Mother-Daughter weekend getaway in Newport Beach, CA

Mother-Daughter Weekend in Newport Beach

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Spending time with my daughter is so important to me. So when I had the chance to attend a blogging seminar in Newport Beach, California, it was the perfect opportunity for a mother-daughter weekend getaway!

My daughter has a busy life as the wife of a marine, ultrasound technician, and dog mom, so it’s hard to carve out time to spend together. But we found the perfect spot for our mother-daughter weekend at the Marriott’s Newport Coast ®Villas in Newport Beach! It was cozy, relaxing, and we each had our own space to spread out.

Mother-Daughter weekend Marriott Newport Coast Villas

Location, Location, Location

The location is perfect for a mother-daughter trip! It’s a short drive to Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Balboa Island, and Fashion Island. Disneyland is only 20 miles away. But Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas are tucked up into the hillside with gorgeous views of the ocean. It feels like an oasis from all the hustle and bustle.

Marriott Newport Coast Villas at sunrise
Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas

John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA) is only 9 miles. I LOVE John Wayne airport! It’s so easy to get around, and I try to fly in there whenever I visit my daughter and son-in-law.

Our villa was AHHHmazing! The two-bedroom villa allowed us to each have our own room and bathroom, but there was a living room, dining room, and kitchen too. This is the perfect place for a multigenerational vacation with grandparents, parents, and children. I loved the convenience of being able to make a quick breakfast before we started our day. The patio provided a beautiful, relaxing place to read or have a glass of wine.

Marriott Newport Beach Villas. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms,  living room, dining room, kitchen and a patio. Perfect for a mother-daughter weekend getaway.
Marriott Newport Beach Villas

Free Stuff – free WiFi, free parking & no resort fees

California can be pricey, and extra hotel fees really add up. At Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas, there is complimentary wireless Internet and free on-site parking. The use of the fitness center is free, and there are no resort fees. BONUS!

Mother-Daughter weekend in Newport Beach, CA

What to do on a Mother-Daughter trip?

Wondering what to do on a mother-daughter weekend getaway? There’s so much to do in the Newport Beach area that we would need a couple of weeks to pack it all in. But, we were able to do a few things and still have time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Crystal Cove State Park Laguna Beach
Crystal Cove State Park
  • Scenic Views – One of the best parts of California is driving Highway 1 from Orange County up to Newport Beach. The Pacific Coast Highway has stunning scenery. We drove through Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Fun Fact – My husband and I honeymooned in Dana Point many years ago!
  • Crystal Cove State Park – Crystal Cove is located between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach and is popular with swimmers and surfers. It also offers hiking and mountain biking along its ridges and canyons. The Crystal Cove Historic District is an example of early 20th century Southern California coastal development.  
  • Fashion Island – our mother-daughter weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little retail therapy. This mall has all your favorite stores and a trolley to help you get around! The food options are endless and include Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and Chick-fil-a.
The Cheesecake Factory at Fashion Island.  Nordstrom at Fashion Island.
  • Javier’s – My daughter’s coworkers recommended this “can’t miss” Mexican restaurant, and we both were looking forward to dinner at Javier’s in Newport Beach. Unfortunately, we hadn’t made reservations, so this is a “must-do” on my next visit!
  • Balboa Island – Our next trip will include a visit to Balboa Island. To get there, you can drive, walk, bike or take the Balboa Island Ferry. We can’t wait to explore the small charm, local art, coastal shopping, restaurants, bistros, and sidewalk vendors.
  • We walked around the grounds at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas and explored the pools, volleyball court, basketball court, sandbox for the kids, and mini-golf. There are so many activities for everyone in the family. There are fire pits to keep you warm on a chilly night and bar-b-que grills for family cookouts!
Firepit at Marriott Newport Coast Villas Mother-daughter weekend

The amenities go on and on at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas, including The Marketplace, 3 pools – Catalina, Canyons, and Tide Pool Areas, Spa by the Sea, and the Sandbox Activities Center. We ate dinner at La Vista Pool Bar & Grill. Nothing fancy but, the food was good, the wine was wonderful and the sunset view was spectacular!

Things to do at Marriott Newport Beach Villas. Volleyball, basketball, or swimming in the pools.  Hang out by the fire pit or workout in the gym.

Are you looking for weekend getaway ideas? We loved our mother-daughter weekend in Newport Beach! Have you taken a mother-daughter trip? Where did you go? What’s your favorite mother-daughter weekend activity? I’d love to hear from you.

Blue skies!


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14 thoughts on “Mother-Daughter Weekend in Newport Beach”

  1. 2 years ago I took my Mom and my daughter to Santa Monica for vacation. We had an amazing time and I really want to do it again. I’m glad you posted about it so I will get something planned this year <3

    It was so cool to just wander around looking at stuff without any of our guys being bored lol

    1. Connie Carmichael

      It sounds like a really fun trip. I hope you are able to plan another girl’s trip! Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Finding the time to spend with my boys and their families can be hard, now that they have their own lives. I cherish every bit of it. I have family in California, can’t wait to get back out there.

  3. This looks and sounds HEAVENLY! What’s not to love about Newport Beach, am I right? You’ve got me excited for my upcoming trip with my daughter! We’re celebrating her 21st birthday and college graduation. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Your trip looks amazing! As I approach retirement I’m making a list of all the places where I want to travel. I may need to check this place out. Btw, your blog is beautiful.

  5. I love Newport Beach! I’ve seen Marriott’s villas there before – it looks super fancy. It is great that you get to have your own privacy but still get to enjoy your time bonding! I LOVE Fashion Island!! My favorite spot to hang out!~

    Nancy ♥

    1. Connie Carmichael

      Hi Nancy, thank you for stopping by! I’m glad you’ve had a chance to explore Newport Beach. I’m amazed at how much there is to do there.

  6. I love mother/daughter trips. I’ve done one with my oldest daughter, and then we do more multi-generational travel with my younger daughter and grand-daughters and son-in-law, and my son and daughter-in-law.
    This looks like the perfect place for my family, I will have to suggest it for this summer.
    Looks like you had a great time!

    1. Connie Carmichael

      This is the perfect place for a family get away. There is so much to do for everyone.

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