Explore CDM Like a Local With This Itinerary!
Nestled in Newport Beach, Corona del Mar’s picturesque scenery and stunning landscape befit its name of “Crown of the Sea.” Casey Lesher, a luxury real estate agent with over 14 years of experience, is CdM’s top seller and deeply understands the heart of this seaside neighborhood. “The charm, the atmosphere, the location, the diverse type of homes, the walkability—everything about [Corona del Mar] is perfect for outgoing people that love to be outdoors and talk to people,” says Lesher. From coffee shops to hidden gems, read on for Lesher’s favorite places to visit in Corona del Mar. Corona del Mar Itinerary
About the Expert Corona del Mar Itinerary
Casey Lesher is a global luxury real estate agent with over 14 years of experience in the industry. Lesher turned his passion for flipping houses into a career, transitioning to real estate in November 2006 and earning his license in January 2007. As the top seller in Corona del Mar with over $300 million sold in 2020, Lesher holds intimate knowledge and understanding of the market. Lesher’s commitment to client service and innovative marketing techniques help clients through the buying and selling process. “I have been honored to represent every single seller and buyer that I have, that has contributed to my success of being #1 in CDM. I love what I do, and buying and selling someone’s home is usually the largest investment. It’s an honor to be chosen to represent their largest investment.”
1 | Farmers Market on Saturdays
A cornerstone for the past 22 years, this farmers market celebrates local farmers by serving responsibly farmed produce from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday. The market emphasizes only fresh and local ingredients and maintains high standards for all vendors in the space. You can also find Lesher passing out his reusable totes at the market. “I go there every Saturday, and I have for years,” remarks Lesher. “It’s a genuine, authentic farmers market. The manager Rick is amazing and critical about who comes in here. It’s the real deal.”
2 | Breakfast (or cleanse!) at Sejuiced
Sejuiced reflects its passion for health and wellness through superfood drinks, cleanses and smoothie bowls. “We are one of the only juice bars in Orange County that is organic, cold-pressed on-site and glass-bottled,” notes founder Kelly Meeker. Sejuiced makes its raw, vegan snacks in-house and offers nourishing items like the Coco Matcha smoothie, the anti-inflammatory “Nature’s Flu Shot” and Lesher’s pick: the three-day cleanse. After finishing the drinks, customers can return their glass jars for refunds that can be donated to charity. According to Meeker, Sejuiced’s use of glass bottles has saved over 200,000 one-time-use plastic bottles since 2015.
3 | Coffee Break at Reborn Coffee
Reborn pushes the boundaries in coffee and creates a distinctive cup via a patented germinated green bean conditioning and roasting process. “The quality of the coffee is an example of [owner Andrea Sotomayer’s] enthusiasm and love for it,” says Lesher. “It’s a high-end coffee house, and I love to support a local business owner.” Reborn creates all syrups in-house with organic ingredients and carries a great selection of vegan and gluten-free options. General manager Shelby Stein enjoys the Chaggaccino with oat milk and relishes how the community comes together at Reborn. “[I love] meeting so many genuine and interesting people that come through. I get to see first dates, anniversaries, important business meetings, dogs grow up, families on vacation, professional motocross athletes—the list is endless,” remarks Stein.
4 | Lunch at El Cholo Corona del Mar Itinerary
A Los Angeles staple since 1923, El Cholo’s CdM location continues the restaurant’s legacy of delicious food and quality service. It serves authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine derived from family recipes passed down for generations. Mouthwatering food options include the famous green corn tamales (which have been on the menu since 1923), crabmeat enchilada with jalapeno-cilantro pesto sauce and sizzling fajitas. Be sure to enjoy the daily El Cholo lunch special with your favorite margarita or tequila. “Who doesn’t love El Cholo and about six baskets of chips before your salad comes?” Lesher laughs.
5 | Flower Stop at Blooms Corona del Mar Itinerary
Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Blooms is known for its array of tastefully designed bouquets made of flowers like hydrangeas, roses and cymbidium orchids. This full-service florist shop specializes in arrangements for special occasions and everyday moments. Blooms’ expert staff understands how to arrange colorful and fragrant flowers for every occasion. “I adore Blooms! The girls are so sweet [and when they make] arrangements for me, the flowers are always perfect,” notes Lesher. “You can get the perfect arrangement for the most critical person. I deal with a lot of high-end clients with exquisite taste, but everybody will love these flowers.”EXP 5/19
6 | Dinner at Rothschild’s Restaurant
The Italian restaurant was founded in 1977 and offers an assortment of fresh-made-daily pasta created from the restaurant’s 1983 commercial pasta machine. Owner and Executive Chef Frank Fassero recommends the basil pistachio pesto pasta and Chilean sea bass. “The restaurant has been in the family for 44 years. New customers may not know that my father left Munich, Germany after his education in hotel and restaurant management. After years spent in the field in St. Louis, he moved my siblings to Laguna Beach and decided to open his business in Corona del Mar,” says Fassero. “Our clientele consists of those same diners from the ‘70s as well as those of all ages in between.”
7 | Views on Views at Lookout Point Corona del Mar Itinerary
Located on Ocean Blvd, the Lookout Point is one of CdM’s most stunning and panoramic locations. The spot looks down at Pirate’s Cove, and it’s the perfect place to view the waves and the skyline. “It is a must-see stop for all of my clients that are considering Corona del Mar,” says Lesher.
3001 Ocean Blvd
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
8 | Home Items Stop at Ace Hardware
Whether you’re preparing for an outdoor barbecue or looking to freshen up an interior with a coat of paint, Ace Hardware is a one-stop shop to service your home needs in a meaningful and enjoyable manner. “I’m a frequent shopper here, and it couldn’t be more convenient,” remarks Lesher. “[It’s] always the best experience, and there’s someone there to help you as soon as you walk in the door.”
9 | Gift Shopping at Cloistered Collection
A treasure trove of decor, Cloistered Collection specializes in beautiful art, stunning antiques and unique furniture. “You can buy the most exquisite gift for the person who has everything,” describes Lesher. “I constantly buy my mother gifts from here! The shop is right behind my office, and it’s one of CdM’s best-kept secrets.” From 18th century European sofas to contemporary artwork made by local artists, this elegant and sophisticated boutique is filled with vintage and modern pieces to decorate your home with.