South Coast Metro - Virtual Tour and Local Recommendations

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South Coast Metro - Virtual Tour and Local Recommendations

Virtual Tour of South Coast Metro Retreat

Check out a virtual tour of South Coast Metro Retreat (our house) on YouTube by copying and pasting this URL into your browser: https://youtu.be/bVib5Vymd54
Balboa Island Newport Beach (visitnewportbeach.com) Drive or take a ferry to Balboa Island. Here you can stroll through small streets, enjoy dining at numerous wonderful small restaurants, take a ride on the ferris wheel at the Balboa Fun Zone, and relax at the water’s edge.
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Balboa Island
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Balboa Island Newport Beach (visitnewportbeach.com) Drive or take a ferry to Balboa Island. Here you can stroll through small streets, enjoy dining at numerous wonderful small restaurants, take a ride on the ferris wheel at the Balboa Fun Zone, and relax at the water’s edge.
The Newport Pier is about a 15-20 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat. We like to get there early before 8:00 am to buy fresh fish and crab at the Dory Fishing Fleet and Market right at the Pier. You can take a stroll or bike ride along the strand and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in SoCal, Newport Beach on Balboa Peninsula.
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Newport Beach Pier
70 Newport Pier
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The Newport Pier is about a 15-20 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat. We like to get there early before 8:00 am to buy fresh fish and crab at the Dory Fishing Fleet and Market right at the Pier. You can take a stroll or bike ride along the strand and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in SoCal, Newport Beach on Balboa Peninsula.
San Diego is 1 hour and 19 minutes south. Visit the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and Sea World. San Diego is beautiful! Do your research with regard to safety and COVID restrictions before you cross the border to Tijuana, Mexico.
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San Diego
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San Diego is 1 hour and 19 minutes south. Visit the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and Sea World. San Diego is beautiful! Do your research with regard to safety and COVID restrictions before you cross the border to Tijuana, Mexico.
Disneyland/California Adventure: No explanation needed. Only 18 minutes away by car. Take the carpool lane if you have more than one person. There is a convenient exit to Disneyland right off the carpool lane.
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Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Drive
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Disneyland/California Adventure: No explanation needed. Only 18 minutes away by car. Take the carpool lane if you have more than one person. There is a convenient exit to Disneyland right off the carpool lane.

Shopping and Dining

South Coast Plaza is just a 15-20 minute walk from South Coast Metro Retreat. It is the largest shopping mall on the west coast and 4th largest shopping mall in the United States. All this at a hop, skip, and a jump from your home. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s an easy way to get exercise and stroll amongst the crowds.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
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South Coast Plaza is just a 15-20 minute walk from South Coast Metro Retreat. It is the largest shopping mall on the west coast and 4th largest shopping mall in the United States. All this at a hop, skip, and a jump from your home. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s an easy way to get exercise and stroll amongst the crowds.
Upscale outdoor mall in Newport Beach. Enjoy a movie, grab dinner, and enjoy a nice, relaxing evening at this outdoor mall.
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Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
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Upscale outdoor mall in Newport Beach. Enjoy a movie, grab dinner, and enjoy a nice, relaxing evening at this outdoor mall.

Food scene

With a convenient location just a 15 minute walk away, In-N-Out Burger is a SoCal institution! We love the fresh produce on the burger and the french fries cut fresh from potatoes right in the kitchen.
In-N-Out Burger
3361 S Bristol St
With a convenient location just a 15 minute walk away, In-N-Out Burger is a SoCal institution! We love the fresh produce on the burger and the french fries cut fresh from potatoes right in the kitchen.
If you're in the mood for pasta and old school Italian food, we recommend Maggiano's in South Coast Plaza.
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Maggiano's Little Italy
3333 Bristol St
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If you're in the mood for pasta and old school Italian food, we recommend Maggiano's in South Coast Plaza.
We love this pizza place. It's about a 16 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat. If you're near the UC Irvine campus, definitely check it out.
Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza Store Irvine
4533 Campus Drive
We love this pizza place. It's about a 16 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat. If you're near the UC Irvine campus, definitely check it out.
Din Tai Fung is our go to Chinese restaurant for dumplings - they have all kinds of scrumptious dumplings. In addition, they have delicious noodle soups, vegetables, and fried rice and noodles. And it's nearby in South Coast Plaza.
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Din Tai Fung
3333 Bristol St
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Din Tai Fung is our go to Chinese restaurant for dumplings - they have all kinds of scrumptious dumplings. In addition, they have delicious noodle soups, vegetables, and fried rice and noodles. And it's nearby in South Coast Plaza.
We enjoy Saw Woo Restaurant for Cantonese seafood and other mainstay dishes. They also have classic dim sum dishes during lunch time. It's located in a shopping center with a 99 Ranch Chinese supermarket and many other Asian restaurants.
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Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant
15333 Culver Drive
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We enjoy Saw Woo Restaurant for Cantonese seafood and other mainstay dishes. They also have classic dim sum dishes during lunch time. It's located in a shopping center with a 99 Ranch Chinese supermarket and many other Asian restaurants.
If you enjoy Vietnamese Pho noodle soup, Pho 79 is a must. It's a 16 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat.
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Phở 79
9941 W Hazard Ave
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If you enjoy Vietnamese Pho noodle soup, Pho 79 is a must. It's a 16 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat.
With a large Korean community in Irvine, you can find great Korean food. Baekjeong is our go to place for Korean BBQ.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
14160 Culver Dr
With a large Korean community in Irvine, you can find great Korean food. Baekjeong is our go to place for Korean BBQ.
Pho meets Fusion! If you're looking for a modern twist to your Vietnamese Pho noodle soup, check out Sup Noodle Bar in Irvine.
Sup Noodle Bar - Irvine
14370 Culver Drive
Pho meets Fusion! If you're looking for a modern twist to your Vietnamese Pho noodle soup, check out Sup Noodle Bar in Irvine.
If you're in the mood for authentic Mexican tacos, Taquiero Taco Patio is a local favorite.
Taquiero Taco Patio - Oak Creek
5643 Alton Parkway
If you're in the mood for authentic Mexican tacos, Taquiero Taco Patio is a local favorite.
In the mood for Japanese ramen? Check out HiroNori in Irvine for authentic Japanese craft ramen.
HiroNori Craft Ramen
2222 Michelson Dr
In the mood for Japanese ramen? Check out HiroNori in Irvine for authentic Japanese craft ramen.
Morton's Steakhouse is tried and true for a delicious steak, and you have one right nearby at South Coast Plaza.
Morton's The Steakhouse
1641 Sunflower Ave
Morton's Steakhouse is tried and true for a delicious steak, and you have one right nearby at South Coast Plaza.

Grocery Stores

Trader Joe's has a great selection of gourmet food, wine, and fresh produce. And we have a location just a 5 minute drive away from South Coast Metro Retreat.
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Trader Joe's
3329 S Bristol St
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Trader Joe's has a great selection of gourmet food, wine, and fresh produce. And we have a location just a 5 minute drive away from South Coast Metro Retreat.
Vons and Safeway are one in the same. Vons is just a 15 minute walk or short drive from South Coast Metro Retreat.
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Vons
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Vons and Safeway are one in the same. Vons is just a 15 minute walk or short drive from South Coast Metro Retreat.
This is our go to supermarket for Chinese and other Asian groceries. They have a robust meat and seafood counter plus fresh Asian fruits and vegetables that can't be found in Vons/Safeway.
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99 Ranch Market, Irvine
15333 Culver Drive
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This is our go to supermarket for Chinese and other Asian groceries. They have a robust meat and seafood counter plus fresh Asian fruits and vegetables that can't be found in Vons/Safeway.
H Mart is our other go to supermarket for Asian groceries, especially Korean food. Bonus: it's in a mall with tons of Asian restaurants so you can stop by for lunch and then go grocery shopping.
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H Mart Irvine
2600 Alton Parkway
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H Mart is our other go to supermarket for Asian groceries, especially Korean food. Bonus: it's in a mall with tons of Asian restaurants so you can stop by for lunch and then go grocery shopping.

Performing Arts

Also known as the Orange County Performing Arts Center, this venue is only a 5 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat. It's a fantastic venue for classical music, ballet, theatre, and pop music. We saw James Taylor perform there many years ago and it was fantastic!
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Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
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Also known as the Orange County Performing Arts Center, this venue is only a 5 minute drive from South Coast Metro Retreat. It's a fantastic venue for classical music, ballet, theatre, and pop music. We saw James Taylor perform there many years ago and it was fantastic!
This iconic outdoor amphitheater is a great venue for enjoying a summer evening under the stars. Can you believe the Beatles performed there in 1964! One of our favorite summertime activities is bringing a picnic there and enjoying a glass of wine while listening to great classical or pop music.
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
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This iconic outdoor amphitheater is a great venue for enjoying a summer evening under the stars. Can you believe the Beatles performed there in 1964! One of our favorite summertime activities is bringing a picnic there and enjoying a glass of wine while listening to great classical or pop music.