Best Spring Itineraries Orange County
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Speed into Spring: Explore 3 Orange County Cities in a Mercedes Convertible

Zip Around Town as You Discover Hidden Gems in Newport Beach, Anaheim and Huntington Beach

Buckle up, thrill-seekers and sun-chasers! Spring has sprung in Orange County, and there’s no better way to soak in the sun-drenched charm of the OC than with the wind in your hair and a Mercedes convertible from Fletcher Jones Motorcars at your command. We’ve curated the ultimate trifecta of mini-itineraries—each an enticing mix of exploring, eating and adventuring. Slip on your shades, plug in that playlist and let’s embark on an unforgettable journey through three of Orange County’s finest cities.

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1 | NEWPORT BEACH, CA

Mode of Transportation: C-Class Cabriolet

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Experience the epitome of open-air luxury in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet from Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, this convertible seamlessly blends performance, style and comfort for an unparalleled driving experience. The sleek exterior design exudes sophistication, with flowing lines and a distinctive front grille that commands attention on the road. Equipped with a power-folding soft top, the C-Class Cabriolet effortlessly transitions from coupe-like refinement to exhilarating open-air freedom at the touch of a button.

As pretty as the outside is, wait until you see what’s inside. The meticulously crafted interior consists of premium materials and advanced technologies. The sumptuous leather seats are a backside’s best friend and the state-of-the-art infotainment features include the latest in connectivity and entertainment options. Powered by a range of potent engines, including turbocharged options for optimal performance, the C-Class Cabriolet delivers a dynamic driving experience that is as thrilling as it is refined. Whether cruising down the Balboa Peninsula or popping the top down PCH to Crystal Cove, this convertible is the perfect companion for those who demand the best in style, performance and luxury.

 

Stop 1: Brunch at Malibu Farm 

The first stop on your tour de Newport is one of our favorite waterfront restaurants, Malibu Farm. Hop tip: the secret alley has free two-hour parking spots; no validation needed. Grab a breakfast burrito, a smoothie bowl or an order of their signature Swedish mini pancakes and get to chowing. They also have a seriously good fried egg sandwich if you’re looking to get a little yolked.

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Stop 2: Whip it on Down to The Wedge

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The Wedge is an iconic shore break at the end of the Balboa Peninsula where veteran surfers and bodyboarders test their fate for the sake of getting barreled. Pop the top on your C-Class Cabriolet and coast through the quaint streets of iconic old-school Newport with the Balboa Fun Zone on your left and the boardwalk to your right. Find some street parking and hit the sand to watch the local surfers try their hand at hanging 10.

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Stop 3: Spa Day at VEA Newport Beach

VEA Newport Beach is a newer hotel across from Fashion Island that boasts a popular poolside bar and a serene spa sanctuary. SPA VEA offers several different types of massages, facials and body treatments and an array of add-ons, enhancements and experiences to make your day of pampering absolute perfection. If you just want to enjoy the spa’s amenities without booking a treatment, SPA VEA offers day passes costing $50 during the week and $75 per person on weekends.

 

Stop 4: Lunch at Bear Flag Fish Co.

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Once you’ve reached peak rest and relaxation, cruise the coast to Bear Flag Fish Co. in Crystal Cove. Sure, there’s one a little closer down at Lido Marina Village but that nice stretch of PCH will allow you to really see what that Mercedes engine can do. We recommend trying their famed ahi, salmon or octopus poke—make it a full on bowl or burrito if you’re feeling flirty.

Local Insight: Bear Flag has its own fishing boats and crew of fishermen, so you know your meal will be as fresh as it gets!

 

Stop 5: Take the Ferry to Balboa Island + Explore Marine Avenue

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It’s time to take your Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet to new marine heights with a foray across the ferry to explore Balboa Island. Balboa is like Newport’s baby; it’s a little slice of paradise that is loved and cherished by locals and visitors alike. The main drag, Marine Avenue, is filled with noteworthy pitstops like Huskins Coffee, Crocker’s and ETC. ETC., a women’s boutique that has had its doors open for over 40 years!

 

Final Stop: Sunset Views + Burgers and Milkshakes at Crystal Cove Shake Shack

We hope you saved room for dessert because we’ve saved the best for last! Soak in an iconic OC sunset with a trip south to Crystal Cove Shake Shack, an institution that whips up to-die-for milkshakes, burgers, fries and more. This is arguably the best spot in town to take in a sunset made even better with a delectable date shake.

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2 | ANAHEIM, CA

Mode of Transportation: E-Class Cabriolet 

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It’s all smooth sailing in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. This convertible redefines luxury driving and boasts a striking exterior design characterized by sleek lines and a bold front grille. This car is understated opulence at its finest. The meticulously crafted cabin features luxurious leather upholstery, exquisite wood trim and ambient lighting to create an inviting atmosphere that envelops you in comfort and style.

Equipped with advanced technology, such as the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system and driver assistance features, every journey is enhanced with seamless connectivity and safety. With a range of powerful and efficient engine options, including electrified variants for eco-conscious driving, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet from Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach combines performance and sophistication in perfect harmony, making it the ideal choice for those who demand nothing but the best.

 

Stop 1: Grab a Horchata Latte from Thank You Coffee 

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This sleek caffeine alcove is whipping up fun coffee creations like their fan-favorite horchata latte. See if you can score one of their viral cheesecake baos to pair with your buzzy beverage. Grab a seat on one of the wrap-around wood benches and enjoy the serene ambiance. Okayama Kobo Bakery & Cafe is right down the road and Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is a hop, skip and a jump as well.

 

Stop 2: Explore + Sample at the Anaheim Packing District

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When the espresso hits, whip around the corner to Anaheim Packing District to explore local vendors, flavors and finds. Housed in a historic citrus packing warehouse, this food hall in Anaheim boasts over 20 artisanal eateries, ranging from gourmet tacos and handcrafted ice cream to boba and burgers and dim sum and then some. Live music and communal seating add to the convivial atmosphere, making it the perfect destination for food enthusiasts and social gatherings alike.

 

Stop 3: Dinner at En Familia

Cruise in your E-Class Cabriolet to Mexican mainstay En Familia, a family-owned gem that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Mexico by serving up authentic dishes made with love and care. From sizzling fajitas to mouthwatering enchiladas, each bite is a treat for the taste buds and the cozy ambiance and friendly service make it a perfect spot for a casual meal with loved ones or a lively fiesta with friends. Whether you’re craving classic tacos al pastor or homemade churros, En Familia promises a memorable, south-of-the-border dining experience.

 

Stop 4: Line Dancing at THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon

THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon is an Anaheim institution that has been serving up dinner and dancing for those who like to eat well and get their groove on. The Saloon itself is where you can get your steak with a side of two-step. With live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can transition seamlessly from the surround sound in your Mercedes to the country croons of some of OC’s finest. Grab your boots and your buds and meet us at THE RANCH!

 

Final Stop: Check-in at the New Pixar Place Hotel

Your final resting spot on your adventures in Anaheim is the new Pixar Place Hotel, the first and only hotel in the world that celebrates the animated world of Pixar and all of its many films. Welcome to the whimsical world of Disney hotel destinations! Your room will be themed, you’ll have exclusive access and perks to the parks, and you’ll even have a front-row view of Disneyland® Park’s incredible fireworks show. 

Local Insight: Want more cool things to do in Anaheim? Check out this guide of 20 Must-Dos in Anaheim That Aren’t Disneyland!

 

3 | HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Mode of Transportation: Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 43 Roadster

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The Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 43 Roadster is the pinnacle of performance and luxury. Designed to thrill, this convertible combines cutting-edge technology with exhilarating performance and is crafted with precision engineering and meticulous attention to detail.

The AMG SL 43 Roadster is as cool on the outside as it is on the inside with an interior that features luxurious materials and ergonomic design to create a cockpit tailored for the ultimate driving experience. With advanced features like the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system and driver assistance technologies, every journey is enhanced with seamless connectivity and safety. Under the hood, the AMG SL 43 Roadster is powered by a handcrafted 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engine with hybrid assist, delivering exhilarating acceleration. Whether navigating the streets of downtown Huntington Beach or cruising along the coast, this convertible offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and performance, making it the ultimate choice for discerning drivers.

 

Stop 1: Breakfast at Park Bench Cafe

This pet-friendly park pitstop is one of the more unique restaurants in Orange County. They have a full nostalgic diner-style menu with all the classics to kickstart your day. They even have a dedicated menu devoted to dogs – that’s how serious they are about catering to our canine pals. Having been in business for over three decades, Park Bench Cafe is a beloved Huntington Beach staple that’ll cook your eggs any way you like ‘em.

Local Insight: While you wait for your table, take a stroll on serene, tree-lined walking paths that surround this quaint cafe.

 

Stop 2: Lounge by the Pool + Rent a Cabana at Paséa Hotel & Spa

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Take your talents to the shoreline for some sunbathing poolside at Paséa Hotel & Spa. This luxury waterfront hotel in Huntington Beach has all the amenities of a resort but the vibe of a cool boutique retreat. Paséa Hotel & Spa offers daypasses through Resort Pass for roughly $60 a day, which includes access to the pool, hot tub, poolside restaurant and bar, wifi, and the incredible 180-degree views of the coast. Plus they have valet parking so you’ll can whip your Roadster right up to the entrance. 

 

Stop 3: Walk the Pier + Lunch at Broad Street Oyster Co.

Leave your Roadster with valet and get your steps in as you mosey on down to the pier to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Broad Street Oyster Co. Located at the end of the pier, this new waterfront restaurant serves up seafood delicacies like oysters, fish and chips and a lobster roll that is more lobster than roll (a rarity). Snack on ceviche or cave and get the caviar if you’re feeling a little fancy. 

 

Stop 4: Shop at Pacific City

Once those bellies are full, retrace your steps back to Pacific City, which is located right next to Paséa Hotel & Spa. This expansive outdoor mall offers a vibrant coastal shopping experience with over two dozen stores, a handful of spa-like options, some of our favorite Orange County restaurants and even a playground for the littles. With surf-inspired apparel and gourmet dining experiences, Pacific City captures the essence of Southern California’s beach culture, making it a must-visit destination for locals and tourists seeking a quintessential Huntington Beach experience. 

 

Final Stop: Dinner at Mahé

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Next stop: Mahé! Take PCH so you can really enjoy all that the AMG SL 43 Roadster can do. For over 23 years, Mahé in Seal Beach has been a local hotspot that serves up fresh sushi, steaks and seafood. Always get the Mahé Nachos with spicy sautéed shrimp and scallops, wonton chips and green onions to start—trust us. Their cocktails go down (maybe too) easy and their cheesecake is a delicious way to end your dinner at this community-centric seaside establishment.

Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.

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