in the world, and accommodation choices like multiple room bungalows and villas. As far recreational activities, you have your choice between taking a dip in one of their two pools, golfing at the Pelican Hill Golf Club (spots are limited but tee time reservations can be placed 7 days in advance), or heading down to the nearby Crystal Cove Beach to enjoy the sand and sun.
2) Blue Lantern Inn
Inspired by the classic Nantucket architecture and overlooking the Dana Point Harbor, a stay at the Blue Lantern Inn is perfect for those who are craving an East Coast getaway. Not to mention, this quaint inn only has 29 guestrooms, making it the perfect mellow vacation spot away from the large crowds of the city. Here, you can admire the harbor from your room, relax in your oversized jetted tub, whale watch at the harbor, or borrow a bike from the Inn to go ride around the area. And if you’re visiting to celebrate a special event, you can complete the night by ordering takeout from one of the nearby high-end restaurants. Check out the staff’s recommended picks here.
3) Doryman’s Inn
Are you a lover of all things vintage? Then this boutique inn might be right up your alley. Transport yourself to a new era at Doryman’s, as their accommodations feature beautifully ornate rooms, unlike the style we usually see in today’s day and age. Located in the heart of Newport, there are also plenty of nearby fun things to do in Orange County to pass your leisure time, like shopping at Fashion Island, taking a boat to Catalina Island, or visiting one of the many nearby beaches.
4) Avenue of The Arts Hotel
Located in the arts district of Costa Mesa, this hotel option is best for those of us who enjoy a more luxuriously chic location with a city feel for our stay. Their boutique rooms and suites put an emphasis on modern luxury, offering granite bathrooms, plush bedding and seating areas, hardwood flooring, and giant windows to showcase beautiful lake and garden views. To top it all off, gourmet food at this hotel is only ever a phone call and a couple of steps away. The hotel’s restaurant, the Silver Trumpet, offers artisanal meals created using only locally grown organic and free-range ingredients, as well as specially crafted cocktails that you can enjoy in the safety of your own room.
5) The Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel
As many of us know, the Ritz Carlton is synonymous with relaxation, opulence, and extravagance. Settled on a seaside bluff in Dana Point, this hotel’s picturesque ocean views are certainly its focal point. Here, you’ll have access to a path that leads you straight to the beach, plenty of gourmet dining options, a pool, nearby golf courses, and shopping outlets featuring luxury brands. Of course, the Ritz Carlton does come with quite a price tag, but if you feel like splurging for the relaxing staycation of your dreams, it’s definitely worth it!
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