i hate giving directions because it always manages to end up sounding demanding (even with my soft+spoken voice).
but i do know my way around newport pretty well, so here’s a few gentle suggestions..
or depending on budget, a friend’s couch..
zinqué near the water!
crystal cove and balboa are nice, but my favorite is victoria beach in laguna
while i’m not a huge fan of most touristy things, there’s always money in the banana stands on balboa
fashion island (anthropologie is a must) or via lido!
a dress but always be prepared to need a jacket
irvine farmer’s market on saturdays
crystal cove state park for hiking
grit cycle for spin
need another beach city? read about san diego!